Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Inspiration Exchange No.5 Features

Is it as hot where you are as it is here? 104 degrees? ugh.... I sat with Ella in her kiddie pool yesterday for a couple of hours just to cool off. I don't even care how ridiculous I looked ;).

We have some really great features today!

Reclaimed Curtain Rod Tutorial by Maison de Pax

Create a simple numbered plate display and hang them with this inexpensive DIY trick! #diy #plate
Numbered Plate Display by Love Grows Wild

Summer Florals by Common Ground

A Summer Skirt by Peace But Not Quiet

and my pick for the week....

cilantro and parsley
Herb Marker Tutorial from Melissa Ellen's Loft

I think these little herb markers are absolutely adorable, and I am so glad she shows us, step by step, how she made them!

Thank you again for all of the great link ups!
Don't forget to check out the other girls' picks here:
Clean and Scentsible
City Farmhouse
Yellow Bliss Road

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Free Printable Bunting Flags and Tutorial

I am so excited to share this fun, free printable that I made with you today! You can print any letter, number, or ampersand to create a bunting/banner that says anything you want!

The possibilities for these are endless. You can print on fabric, cardstock, scrapbook paper, book pages, and more. I made some out of paper, and some out of fabric and I have all the instructions to do both below. I have to say that I really like them both, but I absolutely love how the fabric one turned out. It is so worth the few extra steps! 

{The links to the free printable will be below these tutorials at the end of the post}

To Make a Paper Bunting

1. Print the letters you want to use. I used an ink jet printer and some nice, textured cardstock. You could use colored cardstocks, book pages, scrapbook paper, etc.

2. Cut out each of your flags, following the lines carefully.

3. Use a hole punch or exacto knife to make holes on the left and right side of the top of each sheet. 

4. String your letters onto ribbon, jute, or baker's twine, etc. 

There are so many things you can do with these buntings! Parties, weddings, home decor, seasonal decor, and more. 

I thought it would make a cute "cards" banner for a wedding, kind of like the one I made {here}.

To make a Fabric Bunting

Making this bunting on fabric requires a few extra steps, but the results are GORGEOUS! It is also a lot more durable than the paper ones, so it will last longer. 

1. Print the letters you want to use onto fabric using my tutorial {here}. Instead of ironing the fabric onto cardstock {like I did in the tutorial for an invitation}, iron your bunting letters onto another piece of fabric. 
Tip: I used a heavier fabric for the front and a lightweight muslin for the back. It helps the Heat n' Bond to adhere better if one of the pieces are a light fabric, and it helps the bunting to have more structure with the heavier side. Two lighter weight fabrics would work too. 

2. Cut out each of your flags, following the lines carefully.

3. Use an exacto knife to make slits for your ribbon {or whatever you want to string it together with}. The heavier fabric makes the holes really sturdy. 

4. String together all of your flags. I used a cream satin ribbon, but you really could use anything.

You can see the difference in the front and back here. For the front I used a textured heavyweight fabric I got in the $1 section at Walmart. The back is a lightweight natural muslin.

I will be creating more of these free bunting printables in different shapes and fonts if anyone is interested. I am absolutely in love with them. They are so fun and versatile! 

To print off the bunting flags, follow the link {here}. 

This link is subject to change so please Pin and share from this blog post {instead of from the printable link} 

The fine print: Please remember these are free for personal use only! 
They are not to be altered or used to sell in any form.  

I hope you enjoy making your buntings! I would love to see pictures of any that you make!

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If you enjoyed this project, you may also enjoy these: 
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DIY Gallery Wall Art Using Mousetraps!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Inspiration Exchange No.5 and Weekly Recap

Hello friends! I hope you aren't having the crummy weather that we are having! Rain, rain go away... Actually I can't complain. With my little built in baby heater, the cooler weather is actually a nice change despite the gloominess! 

Hope you enjoy our weekly recap and our fun Link Party! Just remember, if you link up {we love you!} please, please, pretty please remember to throw a text link at the end of your post back to one of us. We keep wanting to feature your fun, amazing, wonderful projects and then get so disappointed to see no link back :(. To all of you that do, THANK YOU! You are awesome.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Herb Crate Wall Art

When Miss Mustard Seed had this daily deal through Decor Steals, I knew that I needed a set for the wall between my dining room and kitchen. These vintage-looking herb crates are so cute in person and I just love the color and warmth they add to my wall. 

I wish I could have gotten some better pictures for you, but it was horribly overcast today!

I just shopped around the house for things to stick in the crates, so it may change in the future. I may even change them seasonally.  

I don't order things online very often, but I was very pleasantly surprised with the cuteness and quality of these babies. 

I think they are so fun. 

Well, I know I told you that we would be finding out the gender of our baby last week, but the ultrasound quality wasn't great and we will have to wait until our big ultrasound in a couple of weeks. Of course I will keep you posted!  

On another note, I have TWO green tomatoes out in my garden! I can't wait for ripe tomatoes! 

Posts you may have missed:
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A Little Cream Soda Bar with French Syrups
Tutorial: DIY Free Garden Markers

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Little Cream Soda Bar with French Syrups


We set up a little Italian Cream Soda bar and I thought I would share a few pictures. 

They are so yummy. Definitely one of my favorite summer treats. 

I found these adorable {and oh so delicious} french syrups at our local restaurant supply store. I think they are so much fun. I actually have them out on a tray in my kitchen now, with vintage juice glasses and a pitcher, because I think they are so pretty.  

If you would like to make one of these heavenly drinks, you can see my recipe {here} for The Perfect Italian Cream Soda.

I hope you have been enjoying your weekend and are having a wonderful Sunday!