Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Window Shopping!

I've been Etsy Window Shopping again...at work...shhh!

I've fallen madly in love with fabric roses lately...and this shop just blew me away!

Rosebud Lips makes the most beautiful bridal bouquets and accessories using fabric roses!


Profits from sales go to a wonderful charity!

Stop by and see all of the gorgeousness!

Hugs!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What's Your Niche?

Hey guys!

Yesterday, I was reading along with an @crafterminds Twitter conversation regarding blog niches.

I learned a lot from what my fellow bloggers had to say...but it also scared the heebie jeebies outta me!

What the heck is my "niche"????

The name of my blog obviously is Life at Eventually Cottage...cuz I blog about my life.

I blog about all of the things that make Eventually Cottage a home to me.  My family, my adventures in making our house a home, my love of crafting and frugal home decorating.

So is my niche crafting?
 
Is my niche frugal decorating?

I don't know!  That's what's freaking me out!!!

I blog because I love to share things and hopefully inspire some of you with my projects.

My "followers" are truly like real life friends to me...when you stop by and visit me here I want you to feel like you are sitting down and having a cup of coffee with me or hanging with me on the deck with a big glass of lemonade.

When I first starting blogging, it felt sort of uncomfortable to me.  I wasn't sure how much of myself I should inject into my posts.  Would people be turned off if I wrote like I really talk or should I be more formal?  Anyway, over the past probably year or so I've begun feeling more comfortable in my own skin.  I am a real person, and I hope that comes across in my posts.

I don't have the opportunity to blog everyday, although I wish I did.  There are some weeks when I get a post of up everyday.  There are some weeks that I only get a couple of posts up a week.  That's just me, I can't force myself to do things.  If I post, it's because I was really feeling it...ya know?

Now, there are some bloggers who put up awesome posts everyday of the week...Rockstars in my eyes!  You go girls!  It's just not me.

I've seen many bloggers who have multiple blogs for different interests.  That's great!  As long as it works for them.  Hey the more blogs the merrier, right?  I've tried using a different blog for my crafts.  It just didn't feel right for me.

Anyway, I have to do what feels right for me.  Life at Eventually Cottage feels right to me.  I hope you come by because you enjoy crafts, frugal decorating...and me...even though I don't exactly fit into a specific "niche".

Thanks for letting me ramble on!

Luv u guys!

Hugs!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dinner Choices Plate

Good morning ladies!

In addition to chalkboards, I am very into everything square shaped!  Does that make me a "square"?  Hee hee!

Any-hoo...I picked up this great square plate at WalMart a few weeks ago.  It just screamed project to me!

I knew that I wanted to use it on my kitchen counter so I looked in my vinyl files and found this saying:



...LOVE IT!

A subtle reminder to my kiddos that I'm not running a diner!  Hee hee!

I printed the saying in black vinyl using my Silhouette and placed it on my plate.

What?  It's crooked?  Umm yeah, I know...whatev...Lol!  I love it anyway!

Want the vinyl?  Let me know and I'll send it out to you.  $5/ free shipping!

Have a great day!

Hugs!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter- Free shipping!


Good morning!

Happy Easter...a little early!

FREE shipping now through Monday from my Etsy shop!

Use Coupon Code: EASTER

Hugs!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chalkboard Crazy!

My Etsy shop has gone chalkboard crazy!

New items listed!

French Burlap Chalkboard
$12/ plus $5 shipping

French Script Chalkboard
$12/ plus $5 shipping


Chalkboard Gift Tags!
Set of 4
$10/ plus $2 shipping

As you can tell, I'm addicted to everything chalkboard right now!  Stay tuned for more chalkboards in the shop!!!

Hugs!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Don't Forget to Laugh!

Don't ya just love a good laugh???

Me too!

A while ago I found the cutest set of decorative blocks at Marshalls.  They spelled out LAUGH!  I thought they would look adorable on my entry table with a bunch of framed family pics.

However, the dogs thought they made a tastier snack!  Here's what's left of my cute blocks.  Sniff sniff  ) :


 So...I decided to make a little sign to replace my dearly departed blocks.

I started with a 4"x12" piece of mdf and spray painted it Heirloom White...my fav!

Once the paint was dry, I sanded all of the edges to give it a distressed appearance.


I found some really gorgeous papers last time I was at Hobby Lobby and combined two of the patterns for my sign.

I Mod Podged the papers onto my mdf.


 Once the Mod Podge was dry, I sanded the excess paper off the edges of the sign.


 Next, I took my Jim Holz Distress Ink in Soot and a foam paint brush...


...and applied the ink to the edges of the sign.



I printed out LAUGH on my Silhouette, and removed the inside of the letters instead of leaving the letters on the backing.  You can see what I'm talking about here...


