Oh my goodness! It’s the Getting Creative at Home Tour and It’s My Turn! Wow! I have seen so many amazingly talented people over the past few days! It is so much fun! Have you been joining in on the fun along with us? What has been your fave so far??
The Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour came about because there were several of us bloggers that missed out on attending a Blog Conference called “Haven”. My new friend Julie got us together, since we could not attend Haven, we would have our own blog conference and invite YOU to come along!
Getting Creative at Home and it’s my turn begins right now!!
I like to:
I am also a huge fan of:
of crafting. I have been crafting my whole life. Whether it’s painting, gluing or sewing-I love it!
I have also been known to cook and bake up a storm in my kitchen:
I love to share my recipes often with my readers.
A few other things you might want to know about me are:
I have a fetish for empty frames. I have them everywhere. I really like the idea of the openness and the fact that I can hang anything on them with a simple painted clothes pin.
My coffee table was $10 at the thrift store. She is one of my faves. The tray was a thrift find for $3!! I know! I was SO excited!!
My kitchen shelves are always filled with thrift finds and/or shells because of my love of the ocean.
I found this shutter for 5 bucks and made her look old. Not too shabby, huh?
I love using book pages to decorate. Actually, you might say I have an obsession. (PS-the frame was brand new at the thrift store for $7!!-SCORE!)
One of my fave projects has been these moss covered vases, candle holders and candle.
I had so much fun painting these beauties!
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Do you need a good laugh? Do you need a good laugh about YOUR craft fails? I KNOW I do. CraftFail was just what I needed. I am happily talking about a Book Review and Interview with Heather Mann today.
I am one of the lucky few that get to see Craft Fail before it hits the shelves. It has been a joy to read. But first let me tell you a little bit about the author:
Heather Mann, the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and co-host of the web show Get a Little Creative. She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon.
Here is a little insight about CraftFail:
But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those among us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty! Because even if you can’t make a handsome Papier mâché stag to hang on your wall, why shouldn’t you try? As Heather says, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when it does go wrong—as it inevitably will—you can always find solace in sitting back and laughing at the ridiculous results. As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.
CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process.Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.
I was able to interview Heather. This is how the interview went:
Question #1: Why did you decide to write CraftFail?
I have learned so much about the power of failing from running the CraftFail website that I wanted to share! And I wanted to share the LOLs, too, of course!
Question #2: What motivates you?
I am extremely motivated by the process of being creative, and also by the excitement of posting my creations online! I love to share with others who have a like-minded love of creativity.
Question #3: What do you want your readers to gain from your book?
First, I hope they’ll be entertained! Second, I hope they are encouraged to look at failing in a different light — it’s not something to be avoided, but to be embraced. I have learned so much from my various CraftFails, and I hope my readers will too.
It was late at night when Hubby and I hopped into bed. I told him I had a book he might like to look at with me. He said, “Meh, okay.” Within just a few minutes of reading the tears were running down our cheeks from laughter. We laughed till we cried. We could relate in so many ways. AND, we have been through more craft fails of our own than we could ever count. Heather nails it on the head with what it is like to fail at crafts, She sees the reality of Craft Fails and embellishes it perfectly. The photos, the writing, and the humor is what every crafter can relate to on so many levels. It is a MUST READ for EVERYONE. I will definitely be sharing CraftFail with my family and friends. It is a great gift. I think anyone who reads CraftFail will laugh as much as I did, if not more. I can’t wait to look through my copy again…OH WAIT! I have several times, already!
Pick up your copy of CraftFail soon.
Make it a terrific Tuesday!
I also wanted to remind you…
Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I most certainly did. I had visits to the pool, a date with my Hubby, and painting some “new” thrifted pieces of furniture. I can’t wait to show you what I have been up to. BUT, today I have a Book Page Crafts Board just for you. It is filled with book page crafts chosen just for you AND made by me.
I started making book page crafts years ago. I have always felt that making a book page craft gives a worn and torn book new life.
While I was in Oregon, my daughter and I did lots of traveling, crafting, shopping, thrifting, antiquing, eating, and laughing. We had so much fun! She has a lot of DIY projects in her home. They are all very impressive. I fell in love with these DIY refrigerator magnets using vintage broaches and pins.
Don’t you just love these magnets? They would beautify any refrigerator or magnet board.
She started off by using broken rings, vintage broaches, and pins. I really like the variety, don’t you?
Then with a simple magnet bought at the hardware store, Joann’s or Michael’s; she hot glued each broach or pin to a magnet. Yep, it is that simple!
What broaches, rings or pins do you have to beautify your refrigerator or magnet board?
