Sunday, August 31, 2014

Making Monday #55

HAPPY LABOR DAY!!
Summer is coming to a close, school has started and football season is now in full swing! We've been seeing lots of fall goodies grace the inter-webs and can't wait for the cooler weather that is just around the corner. 

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:


Redecorating is one of my favorite things to do. I was getting a bit antsy with our house so I figured it was about time to switch out some decorations. Here is one of my first fall decor projects, an Ikea Frame Hack


I don't know how she does it, but Lori has managed another awesome looking meal while being on the road! Check out her Chicken & Shrimp in Coconut Lime Tomato Sauce

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


 #1 Summer is over and our schedules are sure to be busy. Here is a great example of how to Tame Your To-Do List.
#2 After you get that to-do list under control check out these 62 Back to School Organizing Tips.
#3 One of the best parts of a new season is new clothes! Check out these Fall Outfit Ideas & Modesty Resource List.


#4 After you've gotten all that organizing done and picked out some new clothes, relax with this Roundhouse Princess Pumpkintini!
#5 Finally I know you are all wanting to know, What Would Beyoncè Do? Cake in a Mug :)


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

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ikea Frame Hack


Fall is here! 
Well, football and school are here but the summer weather is still in full swing. But who cares, I'm going to get the house ready for all those cool nights and warm colored leaves. So first up is changing out our living room decorations to something a bit more "festive" :) 


So I bought this frame from Ikea a couple of weeks ago for a different reason. But then it wasn't the right size so I figured I'd come up with another use for it. It was the perfect size to replace the butterfly collection we had on the mantel before, but the clean white wasn't really meshing with everything else. To fix that I found a piece of scrap wood from the old horse barn on our property, and luckily is was just enough!



Then I measured, and cut the board in to 4 strips. 
Then angled the corners so they fit together "seamlessly".
Then I clamped the strips to the frame and flipped all of it over so we could see the frame. 
And finally I just pre-drilled and screwed the frame to its "new" face! 


So, there it is! My first Ikea hack!! And my first fall themed post for the year :) 
I love the way the old boards look with all of the other decor. And even though my cuts were a bit wonky and the boards didn't line up perfect, I think that just adds to the character of the wood!
This was a 2 hour revamp of our mantel so I can't wait until I really get to sit down with new decorations to give this room that cool autumn feel!

How are you welcoming in this cooler season?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Staging a Festival Booth - York SummerFest


Y'all probably saw all my talk about getting ready for my first ever festival last week. I had to prepare lots of new products, business materials, and just figure out how to put a booth together! I knew it was just going to be Reed and I setting up so I needed some guidance. I went to Pinterest and didn't find a single thing to help with staging a booth for a craft show or festival! So here it is Pinterest, your first staging post :) 


The first things to tackle are your business ends. 
I am no pro, but I did make sure I had these things: 
-Business cards (I took 300 but needed more so take LOTS!)
-Shop banner (I thought about making my own but then got this gorgeous 3ftx6ft banner from BuildASign.com and it was awesome! With 4 grommet corners it was easy to hang, beautiful colors, and great durability. Whatever you choose to do for your banner make sure it has your basic information listed, and is LEGIBLE!
-Receipt book (you can grab small ones from the Dollar Store)
-Inventory List (write down EVERYTHING you are taking and the price)
-Order forms (for those customers that didn't find the perfect thing right then)
-Bags/boxes for sold items
-Change! (I took $75 in change, mostly small bills. But because of the pricing of my items I never even touched the change and left the festival with all $75 un touched in my cash box).
-Cash box! (something to securely hold all of your money, we used a zipper pouch that could be tucked in my husbands belt). 

Like I said I'm no pro. But I did learn a good bit, but probably forgot a good bit too. But if you remember these things you will at least make it through the day :)




Now for the actual staging
This part was so fun to do, I LOVE staging everything, my home, party decorations, and finally my "shop"! Here is a quick step by step on how I chose what went where in my 10ft x 10ft tent.
1. I decided on a theme and chose the products that went a long with it. (I chose a whimsical living room theme.)
2. I did a pre run of the set up a couple of days before hand so I could see what I needed to prop pieces up with or hardware for hanging.
3. I used lots of furniture so that people could visualize where these items could go in their homes.
4. make sure to add LAYERS. Layers of texture, color, and products are more interesting to the eye and will draw people in and keep them longer!
5. Keep similar products together. I had all of my fall/winter items staged in the back center of my tent and all of the football themed goodies right off of that. This will create a flow for people to move around your tent.
6.  If you can add a 3D element to the front of your tent that will catch peoples attention as they walk past. I had countless people stop and look at the tree filled with signs and from there people ventured in to the tent.
7. Have a station with all your business needs. We dedicated one small corner at the front to hang my banner, display business cards, and even had cold water for patrons. This allowed people to grab my information with out having to totally stop.


I know there is so much more I could share but I'm gonna stop there. This first experience as a festival vendor was awesome! I hope to do it again soon and I will do a better write up with the more I learn.

