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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Craft Month Giveaway

I've been talking about it all month, and now it's here! Thanks to some amazing sponsors, we are bringing you these fun craft supplies and 2 winners will get to play with these fun prizes.

Winner 1: DecoArt metallic paint set, FloraCraft goodie bag, Duck Tape, Starbucks gift card.

Winner 2: Royal Design Studio Stencils gift card, American Crafts goodie bag, Duck Tape, Starbucks gift card.

Ok, so here's the Rafflecopter form you'll use to enter. You'll see there are tons of entries you can earn--be sure to click the link in each entry and make sure you're following before you click the "enter" button. 

Good luck everyone!

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Giveaway runs 3/28/15 - midnight 4/4/2015. Open to US residents 18 and older. Giveaway not affiliated with Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Craft Month A-Z Week 4

We did it you guys, another full alphabet of ideas to fill up National Craft Month! You will love what everyone came up with for the last few letters. Be sure to follow the links below to get the details and tell them what a great job they did!

T is for Tee Shirt  ||  Mabey She Made It
U is for is for Upcycled Basket  ||  Tried and True 
V is for Vinyl Decorated Sweatpants  ||  Play.Party.Pin
W is for Watercolor Calendar  ||  My Craftily Ever After
X is for is for X-acto Knife-cut Jar Pump  ||  See Vanessa Craft
Y is for Yarn Wrapped Eggs  ||  Cupcakes and Crowbars
Z is for Zinnia Wreath  ||  Up to Date Interiors

Now, if you're feeling a bit of a letdown because the series is over, I do have some good news for you. There's a giveaway starting tomorrow that will include some great supplies to get your own projects started. It's my way of saying thanks for reading!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Flower Stencil Pillow

{How to Stencil a Pillow}
Thank you Royal Design Stencils for sending some supplies for this stenciled pillow! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I loved working on this pillow because my daughter and I got to do it together! She has some colors picked out that she'd like to use to decorate her room, and one of those is purple. So we picked this really pretty, Lilac Creme Paint from Royal Design Studio, and the Deco Flower Stencil.

 It was so easy too. My daughter did almost all of it by herself, and it took us 1 hour start to finish.

The pillow and pillow cover came from IKEA. We went with black because the paint contrasts great on it. You could get the same one, a different one, or make your own. This was definitely the easiest (and pretty cheap too) way to go.

Center the stencil on the pillow cover.  We positioned it so the cover zipper was on the bottom. Emily had the great idea of taping down the corners so it didn't shift. I was ready to just start attacking it with the paint, but of course she was right to tape it down first!

Next you'll need a paper plate so you can load the 1" stencil brush with paint properly. The stencil comes with great instructions on how to do this. But basically you want to get some paint on your brush, then tap it up and down a few times on the plate to spread it evenly through the bristles, and then tap once on a paper towel so there's not too much paint. If there's too much paint on the brush it can bleed under the stencil.

Then the paint the areas inside the stencil. We had to hold it down in a few places so it wouldn't lift up as we were painting. Like I said, it took about an hour to cover the whole stencil and then it was time to remove the tape and lift it up. When the paint is completely dry, put the actual pillow inside the cover.

Look how great it turned out! I love that Emily did so much work on it, and she's so proud of it sitting in her room now. Even if it takes us a while to finish the rest of the decorating she wants, at least we got started!

Do you like this look? As part of my Craft Month, A-Z series, there's a giveaway coming up in a few days that Royal Design Studios is helping out with, so be on the look out for that.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 Things You Should Steam Clean in Your New House

This post with steam cleaning tips is brought to you by HomeRight and their SteamMachine. All opinions are my own.

You guys know I've been busy working in our new house the last few weeks. There's unpacking, cleaning, organizing, and thinking about how to decorate. Even though the house is only 12 years old and the previous owners were pretty gentle on it, there were some things I definitely wanted to clean well after we moved in.

Paper Bag Easter Banner

{Easy Easter Banner}

Gemia from Phat Quarters Blog invited me to do a tutorial swap with her. So we each picked something from each other's blog to recreate. Fun, right? I tied it right in with my monthly craft group and made an Easter banner.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Flower Power Rice Krispies Treats

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

The other day I rolled into the gas station with "0 miles to empty" showing on my info screen. I was honestly afraid I wasn't going to make it! But luckily I did. At that moment I realized that I'd been virtually running on empty for the last couple of weeks myself. I definitely needed a little feel-good treat to perk up the rest of my afternoon.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Craft Month A-Z Week 3

March is flying by and we're already at Week 3 for Craft Month A-Z. I really hope you've been enjoying all these posts. I know I've loved seeing everyone's creativity!

N is for Number Stamped Coasters by Organize and Decorate Everything
O is for Ombre Paint Chip Paint Art by Organized Island
P is for Polka Dot Wood Sign by Shaken Together
Q is for Quiver of Arrows Printable by Liz on Call
R is for Rainy Day Spending Fund by Over the Big Moon
S is for SupHERB Spring Gift by Stuffed Suitcase

Be sure to go visit everyone and tell them what you love about their projects!

