Monday, January 14, 2013

Let's party! Welcome to Week 49 of The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!



Let's party!  
Welcome to Week 49
of
The Cowgirl Up! 
Link Party!
1 Party, 5 Blogs  Our guest host this week is  
Angie from Swede-Dreams !
  
Hello Cowgirl Up readers! I'm so excited to be sharing in the party today with the girls as your "honorary cowgirl"! I am a southerner and a huge fan of cowboy boots and country music, so I feel right at home here with you all. My name is Angie and I'm the author of Swede Dreams...life and style inspirations from a Swedish southern gal.
 

 The story of my blog began a little over a year ago when I was looking for another outlet to bring more recognition to my Etsy shop, Swede 13 Inspirations. It began as a way to showcase my love of all things vintage, my paintings and my photography.


 Keep reading to see the "Cowgirl Up Link party"

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Paired Down Entry Way and a Cheap DIY

Lots of you have shared your mantles, tabletops and living room decor as it looks "post Christmas". You've expressed how it feels good to simplify and clear out these spaces, taking them down to the bare bones, for a fresh un-fussy look. I am right there with you. As soon as New Year's passes i'm ready for the spaces, once dripping with glitter and lights, to revert to blank canvases that reflect the start of a new- year ready to be filled with new memories!



More than any other spot in my house, the entry table was where the concentration of Christmas bling was. I took it back to my favorite basics. My old windows of course. A few books. For January I thought mercury glass would be fitting. I did a simple green arrangement in a mg vase. And the next thing I did is my simple diy project I'd like to share with you.


The first part of this project is something you must buy, but it is an investment! I am so SO addicted to my new rechargeable FLICKERING  flame-less candles. 

Mine are similar to this

Flameless Flicker Rechargeable LED Tealight Votive Candles set of 4


 I bought 2 boxes of them at Tuesday Morning for, I think $14.99 a box (for a box of 4). They say they last for at least 15 hours, but mine last almost 20! I turn them on in the morning, let them go all day and night, and the next morning they are dimly flickering still! The best part is that they recharge on a strip that you just set them on. It's easier than striking a match. I use them everywhere and all the time. I knew I'd love them but I didn't know I'd LOVE them. 



The great thing about flame-less is that they can go where ordinary candles cannot. For these I simply rolled old sheet music into tubes to make candle pillars. The little candles are just sitting inside, flickering beautifully. They look like old sheet music real candles! And no batteries to buy and dink with-BONUS!




These are great if you have small kids. They are also great if you are forgetful like me. I was always too nervous to put real candles on the shelves of my old wood hutch. These are perfect for that.

Have a great weekend!

♥Linsey

Monday, January 7, 2013

Let's party! Welcome to Week 48 of The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!


Let's party! Welcome to Week 48
of
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!
1 Party, 5 Blogs  Our guest host this week is KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms!
Yes, I suspect you've heard of her. She won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award last year. 

Her entire home looks like it belongs in a magazine!!  Her blog is amazing, and I highly recommend you go check her blog out for yourself.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Bringing home the loot...

No words, just pics from my latest treasure hunt! Off to Girl Scouts...

Have a great weekend!

♥Linsey





























Monday, December 31, 2012

Welcome to Week 47 of The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!



Welcome to Week 47
of
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!
1 Party, 5 Blogs  Our guest host this week is Bliss from Bliss Ranch
I'm Bliss, and needless to say I'm quite honored to be guest posting for Anita and the Cowgirl Up link party gals.  They all have a style that I could get comfortable in... sipping coffee, a glass of wine, or just cracking open an ice cold beer.  You can find me sipping and blogging at Bliss Ranch. Our ranch sits on 25 acres with a lake at one end, woods and field on the other and a house in the middle. It's a little bit country.....
Heading out of the driveway
And a little bit rock 'n roll.....
Son's Free Dresser Project
You can find a blend of crisp white .....
Master Bedroom
Along with sticks......
Family Room
And stones.....
I do a photo project or two....
Kodak Moment Dresser re-do
And when we aren't covered in snow you can find me sipping something out here....
Everyone is welcome to stop in at Bliss Ranch
And don't forget to link at the Cow Girl Up party.  "Ya hear?".
** Want to be a Guest Host here on Cowgirl Up? Just leave a comment with your name and blog address below! If  you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for  that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the  code for the party ahead of time. Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for  you! On to this week's features chosen by Anita of   Cedar Hill Ranch Uncommon Designs shared a No Sew Burlap Tree Skirt 
White Whimsy shared Christmas in a cloche
The Lily Pad Cottage showed off her festive front porch
Redhead Can Decorate shared her kitchen reveal. 
and Swede Dreams made these scrumptious Chocolate Truffle Tarts
Now about this week's party... You link up on my blog and your link shows up on FIVE 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.
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 *PLUS our Special GUEST HOST:  Bliss with Bliss Ranch
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 the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them,  that we may use those photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course. 
*If you pin a project shown here, please, please pin from the original source.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Where the Day Melts Away...