I hope you will make some of your own DIY refrigerator magnets using vintage broaches and pins soon. I would love to see pictures of what you can come up with.
Thank you for joining me today! I hope you have been inspired to create timeless ideas for your home.
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Make it a great day!
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This Easy and Simple Eucalyptus Garland takes three components and a short amount off time. That’s my kind of craft. Perfect for a casual day of crafting and relaxation.
Hello Hello! How is your week going so far? With Spring and Easter coming up really soon, I have been working on my DIY Moss Easter Baskets. And I am having a blast doing it. That makes it even more fun to share with you…
Come on and let’s take a look how I made my adorable DIY Moss Easter Basket:
It’s a great way to savor the Christmas cards I truly treasure.
This project is easy and costs very little to make.
Today’s features were chosen by
Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.
I couldn’t be happier about today’s Field Trip Friday with Debbie from Debbie Doos. She took me under her wing right from the beginning of my first blog post. So, it is an honor for me to have her here today.
Hi there everyone, so nice to be here today at What Meegan Makes.
Meegan and I go way back, like way back to when she first started blogging. It has been a pleasure getting to know her through this journey of creativity.
My name is Debbie and my blog is Debbiedoo’s.
I share, budget friendly home decor ideas, crafting and thrift finds, some even freebies that I make over.
This was my past year round up and I do hope you enjoy and come by and visit me sometime.
I did not have a whole lot of BIG diy’s this past year.
My largest project was
probably painting the fireplace surround.
You can read all the deets about it, but is sure was a lot easier than I had aniticpated. I even asked myself what took me so long.
I started off the New year pretty heavy into crafting.
I started to get the hang of it more and really had fun just going with it.
by the time March came along I am sure I had at least 30 or more crafts on the blog.
These burlap utensil holders were a fan favorite indeed.
I loved them too and can’t wait to get them out again before you know it.
March was a really big month for my family and I.
We got to take a trip of a lifetime to The countryside of Ireland.
Our son marched in the St. Patricks’ day parade.
I was pretty whipped after that trip and did not do much for the rest of the month.
April came along and I started getting into my upcycling/repurposing projects
I never thought this old chippy window turned chalkboard would be so popular,
but y’all really liked it and it still hangs proudly in our kitchen today.
and since the rooster stencil was out,
I decided to make a pillow out of a drop cloth
You would have thought this thing was made out of gold on pinterest.
I always question what makes something so popular, and you really never do know. I just do things I love and if it sticks, great, if not, that is fine too, I LIKE IT! and it is our home. You have to enjoy your own surroundings and be comfortable with your own style. That is one thing that has been the toughest for me in blogging.
NOT changing everything on a weekly basis!
I almost forgot another big diy of ours was painting the pantry door red.
We are so happy with this project, still.
It is holding up great and just adds such interest and conversation to the kitchen.
I later found out the history of a red door and was fascinated by it.
there was a sharpie.
First time at a sharpie project.
This dollar tree plate with Sharpie set the tone for more sharpie projects to come.
If you notice I am highlighting the archives as I go, there are a lot of crafts and home projects in them for you to check out according to the season.
JUNE was a huge month for me
Probably the biggest boost for my overall morale and self esteem since blogging.
I tried it stricly as an experiment and thought I would take pics as I went along, just in case it turned out OK
Mixing Mod podge with Rit dye turned out better than OK.
I went on to do some pretty cool stuff with the Rit dye and Mod podge combination.
Glad I kept in mind you’re only a rock star for a short time, then it is back to same old same old.
Not complaining, I like my same old same old, but like I said this little boost was certainly good for me at the time.
Then before you knew it, in a blink of an eye,
fall was here and that truly is my favorite.
My garbage picked Painted with rit dye, burlap and chicken wire pallet shelf is probably my favorite of all.
Have I mentioned it fell off the wall once?
Yes, it did, and not a thing broke off of it. The nail actually broke, very weird, but hubby fixed it and all is good now.
The fall season is gone before we know it, and people quickly move onto Christmas. In fact, people I noticed started pinning Christmas decor in October.
cray cray indeed.
But that is how this biz rolls, very quickly, competitively and rush it along. Hey, I don’t make the rules, if I did, we would still be in Fall mode.
Christmas was easy and very stress free for me this year.
I decorated lightly
even bought myself a small Charlie Brown Christmas tree from Target.
All the Christmas decor, but the tree is down now!
In fact, this sucker is staying up for a while and I plan on decorating a few more seasons with it.
Here is a sneak peek at Mr. Charlie Brown tree and our Family room for Valentine’s day.
