Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Pottery Barn Beachcomber Round Tray (Look4Less Design Challenge) & Giveaway!


It's that time again, the Look for Less Design Challenge is here and these Fine Ladies have some amazing projects ready to inspire the socks off of you :) You can check out their links at the end of this post, and this time we have a great opportunity for YOU to join in the fun! Thats right, you can link up your personal projects and enter to win a TARGET GIFT CARD!! 

This time I was inspired by the ever trusty Pottery Barn! This beachcomber tray is something I knew would look great in so many places around our house, but I don't really need it so I couldn't justify spending $69. 


I started looking around for materials and actually ended up having everything I needed on hand! But for those of you that don't, run to your local Lowes and pick up a prepackaged thing of sisal rope and hot glue. Yep so you can get everything you need for under $15 bucks! I had a left over piece of glass and decided to use this as the bottom of my tray so it was a bit more even for glasses :) 


Getting started was EASY. Just start rolling and glueing. Yep add a bead of glue along the edge of the rope and twist. 

Keep on keeping on until your base is large enough for your tray.
Then keep gluing but this time start stacking the rows ON TOP of each other.
Once you have gone around enough times to create the depth you like (You only need a couple of inches) simply cut your rope leaving a few inches on the end loose. Then glue the end to the inside of your tray.

If y'all know me at all. by now you know that I don't ever just copy something. I've always gotta put a little twist on my projects :) This one I could have simply made the handles with the remainder of my rope for the tray to really look like the Pottery Barn tray. BUTTT I wanted a pop of color.
I grabbed some leftover leather and cut in two strips. Then I slipped the leather through the rope sides and attached with grommets.

There you have it! A super awesome and cheap rope tray that you can make in less than an hour!! 



Ooo I love this and keep moving it around the house, originally I had it out on the porch but now it's sitting on our kitchen table holding my flowers and salt and pepper shakers  :) 


Home Coming - X Leg Ottoman
Absolutely Arkansas - Pottery Barn Inspired Mirror
Life On Virginia Street - Outdoor Couch
Like A Saturday - Henna Monogram Letter
Life Love Larson - Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shades

Now go enter this awesome contest by linking up YOUR look for less projects! Oh and don't forget to click over to my fine friends pages to see their projects too! 




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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Making Monday 49

Hello friends. Welcome to this week's Making Monday link party.
Last week there were so many wonderful projects, ideas, and recipes shared ~ it was so fun to visit each of your blogs to see what you linked up. You're all so awesome and we're so glad you link up each week and keep us inspired to try new things.
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

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This week Gracie's showing us how to make a fun Floral Halo for only a few dollars, which she then wore for a photo shoot in her stunning sunflower field.
 
Cherry Pie Bars
These Cherry Pie Bars are the bomb. Lori created a recipe that's completely from scratch ~ no canned cherry pie filling.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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#1. Homemade Steak Sauce Recipe ~ Merissa at Little House Living. I'm excited about this recipe because I love to make everything homemade that I can.
#2. Veggie Cream Cheese Squares ~ Maureen at Red Cottage Chronicles. This looks like a refreshingly summer meal that can be eaten at home or on a picnic {like Maureen's family did}.
 
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#3. Side Table Makeover ~ Courtney at Crafts by Courtney. I sure do wish I had an old table like this one so I could make it over. I love how it turned out.
This remodel makes such in big, updated difference on Shonee's brick wall. Well done!
 
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I love this decorated table that is so summery festive ~ and those covered chargers are such a clever idea that I'm storing away in my brain.
#6. DIY: Wall Art ~ Sabine at Mom in Music City. How awesome is this wall art? And I love the colors Sabine used.
I love the combination of white paint and wood on this cabinet. The transformation is stunning.
 
 
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you weren't featured this week, don't forget to check out the Pinterest board and keep linking up ~ next week could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
MakingMondayGuidelines
 


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Party Pail Party Supplies - Beautiful Paper Decorations



Have y'all heard of the party supplier Party Pail? I hadn't heard about them until just a month ago when they contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out some of their products for my next party. Once I started clicking through their site I was amazed with all they offer! I created a long list of things that I wasn't expecting to receive but thought I should at least try :) 


Party Pail offers everything from party supplies (paper plates, cups, flatware, ect.) to any and every decor item for loads of different party themes! I knew for our 4th of July BBQ we needed something to give it a little oomph. I already had the paper products I found in Targets Dollar Spot so I was just looking for decorations. 


Party Pail hooked me up with 16" white and red paper fans that were super sturdy and took up a great amount of space above our food table. I also got LOADS of balloons, and red and white tissue balls. These types of party decorations make for a quick and easy way to make your party FEEL like a party! I was super pleased that I could set up everything in under an hour and it looks like we spent lots of time and money. Trust me, I loved the products, and already have a plan to work with them again for some of my seasonal decorations!  


I added a couple little things from the house, like this amazing blue table cloth we got as a wedding gift. We also picked up some festive flowers to add to the simple table scape. Plus I got a super awesome vintage Spiffy Insulated Jug with fun red white and blue stripes that held a yummy lemonade spritzer!

Plus, a new pup is always a great addition to any get together ;)


We knew it was gonna be a little roasty toasty out side but wanted to have an all day blow out Independence day celebration. So besides the festive decorations from Party Pail we decided to spice things up with a BRING YOUR OWN POOL PARTY! Yep you right, it was awesome. A couple people picked up some cheap baby pools and brought their beach chairs. For the rest of the day we soaked up the sun and cooled off with our feet in the pools. 


