Monday, August 6, 2012

Welcome to Week 27 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 27 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


It's Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch here.  
I just can't believe we have hit a milestone today.  The Cowgirl Up party just hit it's first half-anniversary.   How cool is that?






It's so much fun for me to co-host this party with such talented  bloggers, and what a joy is is getting to make so many new blogging friends here.  I am in awe of the talent we see each week, and find you to be a rockin' group of bloggers, with humor and a good bit of spunk.  I know you've heard it before but it's true, the thing I love most about blogging are the friendships I've made.  Thanks for joining us each week, and for making this corner of the world a brighter place.  


On a personal note, I got a new sewing machine after my old one of 28 years broke.  So now I have a brand new sewing machine, 42 yards of linen fabric, 40 yards of cording, 3 spools of new thread for a MAJOR sewing project coming up.  This will be my biggest slipcover sewing challenge ever - 2 settees, 1 sofa, 1 ottoman, and 10 pillows. Pray for me!!  


Also my daughter Evie is back from her many church trips, a little sun-burned, sleepy, more appreciative of home, and more serious about her faith.  Here's a shout out to the many adult leaders that have made a difference in her life this summer.  


We have some other things going on in our life right now, all good, that I will share with you later. 

And now for what you really came here for... THE PARTY!


Here are the features I selected this week.

Simply Vintageous what a fab redo on this cupboard, you rocked it!




Keeping it Cozy with this cozy guest room




Confessions of a Plate Addict just scored a rare antique Spooner




Black Fox Homestead enticed us with the incredible roasted tomato pie

What Meegan Makes shared her stenciled rug, I didn't know you could do that!!


Shabby Story added some shabby chic awesomeness to her room



Creative Passage made map lampshades (I just inherited a ton of vintage maps, so I am looking for fab ideas like this one.)



Walnut and Vine had a very special delivery (Is that a smile already?)



A Rosie Sweet Home shared how to make a rosette necklace




Knick of Time artfully displayed her ironstone and silver spoons.



Maj Hoff Takes a Wife gave us some tips on buying a sewing machine (good points!!)

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.

Ironstone Platter Wall Reveal


Howdy, howdy howdy!!! Geez Loooweez it's been awhile since I posted. 
I try to not make my blog a personal diary where I just ramble on and on about nothing that interests you, although I am tempted sometimes when I feel like my head is going to explode from watching Disney movies and washing out sippy cups, so I pretty much only post when I have new junk or projects to show you. 

     Hanging platters on a wall is much harder than it looks. My little "helpers", bless their hearts, they mean well. But honestly I had to scream "Out, out, OUT!" a bazillion times during this little project. My 7 year old had somehow harnessed herself with belts (like a horse) to a baby stroller (the carriage) which contained my 3 year old. So the game of "runaway horse and carriage" went on around my feet as I balanced on a step ladder with dishes and nails. I tried yelling the Pony Express's secret password, Dakota, to no avail.

     But I survived and I'm happy with my ironstone platter wall! I've been collecting the platters for a couple of years now, with the intention of hanging them all together. It's so neat to see a dream realized!















 






Don't forget to link up to Cowgirl up tonight, the party starts at 8:30 p.m. (Mondays)...


See ya'll there, and thanks to all of you who participate.♥

Linsey


sharing at:
between naps on the porch
cozy little house
savvy southern style
coastal charm
the dedicated house
gingersnap crafts
the shabby creek cottage
from my front porch to yours
the vintage farmhouse
the 36th avenue
boogie board cottage
knick of time
tatertots and jello

Monday, July 30, 2012

Welcome to Week 26 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 26 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs



Your party hostess this week:

Hey y'all!  This is Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog!  Thanks so much for stopping by this week!  All of us "Cowgirl Up!" gals hope you enjoyed the Christmas In July week!  If you missed out, here are the AMAZING projects from last week . . . 


There are a ton of features this week because I am pulling from two weeks worth of awesome posts, so let's get to it!





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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.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Christmas in July" My Addiction to Frames

 Hi my name is Pamela and I am from over at From My Front Porch To Yours. I was so honored when I was asked to participate in Christmas In July with all these fabulous ladies! I pondered for weeks what I was going to share and well after several treasure hunting trips it dawned on me!

