Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Green Crafts Showcase!

As most of you know, I'm also a writer for Crafting a Green World. About a month ago, the site director (Hi, Becky!) and I came up with the idea to start a link party on the site. We are calling it "The Green Crafts Showcase." I would love, love, love if you all would link up your green craft projects!

I don't want to mess up any of the details so here it is straight from the site: 
"All you need to do is submit a link to your green craft project using our form by the 28th of the month to participate in the upcoming month’s Showcase. We’ll publish the showcase on the first Friday of each month! Entries that come in after the 28th will automatically be entered in the Showcase for the next month."

Therefore, April's Showcase deadline is on March 28th and the features will be up on April 6th. All of the requirements and such are on the showcase page so head over there for more info!
Linky parties are a great way to get your awesome work featured (and get more traffic to your page) so get on over there! Let me know if you link up by leaving a comment in the comment section below :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Awesome Frame + Awesome Scarf = Awesome Art

Hello! How are you all doing today? I'm excited to share this post from Crafting a Green World! Before I do, though, don't forget that I'm looking for bloggers to guest post in March-- if you're interested please visit this post!

Okay.. now onto the project. My amazing friend Erin (Hi, Erin!) went on a mission trip to Amsterdam a few months ago and brought back a gorgeous scarf for me. The thing is, I didn't want to wear it-- not because I didn't love it, but because I was afraid I was going to ruin it. The same thing happened when I brought stuff back from Thailand.. I didn't want to ruin an item from another country that I might not ever go back to. You know what I mean? Anyway.. enough rambling.

Remember the frame I used for my merch table ideas? Well, it's been sitting in my closet for a few months because we changed things up. After seeing this incredibly cute post on framing vintage handkerchiefs by House and Home, I took the awesome frame, the awesome scarf, and made awesome art. Here's how I did it:

Just to remind you, this is what the frame looked like before. It's a lot of green, but it has so many cool details and it was only $3.00!

I spray painted the frame silver for the merch table and took out the lovely painting. (Sorry to those of you who love the painting.. it's just not my taste.)

Here's what it looked like when I started:

Here's the kind of tricky part-- attaching the scarf to the frame. Again, I didn't want to completely ruin the scarf by putting nails/tacks/staples in it, so I taped it to the frame. (Side note: If you have a frame that has glass/backing to it, you can probably just place the scarf in like you would a picture.) I rolled up the excess and just taped it like so:

(Side note: If you have a frame that has glass/backing to it, you can probably just place the scarf in like you would a picture. Also, if you have an old/antique looking scarf that you are willing to put holes in, I would staple it directly to your frame... it will hold up a lot better.)

All I had left to do was to attach a picture hanging thing (I don't know the official name) to the back. It looked like this:

And.. you're done. 

Easy to do, used items I had on hand, and it was completely free-- my kind of project!

I love how the silver sequins from the peacock match the silver frame! Do you have a favorite scarf or handkerchief that you could use as wall art? I absolutely love mine and I can't wait to look for more at thrift stores/garage sales. I could even start collecting scarves from different places I travel to! 

If you make your own scarf art, share it on our facebook wall or in the comment section below-- I'd love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Guest Post on Revolutionaries!

Hello! Hope you all are having a fabulous Tuesday! I was thinking this morning, "Why don't I have people guest post on my blog?" Lately I've been a little uninspired and haven't posted as much as I would have liked to, so.. why not feature someone who has been inspired (and can inspire me in the process)? 

I know it can be kind of scary to put yourself (and your blog) out there by saying you would like to guest post, but guest posting is so fun and it's a great way to meet new people! You can share a project from your blog, or you can list a few of your favorites and introduce yourself-- it's completely up to you! If you're interested in guest posting, please contact me at bonnie.getchell [at] gmail [dot] com.

Also, if you are interested in sharing your testimony on Share Your Story Sunday, please contact me as well!

Can't wait to hear from you all :) Toodles!

