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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:
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* 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 🙂
Entries must be received by 11/5/11 at 12 noon. Winner will be announced next week. Good luck!
This past Friday afternoon was not like every other Friday afternoon. It was the day I got my dirty little paws on my first iPhone.
I was always that girl that didn’t really care about having the newest coolest tech gadget. In fact, I prided myself in having a phone to use it for what it was meant to do…make phone calls. I got so bad about this, I actually refused to pay for a cell phone. Verizon’s “new every two” was the thing for me. Every two years I got a new (and free) cell phone. These phones always had buttons. I thought that was the best part.
Here’s what old faithful looked like.
It wasn’t a bad little phone. It served it’s purpose, plus had a slide out keyboard to accommodate my texting habit.
This phone has been dropped more times than I can even recall. The shell of it actually falls apart when I’ve dropped it over the past few months. Over the past weeks, it’s been shutting off if I try to send a picture message. It was time for a new phone. I had to bite the bullet. Thursday night I went on the Apple site and reserved my iPhone.
I picked it up along with a sweet new turquoise Speck Candyshell case and an anti-glare screen protector.
Oooh La La!
Siri is my new BFF. She is my personal assistant on my phone. I push the little button and ask her to remind me to email so and so when I get to work. As soon as I pull into the parking lot… “Mindy, don’t forget to email so and so” .
Unbelievable. How did I ever get by without this thing?!
Since Friday, I have become significantly more Tweetastic. I am obsessed with Instagram, the Pinterest app (obviously), words with friends, and the google translator. Did I mention that I’ve had this phone for 72 hours and I think my thumbs are going to snap off?!
Oh yea, I typed this entire post on it using the free WordPress app 😉
Do you have an iPhone? Do you have an android phone? Are you completely obsessed like me? Is this addiction curable? HELP!
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 😉
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.
Yeah, you read that correctly. I can explain.
am obsessed with sometimes check out Pinterest (pssst…see my pinboards here). I follow lots of craft & D-I-Y boards to get my creative juices flowing. I saw this photo pinned up.
The caption was “Apron Made From Dish Towel”. I love any project that involves repurposing (and I have an odd developing collection of aprons…don’t ask). I quickly skimmed the article, and did what anyone with the attention span of a 6-year-old would do. I looked at the pictures instead of reading the actual words. What? I was way too excited to waste time reading directions.
I needed to make this.
I got up from my computer desk, jumped in my Honda, and chirped out of the driveway. Target, here I come!
I picked up this beauty for $2.
Next, I held it up to me, folded the top corners down and stuck a few pins in to hold my place.
It should look like this…
I cut the excess fabric below the pins.
Fold the frayed, scraggly edge under and re-pin.
Next, grab some fabric ribbon. I cut 2 pieces about 18 inches long to tie behind my neck, and then 2 pieces about 24 inches to tie behind my back. To stop the ribbon edges from fraying, I lit a candle and placed the edge of the ribbon close to the flame (not touching the flame). I was shocked that the whole house didn’t go up at this point or that Mr. FSL didn’t find me doing this part, because he’d carry me out of the house in a straight jacket. I digress… oh yeah, the ribbon. So the edges of the ribbon will slightly melt, and thus no frayed edges.
Do this to all of the ribbon edges.
After those were situated, I attempted to clear a space on my (hoarding pile of felt, chiffon, rhinestones, feathers, buttons…) craft desk so I can find my sewing machine amongst the rubble.
It’s like frikkin Where’s Waldo in here!
Sew the pinned top corners down.
The short ribbons that will tie behind your neck attach to the top corners that are freshly sewn. I used a box shape with an “x” in the middle. It looks fancypants, plus it’s probably sturdy.
If you are new to sewing like me, here’s a little trick I discovered to make corners nice and neat. When you reach the place that you want to create your corner, leave the machine needle mid stitch and still poking through the fabric. Lift the presser foot up and turn the material to where you need it to be. Pop the presser foot back down, and voila! A sweet, neat corner.
If you aren’t a new sewer, and are a seasoned pro, stop laughing.
Hold the fabric up to you and see where you need the ribbons to tie. I have the world’s shortest torso, so mine are probably sewn where your armpits are.
Sew those babies on the same way you attached the neck ribbons (the box & the “x”).
**You should be finished here**
If you are like me, however, at this point, you just got super excited and put it on and danced around for 3 seconds until you realized that it doesn’t fit right.
If I needed an apron with armpit flaps, this was the ticket! But it’s not what I was going for. Back to the
pig sty craft room.
I was so happy I did a victory dance and shook my tail feather in my gym clothes!
Not bad for a $2 napkin! It would make a really cute housewarming gift if you put it in a basket with cake mix & a fun bundt pan or even paired with a pot holder.
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!
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
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 😉 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 😀
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Did you ever have a booth at a fair? What kind? Would you ever do it again? Let’s chat.