And you can't have a festive party with out wearing the right outfit! Reed and I went all out with American themed apparel. We had a blast with our party and I can't tell you how awesome it was wot work with Party Pail so go check them out and see what you can get for your next get together! 
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

$4 DIY Floral Halo


Hey Peeps! Have y'all seen all of these stunning floral halos and head pieces that are popping up all over the photography world along with the music festival scene? I sure have and have always wondered how people have the patients and resources to make these stunning accessories. 


Well, I have been wanting some updated pictures of Reed and I so I was planning to take advantage of our blooming sunflower field and wanted to look all flower child :) I was planning to use real flowers found in the yard, and around the farm/ranch; but then I was roaming the isles of my local Dollar Store and found these pretty gorgeous faux flowers. So I figured why not spend $4 and just try it out! 


All you need to collect is the faux ivy and flowers of your choice. I picked up 3 different bouquets and didn't use all of them so you could probably get away with less.
Then wrap your ivy around your head, cut to length, and wire the ends together. 

Begin to twist your flower stems around your ivy halo. I believe the flowers look more natural when mixed in randomly together.

Really there is no rhyme or reason, simply keep adding your flowers until you are in love! to get the look of a super full flower halo keep your goodies up closer to the front that will leave you space to pin your halo in place on your head too. 


Here is a sneak peak of some of our pictures from the sunflower field. I think in the natural lighting the flower halo looks pretty real. I know it adds a beautiful oomph to our pictures. By coordinating the colors in my halo with the sunflowers and our outfits it also helps make the halo look natural when in reality they are totally cloth/plastic and cost me FOUR BUCKS!  


 
 Dollar Store for the win!



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Making Monday #49

Summer is in full swing, and in some places we are even starting to see some back to school goodies! I feel like my summer just got started and we are taking full advantage! Lots of lake trips, beach days, and camping is planned for my little family.

We made it through a lot of parties with some lovely help from Y'ALL being fantastic co-hosts! We love working with all of you and will be talking about taking up co-hosts again in the future. If y'all are interested be sure to let us know!


This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:



Here is another quicky watercolor lesson for you future artists! I've really enjoyed these exercises and this Watercolor Wash Exercise is sure to get you painting smoothly in no time!

Lori has been out and about enjoying her summer too, so be sure to swing on by and show her some summer love :)

Bright and Beautiful Life 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Gracie:

 #1 We are all busy this summer and enjoying life, so why not capture it with your I-phone camera?! Here are a few Tips and Tricks for I-phone Photography.
#2 Who feels the pressure to have blog-ready perfect projects all the time? Well DIY Homegirl is sharing How to be an Imperfect DIY'er and it is super inspiring!!
#3 How many pretty jars have you tossed because of candle wax? Well stop tossing those babies because Crafty Journal is sharing How to Remove Candle Wax Easily.


#4 who's hungry?! This recipe for an Easy Blueberry Dump Cake is making me drool! 
#5 Oh my lanta this Creamy Lemon Berry Tartlet is stunning, and making me drool too! I'm gonna need to get a napkin here soon ;) 


We hope that you guys are loving this party as much as we are! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
Kitchen Table Art
   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
MakingMondayGuidelines


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Watercolor Washes

Woot woot 3rd art lesson is here!! And yep it is more on watercolor, geapers I never thought about how much went in to a watercolor before you could just make a painting. But writing these posts for you are sure helping me hone my techniques and create better end products! So thanks for the reminders ;)


Watercolor washes are used when you want to cover a large area with a single color. You typically use a large, flat brush that can hold lots of pigment. There are a couple different types of washes, including a flat wash, and a graded wash, which are the two I'm sharing with you now! 


I started off sketching a square for me to fill in with my pigment. It gave me an even starting and ending point, obviously, I didn't care to cut in the final edge but I still got the gist of covering a large surface. But you can always just wing it if you want :)

Once you are ready to start fill your large flat brush with a dark pigment. (Using a darker pigment allows you to see the variations in the wash easier). 

Line your brush edge up with the edge of your painting surface and pull across with your brush at an angle that allows most of your bristles to touch the paper. 


After your first line is laid, quickly refill your brush and start your second row by overlapping the first just a bit. By overlapping you are opening up the pigment from the first line to allowing it to blend smoothly with the new line. continue this until you fill your box!

Then allow your nicely painted box to dry. Once the pigment is dry you will be able to see how "flat" your wash is. If you had puddles of pigment or high spots you will see a variation, keep trying until you get a smooth service, sometimes it takes lots of practice! 


For the graded wash I started off the same, by drawing a box for myself to fill in with pigment. However, instead of loading up my brush and hitting the paper I first puddle 4 different variations of my color. You can create variations in your color by adding white or by simply changing the ration of pigment and water. The less water you have the darker/brighter your pigment will be, the more water you add the lighter and softer your color will be. 


Once you have your 4 colors puddled you can start just the same as when doing your flat wash. 
By pulling your pigment across your square and overlapping each line. Just remember to refill your brush from a different puddle each time. 

This will create an ombre affect down your square. You can use water to go in and help smooth out your edges if you can still see the transition from line to line.

Once your pigment is dry you will have a smooth gradient from light to dark to start your painting! 



So there you have it! 2 simple ways to cover large amounts of paper! Be sure to play around and see how your washes will butt up to other colors and how you can combined some of your strokes from the previous Brush Strokes post on top of these washes. Just remember if your pigment isn't fully dry before going over the top it will muddy up with other pigments! 
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