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

The lovely Melissa at Serendipity and Spice nominated me and 14 other amazing bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award! Yay! Thank you so much, Melissa! If you haven't been over to Serendipity and Spice-- get over there now! She has tons of great ideas and projects!

The rules for this award are:

1. Thank the person that nomated you with a link back to them (which I did above! Thanks again Melissa!)

2. Tell 7 things about yourself (which I will do in just a sec)

3. Pass this award on to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know that they've received an award (which I will also do in a sec)

7 Things About Me:

1. I love green bean casserole... like an uncontrollable amount of love. It's so good.
2. I love writing poetry and songs, but I haven't has inspiration to write in a while.
3. I love word games like scrabble.
4. I used to hate going to garage sales and thrift stores with my mom when I was younger. Oh how much I've grown. I was such a brat haha.
5. Sunflowers are my favorite flower.
6. I have a fascination with trees. They're all just so different and beautiful.
7. I have a younger brother, Brian (not that young, though, he's 21). He inherited all of the good-looking, sports, and sarcasm genes.

The 15 Blogs I Would Like to Nominate:

1. Taylor at Living In The Woods. She just seems like such a sweetie and I love her recent post "Filling Empty Walls."

2. Kammy at Kammy's KornerGo check out her post about the drive by end tables... so cute!

3. Meredith from Mere and the Mister. Meredith and I went to college together-- I wish I had just half of her fashion sense and style. 

5. Vicky at Mess For Less. I lovvveddd her Valentine's Day banner from kid's artwork. Basically I go to her site so that I can remember all of her awesome ideas for when I have kids (don't judge me.. I know I don't even have a boyfriend yet, but I'm a planner, ok?)

6. Jennifer at Always in Wonder. Her recipes make me drool on my computer screen.. seriously, check them out.

7. Sara at The Thriftress. Her recent posts about her son's lego birthday party makes me want to have one... and I'm 22 years old. 

8. Little Birdie Secrets. I don't know if I could have eaten the festive cookies they posted today because they were so pretty! Okay, we all know I would break down and eventually eat them, but still.

9. Kitty at A Law Student's Journey. I admire her simply because she's a law student.. but she does amazing crafts which makes her even cooler.

10. Mandy at Biblical Homemaking. I stumbled upon her painted couch through pinterest and fell in love with her site. I'm hoping she'll share her story on Share Your Story Sunday soon as well!

11. Tonia at The Gunny Sack. I am taking all the notes I can from her photography posts-- love love love! I also link up to her amazing party called What's In the Gunny Sack?

12. Kelley at The Grant Life. Kelley comes up with some awesome crafts and recipes and she also hosts an incredible link party called Financial Friday.

13. Sherry at Sherry's Bees Nest. Her recent post about her love for chalk paint is so cute-- I love the little stool redo!

14. Michelle at Michelle Paige. She just posted about her daughter's rockstar birthday party and I was totally jealous of that party too-- maybe I'll have a combo rockstar and lego party for my 23rd birthday?

15. Kodie at Cheepmomma. First of all, Kodie is a really cool name. Second, after seeing her kitchen makeover ideas, I can't wait to see it when it's done!!

I hope you all will take a moment to check out these fabulous blogs!
And to the ladies I nominated: make sure you grab a versatile blogger button from Serendipity and Spice's blog. I couldn't figure out how to paste it here without it turning into the actual button... lol

Quick Update from me: I know I haven't really posted anything this week on the blog, and I've missed you all terribly. I just haven't had a lot of motivation to do posts. I know you guys understand-- just wanted to explain :) Also, would you pray with me that I would find a job soon? I would absolutely love it, if you would!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Upcycle Your Chocolate Heart Boxes into Wall Art!

Do you get these heart-shaped chocolate boxes from your Valentine (or shamefully buy them for yourself like I do)? This year I thought, "After I've devoured all of the chocolate by myself, what could I do with these cute heart boxes?" Well, as I wrote on Crafting a Green World, I discovered a way to recycle them-- turn them into wall art!

