Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last day of May...& a note about Joplin, MO

Time is flyin'...
This is the May layout of the Canvas Corp Calendar sample that
I made.  I just love how simple this one turned out!
I cut the top parts of the Canvas Mini Heart Shapes to create the
scalloped border around the butterfly.
 This is an angle to show the dimension.
The black tag is actually "chalkstock" and can be written & erased like
an actual blackboard.  On this tag I wrote with a permanent marker.
 Canvas Corp sells blank calendar grids, I just made the title part and stamped the numbers in.
 I just have to say that my thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been suffering through these horrible tornadoes this year.  A lot of the storms were so close to us.  One night the sirens went off around 5 times, we were exhausted with the anxiety of the unknown path of these massive storms.

About 550 men from our church went up and served the people of Joplin this past weekend.  They organized themselves into teams and were able to help a lot of people.  I was so happy that my husband, Bill, was able to go up for 2 days, it was a very humbling sight.  My brother and 2 brother-in-laws were up there also.  They saw the devastation first hand and the pictures cannot show what it really looks like.  They heard so many heart-wrenching stories of what these people went through.  If you can donate either your time or money to help where you can...please do so! 
All of the men from our church wore yellow shirts.  My brother-in-law, Steven, happened to make it on ABC Nightly News last Saturday.  While they were filming him working he happened to hit his finger with a hammer and he was looking at it like "ouch"...:)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Inspired by...

Where has this week gone...I am late posting my inspiration of the week that I have found.

I love porch swings!  I would love one, along with nice weather, to relax on.
When I was little, my family had a southern style front porch and we would get
swinging on the swing pretty good and then "fly" off...those were the good ol' days!
{this photo from Southern Living}
One Swinging Season
I have been seeing a lot of big, long pillows for couches around, like this one from Southern Living.
I just love this flower that Rhonna Farrer shared on her blog HERE.  Anything that Rhonna makes/designs I just adore!
Jen from Craft-O-Maniac shows how she made these fun Chevron Earrings on her blog {click here}.
I saw this on Just Beachy blog...I want one!
Did you see her feature in the Easy Decorating Magazine?  I bought one the other day and noticed that it was Chris from Just Beachy blog that I love to find inspiration from her!
I want to eat some of this from Fudge Ripple blog {watermelon with mint and feta} on a porch swing...doesn't that sound good?!
Enjoy your weekend!

"Our Family Circus" Make Memo Board

Canvas Corp Make Memo boards are so much fun to alter. You can do any theme to match your decor or how you need it to function.
The boards come with a 12"x12" magnetic white board insert, the size with the frame is 14.5"x14.5". The magnetic board is also available to buy separately.
On this project, I added chalkstock to the corners to make it an all in one message board.

Products used:
Canvas Corp: White Make Memo Board, Bright Patterned paper, Burlap & Canvas Mini Shapes, Chalkstock, Corkstock, Twine
Jillibean Soup: tiny letter stickers
American Crafts: Letters
Beacon Adhesives: FabricTac
Ranger Ink: Vintage Photo
Other: Magnet {the little lion is a magnet}

Here is a link to buy the Make Memo Board.
Canvas Corp - MakeMemo Collection - Wooden Frame with Metal Board - White - 12 x 12Canvas Corp - MakeMemo Collection - Wooden Frame with Metal Board - Natural - 12 x 12

Monday, May 16, 2011

Flowers in my yard...

Can I just tell you how much I love it when my flowers bloom, well I do!!

This is only a small section of my Peony bush.  Last year I only had about 4 blooms, this year about 20!!
 I think this is a Glamis Castle rose...I love it no matter what its name is!
 I just wish that these deep purple flowers would bloom all summer!!
 My light pink rose bush produces one hot pink rose, I just love how it stands out!
Enjoy your spring day!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Inspired by...

Jen at Tatertots and Jello made this fun Cupcake Stand {Canvas Corp, click here to buy}.  I just love the bright colors and of course the Chevron designs!

 I just adore these rolled roses made out of paper that Emily at Jones Design Company created.  She has a totally inspiring blog and tutorials.
rolled flowers
Sweet T Studio made this fabulous wreath for her front door.  I love the colors that pop on the burlap.

Jenny at The Little Green Notebook blog showed how she turned a dresser into a kitchen island...genius!  She has ultra fab taste...would love for her to come and jazz up my house anyday!

