6.30.2011

Tickled Pink No. 54

Happy 4th of July!
(a little early)
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I am Tickled Pink to celebrate the U.S.A.!
I know I have said I do not like holidays...but this one is an exception.
July 4th has always been a favorite!
How are you celebrating?
Here is the link to the banner
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We are off to the annual chili cook off at Rook No. 17's place for the 4th.
Anyone have a good chili recipe?
(You know what I am saying...one I can win with...I am not competitive at all!)
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...NOW...
I am NOT Tickled Pink about Cars 2...anyone see it?
I am interested in hearing what other thought?
For me - too James Bond-ish.
Too much blowing things up.
Too much stupid bathroom humor.
Too much Mater.
I was expecting more...
For the record I LOVE (the original) Cars!
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I know I am not the only busy lady or man out there..
I know I have been awful at returning emails and comments.
I am working on it, but when the choice is go to the park with the kids
or return emails, right now the park has to win...they grow too quickly.
...so THANK YOU all for coming by! I appreciate it!

I LOVE the ease of sharing links on Facebook, so this is how I will make my way through Tickled Pink links. I will now get more active with that!

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I am also inviting you to share your
link on my FaceBook wall this week.
Please no giveaways or etsy shops,
but whatever you link up here, feel free to share the link on my Facebook Wall.
Hope I have not made a mess with that invitation!
(be sensible peeps...I reserve the right to DELETE!)

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A craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...a short story...a  poem...
a  fashion find...a  favorite product...your favorite  post...
whatever makes  your blog  fabulous!
That is what Tickled Pink is all about!
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5. Please visit at least the 3 links in front of you!


TICKLED PINK Now Has Categories
I won't banish you if you mess up, but try to link appropriately, pretty please!

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crafting, diy, decor type links



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posts you love, stories, favorite things, ideas to share

DIY! Clever Chalkboard Napkin and Utensil Caddy

I have a little thing for weird objects that I can turn into amazing (at least I think so) projects. I adore those faux Bundt pans (I think) technically I have to call these beauties ring shaped fluted cake pans...because Bundt is a trademarked name!) you see all the time at the thrift store...If they have a cool shape or color I pick them up and use them as "vases" for centerpiece displays and planters....but recently I had another idea...which never quite got finished in time...but it morphed into this idea...
a napkin and or utensil caddy.
(or an art caddy...or anything  you want!)

SUPPLIES
  • Faux Bundt pan or ring shape fluted cake pan
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer
  • Krylon Chalkboard Paint
  • Rockler Sanding Bug
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Multi-Purpose Wire, Dand-o-line green (I used a heavy duty wire so I could form a nice handle...there are other options. I bought this at the hardware store).
  • Wire Cutters
  • Twine/ribbon/strips of fabric
  • Chalk
DIY IT!
Go check out the full tutorial at The DIY Club!
And see who won June's Project Party!
Are you ready to join July's Project Party???


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This is a super easy project!
You just need to clean it.

Drill a couple of holes, and sand it.

Prime it!

Paint it.

Attache a handle!

Decorate it!

I decide to use this as a napkin caddy because I like to use cloth napkins as much as possible, and it makes a cute presentation! And it is so easy to pack up and move around!

You could use this for so many other thing too - condiments, silverware (with some mason jars tucked inside)...and of course my still all time favorite as a centerpiece.

Do you have a favorite hint or tip for entertaining?

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Some products have been provided to me through my affiliation with The DIY Club.
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Paint My Walls, Purdy Please!

As I have mentioned I am in a state of change (and denial) when it comes to life and my house. I have decided the house needs a boost - I color my hair when I need a boost, so I will paint my walls when the house needs a boost! Such an easy way to transform a space.
(these curtains need to be retired!)

I had hoped that when I showed you my dining room paint, I would also have some gorgeous NEW Roman Shades as well...but alas that did not happen. I ordered the shades - got a GREAT deal...both were on clearance!!! Opened package number one - perfection. Package number two was on back order...just received it...a different color than package one (it says it is the right color but NOT!)...so I have mismatched shades that cannot be mismatched because they are right next to each other. UGH...OK that is my rant.

Anyway...my paint is still beautiful! So, I'll just share that with ya.

I used Mythic Paint, in Melted Truffle - gorgeous! This paint has no VOC's and guess what hubby did not notice I had painted when he got home from work, yes, that is right no paint stink...YEAH! Um, it took two months for him to notice that I painted...go figure!
Besides the great color, what really made this an easy paint job is the Purdy tools. it is true a good (or great) paintbrush makes all the difference! You can read more about the Purdy tools at The DIY CLUB! While you are there be sure to check out who won June's Project Party and get ready to enter July's Party!
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My dining room is small, but right in the front of my house....
it has some more fancy-ing up to be done to it,
but great well painted walls is a start!
And it makes my ugly door makeover look even better too!

How do you spruce up your house?

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6.28.2011

I'm at Craft Camp!

Skip to My Lou has Craft Camp happening throughout June.
There are a ton of great ideas from so many talented bloggers.
There is something for everyone!
Today I am happy to be one of her campers!
Yippeee!
(better yet...no bugs at Craft Camp)
Want to see my super cute Angels and Monsters in the Garden...go check them out!

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DIY! Happy 4th Banner!

