Showing posts with label Link Party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Link Party. Show all posts

Thursday, December 1, 2011

{Link Up} with Lemon Tree, Pinterest style!!

Thanks for stopping by again this month to 
{Link Up} with Lemon Tree!

 Who out there hasn't been inspired by Pinterest at least once or twice, right? Link up your Pinterest-inspired projects and let us know what inspired you at this month's party! As always, please link back to Lemon Tree in your post so that others know to stop by and party with us too. And, while your add it, link to your Pinterest account in your post as well so that we can hop on over and take a look at your board for a little inspiration too!

Be sure to stop back by this week and check out some of the great 'pin-spiration' to be found from your own great projects. We'll be featuring projects here and on our Facebook page as the week goes on!


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

{Link Up} with Lemon Tree, Pinterest style!!

Thanks for stopping by again this month to 
{Link Up} with Lemon Tree!

 Who out there hasn't been inspired by Pinterest at least once or twice, right? Link up your pinterest inspired projects and let us know what inspired you at this month's party! As always, please link back to Lemon Tree in your post so that others know to stop by and party with us too. And, while your add it, link to your Pinterest account in your post as well so that we can hop on over and take a look at your board for a little inspiration too!

Be sure to stop back by this week and check out some of the great 'pin-spiration' to be found from your own great projects. We'll be featuring projects here and on our Facebook page as the week goes on!


Happy November, and thanks for linking up!!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

{Link Up} Inspiration... Pinterest style!!

It's not to late to come by and {Link UP} with Lemon Tree today! The party will be open until noon tomorrow. We cannot wait to see how Pinterest has inspired you lately!

I'm loving seeing so many things I have pinned or seen pinned turned into new DIY projects. Here are some great ideas from the party...



I am loving everything I see! Can't wait to see what you have to add to our party this month! Stop by here to link up with us today!!


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{Link Up} with Lemon Tree, Pinterest style!!

Thanks for stopping by again this month to 
{Link Up} with Lemon Tree!

The rules are a little different this month, as we would love for you to link up your Pinterest inspired projects instead! Who out there hasn't been inspired by Pinterest at least once or twice, right? Let us know what you pinned that inspired you this month's party. As always, please link back to Lemon Tree in your post so that others know to stop by and party with us too. And, while your add it, link to your Pinterest account in your post as well so that we can hop on over and take a look at your board for a little inspiration too!

Be sure to stop back by this week and check out some of the great 'pin-spiration' to be found from your own great projects. We'll be featuring projects here and on our Facebook page as the week goes on!

 

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

{Link Up} Inspiration

It's our third {Link Up} with Lemon Tree and you all have already outdone yourselves! I am loving going through all of these great links and finding tons of inspiration. It's not too late to stop by and link up your favorite projects from this month as well.

For now, take a look at some of the things I've been loving today...


Come on over and join the party!


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{Link Up} with Lemon Tree #3

Thanks for stopping by again to {Link Up} with Lemon Tree! 

Feel free to link up anything creative you've been working on this month! Remember to check back with us here and on Facebook, as we'll be featuring some of our favorite link-party projects throughout the week! Please link back to our party from your post and let others know you've been partying with us this month.




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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Our First {LTC} Link Party!

As you know, we girls here at Lemon Tree Creations love link parties! So...welcome to our first ever  link party!! We can't wait to see what great projects you have been working on. Remember to check back with us here and on Facebook, as we'll be featuring some of our favorite link-party projects throughout the week. We hope you'll link back to let others know you've been partying with us this month.


We hope you'll come back the first Thursday of every month and party with us! 
For now, happy linking!!







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Friday, July 9, 2010

Pillow Covers

Having a beige couch with 4 beige pillows can seem quite...boring.


So, in order to liven up my husband's office, I opted for pillow covers. I found this fabric and knew I had to use it. Luckily, I have a great friend who loves to sew!


I started by measuring my original pillow and cutting the fabric and fabric lining 1/2 inch more per side (for the seams). Then we turned the fabrics facing each other to pin. I pinned the ribbon ties along the edges also facing in (so, when we finished sewing and turned it right side out, the ribbons would be hanging out). After sewing, we pressed the edges.


Then I tied the two fabric pieces together with the pillow inside, and voila! I now have some excitement to my beige couch!!

Now we can sit and enjoy!

My friend even made a window treatment using the same fabric and fabric lining. She made a large rectangle for the window and then used the same ribbon to tie the edges giving it more shape. Such a quick and easy solution to my world of beige!


