Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #9

Hi Everyone! With the temperatures rising, it’s hard to stay cool this summer. We hope you’re able to catch some relief from the heat by either hanging out at the pool, beach, lake, etc. We also hope your having lots of summer fun and we can’t wait to see what you have to share this week.

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We loved all the projects that were linked up last week, but our faves from this week were:

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Love this Easy Painted Burlap Sign by My Love 2 Create.

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Who doesn’t love a good salsa? Here’s a recipe by Sweet Silly Sara for this Sweetleaf Mango Melon Salsa.

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We loved these farm animals too from MollyMoo on Kids Activites Blog. You should check out the chick and pig as well. They’re just too cute!

If you were featured, don’t forget to grab your button here:

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Well, its’ that time again. Time to show off your talents and what lovely things you have made this past week.

Link Party Rules

We’d love for you to link up your creative projects — crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes — whatever you make… we want to see it!

Please follow our group board on Pinterest for the Best Crafts, DIY, and Recipes!

Also, share the love by visiting 2-3 other links and commenting, pinning, or sharing on social media. We totally encourage supporting your fellow bloggers.

By linking up, you are giving the Caffeinated Crafters permission to use your photos and links on our blogs and across social media. Of course, we’ll always give you proper credit!

NEW: By linking up, you also give us permission to email you a friendly reminder each week to link up! You can remove yourself from this mailing list at any time.

Please do not link up to shops, giveaways, or other link parties.

Have fun! The link up closes on Friday at midnight!

Thank you for joining along with the Caffeinated Crafters link party!


Nail Challenge with ModCloth

I love nails and painting them.  I have been painting my nails for holidays and to match my outfits WAY before nail art ever became a popular thing.  I used to paint my nails with acrylic paints and seal them with a top coat before all the nail companies had the wide selection and variety of colors that they now have to offer and  I have also used liquid watercolors to create designs too.  I recently painted my girls nails and mine to match for the fourth of July.  We all sported red, white, and blue nails with red, white, and blue polka dots. So, when ModCloth asked me to take part in their nail challenge for their Nail Klub, I just couldn’t resist the challenge and for the chance to be “Artzy”.  So, what is the official challenge you ask? The challenge was to pick one of their thousands of beautiful dresses and to be inspired to create a nail design based on it.  Wow!  This was a hard challenge. There were so many cool dresses to choose from for inspiration.  If you haven’t checked out ModCloth dresses, definitley check them out.  They have dresses for all occasions, for all sizes and literally have thousands to choose from.

The first dress that caught my eye for inspiration was the Serene Sketch Artist Dress.

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I love this dress and the sketch work on the bottom of it.  This actually reminds me of some of my art work that I have done in the past.

So, here is my design.

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And I will let you in on a little nail secret of mine… you can use sharpie markers on your nails to create designs just like I did here.  All you have to do is add a top coat to the nails to make it last longer.

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As I said, ModCloth literally has thousands of dresses to choose from.  So, I just had to pick another dress that I was inspired by because I couldn’t just pick one.

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So, here’s my other selection. It’s called the Everything Exquisite Dress.  I just love the cobalt blue and the gold embroidery together.  It makes such a classy pairing.

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Wow!  This challenge was WAY too much fun!  If only I had the time to do more.  I hope you enjoyed the awesome nail challenge and my interpretations.  I know I did.

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#20 Fabulous Friday Pinterest Finds

Hi everyone and happy Friday to you all!  I hope you have been enjoying some summer fun and getting outdoors to enjoy the sun.  Check it out.  Here’s another fabulous little round up of Pinterest finds to spark your creativity for the weekend.

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1.) Learn how to create Antique Mason Jars by Jaderbomb.  These are too cute!

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2.) Add a cute design spin to your basic porcelain spoons by Sarah Hearts.

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3.) Make these cute Painted CLothesline Coasters by Oh Everything Handmade.

Header14.) Make these Awsome Stamped Brass Key Chains by Claire McGibbon on Etsy.

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5.) Last but not least, be inspired to make these great Dream Catchers by 100 Layer Cake.

There you have it!  Some great Pinteresting ideas to take you into the weekend.  Have a wonderful weekend!

If you would like more fabulous Pinterest ideas, you can follow me here.

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$50 Anthropologie Giveaway!

july-giveaway-anthropologieHi friends! Are you a fan or great fashion, home decor, and accessories? Then I am sure you love Anthropologie as much as the friends and sponsors of illistyle. That is why we have come together for a great giveaway: a $50 Anthropologie giftcard! Enter to win via the rafflecopter below. Best of luck to all!

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Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #8

Can you believe it’s almost the end of July? Where is this summer going? Before we know it, it’s going to be back to school and scarves and pumpkin spice everywhere! But for now, we’re soaking up the sun, sitting by the pool, and eating as many popsicles as possible.

Join us every Tuesday for the Caffeinated Crafters Linky Party!

