Showing posts with label Other Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Other Projects. Show all posts

Monday, April 29, 2013

You're Gonna Love It - #52 Link Party

I'm so excited to be helping Kathe With an E celebrate the one year anniversary of her fun link party by being a co-host!  She is such an awesome lady, full of creativity and I think she's just a little bit excited too!!  Come join the fun!

Take it away Kathe........ 

52 weeks ago the very first  
"You're Gonna Love It Tuesday" 
blog party at Kathe With An E went live!!  

I know!  A whole year ago!  
I cannot freakin' believe it myself!  
Over the past 12 months I have worked really hard to 
make the party as fun as possible each week.  
It has always been my goal to have the party be not for me 
but, my readers, my friends, YOU!  

I want everyone to be able to come and really 
feel like their posts are being showcased to their full potential. 
This little party has grown so much and 
I reeaally love hosting it each week.
I've grown too and I have learned a ton!

I cannot thank you enough for, 
not only choosing to party with me,
but, for your comments too.
I truly do love "talking" with you!
Through this party I have made some
life long friends and I hope you have too!

Now, we just gotta celebrate right?
I have some awesome friends that are going to 
help me by co-hosting this week.

That means when you link up here or on one
of their blogs, 
you are getting 11 times more exposure!
Yep, like I said, this is your party each week and
this is my gift to you!

Without further ado, let me introduce you to
my co-hosts for this weeks special party:


My Photo
Love Bakes Good Cakes
Feeding Big
Cynthia@Feeding Big

Lauren Frank
Lauren Frank@Tutus & Tea Parties

Since this is a pretty big celebration,
I'm opening up this weeks party to be


That means you can link up blogs posts, giveaways, your own link parties,
Etsy shops, whatever!! 

I will also have no limit on how many posts you can link up!
All I ask is that you keep it clean and family friendly please. 

(And, would you please consider sharing this party on 
Facebook, Twitter and Google+)

And, finally, I am going to pin every single post that links up
Again, more exposure for you!!

*By linking up your post, you are giving Kathe With An E permission to use your pictures as a feature on this blog and other social media outlets.

So, that's it!  
Let's make this the biggest 
You're Gonna Love It
party ever! 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Once again, I was about to throw something in the trash and realized that I could make something useful out of it.  It's gotten to be an affliction and I might be starting to get a little worried about it! 
I love it when I see that first flash of orange that lets me know the orioles have arrivedTheir song is so beautiful and unique that I often hear them for a few days before they are brave enough to make an appearance.  For years I fed them orange halves that I just sat out on my deck rail because all of my hanging space is taken up by hummingbird feeders. was messy and the orange halves would draw ants or get blown off of the deck rail.  Then, my sister told me a secret.....
Orioles LOVE grape jelly!!!  I did not know that. Much cheaper than oranges.  I started putting grape jelly out for them and they did love it, but....same problem...either my dish got covered with ants or blown off or worse yet, if it rained, the jelly would flood out all over the deck and make it sticky.  I am happy to say that I have solved all of those problems and did it for FREE...using something I was about to throw away.
You can use any container that has a lid, mine just happened to be the little container that these mini pies came in.  (Thank goodness I'm too lazy, I mean busy, to bake a pie.)  
I primed it with some spray paint and then painted it orange because orioles are attracted to orange. 
I found another little plastic something to hold the jelly in the center, added some of those little decorative glass pebbles around it to weight it down when the wind blows.  Then I put water in the rocks as an ant barrier so they couldn't get to the jelly.  

I sat it out on the deck rail using the inverted lid kind of like a coaster under neath.  When it rains, all I have to do is put the lid over it.  

I left one black...just to see if it really made a difference to the orioles, but I'm guessing once they arrive and figure it out it won't.
They're due any day now and I'm ready for them.  Just waiting for that first flash of brilliant orange!
I think one of these and a jar of jelly would make a great inexpensive Mother's Day gift, don't you?

Linking up to any or all of these fine parties.....

