Inspiring Creativity

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity!
Where we share projects, recipes and creative inspiration every Wednesday.
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Here are a few of the link ups that I fell in love with last week:

To. Die. For. Oriental Inspired Cookout {I need those teal vases!}

Gorgeous, recycled Leather and Organza Flower Necklace.

Lovely potted annuals {with a blog name I heart}.

Thank you so much for linking up ladies!
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Now let's party!

Guest Post ~ Momma's Kinda Crafty

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hey Peeps!

I'm over at Momma's Kinda Crafty today,
sharing this Summer Tea Tray transformation!


Stop by and say HI!

Mirrored Jewellery Hanger

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Okay, so I am totally not sure if I like how this turned out. 
You know?  When you have a project that you think is going to be rad then you're like, huh.

Anyway I was inspired by this month's Create With Me over at U Create.  Where we were challenged to make a jewellery holder using a fab tutorial from Peace, Love, 2 Sisters.  Here's my take:

My mom scored this mirror for 5 bucks at a Garage Sale, back when I was madly looking for mirrors and frames for this project.

So I painted it.

Distressed it.

Added clear thread {can you see it?}

And antiqued the mirror using this
{oh my gosh am I going to die} technique.
I chose to keep the mirror and use the clear
thread to hang my jewellery from.
I'm thinking that I may change it to chicken wire ~ what do you think?

I painted a few clothes pins to match and hang my bracelets from.


All done.

I love all of the little details.


 
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Happy Sunday!

Good day everyone!
I hope that you are having a fabulous weekend.

We have been truly blessed to have my husband home on weekends these past few months {he usually does shift work but recently got promoted}.  So we've been taking full advantage of having him home {and well rested} and doing all sorts of fun things with the boys...
Like race car driving!


Here's the hubs with Isaiah {who can barely see over the car}.

Here I am all geared up {who knew I had wrinkles?!?!}. 
Ha.  I got fastest lap so who cares about wrinkles!

We also took the boys fishing!  One of our local parks has an awesome Learn to Fish program.  Here's Darcy showing Isaiah the ropes.

And Cameron testing out his skills.  I must admit that even though I consider myself to be a 'nature girl' ~ I have no interest in putting a worm on that hook. Ew.

Here's the only thing we caught that day ~ a photograph of this cute duckling.


Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


Congrats GRAD!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

 My cousin graduated from Highschool this year.  It was fun to see everyone all dolled up in their gorgeous gowns with their shiny cars.  It's not always easy to know what to get someone for grad.  Money and electronics are probably top picks. 

Often people will gift a book and I thought that this was a great idea.  Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss is a perfect choice for any grad.  While at Chapters with my SIL though, she pointed out this book, It's a Book by Lane Smith.


Yes, it's in the children's section but it too is perfect for any grad.  It's a Book really speaks to their generation!

A Monkey tries to explain to a Jackass what a book is.  I loved this page.  "Do you blog with it?" asks Jackass. "No, it's a book" says Monkey.

Anyway it made me LOL.  
Go check it out!


Thanks for visiting! 

Gardening 101 ~ Herbs

Friday, May 27, 2011

So I have decided to continue on with my little Gardening 101 series of blog posts.
I hope to inspire you and give you little tips and techniques that I find useful.  Now gardening won't take away from blogging but supplement it!
YAY!

 
I have a number of herbs {erb or Hhhherb?} in my garden that I like to have on hand all summer.  Here are a few of them:

Rosemary is a perfect pairing for beef dishes.  Most recently I used Rosemary in 1 Roast Beef 3 Meals.

Mint not only smells divine but can be used in Iced Tea and {you have got to try these} Sizzle Sticks.

 Cilantro is a must have if you are planning on canning salsa this fall.

 
Garlic Onion which isn't technically an herb, is a perennial that comes back every year.  I substitute garlic onion for shallots or white onion in most of my recipes.

Chives, another non-herb perennial, are great in soups or salads.  {I use them in my potato salad ~ recipe coming soon ~ that is to die for!}

A few other herbs that I would plant if I had the time/space for them:  thyme, parsley and dill.


 
Do you have a favorite herb?

Ruffle Pillow Tutorial

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hey guys!

Be sure to get in on my 500 Friends Etsy GIVEAWAY!
I am the lone girl in our house full of boys.  Every once in awhile I like to sneak a ruffle or two into our decor.  Here's how you can too...
1. Cut scraps of cotton material into 1" strips and sew a straight stitch {using your loosest setting} right down the middle.
2. Then pull on the bottom thread to create a ruffle.
3. Tape off the ends of your ruffles to hold the thread in place while you work with the rest.
4. Play with your ruffle placement.
5. Pin all of your ruffles to your pillow front.
6. Then sew them onto your pillow {be sure to switch your sewing machine back to your normal setting}.
7. Come up with a clever way to disguise your ruffled pillow in a house full of boys.... ah ha!  Seaweed!


