Monday, July 16, 2012

Welcome to Week 24 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .



Welcome to Week 24 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs




Your party hostess this week:



Linsey from The Farmhouse Porch


Before I begin I want to remind you all about our big "Christmas in July" special starting July 21st. It will be a fun week full of holiday inspiration. I'll keep this short and sweet because I need to go finish my Christmas in July project!



  Here are my features for this week:



                   A shabby vignette full of cottage goodness by         White Lace Cottage



An anthropology knock off necklace in pearly pale blue by All Things Beautiful


Lovely homemade sachets for sale in farmhouse-y fabrics at On Sutton Place


A tranquil beach cottage bedroom reveal by Decorating Ideas Made Easy


A pair of thrifted chairs gets a chic and stylish makeover at City Farmhouse


An entire row of beautiful rose bushes in shabby galvanized buckets adorn this gravel path at Creative Country Mom


A wonderful step by step tutorial for transforming pantry doors into focal points by Atkinson Drive


A refreshing and fruity spread of snacks and summer drinks, with recipes by Cozy Home Scenes


A gorgeous green hydrangea wreath by Daisy Mae Belle


A unique and sleek kitchen with a fun skirt, love the subway tiles! by An Anglo in Quebec

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
Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog
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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A New Painting "Cotton Pickers"




I've been having fun experimenting with impressionism lately. I really admire the impressionists! It is so much harder than it looks! Do you have a favorite impressionist?




Here is a zoom in on the pickers...



Cotton Pickers, 12x18 gallery wrapped canvas, $140

My grandma Lorraine picked cotton on the farm during the depression. She use to tell me stories about the hard times. As horrible as they were I can tell you that she was one of the toughest women I've ever known. She was the first woman in Tarrant country to buy a home without a man to co-sign! She owned her own successful business and raised 5 children. I'm sure those tough times built strength and character that helped her deal with any obstacle the rest of her life.








-Linsey




Monday, July 9, 2012

Welcome to Week 23 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 23 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs




Hi Friends,  it's Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls here.  
I hope you all are enjoying your summer!



Time is flying around my house. Between camps, dancing, swimming, and fun with friends-- we are keeping ourselves pretty busy. Most of my projects this summer have involved my kiddos and creating a cozy home for us to enjoy.  From the looks of the party last week, it seems that incorporating family into your creative time is the name of your game too! So with that said, let's take a look your great posts. 
10 Creative Tips for making 
a House into a Home

1. Create a beautiful gallery wall using meaningful objects. "Art" doesn't have to be limited to photos or paintings. Try using fabric and embroidery hoops like Carolina Country Living did in her craft room. 

2. Break out the power tools! From book shelves to benches, you can do it all. Miss Kopy Kat shares a ton of great tips for using power tools to transform your home-- courtesy of the infamous Ana White.

3. Shop in the hardware department. Some of the best home decor can be found where you least expect it. Take for example this mason jar light by Vintage Prairie Style.

4. Don't make it obvious! Check out how Meeha Meeha created a light, airy beach feel without the use of dolphins, star fish, or boats. Themed decor doesn't have to be cheesy.

5. Re-purpose old items. Jed and Ivy used a little TLC and some mod fabric to transform a vintage suitcase into an entertainment center 'catch-all'.

6. When in doubt, paint it. Nothing brings a piece of furniture to life like a fresh coat of paint. 
"Bella's Crafty Mom "shows how she brightened up a $9 night stand with the help of a brush. 

7. Don't give up. When a piece seems 'beyond repair', think outside of the box. You have to click over to "Somewhat Quirky" to see the 'before' image of this chair! A great example of an amazing transformation.

8. It doesn't have to "match". "The Ironstone Nest" reveals her dining room and shows that furniture does not have to be bought as a 'set'. Often, the most beautiful rooms are full of coordinating furniture that has been collected over time.

9. Accessories make life better. Even when decorating your back porch, don't overlook the little details.  I love this outdoor vignette by "Sullivan and Murphy". This styling makes the patio seem as cozy as a living room. 

10. Dream big. Keep your eyes open for inspiration and ideas. Like "Town and Country Living" you might just find that one day your dream home will become a reality!


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.

Pictures,Pictures,PICTURES! "Antiquities" Showroom...

Carol Hicks Bolton's "Antiquities"

I tried to pack as much antique awesomeness as possible into my short little weekend in Fredericksburg,TX.  I've shared a tour of the adorable shop Smitten with you, and a tour of the Lavender Cottage B&B that I stayed in on a previous trip. I'm sad to say that I drove past this cottage and it has been turned into what looked like an antique book store.

I couldn't wait to explore the new Carol Hicks Bolton showroom/warehouse/museum/store! The place is an adventure for the senses, let me tell ya! I could have meandered through it all day. Pictures do it no justice and the scale of this enormous store is something that doesn't translate in photos. The music was really cool too!

I was even lucky enough to meet the beautiful pixie-like designer herself. She was the most kind-hearted, down to earth lady ever and I really enjoyed visiting with her. She even made lunch AND dinner reservations for me and my husband at her favorite eateries. Now that is customer service and beyond!

I've overloaded this post with gobs of photos for you...I couldn't narrow them down so you'll get the whole sha-bang! 




































Please visit Carols Store! I promise you will LOVE it!!!



♥Linsey
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