Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wood Connection Give-Away Winner!!

A big thanks to everyone who sent their pictures in for the contest!! 

And the big winner is....
Michelle Lowry!!! 

I loved how she added her own look to these simple blocks. It's an easy craft that anyone could make, but it has an extra cute flare!
Email me your address Michelle and I will send you your $25 gift certificate!




Here are some other really cute crafts that were entered... You guys gave me some great ideas!




Thank you so much again for all who entered the contest and started following my blog! And a big thank you to the Wood Connection for making this possible!


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Wood Connection Guest Blogger!

Today I'm a guest blogger over at the Wood Connection blog! I know you have heard me blog about them more than once, so you know how much I love that place! Come check it out!!

As a guest blogger, Wood Connection gave me a $25 gift certificate to give away on my blog to one of my lucky followers! It's simple... First you have to follow my blog. Then email me a picture of a St. Patrick's Day decoration that you have made. It can be from a past year or new and it can be from the Wood Connection or something that you came up with yourself. Just email a picture of it to me at shieldedhome@gmail.com. Winner will be announced on February 29th on my blog!



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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Have You Heard It's Valentine's Day?

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Don't you love this cute heart from the Wood Connection? This is actually supposed to be a conversation heart, but I like to put my own spin on things. :) Speaking of Wood Connection, only one more week until I'm the guest blogger on their website! Do you remember the $25 give-away?? Check it out!


Saturday we had a party with our cousins for Valentine's. When we have a party, we party the RIGHT way! Look at our cute table set up!


My cousin Britt made the cute cookie holder with the records. Our party theme was "All You Need Is Love". We will be posting all of the other pictures sometime soon on our cousin blog!


This is my cute Valentine, how cute is he!


Ummm... P.S. I made this skirt :) It's super simple and plain, but it's my first time ever putting a skirt together and using an elastic when sewing. So I think that is major crafting points!


I also made this cute hair clip. I show how to make one like it here.


Did I mention that for the party we made Valentine boxes? We are children at heart! I wanted mine themed Care Bears! To be honest, the rainbow took a lot longer than expected! I used wire to make the main body of the rainbow, then paper mached the rest. (For the paper mache, I realized that the best thing is one part flour to five parts water then boil the mixture.) The hardest part was making the rainbow somewhat even.


I found pictures of Care Bears on Google Images and stuck them popsicle sticks and punched them into the box.


I think that it turned out pretty cute!


Steven made his Gotham City from Batman. It ended up really cool! Especially for pulling it together in the last thirty minutes before the party! :)


I love how he graffitied the windows! And my favorite part is that he put the classic Batman light, he is really creative!



And look at my cute sisters! We took this pictures for Valentine's Day. Aren't they so cute!




These are the gorgeous flowers that my adorable husband surprised me with last Friday. I told you, he is the SWEETEST boy!



I hope you all have a great Valentine's! <3

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentines Crafts


Valentine's Day is almost here! And whether you are pro Valentine's Day or not, you have to admit that the decoractions are always so adorable!

I bought this wood frame from the Wood Connection. I painted it fire engine red and glossed it up. The white part is canvas. Walmart has packs of canvas for really cheap. The popular thing right now is the subway art, and I really wanted to have a Valentine's Day subway art.  All of the words are hand-written  and I used my Cricut for my cut-outs. I glossed the canvas after I finished writing and then hot-glued it to the OUTSIDE of the frame. I liked how it popped out.





Here are my glitter roses! I bought roses from Walmart. I usually get them from Dollar Tree, but these ones look nicer. I took Elmer's glue and outlined each petal then glittered it up! It was easy, just time consuming. These jars are sparkling cider jars that I have spray painted. The paint ran and I just didn't do it very well, but after I was done I thought it looked kind of cool, so I didn't do it again. Last thing I need to do is add ribbon around the jar.




Only a week left to Valentine craft!

Be sure to check out all of my favorite link-up parties!  :)

And spread the love, help me get to 50 followers by the end of the year!!
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Friday, February 3, 2012

If at first you don't succeed...

So remember that crazy blanket I made before? Well this is the second go around. I have to say, I have made significant amounts of progress! For one, I took Steven's advice: I made something a lot more simple. I figured that he was right, I needed to do something that I knew I could do so that I could build my confidence. It may be simple, but I love it!!!




Don't forget about the give-away for the month of February!!
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