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Blogiversary Giveaway!

In celebration of this blog’s first birthday, it seemed fitting to host a giveaway from the Finding Silver Linings Boutique.¬† Without this blog, and its encouraging readers there would be no Etsy venture for me.

One entry for each of the following:

* Follow FSLblog on Pinterest (click here to go to the page)

* Follow FSLblog on Twitter (click here to go to the page)

* Tweet about this giveaway @FSLblog

* Leave a comment telling which item(s) you’d like to win from Finding Silver Linings Boutique (click here to see the shop), or describe what you’d like for a custom order ūüėČ

* 3 extra entries if you’d like to host a Finding Silver Linings Boutique giveaway on your own blog (email me for the details on this one) !!!

FSL readers receive 15% off¬† by using coupon code FALL2011 at checkout ūüôā

Entries must be received by 11/5/11 at 12 noon.  Winner will be announced next week. Good luck!

xo

Mindy

Pinterest Can Inspire You To D-I-Y! (Part 2)

I’m on a full blown Pinterest bender.¬† Seriously.¬† This series will have a couple more installments to come…

Pinterest was practically made for disorganized creative types.¬† There’s actually an entire category for Do-It-Yourself project pins.¬† I’ve found so many crafty ideas that are on my to-do list…er…DIY pinboard!

Some I’ve already made…

Inspiration pin:

My version & tutorial:

Inspiration Pin:

The one I made for our 1st anniversary gift:

Here are some projects I hope to tackle in the future…

A dresser repurposed into an island

Tall cylinders, rubber bands & spray paint!

Fabric covered drawers for the craft room

What crafty things have you spotted on Pinterest?  Do tell & link up!!!

Not Your Grandmother’s Wreath: A Tutorial

I hate wreaths.¬† There. I said it.¬† They remind me of old ladies.¬† Since I’ve been introduced to Pinterest, I’ve seen some that I actually -dare¬†I say it- like! I’ve seen some pretty cool D-I-Y wreaths while surfing the net and¬†I sort of filed the idea away in the “I’ll make it someday” category in my brain.¬† Plus I bought a styrofoam circle a few months back just in case the mood struck¬†ūüėČ

Today was the day.  We were having guests over for dinner, I bought some new stuff for our bathroom and the blank wall behind the toilet was driving me  crazy for quite some time.  I bought a shelf a while back, but the way that the lights are in that room, any type of shelf created too harsh of a shadow.  So I decided to make a quick wreath.  Go figure.

Here’s how I did it:

I started with the styrofoam circle that was stuffed in the craft room closet.

I opened the drawer to my hoarding station, AKA my craft desk, and pulled out a spool of jute twine.

I tacked the jute to the styrofoam

I used styrofoam glue because I was nervous that hot glue wouldn’t work at first, but I’m sure it would be okay after making it.¬†

I spread the glue about a quarter of the way around the circle with my finger and only on the back side of it. I did 1/4 of the circle just in case the glue dried too quickly.

I wrapped the jute around and around…

Glue another 1/4 and keep wrapping

Repeat gluing & wrapping until it’s covered.

Now you’ve got an earthy yet sleek & streamlined base for your wreath.¬†

Now comes the fun part.  Jazz it up with whatever you like!  Buttons or bottle caps would look quirky & home-made, fake lemons would look cool in a kitchen, feathers would add some oomph, but I had some satin flowers lying around from a failed Finding Silver Linings Boutique project that I dreamed up (see the projects that made the cut  here).

I hot glued it on

What have you D-I-Yed lately? Do you love wreaths?  Do they remind you of old ladies?  I want to know all about it.

My First Craft Show

My aunt makes gorgeous jewelry and was going to be a vendor at the local Fall Festival. Along with a few other women, she was going in on renting a space for their tent.¬† She asked me to join in, but I didn’t have enough items for all 3 days.¬† I agreed to do an afternoon and just bring what I had (which wasn’t much) and set up a small table.

At the last minute, the other ladies backed out leaving my aunt stuck paying for the whole thing, so I went all in.¬† I locked myself in my craft room (which I started calling “The Lab”) for a week and a half and made a lot more headbands, brooches, pins, etc.¬† I studied a few boards on Pinterest and researched a bit on how to set up a craft fair booth.¬† I even made a D-I-Y cake stand for part of my display (keep your eyes peeled for that tutorial soon!).

The night before, I set up a mock table in  my dining room so I could save time the next day.

I had to figure out how to display lots and lots of headbands using minimal table space and without crushing them.¬† Not easy.¬† I could have gone to Michael’s Craft Store and spent a fortune on cookie cutter, boring display pieces, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune or have a display that looked like anyone else’s.¬†¬†So I did what I do best.¬† I looked around my house for things I could use creatively. I used my plain cylinder vases by putting hard headbands into them. I liked the way they fanned out around the vase.¬† I also placed a decorative branch in¬†each vase and clipped hair pins and clips onto the branches.

I put the stretchy headbands on various Marilyn Monroe¬†& Audrey Hepburn themed books…

I made price tags, wrote down my inventory, snapped some pics of the general set up so I can remember what I did, got $100 in change, gathered my bags & business cards and put the items into labeled ziplock bags. 

Since the fair was 3 days long, all vendors had to set up and take down their booths each day.  So, I packed everything into my huge suitcase (and a big tupperware bin) so I could wheel the heavy stuff to and from my car.

I didn’t have time or cash¬†to buy¬†a new tablecloth, so I used our old silver velvet duvet cover, lol!¬† We had to supply our own lights as well, so I stole the snazzy ones off of our night stands.¬†

I used one of our snack trays as my “check out stand”.¬† I used our silver sparkly umbrella stand to showcase the feather headbands and accessories.¬†

From the vases and books that I decorate with, to our bedroom decor, our  house was left looking like the Grinch came & stole everything for 3 days!

ME:

 I was ready to go! 

The funny thing is, most people stopped to inquire about the lamps! 

This set up was a bit busy, so as the day went by, I condensed and moved things around. 

I went from the butterfly bobby pins , rosebud pins, & ladybug pins on a paper plate (sorry about the blurry pic) to using my metal containers that used to house my herb garden and mousse cups that a co-worker gave me.

Here are a few of my best seller items, in case you were curious.

Chloe baby headbands

Elizabeth hair clips & baby bands

And here are some happy customers! 

 

Liz baby band

Rose bud bobby pinDanity ClipTu-Tu Ballerina baby band

Bella stretchy headbandHot Pink Jolee baby band

If you¬† or someone you know would like to look as adorable as these ladies above, click here to be sent to Finding Silver Linings Boutique¬†ūüėȬ† You can customize¬†ANY piece you see into a clip, a brooch, a bobby pin, a baby headband, a stretchy headband, hard headband, shoe clip, purse pin, etc.¬† It will be hand-made by moi.¬† Just do it ūüėÄ

*End of shameless advertisement paragraph*

 

Did you ever have a booth at a fair?¬† What kind?¬† Would you ever do it again?¬† Let’s chat.