Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pretty Petals!

I'm ready for spring and warmer weather!!!  I decided since the weather was not cooperating, I would add some spring into my house!!!  I made some pretty petals, and it only cost me $1.75.  Yep, you heard me correctly $1.75. 

Take a look at my Pretty Petals!  Do ya want to know how I made these?  It's a super easy peasy project!



Here is the list of items you will need:
3 sticks from your yard, and if the weather has been as windy as it has been in NC, then you should not have a problem finding any. 
3 aluminum soda cans.  I got mine at work
1 bucket. Michael's has them for $1.00
3 candles.  Wal-Mart has them for .25 each
Floral Foam
Chalk Board paint. Only if you want to paint your bucket.
3 thumb tacks
Glue gun
Gorilla Glue


I put chalk board paint on my bucket. 


Cut your soda cans a little more than half way down.  I used my gloves, so I would not cut my fingers.


I sanded the edges just a bit. 


I cut the can to make the petals.  I didn't measure where to cut.  I just cut.


Fold the aluminum down.


I tired to put a nail from the soda can to the stick, but it didn't work.  I decided to use my Gorilla Glue to hold the can to the stick.  Wait a while for the glue to dry.  This is a good time to put a second coat of chalk board paint on your bucket.

After I glued the stick to the petals, I started to think about how I was going to get the candle to stay on the petals (since the nail did not work for me).  I didn't want to glue the candles to the petals, I decided to call it a night and think about it.

The next day at work the idea hit me.  I was going to use thumb tacks! 
I used my glue gun to attach the tacks.  


I cut the floral foam to fit into the bucket and put my sticks in the foam.


I used some moss to cover up the foam and wrote spring on my chalk board!




Now I have some spring flowers in my house!  So take that Mr. Weather!



All of this beauty cost me $1.75.
I decided to put my flowers on my mantel.

What do you think?


See who I'm linking up with HERE

I saw something similar to this on the internet, and if this was your idea please let me know, so I can give you proper credit.

Winner, Winner, and Shout outs from Get Your Craft on Thursday!

We have a winner!  Thanks to Lynette at Lynette's L.AM. Blog. She has a wonderful ETSY shop Xpres Urself if you haven't been to her shop you need to go and pay her visit. 


Drum roll please..........  The winner is.................



Now for some shout outs during Get Your Craft on Thurs.  I swear y'all amaze me every week!  If you haven't been to the party please check it out HERE..  You have to see what everyone has done.  If you would like to join the party please stop by on Thursday!




Look what Jennifer at Backyard Hive made.  Now isn't this the cutest?  



Beautiful table from A Very Blessed Nest



Lovely candle sticks that I will be making from Drab to Fab.

Please join me next week for another great party "Get Your Craft on Thurs."

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 26, 2010

You gotta love the Verizon 3G network and the beach!!!

Hey guys,  I thought I would do a little post on my way down to the beach!!  Yep, I'm heading to our beach place.  I'm on interstate 95 using my Verizon 3G network.  It's soooo stinkin cool.  To even prove it I made Steve take a picture while we are driving.  He is such a good sport.  He didn't even take his eyes off the road.

Here I am uploading these pictures.


We are going here to relax!

And maybe see a few of these.


and enjoy the ocean.


We might even do a little Goodwill shopping!


And hopefully, come back with a cart load of stuff to do more crafting.


Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. Do you think verizon will take a little bit of money off my bill for giving them a shout out????  Probably not, but it is too cool.

Welcome Friday Followes!

Welcome Friday Followers!  I'm joining The Trendy Treehouse!!!

Please have a look around..  I enjoy everyone's visits..  I host a pary every Thursday, called "Get Your Craft on Thurs." and I would love for you to join....  It's a fun time!

Here is how it works....

Add your blog link to the MckLinky you will find on Trendy Treehouse's Post ~ Remember to leave your blog name under Your name.
Follow Trendy Treehouse ~ They will follow you back
Grab the Follow Me Friday Button for your blog ~ so more people can share in this FUN!
Follow other Blogs that have linked up ~ Don't forget to comment saying that you are now following them and visiting from Follow Me Friday so they can find you!
The more you follow, the more will follow you! It's that easy!
This is for blogs only ~ no advertising links please! Have fun!