You Will Need:

1. Chocolate heart boxes. I used one large one and two small ones.

2. Scissors.

3. Scrapbook paper.

4. Pencil.

5. Glue.

How to do it:

1. Wipe down your boxes. Mine had some melted chocolate inside so you will want to make sure you get all of that out.

2. Separate your boxes. You will use both sides of the boxes--therefore, for the 3 boxes I had, I had 6 hearts. I love how the tops and the bottoms are different thicknesses so it gives your art dimension once it's up on the wall.

3. Arrange your hearts in the way you want them to go on your wall.

4. Choose the colors you want to use. I used this patterned paper on one of the bigger hearts:

On the rest of the hearts, I used colors that matched the patterned paper:

5. Turn your heart over and trace it onto your paper.

6. Then, cut each heart out.

7. Glue the paper onto the chocolate box heart. I used hot glue for mine because, again, I'm impatient. I wouldn't suggest using hot glue, though, because it dried a little lumpy underneath the paper. Use school glue instead :)

You're done!

Other fun ideas for this project-- put pictures in the middle of each heart for a fun gallery wall, or, put a letter on each heart to form a word/name! What colors would you choose for your chocolate heart box wall art? Share your ideas on the Revolutionaries facebook wall or leave a comment! I love hearing from you guys :)

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Toilet Paper Roll Valentine!

I can't believe it's almost Valentine's Day already! As a writer for Crafting a Green World, I try to come up with eco-friendly ideas to replace your every-day item like Valentine's Day cards for your kiddos. I don't have kids, but I know how exciting it was to hand out and receive all of those cute little Valentine's Day cards. So, I came up with this: a Toilet Paper Roll Valentine!

 They are super simple to make! Here's what you will need:

1. Toilet paper rolls.
2. A magazine.
3. Glue.
4. Tissue paper. You could also use newspaper to make it more eco-friendly (perhaps the comic section to make it fun for the kids!)
5. Twine. If you have something prettier like ribbon, you could use that too. I just used what I had on hand.
6. Tape.
7. Scissors

And here's how you do it:

1. Lay your tissue paper (or paper of choice) down flat. Then, tape the beginning of the paper to your roll. This will help keep it in place as you roll the paper.

2. Roll the paper around your roll.

3. Once you get to the end of the paper, put another piece of tape to secure it.

4. As you can see, the paper is a lot longer than the toilet paper roll, so you will need to cut it. Use the leftover paper for another roll! After it's cut your roll should look like this:

5. Scrunch one end together and tie it off with your twine. Don't do the other end yet, though!

6. Before you scrunch the other end, insert your candy. The only candy I had at the moment was coffee and latte candy, but you won't want to give that to the kiddos, believe me.

7. Cut off any excess twine because you won't want to see it once you're done. If you had a pretty ribbon, though, you could curl the ends and make it look really adorable. Your roll should now look like this:

8. Now, take out your magazine and cut the letters you need to form the phrase "Happy Valentine's Day." Like I mentioned in the Magazine Ornament/Gift Tag post, this is a great way to get your children involved so they can learn to recognize letters and form words.

9. After you find all of the letters you need, make sure they fit on the toilet paper roll. Then, glue them directly to the roll. Once the glue has dried, you're done!

Isn't it adorable sitting on the sheet music desk?
If you want to make your toilet paper roll Valentine a little more girly, you can add some cute hearts! I simply looked through my magazine for pretty colors/patterns and cut a heart out from there. 

Cute, right? There are so many possibilities with this project-- you could even put each child's name on their roll if you wanted to personalize it for each student in your child's class. Overall, these are easy to make, affordable, and one-of-a-kind Valentine's!

Hope you all have an awesome weekend! If you get a chance, tell me what you think of my Toilet Paper Roll Valentines on my facebook wall or in the comment section below! I love to hear from you guys!

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