3.30.2011

French Canvas Decor - DIY tutorial

Hello! If you are stopping by from Good things Utah it's nice to see you!
See the TV segment HERE
It's time for the Spring Spruce up - and I am talking about your decor! I was inspired by some images on a couple different pillows I saw at Pottery Barn but knew I wanted this same feel on my wall instead of just a pillow and with my own twist on it. I created this "Spring-y", crisp version for my mantle! You can too!

French Canvas decor

Materials:
2 pack 16x20 ready made canvas (from Hobby Lobby)
Fabric transfer paper (images/printer)
iron
scissors
black sharpie marker (optional)

Print butterfly and bird images and french wording onto transfer paper following the manufacturers instructions on the packaging of the transfer paper. (remember to print the mirror image so the words won't be backwards when transferred)


Cut out the images and arrange on the canvas to find a layout you like.


Apply to the canvas following the manufacturers directions. Apply 1 section then layer the next on top until completed. Peel off the paper backing.

If you find you have an empty space and not enough printed wording, simply sketch out some words with a pencil copying others that have been used. Then go over it with marker.

and you are done!!!! I love how they turned out! 



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I will be sharing this idea at these linky parties this week!

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3.29.2011

SAVE.OUR.SUMMER!


May day! may day! S.O.S.

However you call for help let Brassy Apple and guests come to the rescue! 
I am working on putting together a month long series of ideas to keep your kids exploring, imagining, learning and having fun this summer!!!

When will it start? - MAY!
Can I participate and share my idea? YES - send me an email ASAP and I will send you the details

Gear up for the fun and spread the excitement by posting this button on your blog!





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3.28.2011

Make it Sew it Love it

Tara of the Trendy Treehouse recently started a new site called Make It Sew it Love it


It's a directory of FREE projects and patterns all in 1 place. She wants YOU to submit your ideas that can added to the many categories of crafty fun and goodness! Hop over there, browse around, find some new projects to do and submit some of your own too!

Tell Tara I sent ya! ;)

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3.24.2011

My photo Friday.....Butterflies

(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)

Do you like to decorate with Butterflies? I don't necessarily think of butterflies when I decorating for Spring but done up in the just right way - they are fabulous! And that's what I have done - created a project that fits my taste. Here's a sneak peek of it below....
 

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3.23.2011

A "shady" tutorial.....

I am "shady" kind of a girl....in a good way. I love lampshades! I love how they can add color and pattern instantly and are so easily changed out. It's not painting an entire room to get a different feel. Changing a lampshade is 1 of those "no commitment" things. 


No surprise, I change some of my lampshades 3-4 times a year - with the seasons and holidays. I have bought them brand new, on clearance and also second hand. If you have a shade you don't love or have one that needs updating, try decoupaging it!

Materials:
Lamp shade
colored or patterned paper napkins
Mod Podge
brush
scissors

Step 1: Tear the hard edges off the napkin pieces. I like the finished shade to have a more fluid feel than hard, straight, rectangular lines that don't match up.


Step 2: Brush some mod podge on the lamp shade and place 1 of your napkins pieces on top. Brush more Mod Podge over the top. Continue layering and overlapping until the entire shade is covered. 


Use your scissors to trim the edge that wraps around the top and bottom lip of the lampshade



Let dry. Place it on your lamp base and enjoy!

 I will be sharing this idea at the crafty link up parties this week!

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3.22.2011

The SHINE Project

DREAMING.
MOTIVATING.
DOING.

Ashley of The SHINE Project encompasses all of the above. 
She started The Shine Project with the intentions of motivating people to go for their dreams, while helping others along the way. She has chosen the word SHINE as the theme for 2011, and it has taken off.


  I wanted to spread the word about her project because just like Ashley, I love motivating others and inspiring others. We all need a little help along the way no matter what our goals are. 

So what is the SHINE project all about?
In Ashley's own words:
"Going out of your comfort zone
to bring light to those who need hope.
The Shine Project emulates love, sacrifice, and
CHANGE.

Not only does it involve helping others,
but feeling good about ourselves so that we can Shine too!
From creating, to dressing in a way that brings out your personality,
The Shine Project
allows us to do little things in our own lives
to make us feel GOOD!" - Ashley

Intrigued? I am. I can't help but smile when I read about the purpose of her project and see all her "shiny" photos. Ashley does SHINE and she wants her light and happiness to rub off on others.


Ashley issues a weekly challenge to help you get out of your comfort zone a bit and SHINE! What's the current challenge? Hop over there to find out!  

To keep the purpose of the SHINE project on  your mind, Ashley has created necklaces. Not only are they stylish to wear they are stylish to buy. Part of the price of each necklace bought goes to The SHINE scholarship fund! Find out more about that here. Do some good for you and someone else. Love it Ashley! 



Not matter what your goals are, no matter the path your life is taking you, make the most of it. 
Find the good and find your own light to help you SHINE! :)

Visit Ashley's site to learn more about her project and tell her I sent you.
(Ashley was just featured in a newspaper article. Find out more about her here)

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3.20.2011

I AM blog - April Theme



I have announced the Theme for April over on the I AM blog.
I would love to have your submit your photo to be featured and shared! 
What's April's theme?

Declare it - "I am ME!" What is it that you love about yourself? Yes it's ok to love yourself. You'd better, because you are with yourself 24 hours a day.

(photo courtesy of Morgan - Meet Virginia Design)

Do you love your eyes, your freckles, your wiry hair? Do you love your......to find out more hop over to the I AM blog



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3.19.2011

Wrapping up the week....