So, that is my year in review. Like I said, a lot of crafts,
oh and even more cooking and baking for me this year.
I appreciate every single one of my friends and readers that come by to visit me.
Wishing you all the very best in
Thanks for the bottom of my heart Debbie! You Rock!!
I hope you all enjoyed Field Trip Friday with Debbie from Debbie Doos as much as I did.
Make it a Field Trip Friday…
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Not only that, BUT this blog post is part of the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments. If you are arriving here from Petticoat Junktion, Welcome! I am SO happy to have you here today. And, if you follow me on a regular basis, you KNOW how happy your visits make me.
There is everything from wood working to wall hangings, vintage pieces and sea shell crafts.
I am excited to share them with you.
Are you feeling inspired? We are, too!
I have the DIY Monogram Snowflakes that I made for our grandbabies, plaid ribbon, strings of pom poms, lots of glitter and vintage style ornaments.
Come a long and join me and my friends for an Extra Ordinary Christmas Tree Blog Hop.
Hi everyone! Do you have Spring weather where you are? We have had crazy weather. One day it is in the 80’s and the next day the wind is blowing with rain. Craziness, right? BUT, when the weather is nice I like to have my family over and it is fun to teach them How To Make Flower Cupcake Picks after we have baked a few goodies.
It is pretty easy and adds a touch of flair to your homemade baked goods.
This is what I used to Make Cupcake Picks for my tea party:
scrapbook flower punch
elmer’s glue (because it doesn’t turn yellow after time)
I gathered all of my scrapbook paper and punched out lots of flowers. I used three different types of punches for variety. I punched out enough to have for every kind of event I could think of. From graduations, to birthdays, to swim parties, to baby showers.
My next step was to find the center of the flower with the tooth pick.
Using the glue, I adhered the tooth pick to the scrapbook flower.
I also added glue to each petal. (Not TOO much, because, I didn’t want it oozing out the sides and middle.)
The next step was to place the other flower on top. Using my fingers, I applied pressure to the middle and each petal. Be sure to allow at least a few hours for drying time.
A quick tip is to make sure you toothpick sticks out far enough from your flower to be able to stick in your cupcake with out falling over.
How fun are these Cupcake Picks? I like how they look in my orange cupcakes made from scratch.
My creative juices are going crazy. I want to make them for our granddaughter’s eighth birthday coming up soon. Like I always say, the only thing that limits you is your own imagination or creativity.
Thanks for stopping by and making my day even that much better.
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Don’t you love playing Secret Santa with good friends? I KNOW I do. I am lucky enough to be a Secret Santa this year with My Friends Secret Santa Blog Tour. Today 25 bloggers will be playing Secret Santa to each other. Our names were all randomly drawn to make a Christmas Gift/Decor for another blogger. How fun, huh?
I am excited to be sending my Secret Santa gift to Christy from Our Southern Home. As I looked through Christy’s home (no, I wasn’t stocking her…well, maybe a little) I noticed that we both have a love for book page crafts.
Hello! And Happy Wednesday. It has been a full week of traveling to visit the grandkids. Hubby and I took 6 days off to go trick or treating, visit Beverly Hills, eat, play games, sew, shop, eat, and sing Happy Birthday to a grandson.
I am settling back at home again. Our home is filled with Thanksgiving, pumpkins, wreaths and giving thanks.
The Simple Thanksgiving shelves are in a central part of our home. You see them as soon as you walk in the front door.
I like finding old books and using them as “pedestals” for my accessories. Candle sticks work really well, too. Do you do the same thing?
I found a printable on Hometalk and was so excited to incorporate it in my Thanksgiving decor. (Especially since it has a blue pumpkin)
Using my own cardboard chalkboard I scripted “Give Thanks”. It’s good for all of us to give thanks everyday, not just at Thanksgiving. What’s that saying? “There is always something to be thankful for”? I believe that will all my heart.
I made my pine cone and pecan garland last year for Christmas decor. I have used it for lots of other holidays, as well. It’s my frosting on the cake for the Simple Thanksgiving shelves.
Filling my green bottles with old, broken sticks was just the added touch I needed to finish off the look I was wanting for this year’s Thanksgiving decor.
I hope you are giving thanks today and everyday for all that you have.
Leave me a comment telling me what you are thankful for. I would love to know!
If you are looking for or wanting new traditions in your family, come back on Friday for loads of ideas.
A handful of my blogging friends and I are putting together some special Thanksgiving Traditions for you. I know you will enjoy every minute of it.
I will see you back here then…
Make it a lovely Wednesday full of thanks!
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