Now I applied some transfer tape to the vinyl "stencil".  I used an old gift card to rub or burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl.


Next, I appplied the "stencil" where I wanted it on my sign.


I used some black acrylic paint and another foam paint brush and applied my black paint to the stencil. 


Wait until your paint is dry to remove the vinyl "stencil"...I am imptatient and removed the vinyl immediately whice explains the messiness of the black paint...


No worries, though.  Once I sanded the entire piece to make it look more distressed, you hardly notice my oopsies!

To finish off my sign, I added a burlap rose that I made and some rhinestones for sparkle.


 Here's my finished sign!

I think I might add some black ribbon and hang it from the drawer of my entry table, but I don't have anymore right now.  I think it looks cute sitting on top of the table for now!


Oh, and you may have noticed that I've been playing around with new backgrounds and headers over the past few days.  I'm finally happy with the way things are looking!  What do you think?

Background and header courtesy of The Graphics Fairy!

Hugs!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Window Shopping

I was doing a little Etsy window shopping while I was at work today...shhh!

Hee hee!

I found this cute little Queen Bee from The French Nest Co.



Queen Bee that I am, I think I'm going to have to get this little guy for myself!

Hugs!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chalkboard Coasters

Ok, so remember my new fav vinyl?

I made some cute chalkboard coasters with it.  Yay!


And...I've done a little tutorial for you guys with it!

I started with 4"x4" travertine tiles from Home Depot.  They will be very dusty from being in the store, so make sure you clean them off really good.

Next, I used my Silhouette to cut cute frames from the chalkboard vinyl. I resized the frames to just under 4" so that they fit comfortably on the tiles.



FYI- I only used the inside of the frames for the coasters.

 I bought this vinyl from a supplier on Etsy and it's thicker than I had anticipated.  So, you will have to change your Silhouette setting to Silhouette Printable Magnet Sheet ( I don't know why I chose this setting, but it seemed like it would be thick like the chalkboard vinyl...and it worked!).  

To change your Silhouette settings:
- go to the Send to Silhouette icon on the tool bar
- #3 Current Settings
- Click on Change Settings
- Scroll down until you find the setting you need
- Click on Send to Silhouette

Now that you've printed out your vinyl, you are ready to apply it to your tile!

I usually use transfer paper to apply my vinyl, but with this project I thought it was easier not to.


I just estimated where the center of my tile was and placed the vinyl.  Easy peasy!

To finish them off, I added small self-adhesive cork circles to the bottom of each tile in all four corners so that they don't scratch the furniture.  I forgot to take a pic of this step....sorry.  I got the cork circles at The Dollar Tree.

That's it!  You have an adorable set of coasters either for you or as a gift!



Want to do-it-yourself, but don't have a Silhouette?  No problem, I can send you the vinyl frames for $6.00...free shipping!

If you'd like to purchase a finished set of the coasters, they will be listed in my Etsy shop for $12.00 + $5.00 shipping.

I'm linking up to the Weekend WrapUp Linky Party at Tater Tots and Jello.


And...I'm so excited...my friend, Amanda, from Serenity Now has featured my coasters in her Weekend Bloggy Reading Linky Party!!!!  Ahhh!!!!  Thanks, Amanda!!!


Hugs!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Can You Fall In Love With A Chair?

Oh my goodness!  I think I have fallen in love with this chair!



Here's a closeup of the gorgeous fabric!


I took these pictures at my local Marshalls...and yes, I was getting all kinds of sideways glances!  Hee hee!

Try as I might, there was no way I could talk Prince Charming into letting me have it....boo hoo!

Hugs!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why Girl Scout Cookies Are Evil

Why are Girl Scout cookies evil...

...because of their coconut-y, caramel-y, chocolate yumminess! 



Darn them!  Hee hee!
Hugs!




Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring!

To celebrate that fact that it is FINALLY beginning to feel like Spring here in NY, I'm offering 20% off any purchase in my Etsy shop through Saturday April 16th only.

Use coupon code: SPRING1

Did you know that you can now find me on Twitter?  @eventuallydawn

Hugs!

French Script Candles

Remember the gorgeous candles I talked about here?

Well...I did order them and was sooo excited when they came in the mail today!

They totally didn't disappoint...they are beautiful!



Do I know what they say...umm NOPE!  But they are still gorgeous!

They just might be part of a mantel re-haul in our family room...stay tuned!

In the meantime, go visit Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Hugs!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Strawberry Yumminess!

Good Sunday morning!!!!

We had yummy strawberry pancakes for breakfast here at Eventually Cottage!



I looove fresh strawberries!

P.S. these aren't the actual pancakes we had...cuz my pancakes are rather ungly!  Hee hee!

Have a great day!