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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Designing Impressions Giveaway


Congratulations to Erin, the winner of the Designing Impressions Giveaway.  You will be contacted shortly.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Little Girls Boutique Giveaway Winner


Congratulations to Robin Quick the winner of the
 Little Girls Boutique Giveaway.  You will be contacted shortly.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Designing Impressions Giveaway


Designing Impressions is a precious Etsy Shop filled with hand crocheted charms and accessories.  Allison runs Designing Impressions from her country home near Raleigh, NC. Designing Impressions specializes in amigurumi crochet charms with original designs. The charms are completely handmade by Allison down to their little polymer clay faces.  These plush charms would make GREAT stocking stuffers. Unlike others, these charms use a round body shape which give them irresistible character and charm. Adorn your purse or keys with the great looking animal charms! Teens would love to use them to decorate their backpacks!




 Contact Allison through any of the following ways:



Allison has been so nice to sponsor this giveaway for all of you and offer one of her precious little owl purse charms in this giveaway. Any little girl would LOVE to have one for Christmas!
To Enter The Giveaway do any of the following:
Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect
Follow me on Twitter
Visit Designing Impressions and leave a comment below letting her know what your favorite item is in her SHOP -  Please leave an email address if your blogger profile does not provide one.  Allison needs to be able to contact you if you are the lucky winner!  The winner will be announced here on December 20th.

Thank you to THE EVERYTHING SOAP BLOG for the design and format of this giveaway!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Many Uses of Burlap

I LOVE burlap! Burlap is a very versatile fabric that can add dimension, texture and interest to your space. This fabric has gained popularity since the days when it was only used as grain and coffee sacks (even though we love those too). It can now be seen as furniture upholstery, table linens, accent bedding, and drapery fabrics. The great thing about burlap is that is can be added to any space no matter what the style or decor. It goes well with fun and funky fabrics as well as traditional silks. The best thing about burlap is that it is cheap, cheap, cheap! It can be found for as low as $1.50 a yard!!! At that price, it's a trend you can easily incorporate into any space.As an interior designer I love to use burlap in my designs.  It is inexpensive and it adds such a nice texture to your design.  It is also so, French!  Below are some of my favorite uses of burlap.

Using it on a bulletin board is such an easy way to incorporate it into your interiors.  These bulletin boards are from ballard designs but you can easily make these yourself.  Buy and inexpensive bulletin board from your local craft store and just staple gun the fabric around it.  I always put fabric around my bulletin boards.  This one has an extra element of some upholstery tacks.


These drapes are also from Ballard Designs.  I have used these in many of my clients homes.  They again add an unexpected element to your design.


You can upholster funiture with burlap as well.  This chair would be so cute if you stenciled the initial of your last name right in the center of the back.  OOOOOH so Chic!


The one thing you do need to remember about burlap is that it is a natural fiber.  Before you make a commitment to anything, I would recommend you going to your local fabric store and buying a yard of it and making sure you don't mind the texture of it.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Color Inspiration

They say that opposites attract.  I definitely think these colors that are opposite on the color wheel attract some beautiful attention.


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Handmade Chistmas Gifts

Consider giving a simple handmade gift to a friend or loved one this year.  Nothing shows how much you care more that something that was made from the heart.


Personalize a store-bought candle for an inexpensive Christmas gift. Simply wrap cardstock around the candle, and embellish it with a die-cut accent and letter. No die-cutting tool? No problem -- use stickers instead.  These candles can be picked up at any dollar store.  What a great girlfriend gift!

 Glass paperweights decorated for the holidays make practical and gender-neutral gifts -- ideal for coworkers and teachers. The simple project starts with a glass paperweight kit, available at crafts and hobby stores or online. Decorate the paperweight with scrapbook paper, gift wrap, or an old Christmas Card.  

This pretty-as-a-package pincushion is the perfect gift for a crafty friend. Cover a foam square with fabric (wrap it like a gift) and secure along the edges with fabrics glue. Glue on beads and tie on a ribbon bow.

 It takes only a few minutes and some embroidery floss to make these cute napkins!


Make a candle in a vintage teacup. Scour garage sales for cheap but interesting tea cups. Start with a wick, melted old candle ends, and a little scented oil, such as lemongrass or grapefruit. Find out how to make these candles HERE

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Little Girls Boutique Giveaway



The Little Girls Boutique is precious Etsy shop I've had the pleasure of finding and getting to know. Owned and operated by the very talented knitwear artisan, Laura Doville.  Laura not only runs  The Little Girls Boutique, she also has another Etsy Shop called Laurimuks. Both shops are stocked full of her beautiful knitwear designs.  

Laura, originally from Lithuania has been a resident of the picturesque Scottish Highlands for the last five years and this is where her studio resides.  According to Laura, she has always had a passion for crafting.  She started knitting at very young age and learned everything she knows through trial and error.  Deeply influenced by nature, she strives for the natural, organic look.  She uses her art as a way to express herself.



 The Little Girls Boutique is all about little girls and tweens.  It offers a wonderful selection of little purses and clothing for little fashionistas with their own unique tastes!


Laurimuks  offers unique and affordable accessories and clothing for ladies of all ages.


Many of Laura's pieces are adorned with one-of-the-kind, natural wooden buttons handmade by her Dad.
Have a browse around either of her shops to find an adorable and warm presents for the nearest and dearest to your heart to make their Christmas just a bit more special!

Ways to Connect with Laura:
The Prize
Laura has graciously offered this adorable little purse in this giveaway. Any little girl would LOVE to have this for Christmas!

How to Enter ~ Your Choice

*Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect
*Follow me on Twitter

Then, visit Little Girls Boutique  or Laurimuks and leave a comment below in This Blog Post letting her know what your favorite item is in either of her SHOPS - Every creator loves and thrives on feedback, compliments and support, so really let her know how much you love the item you chose! That's it! If you are already a fan or follower, just mention how you follow in your comment below, share your favorite item with a compliment and you are entered!

Make sure if your blogger profile does not include and email you provide one in your comments.  Laura will need to have a way to contact you if you are the winner

This giveaway will run from today to November 20th at midnight Central Standard Time. The winner will be announce here on December 19th.


And as always, SUPER GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!

Thank you to the everything soap blog for the design and use of this giveaway format!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Candied Apples

These candied apples are so elegant looking.  Must try to make these

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