Monday, August 20, 2012

Welcome to Week 29 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 29 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


Hosting the party this week is Linsey from The Farmhouse Porch



I'm hosting my first ever GIVEAWAY here at The Farmhouse Porch!!! 
I will be giving away one of my original oil paintings (below)


•••Go HERE to enter the giveaway•••


Decorating Ideas Made Easy got a jump on her fall decor by creating this lovely fall wreath. It makes me want to say the word punkin'. I always pinch my mom on the cheek and call her that because she has beautiful hair that is a reddish color in a bob. I always call her my "pretty little punkin' head". Haha




Swedish Corner Down Under shared her wonderful collection of vintage cookie tins...

Jed and Ivy shared a sweet backyard "barnyard" themed party. Love the photo booth idea!



Twodaloo! Shame on you! For making me drool and crave this sinful looking strawberry concoction.





Clear Blue Sky scored this lovely dresser for $10! The classic lines and beautiful wood grain look perfect with the rich stain of the wood floors doncha think?



Shabby Story used old garden edging to hold shabby platters above a doorway. What a great way to add  a chic-unique look to the kitchen!
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Fancy Frugal Life created adorable teacher gifts.




This feature is especially meaningful to me this week as I continue on my journey as an elementary art teacher at a new school in a new city. I am excited to make new friends (adult and child alike). I'd be thrilled to receive something like this from a parent!
Don't forget about the art, music, and P.E. teachers. Show us some love too! We may not see your child all day, everyday, but we usually see them for the 5 years they attend our elementary school and watch them grow up! We really do get to know them. I have had a few parents over the years who took the time to come check out the art room and maybe send me a little gift or note, it always makes my day. I like to think that maybe they once had a great art teacher ...♥

Linsey



Now about the party... link up by clicking on the 'read  more' link below. 


Saturday, August 18, 2012

My First GIVEAWAY!!!

     

     Blogging is so much more than posting pretty pictures and getting kudos. It is a place where you can be appreciated and be inspired by the talents and kind words of others. A place where you can connect with people who "get" you. I have had people unknowingly lift my spirits on a bad day, just by leaving a nice comment. In turn, I have found great joy in knowing that my comments have brought a smile to someone else's face as well. There are so many of you that feel like old friends to me now!

     I have always wanted to host a giveaway. I've had companies contact me with items to give away in exchange for commercials. I turned them down because honestly I felt like I would mess it up somehow. I am not computer savvy! I put technology into the same category as math. I learn just enough to squeak by...LOL! Soooo... I think I'm finally ready to take the "giveaway" plunge. 

My giveaway is for one of my paintings. She would love to come live in your lovely house. Here she is...

(This painting needs a name...any suggestions?)


12x18 " oil on canvas board


To enter the giveaway contest...

1. Follow me

2. Leave a comment and include a name for the painting! :D



*This giveaway is only open to US residents. The winner will be chosen randomly. Duplicate entries will be exempt. Must be over 18 to enter. The winner will be chosen and contacted Saturday, August 25,2012. The winner must reply within 3 days, with a correct shipping address, to recieve the giveaway item.





Good Luck!
♥Linsey

Sharing at
i should be mopping the floor





Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome to Week 28 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party

Welcome to Week 28 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


Hosting the party this week is Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls ! 

  
Hi Friends!
Can you tell I am missing the beach? After a nice, long vacation in Destin- I am in no hurry to get back to the 'hustle and bustle' of school. So around here, we are still holding on to the last few days of Summer.  Swimming, popsicles, and sleeping in are going to be hard to give up!

And keeping with the spirit of Summer Fun, here are the posts that caught my eye this week.


1. "Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson" shares her love of watermelon, including a great recipe for watermelon cookies (the seeds are chocolate chips!) 



2. These colors make me think warm 'summer thoughts'. "Beyond the Screen Door" created this for her laundry room. I love her taste in fabric.


3. How about some sweet strawberry banana jam? Homemade of course! Shared by "21 Rosemary Lane".

4. Learn how to make your own graphic transfer and you can turn a plain box into a french crate! Perfect for carrying all those summer veggies- shared by "Charm Bracelet Diva".


5. Enjoy a cold summer beverage in these "Redneck Martini Glasses" by Crafty Misadventures, such a fun tutorial. 

6. "Our Home Away from Home" revealed her 'spruced' up front porch, a great place to patiently way for fall-- while still enjoying summer. 

7. Check out this beautiful butterfly cake shared by "Inspired By"- this would be the perfect for dessert for an outdoor party. 


8. How does your garden grow? I wish my summer garden produced the kind of carrots grown by "I Gotta Try That"



9. Don't miss this living room reveal by "Mouse House" so many bright colors, tasteful accessories, and wonderful details.

10. Finally, take a break from that porch swing like "Dirty Hands, Beautiful Life" did and brighten up that backyard. I love the potted plants and her quick fix for handling weeds around the trees. 



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... link up by clicking on the 'read  more' link below. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Shop for "Farmhouse-y Vintage" Stuff here...

I want to share with all of you a new online store full of lots of neat FARMHOUSE things!!!

My neighbor and friend Pam at From my Front Porch to Yours is the creator of this wonderful web store.


Here is the link to her shop Finch and Co. Designs

Some of my favorite items in her shop are...

cowhead

display hanger



basket light

bird cage





Check out Pam's new shop for even more goodies. Don't forget to link up to Cowgirl Up! Mondays at 8:30 p.m.- ish


:)
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









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
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