Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Crafty Soiree #131

Hi Friends! 

If you're in the Midwest like me, and got hit by snow this week, I hope it wasn't as bad as predicted and you've been able to dig yourselves out.  We had six or more inches predicted at one point but ended up with about three.  The lights went out three times for around five minutes each time so I was most worried about a cold night without heat.  So glad it went back on and stayed on!  We had a snow day yesterday and things were pretty calm around here.  However, as of this writing our schools had not gotten their power back so we may be all at home on Thursday too.

We were in need of an uneventful day, after finding out that Brad's Grandma died Monday night.  She's in Missouri and we had not seen her since last Spring Break.  We were beginning to discuss making the trip down again the week after Easter when ER is off of school and are so sad we missed being able to see her one last time.  I'm very glad we sent a recent batch of pictures and a handmade Valentine that I know she received and liked.  Once again, I'm reminded of the fragility of life and how much each of our loved ones means.  I hope you won't think me presumptuous if I urge you to all give yours a big hug today!
Now back to "business", although our weekly time together is too much fun to be considered "work" :) I had a super hard time picking just five projects to showcase this week!  You are all truly amazing!!!  I love being inspired by my crafty peeps, who have to be the most creative bunch of bloggers out there.  Here is just a little of the awesomeness shared last week:
1 Hour DIY - Vintage Book E-Reader Case Tutorial from Strawberry Roan: I love how this project combines both the classic and modern way to enjoy the written word!
Washer Flowers from Do Small Things with Love: Remember the washer necklaces that were all the rage a couple years ago?  Here's an updated way to use the same technique and create custom art.
DIY Condiment Caddy from A Typical English Home: I love the resourcefulness of bloggers, when Andrea needed an organizer, she made herself one with MDF!  Wanna know another neat thing about this project?  It's been painted in chalkboard paint, so clever!
Free Pattern: Newborn Crown from Little Rays of Sunshine: I could not, not share this darling itty bitty crown.  Isn't it just the sweetest?!  Wouldn't it make a really special photo prop for a newborn photo shoot? 
DIY Michigan String Art from Andrea Arch: Okay, I'll admit to being biased by sharing this one.  Just had to share some mitten love from my fellow Michigander!  She is lucky enough to live on the otherside of the state, where some of the nicest people I know are, along with beautiful tulip farms, and gorgeous sandy beaches.  It well deserves the "heart" marking the spot.
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  • Link up to four of your creative projects (No Etsy stores or other linky parties pretty please).
  • Add your link to the specific posts not the main URL
  • Add a "Crafty Soiree" button to your blog or posts.
  • Please comment on the post linked up in front of you. All party goers love meeting new friends... don't just stop there...if you see something that catches your fancy-- stop by and say hi!
  • Your hostesses would love it if you'd follow us. You can find Malia here.
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20 Friends Said:

Christine said...

Thanks for the party Katie!!

Cerise Wade said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It's wonderful that she received your cards and pictures before she passed. Kinda like a hug across the miles :o)
Love those craft ideas. The E-Reader case is wonderful.

Alderberry Hill said...

Yay, another fun party this week. Thanks so much for having me - Happy Thursday!

Andrea Archambault said...

Thanks for the feature Katie! Yes, Holland is wonderful! West Michigan is such a great place to live and raise a family. :)

Angel Allen said...

Hi. Thanks for the link party. I'm your new follower. Love your blog. I will visit often. Hope you will visit my blog also and maybe follow if you like.
Best
Angel

Kathy Moody said...

So sorry for your loss, Katie! Thankful your power stayed on!!! I am from Missouri and I miss the snow so much. In the south, we haven't seen one flake. Thank you so much for hosting during such a stressful time for your family.
HUGS
Kathy

Beth Baumgartner said...

Hey friend, thanks for having us again :-)
I moved from MN to IL so I think the winters are less awful now!
Beth @ The First Year Blog

Kim said...

Hi Katie! Thank you so much for featuring my Newborn Crown Pattern--that made my night! I'm so sorry for your family's loss and hope you all find comfortable during a difficult time. Thanks for hosting again this week! :)

Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine

Vicky @ Mess For Less said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nancy Bandzuch said...

Thank you so much for the feature! I am honored.

Maureen said...

How wonderful that she received your hand made Valentine. I'm sure it meant a lot to her. Glad you kept your power in the storm and thank you for hosting!

Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} said...

Hey Katie, thanks for hosting again this week! Sorry to hear about his grandma too. That's never any fun :(

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

As another Michigander I love the string art too - great item!

Hannah Evans said...

Thanks for hosting today's party :-)

M.J. Powell said...

Thanks for hosting another great party.
We hope you have a great day!
The Busy Bee's,
Myrna and Joye.

Crystelle Boutique said...

Thank you so much for this fab party, Katie. I always enjoy seeing what you and everyone else has been up to... :)

hugs x
crystelle
http://www.crystelleboutique.com

happyandharried said...

Thanks so much for hosting. This is the first time I am partying here! You have a lovely blog!!
Anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com

Calli D said...

Katie, thank-you so much for featuring my e-reader tutorial, you made my day! :)

Meredith said...
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Meredith said...

Oops, sorry to delete the comment, here's what I meant to say...

Thanks for hosting and visiting my brand new blog to invite me! Lots of great links and ideas! Have a great Saturday :-)

~Meredith @ unOriginalMom.com

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