Flowers You Can Make and How to Have Fabulous Blog Post Photo Layout

Organza flowers

Since getting my new iPhone, I am a photo snapping fool. How fun is Instagram, by the way.  Best photo app ever. 

Paper Flowers

These flowers come from Hobby Lobby, and a wonderful craft store in St. Pete called Whim-So-Doodle. I am going way more in depth about this jewel of a shop in a future post, where I will show you a Tim Holtz tissue tape make and take I got to photograph.

 

Flower embellishment

With the gorgeous spring weather stretch we are enjoying here in the mid west, some flower inspiration seemed like the perfect thing to share. Aren't these gorgeous? You can totally make them (and then send them to me, if you would like, or whatever).

 

Flower embellishment

Are you thinking to yourself, "How did she get her photos in those cool overlays?"? I have been dying to post about Pugly Pixel for the past month. If you don't know about this awesome blog, you are in for a treat. Katrina shares her love for photography and design in the form of beautiful blog post photos, tons of graphic elements for you to make your blog pop, photoshop tutorials you can easily follow, and much more. There are many freebies (including the photo overlays you asked about above, in the post you are reading right now), photoshop brushes/shapes, blog post photo layouts... I could go on and on, but just go there. There is a membership option that is very reasonable. I purchased a blog bling package, which is what I used in my recent blog design makeover that many of you have complimented. Katrina truly shares what she loves, so you will find posts that lead you to other great design finds and tips. Grab some coffee and get comfy. I get lost in her posts every time I visit.

  Flower embellishment

My favorite download from Pugley Pixel has been the blog photo post layouts, which are available both free and for purchase. I have been using a couple of the free sets to style my posts, and I LOVE them. The templates are fully customizable (PSD layers), allowing  you to drop your photos in various collage windows, and add text and label shapes easily,for interesting, modern, clean post layouts everytime.  If that sounds intimidating to you, take comfort in the fact that Katrina walks you through how to use her downloads, in detailed screencasts.

 Not only do I love the design of my articles, but the time saved by using the templates is significant. Love... yes, love.

 Here is a photo from the first time I used the templates...

Blog post photo tips

Check out this example from Pugley Pixel using her freebie photo layout found here.

Make your posts look great

There are a million more things I want to show you from this site. I just found new brushes for enumerating your pictures that I must download now, so you are on your own to explore Pugley Pixel. See you there.

Thank you so much for your beautiful graphics and information, Katrina!

Thrifty Thursday Week 65

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How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted. Other stuff: *Please add a text link or my button to your post! *2 projects from the previous week’s linky will be spotlighted, so let them know they ROCK! *Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love. *Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you. *Have fun and be inspired! *My friend Nikki knows how to throw a great party too. Be there… thrifty decorating 019 button 3 Thrifty Thursday 64

FEATURES:

DIY frugal wall decor

Over at Balancing the Dream, Jess shows us how to make this neat-0 custom state string art.

French label chalkboard

This frame makeover at Accidentally Wonderful rocks.  I have always wanted a projector for this

very reason.

PARTY!!

Home Decor With K&Company Ephemera

Spring decorating ideas

Are you decorating for spring yet?  Whatever your style or theme, scrapbooking supplies can be used to add detail and interest to your decor. Use ribbon, lace, twine and paper embellishments to capture a lovely feel.

I spied this K&Company Ephemera Pack at Joann's and had to have it for something.

K&Company vintage emphemera pack

It contains all kinds of embellishments, including little pockets, feathers, bird paper species cards, ticket stubs, flowers and more.  I wasn't sure what I would do with it until I was placing these upcycled tin cans around my living room. They really needed dressed up and I thought of my ephemera pack.  I also had a random birdcage I wanted to incorporate, and this bird themed pack helped bring it all together.  PERFECT!

Grab glass containers & candles of all sizes from Goodwill, and use empty jars and cans from your kitchen to fill and accessorize.  You can tie things together with the oh so popular baker's twine, ribbon, and lace.  Use clothespins to clip embellishments here and there.  Throw in some old books to vary height and interest.

Recognize the top rose from this paper rose tutorial?  The other rose I haven't shown you yet, but stay tuned.

Spring paper crafts

Here, I filled a mason jar with sand and placed a die cut paper flower.  Vintage buttons and velvet ribbonas table scatter.  So simple, and I love it!

Paper decorating

For more mason jar ideas, check out my 50+ post!

mason jar ideas

Now  I am working on some printables to replace

the winter ones.  The mantel is almost finished too.

What are your spring decor favorites?

