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Friday, May 30, 2014

DIY Coffee Filter Garland ... Guest Post by Laura of Lovely Wren

Hi Everyone! My name is Laura, and I blog about knitting, crafting and photography over at Lovely Wren. I've never done a blog swap before, so I'm thrilled to be trying it today for the first time. A big thanks to Daniela for having me :) I've come up with a sweet little DIY coffee filter flower garland to share with you today. It's somewhat time consuming, but easy to do, and gives you beautiful results! I made it to hang over my corkboard and brighten up my apartment, but it would also be great for birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, or just about any kind of party! 


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First I'll talk about dyeing the filters, then I'll show you how to make the different styles of flowers I used, and finally I'll tell you how to the garland together. Ready? Let's dive in! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Link'n Blogs #27


Welcome to Link'n Blogs {#27} !
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!

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



I am sharing a tutorial for Silhouette Stencil Material. I'm kind of obsessed with cutting reusable stencils now!


My Review of Silhouette Stencil Material




CO-HOST:

Katelyn from Learning, Creating, Living


Katelyn is sharing an awesome concrete DIY. These planters are so stylish! I love how Katelyn styled them on her windowsill {photo on her blog post!}.





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Sonnet is sharing a hilarious office supply makeover using her Silhouette Cameo. I died laughing - what a fun way to lighten up the work day! {get the FREE cut files on her blog!}





GUEST HOSTS:



Jenn is sharing some great tips for arranging planters in your yard.





Kristi is back to share a super cool clock she made using rustic plank wood. I love it!





Here are this week's features:

My Review of Silhouette Stencil Material *spoiler alert: it's amazing!*

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been a little MIA lately...we are still living at my dad's and YEP my craft box is STILL packed up.  :(  BUT - I'll try really hard to make it up to you with lots of fun crafts when I get my own house with my own craft room (hopefully!). We put in an offer on a home today, but the house is already under contract, so we are just a backup offer. We probably won't get it, so we are continuing to look...hoping we find that one special home soon!

Today, I've got a Silhouette tutorial for you. I originally guest posted this on Get Silvered and am excited to share it with you guys now! For those of you who don't know, I own the Silhouette Cameo and L-O-V-E it. I use it for almost every craft I make.  One in particular is the Maternity Countdown Shirt that I sell {SHOP}. I make each shirt by hand and would cut out a stencil for the numbers each and every time. It was kind of time consuming and used up a lot of vinyl per shirt. Just a couple months ago, I found out that Silhouette sells a -- you ready for this? -- REUSABLE STENCIL MATERIAL!!!!!! I pretty much freaked out and immediately bought some to try out. Well, it's AMAZING! It's basically a thin plastic that I use over and over and over again. I make so many shirts with one stencil - it saves me SO much time and money. This post is all about my review and a tutorial for cutting and using it!



The Stencil Material comes in a tube. This is great for storing, but not totally great for the stencil material itself. Mine had a few bubbles (you can see in pic below) which made me think at first that the cutting part did not cut all the way through. I was happy to see when I unloaded it that it did cut perfectly - I just had to pull the stencil off the paper backing carefully to make sure it came off along the cut lines in a couple of places. {addition: since I wrote this review, I've purchased more stencil material, and it didn't bubble. Maybe it was just my first try...!}

Friday, May 23, 2014

Super Easy Oreo Balls Recipe .. Guest Post by Mary of Eat Drink & Be Mary

Hey y'all. I'm so excited to be taking over for Daniela today.  I'm Mary the girl behind the blog Eat Drink & Be Mary.  The place where I share the "looks" that have shaped my life, how I struggle with patience, and of course recipes I have tried and LOVE.  But enough about me, and more about what I'm super excited to share with y'all today.


Have you ever been told to bring a dessert to a party but didn't know what to bring?  Are you in love with party foods that are portion-sized and don't need any utensils or plates?  Do you love no-bake recipes?  Then I'm your girl, and I've got the recipe for you. 




Super EASY, No-Bake Oreo Balls.  A recipe with three ingredients, no baking, & you end up with the YUMMIEST, bite sized party food your friends are family will love.  Seriously these are addicting, I dare you to eat one and NOT stuff your face with two or ten three more.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Link'n Blogs #26


Welcome to Link'n Blogs {#26} !
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 the BEST pasta salad recipe I've ever tried. It is so easy and so good. Click through to see the secret ingredient!


