Saturday, July 21, 2012

Christmas In July- Instagram Ribbon Spool Ornament

Day 1 of Christmas In July
Hosted By Cowgirl Up!

Hey Y'all!  Welcome to the first annual Christmas In July hosted by Cowgirl Up!  Thanks so much for joining us!  You can stop by our blogs every day for eight days and check on some jaw droppin', eyebrow raisin' Christmas inspiration.  Here is the schedule:

Feel free to check out all of the blogs!  Here are the links

Howdy, I am Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog!

A little bit about me before we get to the really fun stuff . . .
I am a wife,
a mom of two,
an avid crafter
and lover of all things vintage.
I have a weakness for books, chocolate donuts, and glitter.
Besides my full-time of job of chasing two kiddos, I also run a wedding decor design business called High Fire Designs.

Now, on with the show!
Instagram Ribbon Spool Ornament

Empty ribbon spool
Computer and printer
Instagram photos
I am a recent convert to the world of Instagram.  Love snapping pictures of my kiddos and sharing them on Facebook.  I thought it would be great to incorporate them in an ornament for this Christmas season.

I used a free photo editing program called Picasa to work on my photo layout.  Here is how I did it:

Step #1:  Upload your photos to Picasa and put your selected six photos into one folder.  Once in a folder select the "Collage" button.

Step #2:  Select the grid setting for the photos.  Go down to the Page Format section and select Add Custom Ratio . . . make a custom ratio that is 1.5 X 9.5 inches.  This should line up all of your photos from top to bottom.  If you want to line them up so that they are side by side, just switch to 9.5 X 1.5 inches.  Save/Create the collage.

Step #3:  Once you are back to the regular Picasa screen, change the photo to Black and White.  Save the image.

Step #4:  If you want, you can also add the customization of CinemaScope, which adds a cool effect for the side by side layout.  This is not a required step.

Step #5:  Print out your image on white card stock and trim your image.

Step #6:  Take your old ribbon spool and remove the two sides.  I just ripped mine off and then used a little bit of sandpaper to smooth the edges.

Step #7:  Line the inside of your spool with your favorite ribbon or paint.  In this case, I used red burlap ribbon that I cut to size.  I used hot glue to secure it into place.

Step #8:  Using hot glue, place a thin horizontal line of glue across the spool and then press down one end of the photo strip being sure that it is lined up.

Step #9:  Once the glue is dried, wrap the photo strip around the spool and secure the other end with glue.  Mine was slightly short, but I have a plan to cover it up!
Step #10:  Embellish your ornament!  I used metallic raffia to accent the space in between each of the photos.

I also used the raffia to cover up the gap between the start and finish of the photos.

To cover up the edges of the spool, I used a little bit of glue and some vintage glitter by Martha Stewart to add a little pizazz.

Finally, I wrapped it up with a small red rhinestone on the center of each raffia bow and then added a twine "hook" to hang the ornament.

Voila!  You are done!

And because I had so much fun and couldn't make just one . . . here is another example that used the same materials with a few additions!

And because I just couldn't get enough, here is another way to use the ribbon spools . . . Candle Holders and Candle Wraps!  WOW!

I hope you enjoyed this simple little tutorial and I hope that you will try this out during these hot months of summer!

Stop by The Ivy Cottage Blog anytime and say hello . . . or in my case, Howdy!  I have TONS of projects to inspire!

BTW, on our usual Tuesday Cowgirl Up! Link Party, you will have the opportunity to link up all of your old/new Christmas projects, so get them ready!

Good luck to all of the ladies participating and be sure to stop by and give them a little love as the week goes on!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Treasure Hunt Thursday #66 & Highlights

Another week has just flown by! Thank you to all who came to the party last week! There were so many awesome links and well I kinda went crazy with highlights this week!;) Please please please take word verification of your comments! I visited several posts from last weeks party and I will be honest if I don't get it right the first time I don't try for a second.  
Kristal from The Collected Nest shared her beautiful buffet and her equally beautiful home with us. Kristal just started blogging so be sure to stop by and welcome her! 

My Creatively Vintage Life shared this awesome mason jar project! 

Etheral Plus shared these yummy smores snacks! I think they look like acorns so I am putting this idea in my fall folder!

