Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{Personalized Frozen-Inspired Halloween Treat Bags}

Hey, y'all!  My adorable nieces had birthdays recently.  They, like most other little girls their ages, are Frozen obsessed, so this weekend they had a joint Frozen-themed party.  They dressed up as Anna and Elsa, and their mom created themed games and snacks.  Knowing in advance that they were going to be having a Frozen party, I bought them lots of Frozen goodies.  I realized this weekend that I needed some type of gift bag to hold the goodies.  I had some small canvas tote bags already, so I decided to whip up some Frozen-inspired gift bags that could double as their Halloween treat bags since they're going to be Anna and Elsa for Halloween too.  I used my Silhouette to personalize the bags, and I love how they turned out!
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com

I started the project with two canvas bags that I bought in a pack of four from Hobby Lobby.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Each bag cost about $2, which is definitely a great price.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I used my Silhouette to cut two stencils from vinyl.  I used the font Maratre.  I typed each of my nieces' names, welded the letters together, and offset them to make the font thicker.  For Londyn's Elsa bag, I used the cut tool to remove the "o" from the name.  I inserted a snowflake in its place and welded it to the name.  For Laney's Anna bag, I used Flourish 1018, a moroccan flower, and circles to  create a design mimicking the front of Anna's dress.  (The design may look like it has more components than those three shapes, but I cut the flourish and used pieces of it in parts of the design.)  Once I cut the design from the vinyl, I weeded it to prepare for stenciling.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I covered the vinyl design with lined transfer paper and removed the backing to ready it for the front of the bag.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I then transferred the design to the bag.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Once the vinyl stencil was on the bag, I put blue painters tape around any places where I thought I wouldn't have enough room to apply paint to the design without getting any on the bag.  This may seem a little crazy, but I would much rather use inexpensive painters tape than extra vinyl for this purpose.  (Also, you may want to put a piece of cardboard inside the bag.  I didn't because I knew from experience that I wouldn't use enough paint to seep through the front of the bag onto the back.)
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Since the bag won't be washed like clothing, I used regular paint to stencil.  I specifically used Martha Stewart brand pearlescent paint and glitter paint on Londyn's bag.  I used regular acrylic paint on Laney's bag, with the Martha Stewart glitter paint over a couple of small portions of the design.  I used a round stencil brush to apply the paint.  If you use this type of brush, carefully unload your paintbrush of excess paint, and then apply your paint in a pouncing motion, you will get a really nice stenciled image.  I let the paint dry, and my gift bags/treat bags were finished.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I packaged Londyn and Laney's gifts in the bags, and they loved them.  I had the girls pose with the bags in front of the Frozen backdrop that I used as a photo booth for the party guests.  Let's just say that their personalities REALLY shined through.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Londyn looked so much like Elsa!  She posed perfectly for me.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Laney?  She was as cute as a button as Anna, but her silliness was on full display when I was trying to take her picture.  (This pic is a perfect example of why my husband and I call her Laney-Monster.)
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I tried to get a pic of the two princesses together.  Since Laney was in full Laney-Monster mode, this is the best I could do.  I actually really like the picture though because it shows both of the girls' personalities.  I'm really glad that I was able to add a personalized, crafty element to their gifts with these treat bags, and I hope that they enjoy using them when they go trick-or-treating.  They definitely won't have to worry about getting their treat bags mixed up with someone else's!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

{Country Living Fair Ticket Giveaway}

Today's post is sponsored by Explore Gwinnett, the official tourism office for Gwinnett County, GA. 
Hey, y'all!  I am so excited about today's post.  I have been a subscriber to Country Living Magazine for years now, and every year I see advertisements for the Country Living Fair in Georgia, and every year I want to go SO BADLY!  This year, I'm FINALLY going!  And guess what?  Explore Gwinnett is giving away two weekend passes to the fair so that one lucky reader and a guest can go too.
Country Living's Fair page reads, "Join us at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta, Georgia, at Stone Mountain Park October 24-26, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. We promise great shopping, antique appraisals, seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet our editors!"  
Tickets start at $13.  You can find more info about the fair {HERE}.  If you live out of town and plan on staying overnight, you can find info about local hotels {HERE}.  All this info is from the Explore Gwinnett website, which is full of things to see and do, hotels, and discount coupons for the Atlanta area.  Also, Explore Gwinnett will have a booth at the Country Living Fair this year, and the first 100 people to sign up for their e-newsletter each day of the event will receive a free jumbo shopping bag!  You can enter the giveaway, which is open from 12am October 8th through 12am October 15th, using Rafflecopter below.  
Whether you win the giveaway or not, I hope you get a chance to visit the fair.  I'm actually going to meet my blog friend Kirsten from Sweet Tea & Saving Grace for the very first time in real life the weekend of the fair, and I am stoked!  I'd love to meet you as well!

