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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Double Chocolate Banana Bread ... Guest Post by Jana of Life Could Be A Dream

Hey beautiful Put a Bird On It readers! I'm so excited to be swapping blogs with Daniela today! I'm Jana from Life Could Be a Dream (be sure to hop on over there in just a minute to see what Dani has cooked up for my readers!). I met Daniela last month at Build Your Blog Conference. She was the very first person I introduced myself to, and I'm so glad I did! She is an absolute gem and we became friends pretty quickly. We bonded over having kiddos about the same age, our mutual love for Chic-fil-A, and discovering fabulous new beauty products together. One of the first things people learn about me is that I graduate from culinary school. I am a foodie times a million. I love creating new recipes, but most of all I just love to eat. Banana bread is way up there on my list of favorite foods. There are so many delicious ways you can make banana bread. My mom's original banana bread recipe is my favorite, but I love this blueberry pie swirl version as well. Today's recipe is all about chocolate. I'm a sucker for it, and I'll eat it with anything. Especially in banana bread. Holy. YUM.


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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Help Your Hair Grow Fast ... Guest Post by Mikell of Love & Such

Hey ladies! I'm Mikell from Love & Such & I'm super excited about the opportunity I have to blog over here for Daniela today!
 A little bit about me- I'm currently working full time as an Event Coordinator and I'm going to school at night to get my Masters Esthetics's License {about 2 more months left!}
I'm married to Spencer & we just celebrated our 2 year anniversary this month! We have a little bunny who's my first baby {his name is Winston} Winston thinks he's a puppy.. You can often find him following me around the house, chasing, giving kisses, or begging for treats!



The next little addition to our family is due in JULY! We are expecting our first baby! I am almost 23 weeks pregnant & we could not be more excited to have a little boy!



I love blogging about really anything- Travels, Celebrity Gossip, Outfits, you name it! Today I've decided to write about how to get your hair to grow fast! I've had lots of people asking me about that lately. And while the prenatals help, there's lots you can do to encourage healthy hair growth!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Link'n Blogs #18

Welcome to Link'n Blogs {#18} !
A place to link up your projects and make new friends. We are all about visiting links and following new bloggers here at Link'n Blogs. Remember to leave comments and PIN PIN PIN!
Cause sharing is caring. 

**Your links will show up on ALL blogs hosting the link party!**

Interested in guest hosting Link'n Blogs?!
I've created a spreadsheet where you can sign up to host a link party! It's a great way to get to know other bloggers, share a recent post with other party goers and pick the features. Sign up using the link below!

Grab my party button! 
 




*Feel free to post my party button on your blog and say you linked up here!*



I am sharing my DIY Polka Dot Pants. Don't spend on a fortune on designer jeans. Make your own!


DIY Polka Dot Pants



HOST:

Katelyn from Learning, Creating, Living 



Katelyn never ceases to amaze me with her unique projects. I love her style! Today, she is showing us how simple it is to make twine Easter eggs. These are definitely going on my "to do" list next month!



Be sure to give some love to our guest hosts - you will love their creative blogs!



Debbie always has the cutest party ideas and amazing recipes. Today, Debbie is sharing a healthy recipe that looks almost too good to eat! YUM - I've already pinned this one.





Robin is all about home and garden DIY. If you want to know how to take something old and make it look NEW - Robin's your girl. Robin shows us how to do just that with her chair makeover she is sharing today.




Roberta is all about everything on her fun blog. Marriage, motherhood, crafts, DIY - it's all there! Roberta is sharing a flower crown today, which I'm so excited about. I've been wanting to make my own flower crowns for a while now, and this tutorial is just what I needed!



Here are this week's features:

Hand Painted Burlap Coasters

Happy Wednesday! Today, I'm sharing a project I originally guest posted on Newly Mynted. I just LOVE burlap and found these burlap squares at Michael's for pretty cheap. My mind immediately went to "COASTERS!" These were fun to make - you can use any color of paint and customize them however you want. They'd be adorable as a personalized wedding gift or housewarming gift, too.




Supplies
Burlap squares
Acrylic paint
Foam pouncers | Q-tips | Foam brush {whatever you want!}
Acrylic sealer {not pictured}




This is the fun part! Decorate your coasters however you please. You can use a stencil, but I just painted by hand my designs. I think using a vinyl stencil in the future would be fun.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guest Posting at Get Silvered ... How to use Silhouette Stencil Material ... PLUS an Ad Space Giveaway!

