11/30/12

Craft It: Glitter Reindeer Art with Tulip Shimmer Sheets

Adding Some Color and Shimmer to the Holidays
This Christmas I am changing it up a bit. After two years of white and neutrals for my Holiday decor, I am ready for some color. So after purchasing some red chevron fabric online and then getting an amazing box full of glittery supplies from Tulip Shimmer, I was ready to create my first Christmas craft of the season.
 For those of you who have been following this blog, you know how I feel about Chevron. LOVE! So you can imagine my excitement when I was able to pair my new red chevron with these beautiful Shimmer Sheets from Tulip. It didn't take me long to decide that I wanted to use the Shimmer Sheets to make my own DIY Glitter Reindeer Art.


My favorite things about these new Tulip Shimmer Sheets are:
1. No mess glitter! You can create beautiful glittered crafts without getting glitter all over your house.
2. No fancy 'cutters' or machines required. Although the Tulip Shimmer Sheets are easily used with those cutters, you don't need one! So if you are like me and don't own a cutter-- all you need are your scissors!


11/28/12

DIY Christmas Card Photos

Christmas Card Season is Here
I love, absolutely love, Christmas cards. Each year I get excited when December rolls around and my mail box is full of cards from friends and family. Last year I was really on the ball-- my friend Erin from Splendor Photography happened to be in Florida at the same time we were. So she photographed us on the beach. I had my Christmas cards completely done by the end of August!

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Somehow, this year, we didn't get around to scheduling a family photo shoot. I don't know where the time went. But I feel like I looked up from my hot glue gun and BAM-- the holiday season was here.
With no fancy professional pics and no photo shoots scheduled, I decided to try my own version of  "DIY Christmas Card Photos" this year.  I will preface this mini-tutorial by saying, I am in no way a pro and I absolutely love working with real photographers like Kristie Mills and others who are trained in their craft. But sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do-- and this year that meant taking my own photos. Here is how I did it!



11/26/12

Cowgirl Up #43

Welcome to Week 43
of
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!
1 Party, 4 Blogs  
Your Host this week is . . .

I'm been very busy getting ready for a Christmas party that you are invited to.  


I can't tell you how excited I was when these talented bloggers asked me to join them for a fun Christmas inspiration and Link party in December.  I'm hosting with Kim of Savvy Southern Style - Vignettes and Mantles Ann On Sutton Place - Doors and Wreaths  Yvonne at Stone Gable - Recipes and Tablescapes There will be four days of Christmas posts and a link party.  I'll be hosting the
Here what's NEW with Cowgirl UP!
Starting in December (That's next week!!) we’ll select a new to guest host for Cowgirl Up each week.
Now here comes the best part, it could be YOU!
If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time, so that’s a post you don’t have to write! Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you, how cool is that? 
Just leave a comment here if you want to put your name in the pot, so to speak.
On to this week's features!

11/23/12

Shop Update: Small Business Saturday

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our day started off with the a good run at the Turkey Trot and then was filled with lots of fun and food afterwards.


This Saturday, in honor of "Small Business Saturday, I will be offering a coupon  code to my shop.


Use THANKS1 at checkout to receive 25% off your order

The coupon will on be good from Friday 11/23 thru Monday 11/26. I have added a lot of new styles, including some beautiful items for Christmas, so make sure to pop on over and take look.



11/20/12

9 Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Each year for Thanksgiving, my daughters make these  little pilgrim hat cookies. They are easy, cute, and yummy. So this year, I went on a quest to find a few more recipes like this. Ones that are not only fun to look at, but also easy for kids to make. (If you have ever attempted those oreo turkeys, you know what I am talking about!) 

There will still be plenty of pumpkin pies and fancy desserts on our Thanksgiving table. My girls even helped me make a few apple pies last year. Although that recipe definitely required some adult supervision! 

But I think having a few 'kid made' items is a good way to involve the little ones in meal preparation and it keeps their hands busy. For me of course, truely 'kid made' means that they really can make it themselves with minimal parental help. So depending on the age of your kiddos, I have collected a group of recipes that are 'kid friendly'. 



11/19/12

Cowgirl Up #42

Welcome to Week 42
of
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!

1 Party, 4 Blogs  
Your Host this week is . . .
This past weekend, we had our family photos taken for our Christmas cards.  I went with a "Super Hero" theme this year.  We did the photos in our backyard and kept things real simple and light.  My kids don't usually do well posing for photos, so this was definitely easier on them.  We had such a great time!

