Wednesday, February 29, 2012

sometimes a simple fix is the best fix

I'm honestly not sure if this happened at some point during our move to Milwaukee or if it happened before that, but this poor lamp has looked like this for well over 8 months.

We don't need this lamp for anything in particular so it hasn't been a high priority for me.  Aside from the broken shade, it still worked perfectly.  Some people would have been crafty enough to fix it, but honestly the shade was so old and faded that I was happier to just replace it.  This was still a very easy, inexpensive fix.

Eventually I would like to get a side table for our guest bedroom and put it in there.  For now, it's hanging out in the living room with our new Christmas card books.

Personally I am not a huge fan of pink and like the pink/white contrast instead of all pink.  However, the white is pretty plain.  Maybe it needs some detail or decoration at some point.  I didn't even have to go on a Pinterest lamp shade search to find some awesome lamp shade options this past week just through routine pinning and Pinterest article research.

Did you know that you can dye lampshades really easily?

Unfortunately this is a Tumblr image, not a real tutorial or blog post, but it's still a cute idea.

I am not planning to make this, but it's a great idea.  For those who are interested, there is a detailed tutorial.

This is not from Pinterest but is from Alisa Burke's blog that I read every day.  As always, she is so creative!

What am I planning on doing?  If I do anything, it will probably be something simple that I can Mod Podge and that may involve buttons.

Have you tackled any simple house projects that you were putting off until recently?  Or have you decorated lampshades before?  Share your ideas!

I included this post in Erika's It's a Wrap Link Party 3/5/2012.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Your Tropical Destination...Don't you need one this time of year?

When I found out that the March EBW Challenge theme was Destinations, my mind immediately went to tropical destinations.  There are no specifications about the kind of destination that we can pick, but I decided to go with this instinct.

I did order a couple new delica colors for this project and re-ordered a couple colors I had very limited quantities of to ensure that I had enough for this project.  I paired this with some well stocked colors from my collection.  I can never decide whether it's tougher to put together a big palette like this than coordinates or pull 3-4 shades that coordinate perfectly.  Either way, I'm pleased with the way this came together.

I'm sure that it's a big surprise that I decided to make this part of my wrap bracelet/necklace line.  I admit that there isn't a lot of challenge to this design for me, but I am still really enjoying tubular herringbone so it was fun to make regardless.  It also fit with my continuing goal for 2012 to incorporate as many challenge pieces as possible into my current price range and existing product lines.

I mentioned this during my sneak peek post about this piece, but again, the charm is from Kristina of  BorealisSeaGlass.  She has an ever rotating collection of beautiful sea glass bottles like this in her shop.  When I bought this one, I bought one more so I'll have another on hand for a future project (as of right now, that project is TBA).  I have also since found out how widely available these little bottles are online and would like to purchase some to make my own pendants at some point.

I've had this beach charm set ready for a while and decided that this would be a good a time as any to release it in my Etsy shop.  I don't fully embrace the flip flop craze myself, but I thought that it would be a popular choice, as they still are so popular.  We'll see how it goes. I have nothing against flip flops...really.  I'm just not obsessed with them. 

The new wrap bracelet/necklace is now available in my Etsy shop here and the beach charm set is available here.  Voting for the March EBW Challenge will take place in early March.  I'll have more information about that right here on my blog when it gets closer.

What tropical destination would you choose?

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I used this post for Michelle's Delicately Constructed Friday 3/2/2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Scavenger Hunt and I Heart Macro on Monday

Welcome to another edition of the photo Scavenger Hunt and I Heart Macro!  Enjoy!

1) Crossed
The snowfall that we had this past week resulted in the first beautiful winter trees that we've had this year.

2) A Glimpse
This is a little peek at my still frozen Slow Cooker Ravioli.  It turned out wonderfully.  This is a great option any time of year, but if you're looking for a non-meat Lent dinner option, this is a good one.

3) Handwritten
One of my goals for 2012 was to get more organized with my list making, as I like to write a lot of my "to do" lists and brainstorming by hand.  I'm proud to report that this has been going well so far.  This is one of the pages from my HubPages notebook section.

4) Bliss
Does it get any easier than this?  It almost feels like cheating to use a photo like this for this theme.

5) Gray
This was while it was still raining off and on earlier in the week before we got the snow.  This is a very typical shot of what the sky looks like from our backyard during the winter.

Check out Ashley's blog to see what other people submitted for the themes this week.

Here's my shot for I Heart Macro.
I was working on some photos this week for my freebie basket blog post.  More on that soon.

studio waterstone

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Treasury Round Up - 2/26/12

This has been an awesome treasury week!  Please help me thank the curators who featured my work this past week by visiting their shops and checking out their treasuries.