I've also gotten a few awards, and I need to thank everyone that has given them to me!








Have a great weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Get Your Craft On Thurs. #6 and an awesome GIVE-A-WAY

Frist Things First!

I have my first sponsor which is Lynette. Her blog is Lynette’s L.A.M Blog, and she has an ESTY shop called Xpres Urself. So, what does Xpres Urself sell? Xpres Urself sells, “Custom made boards, tiles and wall decor that are unique and unlike all the other's you've seen - because you are the designer and I make your designs come to life!!”


Xpres Urself will be giving away this cute Easter Tassel. Isn't it just to die for?

If you would like to win this wonderful Easter Tassel click HERE



Now let's Get Your Craft On Thurs.

RULES are very simple: Link to a specific blog post and not just your blog and don't forget to visit other participants and leave a comment. Please make sure you grab my cute button below (the code is on the right of my side bar), so everyone will know where to link to. This week let's comment to the person who has linked ahead of you! If you are the first to link comment to me, if you are the 2nd person comment to the person above of you which would be 1, and so on. Let's show the love. We all love comments!

Get your craft on Thurs.


Here's Mr. McKlinky:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Look at these cool frames!!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Click HERE to Enter! It's sponsored by Lynette at Lynette's L.A.M Blog, and she has a wonderful ESTY shop called Xpres Urself!  If you haven't been to her shop it's a most!


Now on with my post!

As most of you know, I'm the assistant coach for my daughter's middle school basketball team.  You can go HERE to see how I became the assistant coach, and HERE to read about the tournament.


We are going to have a banquet for the girl's so, I thought it would be neat to make some frames for the girls as a keep sake.



Isn't it way cute?  I think so!

Now let's see how I did this!

I bought 12 frames from Michael's

12 wood frames $1.00 each
12 pictures printed at CVS .28 each
Black spray paint ( I started to use the expensive paint, but realized I had 12 frames to do!  What was I thinking?)
glue gun
12 tags (got from my sister)
2 spools of basketball ribbon (my mom got for me.  I couldn't find any ribbon where I live.)


I spray painted each frame with 2 coats of paint front and back.


I got out my stamps and distressing ink.


I distressed each tag front and back.


I stamped one side with a basketball and the other side with the girls number.


I tied the ribbon to make a bow, and used my glue gun to hold the tag.  I put a dab of glue to the back so the tag would stay..


Didn't they turn out great?  Don't you love what paint can do?




I made 9 frames and ran out of ribbon! I searched and searched with no luck, so what did I do? I called my mom, and guess what she found! Yep, she found me some ribbon! Thanks mom!

I'm linking to a few parties.  Click HERE

Monday, February 22, 2010

Spring Fling Gift Swap! We have our partners and a Giveaway!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!  Click HERE to Enter!  It's sponsored by Lynette at Xpres Urself!
 
 
 
 
Spring Fling









I'm so excited about my 1st "Spring Fling Gift Swap".  I have picked everyone's partners.  This is going to be so fun.  Thank you so much ladies for joining in the fun!

Little Lizard King and Too Blessed to Stress

Lynette's L.A.M. Blog and Mama Thompson

Blondie's Journal and Made by Stephie

A Little Nick Knack and In My Free Time

Me and My Bucket and Life As Lori

Adventures and Gadget and LA Girl Sweet Tea

Don't forget the rules:

  • You need to spend a minimum $25.00 on your gifts for your swap buddy and they will do the same! This does not include shipping! (You can even make them something really neat as well.)


  • The theme will be all things spring, so your gift should pertain to spring… 

  • Put your goodies in the mail no later than March 5th.  It is very important to put your gifts in the mail  March 5th.  This way we can all start receiving our gifts around the same time.

  • Each blogger should do a post on what they received from their partner the week of March 8th. I will put Mr. MckLinky up so you can link your gift and others can see what you received. I’ll put Mr. MckLinky on March 8th and leave it for about a week or so.
Now let's have some fun!!!

I can't wait to see what everyone receives!!!

Dry erase board/calendar!

