4th of July Printable, Tutorial, and GraphicStock Giveaway

GraphicStock Disclosure

I always love decorating for holidays throughout the year, but I don’t always have a big budget to spend to spend on items I’ll only be using a few a weeks.  Luckily I’ve been able to score a lot of great items at the dollar stores and thrift stores, and I’m always able to find really cute printable art online, and when I can’t find anything I like, sites like GraphicStock and PicMonkey help me to make my own.

GraphicStock is a website which offers over 250000 graphics, vectors, icons, buttons, images, and more!  These can be used for home and party decor, invitations, stationary, greetings cards, and banners, as well as media for businesses and organizations, such as a logo, business cards, flyers, letterheads, and more!  And you can also use the images to create your own custom graphics for blog posts and general web design.

And with so many images to offer, you can find an image, vector, or icon for any project and to fit virtually any style you are looking for.  Today I’m sharing a printable that I made using an image from GraphicStock.  You can download it here for FREE and then frame it.  It will look great on your wall or mantel! [Read more…]

Coca-Cola Happy Hour + Patriotic Coke-Inspired Table Decor

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CokeHappyHour #CollectiveBias
Coke Bottles

I’m so excited about the hot summer weather here! One of my favorite summer activities is just sitting on the front porch or the back deck with my hubby.  Whether we’re sitting out in the hot sun or under the stars at night, it is always good to have this time to spend with him just laughing and talking as we share a Coke!

This summer Coca-Cola has brought back their Share a Coke campaign, complete with fun personalized bottles and cans.  Coke has always been my favorite drink, and last year I had my fair share of cans and bottles with fun words like “Superstar” and Soulmate” written on them.  Then this year I’ve gotten bottles that feature emoticons and the words “Love” and “Amor.”  But even better than that, I found a bottle with my husband’s name on it! [Read more…]

Craft your own Crafting Studio

The art of crafting and making things has now become a hobby that can be pursued for non-essential reasons. Whether you scrapbook or do pottery, making crafts allows you to make and preserve memories, and offer a fun hobby that can be done in your spare time. In addition, this is an activity that can be done with family and friends to help build personal bonds.

One difficult aspect of crafting is that it can be very messy. Small strips of paper, glue, paint, clay; these are just a few of the messier substances that you might be working with. It gets even worse if you have to use the kitchen or living room as your workspace. For those that have this problem, one idea that they turn to is to have a space in their home dedicated to making crafts. This is a great solution to allow for all the necessary space, as well as provide a permanent space that you won’t need to worry about cleaning up all the time.

Whether you are just getting started at crafting or you’ve been doing it for years; the two most important things when creating a custom craft studio is both the area you work in, as well as the equipment that you use. Here are a few ideas to help with your own home studio:

Where you work

Your crafting workspace can have a big effect on the type and quality of crafts that you create. When choosing an area for your studio, keep in mind the proximity to other areas of the house. You don’t want your work spilling over into the living room or kitchen, and you don’t want to be distracted while you are creating your masterpiece. Garages, basements, and unused bedrooms are all great spaces that allow for good proximity.

Another detail that you’ll want to think about is the lighting. Sitting in a darkroom with no windows is not helpful to the creative process. Make sure that you have windows, or a way to allow for plenty of lighting to stir your creative mind.

Finally, allow for good use a space within your studio. A cluttered crafting area can make it difficult to find things, and to work if you are constantly having to step over a mess. Organizing your area so that your tools and materials can be located easily is important. To do this make use of organizational structures (shelves, racks, etc.) to get the maximum amount of space for your area.

What you’ll need

With so many different crafts available for you to make, it is almost impossible to narrow the essential tools you’ll need down to a workable number. However, for the most part the tools you’ll need are the tools you’d need for an art class. Some things you might need to get you started are paper, pencils, markers, paint, hole-punch, jeweler’s pliers, cutting mat, and a paper cutter for crafting projects. The possibilities are endless, and depend a lot on what type of artisan you are.

In addition to the mundane tools that can be found inside of most craft studios, your craft studio might need something special. Working with wood, glass, and metal can be dangerous work, and require some extra safety equipment in addition to the extra tools. These things can easily be found on-line if there is not a craft store near you.

The best part about crafting is that anybody can do it. You don’t need special tools or a studio, you can make something great with just some paper and a few markers. However, for serious crafters having your own studio can be a huge benefit. Make sure your workspace has all the necessary tools and safety equipment, and allows your creative juices to flow.