I LOVE frames! I am addicted to frames and use them all around my house. 

I can always manage to work a frame in some where!:)

One project I do every year is to make frames as gifts for teachers or whomever. I shop for frames at HobLob when they are 50% off. I stock up thru out the year. Also at the end of the holiday season I always take part in Michaels clearance. I can find so many beautiful ribbons, stickers, chip boards, and embellishments on sale that I have to tell my self to stop and not put another thing in my cart!;) You will also need ModgePodge, craft glue and a hot glue gun plus whatever else you can imagine!

I always make such a huge mess. Most of the time the kitchen table is out of commission for two days once I get started. My boys don't mind because that means picnic time in the living room!:)

I never really now what I am going to end up with. 

Most of the time I can find the little mini gold frames in the Michaels bargain section. I love these frames because you can do so many things with them. I have even made fridge magnets with them. 

I loved this chip board box so much and hated the thought of throwing it away so instead I used it to create a layered shadowbox of sorts.

I used a white paint pen and covered up the wording at the top of the box and made it look like more snow. Then I used a vintage scene from a card I had to make it look like you are peering thru the window at Santa. Then I used some chip board pieces to cover up the other areas on the box that needed covering. This frame is one of my favorites. 

I know it is only July but for me it is never to early to get a jump start on decorating and crafting for the holidays! It will be here before we know it and I hope that I was able to inspire a few projects out there.

Thanx for stopping by!



Be sure to stop by all these fabulous ladies if you missed any of the projects shared this past week!
Amanda-The Ivy Cottage Blog
Kori-Red Hen Home
Anita-Cedarhill Ranch
Debbie-Confessions of a Plate Addict
Samantha-Crafty Texas Gals
Missy-Lookie What I Did
Linsey-The Farmhouse Porch




Friday, July 27, 2012

"Christmas in July"-Old World Christmas







Howdy gals! Linsey here from The Farmhouse Porch. My project for "Christmas in July" is sort of a hodge podge mix of  crafting/art/home decor. You guys know that aging things and giving them patina is my thing. Buying all new is so sterile, buying only old stuff can look stale. But when you mix the two it looks great. The problem with buying old stuff is that sometimes the real deal is really, really expensive. Take religious antiques for example. If you were to try to purchase this antique 24 inch oil painting of St. Jerome here, expect to pay...


Oil painting of St. Jerome
$2,500.00


whoa.




The reason I bring up religious antiques is because I love the look of an old world, European church at Christmas. I happened upon a little saint picture at the dollar store and bought it in the hopes that I could age it to get that "religious artifact" feel. I also set up some simple displays around the picture on my entry table to get the entire look going.


Supplies 
dollar store candles

 Liquin or other glazing medium, this is what I use to thin my oil paint. I like oil paints rather than acrylic because they just look more "aged" in color and patina to me. Raw umber works well for aging, but adding layers of different browns gives the best patina.
Here is the little 10x12" picture I found at the dollar store.

Before
The colors are too bright and flat.

Here is the picture after one application of glaze plus paint. I am holding it up to the light of the window so that you can see it better. I started by applying it with a balled up paper towel.

Here it is after applying more and more glaze/paint, try to use a few different brushes (like the one with bristles in a fan shape). This will add more layers of brushstrokes. It sounds like lots of work but honestly this all took about 10 minutes. 

Here it is after. Another cool thing about liquin is that it makes the oil paint dry VERY fast.

I had purchased this old little beat up frame at an antique shop for about $4 a month ago. At first I was trying to hang it on my mirrors in the background and then I had a lightbulb moment...it's perfect for the little "painting"!!!

To add to the old European church look, I filled a galvanized bucket with dirt.Well actually, I filled it with sand first- from the backyard. Then I smelled something that made me gag. Need I continue the story folks? You guessed it...yellow sand from my pup (I can't believe I'm telling you this. I told myself it was my little secret)! So I chucked the sand, washed profusely, and filled the bucket with CLEAN dirt (is that an oxymoron?).




In the end I think it turned out very pretty though...







This is sort of an understated Christmas look. I love the glitz and glam and glitter of Christmas, but a rustic, natural look can be a striking way to celebrate the "holy days" as well.


-Linsey 


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