February 29, 2012

Keep Up with Tattered & Inked!!

First off,

I need to give you guys a HUGE Thank You for making it so that Tattered & Inked now has reached 1000 Followers!!

That's sooo exciting to me because when I first started, I had NO idea what I was doing and NO idea of all the amazing people I would meet, all the astounding amounts of inspiration that was out there and NO idea that I would love you guys and love blogging so much!!

So I just have to tell you how much it means to me that so many of you join in on my creative moments and keep me feeling loved and supported :)

Basically, you guys are the best!

I can't wait to start celebrating with some fun giveaways- so stay tuned!

Speaking of staying tuned...

I've said it about a million times now but tomorrow marks a big difference here in the blogging world when Google Friend Connect goes away for non-blogger blogs.

Sad times :/

And eventually it'll be faded out for all of us so I wanted to make sure that I don't lost any of my amazing followers.

There are SO many ways to follow- just pick your favorite to keep plugged in!!
Here's the ones offered on my sidebar:

are all offered via my social icon buttons!!

I'm always talking about something on my FB page and my Pinterest boards are evergrowing!!
Google plus is taking some time to get used to though, but I'll get there :)
And subscribing via RSS is always an easy way to go.





I also have an easy email subscription button hanging out over there if you'd just rather get updates sent to your inbox!


Linky Followers is all the rage right now and super easy to sign up for and follow through!
I love that you can categorize your blogs too :)

Just hit 'follow me' on the box on my sidebar to get started.


So there ya have it guys!!
Bunches of ways to stay connected with the craziness over here :)

Have I mentioned how much I love having you guys as followers???

I know, I know.
I'm stopping now :)

Hope to keep seeing you around- Happy Early First day of March!!!!


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My Charming St. Patrick's Wreath

It's March 1st tomorrow!!!
Can you believe that February is already over??

I'm excited because March means spring break...and my birthday :)
So it's always a fun month.

What are you most excited about for spring???

I love St Patricks Day because it's the first holiday that really starts bring spring colors in.
I love seeing fresh green everywhere and since green isn't usually in my colors, I love getting the chance to play with it!!

I'm not big on spreading 'luck' everywhere so I racked my brain trying to come up with other words that could be used for St Pattys...

and I guess you'll have to wait a sec to see what I chose :)

I decided to go with a different wreath base this time around because I had a fun grapevine wreath kicking it in my garage from Goodwill.
A mere .50 cents.
Love a good steal!

And amazingly enough, it didn't even have anything hideous to pull off of it
 (which is usually the case)
It was just in plain, somewhat shabby, form.


I trimmed him up a bit and then got out a ton of supplies.
Does anyone else craft like this?
I usually get out pretty much anything I could see myself using and then get to work.
I use probably about a 1/4 of what I get out...but I can see everything and know what works and what doesn't.
It's my little process :)


I ended up using just a few things to make my flowers and embellishements:
*Green T-shirt
*Sheet Music
*Twill ribbon
*Wooden Discks
*Scrapbook Paper
*Green printed Ribbon
*Buttons

I used the t-shirt, music sheets and scrapbook paper to make my chunky four-leaf clovers.

The covered circles were some wooden discs I had that I wrapped the twill ribbon around and hot glued.
I had fun making different flowers and clovers and then hot-glued them to the wreath.


Since the grapevine wreath was more of an oval shape, I wanted to add something to the top too.
Cue in my St Patty's word I wanted to put on there.
I finally decided on 'Charmed' because I just kinda of adore that word :)

Doesn't it fit perfectly?


I made a fun little pennant banner out of scrapbook paper and then used some chipboard letters that I inked black to spell out 'charmed'.
The twill ribbon worked perfectly to string the little mini banner.

Aren't mini banners the cutest?



I 'm in love with all the textures and colors of green :)


Though these grapevine wreaths are finicky little creatures.
I don't think they're big fans of having things hot-glued to them :)

I had to work with it a bit to get all the pieces to fit nicely and not just fall off the crazy vines.

I ended up looping the ribbon on the banner through the vine and then hotgluing the ends together.




I think he turned out charming, don't you?

Have you made any fun St Patty's day projects recently?

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Tomorrow is March 1st which means that Google Friend Connect is offically leaving all non-blogger blogs!!

Even though I'm hosted by Blogger, I'd love for you to follow through any of the other ways I have available to you:
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February 27, 2012

Heading out of my Comfort Zone: Two-Toned Dresser Redo

Whew.
It's been a day.

And most definitely a monday.
Sorry this post is getting up so late...
Just a bajillion little things that led to having no time to sit down and chat it up here.
Until now :)

I've been dying to share my newest furniture redo with you guys and see what you think.
I'm pretty used to keeping it simple and within my 'comfortable' color schemes.
So I was excited to go outside my comfort zone and go in a different direction than I usually do.

A friend of mine offered me this dresser when her parents were moving and getting rid of some of their childhood stuff.
This dresser had seen better days so it came to live in my garage :)

Check it out...


