Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Spotlight - Shopping British Style

I stumbles upon an adorable British website this week.

Jelly and Blancmange

Where I found these:


The House that Janey Built - Polka Dots and Roses

I have been trying to finish decorating my house - but I feel like I have decorator's block - (if that exists)
I decided to focus on one room at a time - I have so many to do lists for each room, I felt I would be more effective completing one at a time - I am a little A.D.D. :)

So I have decided to start with the kids bedrooms - First my Daughters'. Then the boys'.

So I was trying to decide what I wanted to decorate her floating shelves with - and I saw a polka dot teapot - HOW ADORABLE!

I just ordered the following fabrics:

Color palette is: Pinks, Red, Celery Green, Dark Brown, and a little Pale Yellow and Aqua

A few of my pics for inspiration:

And I am going to attempt to make a couple of pieces from new favorite website:

I am in LOVE with this kitchen!!

I'll keep you posted as I CREATE!


Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Giveaway!! - Edible Arrangements

Summer is nearing an end - but how fun would it be to win a $3,500 giveaway from Edible Arrangements!!

check out their giveaway here:
Edible Arrangements Giveaway

Friday Treat :)

My mom always has a freshly homemade cake or chocolate chip cookies everytime we go to her house.

My boys know where to get their cookies - 'Nana's House'

My mother taught me today:
'My secret to a happy life is always having a chocolate treat at the end of the day.'

- Now if we could only invent calorie free chocolate that tasted just as good - that would be happines!!

I did find this 'Negative Calorie Chocolate Cake' - but it still has plenty of calories.

Negative Cake Recipe


Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Blowing Cherry Blossom Tree

I wanted our Blowing Cherry Blossom Tree to be a little more dainty looking for a child's bedroom, so I redesigned the trunk.

What do you think - do you like the before or the after?
Should I sell both or do you prefer one over the other?




New Decal - Kaden Highway

My friend's husband had designed a really cute car design for her son's room which inspired this decal.

Kaden's Highway:


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial - Birthday Decorations

I don't have a vinyl tutorial today, but a Birthday Tutorial!

If you saw my post a week or so ago on my son's 2nd, car birthday party - I thought I would show you I had made some of the decorations for his party.

I am not all about decorations that take a really long time, or are hard so these are some fairly quick and easy crafts that you can make on a budget :)

**First - Invitations:
I purchased some clip art from:
Tracy Ann Digital Art

I put together the invitation with the clip art in illustrator,
Purchased some A7 (5 x 7) envelopes and for the envelopes I added some black ribbon and some stickers that I purchased from:
Mommy's Little Critters

I designed the invitations at the 5x7 size so I could put two to a page when I printed them out, and A7 envelopes are a very common size and easy to find.

**Second, Pinwheels -

These are a lot of fun to make because they are so stinkin cute!
I printed designs on each side of some thicker cardstock (about 65 lb) you can find at any office supply store.

Then cut squares at any size you prefer.

Cut slits into your square at the corners almost to the center (at a 45 degree angle).

Then fold each section over into the center and glue with a hot glue gun (this part is not the funnest). Hold each section as the glue cools before gluing down the next section.

After I had glued all corners I added a blue gemstone embellishment - you can find these at any local scrapbook or craft store. They usually come in sheets of about 30 for a couple dollars.

To finish them off glue them to a tall lollipop stick.

**Third - Cupcake Toppers

These can be really time consuming unless you purchase some die cut punches, and then these will be super quick and easy!

First print out a template of 2" circles which I purchased from Tracy Ann Digital Art.

Punch out the 2" circles.
Print out patterns on cardstock or purchase coordinating scrapbook paper.
I purchased a 2 7/8" scallop punch for the under design. Punch these shapes from your patterned paper.

And then glue the 2" circle on top of the scallop design.

Last - glue on to short popsicle sticks.

Or they can be used as birthday breakfast pancake toppers too :)

**4th (and last) Pom Poms -

These are super easy and fun like the pinwheels -
Martha Stewart has a great tutorial for these you can find it


Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday's Word - Lampshades

1. Vintage Crystals - Belle Treats
2. Drum Shades - My Finch Studios
3. Table Lamp - Czechpub
4. Wool Felt Butterflies - Mixko
5. Night Light - Star Lights by Amber
6. Misc - Dot and Line
7. Hemp Shade - Illuminating Design
8. Cone Shades - ERL Designs
9. Bowl Pendants - Fix Studio


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Spotlight - Happy Little Treads & Heads

I just got the most adorable shoes from Happy Little Heads & Treads)
You can see all of her cute creations here:
Happy Little Heads

I got the Mary Jane in Navy with the cutest yellow bottom leather sole.

and the Mary Jane in Red with Polka Dots.

and my most favorite the Mary Jane in Yellow with a lace elastic strap and the coolest leather weave bottom.