Thursday, April 30, 2009

Guest Designer :: Heather Rowley, Speckled Egg

Our Guest Designer this month is someone who's work and shop I've admired for some time. Have you visited the Speckled Egg? If not, you're in for a real treat! The creative one behind it is the lovely Heather Rowley. Isn't her project just beautiful?? I love the feathers on the bird and the pretty, soothing colors, touches of silver glitter and of course the BUTTONS! Read on to learn a bit more about Heather and how she created her project.
Heather Rowley lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sweet little girls. From a very young age, she has loved crafting and collecting vintage treasures. She has always enjoyed using these found objects in her projects. Heather turned her hobbies into a business about 5 years ago when she started her web-shop, Speckled Egg , a wonderful source for craft embellishments, trims, and vintage finds. Her other favorite activities include flea marketing, decorating, baking, traveling, and spending time with her beautiful family.
Materials Needed:
Cream Colored Acrylic Paint
Vintage Wallpaper, Sheet Music, Ledger Paper
White Vintage Buttons
Vintage Brooch
Old Lace, Trims
Silver Glitter (Fine)
Glue Stick, Hot Glue Gun, Tacky Glue

Using a stiff, dry brush, paint the edges of all of the pieces with the cream paint. Let a little bit of the wood show through for a distressed look. Let dry completely.

For the Birdhouse:
Using a glue stick, apply background papers to the roof and main part of house. I used vintage wallpaper for the main part and old ledger paper for the roof. Add the brooch to the top of the house using hot glue. Create a mosaic on the roof with the buttons. Spread tacky glue on the very bottom section of the birdhouse; add glitter. Shake off excess and let dry. Add any additional trims/lace, as desired.

For the Egg:
Using a glue stick, apply a background of ledger papers to the egg. Add any additional trims/lace, as desired.
For the Bird:
Using a glue stick, apply a background of ledger paper to the bird. Cut feathers of various sizes from sheet music, and other vintage papers. Fold paper in half lengthwise to create some dimension. Layer on tail end of bird. Hot glue lace around the bird’s neck, and a button for the eye. Spread tacky glue on the beak; add glitter. Shake off excess and let dry.

I used mainly vintage materials for these projects, but scrapbook papers would work beautifully as well!

I hope you enjoyed her project. Visit her blog for other inspiring projects. She also has some fun swaps too! Thanks Heather for playing along. :)
Have a beautiful day everyone!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Free online Magazine - Mini Albums

This was a cool surprise when I headed over to the Simply Handmade blog. They will be offering their magazine online and for you to sample it, they are offering this Mini Albums for FREE! Go to their blog for details. It also features Design Team member, Kory Dordea's FAMILY album. I loove mini albums! :)
OK, need to run. We're watching 24 and you can't miss a second on that show! Check in this week for our Guest Designer's project. You won't want to miss it!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sugarville, "Home Sweet Home" Wreath

Are you in the California area? Oh, how I wish I could attend this event, An Artistic Affaire Printemps. The instructors look wonderful, including our sweet friend Amy Powers. Amy's been one of our Guest Designers, you can see HERE. Does the house on her wreath look familiar? :) It's such a darling little project. Amy's class is Sugarville, "Home Sweet Home" Wreath where you'll create your very own property, glitter it in true Sugarville style, and make it the center of a very special flowerful glittery wreath. Add a little bluebird of happiness and a banner declaring "home sweet home" and you have a perfect accessory for your home. If you're attending, have a glittery ball!!
And, it's the weekend!!! I love having hubby home. :) And it's supposed to be absolutely gorgeous here!! I hope you have a fun weekend.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Scallops and butterflies and houses, oh my!

I have some really cute shares from one of our sweet customers, Julie Bonner. I really love her style. The eyelet trim is so dainty and pretty, isn't it? And she took the scallop circle and created so much more with all those layers. She used both of them for separate design team projects. The butterfly was created for My Creative Scrapbook using their kit. And the scallop circle was for Scrapbook Deals 4 You. And she was recently featured on Bella Blvd. with the scallop circle and other work of hers as well. That's a really inspiring site!
After poking around on her blog, I also found our house shape that she decorated. So sweet. I love the cloud on the chimney! Thanks Julie for the inspiration.
It's Friday. Yippeeee!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone. It's supposed to be 80 degrees here. We've gone from winter to summer in no time!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

walking baby and more GrOW letters!

So before I get into another Design Team share, I just had to say that my little guy took his first step yesterday!! Isn't that exciting? I was happy because my husband was home and he could see it too. :) He may not do it again for days but it was very cool to see! And Bella is standing all the time now and even stood for a couple seconds clapping her hands and then fell down. She's getting there too.

Anyway... I wanted to share Robyn's beautiful GrOW letters. I absolutely love the dimensional flowers and pretty, bright papers and how she outlined the letters too. Gorgeous Robyn! You can see closeups on them further down.

"Love is the flower you've got to let grow." ~John Lennon

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sweet Ainslie Eleanor

So, I was going to post about something else today but when I saw these letters this morning I wanted to share them and thought you might like them too. :) Design team member, Kory had her sweet baby girl, Ainslie two months ago. The letters are so perfect for her room! She and her husband spent some time researching fonts for just the right look they wanted and sent us the sample to work with. I love the way they came out.

