Monday, September 1, 2014

New Linky Party Starts Next Week!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I'm starting up a linky party again, but this time I'm doing it with 2 other fabulous bloggers...


Today I thought I'd introduce you to my two partners so that you'll know where else your links will show up when you link up here.


First up is Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home:

Distressed Donna Down Home

Donna's blog makes me laugh all the time.  She see's beauty in the things that other people throw away. Then she makes it into other great stuff and turns around and sells it all....well most of it.  I think she also has a pretty big collection of stuff she keeps in her house too~


Donna also has a lovely Etsy Shop where she sells some of her smaller creations.


Mitzi also takes old things and makes them new again.


On Mitzi's Miscellany she not only shares DIY's on the cutest projects but she also educates you on antiques and the terminology used.


I love the way she puts colours together.


Mitzi also has an Etsy shop where she sells her creations.

So get ready because next Sunday night the new Make it Monday Linky Party will open!  There will be 6 giveaways to add to the fun.  You'll have to stop by next week to find out what the prizes will be.  All you'll need to do to enter is to link up a project or post (no shops or commercial sites though) and then you can enter the giveaways!

I hope you'll join us!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Washi Acetate Earrings

I've had some very important little visitors (check out my Instagram) here this week so I only had time for a super quick, but very pretty, project~

DIY Earrings, DIY Jewellery, Washi Tape

I have 1 roll of Washi tape that I've barely used so I wanted to try to come up with something interesting to show it off, plus I wanted some new earrings.  Voila!  The Washi Acetate earrings were born~

Here's what you need if you want to make your own:


Materials:
-Washi Tape
-Acetate Sheet
-Scalloped scissors
-Earrings findings (shepard's hooks + 4 jump rings)
-pliers, small hole punch (not shown)
-ink pad

Steps:
1) In order to stabilize your washi tape so that you can cut it, take a piece approximately 6" long and stick it down onto your acetate sheet.

Depending on how long you want your earrings
to hang, this should make 1 pair.
2) Using your scalloped edged scissors, cut two long rectangles.  You may have to play with this a bit.  I'm not sure if it was just my scissors but I found it made it difference which side was down and which direction I was cutting in.  Just play with it and find which way works best for you.


3) Punch a small hole in the center near the top of each rectangle.


4) My washi tape is pretty subtle so I inked the edges to bring out the scallop a bit more.



5) Add 2 jump rings (so it will hang the right way) and attach to your earring finding.


That's it!  I added a couple of little crystals to the bottoms of mine to add a bit of sparkle but that's basically it.

This entire project took me less than 10 minutes to do.  Try different decorative scissors with different washi tapes.  If you don't have a piece of acetate laying around you could just use some scrapbooking paper or cardstock.  I just like the glassy resin look I get with acetate.

Do you have a washi tape collection?  It's a trend I sort of passed on, probably because I knew if I started buying it I wouldn't stop.  What do you do with it all?  Leave a comment below~

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the Kingdom of Men


I took a break from ancient history and just went back in time a few decades~


Summary (from Goodreads): 1967. Gin Mitchell knows a better life awaits her when she marries hometown hero Mason McPhee. Raised in a two-room shack by her Oklahoma grandfather, a strict Methodist minister, Gin never believed that someone like Mason, a handsome college boy, the pride of Shawnee, would look her way. And nothing can prepare her for the world she and Mason step into when he takes a job with the Arabian American Oil company in Saudi Arabia. 

In the gated compound of Abqaiq, Gin and Mason are given a home with marble floors, a houseboy to cook their meals, and a gardener to tend the sandy patch out back. Even among the veiled women and strict laws of shariah, Gin’s life has become the stuff of fairy tales. She buys her first swimsuit, she pierces her ears, and Mason gives her a glittering diamond ring. But when a young Bedouin woman is found dead, washed up on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Gin’s world closes in around her, and the one person she trusts is nowhere to be found. 

Set against the gorgeously etched landscape of a country on the cusp of enormous change, In the Kingdom of Men abounds with sandstorms and locust swarms, shrimp peddlers, pearl divers, and Bedouin caravans—a luminous portrait of life in the desert. Award-winning author Kim Barnes weaves a mesmerizing, richly imagined tale of Americans out of their depth in Saudi Arabia, a marriage in peril, and one woman’s quest for the truth, no matter what it might cost her.

Bedouin Man
(Source)
Review: So here's the thing, I liked this book but I was really not crazy about the ending.  Like a lot of other Goodreaders I've been left feeling a little confused about how I feel about it all.

I enjoyed the (audio) book, and really started to get into once Gin and her husband moved to Saudi Arabia. It was interesting to read about these strangers in a strange land who came from nothing and suddenly have almost anything their heart desires, or so it seems. You know the whole way through it all that it's leading up to a spectacular event, because it's revealed right in the first page. But when we finally get there I felt like it all started moving way too fast.

All of sudden, out of nowhere I was at the epilogue, and quite a depressing one at that. I think I'm glad I read this book but I really wish more attention would've been paid to the last few chapters instead of spending so much time setting us up for the major event.

I think I'm also a little upset with the main character. She has all the makings of an incredible life, one that even she never could've imagined, and she just seems to throw it all away. I guess the one good thing about this book is the lesson learned, don't let life pass you by. Take every chance you get at adventure and live it~

Bedouin Woman
(source)
Have you read this book yet?  What did you think?  Did it end too quickly for you?  Leave a comment below~

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Butterfly Cupcake Toppers

This is the last of the cupcake toppers for awhile (there are only so many cupcakes I can eat!).  But these ones turned out so gorgeous I just had to share them with you.


I used my Silhouette to make the backgrounds, then I inked the edges glued them together with the sticks, and added the beautiful butterflies (which I cut out by hand!)


They're only attached along the bodies so that the wings can be folded out to add some dimension.


I made similar ones HERE last year, but I think these ones really take it to the next level.  I can't wait to have a special tea party so I can put these to use.

If you don't eat cupcakes, you can still use toppers.  Try them on muffins or as sandwich sticks.  Can you think of any other uses?  Leave a comment below~

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sewloft

I know how much you guys like finding new places to try out FREE sewing patterns so I thought I'd better tell you all about Sew Loft!

Sew Loft
They don't have a huge stock but what they do have is modern and versatile.


They have patterns you can purchase individually or you can buy a subscription and get whatever you need for $15/month.

They also have 4 FREE patterns that I really like:

I can't wait to try this cute summery camisole.

Cami Pattern


Fall has definitely set in around here, so these leggings will come in very handy.

Leggings Pattern

You can check out the other free patterns HERE.


Their blog is great too!  They have free sew alongs, tips and tricks, and how to's that are perfect for beginner sewers.

Hop on over and see what you find!

*This is not a sponsored post and contains no affiliate links.  I just love free sewing patterns and want to spread the word~

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