I'll be linking to these great parties this week, so be sure to check them out! Enjoy your summer weekend!!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Page Necklace

Now that I've gone through all of my parties so far, I thought I'd try my hand at a necklace. I love statement jewelry pieces. I find any occasion to wear them.


During recent travels, I saw this antique necklace worn by historic royalty. I thought I could definitely try my own version.


I found the 1 1/2 inch and 1/2 inch wooden beads along with satin ribbon at Hobby Lobby for 40% off, so I knew this was the project for me! I had tissue paper at home along with spray paint. I stopped by Half Price Books to find a fashion book on the clearance rack to use the pages. I pulled out my Mod Podge and got started.


For the book page beads, I used Erin's tutorial for her book page egg wreath. That was very helpful in knowing the best way to attach the pages to the beads. It was somewhat of a tedious process, but well worth it. I glued the center of the pages to the beads, then cut slits on both sides, and wrapped each piece trying my best to smooth them down.


As for the accent beads, I wanted to use a bold color. I love all things turquoise, plus I had turquoise tissue paper on-hand, so it worked out nicely. I ended up spray painting the beads a blueish color first just so the wood part wouldn't show through since the tissue paper was so thin. I wanted to add the tissue paper pieces to give more texture. After cutting the tissue paper into small, random pieces, I used Mod Podge to glue them on. I used a gloss Mod Podge at the end to coat both the accent and book page beads to give a shiny appearance.


I spray painted the 1/2 inch wooden beads black to use as spacers. I laid out the beads making sure the words on the book page beads were all facing out, so they would be the same direction when wearing the necklace. I used black satin ribbon to string the beads together and left the ends longer, so I could tie a nice bow in the back. You may notice I ended up with fewer book page beads than I originally laid out--this is because once I strung them together, the necklace seemed quite overwhelming. I took out a few beads to make it more of a choker-style (or as my husband refers to it as "Wilma Flintstone" style).


It was definitely a fun project to do and now wear. I'll be linking to these great parties this week. Check them out and see you in 2 weeks!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Flower Birthday Party

My niece Charlotte turned one about a month ago, and I had the privilege of helping to plan her sweet party. I have been so excited to share this party with you all!

My sister thought a flower theme would be nice since Charlotte's birthday is May 1 (May Day). I immediately started brainstorming. I loved every minute of planning, buying, and decorating. Here are the details:

Our 1st order of business was the candy bar. They seem to be at just about every party, so we thought we'd try our own. We found the apothecary jars at a consignment furniture store and the others at Walmart. The pink table cloth is actually a shower curtain from Target. The candy was a mixture of colors, shapes, and sizes. We used pink and green M&Ms, rock candy, bubble gum balls, Smarties, pink and green popcorn (very delicious!), candy sticks, dot candy, and gummy worms (going along with the flower/garden theme). We used AstroTurf from the hardware store as the table runner and added a few silk flowers along the way. My sister made these candy bags using smaller white goodie bags placed inside the green bags which she cut to look like grass and added a butterfly for color.

We carried the same pink shower curtain table cloth and AstroTurf table runner into the buffet table. I used terracotta pots with garden gloves wrapped around (glue gunned down to secure the fingers) to hold the silverware. As an inspiration from Erin's serving plates, I found these pink printed plates from Target and a clear candlestick from the dollar store to make two sets of serving trays to hold the most delicious pink cookies ever! We had flower-shaped cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and brightly-colored garden tools as serving utensils.

We used a bright green watering can to hold our drinking water. We also made pink lemonade to coordinate colors.

My sister ordered Charlotte her own mini cake to dive into. She also made cupcakes for the guests using tulip-shaped cupcake liners. Other cupcakes were decorated like dirt cake with Oreo crumbs and worms-a big hit with the kids. I also made our own party circles for the cupcakes using Charlotte's picture and her initial.

We decorated her dining room table using AstroTurf as place mats. We used my sister's wedding China (great time to show it off!) and my mom's antique green Depression glass from my great-grandmother.

As far as indoor decorations, we created several points of interest. I made a flower picture pot to display 5 adorable pictures of Charlotte. We also used my nephew's rain boots to hold open the door and placed flowers inside to coordinate. I made tissue paper poms to hang above the drink counter. We used flower boxes adding our own flowers and a butterfly. I found these candle holders at the consignment furniture store which I spray-painted white and added flower pom-poms and an early picture of Charlotte. My sister bought these flower head-bands from the dollar bins at Target as another give-away, so here's a picture of my daughter wearing hers. We used tons of fresh flowers all over the house in arrangements--they were a bargain from the grocery store!

