7/30/12

Cowgirl Up #26

Welcome to Week 26 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs



Your party hostess this week:

Hey y'all!  This is Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog!  Thanks so much for stopping by this week!  All of us "Cowgirl Up!" gals hope you enjoyed the Christmas In July week!  If you missed out, here are the AMAZING projects from last week . . . 


There are a ton of features this week because I am pulling from two weeks worth of awesome posts, so let's get to it!





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10 Creative Things to do with Cans

You probably have a bin full of them. So why not put that 'trash' to good use?! Today I have rounded up 10 of my favorite ways to get creative with cans. I love a good 'upcycle' project!



1. Get Organized

Source: hgtv.com via Samantha on Pinterest


2. Dip them in Paint



3. Cover them in Burlap





7/28/12

Christmas in July- "Frame Addiction"

**Welcome to Crafty Texas Girls! From July 21-28, I will be joining 7 other bloggers in hosting "Christmas in July". For those 8 days, I will host 7 different guest bloggers who will share a new Christmas-themed project with you right here on Crafty Texas Girls. I hope you enjoy the "Christmas in July event" and find some great inspiration for your holiday decor. - Samantha**


 Hi my name is Pamela and I am from over at From My Front Porch To Yours. I was so honored when I was asked to participate in Christmas In July with all these fabulous ladies! I pondered for weeks what I was going to share and well after several treasure hunting trips it dawned on me!


I LOVE frames! I am addicted to frames and use them all around my house. 


I can always manage to work a frame in some where!:)


 One project I do every year is to make frames as gifts for teachers or whomever. I shop for frames at HobLob when they are 50% off. I stock up thru out the year. Also at the end of the holiday season I always take part in Michaels clearance. I can find so many beautiful ribbons, stickers, chip boards, and embellishments on sale that I have to tell my self to stop and not put another thing in my cart!;) You will also need ModgePodge, craft glue and a hot glue gun plus whatever else you can imagine!



7/27/12

Christmas in July- "Old World Christmas Decor"

**Welcome to Crafty Texas Girls! From July 21-28, I will be joining 7 other bloggers in hosting "Christmas in July". For those 8 days, I will host 7 different guest bloggers who will share a new Christmas-themed project with you right here on Crafty Texas Girls. I hope you enjoy the "Christmas in July event" and find some great inspiration for your holiday decor. - Samantha**


Howdy gals! Linsey here from The Farmhouse Porch. My project for "Christmas in July" is sort of a hodge podge mix of  crafting/art/home decor. You guys know that aging things and giving them patina is my thing. Buying all new is so sterile, buying only old stuff can look stale. 

But when you mix the two it looks great. The problem with buying old stuff is that sometimes the real deal is really, really expensive. Take religious antiques for example. 

If you were to try to purchase this antique 24 inch oil painting of St. Jerome here, expect to pay...

Oil painting of St. Jerome
$2,500.00

whoa.

The reason I bring up religious antiques is because I love the look of an old world, European church at Christmas. I happened upon a little saint picture at the dollar store and bought it in the hopes that I could age it to get that "religious artifact" feel. I also set up some simple displays around the picture on my entry table to get the entire look going.

Supplies 
dollar store candles


 Liquin or other glazing medium, this is what I use to thin my oil paint. I like oil paints rather than acrylic because they just look more "aged" in color and patina to me. Raw umber works well for aging, but adding layers of different browns gives the best patina.
Here is the little 10x12" picture I found at the dollar store.


7/26/12

Christmas in July- "Lattice Card Display"

**Welcome to Crafty Texas Girls! From July 21-28, I will be joining 7 other bloggers in hosting "Christmas in July". For those 8 days, I will host 7 different guest bloggers who will share a new Christmas-themed project with you right here on Crafty Texas Girls. I hope you enjoy the "Christmas in July event" and find some great inspiration for your holiday decor. - Samantha**

Christmas in July Special Event


I am so happy to join you for the Christmas in July event sponsored by those Texas gals at Cowgirl Up link parties.  We had just arrived to our new home in Calgary, Canada when Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls asked me to participate.  Since my craft room is still in boxes, I was forced to create something that was simple and appropriate for the Christmas holidays.  The inspiration came to me at Home Depot last week when I spotted a sheet of lattice in the back of the store.  I hope you enjoy this simple, clever and cheap way to display all of those greeting cards you receive during the holidays.  Here is how it was made.


Supply List

Lattice - Size of your choosing
Clothespins
Spray Paint for Lattice
Spray Paint for Clothespins
Hot Glue Gun
Sandpaper for distressing clothespins
Decorative topper of your choice (use what you have from Christmas past)
3M Command Hooks and Picture Velcro Strips for hanging the finished lattice

Total Cost of this project was $20.00

Let's Get Started......

Home Depot cut a sheet of plastic lattice into two equal size pieces.  The lattice used in this project cost about $10.00.  I then went to Michaels and purchased two cans of spray paint and some clothespins.  I chose a sage green and ivory for my colors because I plan to leave the lattice up year around, changing the topper for each season, so I wanted neutral colors (instead of bright red).



Start by laying the lattice out on paper and spray painting it.  It took only one can to cover the entire piece and it dried very quickly.


I have always used boxes to spray paint clothespins.  It's so much easier and the coverage is perfect.


Here are the clips after they have dried.  I distressed them using a small sanding block.  Just rough up the edges all around.  This took less than five minutes for all of the clothespins.

Before Sanding


After Sanding


When all of the clothespins are distressed, you can lay them out on your lattice to see how you want them to look.  I skipped every other row and hung them on alternating columns.  



Now that you have them placed on your lattice, start hot gluing the clothespins.  



Here are the clothespins hung on the lattice.  You can see how I skipped a row and then hung the clothespins on every other column.  I chose this layout so that the cards hanging on the pins would stagger each other rather than overlap.


For the topper I decided to use my Christmas tree decoration from last year!!

I simply layered the garland and created bunches on each end.  The bunches were secured with cable ties.

Start by placing two of the same branches below....


Layering two different ones on top....


Then the third layer.....


Securing them with cable ties.....


It will look like this......


I took the same bow from my Christmas wreath last year and simply adhered it to the middle of the branches with floral wire.....


Ta daa......


I took some floral wire to adhered the branches to the top of the lattice.  After this I simply used 3M hooks and velcro picture hanging strip to hang the finished lattice on the wall.  You can use nails if you prefer.  I used the heavy duty hooks for the top layer with the branches and for the bottom lattice I simply just used two 3M picture hanging velcro strips.  You can find all of these at your local craft store.



It was time to grab some old Christmas cards (the only ones I could find) and display them.  





I hope you have enjoyed reading this easy and fun way to display your cards.  I can't wait to decorate it for the different seasons.  I think this lattice will come in handy to display every day photos, school notes, birthday invitations, school work, etc.  I'm not just going to store this in the closet and drag it out every Christmas.  This is going to be a permanent stay in my house.

Merry Christmas.....in July

While you're in the Christmas spirit, please feel free to take a "Lookie" at some other Christmas crafts I created last year.....


Thanks for stopping by!!

Missy


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