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Monday, April 27, 2009

Easy Monday Tutorial...

Are you ready for another CEC Tut???...That is another cheap, easy and chic tutorial!

We all buy toilette paper and we all end up with the little inside tube, don't we? Well, now we can recycle them and make simple, but very cute napkin holders...

I started with this:
Toilette Paper Roll Tube
Fabric Remnants

I cut my roll in 3 sections of 1 1/2" tall each and my fabric in strips of approx. 1" X 16" .
I covered the roll with the fabric, gluing it in 3 or 4 different places with my glue gun. Keeping the material tight and the addition of the glue, makes the cardboard a lot stronger and stable...

I glued the end of the fabric strip and tied ribbons and strips of matching fabrics, 2 or 3 should be enough...I also thread a couple of beads to one of the ribbons...

...And finally covered all the knots with a sand dollar and a starfish left over from another project using the glue gun again...

These will also be great with a big silk flower for a Mother's Day Luncheon...

and a set of 4, made with your kid's help, will make a beautiful Teacher's Gift!

"I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living"
~John D. Rockefeller~
American industrialist, founder of the Standard Oil Company.

Have a fantastic, productive and inspirational Monday!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Inspiration...

Sometimes I come across images and words that are meant to be shared...this Saturday morning, is one of those times...


Every house where love abides


And friendship is a guest,


Is surely home, and home sweet home


For there the heart can rest.


~Henry Van Dyke~

Photographs and Art work credits:
1-"Miniature Farmhouse" by Cinderellamoments
2-"Friendship Box" by Truly Younts
3- Detail by Cinderellamoments
4- "The key to my heart" by Tina Jensen

Have a wonderful weekend, full of home-love and inspiration!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2009
Earth Day

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
~Native American Proverb~

No question that our members are doing their part beautifying it!!...

"Bicycle Garden" by "Going Green Boutique"

"Flower Bed" by Chris from "Curby's closet"

Check these blogs out if you are into gardening!
"Ribbons, Roses and More"
Linda has a wonderful post about propagating roses...here's a little peek at hers...


"Someplace in Thyme"
...a little tour to this garden and you will be digging for more!


"Cat Nap Cottage"
....Can you imagine having this view from your office???


Remember that we also help every time we salvage an old piece...
Recycle, Reuse, Re purpose

Go green, Shop Vintage!



Monday, April 20, 2009

Thank you!


On this gorgeous Monday morning, and before I get out of the house to enjoy a phenomenal weather that fills me up with energy, I'd like to thank all the friends that joined me in our first Blog Party. Judging by all the comments I received, good times were shared by everyone!! I certainly had a great time meeting and visiting so many bloggers and their pretty blues! I will plan another party for next month and hope everyone can attend. In the meantime I leave you with some silly computer humor:


Computers must be female.... No one but the creator understands their internal logic!...


1-The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
2-The message "Bad command or file name" is about as informative as, "If you don't know why I'm mad at you, then I'm certainly not going to tell you."
3-Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for later retrieval.
4-As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
~Author Unknown~

Enjoy your Monday!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blue Blog Party

You are invited to a Blog Party!

Early in the morning or late at night, you can stop by whenever it's convenient for you...No need to bring anything, just your own cup of coffee...No dress code enforced, even pajamas are OK!...

Sounds fun, doesn't it? Well, our theme this time is "Blue"

...and here's how it works:

1-Post something on your own blog related to the blue color: You can show your latest blue creation, your favorite blue room, brag about your blue hydrangeas, share that blueberry cake recipe that your family loves so much...you know, the BLUE sky is the limit....Don't forget to say you are participating in the Etsy Cottage Style Blog Blue Party and add the button!
2-Sign up your name and your blog address in the Mr. Linky box at the end of this post.
3-Have fun visiting the other Guests blogs and having visitors over! Don't forget to leave a comment to thank your Host!

I'll be the first one...here's my Blue Post:

Every time I think of blue, I think of my Blue Transferware Collection:


I started collecting these particular dishes about 8 years ago and I honestly don't know how many I have, but I know I love each one of them...They live inside my china cabinet....

...and on top of my china cabinet...

They hold fake eggs in a bookshelf...

And dress some of my walls...

They are even in the bathroom!


I love their different shades of blue and I don't mind if they are chipped or stained...because just like us, they get better with age!


The Party is now over, but stay tuned because we'll have one (different theme) every month!!



"Free as a Bird" Images

Nest by Brandi

For some reason I'm still hooked on eggs...not the chocolate kind (although I LOVE those too!) but all the little eggs and egg related items that thanks to talented artists have been popping everywhere...


I know that Easter is over but come on, grab your coffee and join me in a very special Egg Hunt...

"Vintage Chic Bird Tags" by Brandi

"Home" Bird Nest Tags by Stephanie Butler

Low in cholesterol and high in charm, tags and journals make wonderful handmade gifts for family and friends...


"Nest Journal" by Gail Schmidt

I told you they were everywhere, ...inside fancy shoes...

"Marie Antoinette Shoe" by Flea Market Queen

....tea cups....

"Teacup Nest" by Kat Fuller

....and even light switches!


"Light switch Bird" by Goodygoodygumdrops


Birds, Eggs, Nests, are all signs of Spring and New Beginnings.
A "Little bird told me" that you are already inspired, so now run, better yet, fly! to your work table and come up with something to "feather your nest". These "Free as a Bird" images might help you...


Just remember: Don't put all your eggs in one basket!!!




Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Reaching for success...


Anna Marie Robertson Moses, Grandma Moses, was born in 1860. She started painting at the age of 75, after baring 10 children, working in a farm all her life and after her fingers couldn't handle needlework any more...


"Bennington"

Before becoming famous, she sold her paintings for $2 and $3 at the local Woman's Exchange...Do you think she felt successful then?....

"Country Wedding"

...Or do you think she reached success when during the Gran Depression an art dealer decided to show her work in a New York Gallery?


"Beautiful World"

She had no formal training at all, and by her death in 1961 at the age of 101, she had generated over 1600 paintings. In 2006, her painting "Sugaring Off" sold for $1.2 million....pretty sweet success, right? ...
...However, when asked about her painting career, Grandma Moses said: "If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens"...It sounds like she didn't have "success" in mind when she started something new....

And how about you?...

How do you define success?...
How do you measure success?...
Are you successful when you create something that you like?... when you sell it?...or when you have the courage to try something new, no matter how old you are?


"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally"
~David Frost~




Saturday, April 4, 2009

Crayola bomb and free images...

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.... A happiness weapon...


...A beauty bomb...


And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.... It would explode high in the air, explode softly... and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air....


...Floating down to earth boxes of Crayolas...


And we wouldn't go cheap, either. Not little boxes of eight.
Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.
With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.
And people would smile...


...and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination!!

Text by:
~Robert Fulghum~
author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Free Images. They can be downloaded and used on your art. Not meant to be sold!
For more free pictures visit:
http://billblanton.com

Wishing you a glittery week end full of inspiration!