We made a door sign using Charlotte's little feet. We also put a pink rake and hoe by her front door.

This is my favorite part! I made these flower balloons to decorate her front path. I found the flower tutorial on Martha Stewart's web site and made them into giant-sized standing flowers using the extra large size balloons (found them at Party City). We used my mom's metal flower hanging basket poles to attach these balloons. They were such a fun way to add balloons!

I'll be linking to these parties this week, so check out all the amazing ideas out there! Have a great weekend!!

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Blah to Beautiful Votive Covers

I imagine that I'm not the only person who has developed quite a stash of these over the years. Clear votive holders and a variety of tea light candles are common party favors at weddings, showers and everything in between, so I have plenty of non-matching sets sitting around. I do love the twinkling that a few votives can add to a setting, but as far as presentation, they can be a bit of a dud.

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So I made myself a few of these.

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I originally set out to make all of my votive covers like the blue one pictured above. But once I got working, my plan just kept evolving and I thought of different and "better" ways to do it as I went. I thought I'd share the basics of how I made these 4, and you can copy the method for the cover that you like best, or come up with an even better version.

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To start off, I blew up a balloon so that it was slightly bigger than my votive holder, and this would be the base of the votive cover. Since the balloon was a bit lopsided, I used the top of the votive holder as a guide, and made circles around the top and bottom of the balloon with a sharpie. This gave me a guide as to where exactly to wrap the strings, and also ensured that my votive cover had a flat base. I made the bottom circle (the base of the cover) a little smaller since that is where the votive would be sitting, and made the other end (the top of the cover) relatively wide, so that the heat from the candle could escape easily without setting anything on fire. A necessary precaution, I think.

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I then turned to my Mod Podge, using a few different methods to get these results I was hoping for.



1.)
Paper Painting.

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For this first votive holder, the white one, I used white crepe paper and white cotton twine. I started off by cutting several strips of crepe paper about 5 inches long, and in half lengthwise.

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I used the Mod Podge as glue to stick the end of the crepe paper to the balloon. I stretched out the paper until it was pulled relatively taut, and then gently painted the Mod Podge over top of the strip, smoothing it down as I went. I had tried dipping the strips, but this kind of paper is so delicate that it kept tearing before I could even get it onto the balloon. Painting on the Mod Podge worked much better, and I covered the balloon strip by strip.

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When the crepe paper was dry, it seemed too delicate and like it needed a bit more texture, so I added some cotton twine using method #2.



2.) Twine Dipping
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For this votive cover I wanted a bit of color, so I first soaked some white cotton twine from my stash in watered down blue fabric paint. I let it sit for an hour, wrung it out, and let it dry. I then cut the twine into long strips (about 4 feet long each), dipped into some Mod Podge that I had in a bowl, and started carefully wrapping it around the balloon, wringing it out as I went. I wrapped 2-3 long strips around the balloon, let those dry completely, and then went back and did a few more strips just to try to cover as many of the gaps as possible. This cover took me 4 different sessions of wrapping 3 strips of twine at a time. (Don't worry, it dries out pretty quickly in this hot Illinois heat!)



3.) Twine Painting
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For this votive cover, the brown one, I wrapped the ballon tightly with one long strand of jute twine, tucked the end under, and then painted the Mod Podge onto the threads. It was so easy!

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4.) Paper Dipping
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For this one, the newspaper cover, I simply shredded newspaper into 3 inch strips, dipped it into the Mod Podge, and wrapped the strips around the balloon a little at a time. I liked this method because it was easy to cover any little cracks with tiny pieces of newspaper, and kept the translucent look that I would have sacrificed if I layered the paper on too heavily. It was a bit more time consuming, but much easier to work with than the crepe paper.

So which one was my favorite? The grand prize winner goes to...

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The newspaper cover!! I'm a sucker for book page crafts, so this one might have had my heart from the beginning! The newspaper is durable enough that I don't feel like it is about to rip, but is thin enough that the light still shines through with a bit of a funky glow.

Which one do you like? I'm sure you have some great ideas on how to improve on this project, and I'd love to hear them! I still have many more clear votive holders floating around the house...

Also, I feel a bit obligated to say, if you do make one of these, please make sure that the top of the cover is wide and higher than the flame. They are made out of paper and string, so, as with all fire items, please do not leave your candles unattended, even if they are outfitted in beautiful new covers!

I hope you like these and they can help banish a few of the boring votive holders in your home. Please check out the link parties hosted by these amazing ladies here, and I'll see you next Monday. Happy Memorial Day!!



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