Thursday, October 30, 2014

{Thanksgiving Pallet Art & A Pallet Canvas Giveaway}

Thank you, 48 BY 40, for sponsoring today's giveaway!
Hey, y'all!  Have you ever created any pallet art?  I have a confession: I never had before today's project. You see, I have never been able to disassemble a pallet.  My dad found me one about a year ago, and I was all excited about using it for a project.  I think we barely got one board removed from the pallet before we gave up on the whole disassembly thing.  And then I saw posts about how you have to carefully disinfect pallets to make them safe for your home.  So, yeah, I kind of figured that a pallet project--besides a popsicle stick faux pallet project--was probably never going to happen.  The pallet-sized hole in my crafting life was filled a couple of weeks ago when I was sent two pallet canvases from a new company called 48 BY 40. I used one of the pallet canvases to create a pretty piece of Thanksgiving art for my mantle.  The art was really easy to make.  (If you stick around until the end of the post, you can have a chance to win a pallet canvas to create your own art!)
Thanksgiving Pallet Art www.pitterandglink.com
I started my project with one of the large pallet canvases sent to me by 48 BY 40.
Large Pallet Canvas from 48 BY 40 www.pitterandglink.com
The large pallet canvas measure 21" x 21" and, of course, comes without the hassle of pallet disassembly as actual pallets do.  You can find the canvases on Amazon.  (Below is an affiliate link.)

My canvas had a great variation of wood colors with fun nail holes and rough grain.
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To begin creating my art, I first had to create my design.  I used Picmonkey to create a large graphic featuring the quote, "In all things, give thanks" and printed it.  I used the process that I outlined in my "How to Create Large, Custom-Size Graphics with PicMonkey" post and "How to Print Large Images Using Microsoft Word" post.
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After I taped the image together, I rubbed chalk over the entire back of the image.  (I'm using the process I used to create my large vintage quote sign, except I'm using chalk instead of pencil.)
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I then laid the image down on the top of the pallet canvas and traced around the letters with a pen.
Transfer a Large Image to a Pallet Using Chalk www.pitterandglink.com
After tracing the letters, I removed the paper and the chalk graphic was left on the pallet.  A helpful tip is to tape down your graphic to make sure it doesn't move while tracing and to keep checking to make sure your letters are transferring.  You may need to add more chalk to the back of the paper if you're having trouble getting the letters to show up.
Transfer a Large Image to a Pallet Using Chalk www.pitterandglink.com
Once the letters were traced, I painted them with white paint.  I used a wet paper towel to remove any leftover chalk once the paint dried.  Then my Thanksgiving art was complete.
"In All Things, Give Thanks" Pallet Art www.pitterandglink.com
I love how it turned out!
"In All Things, Give Thanks" Pallet Art www.pitterandglink.com
I am such a huge fan of white and wood paired together, especially when the wood has tons of character.
"In All Things, Give Thanks" Pallet Art www.pitterandglink.com
This piece is the perfect addition to my Thanksgiving decor.
"In All Things, Give Thanks" Pallet Art www.pitterandglink.com
Now that you've seen what I did with my first pallet canvas, I'd love to see what you would do with one.  To help make that happen, the awesome people at 48 BY 40 are giving one lucky reader a chance to win two pallet canvases.  The giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. and runs from 12 AM Thursday, October 30th through 12 AM Thursday, November 6th.  You can enter using Rafflecopter below.
Good luck!
Disclosure: 48 BY 40 supplied the pallet canvas for today's project and is sponsoring the giveaway, but all opinions in the post are 100% mine.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia}

Hey, y'all!  This past weekend was the weekend that I have been waiting on for months.  I met my bloggy bestie Kirsten from Sweet Tea and Saving Grace in person for the very first time, and as if that wasn't exciting enough, I was able to visit the Country Living Fair for the first time courtesy of Hometalk and Country Living (Thanks, y'all!).  I was so inspired by every single booth at the fair.  Being around pretty things just rejuvenates me.  Really.  It's like they just feed my soul.  I know some of you feel the same, so I have some really lovely, inspiring photos from the fair to share with you.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
When Kirsten and I first arrived at the fair, we had to take a selfie.
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Unfortunately, this is the only picture we took together all weekend, which makes me sad.  We were just too busy having fun to take pictures together.  I think that's a good thing though.  Anyway, the weather at the fair was gorgeous, and it looked like fall all around.
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There were pumpkins everywhere!  I loved this pumpkin topiary.  
After taking in all the fall sights around us, one of the first things we saw were some of the cutest little vintage trailers near the entrance.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
This one was my favorite.  The outside was country shabby chic, but my favorite part of the trailer was the inside.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
It had a pink stove, y'all!  The lady who owned the trailer was kind enough to talk to me and Kirsten about the trailer.  She said her husband had the stove sandblasted and painted pink for her as an anniversary gift one year.  I'm sure he won the husband-of-the-year award that year!
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
The little bunk area of the trailer was cute as well.  
After we looked at the trailers, we started our treasure hunt.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
This was one of the very first displays that caught my eye.  I have to admit that my eyes were bouncing everywhere though, and I felt like I couldn't fully absorb all the awesomeness that was right at my fingertips.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
I loved this table setting mainly because of the layers.  I love the book as a base for the pumpkin and nest.  And I thought the white paint covered paint brushes were so fun.  I never would have thought of covering paint brushes in white paint and using them as decor!
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There was pretty vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry all around.  If you know me, you know I love jewelry.  One of my favorite jewelry booths was the Findings booth.  Every single piece of jewelry in the booth was simply breathtaking.  I bought myself a necklace that I ADORE.
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This little jewelry display was inspiring to me.  (I need to find myself one of these wooden hands now.)  
There were so many other types of displays at the fair too.
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This handsome gentleman caught my eye.  Don't you just love how the background of the display is a chippy door and the deer is framed by a gorgeous vintage frame?  Deer seemed to be everywhere at the fair.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
There were string art deer.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
And vintage deer people.  (These were in the JBS Mercantile Booth.)
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
And salvaged wooden deer.  
And, y'all, there were also the COOLEST vintage displays with layers of treasures.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
Each one of the displays made me feel the need to stop and stare to take in each of the pieces that composed the lovely vignettes.
The 2014 Country Living Fair in Georgia www.pitterandglink.com
I loved the teeny tiny phone in this display.
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And I loved the creamy neutrals in this display.  Kirsten and I noted that feathers were definitely on trend, specifically these brown and white striped feathers.
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Birds were popular too.  This display was gorgeous.  I love how a glass cloche can instantly turn a grouping of items into a beautiful, unified display.
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There were a few Halloween displays like this one with this awesome vintage typewriter.
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And, of course, there were many Christmas displays.  I LOVE this angel made from salvaged wood and tin.
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There was definitely not a shortage of unique art.  This piece from Dilley Brand was so cool!  There was just SO MUCH to look at.  Now I see why the fair lasts for three days.  I'm pretty sure you could visit each day and find new treasures.
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Before we left the fair, we had the opportunity to meet the editor-in-chief of Country Living Magazine, along with a large group of bloggers.  I enjoyed hearing Rachel, the editor, talk about the creative process of the employees of Country Living, and I loved meeting fellow bloggers.  I had the best time.  If you ever get the chance to visit the Country Living Fair, I would strongly suggest you go.  If you have even half as much fun as I did, you'll have a blast!

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!