Monday, August 25, 2014

{A Tour Through Blogland with Pitter and Glink}

Hey, y'all!  Today's post is a little different from my normal posts.  I'm sharing a little about myself and my blog by participating in something called A Tour Through Blogland. 
A few weeks ago, Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods contacted me about participating in this little series that's been making its way through blogs across the web.  I agreed to participate because I thought it would be fun to have to answer some questions about my blog.  Part of the tour is sharing a little about the person who invited you, so let me introduce you to Ashley before I get started with my part of the tour.
Ashley is a Southern blogger like me, and she blogs about craft projects, family, decorating and recipes.  She recently shared her recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits, and, y'all, they look DELICIOUS!
And Ashley's house?  You have to see it.  She recently did a Summer House Tour, and I love all the rooms she shared!
And now without further adieu, it's time for me to share some about my blogging process by answering four questions.
What are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on a few different makeovers and small projects that I started during my summer vacation.  I'm working on my living room makeover and my mom's kitchen and dining room makeover, along with other small projects that I work on whenever inspiration strikes.  I've shared little pieces of each of those makeovers.  I gave y'all a sneak peek of my entryway when I shared my thrift store lamp makeover.
And you recently saw one of the walls in my mom's room makeover when I did a focal wall makeover post.
Hopefully soon I'll be able to do full room reveals!
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
This is such a hard question for me to answer!  I think everyone who blogs brings a unique perspective to the web, and while readers of a blog can easily see that blogger's uniqueness, I think it's sometimes hard for the blogger to describe that uniqueness.  My blog is part craft blog and part home decor/DIY blog.  Some people want their blogs to fit into a certain box, but I try not to limit myself to one specific craft or project type.  I try to stay true to things that I really love, so you won't see me jumping onto any band wagons just for the heck of it.  And, of course, I'll stay true to the style and colors that I love, which are of course girly and pink like my stenciled watercolor makeup pouch
Why do write and create what you do?
I create because I have to.  I'm serious.  Creating is such a stress reliever for me.  Creativity is in my veins, and if I don't express my creativity for a while, I start feeling "antsy."  I start feeling that if I don't create something soon, I may go crazy.  I write about what I create because I love to share projects with others.  I love the thought that I could inspire someone to create something, and that their creating something could bring them joy.  I keep this purpose in mind at all times, and it has guided me well throughout my blogging career.
How does your writing/creating process work?
I am constantly reading other blogs and looking at different projects.  I'm constantly looking at online retailers, and if I get a chance to go to the craft store, I'll walk through every aisle to look at every item.  Other bloggers and their projects may spark an idea in my head for another project that has my spin on it.  A piece of fabric may inspire the color palette for a room.  An item at the craft store that's meant for a specific purpose may look like something meant for a totally different purpose to me.  Once I get an idea, I just go with.  I'm not afraid to try something, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work.  I'll try it again a different way or just do something completely different.  And even though I'm an English teacher, a lot of times the writing part is what I enjoy least.  I just write about the steps it takes to create the project without adding too much.  Even though I'd like to show more personality when writing tutorials, I do realize that most people want the how-to.
I hope you enjoyed learning about myself as a blogger.  As part of the Tour Through Blogland, I had to ask a few other bloggers to do their own tour.  I asked two awesome ladies who kindly agreed to participate.
The first lovely lady is Kara of Mine for the Making.
Kara is beautiful woman who has the cutest family!  She shares posts about her family, homeschool, recipes and fun projects.  She recently posted her craft room reveal, and I am in love with it!
I also love the Happy Summer Wreath she created a while back.
Make sure you check out Kara's blog because you'll love it!
The second lovely lady that I asked to participate is Jen from Vintage Gwen.
Jen is so pretty and sweet, and she has a lovely blog!  She recently posted about her beauty favorites. I'm dying to try out that Urban Decay Naked Palette!
I also love her Updated Coffee Station!  I really need to get the area around my coffee maker this organized!
Also, Jen hosts a weekly link party that I'm sure she'd love for you to join.  It's called the Show & Share, and it goes live every Wednesday.
Well, that's about it, y'all.  I hope you didn't mind this little post that's a bit out of the ordinary for Pitter and Glink.  I'll be back later in the week with more of my normal craftiness.  Have an awesome day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