I am not a big door decor lady, or a big holiday decorator either.
I do love wreaths, but that is about it
(and heck I only have my screen wreath out anyway)...
but after making my birdie welcome banner...
I am sold. I love looking at that sweet banner.
So, for the 4th I decided to make a U.S.A. banner!
504 Main USA Banner

SUPPLIES:
  • Canvas Corp, Canvas Shapes, Stars
  • Canvas Corp, Canvas Shapes, Triangle
  • Canvas CorpJute Rope, Light Natural
  • Liquid Stitch and/or Heat and Bond
  • Template for letters and stars. I printed them out on the computer in the right font and size...but my little helper stole them and made her own project. So I ended up using chipboard letters I had and traced a star.
  • Red, white and blue fabric - assortment - use what you have!
  • Ribbon for banner base.
  • OPTIONAL:
  • Tea bag/hot water and washing machine.
  • Buttons
504 Main USA Banner

DIY IT!
I decided I wanted some beat up looking stars: I first gave my canvas shapes a tea bath for about 2 hours and then washed them in the machine. I LOVE the slightly aged color and frayed edges (yeah…it worked!).

  • Layout out design of the banner.
  • In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions).
  • Layout out design of the banner.
  • In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions). Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric.
  • - See more at: http://thediyclub.com/2011/06/hollys-usa-banner/#sthash.T9NtXBO0.dpuf
    Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric. - See more at: http://thediyclub.com/2011/06/hollys-usa-banner/#sthash.T9NtXBO0.dpuf
    In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions). Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric. - See more at: http://thediyclub.com/2011/06/hollys-usa-banner/#sthash.T9NtXBO0.dpuf
    In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions). Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric. - See more at: http://thediyclub.com/2011/06/hollys-usa-banner/#sthash.T9NtXBO0.dpuf
  • Layout out design of the banner.
  • In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions). Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric.
  • - See more at: http://thediyclub.com/2011/06/hollys-usa-banner/#sthash.T9NtXBO0.dpuf
  • Layout out design of the banner.
  • In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions). Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric.
  • - See more at: http://thediyclub.com/2011/06/hollys-usa-banner/#sthash.T9NtXBO0.dpuf
  • Layout out design of the banner.
  • In the meantime, applied my heat and bond to my blue and red fabric (according to package directions). Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond – be sure to flip them over – you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric.
  • - See more at: http://thediyclub.com/2011/06/hollys-usa-banner/#sthash.T9NtXBO0.dpuf
    • Once applied, I traced the letters and star onto the paper backing of the heat and bond - be sure to flip them over - you want them to be backwards on the back side of the fabric.  Cut out the letters and shapes
     
    • Layout your design
    • Place them on the canvas shapes. Peel paper backing off of each letter/star and press with iron onto the canvas shape.

    504 Main USA Banner
    • Once the letters and stars are applied, cut a 48" length of 3/4" grossgrain ribbon to use as the base for the banner. Lay the shapes out on the ribbon.
    • Glue each canvas shape onto the ribbon using Liquid Stitch. Let dry.

    • Thread one piece of jute twine through 6 buttons and tie off. Glue in between each canvas shape. Let dry.

    • Rip strips of the colored fabric - cut small (1/2") slits along the selvage of the fabric - this should make it easy to rip all across. You can also cut the strips if you want straight lines. Try to remove the strings.
    • Tie one piece of each fabric and one length of twine together. Make 6.
    • Flip DRY banner over and place a dime size dollop of Liquid Stitch "behind" each button. Lay the knot from the fabric strips on the glue and let dry.

    504 Main USABanner

    CELEBRATE!

    How do you decorate for the 4th!? 
    Happy 4th!
    Happy Summer!

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    This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
     
    Need another craft for the 4th?
    Try the Fireworks in a Jar!
     
     
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    6.26.2011

    The Buffet...an Entertaining Essential

    We entertain a lot....it is not always formal, in fact I am more than happy to make a sweep of the house, throw everything in the laundry room and have good friends over for a game night or a crafting afternoon (sometimes I do freak about cleaning the bathroom).
    One thing is for sure there is always a lot of scrumptious food!
    I am really tired of it always on the kitchen counter. I would love a place, a buffet or sideboard for my home where I could stash all of those entertaining essentials, that would also function as a dedicated serving space. I almost think this is a necessity in my quest for totally home organization (which is going quite slowly by the way!).

    In my current home, I do not have a lot of room for a big piece of furniture, nor do I want anything too fussy. Function is key if I am adding any furniture into my home right now.

    This simple sideboard in distressed brown has storage, it is not too big-not too small, fits in perfectly with my decor, and also has surface area for hors d'oeuvres and other goodies.

    On the other hand a sideboard with wine storage, bigger cabinets, and a little more surface for displaying and serving. I was also drawn to the lighter color. The style is a little different than some of my other pieces, but I am in a design transition now (that is a fancy way of saying - I am tired of some of the stuff!), so it could work.

    Oh and then I saw this gorgeous Jessica McClintock Buffet 
    (I may have had a dress or two designed by Ms. McClintock in my day!)
    I fell in L-O-V-E!
    It is not simple, but it is glamorous and gorgeous!

    So, tell me how do you entertain?
    Are you formal, casual, afraid to invite people over at the spur of the moment?
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