Have you started preparing for the holidays?  They are just around the corner!  This weekend, my design business, High Fire Designs, will be setting up Christmas decor for The Hampton Suites in Mesquite . . . that's right!  I am decorating a HOTEL!  So excited to show you all the photos of all SEVEN of the fabulous tress that we will be decking out.

If you missed my post, . . . Vroom, Vroom Toddler Room . . . be sure to stop by and check it out!



Here what's NEW with Cowgirl UP!

We are moving up our party time by a few hours. Instead of beginning on Monday nights at 8:30 pm, we will now go live at 5 pm.

Starting in December, we’ll select a new to guest host for Cowgirl Up each week.
Now here comes the best part, it could be YOU!
If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time, so that’s a post you don’t have to write! Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you, how cool is that? 
Are you interested yet? I sure hope so, because we’re going to need 52 guest hosts each year.

On to this week's features!
Fun Finds from ZuHaus at Home
A Modern Romantic Home Tour from It's Overflowing
A lovely Upholstered Chair from Grey Lane Home
Easy Pillows from Linen Napkins by The Concrete Cottage

11/16/12

Crafty How-To: Monogram Fall Rag-Wreath

Guest Post: Monogram Fall Rag-Wreath
Happy Friday! Today I am welcoming Jessica from "Sweat is My Sanity". I 'met' Jessica through the blog-world way back when. I love reading her blog and following her adventures in running and life with kids. She is witty, creative, and has a big heart. I was thrilled when Jessica agreed to be a guest here today. Take it away Jessica! 

Hi Y'all!
My name is Jessica and I blog about health, fitness and mommy life over at Sweat Is My Sanity. I'm so excited to be guest posting here at Crafty Texas Girls. I don't know about you but my November has flown by! I realized just yesterday Thanksgiving is next week, so I'm kickin' it into gear and finishing up some last minute projects.



11/15/12

5 Tips to Transition Your Wardrobe

Guest Post: Extending Your Clothes

Today I am welcoming my friend Jordin from "I Love That"
"I Love That" is a fun blog filled with beautiful inspiration photos, ideas for chic style, 
and a bit of beauty and home decor too! 

 In honor of Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas Holiday
 Jordin is here to share tips on how to make your clothing work for you, no matter the weather.  
Keep reading to find out how to wear your favorite pieces now and later! 

 

11/13/12

Gallery Wall and a Holiday Guide

I have always wanted a gallery wall on our staircase. My favorite decorating magazines have made them look so appealing.
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So one day I stopped wishing. I looked at my calendar and realized that with the upcoming Holidays, I was going to have a lot of 'company' in my home. Nothing like the impending arrival of family and friends to get motivated right?! I jumped online and ordered a bunch of black and white photos from Mpix.com and then I drove on over to Hobby Lobby.

It was a good week for this project-- if you watch the sales you can score free shipping or discounts from online printing. And then you can either catch the revolving sales cycle at Hobby Lobby or use the good old 40% coupon. (Which you can pull up on your phone while you are in the check-out line!)


11/12/12

Cowgirl Up #41

Welcome to Week 41
of
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!
1 Party, 4 Blogs  
Your Host this week is . . .
 Linsey at The Farmhouse Porch
HoWdY CoWgIrLs and BoYs!


First of all I have two important announcements. We are moving up our party time by a few hours. Instead of beginning on Monday nights at 8:30 pm, we will now go live at 5 pm. 


The second announcement is about something exciting we are starting in December! And since Samantha summed it up so wonderfully last week I am just going to use her words...


Starting in December,each week, we’ll select someone new to guest host for Cowgirl Up.
Now here comes the best part, it could be YOU! If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time, so that’s a post you don’t have to write! Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you, how cool is that? 

Are you interested yet? I sure hope so, because we’re going to need 52 guest hosts each year. 
And now for my featured link ups from last weeks' party! 

Isn't this Cottage Dining Room redo wonderful? Love those chairs by Betsy Speert



Cute and colorful cottage curtains shine by Creative Cain Cabin...

Check out the chic neutral styling around this bookcase by The Shabby Chick!




I'm very intrigued by the recipe for Scottish Puff Candy by Tartan Taste in Texas, shown here sprinkled on ice cream. MMM!




 I love, not only the letter project, but the way Project Braun Haus has the whole nook accessorized!


DIY Mossy Moss Monogram



And of course, with my love for bottle brush trees, I had to share these lovely Christmas craft ideas by Quirky Quail.♥


Now about the party...
You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs.
More exposure, less time.
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration. 


