Monday, April 16, 2012

Welcome to Week 11 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 11 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


It's Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls! Wow what a party! I love the creative spirit shared here. And it seems every one of our blog friends has found her 'inner cowgirl' this week. I love the variety of posts shared at Cowgirl Up. From cooking to fashion, fitness to fun, crafts to decor-this party has it all.  You are such a talented group, so unique and creative. Even as the 'blog world' continues to grow, you can bet you will never find two blogs that are exactly the same. 
And the best part is, there is room for us all! 

So now, on to the features.
Here are a few of my favorite posts from the week. 
Let's take a moment to celebrate their creativity!


Fancy Frugal Life shows that you can find space to craft anywhere- even in a closet!


Domestic Imperfection's post about the "Cutest Table I Ever Hated" is sure to inspire and make you laugh out loud. 


'Etsy' shop owners will love the tips Rae Gun Ramblings shares how re-listing items can actually increase sales. 

Little House in the Big D gets a little help from her mom to transform this beautiful settee. 

Cars and Ribbons got to walk the red carpet in Dallas to interview 'famed foodie' Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade. 

Linen and Thread shows how framing personal items can create beautiful and meaningful decor. 

Marty's Musings post was written by her husband this week- and he found his "inner cowboy" when he built this table! 

Red Head Can Decorate asks the question, 'do you use your dining room?'. If not consider, making a change!

I Love That created an "Anthropologie inspired" look by adding jute rope to her chandelier.  

Crumbs and Chaos has drooling me over these Peanut Butter Brownies... who knew brownies could get any better?! 


And finally, A Rose Sweet Home will impress you with her great tutorial for creating a reversible baby jacket. 
 
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Now about the party...

You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs. 
 More exposure, less time. 

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.

Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!

What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:

(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!
* (New!!) By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.  

DIY Burlap Farm Art

***Before I begin, don't forget that the "Cowgirl Up!" linky party starts right here, Monday nights at 8:30 central time! Link up once...show up on 4 blogs.***

I am sharing this at Laurie Anna's "Farmhouse Friday" party♥


A few weeks ago I ordered 2 little burlap "canvases" online. They were about 6 dollars each, or maybe it was 6 for both. I can't recall, but they were pretty cheap. This morning I thought I'd experiment with them. This project it so quick and easy! And how can you beat artwork for under $10?






I did the cow and font freehand. I'm very impatient. I'm sure you could use a stencil or print out a silhouette to trace if you wanted. I should have drawn it out with chalk first. That way I could have brushed off any mistakes first. I used brownish oil paint with liquin mixed in to thin it out. I'd imagine any paint...or even markers, might work too. 










 I ran a piece of cream colored satin ribbon through the back like this to create a hanger...







And that is all there is to it! 





♥Linsey







Sunday, April 15, 2012

Haddy Liz's Shabby Nursery

It's dangerous to open your picture folders on your computer. You start out  looking for the picture you took of  Niagara Falls and get sucked into 4 hours of reminiscing. 

I came across the pictures of daughter #2's nursery that I did 4 years ago. Sorry about the poor photo quality, this was before I had a descent camera. I had a very tiny budget. I knew I wanted something soft and soothing, a tad shabby, and not over-the-top baby-ish. I already had the pale yellow crib, so I needed to work with that color. I found the slip covered chair and ottoman at Walmart in the same pale yellow. VERY cheap. Have you ever seen the prices on the rockers at babies r us? Redonkulous!






I found the little blue table and rug at Marshal's. I took the drawer to Lowe's and had them make a custom paint for the walls. I told them to cut it in half with white. It was a beautiful pale robin's egg blue. That's my grandmother's birth certificate framed on the wall.



My Mother in law bought me the antique cream colored chest of drawers at an auction and we used this as her changing table. Once again...why buy a "changing table" at Babies R us when she could use this chest of drawers forever?

I added a few accessories and simple white curtains. All white crib bedding finished the look.





Simple and restful...this little room was perfect Mommy and baby. Sigh...now she's going on 4 years old.