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


When I was little, I learned this song that I also taught to my own kids.  It was only when I was teaching it to my grandson who looked at me like I was crazy, did I realize that it's kind of a strange, weird and possibly cruel song. 
I got a package in the mail yesterday from my dear friend and Inspiration Cafe partner, Heather from The Beating Hearth.  She had made these cute chicken and turkey pin cushions (she has an obsession) and posted them on her blog a while back and I told her how much I adored them.  Guess what was in my package????
How cute is that??  I know it's a fun pin cushion...but I think it may live in my kitchen for a while.  Makes me smile!  Thank you Heather!  I love it all!
 That song?......
Well, I had a little chicken
And she wouldn't lay an egg
So I ran hot water down the side of her leg
And the little chicken hollered and the little chicken begged
And soon the little chicken laid a hard boiled egg! wonder my grandson looked at me like I was crazy!  But then, he's a little crazy himself.... 
 Hope your Christmas is rockin!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Mug Swap Reveal

Back in the fall, my friend Heather at Heatherly Loves posted a blog about a Christmas Mug Swap.  You know I just love to try something new, so I signed up for it right away!
 I mean who could resist that cute little picture of Santa Claus and the idea of giving and getting a Christmas mug through the mail?
I had never heard of the person's name I had, nor did I know if they even had a blog.  I shipped them out a bone china mug with a Cardinal and tree on it, filled with candy, some Starbucks coffee and Peppermint Mocha.  I hope they received and liked it!

I certainly was surprised and thrilled with the mug I received from 
my swap partner, whom I was lucky enough to know, because I love her blog!  It's  Karen Mary Butterfly from Shabby Brocante!!  
Now I have to say, Karen was not only prompt, (I received my mug right away!), but that lady knows how to pack a lot of fun into a cute little mug!  I came home from work after a particulary "not pleasant" day and found a box waiting for me on my door step.  When I opened it up, I found this little guy smiling at me!
Instant mood changer!  Really, how can you not smile back at a smiling snowman?  And the bow...a cotton cloth weave with red snowflakes on it.  (You know I saved it!!)  See that cute other dotted ribbon hanging down?  Uh huh.....that is the cutest little wired mini pom-pom garland I have ever seen! (Saved that too!)  Now, what didn't get saved was what's inside the mug.....
 Those yummy See's Peppermint puffs and plenty of chocolate Santa's to go with a cup of cocoa!  Yep...I have to admit, they didn't last long!!  The mug itself, has a beautiful Christmas scene complete with a fireplace, decorated mantel and a beautiful Christmas tree!
 Thank you Karen Mary Butterfly!  You certainly made my day when my mug full of happiness arrived on my door step!  Although the candy is long gone, the snowman lives on my tree and the ribbon and garland found a home in my craft supplies, I think of you everytime I fill that mug with a cup of coffee (like today) or cocoa.  If you are not familiar with Karen's blog, Shabby Brocante, go check it out and make a new friend! 
A big thank you to Heather from Heatherly Loves, for putting this mug swap together and inspiring me to try something new! 
(Heather is hosting a link party for everyone to reveal their mugs!  It starts today and you can see them HERE!)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  It's time for the Crafty Cornucopia paint challenge link up. Hopefully, you've seen all of the paint tutorials for the Crafty Cornucopia Challenge, projects here, but lets take a quick look before you link up below.


If you missed it, I shared this framed card here at 
Silo Hill Farm

 Judges for this challenge are 
Kadie from Seven Alive
Morena from Morena's Corner 
One winner will recieve a $25.00 gift card to Starbucks...yummmm...from yours truly and another will recieve earrings and ad space from One Artsy Mama.  
I'm looking forward to seeing your paint projects!  Please link them up below and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


