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It’s Back! The Trade & Made Challenge

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It’s baaaack!  I’m sure you guys remember the craft challenge that Laura from A Girl Who Makes and I created last year, trading boxes of supplies with the proposition to create something out of the contents – using only the contents – and share the tutorial with our readers.

Well, the response from both readers and other bloggers was astounding, so this year, we’ve invited a group of fabulously creative bloggers to join us in the second annual Trade & Made . All of their ingenious projects (with tutorials) will be connected to a central Trade & Made website (which was created by the super talented Gloria from Little White Whale Studio) which you can utilize as a central place to check in on all of the projects.

Today, across the web, participants are revealing the contents of their boxes, all of which have been kindly donated by some amazing sponsors: Michaels, For the Makers, Clear & Simple Stamps, Specialty Bottle, and DecoArt.

Take a moment, head to Trade & Made.com and familiarize yourself with each participant, because in one week, on Wednesday, July 31st, they’ll each be debuting a project for you!  Exciting, isn’t it? Ok, here’s what we’ve included in each box:

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What do you think I’ll create from these pieces?  What would you create?

I suppose you’ll have to come back next Wednesday to find out what me and 12 other talented bloggers are creating!

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DIY Secret weapon

perfect gold spray paint

The questions I get emailed and asked the absolute most aren’t about the camera I use or decor in my home… it’s about the gold spray paint that I prefer.  It’s no secret that I use it in a fair amount of projects because a little shine never hurt anyone and I love neutrals.

I will admit that I bought 6-7 different gold spray paints and sprayed them all next to some gold foil to fill in gaps on a table project I was working on.  I choose the variety that matched best to the foil and started using that color exclusively.  For me, it’s the Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint.  It’s not too yellow, not too green, it’s the perfect match to real gold I can find.

So, I wanted to share it with you all today.  I use it so much and reference it even more, so if you’re looking for the perfect coat, here you are! And after you’ve got your secret weapon in hand, here are some favorite projects to make with your gold paint.

ONE magnetic office organization is perfect for a small space. TWO angled candlesticks are a little rustic and a little glam. THREE don’t throw out your avocado seeds.  Instead, dry them and transform them. FOUR a party isn’t a party without some confetti (on your champagne glass). FIVE this one doesn’t use gold spray paint, but the gold inspiration art is still one of my faves.

Have a GLEAMING Tuesday!

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By The Seaside

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I spent the weekend in Chicago and whenever I’m there (or New York, or San Francisco) I remember how much I love being by the water. I’m not a huge water activity person – I don’t love swimming or boats – but being near the water makes a noticable difference in the atmosphere, doesn’t it?

Although I am back in Columbus today, I am still inspired by the sea, with its mix of greens, blues, and specked darkness. There is a sense of peacefulness that comes with the water and I’m aiming to carry it with me through the busy work week.

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These three beautiful images just popped out at me as being very sea inspired.  Obviously the top one IS a body of water, but the bottom two might give someone a sense of being on the water even while being landlocked.

I hope you have a serene, peaceful week ahead!

 

Photos: Laura Murray Photography | New Ravenna Tile | Leif bowls

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Friday Faves 7.19

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ONE this pretty mint soap dish from Ross Labs brought a smile to my face, $32. TWO a cottony and cool summer blanket from Terrain is just perfect for warm evenings or picnics, and the pattern is pretty awesome too! $68. THREE octagon cutting board is the right bit of whimsey for a minimal kitchen.  $65 from Douglas + Bec. FOUR colorful, but not too crazy, floral mugs from Idyll Home are ideal at £6.50. FIVE I’ve been eyeing this brushed gold sconce forever now, I might just need to get it for something.  What that something is, I don’t know yet! $149 from Crate & Barrel. SIX back and white napkins will go with everything and the cool design will amp up dinnertime. $20 for the set of four from CB2.

This weekend, I’m headed off to Chicago on my first ever trip for the big adventure.  I’m excited and nervous and cannot wait to tell you guys about it all so soon!  I’m hoping to squeeze in a bit of fun and maybe some shopping as well.

Have a phenomenal weekend and let me know what fun you have planned!

 

p.s.  You can shop all of these faves in one place and take a look at the other things I’ve been ‘keeping’ at Keep.com!