Yarn Bomb Comes to Town

art with yarnHave you had the chance to see a yarn bomb in person?  I have been fascinated with these urban landscape upgrades since I first ran across a post about them, not only because yarn art is just beautiful, but because of the commitment involved in installing these things.  If you have knitted or crocheted, you know what I am talking about.  While it can be meditative and relaxing, lets face it, it is time consuming.  I admire the selflessness of someone willing to give themselves in this way to beautify their surroundings, fiber style. How thrilled was I when on my visit to downtown, I parked my car next to this tree cozy on Friday? yarn bombIt sits in front of a splendid local yarn store, Yarns Unlimited.  I decided to go inside, and see if I could locate those responsible for this particular yarn bomb, and wouldn't you know it... there they were! Yarns UnlimitedThe central knitting table was surround by six ladies, needles moving, conversation and laughter flowing.  "Did you do that?", I asked pointing to the stylish tree.  They explained there were several contributors, each knitting a piece that was unique to their particular style.  One loves chunky yarn, so her contributions were thick and made with huge needles, another crocheted her part, and another used multiple colors.  Together they pieced their portions around the tree, commemorating their individual uniqueness and group unity, while brightening their community. yarn bombBravo ladies!  How I would love to have participated.  I may just have to join their cozy table and hope they plan a 2nd bombing.  If you are local or ever in town, be sure and visit this store.  There are amazing pieces of fiber art, from footstools to wreaths, even wire crocheted pendants and hanging yarn globes... a definite yarn lover's paradise.  They offer several classes, even some for free, so go on over and treat your creative self.   You know you want to see it in person. hanging yarn globe knitted footstool fiber art

Thrifty Thursday Week 62

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Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day.  I am sure going to miss the heart themed projects.  Time to move into spring inspired creativity.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Thanks for stopping by Thrifty Thursday.  If we aren't connected on Pintrest yet, we should fix that.  You can find me here...
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How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted. Other stuff: *Please add a text link or my button to your post! *2 projects from the previous week’s linky will be spotlighted, so let them know they ROCK! *Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love. *Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you. *Have fun and be inspired! *My friend Nikki knows how to throw a great party too. Be there… thrifty decorating 019 button 3 Thrifty Thursday Week 61 {Early Edition}

FEATURES:

Burlap Wreath DIYKim at Made in a Day crafted this gorgeous wreath from burlap, inspired by the book page wreaths that have become so popular.  I love this version! Burlap home decorBulldogs and Bullfrogs shared this lovely burlap wall art.  Check out the full tutorial there! Burlap craftsMissy at Lookie What I did shared this burlap covered box, to keep with this week's burlap love!  Great tutorial over there.

PARTY!

 

Thrifty Thursday Week 61 {Early Edition}

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Thrifty Thursday is up way early this week.  It would be more appropriately named Thrifty Wednesday, but that just doesn't roll.  Same party, different day.  Thanks for being here.  I always love seeing what you share.  You inspire me!

LINKY STUFF:

How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted. Other stuff: *Please add a text link or my button to your post! *2 projects from the previous week’s linky will be spotlighted, so let them know they ROCK! *Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love. *Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you. *Have fun and be inspired! *My friend Nikki knows how to throw a great party too. Be there…

FEATURES:

Z Gallerie Lamp Knock Off This Fabulous Z Gallerie Lamp Knock Off  is brought to you by Gardeners 2 Bergers.

lace water bottleLeave it to Carolyn from Homework to create this gorgeous vase from a water bottle.

Hand sewing on paper tutorial

Visit Adventures of our Fami-Ly for this detailed hand sewing on paper tutorial.

PARTY!!

 

50+ Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas

50+ Valentine Day Decor Ideas from @savedbyloves

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Get ready for a lot of red, and hearts galore.  This week's 50+ topic is Valentine's Day decor.  I tried to give you mainly tutorials, but there were some fantastic Etsy finds I had to throw in for inspiration's sake.  I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I do.

Thrifty Thursday Week 58

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Thank you for stopping by and partying here at Thrifty Thursday. If it is your first time, welcome. If you are back, you like it here.  YAY! How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted. Other stuff: *Please add a text link or my button to your post! *I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday, Please drop by and love on the features! Their links are in the post where their projects are featured. *Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love. *Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you. *Have fun and be inspired! *Stop by and say hello to my crafty friend Nikki and link up to her thrifty party too… thrifty decorating 019 button 3 Thrifty Thursday Week 57

Faves from last week:

how to make a rugHappy Go Lucky shared this fabric and vinyl DIY rug.  How cool!  I must head to the fabric store soon.

photo blockBliss Images and Beyond shared this photo block and clothespin wreath.  Quick and easy way to personalize and coordinate home accessories.

LET'S GO!

Thrifty Thursday Week 56

ThriftyThursday Featured Happy New Year, everyone.  Thank you for stopping by and partying here at Thrifty Thursday.  If it is your first time, welcome.  If you are back, you like it here.  Yay!   So glad you are visiting. How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted. Other stuff: *Please add a text link or my button to your post! *I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday, Please drop by and love on the features! Their links are in the post where their projects are featured. *Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love. *Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you. *Have fun and be inspired! *Stop by and say hello to my crafty friend Nikki and link up to her thrifty party too… thrifty decorating 019 button 3 Thrifty Thursday Week 55 Featured Projects:

dresser makeoverMap dresser makeover from The Space Between Blog

wine bottle decorationA Creative Princes made this pretty winter wine bottle decor

PARTY TIME

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