Thanks to all who participated in our FIRST link party! With over 40 linked up projects, I felt it was a huge success. As for the top picks of the week, it was very difficult, here goes.
Note: Please do NOT pin these from my site. Visit the creator's site and pin from there. Lets give credit where credit is due. Thanks!
Dumped & Found
Oak Ridge Revival
The Real Housewives of Bucks County
The Good Life
It All Started With Paint
Remember This Photography
Talkin' Chow Playin' House
Our Daily Obsession
In My Own Style
Before & After
The Rooster & The Hen
Pig & Paint
Life As A Thrifter
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Today I want to share a little fabric tag I made. It is really simple and didn't cost me a dime, all scraps I had on hand.
First cut out a rectangle out of scrap fabric. Mine is a linen look-a-like. Fray the edges on three sides. On the top, sew a contrasting piece of fabric folded over the top edge.
Print off numbers 1-9 HERE. Cut the numbers out with an Xacto knife. With stencil adhesive glue the backs of the numbers and lay them in the center of the tag. Lay the tags on a piece of plastic food wrap in case the paint goes through the fabric. Lightly paint around the edges of the numbers with craft paint. Remove the numbers and allow to dry.
Sew a small piece of twine to the top edge of the tag. Go back and forth a few times to make sure it is secure.
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Last week I shared a new series I titled "Dumped & Found" featuring an army chest of drawers that I found at the dump!
One of my readers, Cindy, sent me a photo of an amazing piece of furniture her boyfriend found a few blocks from their home on the Jersey shore.
I started to wonder how many people have things that have been "Dumped & Found". I am dedicating this first link party on Burlap & Denim to all the amazing junk that has been cleaned, loved, and repourposed into your life! So in addition to all other link ups, show me your Dumped & Found.
Burlap & Denim's 1st
Party on Mondays
1. Link up DIY projects, home decor, room reveals, recipes, whatever you've been making (please no etsy shops, giveaways, or linky parties).
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Apartment Therapy is holding their annual Homies awards.
Home blogs are nominated and then voted on. The top blog gets $50 and a ton of exposure. I'd love to have your vote. Click on the link below to go to Apartment Therapy's contest page. You'll need to login first (don't worry - no spam). The login button is in the upper right hand corner. After you've logged in you'll see the "VOTE" button appear next to all of the blogs. Find Burlap & Denim in the list, most recently we were around 25 votes, and Vote for us. Thank you so much!!! (Be sure to tell your friends to vote for us too)
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In February we held our annual New Beginnings activity. This year we mixed things up a bit and had a "Game Night". Here are the invitations I made up:
I left the date, time etc off the template. Simply place a text box in the open space to add YOUR info.
If you would like to download the template for the Game Night invitations click HERE
NOTE: The template is a photo of the tickets, just blow it up so the gray line meets the boarder of your page layout.
I made a similar layout for the program that we handed out at New Beginnings.
If you would like to download the Game Night program click HERE for the front
and HERE for the back side
NOTE: I printed the invitations AND the programs on a cream opalescent card stock and it turned out awesome. It gave it a very vintage carnival feel. If you don't Read more [...]
Have you ever had a stroke of genius? Where you know an idea is going to turn out amazing? Well this was one of those times, only it wasn't my idea, it was my brilliant sister's.
Recently an awesome company called BurlapFabric.com contacted me about advertising on my website. I volunteered to make something using their supplies. I looked over their website, selected a few items and promised them I'd come up with something once the supplies arrived.
That huge roll of burlap melted my heart. It is 12 inches wide and 100 yards long! My sister Amy came over and that's when the idea came to her; weave it through my ladder back chairs and make slipcovers. And so it began.
I measured the length I wanted from just below the seat, up and around the top, and back to the start. I measured it to 58" but later trimmed Read more [...]
I'm starting a new series called "Dumped & Found". It features pieces that I have found at the dump, in a trash can, or on the side of the road. Things others (crazy people I call them) have "dumped" and I have "found"! The first piece I am sharing was picked up last weekend. Actually, the story began last summer. I bought a huge sectional from our local ReStore with the plan to reupholster it. After it sat in my garage for months my husband had had it with that "project". When we recently purchased a new sofa I promised I'd take the old one to the dump (I had already started taking it apart so I was sure a thrift store would reject it). Well, last Saturday was the day. We packed the sofa in the car and drove out the the city dump. It was my first trip to our dump and I was surprised Read more [...]