Decorating Ideas Made Easy invited us into her updated master! I just love her headboard made from an old door!

Denise from Pink Postcard shared this fabulous dresser make over!

As always thank you to all who partied last week! I am so truly honored to have such talent partying at my place! If you were featured please feel free to grab the "I've Been Featured" button!:) I have the newly updated button with html code on my sidebar! 

 What would be a HUGE help and encourage more comments not just from me but others as well would be for everybody to take off their required verification codes for leaving a comment. This seems to take just a few seconds of time but when you have to do it on 30 or more blogs it takes up a TON of time. Last week most everybody had turned off their Word Verification which made it so much easier for me to stop by everybody's links! Thank you!

Now on to this weeks party! 
As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours in your THT POST. Just common courtesy. If ya don't link back ya don't get to party. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please No advertising and PLEASE NO MORE than 3 links from the SAME party goer. Also NO MORE linking up to your own link parties. I am seeing more and more link ups of just people promoting their own linky parties. I know it takes time to go back and make a separate post to join the party but it is just the polite thing to do. If you find your post deleted it is not because I am a meany, I just have to make sure the rules are being followed. You can save some of your posts for the following weeks party!Please only link up new posts and not posts that you linked up the week before.Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun! If you are new around here I would love it if ya become a follower!:)

P.s. Next week there will be no THT because I am participating in Christmas In July! No worries though because you can stop by on Tuesday and link up to the  CowGirl Up party! I get to help host it next week so I am super excited! Your link will appear on 8 different blogs! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wishing for Fall

Whisper Wood Cottage is having a fall inspiration party so I thought that I would join in on the fun. With it being so hot out I am sure most of us are wishing for fall already!
I was honored when Porch Ideas & More asked to include me in an upcoming edition of their online front porch ideas magazine they publish every few weeks. I cant wait to see it!

This wreath I made with just odds and ends I had around the house from my fall stash.

I enjoyed decorating our fireplace last year with the new surround.

And of course I always have to throw in a little Halloween for the kiddos!:)

Don't forget to come back for Treausure Hunt Thursday tomorrow!

Monday, July 16, 2012

A New paint & A Reveal!

I was so excited last week when I got my hands on the new chalk based paint called La Craie by the Maison Blanche Paint Company

These colors are just fabulous ( color chart from their site) and when I saw them I thought that they looked familiar. I contacted Annie, yes another Annie, to get the low down. Annie H. teamed up with Autentico Paint Company over in the UK to bring La Craie here to us in the Us! I had seen Autentico paints back in the spring and was in love but at the time they were not here in the Us. 

I only purchased one quart and not in a fun color but in a color I needed. I know bummer!;)

I just love how pretty the cans are!

This color is called Le Bonne Terre and is so pretty. I would say it is a cross between AS Old White and Old Ochre. It looks more creamy than the color chart.

I did some samples to show y'all because I purchased a sample of Wrought Iron as well to see if it was a true black. The longer pieces are the colors with no wax and the shorter pieces are with clear wax. As you can see Wrought Iron is pretty much a true black!! I was excited to see that.

 I wanted to see just how this paint compared to my other beloved paints so I pulled out a project that has been patiently waiting in the garage.

Here is the full before. I decided to take the mirror apart instead of keeping it as one piece.

La Craie is thicker than the other chalk based paints out there which I like a lot. You can always thin it out if you need to by dipping the tip of your brush in some water. 

It went on as smooth as any other chalk based paint I have used and sanded out just as well too.

I decided to make a new mirror with the side mirrors. I just attached them together on the back with brackets. 
Yep, La Craie chalk based paint will be added to my paint supply for sure! The Maison Blanche Paint COmpany does not have the paint on their site yet to sell. They are still working on the site but if you go to their FB page you can find retailers where you can order it from. My local retailer has not even had a chance to get it on her site yet either. It runs $38.95 a quart.

And just in case anybody wants to know this is an UNSPONSORED post. Just my two cents about a fabulous new paint!:) I am working on teaming up with my local retailer for a giveaway because I liked it so much so stay tuned! I have to set up a give away page first though since that will be sponsored.

Linking up to the following Linky Parties:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday

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