The Best Italian Pasta Salad Ever





CO-HOST:

Katelyn from Learning, Creating, Living


Katelyn is sharing another fab DIY project. A rustic wooden tray that looks easy enough for even someone like me to do!





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Sonnet is sharing a gorgeous burlap & lace label printable and a recipe for a sugar scrub that looks so yummy - I could just eat it!





GUEST HOSTS:



Heather is sharing an adorable mason jar project. I just love this look!





Kristi is back to share a DIY project I am totally swooning over. Visit her blog to see how she made this paint dipped end table!




Here are this week's features:

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Best Italian Pasta Salad Ever!

M is for Monday - which today is. M is also for Mmmmmmmmmmmmm - which is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this recipe. For Mother's Day last week, I was in charge of bringing a side dish. I immediately knew I needed (yes - needed) to make a pasta salad. But not just any ol' pasta salad- the best italian pasta salad EVER! 



This pasta salad is more than just pasta & italian dressing - the secret is caesar dressing added in, too. It makes it creamy and light and ooooooh just amazing. It is also soooooo easy to make (especially if you get a cute boy that is conveniently married to you to chop your veggies). You basically just cook the pasta, mix in all the other ingredients and chill. That's it!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Link'n Blogs #25


Welcome to Link'n Blogs {#24} !
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 a yummy twist on traditional popcorn. Just add birthday cake!


Birthday Cake Popcorn




CO-HOST:

Katelyn from Learning, Creating, Living


Katelyn is sharing what has to be the easiest DIY nightstand ever. And I just love the look of it!




CO-HOST:


Sonnet is sharing a gorgeous Anthropologie knock off banner. This is one free printable you definitely need to PIN!




GUEST HOSTS:



Debbie is sharing some great tips for when it comes time to pick a preschool for your little one. Very interesting!





Kristi is sharing an amazing gallery wall with some really great DOs and DON'Ts for creating a gallery wall. Check it out!




Here are this week's features:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Redecorate for Spring Giveaway ... Win 1 of 3 Gift Cards

YAY! I just love giveaways! There is no shortage of awesome giveaways here, it seems like. :)




I have teamed up with some FABULOUS bloggers to bring you a Redecorate for Spring Giveaway! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and, I don't know about you, but I'm itching to do some spring cleaning and get out the clutter! That usually means I'm ready to update my home decor with something bright and fresh, too. Well, it would mean that, if I had my own home and wasn't in limbo between houses, but HEY! That doesn't mean YOU can't redecorate for spring for me.

All these bloggers LOVE home decor and DIY projects, and I love following them on Pinterest for lots of inspiration (you should, too!). We are giving away 3 gift cards, each worth $80, to TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby and Home Goods. There will be 3 winners, one for each gift card {gift cards will be rewarded in the order shown on the Rafflecopter widget corresponding with the order the winners are picked!}. I hope that lucky winner is YOU! Just enter using Rafflecopter below. Remember - the more entries you do - the higher your chances are of winning. Plus, I heart all these ladies and their blogs, so you won't even mind being a new follower. GOOD LUCK!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Birthday Cake Popcorn

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. If you missed my post about Mother's Day, you can view it > HERE < !  I woke up to a giant bag of candy from Dylan's Candy Bar {from my husband's work trip this past weekend}, so I was a pretty happy momma. Plus, lots of daddy-encouraged Ava hugs & kisses for me, too. I got to have dinner with my mom and sisters and celebrate all kinds of motherhood, so it was a wonderful day.



Today, I'm sharing with you an EASY and DELICIOUS recipe for a new twist on popcorn. Birthday Cake Popcorn! I just LOVE birthday cake in any form - cake, ice cream, candy - you name it - I'm eating it. This popcorn is easy to make and the best part is that it actually has real cake mix in the batter. YUM! The photo below is an easy to save recipe photo that could easily be printed as a 4x6 recipe card. Just right click > SAVE > PRINT. Enjoy this yum yum treat {no birthday required}. :)



xo


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