Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Mantel

Monday, September 30, 2013
Here is the beginning of my Halloween mantel.  It's still got a way to go, but it's a good start don't you think?

I'm using the top of my turquoise dresser that sits in my living room.  It's nice to have a large surface to decorate, but it's also a challenge to find decorations that fit the scale of the piece.

(*I was given the Doodlebug products to use as part of my work on their design team)


The first thing I did was head out into the hills around my home and collect some branches.  These were from a tree that was already dead. ;)  I had originally thought I would spray paint them, but after seeing the cool gray patina they already had, I decided to just leave them.  I arranged them in a pitcher and added this sweet scrappy bunting in Halloween colors and these fun ornaments using the new Pixies from Doodlebug Designs.

Next, I went out and purchased this haunted house from The Wood Connection.  I used papers and stickers from the new Doodlebug Halloween line.  They are the perfect fit for someone like me who isn't really into the gory, creepy side of Halloween.  :)

 The last project I finished was these cute faux apothecary jars.  They are probably my favorite part of the whole display.  I used wooden candlesticks, glass jars and wood finials I found from my Mother-in-law.  I glued the finial to the lid and painted both the lid and candlesticks.  Then I glued the jars to the candlesticks.  


Finally, I used papers and stickers to create the decorations on the jars.  I used paper bands so they can be slipped off after Halloween and traded out for fall/ Thanksgiving and other holidays.  I love a versatile decoration. 

 I'm still waiting for my husband to dig out the rest of our holiday decorations, and I'm hoping to sew a fun runner for the top of the dresser.  But, if this is all that happens this year, I'm still pretty happy with it. ;)

Are you all ready for Halloween or do you still have some digging to do too?

xoxo,
Amy 

linked up to Look What I made. Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes

Point of View Reveal- Mantel

The leaves are changing, the air is cooler and pumpkins are popping up everywhere.  It's the time of year you turn your energies inside, making your home cozy and warm for the coming winter.  What better time of year to spruce up your mantel?

POV-September-2013

I think they are all beautiful, don't you?

For more details, you can follow their links:

Amy Cowley our guest for the month visiting from The Happy Scraps
Ashlee at I'm Topsy Turvy

Even if you don't have a mantel to decorate, you'll see that at least half of us just use some other place to create a focal point.  What kind of mantel do you decorate?  I'd love to see- link up below.  Remember that the link party stays open all year, so you can link up now, or later.  And the posts don't have to be new- go dig out those previous mantel posts and let's all get inspired.  Ready?  Go!!

xoxo, Amy

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Coin Purse with Wrap Card by Ameroonie Designs

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
*This was a guest post I did clear back in May. I just realized that I never actually posted it over here. Even though we're already back to school, this would be a great idea for a Christmas gift or just a nice mid-year Thank you. And it doesn't even have to be for a teacher, you could change the text on the card and make it for just about anyone.


Teachers definitely don't get paid enough for all that they do for our children.  They spend hours outside of school, and money from their own pockets to create learning opportunities for the students they teach.  So what better way to thank them than by giving them some money to spend on themselves?

And what would be better than a cute little coin purse to give them that money to spend?  And if you wrap that cute little coin purse in a darling wrap card?  Extra Credit!

Today I'm going to show you how to get to the head of the class with this sweet and simple wrap card.  If you want to make your own coin purse- you can find the directions on my blog.

 First, you will need to measure the dimensions of your coin purse.  Mine is 3" tall by 5" wide, with a 1" gusset at the bottom.

 To determine how long your card needs to be you need to add 1/4 inch to the height and depth of the purse then add enough for your fold over flap.  In my case I need to add 3 1/4" (front of purse) + 1 1/4" (gusset- or depth of the purse) + 3 1/4" (back of purse) + 3 (flap) = 10 3/4" 

  Cut a strip of card stock or heavy scrapbook paper 1/4" wider than your coin purse and the length you just determined.  In my example the paper would measure 10 3/4" X 5 1/4".

  Using the picture above as a guide, score the strip from left to right at 3" (length of flap), 6 1/4" (height of purse+ 1/4" from score line) and 7 1/2" (depth of purse + 1/4" from previous score line).  Fold at each of the scored lines.  Embellish the flap as desired.  

  To create the twine closure, punch holes in the flap where you want the twine to tie.  Fold the card as it will wrap around the purse.  Using a piercing tool, punch holes in the card front that line up with the holes on the flap.  Using a needle, thread the twine through the pierced holes on the card front.  Use a piece of tape to hold the twine in place.

 Thread the twine through the holes on the flap and tie into a bow.  Add a gift card or cash to the coin purse and slide the coin purse into the wrap card.  Now give it to the incredible person who dedicates their lives to teaching and helping children achieve their full potential and tell them Thank You!



XOXO,
Amy

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What I did on my summer vacation....

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
-played outside
-had birthday parties (someone even had her FIRST birthday)
-went swimming
-spent time with friends

-and thought a lot.

I have been thinking about what I want this blog to be.  About what I want my life to be.  

I have decided that I have been selling myself short. 

 If all this blog is, is a place to share crafty ideas, well, then it's wasting all of our time.

There are plenty of places to go for that.

I want this to be more.  More meaningful, more purposeful, more REAL.

There are plenty of magazines and t.v. shows and blog posts out there trying to tell you how to be and what to do to live a picture perfect life.

I don't want to share perfection.

I want us to roll around in the muddy trenches of life and wallow.  To lift each other up when we're sinking too far.  To inspire and help and sustain each other.

To show our stains, and mistakes and fears and then offer each other advice on how to get it out, fix it up and overcome.

There will still be plenty of crafty ideas, that's what I live for.  It's what makes me sane and helps me support my family. (in a VERY small way)  I will share what I do and love and hope that it doesn't make you feel less than if it's not your cup of tea, but that it will be shared in a way that will inspire you to find your own happy, your own way of expressing yourself and your own path to JOY.

There is enough darkness, and filth and HARD things in this life.  I want us to create some SUNSHINE.  All of us together, shining our lights will push the doom and gloom out of our lives and we will be HAPPY.

I can feel it warming my heart already.  Can you?

So, will you join me?  The future is so Bright we're gonna have to wear SHADES. ;)

XOXO,
AMY




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