We just arrived home this evening from a 5 hour drive. With kids. Kids fighting over one barely working old portable DVD player and a bag of goldfish crackers. Can you relate moms? Haha...honestly it wasn't bad. I'm out of the "diaper changing, bottle making" phase so road trips are much easier now. But after a long trip is there anything better than coming home to your own squishy soft, lovely bed? Of course not! In fact I plan to go get into this very bed right after I finish this post. Oh mushy marshmallow of cozy clean sheets how I love thee! 

My bedroom has always, always ,always been white. My childhood furniture was a large set of white wicker pieces that worked well for me until high school. Maybe it's the artist in me, but white feels like a blank canvas that can be constantly edited with a few brushstrokes of color.



I love calming surroundings in a bedroom especially. Not too busy or fussy. Between the kids, black lab and the piles of laundry constantly being sorted on this bed there is enough busy-ness to distract me. I need a feeling of space, yet warmth and coziness at the same time. Boring by most "designer" standards, I always seem to revert back to my white fluffy bedding, cloud like duvet and soft glowing shabby lighting. 





Part of my reason for sharing this with you is to show off my new bed skirt for my new king size bed! It is a wonderful thick white linen with a wrinkly gauzy look. It was custom made by Ruby + Stella Home of Etsy.
It arrived promptly, wrapped beautifully and smelled like a garden. I'm so happy with it! The super soft pink sheets are from Tar-jay (Target) and so is the the chenille like blanket, that I bought as a stand in, and am now in love with...because it feels like butta!






Another item I bought to sell on Etsy is this old lamp. I just recently discovered that the base lights up through a glowing lacy metal silhouette.  It is dreamy and functional because it lights up alone, like a night light, or with the top. I know it's a little 50's cheesy but something about it is so romantic to me...



And of course there's a picture on my nightstand of my first baby, miss Shadow. It's nice and cold here in Houston tonight. I shall enjoy my big warm down comforter for sure!


Tidings of Comfort and Joy to you too!

Linsey

p.s. Here are a few of my new finds from my trip to Fort Worth over the holidays!













Monday, December 17, 2012

Welcome to Week 46 of The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!



Welcome to Week 46
of
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!


1 Party, 5 Blogs 

Our guest host this week is
Ally from Home By Ally!
Hi! I'm Ally from Home by Ally and I am SO happy to be here guest hosting for The Ivy Cottage and the Cowgirl Up Linky Party! What an honor! These ladies are such a great inspiration and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be here and sharing my passion with y'all!



Home by Ally started roughly a year ago with a serious passion for all things pretty. I have always had a love for home decor and repurposing the old and new, furniture included. My great uncle, grandmother & mother have always been insanely into home decor with my uncle owning his own interior design business in North Carolina. 

My little family and I just relocated to eastern Florida on account of my husband serving our country in the military. Since we are military and have lived in many houses that the military provides for you, I've always had to be creative with mostly white walls, cheap finishes and outdated looks. I'm so excited to be here in Florida and I hope to be here for awhile and get Home by Ally involved in the community and the local people! 

Here are some of my favorite projects to date here at Home  by Ally!

One of my first favorite projects was this cute little DIY Painted Mason Jar Soap Dispenser. So adorable and so FREE. It was made from a spaghetti sauce jar and I had the lid on hand from another dispenser! You can find the link by clicking  here!


One of my most recent projects was this DIY NO SEW Burlap Table runner. We had just purchased the new farmhouse table and I need a custom runner over 100'' inches long! I couldn't find what I was looking for without paying an arm and a leg so I decided to make my own! You can find the link for my DIY no sew burlap runner by clicking here!


Next up was just from a week or so ago, this cute little lettered picture frame that I keep seeing pop up on Pinterest! It cost me $3 whole dollars to make! You can find the link for making your own lettered picture frame by clicking here!


While we were stationed in North Dakota, I really wanted a new bedroom set but we didn't' exactly have thousands to spend on one. So, I painted ours! You can see the master bedroom furniture reveal by clicking here!


And finally, one of my most FAVORITE projects to date was my custom DIY Nailhead Trim (Pottery Barn Inspired) Headboard! I still can't believe I did it on my own with only a trip to Lowe's. Yes, seriously. You can find out how to make your own Nailhead Trim Headboard by clicking here!

I hope y'all enjoyed all of my links to my favorite projects and getting to know the girl behind Home by Ally. You can find my blog by clicking here! Be sure to "follow" me and also "like" me on Facebook by clicking here! I just wanted to extend a sincere thanks to The Ivy Cottage Blog for allowing me to guest post and just for being so great all around :)

XOXO,
Ally from Home by Ally

** Want to be a Guest Host here on Cowgirl Up? Just leave a comment with your name and blog address below! If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time, so that’s a post you don’t have to write. Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you!

On to this week's features chosen by Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog!

I am a sucker for vintage makeovers and this little desk is one of the sweetest I have seen in quite awhile . . . by Do You Love Him, Loretta?



Love this teen room makeover by Remodelando la Casa!  Truly something special!

A scrapwood Christmas Tree by Marty's Musings!

Recycled Christmas Card Tree by The Enchanting Rose.

This fantastic Hub Cap Wreath by I Still Hate Pickles.

Now about this week's party... You link up on my blog and your link shows up on FIVE 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.
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
*PLUS our Special GUEST HOST: Ally with Home By Ally
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 the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them,  that we may use those photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course. 
*If you pin a project shown here, please, please pin from the original source.
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