Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mixed Metal Madness

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I haven’t made any jewelry in a while and have been seeing gorgeous mixed metal chain necklaces everywhere. Being a sufferer of the condition, ICTMTM ( I Can Totally Make That Myself)  I decided to play around.
I started out with some metal chain from Bead Landing ( Michaels)
And got out some other supplies from my stash:
I had some pewter “pearls” from a previous project and some big white “pearls” I picked up because they were there. Since I wasn’t sure where I was going w/ this, I didn’t take pics along the way.
I mixed different lengths of the large chain in the middle of the first picture with the dark chain on the left, attaching on either side with jump rings to some other chain I had in my stash. 
I strung some of the pearls on head pins and attached them to the middle link of each layer of the necklace.
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mardi Gras Printable

I don’t live anywhere near New Orleans but that didn’t stop me from wanting to make a Mardi Gras printable because well, why not?
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Let the good times roll!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

BFF#10: JC’s Loft

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Welcome to “BFF” aka Blog Feature Friday! This week I’d like to introduce you to a fun blog called:
JC's Loft
and the blogger behind it, Paula. Paula has lots of fun projects and congratulations are in order because she has just completed her very first PAID party planning gig. Woo hoo!! You can see why I’m sure this won’t be her last. Here are some pics from a bridal shower she recently did:

Paula also does some great d├ęcor projects like this faux lamp tutorial:

You will just have to go visit to see the tutorial and you will want to make these!
And I’ll bet you can’t guess what this gorgeous vase started out as:

And look at these cute and creative treats she did for her son’s first birthday! You HAVE to go see the whole thing, but here’s a peek:

So if you need some inspiration, party ideas, or just a creative pick me up, please go visit Paula! You will be glad you did.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LUCK o The Printable

It’s not supposed to be snowing in Seattle in February! Just had to get that out of the way. I was playing around with some digital downloads I found at this really cool FREE site: Eden Scrapbooks and decided to make one more St. Patrick’s Day printable. I’ve been playing with layering and stuff!
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Time To Start Thinking About Spring Cleaning

I'm in a perpetual state of trying to keep my craft room / office organized. When all my stuff is orderly, my mojo tends to get put in a box with my supplies so I lean towards organized chaos. I think it's organized. Mr. Chocolate thinks it's chaos.  

Still, as my blog grows and I plan on going Etsy ( I do...I do...) and there are more papers etc. to keep track of as well as other stuff that ends up in my office, it becomes more important to be more organized. The gals at One2One Network in conjunction with Fellowes have a great opportunity to win a great tool to help with this, as well as some reminders on how to keep things organized, the need for security and prevention of identity theft: 

The Fellowes P-12C paper shredder is a durable, innovativeand affordable machine. With Fellowes’ industry-leading technologies, the P-12C provides high-security and is safe for family environments

* To ensure high-security against identity thieves, the P-12C features Cross-Cut technology, which destroys a single sheet of paper into nearly399 particles. 

The P-12C also includes Fellowes’ patented SafeSense technology, which disables the shredder when it senses hands or large pets come too close to the paper opening.

You can go to the One2One blog for details on a giveaway to win one of these! Details here.

Some other useful things to remember ( courtesy of the Identity Theft Resource Center) :

Top 5 Tips for spring cleaning the home office:

Begin with the Basics: Sort through the piles of paperwork on your desk and in your office drawers.  Place them into two categories: ‘save’ and ‘shred.’ ( They didn't say anything about envision in a collage or mixed media piece but that goes without saying right?)

Proper Storage: Organize the "save" pile into labeled folders and be sure to put anything confidential into a fire-proof lock box.  The "shred" pile should be properly disposed of with aCross-Cut shredder, such as a Fellowes P-12C

Get a Digital Makeover: Refresh your home office computer bydeleting files you no longer use and backing-up important dataonto an external hard drive.  Clean out your inbox and change all passwords.  Refreshing your computer is a good practice to follow throughout the year as well. 

Make Life Easier: Plan ahead by purchasing organizational tools for your desk, such as computer risers or file folder holders.  This will help clear clutter from your desk top while keeping things within arms reach.

Freshen Up: Get rid of dust and germs that easily build up on office equipment such as keyboards, telephones and cabinets.  You'll feel instantly more productive with a clean workspace.

I wasn't compensated for this blog post but saw it as part of my affiliation w/ One2One and thought it was worth sharing. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

February Open House Wrap Up and WINNER!

Thanks everyone for linking up to the February Open House link party at The Answer Is Chocolate! As always, there were some fantastic ideas shared and I’m going to highlight a few but I loved them ALL!

First though, since Shannon from

Swainston Vinyl and Designs was so sweet to sponsor a giveaway this month, let me announce the LUCKY winner of her awesome Irish Blessings sign and $20 Gift Certificate to her shop:

February Open House Giveaway

You had to leave a comment to be eligible so the lucky winner is commenter #22:

Caroline from:

Congrats Caroline! I will give Shannon your email so you two can work out the specifics!

A few highlights from this month’s Open House:

Crystal, from Crystal’s Clocks,Crafts and Vinyl shared this fun St. Patrick’s Day idea:

March porch sign

Antonella, from Quilling, Art and Expression shared her amazing quilling talents with this gorgeous butterfly:

You will never guess what Suzy from Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom used to make this filigree frame:

And of course I have to have a chocolate feature. Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life just had to tempt me with these:

Again, thanks to everyone who linked up and I hope you’ll come back again next month on  March 18!