What up, peeps? Today, I have the pleasure of hanging out at Get Silvered, where I am sharing my review of Silhouette Stencil Material. Spoiler alert: IT'S AWESOME! I use vinyl for stencils ALL the time - mainly for making the Maternity Countdown Shirts I sell online - and making a new vinyl stencil for each one takes up a lot of vinyl. I was intrigued when I saw that Silhouette sold a "stencil material" that was reusable! Head over to Get Silvered to see my full review and get a tutorial on how to use this kick A stuff. :)




WAIT!

HANG ON!

DON'T GO!

I'll miss you.

To keep you HERE ... I have an exciting announcement!

Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Pants

We've all seen them. An adorby pair of polka dot pants in your fave store just hanging there saying "Buy Me" - "Buy Me". The other part we also see? The price tag. OUCH! Keeping up with the latest trends can get pricey pricey these days. BUT. Thankfully. There is a way to get your polka on (literally) without breaking the bank. Three little letters: D-I-Y. It doesn't get much simpler than polka dot pants. You only need 3 ingredients: pants, fabric paint & foam pouncer. Read on, my friends. Read on.




I went to Deseret Industries ("D.I." - as we call it - a LDS thrift store) and bought a pair of used skinny jeans for $3. One time through the wash and they are good as new.




You can buy fabric paint, or make your own. I always opt for making my own. SO cheap and easy to make just a little for your current project. Buy a fabric medium and mix 2 parts paint with 1 part medium. I use a couple cupcake liners stacked to mix my paint. That way, I can toss it when I'm done.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Bathrooms ... Guest Post by Susan of My Bathrooms Blog

Hi my name is Sue Jason and I am a blogger at My-bathrooms blog. I have a passion for sharing ideas which include home improvement and decor. You may follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bathroom Decor!
Your bathroom is ready for a makeover and, at long last, you have managed to put the funds together to achieve the bathroom of your dreams. But… where do you actually start? It is all too easy to rush off to the nearest showroom, tour around for what feels like hours and leave with your head spinning with designs, systems and statistics and STILL have no idea what you want for your own bathroom!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Link'n Blogs #17 & a giveaway!

Giveaway Winner: Sonnet R. !!

We are happy to have a giveaway from Starburst Studio as party of this week's link party! Be sure to enter after you link up your lovely posts! {you can enter without linking up, too!} xo

Welcome to Link'n Blogs {#17} !
A place to link up your projects and make new friends. We are all about visiting links and following new bloggers here at Link'n Blogs. Remember to leave comments and PIN PIN PIN!
Cause sharing is caring. 

**Your links will show up on ALL blogs hosting the link party!**

Interested in guest hosting Link'n Blogs?!
I've created a spreadsheet where you can sign up to host a link party! It's a great way to get to know other bloggers, share a recent post with other party goers and pick the features. Sign up using the link below!

Grab my party button! 
 






I am sharing a tutorial for cutting fabric with your Silhouette Cameo (or Portrait). Seriously, once you try this, you will want to add fabric to all your projects!


How to Cut Fabric with your Silhouette Machine



HOST:
Katelyn from Learning, Creating, Living 




Katelyn is sharing those amazing succulent planters. And guess what? They're not real! I almost didn't believe it when I saw the photo, but check out her post and see how EASY it is to make faux planters!



Be sure to give some love to our guest hosts - you will love their creative blogs!



I love Cindy's post on why your blog needs social sharing buttons. If you have a blog, you MUST read this article. I thought I had everything, but you never know what you might be missing to enhance your blog!





Sonnet has the cutest prints in her Etsy shop! She also has a blog to share DIY projects and crafts to inspire you. Sonnet is sharing with us this gorgeous succulents wreath. I'm loving all the succulents projects!



Here are this week's features:

Wednesday Roundup ... 10 Ways to Wear Tulle Skirts

The pin that started it all.

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And I was a goner.

I knew I needed a tulle skirt. Yep. I said it. NEEDED. One sale at Poppy and Dot and my dream became a reality. I have a cream tulle skirt. And LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I wear it almost every other Sunday to church. LOVE it. Today's Wednesday Roundup showcases 10 ways to wear tulle skirts. But don't say I didn't warn you. You will NEED one after you read this post. Proceed at your own risk. :)





Be bold. Pick a colorful skirt and keep the rest neutral.


