Monday, January 31, 2011

And the winner is...

Congrats to Emily R!
And a big thank you to everyone who entered!

Emily ~ You have 72 hours to respond to my email. If I don't hear from you, another winner will be chosen at random!

Valentine Gumball Necklaces

I Love, Love, Love this idea! What a fun project to do with your little gal or surprise her with a necklace on Valentine's Day!

These are so stinkin' cute, I'm might just have to make one for myself too! Get the details to make your own from One Charming Party HERE

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

DIY Chalkboard Picture Frame

Looking for a unique and homemade Valentine's Day gift?
How about a chalkboard picture frame? Now you can leave love notes for your sweetie all year long!

First you'll need a cute assistant and a wooden picture frame. We picked this one up at Michael's for just $1. I like that it has a large area to write your message!

You'll also need a can of chalkboard spray paint (available at Michael's)

Now get spraying! I applied three coats (allow for drying in between coats)

A few rhinestone added for a sparkling finish touch and that's it!
Quick, easy & your Valentine is sure to love it!

These would also make amazing wedding favors. Attach a piece of chalk with coordinating ribbon and you've got a one-a-kind favor for your guests.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine Giveaway!

With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's time to share some love & have a giveaway! Winner gets to choose from either the
Will You Be My Valentine Wish Necklace (shown above)
Love & Kisses hair clip set (shown below)

Ways To Enter:

1. Become a follower of this blog

2. Visit my Etsy shop & share your favorite item

3. Follow me on Twitter

4. Follow me on Facebook

5. Tweet about this giveaway

6. Share this giveaway on Facebook

7. Blog about this giveaway

9. Grab my button and put it on your blog

That's a grand total of 9 chances to WIN!

{Note: Post a separate comment for each entry, each comment will count as 1 entry.}

Rules: Giveaway is eligible to U.S. Residents only. A winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends on Sunday, January 30th at 11:59 PM (PST). Make sure to leave your email address in your comment if it isn't available through your blog or profile! I need to be able to contact you if you win!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Five Fabulous Finds

Travel in style with this chic luggage from Steamline

This recycled wood sign from Oh Dier says it best

Paint the town red with this ah-mazing satchel from Kate Spade

I treated myself to this adorable jacket from Piperlime (yes it is that bright & colorful in person. So. Much. Fun.)

My dream design studio would include this gorgeous Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired Bathtub Couch by ruffhouseart

I'm so thankful it's Friday ~ Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

DIY Vintage Signs

I adore vintage signs. Something about the nostalgia and the thought that if only they could talk... imagine the stories they could share. Have you seen the show American Pickers? I'd give anything to take a U-Haul & travel with those boys finding old vintage treasures (especially signs). Since that'll never happen, here's a great (and easy) tutorial to make your own faux vintage signs from Funky Junk Interiors. Get all the details HERE.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Free 2011 Printable Calendars

Do you still have your 2010 calendar up? I do and quite possible because I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that it's 2011!

There are some adorable calendars available for free! Just download and print. Easy peasy.

(I love October... A vampire owl ~ so cute!)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Brick Succulent Planters

I adore this simple & modern planter idea! As someone who missed out on the green thumb gene, I have a fondness for succulents. It's almost impossible to kill them. And now you can create a fun (and inexpensive) planter. I prefer to recycle an older brick. Not only is it eco-friendly, but used bricks has lots of charm & character.
  1. Use a C-clamp to stabilize your brick. Mark the center with a pencil and then spray the top of the brick with your squirt bottle. When drilling masonry, you've got to keep it wet.
  2. Grab some safety googles, drilling brick can be messy & hot!
  3. Position your drill in the center of one side of your brick and try to keep the drill level. Every 20 seconds or so, spritz with water to keep the drill bit cool. Once the outer diameter of the hole cutter contacts the brick, spray a lot more water on, and keep drilling until the loose dusty shavings/water mixture starts to dry out. Keep drilling, and spraying and drilling.
  4. When the base of the hole cutter starts to get close to the brick surface, stop drilling. Take a chisel and carefully knock away the interior of the hole. Don't hit too hard or the brick might split. Just tap away enough until the bottom is flat(ish). Shake out the loose stuff. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Do the same thing with the second hole.
  6. Spray off all the brick dust and put a bit of dirt in the bottom of one or both of the holes, about 3/4" deep. Place a succulent into each hole, and pat more dirt loosely around.
  7. Water once to every two weeks.
  8. Enjoy the beauty of your hard work!

Photo via ReadyMade