Click here for Week 1, Week 2, and Craft Month 2014

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Social Fabric on the Road Conference

I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone.#SoFabUOTR  #cbias

Who are my readers and fellow bloggers in Seattle? I will be there in April attending the one-day SoFabU on the Road conference in  on April 18th at The Crowne Plaza. Since I'm back in school now, I really lost some of my options for attending blogging events during the year. But this one fits right into my schedule and is only a 3 hour drive for me.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cheez-it Caramel Corn

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

In just the last couple of weeks we've watched some basketball games with our kids. Even though we're not huge sports fans, it was fun to explain parts of the game to them and watch them be so excited when our team scored! Plus, anyone can become a basketball fan when you have fun snacks to share during the game. This recipe combines my favorite caramel popcorn recipe with Cheez-It Crunch'd. 

Make Paper Easter Baskets

Easter is just a few weeks away, so Bethany from Pitter and Glink had the great idea to get a bunch of Easter themed posts together for all of you! My part today is showing you how to make some cute little paper baskets that would be great for party favors or place cards at your Easter dinner.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Craft Month A-Z Week 2

First, I have to wish you all a very happy Pi Day! I'm taking a math class this semester and one of the other students brought chocolate pie to share to our class Thursday night:)

Now it's time for another week of Craft Month A-Z as we celebrate National Craft Month. I have another talented lineup of friends who have each taken a letter to work with. Visit all the links for their tutorials!

G is for Gift for Mother's Day by Frenchie
H is for Hoop String Easter Cross by Made with Happy
I is for Ikat Clothespins by Hey, Let's Make Stuff
J is for Jean Pocket Purse by Ginger Snap Crafts
K is for K-cup Daffodils by The Kim Six Fix
L is for Letters by Inkhappi
M is for Monogram Wreath by One Krieger Chick

See Week 1 for letters A-F.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Leprechaun Hat Rolos

{Candy Leprechaun Hats}

I feel a little like the spring holidays are sneaking up on me this year! I don't know why. We've had amazingly sunny spring weather this year, which means trees and flowers have been blossoming for weeks. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Carrot and Dirt Pudding Cups

This shop and cute pudding snack has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackPackMixins #CollectiveBias

With my kids being in school all day now, finding fun things to do with them is a different set up than it use to be. When they were younger and home all day, I had to find crafts, snacks and activities to have fun and fill our days. Now, I have to plan them out to make sure that our time together isn't just homework, chores and off to bed. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easy Geode Pendant Necklace

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Colgate-Palmolive. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias.

When I was younger...think teenage years, I didn't like to "smile with my teeth." For some reason I was scared to give a big smile. It definitely contributed to some of those awkward school dance pictures.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Craft Month A-Z Week 1

Hey friends, craft month is back! March is National Craft Month, and just like I did last year, I have invited some of my friends to inspire all of you with an idea for every letter of the alphabet.

I hope you'll click over to each of these posts to let them know what a great job they did, and I'd love to know which one you'll add to your crafty-to-do list!

Want to see all the the first week of ideas from last year? Click--> Craft Month A-Z 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Win One of 5 Minivan Rentals

This post is brought to you by Undercover Tourist #UndercoverTourist #FreeCarRentals

Anytime we've vacationed with the kids we always drive because then we know we'll still have a way to get around once we're there. If we didn't have to worry about that, we'd love to fly and save ourselves some travel time.

You know I occasionally create craft tutorials for Undercover Tourist, the number 1 supplier of discount Orlando attraction tickets, including Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. And they recently added discount attraction tickets in Los Angeles and San Diego! Well, they would love to help out with your upcoming vacation by giving away (5) minivan rentals for up to 7 days. They asked me to share the giveaway with you, and I'd love for some of my readers to win them!

Just use the entry form below and good luck!

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Sweepstakes period: March 3, 2015 at 9 a.m. CST and ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on March 17, 2015

*Undercover Tourist is giving away five FREE* minivan rentals for up to 7 days each. Pick-up/drop-off at a Alamo location within the United States. *Base rate, airport fees and taxes will be covered for up to 7 days (one continuous rental reservation only). There are no blackout dates. Any additional upgrades, additional drivers, insurance or other add-ons will be the responsibility of the driver. Must be a citizen and licensed driver of the U.S. or Canada.

In case you don't win one of these rentals, you should know that Undercover Tourist offers savings up to 50% on rentals when packaged with attraction tickets. So HOP on over to Undercover Tourist to plan your amazing getaway.

You can also use Undercover Tourist's apps, tips and crowd calendar for planning your Orlando vacation, as well as planning guides for LA and San Diego.

Does your family have a fun spring break or summer vacation planned? Where will you be going? Will you fly or drive?

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Recycled Glitter Vases

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

DIY Glitter Glass Jars ||  www.craftingintherain.com

I love being creative. Part of the fun is finding ways to use free supplies around your house. You save a bit of money and a bit of landfill space. Plus, living in the Pacific Northwest, you can't help but be more conscious of the environment.