{DIY Stenciled Watercolor Makeup Pouch}

Hey, y'all! Today is that special day of the month where I join My Favorite Bloggers to share a themed project and offer y'all an awesome giveaway!  This month's theme is Pinterest-inspired projects, and if you'll hang with me until the end of the post, there will be a $35 Starbucks gift card giveaway to enter.  But first, let's talk about my Pinterest-inspired project.
There are many makeup pouch pins on Pinterest, and my favorite comes from Minted Strawberry, which is one of my new blog crushes by the way.  There are also LOTS of pins on Pinterest about how to tie dye t-shirts with Sharpies.  I was inspired by the one from All Things Thrifty.  These tie-dyed t-shirts remind me of watercolors, so I thought a stenciled watercolor pouch would be a great project to create.
I purchased a small pouch from Hobby Lobby to use for this project.  The first step of the project is creating the watercolor effect on the pouch.
To do that, you need Sharpies and alcohol, which you should put in a spray bottle.  If you only want to color one side of your pouch, you'll need a piece of cardboard or card stock to put inside the pouch as well.  (I wanted my front design to bleed onto the back, so I didn't use an insert.)
Begin the watercolor process by scribbling on the bag with the Sharpies.  I did horizontal scribbles because that's the look I was going for.
 Once you get your bag covered with scribbles, spray it with the alcohol.  I soaked mine, but I guess depending on the look you wanted, you could use less.  Once the pouch dried, I thought the markers faded a little too much, so I repeated the process.
I did lots of scribbling the second time, as seen in the picture, and then sprayed the bag with the alcohol again.  I was happier with the pouch this time and used a hair dryer to dry it completely.
Above is what it looked like when it dried.  I think it looks a lot like watercolor, don't you?
Since I wanted to stencil the pouch, I used my handy-dandy Silhouette to cut a stencil of a quote I've always liked from Audrey Hepburn.
I used transfer paper to help adhere the stencil to the pouch.
I then used a dry brush technique to stencil in the design.
While my design was drying, I decided the cherry on top of my bag would be a tassel.
A while back, I bought this braided mason line from Lowe's.  I've been dying to use it on something, so I knew that it would be PERFECT for a tassel.
Making a tassel is a lot like making a pom pom.  I cut a length of the string and placed it horizontally on a piece of card stock.  I wrapped the string around and around vertically until I thought it was enough to make a thick tassel.  I cut the string that was leftover off and carefully slid the wrapped string off of the card stock.
I then wrapped a piece of mint embroidery floss around the top of the string and tied it tight.  I cut all the loops at the bottom and used a match to very carefully melt the ends of the strings so they wouldn't ravel later.  (You can only hold the flame to the end of the strings for like a second; otherwise, the strings will blacken.)
After I tied the tassel to the pouch, my makeup bag was finished.  I LOVE the finished pouch.
I think having the Audrey quote on my makeup bag will remind me that it's not really all about the makeup.  A smile is really the prettiest thing a girl can put on her face.  (Remember how last week, I reminded you that you're perfect just the way you are?)  I actually think it would be fun to use this little pouch as a clutch too, and this would be great to give as a gift as well!
So now that you've seen my Pinterest-inspired project, check out the other great Pinterest-inspired projects from some of My Favorite Bloggers!
6 Pinterest Inspired Projects
Red & Turquoise Memory Wire Bracelet by Kirsten at Sweet Tea and Saving Grace / Steamed Honey Glazed Carrot Medallions by Melanie at It Happens in a Blink / Pipe Curtain Rods by Kara at Happy Go Lucky / Slow Cooker Italian Beef by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects / Stenciled Watercolor Makeup Pouch by Bethany at Pitter and Glink / Unicorn Counted Cross Stitch Pattern by Nancy at Do Small Things with Love
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{Trendy DIY Bracelet}

Hey, y'all!  I have another really simple jewelry tutorial for you today.  I'm calling it my Trendy DIY Bracelet.
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
As with all my simple jewelry tutorials, you only need a few supplies.
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
You need a charm with loops on each side, chain, three jump rings, and one lobster clasp.
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
To begin, measure your wrist.  My wrist measures exactly 6", so I cut my chain that length.  (Don't worry.  Since we're adding a charm to the middle of the bracelet, the bracelet won't be too snug.)
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
Use wire cutters to cut the piece of chain in half.
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
Open one of the jump rings with your pliers and thread it onto the charm.
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
Thread your chain onto the jump ring and close it with pliers.  Repeat this step for the other side of the bracelet.
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
Next, open the last jump ring.  Thread it through the lobster clasp and the end of one of the chains.  Close the jump ring, and your bracelet is finished.  (You don't need a jump ring on the other end of the chain if you use chain like I used, and the bracelet can be adjustable.)
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
The finished bracelet is so pretty, and you can stack it with other bracelets.
Trendy DIY Bracelet--A simple jewelry tutorial from
Craft stores have lots of charms like the one I used: feathers, arrows, and keys just to name a few.  You can make a bracelet featuring whatever interests you.  You can make several of these to give as gifts too because Christmas will be here before we know it!  That reminds me that I should probably start on my Christmas crafting soon...
Simple DIY Bracelet
DIY Leather & Stone Bracelet
DIY Gold Chain & Green Glass Bead Bracelet
Gold & Green Bracelet

Friday, August 15, 2014

{Creating a Gallery Wall with Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool}