We've explored Buttons, Ribbon & Burlap in the Crafty Cornucopia. Now we're moving onto one more challenge round-paint! I know this week's bloggers are ready to share their inspirational tutorials for using paint. Then on Thursday, we'll all be ready to see YOUR projects.
There will be two winners-chosen by our super cool judges Morena and Kadie. You can read more about them HERE. There are two prizes-$25 to Starbucks from Silo Hill Farm and Earrings/Ad Space from One Artsy Mama.
Come back each day this week to see what One Artsy Mama, Love and Laundry, Sugar Bee Crafts, and Silo Hill Farm have in store for you. Get inspired, and then get ready to share your PAINT fall creations starting Thursday!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Hey, I just wanted to remind anyone who is linking up projects to the Crafty Cornucopia Challenge....that you can link up your Burlap and Ribbons projects over at My Favorite Things blog today. 
There aren't too many projects linked up, so if you have a project you've done that involves ribbons and burlap, head on over and link it up!  There are prizes for every round!
Then head back here next week for the paint portion of the challenge with myself and these fabulous bloggers:

Amy from One Artsy Mama
Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts
Shatzi from Love and Laundry

Each of us will do a paint tutorial on Monday thru Thursday and then the link party will go live here on Thursday night at midnight.  I'll remind you that there are some fun prizes for each round and then the winners of each round will have a chance to win an awesome box of goodies from Pick Your Plum!!  
I know that next week is Thanksgiving and so many of you will be busy, but for those of you who aren''s a chance to win big!
Don't forget to visit our awesome judges for this challenge:
Kadie at Seven Alive and Morena from Morena's Corner 

See you next week and get your paint project ready to post!  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CRAFTY CORNUCOPIA - It's "Button" Week!!

Hey everybody, I just wanted to remind you that the Crafty Cornucopia Challenge has started!!
This weeks theme is "Buttons", hosted by Dee at the CSI Project and Carrie over at My Favorite Finds
Visit either one of the above links for a little button inspiration.
Want to know a little bit more about the judges? 
They are Kadie at Seven Alive and Morena from Morena's Corner.  You can meet them and learn a little more about them HERE.  (If I were entering a challenge, I'd certainly want to know who the judges were and check out their blogs, maybe even show them a little comment love.  It's not a requirement....I'm just sayin'.) 
You can read more about the challenge where I posted about it HERE. 
So c'mon!  Get your craft on, get your buttons out and bring your "A" game to the Crafty Cornucopia Challenge.  You'll be linking up those projects at the CSI Project's Link Party starting Thursday @ 2a.m. through Friday @ 2p.m.  You could win some awesome prizes (not to mention some serious bragging rights)!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


You know how I am always telling all of you how to get involved in things in the blog world?  How to try new things and meet other bloggers?  Well, just so you know......I do practice what I preach.  I am so excited to be participating as a host, along with some other great bloggers, in the
This is a first for me and I think it's going to be fun!  The prizes are awesome and YOU can enter this challengeCheck out the information below from Carrie at My Favorite Finds, who is the originator of this challenge, then get your game on  and be ready for week 1, beginning November 4th. 

Are you ready? I sure am! I am so ready to get this Crafty Cornucopia Challenge started. I know that so many of you are crafting for the fall, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with. Get your glue guns fired up, your sewing machines dusted off, and your crafty creativity ready because you won’t want to miss out on the Crafty Cornucopia.
Here is how it will work:
Sundays: The craft supply for that week is announced. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Stop by to see tutorials for some great inspiration from the week’s hosts. Thursday and Friday: Link up your fall craft projects. Saturday: The WINNER from that craft round is announced and moves on to the “Final Round”.
Some of my {FAVORITE} bloggers are joining in with tutorials, prizes for the winners, and judging your fabulous FALL creations:
November 4: Buttons with Dee @ The CSI Project and Carrie @ My Favorite Finds November 11: Ribbon and Burlap with Kelsey @ Embracing Messy, Alecia @ Chicken Scratch NY, and Maria @ Sweet Yarns November 18: Paint with Amy @ One Artsy Mama, Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts, Shatzi @ Love and Laundry, and Danni @ Silo Hill Farm
Your projects will be judged by: Kadie @ Seven Alive and Morena @ Morena's Corner
The overall winner will be announced the week of November 25th and will be awarded with a Box of AWESOMENESS from Pick Your Plum~worth $75!
There will be prizes for the winner of each round including: $25 to Starbucks, Ad Space, Hand Crocheted Goodies, Jewelry, and more from these sweet ladies:
Kadie @ Seven Alive
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
-- Hugs! Carrie My Favorite Finds