Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Decor the Easy Way: Using HedgeScapes.com


Spring has arrived and with it the excitement of decorating for the new season.  I've been so eager to have green plants, sunny flowers and lovely color after a dreary grey winter. The weather around here, however, can't make up its mind.  One day it's 60 and sunny, the next 20 and snow, followed by several mid-30s and rainy.  This can last through mid-April around here, which means real plants are pretty iffy, but my new spring table has never looked better or more verdant:



Putting it together was so easy, which is key since I've had barely any free time lately.  I used a 1/4 yard of minky fabric as a plush pastel table runner.  The pretty wooden Easter egg tree was an heirloom from my grandmother.  It was on her table every Easter and I'm happy to keep the tradition going.

I did want to add a bit of nature to the table, but I didn't want fake flowers & wasn't sure how well the real thing would fare for the next few weeks.  I got this pair of moss bunnies from HedgeScapes.com.  They're thick & solid and the size is ideal.  Way nicer than the typical thin, hollow plastic or flocked cardboard variety.  They're a couple of pounds each in weight, so no chance of tipping.  The lively pose & detailed shape are just perfect:   



I added a velvet ribbon to each one's neck and a few faux eggs to the bases.  



On either side of my festive tree, they really make my spring tablescape work: 


    
Hedgescapes.com asked if I would pick one of their products to use and review and it was tough to decide.  There were so many choices that all looked good, but these bunnies caught my eye.  They offer all sorts of artificial boxwood hedges - from topiaries to screens, custom shapes, indoor and outdoor, temporary or permanent, home or business use.



I have a few real boxwood shrubs outside and they're still slowly growing.  8 years and the solid hedge I imagined when I bought them is still a ways to go.  The idea of having an instant privacy hedge or way to camouflage outdoor eyesores like air conditioners seems really appealing.  Ideal for outdoor weddings and parties too.  And they aren't all traditional boxwood either.  Being able to pick the size, style and variety like Azalea, Juniper, Pearl Grass, Ivy or Boxwood adds extra options:  



They use their own special PermaLeaf® technology that makes their faux greenery both weather and UV resistant so they hold up & stay looking like the real thing too.  No fading fake looking leaves with these.  I still can't believe this isn't real:



I was really pleased with the items I tried and look forward to exploring more of their artificial options.  With hedges, typical topiaries and unique animal designs, there's something for every style.  My kids would LOVE the idea of one of these animal topiaries in our backyard! I'm pretty sure I would too;)


    

Sunday, March 19, 2017

First Day of Spring Craftastic Monday Link Party


It's officially spring as of today - hooray!  Time to celebrate with showing all those lovely springtime projects, recipes and ideas.  Link up and share what you've been busy making, whether it's seasonal or not.  Craftastic means we love ALL crafts!

Last week, I shared the first of my new feature: FREE Fabric Fridays.  Get all the info on how it works here.  There will be more free fabric this Friday, so be sure to put it on your calendar!


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Now let's see the Craftastic Picks!!

Eccentricities by JVG shared how to make these beautiful embossed soaps:



How cute are these DIY Spring Jars from Sadie Seasongoods?!?  Love them and think this would be so fun to do with the kids this spring:



Suzer Space made this cute chickadee garland and shared how to make it with a print & cut technique.  My bird watching 7yr old is going to want some: 



Muchmore Creative whipped up a festive decoupage wooden shamrock:



The Art in Martha created this fun guitar tote bag:



Annemarie's Haakblog shared this free crochet cat pattern:



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Friday, March 17, 2017

It's Officially Here: FREE Fabric Friday!


Today's the big day. It's the first official Free Fabric Friday!  De-stashing for me = FREE fabric for others.  C'mon and give some fabric a good new home!  


This is the chance to build up your stash, score some hard to find prints and sew new things without the usual price tag.


What's Up For Grabs Today? Well, since it is St. Patrick's Day, a rainbow bundle seemed like a good fabric item to offer up.  This set of 7 Fat Quarters are from the retired Timeless Treasures Rain Basic Collection.


 A few colors have been cut into a small bit, for this and another small project:



But there's still lots to play with.  Good for quilting, headbands, doll clothes, baby stuff, whatever you can think to sew up:)



How Does FFF (Free Fabric Friday) Work?    

- Every Friday (as time permits), I offer up some free fabric, starting in the morning.

- If you're interested in snagging it for yourself, enter on the Rafflecopter.  


- At the end of the day, I'll randomly draw the free fabric recipient and then post who it is here (said person will also get an email notification).  This means those in a different time zone won't be at a disadvantage and the results will be known to all the next day.  It's only open, until 11:59pm EST today, so don't wait!


KEY INFO: The fabric will cost nothing, but I will need the shipping cost to be paid by the recipient via PayPal within 24hrs of notification.  This bundle is 10 ounces in weight.  I'll ship it USPS to keep it as cheap as possible and only require the actual postage cost. My handling time and packaging will also be free:) Currently this is limited to US residents only.  




 Now, let's get to it!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Something New Is Coming: Free Fabric Friday.


I've been thinking about this announcement for quite a while and it feels like the right time to just go for it, so here it is...  

I'm going to give away fabric FOR FREE.  From my personal stash, for at least a few weeks, maybe longer.  Being Lent, it seems like a good time to do more giving and since I've been blessed with a sizable fabric stash, I'm going to share it.  And not in traditional, long term giveaways, but in a single day once a week.  