Tina (parltradet) went crazy with the treasuries this week and included my items in four out of her eight Triangles and Pyramids treasuries.  Thank you Tina!  Please check out her Necklace - Gredelin - purple stretch - 16 1/2 in. (pte-32) before I get to her awesome treasuries.

She included my Beaded Pendant - Peyote Triangle - Red Striped in her Triangles and Pyramids # 2 treasury.

She included my Beaded Pendant - Peyote Triangle - Spring Green in her Triangles and Pyramids # 4 - Green treasury.

She included my Silver Chain Links Necklace - Tubular Peyote Triangle Charm - Light/Dark Purple in her Triangles and Pyramids # 5 - Purple treasury.

Finally, she included my Beaded Bracelet - The Leaf Series - Vibrant Autumn in her Triangles and Pyramids # 8 - Orange treasury.  She felt that enough of the leaf shapes were triangular that she could include this here.  Thanks again for all of the features this week, Tina!

Jennifer (jtartfuldesigns) included my Beaded Wrap Bracelet/Necklace - Maroon/Red/Brown in her Maroon Tide treasury.  She rounded up a gorgeous mix of maroon items for this collection.  Check out Jennifer's Penny Pendant Necklace - Green floral.

Duni (PeriDotbyDuni) included my Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Easter Morning in her sweet pastels treasury.  For those of you who know Duni, this collection fits her perfectly and is great for spring right around the corner.  Check out Duni's Shabby Chic Sponge Bag. large make up Bag. English Rose. Pastel blue. pink. Roseprint.

Erika (ArtfulRising) included my Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Skinny Wrapped - Sunshine Yellow Gold Accented in her Sunshine on my Shoulder treasury.  By this time of year, is anyone else ready to see more sunshine again?  At least we have wonderful mix of it in this treasury.  Check out Erika's Handmade Journal -- You Are meant to be Whole, Tell Your Story -- Custom, Personalized Sketchbook.

Sarah (MagnoliaSurprise) included my St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Greeting Cards - Set of Four (4) Mini Cards in her Luck O' the Irish treasury.  I always enjoy seeing all of the green items that come out for St. Patrick's Day.  Check out Sarah's Crochet Cotton Dishclothes Washcloths - Nautical, Patriotic Set of 2.

Linda (lindab142) included my Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Winding Road with Checked Border in her A Few Favorites for Oscar Weekend treasury.  I'll be honest: I am not a big fan of the Oscars, but this was a fun idea for a treasury.  Check out Linda's Blue Note Music Earrings.

Judy (JNOriginals) included my Beaded Bracelet - The Leaf Series - Purple/Pink in her Spring whispers through the snow treasury.  This is a wonderful reminder of the things that are to come soon with spring around the corner.  Check out Judy's Crochet scarflette with flower, raspberry pink.

Thanks to those who linked up with me last week!  Here are a few of the items that they featured last week.  Click on the photos to check out the product listings.

I am really touched by all the people who I have inspired to start their own treasury round ups with awesome shop features and write ups!  Please link up with me and grab a button for your own post.  I know that not everyone posts these rounds ups on Sundays, which is fine.  I will leave this link up open all week.

If you link up, take the time to visit and comment on at least one other post.  Thanks!

treasury round up

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday Link List: the St. Patrick's Day edition

Welcome to another holiday edition of the link list!  I am trying to stay ahead of the holidays this year and already have a couple articles up for St. Patrick's Day.

Of course I have a St. Patrick's Day board over on Pinterest, too.  I pulled a lot of my initial pins there for these two articles, but I've been adding more pins ever since.  Here are a few of the additional, awesome links I've gathered.  Enjoy!

There are lots of great St. Patrick's Day printables out there.

I know that some of you are starting to recognize Jamie Brock's name by now.  As always, she's put together another great collection of craft ideas.

Dottie put together a great list of food and drink ideas (with recipes) for St. Patrick's Day.

For those of you who have kids or who work with kids, this is a fun craft project.

This is a great round up of St. Patrick's Day ideas.

There are not as many printable St. Patrick's Day papers as they are Valentine's Day papers, but there are still some good ones out there.  Search St. Patrick's Day over at WordPlay for more great St. Patrick's Day freebies.

This is a really cute kid lunch idea for St. Patrick's Day.

Again, you can check out the board for the complete set. Have fun with all of your St. Patrick's Day projects this year!

Create your own link list and grab a button for your post or simply spread the word on your blog.

Saturday Link List

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Saturday Link List

Did you use one of the tutorials from my link list? Leave me a link in the comments or send me an e-mail ( with your photos and stories. I would love to post them here.

Stay tuned next week for a brand new batch of recipe links!