Noonday Collection Flash Sale Ends Wednesday

 

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Some of Noonday Collection lovely Spring items are on Sale for only a few more days!

visit: http://www.lindazink.noondaycollection.com to order before these little gems are sold out!

Hope your weekend was fabulous and you had a Happy Mother’s Day!

I was blessed with the men in my family cooking for my daughters and I. They made an amazing  Mexican inspired meal. On top of that I was surrounded  with grandkids hugs and laughter. A great day!

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Have a great Monday!

Linda

Little Girlie Necklace Tutorial

Oh Pinterest ! What have you done to me! I can’t even begin to tell you how many things I want to try and do because of the door you have opened !

I know I am not alone in this explosion of creativity sharing craziness. Come on admit it you have your ‘boards’ and list of ‘to do’s’ also.

My daughter Brianna showed me this one on her list and I thought it would be fun to do together. However the Pinterest picture just lead to a sweet Esty site not a tutorial. As great as that was I wanted to make my own. So I headed to the craft store for the supplies and was ready and waiting when Brianna arrived to try our hand at making these darling Little Girlie Necklaces.

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Here are the supplies I purchased:

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Beads , any size I used 5/8″

eye pins1 1/2″

small rings

metal ribbon clasps

5/8′ ribbon

Instructions:

First make a chain of 5 beads linked together.

Thread eye pin through the bead , snip off some of the extra length of the pin and then make a loop on the straight end the same size as the existing loop. Do this to all 5 beads.

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Using a jump ring or any size ring you chose, connect the beads together make the little chain of bobbles.

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Cut 2 lengths of ribbon ( I cut 24″ each) fold in have.You can adjust the length later before adding the ribbon clasps.

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Attach the ribbon to the end ring and knot. Add a bow if you’d like. I tied mine and hot glued it on.

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Now attach the ribbon end to the metal  clasps with a crimp of the plyers. You can add the little hook as well it comes in the package with the clasps.

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So cute!

Caution: I wouldn’t let children under 3 wear it as it could become a choking hazard so keep that in mind.

I will be making these for Easter gifts for my little girlies this week.

Hope you will have fun making one for the little girlie in your life too.

Linda

linking to:

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Porch Columns Update

I am finally getting around to posting about our one of many “To Do’s” for Spring. It was a “To Do” even if somebody else did it, I still get to check it off the list.

Last week the porch columns were remodeled and are awaiting painting. They look so much better now. They are more in scale with the stonework and the front of our home. The craftsman did a great job and as soon as the days are a tad bit warmer and a bit less rainy they will get painted.

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After:

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The funny thing was as much as I felt they needed a makeover, none of my friends even noticed them. They couldn’t remember what they looked like before and walked right by them and didn’t notice the improvement. So I guess that goes to show you what you think is so noticeable and need of a change, sometimes isn’t even observed by others. So unless you want to change it because it makes a difference to you (which to me it did) it may not be all that big of a change for the money. Oh well I like it so much better and I think when you compare the before and after , it is more obvious an improvement.  What do you think?

Have you ever had that experience when you did something you thought made a great improvement and yet nobody really noticed?

Well on to the next item on the list of “To Do’s”.

Linda

UPDATE ! THEY ARE PAINTED!

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Spring Project : Porch Columns

As the sun shines a little more often and Spring is becoming a reality my eyes see all that needs to be done outside around here. It’s a bit overwhelming and the “to do” list could well out last any budget or time to get it all done.

So we decided that our front porch columns are one of the first things you see when you come to our house and they needed to be addressed.

First the house is 7 years old now and showing some wear in certain areas already. That sure happens fast! Maybe our climate here in the Pacific Northwest has something to do with it. A little too much moisture will effect the exterior paint and moss on the roof very quickly.

I have been looking on Pinterest  and Houzz to find examples of front porch columns that would work with the style of our house. I don’t want to start changing the style and get too elaborate but keeping it clean and simple.

I found these ideas:

Some are fantastic but a little too much trim for this house with out doing something different around all the exterior windows as well , not really ready to do that.

This is what our columns look like at the moment:

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To me they are a little small for the front of the house and not trimmed out very well.

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Here are some other pictures to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.

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This next week they will be getting a little makeover and I will post before and after pictures when the work is completed. I am hopeful it will add greater curb appeal when finished.

This is what I hope they will turn out like :

Just a little bigger and trimmed somewhat minimal is what I’m going for.

I’ll let you know if this first of many ” to do’s” turns out as planned.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this sunny day!

Linda

Mini Easter Eggs Craft

This last week I was adding a few Easter touches to the house. I wanted some small blue eggs and couldn’t find any at the craft store or Target. They were all pastel or sparkly and there isn’t a Pottery Barn near by, closest one is 60 miles away. Besides I wanted it to be very inexpensive and quick.

I ended up picking up some polymer clay at Michael’s ,

blue and ivory, as well as some burnt umber acrylic paint.

I then formed small eggs shapes out of each color and blended some of the blue and white together to get even a lighter shade. I have seen some amazing polymer clay art and jewelry and my creation looked like child’s play but I wasn’t going for any grand , just eggs.

After forming them I baked them according to the directions on the package of clay. 275 degrees and since they were thicker than 1/4 ” I kept checking them every 10 minutes until they seemed to be set, took about an hour.

After they cooled I mixed the burnt umber paint with a small amount of water to thin it down. Then using a tooth brush splatter painted the eggs. Let them dry and Ta-Da , mini speckled eggs.

So easy you could do it with children . I imagine their little fingers may even make cuter ones.

Speaking of children… I snapped a few photos of my youngest grand-daughter this weekend. She melts my heart!

Make the most of your Monday!