Meet Our Lovely Guest Host!

Today is our first link up with a Guest Host! Please welcome Sara from Major Hoff Takes a Wife!

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Sara has a wonderful blog with DIY and crafty goodness, as well as lots of good information about raising kids (she has four boys!). We particularly liked her post about traveling with kids — truly helpful information for anyone taking trips with littles!

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We’d love it if you’d stop by her blog, and give her a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus!

If you’d like to guest host the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party, please fill out our form!

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Once again, we were blown away by all the great projects that were linked. We’re now picking THREE projects to feature!

First up is this amazing Urban Outfitters knockoff Prisma Wall Decor by Delineate Your Dwelling. She made these for $4! Say what?!

Prisma Decor by Deliniate Your Dwelling

We also loved these handwriting printables that Crystal & Co. had for teaching your kiddos how to write!

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And how could we not feature these Kid-Made Watermelon Slushies from Kids Activities Blog? We love how simple but summery they are.

Watermelon Slushies by Kids Activities Blog

If you’re featured, we’d love for you to grab our button:

I was featured on the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party!

Link Party Rules

We’d love for you to link up your creative projects — crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes — whatever you make, we want to see it!

Please follow our group board on Pinterest for the Best Crafts, DIY, and Recipes!

Please share the love by visiting 2-3 other links and commenting, pinning, or sharing on social media. We encourage supporting your fellow bloggers.

By linking up, you are giving the Caffeinated Crafters permission to use your photos and links on our blogs and across social media. Of course, we’ll always give you proper credit!

NEW: By linking up, you also give us permission to email you a friendly reminder each week to link up! You can remove yourself from this mailing list at any time.

Please do not link up to shops, giveaways, or other link parties.

Have fun! The link up closes on Friday at midnight!

Thank you for joining along with the Caffeinated Crafters link party!


27 DIY Concrete Projects

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I’m loving concrete projects as of late and there are some great ones out there.  You have to check these 27 Concrete Projects and see for yourself just how easy it is to work with concrete.

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 1.) DIY Lace Votives by Say Yes.

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2.) Concrete Pendant Lamps by Brit & Co.

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3.) Concrete Bookends by Homemade-Modern.

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4.) Drawer Pulls by Projektila.

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5.) Concrete Planters by BHG.

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6.) DIY Concrete Fire Bowls by Shelterness.

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7.) DIY Flower Concrete Votives by Artzy Creations.

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8.) Geo Cement Coasters by Tuts Plus.

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9.) Concrete Numbers by Love and Lavender.

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10.) Concrete Door Stoppers by Home Makeovers.

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11.) DIY Concrete Bucket Stool by My Lifebox.

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12.) DIY Concrete Letters by Wit & Whistle.

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13.) Easy DIY Concrete Vase by Madigan Made.

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14.) DIY Cube Earrings by Meli Melo.

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15.) Make Mexican Concrete Tiles by Funkytime.

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16.) DIY Concrete Vases by Handmade Charlotte.

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17.) DIY Concrete Garden Planters by Ciburbanity.

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18.) DIY Concrete Tumblers by Monster Circus.

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19.) DIY Copper and Concrete Lamp by Look What I Made.

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20.) DIY Concrete Love Heart Necklace by Fall For DIY.

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21.) DIY Stepping Stone with Numbers by Chez Larsson.

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22.) DIY Concrete Clock by Instructables.

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23.) DIY Wall Hook by Instructables.

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24.) DIY Concrete Stool or Table by The Paper Mama.

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25.) Concrete Paper Weights by Monster Circus.

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26.) DIY Concrete Lamp by Esmeralda.

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27.) DIY Concrete Magnets by At Home In Love.

There you have it!  27 Awesome Concrete Projects.

Enjoy!

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If you like DIY Projects…check this one out!

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Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!

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 It’s been sweltering hot up here in the Pacific Northwest.  I don’t know about you guys but my family has been eating ice cream by the bucket fulls.  Wouldn’t it be fun to make your own ice cream with your family and make your own flavors?  I have the perfect giveaway for you.  Enter for your chance to not only win one Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream maker, but for the chance to win two.  You can keep one and give one away.  How fun is that! Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

Contest ends on Monday so enter while you can.

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#19 Fabulous Friday Pinterest Finds

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Hi guys!  It’s Friday again.  I hope the summer is treating you well and you are having the chance to really enjoy it.  Well, here’s another quick little round up of cute Pinterest inspiration ideas that I have found for you.  I hope you enjoy it!

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1.) Make your own DIY Fruity Print Zipper Pouches by The Lovely Drawer.

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2.) Make these super cute Ice Cream Cups by Persia Lou.

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3.) Cute DIY Feather Mobile by Wonideeen.

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4.) Make these cute Nesting Doll Pouches by Polka Dot Chair.

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5.) Make these Pin Loom Coasters by Purl Bee.

