Thursday, May 26, 2016

BFF Open House Link Party

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Eve ! Hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

A Spring cold has come my way so no features today. We'll get right to the party ! 


Thursday, May 19, 2016

BFF Open House Link Party

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Eve all! Hope the week has been kind to you. Really looking forward to a three day weekend next weekend! 

Let's see some ideas from last week's party:

Doreen from Altered Artworks finds the best flea market finds and then transforms them into even more fabulous pieces. This vintage sewing box is no exception.  "Sew"  pretty!  I heard you groan. 

Speaking of vintage, all those vinyl albums I once owned are now considered vintage. No I don't feel old at all! Love what Lynda from Lynda Creates did with these to make a very cool display stand. 

In keeping with my coincidental theme of found and altered project features, take a look at this piano stool makeover from Artsy VaVa  that started with a piece of fabric she found at an antique mall. 

I dare you to resist these Reeses Brownies. I know I couldn't. I will never get tired of any peanut butter and chocolate combo! Thanks LouLou Girls

Now on to this week's party! 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

BFF Open House Link Party

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Eve all! Hope the week has been kind to you and you to it. Chugging along to the middle of May already and Summer will be here before we know it. We've already had some Summer like days up here in the PNW and I think we may be in for a hot one. We're not used to it! 

Let's see some ideas from last week's party: 

Loving these DIY marbled pots from A Pretty Fix. Super easy to do and the effect is wonderful. 

Linda from Paper Seedlings has been working on hand lettering and shared this piece. I love the quote and the way the letters are done.  Please note: this is her original artwork and not for use as a printable! 

I don't love scented / flavored lip balm (I just hate smelling and tasting it!) so this unscented DIY version from Woods of Bell Trees is perfect! 

Why is it that everything tastes better in a jar? These strawberry desserts from Lou Lou Girls are no exception. With Summer and picnics and outdoor dining season, these are great to store and transport. 

Now let's see what everyone's been up to this week!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

BFF Open House Link Party

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Even and Happy Mother's Day weekend all. Whether you're a mom or a mom figure to someone in your life, wishing you joy and happiness. I won't see my "baby" but my joy comes from knowing that he's working his heart out pursuing his dreams. For me, that's the point of motherhood. OK also knowing that I'll get to see him for a few weeks next month!! 

Here are some features from last week's party a couple you can still whip up to celebrate a mom in your life. 

From Woods of Bell Trees, how about a Jelly Donut Sugar Scrub?! No calories.  

This is not so much of a project as a fantastic idea.  You need to visit Saving and Simplicity to find out what the idea is but I bet you will love it. 

The mystery continues with this wonderful necklace idea from Mich in LA. I challenge you to guess what she used to make this. You won't. Trust me. So you'll have to go visit to find out. 

Nothing says Spring like digging in the dirt. In this case, these fun dirt cups from Sugar Spice and Family Life


Monday, May 2, 2016

Girlfriend Gifts : Gold Foiled Herb Pots

I don't get together with friends that often, so when I do I like to bring a little something. I think as makers, it's in our nature. 

I had the opportunity to work with some goodies from Oriental Trading Company to make these little Herb Pots. 

OTC Supplies used for these: 
  • Unfinished Square Flowerpots 
  • Patterned Texture Paper Pack
  • Dictionary Tags

Other Supplies: 
  • Mona Lisa Brand Gold Foil Simple Leaf and Adhesive
  • Misc Craft Paints
  • Mod Podge 

I painted the unfinished pots with cream acrylic craft paint. Once dry, I added strips from the patterned paper pack as shown. 

Once the paper strips were dry, I applied the gold foil adhesive to the top and side edges.  The adhesive takes about 20-30 minutes to dry to a tacky state. Once there, I applied the gold leafing randomly. I wanted to match the pattern in the paper so I didn't want complete coverage. I even roughed it up in places. 

I wanted the Dictionary Tags to coordinate with the pots so I applied scraps of the paper I used on the pots along  gold glitter paper and stickers from my stash. 

Since I am not much of a gardener or green thumb ( unless it's green glitter!) I was thrilled to find these all in one herb kits at Target. I included two of these in the pots. 

I wrapped the completed pots with strips of tulle, and finished off with the tags.

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