Friday, November 29, 2013

Guest Post: The Vanity Room

Please welcome Amber here today who loves home decor and interior designing and shares her creativity  and knowledge on her blog, The Vanity Room.

She's sharing ideas with us about how to create the perfect powder room.

Take it away, Amber.

How to Create the Perfect Powder Room: Practical and Stylish
If you entertain a lot having a pretty powder room is a necessity. No guest will feel truly comfortable in your home if the facilities are in poor condition. You do not need to completely gut your bathroom to create a pleasant space, nor do you need to spend a fortune to create the powder room of your dreams.

Be Ostentatious!

Bathrooms are generally small, and therefore it is quite hard to make a bathroom look overdone or too flamboyant. Allow yourself free rein in the d├ęcor, splurging on exuberant, waterproof wallpaper (it may be expensive but you will only need one or two rolls) and investing in extravagant and luxurious looking fittings. The effect will be that of a rich and pampering environment, sure to appeal to all of your guests.

Light It Up!

Invest in attractive light fittings. Small rooms do not need very bright lights and therefore, as long as your guests can see well enough to check and repair their make-up, you will be able to choose lights and fittings for their appeal rather than their practicality.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…

Make the most of your powder room by installing a large and unusual mirror. There is nothing worse than a bathroom with too small a mirror as not only is it hard to check your reflection, the lack of openness in the room can cause mild claustrophobia. Mirrors open out rooms, effectively doubling the space with their reflections, and create an automatic focal point in the room. Having an unusually shaped mirror or one in a distinctive frame is an excellent way to highlight and emphasise the beauty of your bathroom.

Add A Touch Of Luxury

Do not allow any clutter to build up in the powder room, but this does not mean that the surfaces should be completely bare. Have a small tray on the side containing an expensive and luxurious hand-cream and some fancy soaps or hand-wash for your guests to use. Air fresheners should be discreet, effective and lightly perfumed to eradicate every trace of those unpleasant lavatory odours. A bowl of delicately scented potpourri or a vase filled with seasonal flowers is also an excellent touch. Hand towels should be the best that you can afford, so as to make the entire bathroom experience a pleasant and rewarding one for your guests.

Out Of The Box

Install unique and unusual storage ideas, such as mirrored cabinets that will expand the room, and rotating storage cupboards. The latter can be installed into any small space and be completely filled with supplies, all of which can be easily reached thanks to the rotating shelves inside. You can also inserts drawers under the sink for extra storage.

Study your bathroom, looking for unique features to enhance and finding the aspects that are best disguised or covered up. Then plan out your perfect powder room, overlaying your ideas on to the available space and surfaces in your bathroom.

Thank you, Amber! 

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's a Party! #134

I normally would be posting features now and starting the party later this afternoon. But with tomorrow being Thanksgiving and I'm sure we all have a million things to get done today, I'm starting the party early this week and will do double features next week.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Personalized Camera Strap

Our Christina is fulfilling her dream of becoming a professional photographer and ask me if I could make her strap on her new camera prettier. 

I've been wanting to make me one for my camera, so I jumped on the idea.

The name of her studio is Sole Inspired.

I had her strap and cut fabric that was a little more than an inch wider and longer. I don't have exact measurements for you because it would depend on the size of your own strap.

I ironed on interfacing to one of the pieces and then folded all the short edges over and hemmed.

Sew the 2 pieces with right sides together down the long edges, leaving the short ends open.

Turn, press, and slip the strap through.

Now the fun part.

I had glitter iron on vinyl, so I cut the letters and hearts out. With the iron on, you need to flip your image. Right click and then click Flip Horizontally.

Peel away all the excess, leaving the words and...

iron on following the package directions.

I tried to get a photo where you could see how the glittery stars in the fabric and glitter vinyl show up. You can kind of tell in that one if you look real close.

Christina sent me the first photo in this post and that one above that she took using her camera on her phone. I'm thinking anyone that can take pictures like these with her phone is well on her way to becoming a huge success with her new camera!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Chevron Domino Necklace

It's that time of year when we always seem to need a little gift for someone like teachers, hostess, group gift exchanges, hair stylist, stocking stuffers, etc.

I always try to have extra items that I've bought around just for when these times come up.

This year I decided to get ahead in the game and made up a few Chevron Domino Necklaces.

They were super simple because instead of measuring and cutting paper for the top, I used ribbon.

I did the ribbon the same way as paper, mod-podged it on and then added Dimensional Magic and a bail to the back.

I forgot to take a picture of it, but I even bought little burlap bags (I found at Hobby Lobby) for the burlap ribbon necklace.

Okay, bring on the last minute gifts, I'm ready!

Have an awesome Monday!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Craft Fail turned Happily Ever After

Today is my birthday (and no, we won't say how many candles are on the cake), and this year, even though I'm busy making Christmas projects and gifts, I decided to make something for myself.

(That, my friends, just might be the longest sentence ever!)

I've wanted a sign like this for such a long time and thought it would be simple to do, but it almost ended up in the trash.

I had 3 boards and stained them and cut my stencil out of contact paper.

I've always had a problem with my paint bleeding and not having crisp lines when I stencil, so I searched Pinterest and found out the other crafters would put a coat of Mod Podge on first and then paint.

Okay, sounds good. Let's try it.

After the Mod Podge dried, I dabbed on the paint.

Here's where everything went south.

I did something horribly wrong and didn't have crisp lines by any means!

Did I apply the Mod Podge too thick? Not enough paint? 
At this point, I didn't care what I did wrong, just gave up.

And the boards sat on the table sadly ever after.

Then one day I noticed this sign that I bought and was hanging in our family room and suddenly had an aha moment.

I didn't want it quite as distressed as the other sign, but I sanded over the letters to make them look rough and then applied more stain over them.

Since I was happy now with it, I (actually Greg) screwed in two other boards to hold the three together and added jute to hang it.

Okay, little guy, now I'm loving you!

The rustic star garland that I wrapped around the sides is from Hobby Lobby. You can only find it at Christmas time so I always pick some up every year when they're 50% off. It's perfect for all kinds of different projects during the year.

It originally was going to hang on the white wall in the family room, but I like it so much more on the rustic barn tin walls in the living room that I think I might keep it there.

Oh, and I'm marking it off of my craft fail list.
It's going to be happily ever after hanging there.

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's a Party! #133

It's that time again to show off all your latest and greatest! It's so fun to look through all the links - so much inspiration!

In case you missed them this morning, the features from last week's party are Here.

Let's get this party started!

Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Hits of the Party!

Happy Hump Day and more importantly, Happy Day Featuring YOU!

We had a great party last week so let's show off some of the top hits.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to link up!

Pumpkin Topiaries

Sweet Potato Souffle

DIY Penguin Christmas Ornament

Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

Popcorn Glass Ball Ornament

See you back here later today for this week's party!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Drab to Fab Headband

The best thing about this headband is you can make it in less that 5 minutes!

All it takes is a headband, embroidery thread, and those crochet flowers that are available at Wholeport. You can find them here. They're only $2,50 and come in a package of 10 so you even have some leftover for other projects.

I used embroidery thread to tack 5 of the flowers on the headband.

That's it. 5 minutes. Tops.

(It really doesn't match Jordyn's outfit but I interrupted the big basketball game that was going on in the driveway to get her to model it for me.)

Have a great Monday!

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