Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mini Frame Christmas Tree…A True Family Tree

I know {{GASP}}…I said Christmas. It's not even September and I'm thinking about decorating for the holidays. Well, to be honest, I think about Christmas all year long. If I see something during my shopping travels that inspires me for a Christmas tree theme, I snap it up. You have to jump on your first instinct when you see something. If you don't, it will be gone.

I found these little beauties in Michael's Craft store for $1.50 each. They hold pictures 2.4" x 2.4" or 2"x3". Perfect little size to fill a tree.

picture frame Christmas tree

My thoughts for a theme tree? Wait, listen for it…Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold. Can't you hear Burl Ives singing it now!

I just love the look of the antique silver and gold frames. I am going to print pictures of the whole family in black and white and fill the tree with the frames, silver and gold ornaments and other bits and bobs.

The frames in Michael's came in four different styles in each cold.

picture frame Christmas tree

I couldn't resist, so I bought them all. I had a coupon for 20% off the entire order and I also had a gift certificate.

picture frame Christmas tree

I obviously, don't have the tree up and decorated to show you (that would scare you to death if I had it up in August, lol), but I'm sharing the idea with you today so that you can start collecting frames for your own tree.

If you already have smaller frames, you can spray paint them all one color or in the silver and gold theme too.

It's a true "Family Tree" with all your loved ones on your Christmas tree.

Hope this inspired you for this upcoming holiday season. For more ideas you can click HERE for my Christmas Home Tours I've shared over the years.

Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tips to Organize Electronics and Chargers While Traveling...

We all have electronics…smart phones, tablets, computers, cameras, kid's gaming devices etc. Keeping them organized at home is one thing, but wrangling them for traveling is another. We drove to Florida and moved Kelsie in to work at Disney. Hotels were our home for 10 days, so I wanted to share a few things I did and learned to organize all the "stuff".

These were a few things. You might have different devices, but the tips will work for anything.

electronic charger organization

Simple things to make your travels go a little smoother…

Monday, August 25, 2014

How To Shorten URL Addresses for Twitter, Facebook, Texting etc...

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, texting, blogging, emails etc…they are all "the way of the world" right now. When it comes down to it, it's all about sharing. We share websites, videos, links and more.

Today, I want to share an easy way to shorten all those URL address links that we send to everyone or use in social media….especially Twitter with the 140 character limit. You could use up all 140 characters with one long URL address. (*edit…twitter shortens links automatically, but if you want to customize your own with your website, company or brand this tutorial will help).

Shortened addresses are easier to share and have a less chance of breaking when they are not too long. My daughter Courtney told me about Bitly. It's fast and easy to use, so here is a quick tutorial to show you how.

how to use bitly

Come in to see how easy…

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Party...

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hiding Rental Apartment Vertical Blinds...

Hi everyone! Our daughter Courtney and her fiancĂ© Courtland moved into their new apartment a few months ago. It's a great apartment, but with rentals there are certain things you can't change…one being vertical blinds.

We bought pre-made curtains and sheers at Ikea and used curtain rods I already had from my house, so the transformation only cost $30.00. The drapes were $25 and the sheers were $5.00

The pictures aren't great in some shots, because the sun was so bright coming through the window it made things dark in the photos, but you'll get the idea.

Here's the before…

The vertical blinds open and close from the right side. We could have just put up the curtain rod and hid the blinds behind the right panel, but Courtney also wanted the sheers up along with the fabric panels.

We could have done that, but that would have required a double rod system and mine was only a single rod. Her window is long and the double rod styles are pricey.

hiding vertical blinds

Here's the after…sorry this is a dark picture

hiding vertical blinds


Sheers on the vertical blind rod and the cotton panels on the black rod. The black rod is just above and in front of the vertical blind rod, so it hides it a little.

hiding vertical blinds

Come on in to see how easy this is to do…

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