The Patchwork Chronicles

Beth from The Patchwork Chronicles asked me to share what inspires me and a project or two on her blog. It's always fun to meet new readers, bloggers and crafters so I agreed! She has posted a bit about me (and I revealed a secret on her blog!). Hop over there to find out!

The Patchwork Chronicles

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My Photo Friday......showers

(Each Friday I share a photo(s) I have taken during the week or recently. I enjoy taking pictures for fun and capturing what I see through the lens when inspired to do so. The photos can be business or family related, from my personal life or just from the everyday. Enjoy My Photo Friday)

 It's always fun to celebrate a new baby! Here's a peek at some decor I crafted up for a baby shower I hosted this week. It was very fun to incorporate the colors and theme of the baby's nursery with the party decor. A bright and fun event for this wintry month :) 

A look back......
did you catch the Toile Tales giveaway
I also posted 2 crafty projects this week if you are looking for something to craft up this weekend. 

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Love Trees....tutorial

Pink and glitter is what today's project is all about. A fun display for Valentine's day that has height, texture and color.

Styrofoam cones (3)
package of red rose petals ($1 store)
Mardi Gras Beads (8pk from $1 store)
Hot glue gun
Spray adhesive
Spray paint - raspberry - cone
white - base
3 candlesticks

1. Cut necklace so it's 1 long strand

2. Place a line of glue around the base and place beads. Repeat all the way around continuing up to the top adding other strands as necessary. (Styrofoam will melt a bit under the hot glue so apply lightly with thin streams of glue.) I used 6 necklaces for this project. 

3. Spray Paint in color desired. I used a Raspberry pink. 
(**extra step - While it was still wet I sprinkled a small amount of pink glitter over it)

1. Position 1 petal near the bottom of the cone so it hangs over the bottom edge slightly. Glue into place. Place a 2nd petal so it overlaps the 1st a bit. Glue into place and repeat for a complete row.
Start 2nd row so petal covers 1/2 of petal below it. Glue and repeat this process until the cone is covered.

 Place 1 petal on top and glue down around the sides.

(**extra step - because I was going for a pink theme with my 3 trees I lightly sprayed my finished tree with the Raspberry spray paint. this created a fun mix of reds and pinks. While it was still wet, I sprinkled a small amount of my pink glitter on it.)

1. Spray with adhesive glue. Sprinkle glitter over the entire cone. Let dry.

1. Glue 3 candlesticks to the bottom of the cones. I thrifted some brass skinny candlesticks and spray painted them white. 

Arrange on a shelf, table or mantel!

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Giveaway - Toile Tales

**EDITED - giveaway has ended**

A think I great way to round out the end of January is to offer a giveaway! 

The lovely ladies of Toile Tales are offering YOU a $30.00 credit to their shop! 

WHO is Toile Tales?Toile Tales (pronounced T-wall Tales) is a team of two stay-at-home-moms who have a passion for sewing, crocheting and photography. Through the inspiration of their 7 girls and 1 boy, they've brought their crafting ideas and talent together to start their own Etsy shop! Toile Tales offers a variety of adorable (and functional) hats, scarves and other accessories. Once you check out their designs, you’ll quickly see why Toile Tales is becoming increasingly popular.

The girls of Toile Tales sent me a hat to review. Honestly - I was impressed! The quality of materials and construction are great! We loved the colors and the fit too! Looks like a pretty happy customer to me! 

WANT to WIN!? (of course you do!) 
Leave a separate comment for each entry:

1. Hop into the Toile Tales shop and find a favorite item

2. Tweet about the giveaway or follow Toile Tales (giveaway from @ToileTales on the @brassyapple Blog!)

3. Become a Fan of Toile Tales on facebook! 

4. Follow the Toile Tales Blog

Winner will be announced in 1 week! Good luck and have fun! 

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394 pages - rolled book page wreath

A little "spare" crafting time, 1,000 hot glue gun burns and 394 book pages later and you too can have a wreath like this!