Why?  I started 2017 with de-stashing on my mind.  Over the years I've accumulated too much craft stuff and fabrics for one lady without unlimited craft time & space. Despite donating, selling and sewing a lot of materials and supplies over the past couple of months, assembling many bags to donate, waiting for a particular fabric to sell, or finding a couple hours to make something with a single yard means it's just slowly trickling out.  I'm ready to take it up a level.  Maybe it's crazy, but free fabric is always good, right?  


What's Up For Grabs? Full yards, fat quarters, bundles, maybe even choice scrap cuts. I'm going to try to do a variety of sizes.  Since my fabric tastes are all over the place, there will be a number of different prints and types of fabric.  These are just a few of the items I have in mind:



How's This Going To Work?  I want to start off by saying this is definitely experimental, but I figured I'd try starting it this way first and tweak as needed:   

- Every Friday (as time permits), I'm going to offer up some free fabric, starting in the morning.

- If you're interested, enter on the Rafflecopter (this way you don't have to leave your email address in a comment for the entire internet to see).  


- By the end of the day, I'll randomly draw the free fabric recipient and post who it is (said person will also get an email notification).  This means those in a different time zone won't be at a disadvantage.  Because it's only open for less than 24hrs, there will, in theory, be less competition, the chance to win should be better and there's no waiting weeks to find out the results or get hold of the fabric either!


KEY INFO: The fabric will cost nothing, but I will need the shipping cost to be paid by the recipient via PayPal within 24hrs of notification.  I'll ship it USPS to keep it as cheap as possible and only require the actual postage cost.  My handling time and shipping bag will also be free:) For now, I'll have to limit this to those within the United States (as wrestling with customs forms, higher shipping costs and having to go wait in line at the post office make international shipping not feasible for me at the moment).  

This Friday will be the official kickoff of Free Fabric Friday and this is what will be up for grabs:  



If all goes well, I'll keep going with more fabrics every week.  I'm still trying to decide 1. if this free fabric thing is even a good idea and 2. if I should give a heads up sneak peek of the fabrics each week or just reveal them on Free Fabric Fridays. I'd love to hear some feedback on everything, so don't be shy.  Is this a great idea?  Utterly crazy? A bit of both??   Share your thoughts in the comments.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Celebrate The End of Winter Craftastic Monday Link Party


Can you believe spring is just a week away?!  I know I'm ready to say goodbye to the cold and hello to warm weather, flowers and sunshine!  I just didn't have the time or imagination to dream up new St. Patrick's day projects this year (it always seems to sneak up on me too fast after Valentine's Day), but I still love seeing them. Come share whatever St. Patrick's Day, rainbow, spring, Easter or any other theme projects you've been creating by linking up below.

Last week, I shared a new tutorial for transforming a waste basket with ribbon:


and a peek at some sweet spring supplies from Sugar Pink Boutique:


Now, it's time to announce the winner of the

~~~ Rita W. ~~~

Congratulations Rita, and a big thank you to Wunderlabel.com for providing this awesome prize!
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Now let's see the Craftastic Picks!!

KBB Crafts & Stitches shared her patterns for these fun felt Celtic pins:



Howling At The Moon created this cute Easter egg sack tutorial:



Frau Tschi-Tschi made some tasty cookies where bits of oreo took the place of chocolate chips - delicious!



Sum of Their Stories transformed a basic clutch with some beautiful buttons for a fresh look:



Pale Blue Corner shared this pretty felt flower quiet book page:


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Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
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  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Sweet Spring Craft Supplies at Sugar Pink Boutique


Spring will be here in less than two weeks!  It's time to get those springtime crafts going and break out the pretty pastel supplies.  Today I'm rounding up some of the prettiest items around, from Sugar Pink Boutique. This is one of my favorite online sources for pretty trims, colorful beads, beautiful embellishments - it's like a candy-store of craft goods!  

Earlier this week I shared my Easy Ribbon Waste Makeover Tutorial, which used some vintage style floral scalloped edge ribbons from Sugar Pink Boutique.



It's a great place to find goodies decorating a Easter baskets, wreaths, table decorations and everything else that needs a touch of spring decor, so here's a little taste of some of the prettiest items to inspire those sunny crafts.

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This sweet Miniature Easter Egg Garland would look so cute on an Easter egg tree, draped on a chandelier or wrapped around a boxwood wreath:



Or these loose Glittered Mini Pastel Easter Eggs that can be attached individually to accent decorate or used together as a vase filler: 



There are also loads of springtime ribbons for embellishing baskets & gifts, trimming tea towels and tablecloths, and making hair bows, like this Cotton French Style Bunny Ribbon:



this Sky Blue Felt Floral Ribbon:



this extra wide Easter Pastel Striped Grosgrain:



and, my personal favorite, the Pink Tulip Cut-Out Trim.  This satiny, shaped ribbon is really unique.  Since it doesn't fray, it's easy to cut apart and use the flowers individually or in ribbon form.    



Or dress up some gift plants, table decorations or straw Easter hats with some millinery Forget Me Not Flower Bouquets.  They're also the perfect size for making accessories for American Girl dolls or pairing with stuffed bunnies & chicks:



Everything comes beautifully packaged too.  When my ribbon parcel came, they were tied with little bows, like a crafty gift just for me:



And Sugar Pink Boutique is also back on Etsy to make shopping even easier.  Happy Spring Crafting!





Sugar Pink Boutique is an advertiser at Sew Can Do.  This is a sponsored post, for which I received compensation.  The opinions are completely my own, based on my honest experience with the items referenced.

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