March 2014 archive

Twirl, Post, Win.

Show off your twirling capabilities with the ModCloth ‘Twirl Around the World Contest’ and you could
win a $350 gift card! Snap a photo of yourself twirling in your favorite spring
ensemble and upload to the Style Gallery or post on your Instagram account with
the hashtag #modtwirl. Videos will also be considered on Instagram.
Contest ends 3/31 at 10am PT. One Instagram winner and one Style Gallery winner
will be chosen on 3/31 by EOD. Happy twirling!

Mother’s Day Tea Towel with Stencil1 Stencils

I’m so excited I had the opportunity to try out these great new stencils. Stencil1 Stencils are street art – inspired designs created by Ed Roth. The sets include a background pattern, silhouette and detail design which make it easy to achieve Ed’s layering technique. Larger 12×12 formats are perfect for walls, floors and furniture. The 6×6 designs are great for adding accents to your projects. Each stencil is made from durable, reusable mylar that is easy to clean with soap and water.

I got to try the star pattern. I wanted to spice up some basic tea towels just in time for Mother’s Day. I purchased the cotton tea towel for cheap. It was plain and boring, so I decided to use my stencil to make a boarder along the one edge.

I used one of my favorite products, Plaid Textile Medium to mix with any color of Plaid Acrylic paints to make them a washable fabric paint. Follow the directions on the bottle of Textile Medium to mix the paint.

Place a piece of wax paper down to protect your work surface. Next tape the stencil in place and use a brush to apply the paint to the towel. I tap the paint on to the stencil using a sponge brush, but you could use a flat ended bristle brush. Peel the stencil off and let the section dry completely. (If you are impatient, like I am you can use a hair dryer to dry the paint faster.)

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To do the next section of the pattern, line up the stencil to the already painted part and tape it down. Repeat the painting and drying process until you have completed the row.



One last thing before the project is finished, I like to heat set the fabric paint by using an iron. Place a piece of wax paper on your ironing board, then the painted fabric item, then cover that with a clean white piece of fabric and press with an iron. This helps set the paint.


The towel is complete and ready to be gifted! (or kept for yourself because it’s so awesome and you just fell in love with it!!! )

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Print Social for Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint by Plaid Crafts. As always, opinions are 100% mine.

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Custom Watches made from your design!


I'm so excited to share a little about this cool San Franciso-based compnay.  Modify Industries, Inc.  a company that designs and manufactures interchangeable watches, which are available in over 3,000 combinations, announced their  “Mod-to-Order” custom watch platform through Kickstarter.

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Individuals and small groups can put anything (as long as someone else doesn't have the rights to it) on a watch face. Pricing starts at $49 for a custom face, but if someone backs them on Kickstarter, they can get a starter kit with 2 watches for $25 or pledge as little as $1.


Colorful, fashionable—and most importantly—interchangeable, Modify Watches are worn by men and women looking to express themselves through unique timepieces they help build.  Since its launch in 2010, Modify has worked closely with its tight-knit community or “ModiFamily” to grow the brand, make improvements to the product and play an active role in the design process through crowd-sourced contests. Again with the help of Modify’s fans, the aim is to introduce a unique experience through Kickstarter —100% custom and personalized watches that allow people or groups to decide what image or design to upload on their watch faces.


If you love a US based company and custom items then this product is for you. Help support this start up design by heading over to Kickstarter and pledge a little bit. They have great packages for different pledge levels. Get your custom watch today!

I just love the company and the watches. Nothing more than wanting to share this cool product with you.


Win a pair of Glasses from Firmoo!


I love my Firmoo Glasses! I dished about them before here. But now I'm gushing about this great giveaway that Firmoo and I are running.

Enter to win 1 of 5 vouchers worth $30 each towards a pair prescription glasses. Check out the awesome frames that are included in this giveaway here.

Some of my favorite are:



Middle-2-2xgfyRhGAu is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. Years of expertise in optical industry enable to offer varieties of prescription eyewear to the consuming public in high quality yet at extremely affordable prices.

  This is an international giveaway, but please use this link to see about shipping restrictions.


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Win A Craftsy Online Photography Class!

I'm so excited to host a giveaway for one of Craftsy Online Photography Classes!!!