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Simple Happiness

the simple things

Each day, I come here and I post about projects, tutorials, inspiring homes, and beautiful products.  In the work I do for the blog, both in planning for the posts and in planning projects for my own home, I look at the big picture a lot.  I’m a big picture kind of girl.  I can see happiness in my future with my husband and our goals, but I don’t always see happiness in the present. I’d say this is my biggest downfall. I’m always looking forward, but not always right in front of me.

Last week, my husband, Matt, shared an amazing article with me Continue Reading…

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Mats Make The Difference

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For years I couldn’t quite put my finger on what made my framed photos and gallery walls look, well, bad. I thought that blowing up the photos themselves to be bigger was the answer, but that just resulted in some poor resolution photos and they still looked so cheap hanging on the wall or in a focal place like on the mantle.

It was recently, I’ll admit, that I bought some frames with BIG mats and realized this was the solution.  Even a very small photo, like the two 4 x 6′s above, look great surrounded by clean white mats. And the size of the frames take up more wall real-estate!

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It’s easy to see after the fact, but I struggled for a long time with how to make family photos not look so dinky.  I got a few of these gallery frames on the cheap from Target, and they make all of the difference in the world.  Even with handmade art or children’s art, they upgrade the look from tchotchke to gallery ready.

Do you have some photos in need of an upgrade?

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Simple Party Pattern

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Sometimes, all it takes is a split second to take a regular dinner and make it into a party.  Maybe more people popped by than what you’d planned, or maybe there is just a festive feeling in the air.  Either way, you can take an everyday moment and make it party perfect in the blink of an eye with this little trick.

Just sandwich some fabric, a napkin, paper, or anything between a drinking class and a vase to give your centerpieces some patterned gusto.

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Custom vase party DIY

ONE fold your fabric to the proper height and circumference of the exterior vase. TWO roll up a drinking glass which easily fits inside the vase with room to spare. THREE insert the glass into the vase.

You now have a vessel to fill with water for your perfect arrangement and a clean look from the exterior.

Perfect, huh?

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Turning Mangled into Mangia

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The last time we tried to grill pizza it was a disaster.  Actually, disaster doesn’t cover it – it was inedible.  So last weekend in Nashville when our cousins, Charlie and Abby, told us they were going to grill up some pizzas for dinner one night, I was all ears to learn how turn mangled into mangia for my own pizza night.

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They divulged early on that there was a trade secret to getting the crust just right.   This secret was exactly the key I’d been missing before – and the thing I used last night to make this beauty. Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 7.12

Friday Faves 7.12

ONE light up your night with this pretty globe and rope lantern from Dwell Studios.  It sure is pretty, but at $390, maybe it’s a DIY idea.  TWO ‘hooked’ bottle opener would be a cute hostess gift for a summer weekend at your friend’s lake house. $16 from Terrain. THREE lovely painterly dinnerware from Anthro is all between $12-$18.  Pretty nice! FOUR who says outdoor pillows have to be in crazy color?  This beautiful neutral embroidered outdoor pillow is perfect, comes in different designs, and is on sale ($39) at West Elm! FIVE a mixture of sand-repellant cotton and terry make the perfect beach towel. This is one of those things that would be my favorite year after year. $83 from Nine Space. SIX pop of pink caddy for anything from utensils to paint brushes.  $22 from The Land of Nod.

I had a partial work week this week after a three day ‘stay-cation’ and it’s been just fabulous.  I got so much done around the house and was able to really unplug my brain from the office and let go a little.  Still, I’m happy that a Friday was right around the corner and I get to spend some more time doing my Erin things and hanging out with Matty.

This weekend, I’ve got a few big projects up my sleeve (soon to be shared!) and hope to get some work done on them!  What is on your agenda?

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White and Relaxing

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I love finding a good home that mixes comfort and style.  The super tight color palette in this Swedish home helps it to be visually easy on the eyes and seem super relaxing.  That pool certainly doesn’t hurt either.

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I saved the bedroom for last because it really struck a chord in me.  The blue and white color scheme with hints of black, the very relaxed feel, and the bedside sconces gave me a newly calibrated vision for my bedroom.

What are you feelings on this home?  Do you love it as much as I do?

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