♥Linsey

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Hutch from a local museum, a new painting and a thrift store lamp that refused to be left behind.

I haven't posted in a long time. I think a combination of catching up on chores I had put off until after the art show and wanting to be out in the garden have kept me away from my blog. I have been lurking though! I do a lot of that with my phone. I love reading through the projects and ideas you guys share on the "Cowgirl Up!" linky party. I thank you so much for participating (((♥)))

About once a week I glance at craigslist. Last week I found this hutch. I couldn't believe how adorable it was. It had JUST posted. I think it would have been gone in a heartbeat...the price was LOW. And it is actually two pieces, the bottom piece has a carved East lake backsplash on top that is SOO cool. But until I can find a way to mount the top shelving unit on the wall above it, it will have to stay hidden.
This hutch came out of a local museum! It was built/bought by an early Tomball,TX homesteader.









 The patina is an imperfect crackle of sun baked vanilla paint layers , and the wavy old glass in the doors give the hutch a presense in the room, like an old woman sitting there with wrinkles and stories to tell. I had to take this old lady home with me and dress her in old ironstone of course. : ) 








How perfectly imperfect! She could use a good bath though. Who knows what kind of dirt her wrinkles hide. I like to *imagine* it is the dust that has blown into an open kitchen window from the fields surrounding the old white farmhouse...



This room is still in progress. I STILL have things sitting around waiting to go up, including a window treatment, a huge light fixture that looks like an old metal basket, and an old sign. Hopefully soon I'll have a finished room post to share.



Another "thrifty" item I bought recently was this old little glass lamp. I had seen it at the thrift store many times, hidden on some shelves up high. It was $12, which I don't consider thrifty at all. But they say when you leave something and keep thinking about it, and keep returning to it, it is probably meant to be yours. I'm so glad I did. 








I popped in a 15w bulb and tucked her into the corner of this desk in the living room for a soft glow. It's perfect at night.
















And lastly here is today's painting... "Dusk from the Porch". It was actually a more abstract piece and when I finished it, I hated it. I reworked it this morning.


So now it is a landscape. Still a bit impressionistic but not so crazy






♥Linsey

Linking up to Laurie Anna's Farmhouse Friday! It's a great party, check it out! link below...










Monday, April 9, 2012

Welcome to Week 10 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . .

 Welcome to Week 10 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs










Anita here, and let me say I am loving all of your wonderful links!!      We have all been so busy lately, I hosted a big ranch party, and we are in closing on my MIL's old house next month, so that basically ends all of my duties with her estate.  Amanda has been up to her eyeballs in tulle (perhaps not literally) with the spring wedding season (she does awesome wedding receptions) and Linsey had a big gallery showing recently with her oil paintings.  I'm not sure what Samantha's been up to, except a fab trip to San Francisco so she is not allowed any sympathy.  Okay, just kidding, I am sure she has had some other things going on her life too.  


I do love my blogging buddies!!  Yes I talking about my Cowgirl Up buds, but I'm also talking about all of my dear, dear blogging friends, This week, we cowgirls have been talking about why we blog, and we all agree that we love the creative outlet and the friendships we are making along the way.  I hope you know how much we appreciate you sharing your project here.  We are trying to link up as many of your  projects as we can on our Facebook pages to give you maximum exposure.  Glad you are here.  


Here's what caught my eye this week...  


Remodelandola shared her gorgeous Easter table.





All Things Beautiful made this lovely Easter Banner.





Confessions of a Plate Addict made this wonderful bunny pillow.





I'm Not a Trophy Wife redid her front porch.  (Is the "N" for "Not"?)






The Farmer's Wife made Easter Egg Cake Balls, Yum!!






Knick of Time showed us her heavy metal finds.




White Lace Cottage shared this amazing chair redo.






And I love this DIY Industrial shelving from Anythingology






Live Laugh Rowe made Vintage inspired favor boxes.






If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also.






Now about the party...
you link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs.  Cool, huh?  More exposure, less time.  Sounds good to me!

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.

Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!

What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!


Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!

Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:

(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!
* (New!!) By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.  

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