Gourmet Mom on the Go blog showed how to make these Push Pop Cakes.  Yum, Yum!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring Banner Wall Hanging

I made this wall hanging using Canvas Corp's 18"x18" Burlap Stretched Canvas, a perfect size for designing with the Canvas shapes.

Materials Used:
Canvas Corp: 18"x18" Burlap Stretched Canvas
Canvas Triangle Shapes
Canvas mini Hearts {the bottom was cut off and saved for another project}
2"x2" Stretched Canvases
1 Canvas Mini Triangle
1Canvas Mini Tag
Brights Pattern Paper Collection
Mini Clothespins
DecoArt: Paints colors: Turquoise Sparkle & Lemon Drop {Glamour Dust},
Peony Pink, Hauser Light Green,
SoSoft Fine Glitter Ice Crystal
Crystal Stickers Mark Richards: Bling
Cosmo Cricket: Tiny Type letter Stickers
Beacon Adhesives: Fabrictac
Other: Accu-cut die for the birds and label

For the scalloped border, I cut the bottom half of a Canvas mini heart shape and attached it all around to frame the pennants.
The great thing about this project is that each pennant can have is its own personality.
The key is to add layers of product for the dimension factor!
You can't go wrong with a tiny pennant on a pennant!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring Flower Stitch...

You have to go and check out this large stitch on a burlap stretched canvas that Catherine made on her blog:  Avery and Winslow.
She shows on her blog how she made it!
I just love the colors and how it is so whimsical!!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kate's Birthday Decor...{photo heavy}

So, it has only been about a month ago since Kate's birthday...
now I am finally posting about the whole thing.
I am a photo procrastinator on this one!

This was actually set up in my living room {for a while} until
I can do the photo shoot.  I also had to make a new set of cupcakes
to take this picture.
I covered my craft table with a canvas drop cloth.
 I used Canvas Corp Round canvas shapes and cut them in half for this scalloped edge.
Then it was easy to add the banners and butterflies.  I thought of painting the scallops, but
I thought it would be better to keep it neutral to use for other occasions. 
{2 of the butterflies are made out of Canvas Corp Corkstock}

 Would you believe that when I was taking these pictures it was storming outside?
It was pitch black. I had my boys holding lamps up for light on the side.
 Who doesn't love a great vintage scale in a tablescape?  :)
 This is a tiered shelf from Kate's room that I altered a little by adding some
embellishments.  I used all Canvas Corp patterned paper.
 I thought that it would be fun to have Kate's hands on canvas.  I used a 10"x10" Canvas Corp canvas and DecoArt paints {bahama blue and peony pink}.
 A great keepsake...
I just love using the mini clothespins to attach everything {Canvas Corp}.

  A top view of the Cupcake stand.  Canvas Corp's blank cupcake stands are soooo easy to alter.  I used Beacon Adhesive Fabric Tac to attach everything...and it works awesome. 
{to buy a cupcake stand, click here}
 It is hard to tell in this picture but I used DecoArt SoSoft fine glitter paint {ice crystal}
on the canvas mini triangle.

Materials Used:
Canvas Corp:
  Burlap Fabric Sheet, corkstock, mini clothespins, bright patterned paper line, Canvas Round shapes,   Canvas & burlap mini shapes, Cupcake Stand, 10"x10" stretched canvas, mini bags, twine, mesh

Deco Art:
  Bahama Blue, Peony Pink, SoSoft Ice Crystal

Cosmo Cricket:
  Tiny Type stickers

American Crafts:
  Ribbon, thickers

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Inspired by...

This is a collection of what I am inspired by this week...

How cute is this...tutorial on how to make these hanging bird cages here:  The Bride's Cafe.
Over at the Natty By Design Blog, she shares a tutorial on how to make these sweet bows. {click here}
My Dream Kitchen by Tobi Fairley!  I just love everything about his room!! Is it the polka dots? Yes, and everything else!  {Click Here} Tobi is a genius with color and design...
I am really loving all of the projects using rulers lately...especially this beauty!
Lois from Frugal Decor Mom blog made this Sunburst mirror using old rulers.
I am lovin' this simple and sweet onesie that
Vanessa at V and Co. made.
She is a sewing Goddess!
I saw this over at Flea Market Magazine Blog...{click here}
I made some Banana Bread tonight...I love the smell of it in my house...yummy!
Banana Banana Bread Recipe