Chewy Meringues? Yes, created by accident, loved by all! These are my go to, easy, delish cookies! The coconut extract adds a subtle background flavor. I've made these so many times, for baby showers, neighbor treats, parties etc., that I have these down to a science!
6 egg whites (room temperature)
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp coconut extract
Dash of salt
2 cups sugar
Add egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla, coconut extract and salt to stand mixer (note: you can use a hand mixer, but it takes longer and is a lot of standing and mixing).
With whip attachment, whip for 2 minutes on level 6 of 10. After the 2 minutes, slow down the whip to level 3 and slowly ad the sugar. Turn whip back to level 6 for 4 additional minutes until stiff Read more [...]
With a family of four boys, we are always looking for adventure. A few years ago I wanted to give one of my boys an Indiana Jones bedroom. We already had army green walls with a Star and Stripes Mural on one wall (from a previous airplane themed room). The star and stripes would work perfect with the vintage travel and adventures of Indiana Jones.
The opposite wall was painted a medium blue and then I painted a (really easy) World Map mural. It was to remind me of the maps they show when Indie is flying from one archaeological site to another. A spare craftsman desk and vintage industrial chair help create age to the space.
The ceiling was already a sand color which matched the Berber carpet.
The bed was a great purchase 11 years ago for my first son (see it HERE in his surfing room). It has a slide, Read more [...]
Have you ever been to a Paper Source store? On our last trip to Carlsbad my husband and I happened upon one of their adorable stores. One entire wall of their shop was lined with beautiful wrapping papers. They are a mix between fabulous scrapbook paper and amazing hand made wallpaper I'm not gutsy enough to glue to the wall. I knew right then and there that I wanted a place to display beautiful papers. I wanted a wrapping paper station that was compact, affordable, and displayed beautiful paper. A few months later inspiration struck.
I decided to make my own Wrapping Paper Storage Station. We've been working on our basement and just finished up all of the trim. I looked around and found a few scraps that would work perfect. I cut them to be the same length making them 4.25" X 52". I sanded the rough Read more [...]
Have you ever had something in your house that you LOVED. Something that if you moved you'd surely take it with you, even write it into the contract...it's one of your Favorite Things. Well, I was working on an open house post for my front room and couldn't stop taking photos of my antique crystal chandelier.
When we were building our first house, the french cottage, I did a lot of antique, vintage, and funky shopping. I went to a shop in Salt Lake's art district called Elemente. It is full of odd furniture, art and the owner is pretty funky herself. Anyway on one trip we found this beautiful chandelier for only $100!
It was love at first site. The arms and base look like antique silver. It is loaded with faceted crystals that sparkle. We took it home and hung it in our dinning room. It was stunning. Read more [...]
My 12 year old son Jake loves artsy projects almost as much as I do (and I couldn't be prouder). While I was making my bleached out chevron rug, he wanted to get in on the game. He took an old skateboard of his and made a plan.
He taped off a rough design with blue painters tape (no measuring needed) and laid it on old newspaper.
Grabbed the orange spray paint and sprayed away.
Patiently let it dry thoroughly (this was the tough part).
Pealed off the paint and went back to skateboarding.
Now he has a very cool skateboard that is unlike any other.
Great job Jake!
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This is the last of the open house series on my first house, a French Cottage. The interior was full of toile, hand distressed beams, florals, checks, 70's stripes and Ralph Lauren paint finishes. Truly a labor of love ten years ago, hopefully you'll find something still relevant today (please excuse the photo quality, these were taken a long time ago with out a blog in mind).
The foyer was a large two story open space with the staircase in the center. One of the upstairs bedrooms had an open window with home made shutters overlooking the entry (inside the room there was another single shutter that could close). The entry was so large and we had such a small amount of furniture, I threw these bookshelves on either side (the proportions of the picture and mirror drive me crazy now). A large Read more [...]