So this guy hung around a bit until the weather finally allowed for some good painting to happen.
It took a bit for inspiration to hit but thanks to the back-up I got from my Facebook friends,
I decided to go with the beautiful grey I picked up at Habitat for five bucks.

I love the slatted design on the tops and sides.
And the grey was the perfect, silky hue for it.


While the first coat dried, I played with the hardware.
Changing the hardware wasn't much of an option for this piece considering I would have to do something about the giant holes that they live in if I did.
So I stuck with the original pieces.

The color scheme I had in my head didn't scream oil-rubbed bronze.
So I decided to just glaze the original brass.
It ended up with a nice worn look that I loved!

I used some black acrylic paint, brushed it on, and then gently wiped it off.
I didn't really wipe it off much to leave the look I wanted.
Once it dried, it was good to go.

Want to see the difference?


This is where I strayed off my normal path.
Usually, I'd go all one gorgeous color, maybe some distressing and glaze.
Or possibly some white accenting.

But I really liked the idea of keeping some of the wood color around.
But I wasn't head-over-heels in love with the color of the original wood.

So I decided to tape off the middle insets of the drawers after I painted them.
I painted the edges the grey color and then used painters tape to tape off the middle part.

I did let the grey paint dry overnight to keep it from lifting the paint right off though.



Here's where these guys came into play...
some of my favorite go-to helpers to get the job done :)


I used the pre-stain conditioner to prep the wood after I gave it a good sanding.
Then I brushed on my dark walnut mixwax stain.

Here it is after a couple of coats:


Ok.
So I did something crazy here.

Bear with me.

I decided that even with the walnut stain, it wasn't giving me quite the rubbed aged look I was going for.
I stomped around a bit trying to decide what was bothering me and then it hit me.

Umm. My favorite thing in the world.
It needed glaze.
Duh.
(that was my internal monologue in case you were wondering)

I brushed the glaze on and oh.my.gosh. I was in love.
Head over heels love.

Now, I'm not going to go crazy and do this on every piece from now on, but it was the perfect touch that this guy needed :)

Go ahead.
Check out the difference for yourself and tell me it didn't make it look a bazillion times better!


I popped the drawers back in, took my sander to it for a few minutes to give it a good distressing then sealed it with a protective wax to give it a buttery, satin feel.

Check him out now!!!!


Ahh!!
Isn't he soooo good-looking??


I admit, I was nervous there for a bit about how it was going to really turn out but it looks so much better in reality than it did in my head!!!

Don't you love it when that happens??


And just in case you need another glimpse of it's humble beginning, here's a quick reminder...


I'm in love with him.
And I hope someone else is too because, sadly, we don't have room for him in our house.

So he'll be finding a new, fabulous home to live in :)
(Why is it a he?? Really. Who knows. It's how I picture it.)



So spill it you guys.
I'm anxious to hear what you think about my newest venture.

Loving the two-toned or is it not quite your cup of tea??

I have a ton more furniture redos coming up so gear up :)
And I hope you're as happy as I am that Monday is finally over and we're that much closer to spring break!!

Love you guys :)
'Nite.


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February 24, 2012

Painted Duck-Cloth Pillows

Ooh, it's starting to feel like Spring around here guys!!!

We've had blue skies, 70-degree weather and gorgeous sunshine the past couple days and I am in LOVE.

Completely ready for spraypaint, capris and sunglasses season :)
How 'bout you??

I've been working on several furniture redos that I'm dying to show you...so be on the look-out.
You can see some sneaks as to what they are on my facebook page.

Onto today's project.

I have a slight love affair with pillows...
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with that love affair though.

And these ones I actually made :)
No stuffing placemats this time!

Wanna see what I came up with??


I had fun :)

Supplies:
*A yard of Duck Cloth (I got contrasting colors- a beige and dark brown)
*Sewing machine
*Stuffing
*Acrylic Paint
*Foam Pounces
*Stencils of your choice


I love this stuff.

I first used it back when I did my kitchen stool makeover and I'm super impressed with how it holds up- especially since a four year old eats there regularly!!
I swear, we spilled a big amount of spaghetti sauce and it came up!
So you know it's amazing :)

I found mine at JoAnns fabric and the label calls it 'duck cloth' and it just feels like drop cloth material.

So I picked up the two colors in enough yardage to do a couple pillows.

I decided I wanted to glam them up a bit with some vintage-y type painting so I printed out some stencils.


Oh yes.
I still love the whole 'keep calm and carry on' slogan and used it to inspire my 'be calm' pillow.

All I did was print out the designs, cut them out with my exacto knife
(yes I STILL do this even though I've entered about a bajillion giveaways for a silhouette. Sigh. Someday...)

I then used regular old acrylic paint to stencil them on with a little round pouncer.
Works like a charm.
You can also pour a little fabric medium into your paint to make it a bit softer but these aren't really for laying on so it didn't really matter.


To make my "H" pillow, I painted the H on and then used a paper doily I had to get the circle imprint.
I just laid it on the cloth and pounced some paint into the design.

Added a little bit of pretty :)


Once I was done painting, I got the sewing machine out and whipped some pillows up :)

I love the contrasting brown on the back!!

