Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LAST WEEK: Shabby Apple Super Sale

There's only 4 more days to score 20% off all of your Shabby Apple purchases!

Dresses from Shabby Apple
click the picture to visit Shabby Apple's site

And to sweeten the deal, this week only, Shabby Apple is also offering free shipping in addition to your discount!  How awesome!!  So, really, if you've been dragging your feet, nows the time to make up your mind and grab that dress you've been crushing on!

This beauty is on its way to my house shortly : )  I can't wait to wear it!!

To get your 20% off AND free shipping, just enter promo code SUMMER20 at checkout!

Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A New Look

You may have noticed, Scraps and Scribbles got a make-over!!

I lovelovelove it!  The whole she-bang was done by the lovely and wonderful Kassie of Designs by Kassie.  If you've been following along for a while, you may remember that she won the button contest I had last year.  I loved my buttons so much that when the time finally came to give this blog a facelift, she was who I knew I wanted to use.  And I couldn't be happier with the new look.

What do you all think?  Like it?  Love it?  Could do without it?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Feather Girl Giveaway Winner!

It's Wednesday and that means it's time to announce the winner of the Accessorize with Feather Girl giveaway.  

If you're lucky lady #4,

you won!

Please email me your full address and the colors/whatnot for your hat at scrapsnscribs{at}gmail{dot}com by Saturday so that I can pass it along to Heather for your prize.


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Lamp Make-over and an EPIC FAIL

We all know that not every craft or project comes out exactly how we envisioned it in our minds.  Such was the case with this lamp.

I got this little guy from my sister-in-law when she and her hubby moved and didn't need it anymore.  Now, I'm not a huge fan of gold, so that had to be changed 

And the shade had gotten mucked up a bit.  I tried cleaning it, but whatever that was, would not come out.  So, I thought, I'll make something cute to cover it up!

First things first, I spray painted the lamp black.  I picked out this lovely satin finish that works great on metals.

See, doesn't it look better already?

Then onto the shade. I decided I'd make some rosettes to decorate it with, so I grabbed some burlap and some matching fabric from my stash

And made a bunch of rosettes.
I laid them out on the shade before I glued them on, and it looked nice.  But somewhere along the way, it did not turn out right.  So I gently pulled off the flowers and was going to try again, this time pulling off the accordian-like outside and covering the whole thing in burlap.  I'm sorry there are no pictures of the awfulness that was.  I was so frustrated with how things were going that I totally forgot to take some.  But, anyways, I was trying to cover the shade, 

when this happened.  The whole shade just crumbled in my hands as I was putting on the burlap.

Seriously.  Every time I touched it, it crumbled more.  So now I had a freshly painted lamp and no shade.

I finally found a shade that would go with my lamp for only $4 at Goodwill-score!  I still wanted to dress it up a bit, so I put those flowers I had already made to good use.

I picked out a few and played around with where I wanted them, until I got this.

Hot glued them in place and...

After months, my lamp is finally finished!!!!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

{Hand-made Goodie of the Week} Wooden Firecrackers

Um, where did it go?

That's what I asked myself when looking over my blog this morning.  I posted this last week, but it magically disappeared.  And it's one of those things that only I would notice, since you guys never even got to see it, so how would you know that it was gone?!

So, yes, I know, it is way past the Fourth of July by now, but I really wanted to share this fun, fast project as it can be used for decor for our other patriotic holidays throughout the year.

Enough of me rambling, to the crafting!

These cuties took me only about a half hour to whip up.  And I love them!  

If you want to make your own {and I know you do!}, you'll need:

three pieces of wood: 1 7 inches long, 1 6 inches long and 1 5 inches long and all about 2 inches wide
Red, white and blue paint
Wooden star
Hemp or twine
Hot glue and paint brushes

I started with this block of wood.  It was left over from the posts of our fence.  Pre-cutting, it was about 4 inches wide.  I divided it in half on two sides and drew some lines.  Then, my brother-in-law helped me do the cutting-I don't trust myself with power tools while being pregnant.  Once I had four pieces, I had him cut two shorter-taking one inch off of one and two inches off of the other.

So they looked like this.  Now, my pieces were pretty rough and I wanted them that way.  I liked the rustic look of them.  So I just lightly sanded the edges and tops and bottoms to smooth them out so there wouldn't be rough edges to catch on things or scratch up the furniture.

Once they were sanded and ready to go, I painted them.  Each piece got two coats of paint, which I let dry in between coats.

Like so.

Then it was time to add the "wicks."  I used three pieces of hemp for this that I just cut at random lengths.

Then glued to the top of each firecracker.

So they looked like this.

Then I wrapped a piece of hemp around the whole thing a few times and tied it in a knot at the back, then slid the star in.

Here they sit with some of my other red, white and blue decor.

I quite like the way they turned out.  And since I had almost everything on hand already, they were super-cheap.  The only thing I had to buy was the little star, which was a whopping 79 cents at Michaels!

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Shabby Apple Winner!

The lucky winner of the Shabby Apple Caterpillar bracelet is

{drum roll, please}

#2 Juanita!!!

Congrats, girl!  Email me your info and I'll have your prize to you ASAP!

And don't forget about the fab sale going on all this month over at Shabby Apple!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

{Who's That} Accessorize With Feather Girl and a GIVEAWAY!-CLOSED

I'm so happy to have my real-life friend Heather over here today to show you her cute creations.  I've known her for years!  She recently started an accessories shop where she sells her uber cute crocheted creations called Accessorize With Feather Girl.  When she asked if she could be a guest over here in response to my call for guests, I immediately said yes!  You will love her and the cute things she makes!  