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guest Posting at Today's The Best Day ... Homemade Baby Vapor Rub

Hi pretties! I just wanted to let you all know that, yesterday, I guest posted over at Today's The Best Day and shared a natural remedy for baby's congestion. Skip the Vick's - use a homemade vapor rub for baby, instead! Head to Danielle's blog to see the full post. 


And don't forget to enter the current >> GIVEAWAY << I'm part of, while you're here!

xo

Silhouette Cut File and Card Tutorial ... Guest Post by Pam from Get Silvered

Hello, I'm Pam from GetSilvered.com and I'm so happy to share a project here at Put a Bird On it.
Thank You Daniela, it's a pleasure to be contributing to such a creative site.



I'm sharing a Cutting File and instructions to make this cute card with a Silhouette Cutting Machine. It's perfect for many occasions and best of all - it's quick and easy.

Supplies:

3 Colours of Card stock |  Silhouette Studio File >> Free Download here  | Double Sided Tape  |  Double Sided Foam Tape & Squares  |  Glue Pen  |  Scissors  |  Silhouette Cutting Machine  |  Patterned Paper (optional)  |




Instructions:
  •  Download & open the free file in the Silhouette Studio Software 
Cut The Pieces:
  • First cut the card base: Load the Black Cardstock onto the cutting mat and into the Silhouette, then adjust the Cut settings in Silhouette Studio to correspond with the thickness of cardstock being used.
  • The files are laid out as in the screenshot below. Ungroup & move the other shapes off the Virtual Mat on the computer screen, leaving only the card base and select ìsend to Silhouetteî
  • Repeat again to cut out the Scalloped Borders, Squares and Text overlay with the contrasting cardstocks. Refer to the colour guide on the file (see screenshot above) & change cardstock on the real cutting mat and move the various shapes on or off the virtual cutting mat as needed.
  • When removing the text panel from the cutting mat, keep the cut outs from the centre of "O" & "R" as theyíll be needed  later. You may be able to save the letters for another project too.

Assemble the card:
  • First, attach the White Text overlay to the Red backing Square. Use Double sided tape on the back over the solid areas and a glue pen around the intricate cut out sections near the letter cutouts. 
  • Now fix the combined layers to the large white backing square with Double sided foam tape. Apply the little foam squares (or foam tape cut to size) to the back of the red scalloped border and attach that on top of the larger white scallop. Using the foam tape gives dimensional interest to the card. 
    • Carefully position and attach the assembled panels and scallops onto the Card base with Glue or Double Sided Tape. Attach the middle pieces (if you haven't already done so) of the "O" & the "R" that you saved earlier.
     
      
     Options:
    • You can really change the style depending on the materials used. I love the Red, Black and White colour theme, but just for something different I made another version too.  This time I used a patterned paper instead of a contrast card, and added an extra scalloped border. 
    • I didnít have any card or paper in a wood grain pattern so I attached contact paper to a piece of plain cardstock and then cut it all together using the heavy cardstock settings in the program.
    • The cards are blank inside, but you could add an extra panel with a printed greeting or add a cut out sentiment or a sketch pen greeting. If sketching or printing, do it before you cut out the card base.
    • You can add extra design elements inside too ñ I added a scalloped border & a heart to the inside of the Kraft card to pretty it up!
    Enjoy this easy card project and the Free Cutting File. If youíre looking for more Cardspiration, there are lots of other Free Cutting Files at Get Silvered if youíd like to take a peek, or follow my Facebook page  for all the latest updates.
     
    Next week, Daniela will be contributing over at Get Silvered. I'm really looking forward to her awesome Home Decor project. Be sure to look out for it!











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    Thanks, Pam! I asked Pam to do a card project, because I don't tap into card making & paper crafting as much as I would like to. I love seeing all the intricate layouts that scrapbookers do. I definitely want to get into making homemade cards, since I have a Silhouette Cameo.

    Here are some of my fave posts from Get Silvered:

    **EEEK! This idea is total #swoon


    What is your favorite thing to make with a cutting machine? I love hearing all the different things people create! Have a great day!

    xo

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