Here's my 'be calm' one in all it's glory:


Isn't he cute?
I took some fine-grit sandpaper to the paint to rough it up a bit to give it more of a vintage feel.

And the same to my little "H" pillow:


I just love them!!
I always love having a fun pile of pillows and these are a fun addition :)


What do you think?
Need some more vintage pillow eye candy in your life??

&
Are you excited for Spring like me??

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February 22, 2012

Linky Followers Blog Hop: Round 2

We're at it again folks!!
Google Friend Connect will be going away next week so it's time to start making sure you have all your favorite blogs in a place where you can read them :)

In case you missed it last week, here's the scoop:

GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT
will be discontinued on Feb 29 for any one that is not with blogspot, and rumor has it that it is being completely phased out for everyone soon

BUT

There is a NEW awesome tool–Linky Followers
It has so many amazing features (that GFC never had). If you have not signed up you should. (And you can have GFC and Linky together). You will LOVE the new features!!! I'm digging' 'em :
In honor of the new Linky Follower craze, Cheri from It's So Very Cheri is hosting a LINKY FOLLOWER PARTY HOP.

Here are the RULES:

 

1. you MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.


If you see that your link has been deleted you need to add the LINKY FOLLOWER tool to your site and then come back over and re-enter your link
{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS toolto participate in this party hop.}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3. Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER–just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE. Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site. You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.

–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers(see rule #2)
It worked great last week and I've already found a ton of new Blogging buddies!!
Let me know if you have any questions :)
Oh and one last thing: please, pretty please, make sure you have enabled your email to be attached to your profile!!! I try to respond to all of your comments but I can't when blogger says you are a 'no reply' blogger!!! So please go into your settings and make sure you can be contacted back!!! I hate not being able to answer some of your questions!!!
 
Love you guys!
 
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Closet Transformation with a Little Help from Elfa

First off,
I should probably tell you guys that I am NOT in any way being asked or paid to do this post :)

I was simply SO excited about finally getting my closet usable and organized again that I absolutely had to share it with you.
Cuz I love you guys and all.

So now that that is out of the way,
let's move on to the disaster of the closet I was working with.

We have tiny closets in our master but at least there are two of them so that we each have one.
That's our saving grace.
But I may have a tiny bit of a shopping problem.
Ok a big one :)

I love clothes and I love finding good deals...and I love love shopping.
So that's a problem when one has a super tiny closet with just the one hanging rod and shelf.

Need proof?
Check it.


I had given up hope long ago.
Thus all the clothes sitting in piles on the floor.

It's kind of horrifying to show you these pictures.
I guess it's a test of my trust that you'll still love me, huh??

So lovely hubby promised that he would get it installed for me and he and my dad worked all this past saturday picking it up and getting it installed.
I love them :)

So they headed to The Container Store to grab my already pre-ordered Elfa.
(Me and mom had gone in a couple weeks ago to get it designed for my closet!!)

Here it is in process:

If you want a great tutorial on how to install it and why it's so much better than the stuff you can get at Lowes, check out The Borrowed Abode's tutorial on putting hers in.
It's great.


It really didn't take them long at all.
The longest part was actually me sorting through my clothes to figure out what was going where and what to get rid of.

Simon enjoyed being right up in the middle of everything, as usual.


Are you ready to see what I could do with it after???


Ah. Bliss.

This corner of my room is so dang hard to get a picture of.
But the difference is amazzzzing.
(Yup, it totally deserves all those z's)


Can you believe such a tiny space can hold all that??

The greatest thing about The Container Store is that the Elfa specialist draws up plans for your EXACT space and designs it down to how many drawers, shelves and rods you want to get in there.

You can also add shoe racks, wood trim and valet hooks to any of the systems.
I was SO excited when I saw it all drawn up.

And those drawers hold a TON of clothes.
I hoard jeans and those middle two drawers were able to contain all of them.
That's a feat.


I was able to get three hanging areas- one for just shirts and blouses, one for dresses and skirts and the last small area for dressy shirts and tanks.

Everything else tucked into drawers or into baskets sitting on the shelves.

It worked wonders!!
Check out the side by side views:


I'll admit,
I've kept the closet doors open just to look at for the past few days.
I'm an organization junkie.

And to answer the question I know is coming...
Yea...it's a little pricey.
But get it when it's on sale and sit back and sigh in relief when you don't have clothes attacking you from all angles when you reach in to grab something.
It's totally, 100% worth it.

The MAJOR perks of using Elfa:

1. You get it designed exactly for your space so it utilizes every inch of your area you want to use.

2. It's incredibly easy to install- no millions of screws or anchors.

3. It's moveable so it can grow with you. (perfect for kids so you can rearrange it as their clothes grow!!)

4. It has tons of options for drawers, shelves and rods- and you can dress them up a bit with wood accents.

5. They're incredibly durable- hubby pulled down on the rod with all his strength and it wouldn't budge (and he's strong!!!)


No. More like 145,799,553% worth it.
That should seal the deal, right?

What's your biggest problem closet??


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