Also, if you see anything you are interested in please visit my ETSY shop!
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Making Monday #54

Hello friends!
Can you believe that almost exactly a YEAR ago this party was started?! I'm pretty sure that may be the most epic party I have ever taken a part of :) 

Welcome to Making Monday, LETS PARTY!

 
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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Gracie has such a talent for art and this week she's giving us another fun art lesson ~ Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique.
Corn on the Cob Isn't shucked corn a beautiful site? Lori froze 6 dozen ears of corn for ease of eating now and she has enough to last a year in the freezer {hopefully}. Freezing Corn for Year Round Eating.
 

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

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#6. Homemade Corn Dogs ~ Maria Alison at Ten at the Table.

We hope that you ladies are loving this party as much as we are! We just 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.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you didn't make it as a feature this week keep linking up because next seek 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!
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Making Monday #53

Hello friends!

We're so glad you've stopped by. We know you have busy days so it means a lot to us that you still take the time to swing by and hang out for a bit! You'll notice by the number of features that last week's submissions were exceptional. I had such a hard time narrowing it down and would have chosen every single recipe and project if I could have. A BIG thanks goes out to each of you for sharing your talents with us.

Welcome to Making Monday.

 
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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Gracie cooked up a tasty looking Sausage Veggie Skillet dinner. I'll bet it tasted as delicious as it looks.
Frozen Chocolate-dipped Bananas
 Lori made an old favorite ~ Frozen Chocolate-dipped Bananas. They're easy to make and are a fairly nutritious treat.
 

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

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#1. Magazine Rack turned Book Caddy ~ Shonee at Hawthorne and Main. This is such a cute project that I actually went to a thrift store the other day in hopes of finding a caddy similar to this.
#2. Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers ~ Trisha at Black and White Obsession. A long, long time ago when I was in school I used to cover my books with brown paper bags and then doodle on them. This idea is much more modern and up-scale.
#3. Homemade Sopapillas ~ Leilani at Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith. I want some of these sopapillas right now but I don't have the time to make them. They're definitely in my upcoming menu plan.
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#4. Driftwood Sailboats ~ Kay at White Gunpowder. I know I'm partial to sailboats but are these driftwood sailboats cute or what?
#5. No-Bake Lemon Slices ~ Eliza at Eliza Ellis. Lemon. Bars. No-Bake. These Lemon Bars are calling my name.
#6. Phone Pouch Pattern and Tutorial [FREE] ~ Debbie at Wow I Like That. These little phone pouches are adorable and perfect for teenage girls. The tutorial is great and they don't even look very hard to make!
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#7. Crock Pot Shredded Beef ~ Janel at A Mom's Take. This is my kind of recipe ~ throw all of the ingredients in a crock pot, smell it's yummy scent all day long, and then sit down to a tasty meal that makes me feel like I haven't cooked at all!
#8. Rosette Pillow ~ Michelle at Home for Now. This pillow is stunning. I think it would look great in any color or pattern of fabric.
#9. Chalk Painted Concrete ~ Heather at Woods of Bell Trees. I have a love for painted concrete floors and need to get brave enough to re-paint my laundry room floor so that it looks great instead of just adequate.

We hope that you ladies are loving this party as much as we are! We just 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.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you didn't make it as a feature this week keep linking up because next seek 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!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique



Goodness gracious, I've left y'all hanging on art lessons! 
I've been doing a lot of watercolors on my own this summer. Lots of babies gifts, shower invitations, and even some sweet pieces for friends. Basically, I've been really enjoying myself and not sharing with you (unless you've been on Instagram, then I'm over sharing)! So here we go with another lesson in watercolor, the wet on wet technique! 



The wet on wet technique gives you the fluidity that is so desired in watercolors. It is a much looser technique than other painting styles. What that means is that you have less control over the outcome, which is really a beautiful thing :)

So first off you need to wet your surface. I use a damp sponge and lightly wipe down my paper. (You don't want it wet enough that the paper has a sheen but damp enough that you can feel it.)

Then you simply take your colors mixed on your pallet and drop them in. Depending on how wet your paper is you will have different amounts of control with how the pigment reacts once laid down. You can see in the first photo that I was still able to create shapes but there are no real "edges". 


Once you get your base color down, don't wait for it to dry. Just start dropping in more pigment (image 3)! By not waiting for it to dry you are allowing the two colors to mix naturally together which creates a very soft variation. 

Now I recommend only doing this with colors in the same family, or you may start getting a bit muddy. So you can wait and let the paper dry a bit before adding in some more, if you do this you can start to make more definitive marks (last image compared to second to last image).

Like all techniques it is good to experiment so you can figure out how to use your brush correctly in these situations. You can go back to the post about Brush Strokes and do the same exercises but with wet paper, that will help you see how the pigment moves on the page for the wet on dry technique, and the wet on wet technique! 


 How are y'all getting along with these watercolor lessons? Is it something you are interested in learning more about, or are there other mediums you have questions about? Whatever it is let me know, I would love to help you figure out how to make art on your own!
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