Are you dying to know if YOU won the Shabby Apple Tuxedo III dress giveaway? 
The wait is over and your weekend just got a little bit better if your name is:

 [ MEGAN from Orange Peanut!!! ]

Congrats!!! You can still snatch 10% off your purchase by using the code "brassy10off "
Dresses from Shabby Apple

in other words.....The author of the Beasties book I reviewed and did a giveaway for has interviewed me and featured me on her blog. Hop over to Diana's blog to check it out!



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3.16.2011

Boys Applique Tie Tutorial/pattern

Upcycle, Refashion or Create a fun boys shirt! These are great to create for your own family or to give as gifts.


I recently used these as part of the decorations for a baby shower I hosted that the guest of honor then took home as part of my gift when the baby shower was over. 


Materials: 
Baby onesie or toddler t-shirt
fabric scraps
Heat n' Bond lite/Fabric adhesive
Applique Tie pattern (click HERE)
Scissors
pen/pencil
iron
sewing machine


Step 1: Choose which sized pattern of Tie fits best for the size of onesie/tshirt you are working on. Cut out the pattern. Choose a coordinating fabric and apply a piece of Heat n' Bond to the backside of the fabric according to the package directions. Place the Tie pattern on the Heat n' bond and trace. Cut it out. 


Step 2: Peel off the paper backing and position on the onesie/tshirt. (1st photo) If desired, cut the top of the Tie to match the rounded angle of the neckline. (2nd photo) Iron fabric Tie into place. 



Step 3: Sew the fabric Tie into place by using a straight stitch, zig zag stitch or satin stitch. You choose for the look you want.


It's an easy, quick way to transform a plain shirt into something fun! A great way to coordinate sibling outfits too!

Don't forget to share your photos if you give this a try on the Brassy Apple projects Flickr Group!

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I will be linking up at the crafty parties listed on the left sidebar!
Don't forget to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway!


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3.15.2011

Shabby Apple DRESS giveway!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

**GIVEAWAY is now CLOSED**

Oh you lucky apple readers!!! Shabby Apple knows I love fashion and they want to offer one of my readers chance to win the Tuxedo III dress


Darling right?? I think this dress is very versatile for many seasons and how fun would it be to accessorize it! I can see it working well with high boots, heels and even flats.

Shabby Apple has an amazing selection of womens dresses. The thing I LOVE most about their site is the "Fit to Flatter" feature. By answering a few simple questions it will narrow down their selection of dresses to the ones that will flatter our figure best. No guessing! 

I love their selection of dresses with a vintage feel....


or simple but bold in color...




To WIN a Tuxedo III dress for YOU:  
(open to US residents only. You must have a US shipping address)


1. Hop over to the Shabby Apple facebook page and give them a "like" then come back and post that you did. (you'll love getting in on their special and exclusive discounts)

2. Tweet about the giveaway and post that you did. (Win a Shabby Apple DRESS on the @brassyapple blog http://brassyapple.blogspot.com/)

3. Visit Shabby Apple and post one of your favorite things about their site. (did you check out their maternity and little girls dresses?)

(please make sure your email address is attached to your ID)

can't wait? Snatch up your favorite Shabby Apple items now and use the discount code "brassy10off" for 10% off your purchase! 

Dresses from Shabby Apple

you have until Friday (3/18) to enter!!! Good luck! I will be so jealous of the winner!

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3.13.2011

Brassy & Sassy go thrifting!

Tausha of Sassy Style Redesign and I met up by email and got to chatting. We realized we were relatively close in distance and of course had much in common. We decided to meet up and go she took me thrifting to some of regular places. 

(here we are in the middle of the store. Gotta love those camera held at arms lengths shots right?)

We talked about our similar and different approaches to thrifting and which sections we liked to "hit" first. It was really fun to bounce ideas off each other of what items could be upcycled or transformed into. 


Plus it's always great to have another pair of eyes searching for the must have item we are looking for! One thing I did learn is that Tausha has connections at each of her stores. I gotta get me some of those :) 

Take a peek at our carts from the first shop:

(note: Mine is on the left and about level with the cart. Tausha's is on the right and definitely a HAZARD to customers passing by! ha ha ha She found what she was looking for!)


One of the pieces I bought that day was this darling little cage ($1.00 or less)
Not something I would normally pick up but my daughter has been saying she would love a cage hanging in her room with some "fake" birds in it to play with. So for the price and charm of it, I snatched it up!

A little spray paint, some shredded and crinkled book pages hot glued in the bottom and a couple of colorful birds from the $1.00 store.....
and I have 1 happy daughter and 2 new family "pets". 



Did you thrift anything fun over the weekend? or what projects did you get done?


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3.12.2011

Winner - Beasties sewing pattern book

I love giveaways because they are so fun and who doesn't love free stuff? BUT I have having to pick just 1 to win! I loved reading all your comments and I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Diana Schoenbrun and her talent. I let Random.org pick the the number and the winner of the BEASTIES book is.....

Elissa! congrats!!!

look for the email with further details and instructions. 

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next week - a DRESS giveaway from Shabby APPLE!!!

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3.11.2011

My Photo Friday.....Looking forward

(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 am looking forward to Spring. I took this photo of the buds on the tree with the bright blue sky while standing the snow in my backyard. *sigh*. Like always, spring has been teasing us around here.
I am looking forward to color emerging on all the branches again.....
and more blue SUNNY skies and time outdoors......What are you looking forward to?


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