Here's how she created the look:
I did the first name using Golden Gel Medium and some old pages from a book. After I had covered all of the letters in the torn up book pages, I created a wash with lime green paint and water and painted all over them. Once that had dried, I painted the sides of the letters in black and then went over the entire letters with glossy ModPodge. The middle name was painted red and the edges were sanded and distressed before I added a thin layer of red glitter. I love how they turned out and think they really make her nursery look perfect. Ainslie loves looking up at them when she's laying in her crib!

Isn't the nursery sweet? Kory also made the crib bumper and accessories in the room. This is a little piece of art she created for the room (not SIWL's related but I just think it's too cute). :)
And I just wanted to thank you for visiting our blog. I know how busy life gets and I really appreciate you taking time to visit and see what we're up to. :) Have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Super snazzy Snail

Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? I feel like I have a lot to share so I'll probably be posting a bunch this week. More design team projects this week, I'll hopefully get it together and post a few birthday party pictures. Lots of new things happening with my little ones. We switched their car seats to front facing this weekend. Wow - they look so BIG! And they loved it being able to see us and everything. We've been feeding them some new foods now that they're big one year olds. :) It's been fun.
Our new friend Sarah sent me a picture of how she decorated our snail and it's just about the cutest thing ever! I've never seen one of our snails decorated and hers is darling. She made it for her daughter's bathroom. I love the bright colors she chose and the ric rac and ribbon trim. I'm sure her daughter loves it! Adorable Sarah - thanks so much for sharing. :)
OK, my kiddos are sleeping and I have some orders to pack up so I'm off! Have a happy day!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Design Team share :: GrOW old along with me

It's my favorite time of the month - design team shares! And once again, the design team didn't disappoint!! These GrOW letters are one of my favorites and I love how each one looks so completely different! Julie Ann did beautiful stitching work on hers and the saying is one of my all time favorites (and a beautiful song by Mary Chapin Carpenter too). :) Just look at the details on these!

And Chrys did a set for her son's birthday. How sweet... through the years as her son James turns 7! How quickly the time goes as I'm learning. I love the bright colors she chose. Very boyish.

And then there's Jolene's with the soothing colors and pretty flowers and nest. Just gorgeous!! Beautiful job ladies. I'll be sharing other design team projects this week. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!
“Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
'A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!'”
- Robert Browning

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Simply Handmade blog feature and Hippity Hoppity...

It's been a bit of a hectic week here in the Damboise House. I'm trying to prepare for the BIG day (Saturday is their 1st birthday!) :) So, we're trying to prepare for it but the babies have been fussier than usual this week. They've both gotten new teeth so I'm sure that's part of it. Today felt like the longest day ever! HA!
But, this did brighten my week, when design team member Laurie sent me an e-mail saying that one of our Easter items was featured on the Simply Handmade blog! Pretty cool. Design team member Julie Masse designed the chubby lil chick shape and this adorable altered piece! She recently coordinated a stamping weekend here in NH, Stamp New England. I hear it was a fabulous event and SO much fun! Maybe next year I can attend. :) Getting out and about these days is difficult.

I also just wanted to wish you a very Happy Easter and happy weekend! I probably won't get a chance to write over the weekend. Expect birthday party pictures hopefully next week. :)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Almost ONE...

On Saturday, my little ones will be ONE! We went for their one year pictures a couple weeks ago and finally got them back this past weekend. I posted them on Facebook, but thought I'd share them here too. I'm glad they came out so well since the day they were taken they were SO fussy! :) These are their little Easter outfits. I really love the yellow. Steven looks like such a big boy in his suit, doesn't he?

Thanks for checking in and have a happy day!!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Happy Mail Day!

I had such a happy mail day yesterday! Don't you love when that happens? Most of the time it's nothing too exciting but yesterday was different!

Remember how I told you I'm addicted to buying Bella cute little hair clips? Well, I found a shop on Etsy that sells this little kit and instructions on how to do them yourself! I have so many bits of ribbon (as I'm sure you do too) that would be super cute as clips! Imagine... I can match them with lots of her little outfits. :)

My other happy mail was this adorable funky fabric pin from Trinkets, a new shop on Etsy by design team member, Laurie Star Griggs. The shop is so colorful and has cute little embellishments that you'll just want to buy! She even sent me a pretty pair of earrings (for free!) :)
She has the sweetest hand painted buttons and these funky embellishments too! Go visit. I love Etsy!

cuteness and baby birthday countdown!

Thursday already? The days fly by with these two and one day leads into the next sometimes. This morning is a good morning. The babies are playing and I'm able to check some e-mail and even do a blog post while drinking a yummy new coffee (chocolate cappuccino). Doesn't that sound delish?

I just had to post this picture of my adorable niece, Hannah. We gave her this fancy schmancy monogram a little while back. She said she was nervous to do something with it, so I said to keep it simple and look what she did!! Glitter-licious! She loves purple if you couldn't tell. :) Isn't she the cutest?? She's so good with the babies. Now, her mom tells me she wants a letter wall in her room. I know a great place you can get them! ;)
She also does a birthday countdown everyday for the babies. I told you she was cute. So we figured if she was doing it, we should too. This was taken a few days ago since it's now only 1 week and 2 days!!
Well, I should run. Hope you enjoy your day!