Monday, July 2, 2012

Welcome to Week 22 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .



Welcome to Week 22 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


Howdy,  it's Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch here.  
Is it really July already??






Our summer is just going by in a flash.  My sixteen-year-old has been on two mission trips already, and now is headed to two summer camps. Why two of each? Well she goes with our city church on their trips, and with our country church on their trips.

Meanwhile, I've been sewing (until my sewing machine decided to freeze up) and painting, and bargain shopping, and... oops, where are my manners?  You're here to see the features, link up your project, and see the other links, right?  Well, let's get to it.  

To be honest, it is really difficult to chose just a few projects each week to feature.  I went through the list, and made a note of the ones that really stood out to me.  Normally I go through that list, and narrow it down even further, but what the heck, I'm sharing all 14 of them today, and here they are.



Happier than a pig in mud - Yummy, patriotic pie







Hymns and Verses - Silver tray turned chalkboard







Chateau Chic - Always on the hunt






Petites Passions - Custom pillow






Desire Empire - Dessert in a Jar






Daisy Mae Belle - More of her Family Room






Just Grand - Outdoor shower






Be Book Bound - Lemonade Bar












Number Fifty One - Flag Tutorial





White Lace Cottage - Step Above





Decorating Ideas - Bedroom Makeover





I'm Sharon with You - Refreshing Porch






Vintage Goods - Ellie's Room 





If you were featured here, grab a Featured button. Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other 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.
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, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Several projects will be featured each week!
* 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.

Fredericksburg Part 1-"Smitten" with an Old Apple Crate


 My week of mini vacations is finally at an end. I visited family and ended the week with a little road trip to Fredericksburg,TX with my husband. We stayed in a cute little cottage near Main Street. 


I have so much to share with you that i'm breaking my trip up into several blog posts. Today I wanted to show you "Smitten" and the neat apple crate shelf I purchased there.


I was able to meet Shannon from Rusty and Redone, who has a booth at Smitten. Anne from fiona and twig also has a booth in the cottage. It was a wonderful shop, I could have spent a small fortune there. Here are a few photos...



My big purchase at Smitten was this old apple crate turned shelves. I had an empty spot for it in the dining room and needed a spot for my growing hoard of ironstone.











I will end with a few more shots of the beautiful  "Smitten" boutique...








Stay tuned for a tour of Carol Hicks Bolton's new store "Antiquities". It was an AWESOME experience and I was fortunate to meet Carol herself.

Also coming is a post about Fredericksburg's "Herb Farm", with lots of pics too!
***Reminder***
The "Cowgirl Up!" link party starts Monday nights at 8:30

♥Linsey

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I bought this chippy old white trunk and now what???

I need your help. If writers get writers' block, then I have DIY'ers block. And by the way, my spell check had no idea what to do with "DIY'ers", so it will be my made up word until one of you corrects me. :)


I impulsively bought this chippy old trunk at a thrift store weeks ago for $8 and I have no idea what to do with it. I don't want it as a coffee table so there goes that idea.


What about something Christmas-y? 








I want to do something unexpected with it. Got any ideas or links to examples I can take a peek at?
What would you do with it? Trash it or transform it?


If I end up using your idea I will do a reveal and link it to you! 


♥Linsey

Monday, June 25, 2012

Welcome to week 21 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party!

Welcome to Week 21 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


Howdy!  This is Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog!
So glad to have y'all here again!


Can you believe that it is OFFICIALLY summer?  Woo . . . hot.  Yes, stinkin hot here in Texas.  I totally have a tan already (after a week at the beach), but my craftiness is still keeping it cool in my craft studio thanks to the AC that the hubby installed for me.  If you haven't seen my craft studio, stop by and check it out.

With the heat foremost in my mind, I choose the features based on what makes me feel cooler and summery!  Enjoy!





Military Patriotic Photo Frames


If you were featured here, grab a Featured button. Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other 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.
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, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours. Please LIKE your favorite links! Several projects will be featured each week!
* 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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New finds and Pink Peppermint Puffs

We have a little guest at our house today, an adorable little girl who I am watching for the day for a friend. That's means I have 3 little girls to entertain on this gloriously rainy, stormy day. I love a good summer storm! It does put a damper on the outdoor play time though. So we decided to make Pink Princess Peppermint Puffs! Add pink and the word princess to anything and it's a party for these girls. 

I also wanted to show you some of my recent bargain finds and do a little girly table-scape for ya. 


I discovered this pink depression glass pedestal at the thrift store. The bottom had come un-glued. I used some glass glue to affix it again and you would never know a thing was wrong with it. With 2 small girls and their birthday parties in my future,I know it will come in handy!


I bought these beautiful glasses for $1 each on clearance at World Market years ago. Through 3 moves several have broken. I only gave 4 left. :(




I found another little ironstone pitcher, which is a rare find at the thrift shop...

I also found a little ironstone platter...







































•PiNk PePpErMiNt PuFfS•


The recipe I used called for 4 egg whites, 3/4 t vinigar, 1/8 t salt/ 1 1/3 c sugar and 3/4 t vanilla. Combine all with blender (except sugar) until stiff, slowly beat in sugar. Pipe onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake @300 for 45 minutes.


Simply add a few drops of red food coloring and 2 drops of pure peppermint extract to your favorite meringue cookie recipe, garnish with sugar granules for princess-y sparkle! 



♥Linsey


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