Linda

linking to : http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/Easter-Link-party.html

Burlap Wreath Tutorial

 

Burlap is back! It’s texture and neutral color make it appeal to both contemporary and  vintage decorating styles, as well as everything in between. I have used it as a table runner, lamp shades and now a wreath in my own home decor.

I have seen something similar done before but in my efforts to make my own wreath it turned out slightly different so I will share my tutorial . We all have our own touch on a craft we take on and so making it our own rendition. I am sure if you make this yours too will look slightly different depending on the size you make your loops and if you embellish it or not.

Burlap Wreath:

Supplies : 1 roll burlap ribbon, purchased at Michael’s crafts store for $4.99 or if you have 40% off coupon only      $2.99. Also 1 wire wreath frame, mine was 12″ and cost $2.49. Total for project =$5.58

Making the wreath:

Make a small loop and come up through the the bottom of the wire wreath. Leave a few inches of the burlap end on the very first loop to tuck in when finished so it doesn’t unravel.

Repeat the loops going back and forth across all three rows of wire in the wreath.

Continue until you’ve gone all the way around the wreath and are back where you started.Adjust loops for fullness as  you go. Tuck ends in the back and wrap around the wire frame to finish off.

It only took about 30 minutes and was so easy and inexpensive. I may be making some for gifts as it was so fun and quick.

I really like it without any extra imbelishments but since Easter is just a few weeks away I decide to add a little Springy touch.

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I think it would look really cute this summer with starfish and beach touches, so I didn’t glue anything down so I could change it later.

I do believe this is a no fail craft project and hope you enjoy making your own version.

Have a blessed day!

Linda

Linking up with: http://thriftydecorating-nikkiw.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.akadesign.ca/

linking also to : http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/Easter-Link-party.html

Inspired By Felicity Blog

Add a Hint of Coral

I am partial to the color blue in my home decor, but I have been known to experiment with others from time to time.

Spring green has been another favorite and it too graces my home on a regular basis.

However for some reason this year I was drawn to add the color coral into the mix. While orange and tangerine are this seasons hot color trend they can be a bit bright for my neutral palet. So I played with the color in the more subtle tone of coral.

I have used it in small doses as a fresh change of pace and bit of sunshine.

Rolled paper flowers so fun and so simple.( tutorial: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/flowers/rolled-paper-flowers-tutorial/ )

You can never have too many tulips and they come in the most delicious color of coral.

Maybe you’d like to pop a little coral into your color scheme, it seems to go with just about every other color. For example pair it with blue, lime green, gray, yellow, or aqua. It is such a ‘happy’ color you can’t help but smile when you add a dash of it somewhere.

Try it and have fun breaking out of your usual color scheme for a little while.

( coral bowl and area rug found at West Elm)

What’s your accent color of the season? I’d love to know what you’re having fun with in your home Spring

Make it a great day!

Linda

Front Entry

Your front entry is the first thing guest see when they come to your home. It should be welcoming and inviting . When I decorate my entry I try to look at it like I am the guest and ask myself” Would I feel warmth and hospitality from the first impression?”

Many times the front door has a wreath adorning it and while that is lovely,I have a glass door and sometimes a wreath blocks the light coming through to the inside of my foyer. So this year I opted for an arrangement that greets you at the base of the door.

Today I am linking up with http://southernhospitalityblog.com/fresh-spring-floral-door-bucket/ to share my front entry. It has changed slightly a few times already this spring as I play with the arrangement. I will share some of them with you.

I like a mixture of garden item and candles to grace my doorstep and welcome my friends.

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Lanterns are everywhere you shop and a wonderful additon to the entry . In the evening I light the candle and a gentle fragrance greets my guest as well as the added glow of the flame. You could use those new battery candles as well, some even come with remotes or a timer.

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I tried the flower cart but it was just a bit too much so I moved it to the greenhouse and went back to the doorstep arrangement.

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It doesn’t have to be elaborate to create that inviting greeting , just enough to evoke a cheerful welcome.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Linda

 

Take Time to Chase a Butterfly

It only takes a couple of warm sunny days in a row for the first blossoms on the trees and wild flowers to start appearing.

I had a little fun with my camera this weekend taking pictures around our place.

We had some of the grandkiddos here and spent most of the time playing and exploring outside. They love to trample through the trails and climb on stumps and logs so we had a blast just being together. I asked them if they wanted to go to a park after church and Canyon( my 5 year old grandson) said” No , Grammie, I’d rather just stay at your house and play outside”. He’s a joy to my heart, well they all are, but he says the sweetest things. So we did just that and we had a great time around our place. They are happiest with simple things and just your time and attention.

Sometimes we can get so busy with the work to be done that we forget to just stop and play. I think that is one of the reasons why God gives us grandkids. They make you take time to snuggle, read a story, walk a trail , chase a butterfly, pick a flower, find a bug or salamander, laugh until your sides hurt and sing a silly song. We did all of that and more this weekend.

I thank God everyday for the little ones He has blessed our family with they bring us more joy than they will ever know.

I pray you take some time soon and just see the day through the eyes of a child and be blessed as you slow down and study the petals of a flower or the wings of a butterfly. Believe me it will be so worth it.

Make the most of this Monday!

Linda

Found Them!

Another craigslist find.. WhooHoo! Just what I wanted for $10 and a little fuel to meet the lady selling both of them.

The little one I have had , but the large one  I purchased from craigslist as well.

They will be a charming addition to my garden and greenhouse. Now if the sun would just stay out a while so I can get out there and finish what I’ve started.

I would like to find a little cart to add to the whole outdoor theme. Something like this:

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I have an old radio flyer wagon similar to this :

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Other outdoor carts I like:

Vintage Garden Wheelbarrow

So I will be on the search for one of these beauties and let me know if you spot one in your treasure hunting adventures.

Have a great first weekend of Spring!

Linda