I LOVE Craftsy Classes becasue you can view the class material at your own pace and any time night or day!!! The virtual classroom introduces you to students all over the world which is so great to get feedback from others.

Craftsy has a great selection of online photography classes including Product Photography, which is a great class for anyone with an Etsy store or blog.

There are 3 classes based on working with flash and studio lighting, one of the main things that I struggle with!

Portrait and Wedding posing classes help you get the best shots without stressing and lovely landscape and floral classes too!

Click on the link below to:

 Enter to win a Craftsy class!


Can't wait to see if you win, try Craftsy's FREE Photography Class

The FREE Class includes everything you need to get started!

 4 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access

Downloadable list of Kirk's preferred gear

An hour and a half of close-up instruction

Answers from Kirk and your classmates in our virtual classroom


Good Luck on winning the giveaway and enjoy the Free class!

    Giveaway ends 3/24/14




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Lucky Irish Banner

It's March. In March our world becomes nothing but Irish Dance. I wanted to make a cute little banner decoration for our wall for my tiny dancer. Green, orange and sparkly, she loves it. Here's to a little Luck of the Irish!

I'm also a quick crafter. If the project takes longer than an hour, I feel it's not for me. This fun project took less than an hour and I hand cut the letters and penants.

The letters are cut from the Orange Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheets from the Buckle Boutique. I used a chunky font and traced them onto the sticker sheet. I used a basic craft knife to cut them out. You can also cut the resin rhinestones with everyday scissors. The sticker sheet is a peel and stick. Once the letters were cut out, all I had to do is peel the backing off and stick the tight to the burlap.

The pennants are cut from green burlap from the DCWV Burlap Stack. I'm in love with the shabby chic messy look of this banner, the burlap can also be cut with a very neat edge, I just like it this way.

Instead of the traditional ribbon or twine, I used a heavy gage copper wire to string the pennants together. On either end I loop and twisted 4 leaf clovers and used them as the hanging points.

The felt shamrocks are sticky back precuts I found in the dollar bin at the craft store.

It is as fun as it is simple.





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My Cateyes from OZEAL Glasses ROCK!

I had the fantastic opportunity to try a pair of glasses from The selection of frames was beyond belief! This company has something for everyone! Mine of course being a fabulous pair of cateye glasses. Ozeal has afordable prescription glasses with single vision, bifocal or progressive lens avalible. They offer FREE Shipping on all orders with a 60 day FREE return policy.
Trying on glasses is easier than ever now that Ozeal offers a virtual mirror! You can upload your own photo and place the frames on your picture to see how they would look!!!
I'm fell in love with so many frames it was hard to pick just one. Some of my favorite are Ospirit Nelly Sheen Black / Snowy Cateyes.
There was also these great red cateyes with rhinestones! the Clare Crimson /Tortoiseshell
And these AWESOME Sawaga Fujii Aldous Black / Wood frames!!
But I picked the Ospirit Penny Sheen Black & Snowy. You can find the entire line of Ospirit frames here.
I think that these frames pair so nice with my vintage sweaters! I love the look and feel of the frames. They are lightweight and fit on my face nicely. I also added transition lens to my pair of glasses, I love them! They turn dark in the sun but stay clear indoors. I'm so happy that I don't need an extra pair of sunglasses when I wear these!
Here you can see the glasses inside but beside a very sunny window. They didn't change indoors,
Here is a picture of these frames on a heavy overcast (and freezing!! ) day, the frames changed slightly due to being outside, but they didn't change to the full darkness.
This is a great company, have your prescription ready and you'll be stylin' in no time!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

American Girl Mini Art Studio Giveaway and Blog Hop


I am participating in a giveaway hop with 12 other bloggers. We are each giving away something for an American Girl Doll. After you enter mine below enter the next giveaway at Amy's SewsNBows Blog. Make sure you keep hopping and enter all the great giveaways.

I'm giving away a DIY Art Studio. It includes a mini easel, 2 canvases that can be painted or decorated in any way you like, 2 handmade paint brushes, a handmade sketchbook and a handmade paint pallet.


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Enter below for your chance to win this DIY Art Studio set. You must be at least 18 yrs and with an address in the USA to win. Giveaway is for the DIY Art Studio, which includes 2 canvases, mini easel, 2 handmade paint brushes, 1 handmade sketch book, and 1 hand made paint pallet. Doll & outfit not included.


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