Stephanie at Under the Table and Dreaming posted her wreath (and tutorial too!) and I knew it was a project I wanted to tackle. Especially in the same color. Love the black and white pages. I knew it would be perfect "textural" addition to my winter living room. Mine took long enough to complete and isn't even nearly the size that Stephanie's is -wow! Mine is much smaller. And honestly....that's all I had the patience for - HA! 

The night after I finished it, before I had gotten it hung up my little 2 year old found it, threw it and it ended up like this.....

grrrrr! (insert very unhappy Mommy moment) Luckily a little more hot glue and all is well again. 

These would be very pretty done up in other colors too - Like all Red, all white, Oh even all yellow for Spring! 

So - did you craft up anything fun this weekend?

tomorrow: A giveaway! don't miss out
also - I am cooking up a new project and looking for volunteers to take and share some photos for it. If you are interested in the details, please email me! xoxo

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My Photo Friday.....Traveling

(Each Friday I share a photo(s) I have taken during the week or recently. I enjoy taking pictures for fun and capturing what I see through the lens when inspired to do so. The photos can be business or family related, from my personal life or just from the everyday. Enjoy My Photo Friday)

I was traveling this past weekend to an out of state family funeral. I am not a great car traveler but I try ;) As I was trying to keep myself entertained I pulled out my new point and shoot camera I got for Christmas. I LOVE my DSLR camera but it's so nice to have a slim pocket sized camera again to simply slip into my purse or coat pocket and I hardly know it's there! 

So I began taking pics of the kids, the scenery, etc. Then I turned it on myself. Here is a shot I captured by holding it above my head against the ceiling of the car. Not bad, eh? It captures a moment of our travels. Me strapped in, candy in my lap, a book, water....my jacket. Just thought it was a fun angle to share! 

next week you can look forward to: 
1. a giveaway! 
2. a new tutorial
and more......

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Are you a "brassy" reader?

I have had a few emails from some awesome "brassy" blog readers lately asking if I had a Brassy Apple button that could be posted on their blog. I didn't then but was flattered to be asked. SO - as do most things around here, ask (or ask enough times) and ye shall receive! 

If you were one of those that had emailed me or you just want a Brassy button for your blog you can now swipe one from my left sidebar. Just copy and paste the html ! Easy peasy...... And THANK YOU for even asking and wanting to share it on your blog - xoxo!

sticking with the "brassy" theme if you are one of those people that likes to give the unique type gift, especially at Baby showers RUN over to Georgie Tees! My friend Emily is winding down her business and everything is 50% off! 

find a little more about her sale here

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3D love art......2 tutorials

Add some love to your decor for Valentine's day quickly, easily and very inexpensively. I have come up with these 2 different ideas to get your creativity kick started! 
(Share the ones you create in the Brassy Apple Projects Flickr group! )

1. Heart Speciman Art

8x10 frame
scrapbook paper (background)
scrapbook paper (hearts)
Hot glue
ruler (optional)

Step 1. Trace and cut a piece of scrapbook paper for the background using the glass from your frame as a guide. 

Step 2. Divide up the background into 3 even sections using a ruler and lightly drawing a pencil line. Or you can just eyeball it

Step 3. Fold one edge of the paper over and create one heart. Cut out and use it as a template to cut out 15 total. 

Step 4. Place a line of glue down the center folded outside seam and then place onto 1 of the lines of the paper. Put them as close together as your liking. Repeat across the entire paper. 

Step 5. Erase lines if necessary. Put the paper into the frame with the glass removed and display! 

think of all the fun possibilities for different holidays through out the year! :) 

2. Framed Hearts

5x7 Frame (remove glass)
Scrapbook paper - background
1 pk of heart picks ($1 store)

Step 1. Trace and cut a piece of scrapbook paper for the background using the glass from your frame as a guide.
Step 2. Use Scissors to cut of the stick off the bottom of 2-3 Heart picks
Step 3. Cut the heart in half with a sharp craft knife creating 2 flat pieces. 

Step 4. Arrange the hearts in any pattern - lining them up by 3's, staggered, in 2 rows, etc. 
(or create an "I love you" piece of artwork by using just one heart - pictured lower right)

Step 5. Glue them into place, let dry and place into the frame and display!

Share the ones you create in the Brassy Apple Projects Flickr group

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