My Girlish Whims - Givaway

Have you checked out My Girlish Whims
If you haven't you need to. Rebecca has an amazing talent and an eye for beauty. 
Here creations are girlish, fun, and beautiful all rolled into one. 
This week she will be giving away an item from her Etsy shop to one of her lucky followers. 
Here is just a small sample of what you have to choose from. 

My Girlish Whims

Click HERE to see other fabulous items at Your Girlish Whims

Say it with wood

I've been noticing a lot of letter block around lately. Most of them can be flipped over and mixed around to spell all sorts of different words. This way you can keep them out year round.

These four small, colorful blocks can spell out the words LOVE, SNOW, USA, and NOEL.

DIY Wooden Letters - East Haddam Patch



These all season blocks can spell a ton of words. (I counted 85)

All Season Blocks - Sassy Sanctuary


Seasonal/Multi word Blocks - Wish I had time to...

More The Merrier Monday #2

Welcome to


More The Merrier #2
Last week we had an amazing turnout. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for making it such a great success.

Here are a few of my favorites form last week.
Butterfly Art - Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

Damask Mouse Pad - MD School Mrs

T-Shirt Scarf - It's a Priceless Life
Please grab my button if your project was featured.

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1. Please link directly to your post and NOT just to your blog.
2. PLEASE LINK BACK TO DIY HOME SWEET HOME OR GRAB THE MORE THE MERRIER BADGE.
3. Please Follow DIY Home Sweet Home.
4. Please visit as many links as you want links and leave comments.


Reminder.

Just a friendly reminder that 
will be hosting 
More The Merrier Link Party #2
tomorrow.

Weekend Wrap up - Baby

Just wanted to share a few great baby projects with you that I came across this weekend.

Baby Leg Warmer's - Cut Out and Keep


DIY Baby Mobile - Create*Loves

Tissue Paper Pom Poms - Martha Stewart.com

I bet these Tissue Pom Poms would also look great if they were made hygloss tissue paper or even some animal print tissue paper.

Hygloss Art Tissue Paper in Metallic Colors - 20 x 30 InchesTissue Animal Skin 20X30 Pack Of 20

Get Your Fringe On!!!

I am loving the idea of making fringe streamers for your party. It just seams so much more festive than the plain boring streamers that you usually come across. And the best part is that you can make them yourself. Here are a few different ideas for your fringe streamers. Click on the links for full tutorials.

Birthday Girl - Fringe Party Hats

UTOTMOPINK - DIY Barbie Pinata

Oh Happy Day - Fringey Streamers DIY

And if you don't like the idea of all the cutting involved in making your own streamers. Check out these great Fringe Scissors by Martha Stewart.

Martha Stewart Crafts Fringe Scissors

Award Time!

Rebecca over at My girlish Whims was kind enough to award me with the Versatile Blogger Award. 
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.




Here's how to play along:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award, and 
let the giver know you accept the award!

1. I served in the United states Air Force for 4 wonderful years. I spent my 4 years stationed in England. I was able to travel to several places that I would have never been able to see otherwise and best of all, I met my wonderful husband while serving.

2. My daughter is in the "I want to do it myself" phase. I've decided that it is a lot easier to let her do it herself than argue with her. So if you ever show up unannounced to my house don't be surprised if you find a 3 year old running around with her clothes on backwards, inside out, or with lopsided buttons. 

3. I'm probably the worst cook ever. Thankfully my husband is a wonderful cook and prepares most of the dinners for our family. 

4. I love dancing around the living room with my girls and singing off key at the top of my lungs. But I only do this when no one else is around and thankfully my girls are too young to judge.

5. I'm a part time bodyrocker. If you have no clue what a bodyrocker is you have got to check out the bodyrock.tv . Zuzana and Freddy have come up with some awesome, full-body, killer workouts. There are new workouts posted almost every day so you will never get board and the best part is that they require very little (if any) equipment and you can do them all in the comfort of your own home. 

6. I'm a huge dog lover. I currently own a Bull Mastiff  and a Silver Labrador. If I had a large house I would probably have a lot more. 

7. My husband took some training in tattooing a while back and tattooed a beautiful flower on my back. Even though he never finished his training and it was the last tattoo he did, it looks amazing. 

Now its my turn to pass on the blogger love. 

DIY Rugs!!!

I love how you can change the entire feel of a room just by changing the rug. If I had the space (and money) for it I would probably have a different rug for every season, for every room. I have wrote a few posts before that included Do-It-Yourself rugs. If you missed those posts, check them out here (DIY bath mat) and here (DIY vinyl rug). Since then I have discovered several other DIY rugs. With the prices on rugs now a days, I think a DIY one just may be the way to go.

These chevrons were painted onto a plain white flat weave rug from IKEA. Think of the possibilities with this. You can do any color combination, or design you can imagine.

Little Green Notebook - DIY Chevron Rug

This bright and cheerful rug is actually a floor mat with felt glued to the top. And since most floor mats are super easy to clean, this would be fun to lay out in the backyard for a picnic.

Sew Homegrown - Charlotte and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamrug

I love the look of rag rugs. But they can be pretty pricey. Of course making your own is a lot cheaper and gives you the option of any color you can find to match your decor.

Shabby Soul - Rag Rug

Check out this rug! It is actually two rugs that where cut up and fused back together with pressure sensitive seaming tape. Doing this, you not only end up with one fantastic looking rug, but you will also be able to make an identical rug with the left over pieces.

Vintage Revivals - How to Make Your Own Freaktasticly Awesome Rug 

Do you shop Amazon?

I am not much for online shopping but when I do shop online Etsy is usually my first stop. Today while I was hopping around on the internet I eventually ended up on Amazon and decided to take a look around. I wanted to share with you some of the amazing things that I found.

These  adorable Eco-friendly items are from 3 Sprouts.


Organic Hanging Wall Organizer


Organic Storage Bin
You also have to check out their Chico the Chicken Hooded Towel, and Eco-Friendly Photo Frame

I could not believe how beautiful this Handmade Guatemalan Patchwork Quilt Set was. Look at all of the amazing colors and designs.


And what about this totally awesome Workbox!! It's like having an entire craft room in a box. What a great idea. Although at $1300.00 I think I may just stick to my tiny closet. 


What great finds have you come across during your online shopping adventures?

Canvas Painting and Wire Name

The other day I was checking out one of the local gift stores and saw the most adorable wall decor. I didn't have my phone on me to take a photo and I searched all over the web for something similar with not luck. So I'll do my best to describe it.
It was a  piece of wood (about 4" X 4" and 1/4 inch thick) covered in green fabric with the word DREAM painted on it in lighter green. Then a flower made from wire was stuck to the front of it.
Sorry for the bad description. I will have to go back and take a photo so you know what I am talking about. Anyways it inspired me to make this.


I found cheap canvas at Walmart (2 for $7), bought some acrylic paints, and found some old wire in my Dads shed.

I wrote the name down on a piece of paper in the size that I wanted and then I tried my best to bend the wire along with the name on the paper. This was not as easy as I had planned and ended up being about an inch longer, but it still fit on the canvas so I was happy. I left about an inch of wire on each end to attach it to the canvas.


This was my first time painting on a stretched canvas, and my first time using acrylics so I was a little nervous about the outcome. I used various shades of pink for the background. After it dried I painted the flower. Once the flower dried I decided were I wanted my name to go and I used painters tape to paint my blue stripe across the canvas. After the blue stripe was dry I poked the ends of my wire through the canvas and then twisted them to keep the wire from falling out.


The name bowed out a little so I had to glue it to the canvas in a few spots.


I am actually very happy with the results. What do you think?


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