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Shutterfly, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Hey, y'all!  I have a really awesome makeover to share with you today.  
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
My mom has been begging asking me to makeover her kitchen/dining room for months.  I kept brushing her off until I was given an opportunity to review some product for the awesome folks at Shutterfly utilizing their new Design-a-Wall Tool.  Their product was just the inspiration I needed to get started on the kitchen/dining room makeover.  Painting and creating a focal wall in the dining room was such a great starting point to help me get motivated to do the rest of the room, which I'll share with you in weeks to come.  Without further adieu, let's look at the wall that really didn't have a focus to begin with.
Dining Room Before
This room was decorated in 2002 when my family and I moved into the house, and it's stayed the same since then.  The room is nice, don't get me wrong; it just needs to be modernized.  The first steps were removing the chair rail and painting the walls.  We choose a gray blue color.  (I'll talk more about the wall color when I do a full room reveal.) While all the taping, rolling, cutting in, and drying was going on, I worked on creating the art for the feature wall.  That's where Shutterfly was invaluable.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
Their new tool called Design-A-Wall made creating a gallery for the wall super easy.  When designing the wall, I had the option to choose canvas, framed canvas, metal, wood, or acrylic prints.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
I chose to create a canvas photo gallery in the Step & Repeat Five Right arrangement.  All I had to do was upload my photos and place them where I wanted them to go.  I chose different layouts for some of my canvases, added text to one, and used a printable I created for one of the canvases.  (I'll be giving you the printable for free further in the post!)  Once I perfected my design and layout, I saved my project and ordered the canvas print grouping, which comes with a free hanging kit.  The boxes started arriving very quickly!
Happy Mail from Shutterfly
It's so exciting to get boxes in the mail that you know contain something awesome!  The canvases that I had personalized looked awesome, but there was something else in the boxes that was just as awesome (if not more) than the canvases!
The Design-A-Wall Hanging Kit from Shutterfly
It was the Design-A-Wall Hanging Kit. Y'all!  If you've ever tried to hang a gallery wall, you know how annoying the process can be.  You have to measure and level, and you don't really know if you'll like a piece of art where you hang it until it's hung, and then what if you don't like the placement?  You have a hole in the wall to repair.  That's where this awesome tool came in SUPER handy.  It's like magic.  FOR REAL.  And the best part about it?  Like I said earlier, the hanging kit is FREE.
Shutterfly's Design-A-Wall Hanging Kit Wall Template with Level
A level comes in the kit along with the wall template.  The wall template is so cool because it is to scale, meaning that it's the exact size of your arrangement.  You stick the level to the wall template once you unroll the template.  The level ensures that you don't hang the template crooked.  Then it's time to decide on placement.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
Do you see those gray rectangles?  The are the exact size and arrangement of the canvases I ordered!  I could tell the exact spot where I wanted to hang the canvases without having to put a bajillion nail holes in the wall.  Once my lovely assistants--mom and dad--held up the template so I could decide on placement, we taped the template down with painters tape.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
Now you're probably wondering how you nail with the template on the wall.  There are easy directions to follow on the bottom of the template.  According to the type of art you order--remember, you can order more than just canvases--there are marks where you should make a tiny hole through the paper.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
See the "+A"?  That's where the nail needed to go for our canvases.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
My dad lightly punched a nail through the "+" enough to make a hole through the paper and an indention on the wall.  Then we removed the paper, and dad hammered nails in all the indentions he made.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
Before we could hang the canvases, we had to attach the metal hooks to them that came in the packages.  That was easy to do with a tape measure and a hammer.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
Then we hung the canvases in their "assigned" spot and used a level just to make sure they were straight.  The entire process from the hanging of the template to the leveling of the canvases took less than twenty minutes.  
Once the canvas gallery was hung, it was time for me to do some magic.  Decorating magic that is.  We placed a pretty hutch bottom I refinished under the gallery.  (Don't worry.  I'll do a post about refinishing the hutch bottom soon.)  I added some accessories to the hutch top, and my mom's dreams of a redecorated room--at least this wall--were complete!
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
Isn't it pretty?  Let me show you the awesome canvases up close.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
The one on the bottom of the arrangement is my favorite!
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
The 8x10 with the six small pictures actually contains some pictures that I downloaded from Facebook or downloaded from my phone.  I couldn't believe how good they looked on the canvas.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
This one?  It's pretty darn huge: 16"x 20".  When I opened it, I told my mom that she better like my sister and I a whole lot because she is going to have to look at these big pictures of us all the time.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
I love the family photo and the canvas of the printable I created.  And guess what?  You can download the printable to use for your own gallery wall!  Because I love you, I'm giving it to you for free.  You can download it HERE.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
I added a few accessories to the top of the hutch bottom.  They're all different textures, patterns, and finishes to add some interest.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
A spray painted thrift store lamp is the perfect size to fit under the right side of the canvas grouping.
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
I have to say that this wall that was once just okay is now such a pretty feature in the dining room.  
Creating a Gallery Wall with @Shutterfly's New Design-A-Wall Tool #ShutterflyDecor
It all started with the awesome canvas gallery wall from Shutterfly and was made so easy with their new Design-A-Wall Tool.  (Thanks, Shutterfly!!!)  My mom is thrilled with her new focal wall, and she's so ready for me to finish the entire room makeover!
If you want to create a personalized photo gallery wall and be able to hang the entire thing in less than twenty minutes, you definitely should visit Shutterfly's Design-A-Wall Page to get started on some redecorating yourself.