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.


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thanks for hosting. Such a great name for a party. I added Weekend Finds this week.

Erin~Just*Grand said...

Thank you for hosting another great party. That rope light is just the coolest thing... very inspiring!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thank you so much for hosting each week! Awesome features :) The rope light is so cool! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Hi, I'm Aleisha! said...

Hi Linsey at Farmhouse Porch! Your blog is so fun and creative! I love it. I'm your newest follower, and I also linked up at the cowgirl party. Looking forward to reading more!

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Hi there, thanks for hosting. I signed up as a follower. I am joining you from Québec Canada.

Cottage and Broome said...

Love your little dancer!!! Thanks for hosting this week, Laura

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Thanks for a great party, and for featuring my chair this week!

Anne said...

Great features.LOVE that old Victorian home too!Thank you for hosting.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Thanks so much for hosting!

Laurel Stephens said...

I always love the features from the link parties on The Farmhouse Porch. Hope you're all having a fun summer and staying cool. Thanks for hosting another wonderful party.

Pamela said...

Thanx for hosting Lins! Also loving your new painting lady!

Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

Thanks so much for hosting!

must love junk said...

Thanks so much for hosting! I always love this party :)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh these are great features!! I am so glad I found your blog!!

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