For some reason this year, I have been very slack with buying a 2010 calendar.  Don't ask me why I just have.  I saw this over at Mad in Crafts, and thought to myself what an easy way to make a calendar.  So here's my verison.

What you will need:
8.5 x 11 picture frame
Calendar -  I printed mine from Excel
Spray paint
Scrapbook paper
Hole puncher
Tape
2 hooks for the calendar
Drill
Staple Gun

Here's the picture frame I started with.
Yep, it's very dirty, but as I've said many times I have to keep it real!!!
If your frame is dirty make sure you clean it off before you spray paint.



I took the picture and glass out of the frame before I started spray painting.


I used about 2 coats of glossy black spray paint.

Sorry, for the ugly grass!  I'm still waiting for it to warm up, so I can work in my yard.


I found some scrapbook paper that I wanted to use.  I taped the scrapbook paper to the picture.  I didn't want to glue the paper on the picture.  Just in case I want to change the scrapbook paper.


I put the glass back in the frame added the picture/scrapbook paper, and closed the back.
I then put the hooks at the bottom to hold the calendar.  I used a drill so the hooks would go in easier.
I screwed the hooks to the bottom of the frame, and then very carefully I punched holes through the calendar.  I used my staple gun and added ribbon to the back, so I could hang it up.





Voila!

I have a dry erase board/calendar!

I had the frame, spray paint, scrapbook paper, ribbon, and printed the calendar not at work.  Total price zero  dollars!

Click HERE to see all the parties I'm linking to..

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Advertising and a Giveaway!!!

Have you noticed something a little different on the blog? I made a place for sponsors. If you would like to become a sponsor of Life As Lori, just email me at lifeaslori@yahoo.com

Rates are really pretty simple. $5.00 a month. That's it. For every sponsor I receive, I will do a blog post introducing your business and directing my readers to your site.

Why advertise on Life As Lori? In the past couple of months Life As Lori has grown rapidly. I post nearly every day, and participate in link parties all over the web, which in turn drives traffic to the blog. On Thursday, I host “Get Your Craft On Thurs.” which is growing steadily as are my followers and subscribers.

Also, if anyone is interested in sponsoring giveaways on Thursday’s during my party “Get Your Craft on Thurs.”, please let me know. I'm all for promoting moms in business in any way that I can.

Please send emails to lifeaslori@yahoo.com. For advertising, please put "Advertising" in the subject and for giveaways, please put "Giveaway" in the subject.

I have my first sponsor and a Giveaway!!

I have my first sponsor which is Lynette. Her blog is Lynette’s L.A.M Blog, and she has an ESTY shop called Xpres Urself. So, what does Xpres Urself sell? Xpres Urself sells, “Custom made boards, tiles and wall decor that are unique and unlike all the other's you've seen - because you are the designer and I make your designs come to life!!”

Xpres Urself will be giving away this cute Easter Tassel. Isn't it just to die for?





Here are the rules for the giveaway:


Go to Xpres Urself look around and come back here and let me know what you like best. That’s one entry.
Follow Life As Lori and that’s another entry.
If you already follow please let me in your comment.
Blog about the giveaway and get another entry.
Please let me know in separate comments for each entry.

I will announce the winner next Sunday, February, 28th.



If you would like to participate in my Spring Fling gift swap, please click HERE. It’s your last chance to sign up. I will match everyone up tomorrow.


Spring Fling



Saturday, February 20, 2010

Featured Saturday!

I wanted to thank everyone for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs.  I love all the ideas I get from all of my talented friends out here in blogland.  I do look at everyone's post.  Y'all inspire me!!!

Here are a few crafts that caught my eye, but I love all of the projects.  If you would like to see all of the party goers please visit the party HERE!



Look what Brandy at Home Sweet Home made for their sweet friend Saydria birthday.. It's the cutest?? 





Now you have to love this?  Kris at Shabby to Sweet made this out of paper Lanterns.  She's a  very patient lady.  I would have totally lost my mine.

If you looking for a fun project for Saint Patrick's day you need to visit Lulu's Tiles.


These are just a few projects, but there are so many other great project at my party, so please stop by and visit the PARTY!

You still have time to be a part of my Spring Fling gift swap.  To find out the details please click HERE

Spring Fling



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