Monday, October 6, 2014

{25 Handmade Beauty Gifts}

Hey, y'all!  The season of giving is going to creep on us VERY quickly.  Do you realize that in about eleven weeks Christmas will be here?!  It's definitely not too soon to start thinking about holiday gifts for those special people in your life.  As a crafter, I LOVE to give handmade gifts to people, and one of my favorite gifts to give is a handmade beauty gift.  So in preparation for the upcoming holiday season, I've compiled an awesome collection of 25 Handmade Beauty Gifts.
Check out this collection of 25 Handmade Beauty Gifts!  Perfect ideas for holiday gift giving.  pitterandglink.com
The best thing about beauty gifts is that you can make a lot of gifts in a short amount of time, and you don't have to spend a whole lot of money.  Without further adieu, here are the gift ideas!

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Easy Lemon Sugar Scrub from The Benson Street Blog

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Bath Bombs from Kayla Aimee Writes

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Peppermint & Grapefruit Foot Salt Scrub from Seven Alive

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Mound Bar Solid Lotion Bars from 4 You With Love

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub from Ma Nouvelle Mode

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow from Happy Hour Projects

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub from Here Comes the Sun

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub from Pitter and Glink

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
DIY Vanilla Bubble Bath Soak from NellieBellie via Positively Splendid

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
10-Minute Pumpkin Pie Spice Soap from Happiness is Homemade

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Olive Oil Night Cream from JellieBean Journals

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
DIY Organic Lemon Coconut Shampoo from Essentially Eclectic

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Orange Mulberry Sugar Scrub from The Benson Street Blog

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Citrus Lip Scrub from Better Martha

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Vanilla Latte Soap from A Pumpkin & A Princess

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Tinted Lip Balm from Five Little Homesteaders

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Honey Bubble Bath from Live Laugh Rowe

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Crochet Flower Cleansing Pads Pattern from Petals to Picots

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm from Happy Hour Projects

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Three Ingredient Sugar Scrub from Pitter and Glink

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Vanilla Rose Petal Bath Salts from Simply Designing

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Whipped Sugar Scrub from 4 You With Love

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Lemon Bath Salts from The Idea Room

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Oatmeal Spice Soap from A Nest for All Seasons via Crafts Unleashed

25 Handmade Beauty Gifts pitterandglink.com
Homemade Whipped Body Butter from Lia Griffith

Did you find the perfect handmade beauty gift idea in the post?  Maybe you're not into giving beauty gifts or maybe you have a person in your life who a beauty gift just wouldn't work for.  Well, you're in luck.  My blog friends are also sharing handmade gift ideas!  Together we're sharing over 200 handmade gifts ideas!
The Ultimate Library of Handmade Gifts: 25 Handmade Beauty Gift Ideas pitterandglink.com
The Ultimate Library of Handmade Gifts is an invaluable resource. Make your gifts personal: make them handmade this year. Get your ideas from the fabulous collections below!

Happy crafting, y'all!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{16 Vivid Living Room Color Ideas on Hometalk}

Hey, y'all!  Have you ever heard of Hometalk?  It's an awesome website featuring tons of home and garden projects and inspiration.  You can become a member and post all those questions you have about that home improvement project you have to do yourself but just don't quite know how, and people will answer your questions.  You can share photos of your latest home improvement projects whether you have a blog or not, and you can clip projects you find and love to digital clipboards.  I recently created a clipboard featuring 16 Vivid Living Room Color Ideas.
You have got to check these rooms out!  (Click the image above to be taken to the clipboard.)  What I love most is that a lot of the rooms have a fairly neutral wall color, but there are POPS of bright colors all throughout.  There are purples and pinks and yellows and turquoise--so much color inspiration!  While you're visiting the clipboard, I'd love for you to follow me on Hometalk.  You can find my profile {Here}.  Leave me a comment on this post letting me know you followed me, and I'll follow you back.  Have an awesome Wednesday, y'all!
 

{Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm}

Hey, y'all!  Yesterday I shared my very first metal stamping project with you.  I had fun creating that charm, but I wanted to create an entire piece of jewelry, so as soon as I finished my charm, I made a Halloween Owl Necklace featuring another metal stamped charm.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
To create my necklace, I began by stamping the "boo" charm with the tools and supplies sent to me by Goody Beads.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I placed a rectangular tag blank on my bench block and stamped the word "boo" on the tag with my hammer.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
To make the word pop, I colored over it with a Sharpie.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I removed the excess marker with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol.  Then I worked on creating the other elements for my necklace.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I recently bought some wooden owl embellishments from the craft store, and I already had some orange and purple beads.  I knew one of the wooden owls would be a perfect pendant for a necklace, and would be great paired with a beaded charm in the official Halloween colors.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
In order to hang the wooden owl on my necklace, I had to drill a hole in it to be able to attach a jump ring.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I attached a medium sized jump ring through the hole I created and attached a large jump ring to that so that my other charms wouldn't completely cover up the owl.  I created a beaded charm by threading a a few beads onto a head pin and creating a loop on top using my round nose pliers.  I also attached a small jump ring to my stamped charm.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I attached the a medium sized jump ring to the large jump ring I had attached to the owl.  I attached my beaded and stamped charm to that same jump ring.  I threaded that ring onto a long chain I made to complete my Halloween necklace.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I love the finished piece, and of course, I'm already thinking of new jewelry pieces I can make utilizing my new metal stamping skills!
Disclosure: While Goody Beads supplied some of the tools and materials for this project, all opinions are 100% mine.