A perfect pillow for a little boys Pirate Room.  Oooo I made the reverse applique Pirate Skull Pillow too, but that's a tutorial for another day! 
Thanks for checking it out!

Inspiring Creativity

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hi Y'all!
Don't forget to get in on my Etsy GIVEAWAY!!  You could take home my Summer Rag Wreath!



Last week was our largest link up to date!
Woo hoo!!!
And so many fabulous projects!!!  Here are just a few:

 Blog Idea Book @

 Jungle Baby Shower @

Vintage Seed Packet Art @
Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom

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Woot Woot!

Our Pirate Ship Room was featured on
Oh Dee Doh today!


If I wasn't sitting down I might have fallen down!
Woo hoo!

500 Friends Etsy GIVEAWAY!


GIVEAWAY now closed.
I am having a wonderful time blogging. 
I love sharing projects, ideas and inspiration with all of you! 
And I want you to know that I cherish each and every comment that you leave here and try to reply to all of them.

So THANK YOU for making this so much fun!

And on that note I am giving away a
$25 Credit
to


I have just updated the shop to include my Summer Rag Wreath

which sadly, just doesn't go with my decor.
Woohoo for you right!?!



Etsy
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Now who wants in??


Here's how you can enter:
1. Leave a comment and tell me what you would order from my shop. {one entry}
2. Become an official follower of Dragonfly Designs...just click that little 'follow' button on the upper left side of my blog. Then leave me a comment saying you did!! If you're a follower already just leave a comment and ~ you ROCK!  {one entry}
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4. One more chance to win: Blog, FB or post about this Fabulous Giveaway! Leave a comment with a link to your post for another entry. {one entry}


That's FOUR chances to win peeps!


Giveaway will end Tuesday June 7th. 
Even if you don't win ~ use coupon code twindragonfly for 10% off anything in the shop. 
Good luck and have fun!




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Side Table Makeover

Monday, May 23, 2011

Woot woot! 
Check out this super cute table makeover that I shared at the CSI Project a while ago...
   
Here's my Side Table tutorial:

The goods:
A poor rundown little sidetable
Epoxy
150 Grit Sanding Block
Screwdriver
Paint Roller and Brushes
White Acrylic Paint
Turquoise Acrylic Paint {mine was Bright Aqua Green from Liquitex}
Wood Stain {or watered down brown Acrylic Paint}
Rag or Cloth
Sealer {I used a Semi Gloss Water Based Sealer from Varathane}
Pretty Spring Accessories

Start by taking apart your table.

Fix any defects.  Here I used Epoxy to glue the spindle together.

Remove  hardware.

Give the entire surface a good sanding. 

At this point you may want to apply a coat of primer.  It allows for the paint to stick to your surface better and prevents oils and other materials from coming to the surface.  I chose not to because 1. I had sanded the surface thoroughly 2. I was in a hurry to see my finished project and 3. I'm a bit lazy when it comes to painting.  {Just keeping it real} 

Now you want to paint your table.  Cover every surface.  Sand between coats of paint and watch out for drips.

Here's my little table with two coats of white acrylic paint.

Okay, so this is the totally fun part.  I have been seeing turquoise everywhere.  In decorative accessories, fabric choices and wall colours. 
I love it.
My house, however, doesn't.  Turquoise just doesn't go.  You know?
So I hid it in the drawer/tray!
Now go add a little colour to your project.

Next you want to sand the table to give it a distressed finish.

Don't be afraid to sand liberally.

Here's my table after sanding.

Looking good already.

Now you will want to apply a stain or lacquer to give your table an aged patina.  I used wood stain.  Not recommended.  It took forever to dry.
What you could use instead is a tinted sealer or watered down brown acrylic paint.  That's what I used for the inside of my drawer/tray.

Apply your stain or paint using an old rag or cloth {paper towels works too.}
You really want to try to work it into the corners and cracks of your piece.

Here's my drawer/tray where I used brown acrylic paint to create an aged look.

Now you want to apply a good sealer.  Allow for drying time and sand between coats.

All done!

And complete with a cute little drawer that is just the perfect addition to any decor.
 You can find the tutorial for these gorgeous decoupaged eggs here.

Who needs a mantel anyway.



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