There you have it!  Another Friday’s Fabulous Pinterest Finds.  Hope you’re inspired to make something this weekend.

If you would like more Pinterest inpiration ideas, you can follow my Pinterest boards here.

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DIY Concrete Flower Votives

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Do I have a great DIY project for you.  Look at these DIY Flower Concrete Votives. They are so simple and easy that you might just end up making them for family, friends, & everyone inbetween.  This has to be one of my favorite projects as of late and is PER-fect for beautiful summer evenings.  I hope you like them just as much as I do.

Here’s What You Need:

  • Wilton Mini Flower Silicone Mold 
  • Pam Nonstick Spray
  • *Mortar- not concrete
  • (6) Tea Light Candles
  • Container to Mix Mortar
  • Trowel to mix the Mortar
  • Sand Paper (Fine or 150 grit)
  • Spray Paint (Optional)

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I know, I know. I say concrete in the title and now I’m saying Mortar. Well, there’s a good reason why I’m using mortar and not concrete. Technically concrete is made up from 3 things… sand, aggregate (which are different sized rocks) & cement which is the binding agent. Because of the filler rocks in concrete, it’s not the best material for these small molds. Mortar is made up of cement and fine sand which fills in the molds better and will produce a lot less air bubbles. Concrete is just a better known term and sounds better in a DIY project title :)

Anyways, here is what you do…

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Step 1:  Start with about 6 medium trowels of Mortar. It’s a little better to have extra than to have to mix more up, but this was enough for the 6 votives with a little left over. Slowly add your water, mixing while adding. There;s a fine line between not enough and too much, so once it gets close, add little bits at a time until it’s a pretty thick soup.

Step 2:  Generously spray your silicone mold with some nonstick cooking spray.  You might not have to do this but I wanted them to come out of the mold pretty easily and it worked great. Once sprayed, fill each mold with the mortar mix. Don’t fill them all the way though. Keep the level to about 1/4″ from the top of the mold. This leaves room & keeps the mortar from overflowing the mold when you push the tea light candles in place. Lightly tap the sides of each cup in your mold to try to get out any air bubbles. This is a very important step or you will end up with holes in your votives after they dry, and do it a few times over the course of the next 10-15 minutes.

Step 3:  First, inspect your tea light candles and make sure the sides aren’t flattened or crushed or whatever. You want a nice round one, so once you burn through the first one, it’s easy to pull it out & replace it with a new one.  Set the candle as close to the center of the mold as possible and SLOWLY press it into your mixture while wiggling it back and fourth a little bit. This is honestly a little easier said than done, but it’s really not that difficult with a little patience. Notice how the one in the lower right of mine isn’t exactly centered. Once you insert them, it’s a little too late, but they still turn out cute, and maybe they add that little extra hand made look ;) Push the candles down until the rim is flush with the mortar and let them set up some more. I found that every 10-15 mins over the next hour or so I was going back and pushing the candle back down into the mortar. it seemed to sort of want to float, plus as the mortar dries, it shrinks, so keep checking for a bit. Then I let these set up over night.

Step 4:  Carefully take them out of the mold. You should notice that the tops have a little lip on them from the shrinking/drying process. That’s why I went back with some fine sand paper and LIGHTLY sanded the edges. I also took out the tea light candle and sanded the sides and bottom of the impression. You probably don’t have to do this, but I did because I think it gives it a really nice finished look.

Step 5:  AND THAT’S IT! A completed tea light votive that you made yourself. They’d be absolutely perfect for camping or super cute just on the center of a picnic table.

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I LOVE the raw- concrete look of these, but since I made six of these tea light candles, I decided to add a little color to a few by lightly spray painting them. I didn’t want to cover them too much because I still wanted to be able to see the porous nature of the concrete. I still haven’t decided which ones I like best and fortunately, I don’t have to decide since I have both options!

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Enjoy!

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 PS… If you liked this DIY project, maybe you’d like this one too!

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Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #7

Hi Everyone!  I am loving all the creativity that’s being linked up each week! It’s so fun to see all the awesome out there, and it’s time for another round!

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This week, we’re featuring Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling and her DIY Wedding Invitations.

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How gorgeous are they?!? They make me want to get married again just so I can make something as lovely!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! If you’ve been featured on The Caffeinated Crafters Link Party, please snag our button!

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It’s time to link up your creative posts!

Link Party Rules

We’d love for you to link up your creative projects — crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes — whatever you make, we want to see it!

Please follow our group board on Pinterest for the Best Crafts, DIY, and Recipes!

Please share the love by visiting 2-3 other links and commenting, pinning, or sharing on social media. We encourage supporting your fellow bloggers. By linking up, you are giving the Caffeinated Crafters permission to use your photos and links on our blogs and across social media. Of course, we’ll always give you proper credit! Please do not link up to shops, giveaways, or other link parties. Have fun! The link up closes on Friday at midnight!

Thank you for joining along with the Caffeinated Crafters link party!

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