Thanks for having me on your blog Courtney!!  I have known Courtney for a loooong time and am always amazed by her creativity!! 
Heather's the name, crochet is my game!!!  I am a stay at home mom and have been for the better part of the past 16 years.  I started crocheting when I was about 9.  My mom would make little projects here and there and thought that I needed to learn some kind of craft .... something that I could, eventually pass on to my daughter one day.  I use her for a lot of my pics, because she inspires me to be creative and I am passing my love of crochet on to her!  

Me and my Muse!
I picked up my crochet hook again in December of this past year, after seeing some scarves a friend had made.  I got to thinking ... hmmmm .... I bet I could do that!! So, I got online to get some ideas of things and started crocheting again.  I don't make up all of my own patterns, and will be posting links to the ones that I have used, as I appreciate the work that others have done to come up with these patterns, and want to give credit where credit is due!  I do, upon occasion, try to find ways to make things more to my liking, instead of using an exact pattern. 

One of my favorite things that I have done is a cell phone case.  These were inpired by my daughter, who is 9.

I love these little "bags" They started out as IPod Touch cases, my muse was looking for something to carry hers in and asked me to make her one ... I could tell that the first one I made her was not really what she was looking for.  And as I was working on something else, I came up with the pattern for this. Believe it or not, I was making baby shoes when I started playing with this style of case.  The first one I made was a solid color, then I started experimenting with colors, stitches and buttons and this was the result!  There is a back pocket that accomodates a cell phone or ID ..or whatever you want!! 

This is actually the first pattern I tried! It was just a plain hat, no embellishment on it, but anyone that knows me, knows that I love "accessories"!!  I changed the size hook from the original pattern and added a bow and Voila!!  I LOVE these hats, they are fun and can be made to match any outfit or jacket!!  I love doing them in stripes to match Tennessee's favorite team ... the Vols!! 

My daughter loves headbands, so when I saw something similar to this one online, I got busy!!  I love crocheting different styles of flowers or adding crochet bows for fun and flirty looks!!

These are just a few of the things that I make!  I love being able to make something that will bring a smile to someone's face!! 
Again .... thank you Courtney ... you are amazing!! 

Thanks for stopping by Scraps and Scribbles today, Heather!  I'm so happy to show you off!

Heather has a real treat for you all-she's giving away one of her cute brimmed hats!

One lucky reader will win a hat in her choice of colors, adorned with either a bow or flower.

Here's how to enter:
Mandatory entry:  Go visit Heather's blog and become a follower.  Then come back over here and let me know which of Heather's creations you just love.

For some extra entries, you can:
~Become a follower of Scraps and Scribbles and let me see your shiny, happy face in my sidebar {if you're already a follower, great!}  Just leave me a comment letting me know that you follow.
~Leave some comment love on Scraps and Scribbles' Facebook page
{as I'm sure most of you know, Facebook rules have changed and "liking" a page can no longer be used as an entry for giveaways.  However, if you'd like to "like" Scraps and Scribbles while you're there, go for it!  It just doesn't count as an entry.}
~Leave some comment love on Accessorize with Feather Girl's Facebook page.
~Follow Scraps and Scribbles on Twitter.
~Mention the giveaway on Facebook
~Tweet about the giveaway
~Blog about the giveaway

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do {If you blog about the giveaway, please include a link back in your comment.}  The giveaway will run until midnight EST on Tuesday July 19th.  I'll announce the winner the next day.

Good luck!

And don't forget about the Shabby Apple giveaway-it ends Sunday!

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Checking In

So sorry I was MIA this week.  I went on a little, much-needed vacay.  Just me and the little man.  We just got home late last night.  It was so nice to have a break.

Can you guess where we went?

I'll have the answer to that and some more pics first thing next week.  I'm working on getting caught up {again}.  We had a icky cold sweep through our house last week and between me being sick, then getting better only to get sick again and taking care of my sick little guy, not much crafting or blogging for that matter, got done.  Not a lot of anything got done, to tell you the truth : )  But we're all healthy, so now it's back to business as usual!  I've got some fun things to share with you as well as a great guest and some major changes going on!

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For The Love of Dresses {Giveaway CLOSED}

You might have already heard from other blogs out there on the interwebs, but just in case you hadn't, I wanted to share this awesome deal with you all {cause I love you!}

Right now, Shabby Apple is having their biggest sale ever, and they want everyone to know about it!!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

For the entire month of July, you can save 20% on your Shabby Apple purchases! 


That's huge!  And that discount is good on EVERYTHING over at Shabby Apple.  Yep, everything.  That includes their sale items and Practically Perfect items!

I got a Shabby Apple gift card back in January for my birthday and haven't been able to decide what to use it on.  With this super-awesome sale going on, I figured I should take advantage of the savings!  I've got it narrowed down to these two dresses:

I love them both!  Which one would you pick?
Seriously, if I had an endless supply of money, I would have an entire closet full of Shabby Apple dresses!

And, of course, shoes : )

To get your save on over at Shabby Apple, just enter the promo code SUMMER20 when you check out.  This fab sale runs now until July 31st, so don't miss out!

And to share my love of Shabby Apple with you, here's a giveaway for you!

One lucky lady will win the Caterpillar bracelet {pictured on the right}!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what you'd where this pretty bracelet with.  Simple, right?
I'll choose a winner on Tuesday, July 19th, so have your entry in by midnight EST Monday, July 18th.

Head on over to Shabby Apple and happy shopping!

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