11/9/12

Bake It: Easiest Peach Cobbler Ever

After bombarding you with Christmas ideas on Monday, I promised I would be back with something yummy for November. So here it is-- the Easiest Peach Cobbler Ever. And it's delicious! I know because my husband, who never eats any of my desserts because "he doesn't like sweets" even had two helpings! Yes...it is that good and soooo easy.



11/7/12

SCD Trunk Show- Boutique Styles &Free Shipping

It's here!!!! My first online Trunk Show for Samantha Conner Designs. In response to the numerous requests, for a limited time, I am offering my new girls clothing line direct to you!

Shop now and take advantage of beautiful, unique boutique-quality clothing. Shipping is free and all of my clothing is professionally sewn and manufactured in the USA.


I chose five of my favorite looks from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection of Samantha Conner Designs and am bringing them to you. Simply click the link below each style and you will be taken directly to my Etsy shop where you can choose sizes and make payment securely. With a variety of price points and styles, there is something for everyone.

This boutique collection is usually only offered at Market for wholesale buyers. However, for one week I am opening the trunk to you!

Please note these are from my Spring/Summer 2013 collection, so pay careful attention to ship dates. Ship times vary from January thru the beginning of March. Don't forget-- Shipping is free!

Trapeze Dress
Sizes Available 2T-6

Garden Party
 Sizes Available 2T-10


Ruffled Up Dress
Sizes Available 2T-6

All clothing is machine washable and made for to take your little girl everywhere from the playground to birthday parties. These outfits are cute, comfy, and durable. Samantha Conner clothing is professionally sewn and manufactured in the USA.


Any questions, feel free to convo me via the Etsy listings or email me directly at craftytexasgirls@gmail.com. You can also find out more about Samantha Conner Designs through my website at samanthaconnerdesigns.com.


The Trunk Show will only be available for one week- November 7th thru November 14th. 

Pass along the SCD to your friends by sharing this post via email, Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter. Refer a friend and receive a free headband when your friend makes a purchase of at least $30.

Happy Shopping! I appreciate your support and thank you for buying Samantha Conner Designs.
 
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11/5/12

Cowgirl Up #40

Welcome to Week 40
of
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!
1 Party, 4 Blogs  
Your Host this week is . . .
Samantha at Crafty Texas Girls

Can you believe it is already November?! I am so excited that the holiday season has officially begun. This month will be filled with so much fun-- preparing for my sister's baby shower, Thanksgiving, and I am hosting my first on-line trunk show for my clothing line. November is going to be great! 

Baby Shower Here, Thanksgiving Here, SCD Clothing
Some new exciting things are happening around Cowgirl Up --- and they involve you!  
 Beginning in December, we will be adding a new host to our line up. For those of you that link up, that means even more exposure for your blog. But here’s the thing. We LOVE meeting new bloggers, and even more we LOVE helping bloggers, so how can we possibly decide on just one? Well the truth is… we can’t! So we came up with an idea I think you are going to love. 
We will have a different guest host every week! That’s right, each week, we’ll select someone new to guest host for Cowgirl Up.
Now here comes the best part, it could be YOU! If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time, so that’s a post you don’t have to write! Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you, how cool is that?

Are you interested yet? I sure hope so, because we’re going to need 52 guest hosts each year.

So what do you need to do to be considered? It’s easy, simply leave a comment on this post, mention that you want to be considered, and be sure to include a link to your blog. It’s that simple.

Oh and I almost forgot, you DO NOT need to be Texan or even American. That’s the great thing about the internet; we can include our friends around the globe.
 
Now on to the Party Features from Last Week 

Simplicity in the South shares her fall vignette and a FREE printable banner. 

The Creek Line House updates her infamous mason jar light for fall and shares that an appliance light bulb is needed to make one yourself.


Live, Love, DIY shares the process she used to transform this beautiful French Provincial Dresser. 

Clever Nest wrote a great post on how to list items on Craiglist -- with safety in mind! A funny and informative read! 

Forever Decorating shares an inspiring make-over-- stripes make everything better
Red Head Can Decorate updated her front porch by painting her door white. 
   
Confessions of a Plate Addict has a beautiful Fall table-scape, complete with several tutorials including one for a beautiful burlap runner. 

Little House in the Big D took a chance and painted her wing back chairs! See the full tutorial for details. 
 
Make your own purse with this free downloadable pattern from Crystelle Boutique.

And finally, Cottage and Broome shows off her fabulous fall porch. 


If you were featured, please grab the featured button below
 

Now about the party...
You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs.
More exposure, less time.
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration. 

What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls
The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up! You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
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