DIY Christmas Wall Art and the Dremel® Micro™ 8050

 

Christmas is in the air!  I visited my local craft store the other day and was blown away by all the decorations!  It makes it very easy to get inspired to create your own holiday decorations and gifts!  A while back, I received the new Dremel® Micro™ 8050.  This rotary tool is perfect for crafters, hobbyists, and DIYers.  It allows you to cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish.  The tool comes with a number of attachments for completing these projects, and it is also fully compatible with all other Dremel rotary tools accessories.  And it’s just $89, making it a great buy on a Christmas gift for your favorite DIYer!

Dremel

When I got my new Dremel, I immediately thought of all the different ways it could be used for home decor projects.  I got my husband involved, as he is the fixer and the tool guy around here.  I told him that I wanted to make some kind of sign or wall art for Christmas.  After a lot of back and forth, we came up with, what I think is, a great collaboration!

DIY Christmas Wall Art

This Christmas craft is a very affordable project.  As you can see in my picture below, I bought several products that I didn’t use in the final product, so in all, the materials actually used in the project add up to around $15 (which includes the paint I can use again later). [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 247 – With Christmas Crafts

friday favorites

I love Christmas decor! There’s such variety out there, and I really enjoy just taking it all in. This week my hubby and I worked on a DIY project for Christmas (to be posted with tutorial on Friday), and with that I’m in a the mood to share some more decor from our friends!  Hope you enjoy these creative ideas!

[Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 246 – With Christmas Crafts & Activities

friday favorites

Hi guys. Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites linky party. Sorry we’re running a little late.  I’ve been a busy bee all week, and then our son’s band concert was last night.  By the time, I finally got “back to work” and got ready to post, my site was down for maintenance, hence the delay….  Anyway, today we have a few Christmas activities and crafts.  Yay!  Also, check my sidebar for a $100 Target giveaway, $50 Academy giveaway, and a JBL Speaker Giveaway!

[Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 204 – With 5 Valentine’s Day Projects

friday favorites

Hello. Welcome to Friday Favorites. This week we have 5 Valentine’s Day Projects for you. Hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

HUGE Silhouette Black Friday Sale

Wouldn’t you love a Silhouette for Christmas?  They allow you cut out letters and shapes with ease using a number of materials, including paper, card stock, vinyl, and more!  And they are so great for working on school projects, do-it-yourself decor and  craft projects, card making, and more!

Right now is the perfect time to shop for you one. For Black Friday and through December 8, they are having a super sale where you can save 40%.
Silouette Black Friday sale

Here’s a little info on the product packages that will be on sale:

(1) A Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $229.99. Retail price for all of this would total $406.93 (over 40% savings!)

(2) A Silhouette Portrait®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $129.99. Retail price for all of this would total $286.93 (over 40% savings!)

(3) A Silhouette CAMEO®, a Silhouette Portrait®, and two $25 download cards for $299.99. That’s right: If you buy a Silhouette CAMEO® at full price, you get two $25 download cards and a Silhouette Portrait® ABSOLUTELY FREE! Retail price for all of this would be $406.93 (over 40% savings!)

(4) 40% off consumable products at http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/black. This excludes machines, subscriptions, download and gift cards. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Rain checks not available.

AND they are also offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25!

Photobucket

 

Disclosure:  For participating in the Silouette Black Friday promotion, I received a Silhouette Machine, free of charge. The opinions are my own.

Home for the Holidays Giveaway Preview

Starting this week I’ll be participating in a fun, month-long giveaway hop called Home for the Holidays.  The hop revolves around holiday gifts and we have about a hundred bloggers participating as well as a grand prize from Nature’s Sleep!

For my giveaway package, I thought it would be fun to give away some books.  As a blogger who loves to share food, craft, and decor ideas, I think books that inspire new ideas in these areas make great gifts, so I was very happy when Ulysses Press agreed to us with a book bundle for this giveaway!

Book Package Here’s a fully detailed list of the titles that will be included in our giveaway package! [Read more…]

Scotch Expressions Tape Project and Giveaway

Washi Tape Box

Today we’re doing a little crafting with Scotch Expressions Tape.  This awesome line of tape is available in four varieties – magic, masking, shipping and washi – and features 100+ decorative colors and patterns. Whether you’re personalizing school supplies, organizing and decorating the home, or custom-wrapping gifts, Scotch Expressions Tapes can help add amazing to every project.

I received a package of 15 rolls of Scotch Expressions tape.  The package included their washi tape, masking tape, and shipping tape, and I got some really great designs.  Check out my box: [Read more…]