I’ve been working on updating my blog for the past few weeks – well, actually I had to completely recreate my blog since my old blog at mamas*little*treasures was beyond updating – and one of the things that I’m focused on with this new blog is to share creative projects and DIY ideas with you. One of the ways to do that, in addition to the fun new projects I’ll be making and sharing, is to direct you to other creative bloggers. This week at the Favorite Things Blog Hop I found a few crafty ideas, but there are so many more amazing bloggers out here, you just need to take a bit of time to search them out. And the Favorite Things Blog Hop every Thursday is a great place to start!
from The Country Chic Cottage
The first one that caught my eye was this sweet and simple watercolor banner. I’ve made lots of banners for Vintage Mama’s Cottage, and they are so much fun . . . but I tend to get carried away and make my banners so elaborate, embellished with all kinds of ribbons, lace, buttons, and other stuff, that if someone wants to make a simple banner, well, mine are just overwhelming. They are really pretty, but maybe more than most people want to tackle. This one, however, is absolutely gorgeous and it is simple, easy, and perfect for just about any celebration you are planning. I’m going to try a few of these myself, so if you want to check out the complete tutorial for the EASY WATERCOLOR ART BANNER, visit The Country Chic Cottage.
from Simply September
These charming wall hangings jumped right out at me this past week at the Favorite Things Blog Hop because we are in the process of updating the paint and decor in our home and one of the ways we are trying to make things a bit brighter is with a few of these kinds of signs. Not only are they inspiring with their sentiment, but they pop right off the wall! Our house is a lovely older home which is absolutely perfect for our family (not the least of which is because I now have a HUGE studio / workshop for all of my design / sewing / refashioning work), but I think that the last time it was painted and decorated was in the 1980s. It has sweet country wallpaper border in every room, and the colors are rather dated as well. It’s not bad, it is just that we want to brighten things up a bit and make it ours.
We have painted a couple of the rooms but have so much more to do – one of the places that we have started is the front entry which has a regular old coat closet. So we took off the doors and painted the inside a cheerful shade of turquoise blue and trimmed it out in white. We have one of these kinds of signs ready to hang, I just need to find the right frame. That’s at the top of my To Do list! I love these signs from Simply September, and encourage you to check out her blog for the tutorial to make your own Farmhouse Signs.
from Flamingo Toes
This is not the first time I’ve found amazing creative inspiration from Bev at Flamingo Toes! This week I ran across her gorgeous Vintage Sheet Charm Square Quilt, and being an avid quilter for many years, and a lover of all things vintage, I was so delighted to see her quilt. I have a quilt that I designed and created from vintage hankies several years ago, and that was great fun searching antique malls, auctions, flea markets, and thrift shops for vintage hankies. Bev’s quilt was created from vintage sheets, and the designs are truly charming. I’m going to give this one a try this summer, as I’ve missed working on my quilts since I’ve been distracted with other projects. This one has inspired me to return to one of my favorite creative endeavors. If you are inspired to try your hand at making your on Vintage Sheet Charm Square Quilt, pop on over to Bev’s blog, Flamingo Toes, and check out her post. You’ll love it!
from Nap-Time Creations
And this one . . . well, I just can tell you how excited I was to discover Emily at Nap-Time Creations! Not only is she a mom and a blogger, she sews AND has written up this pattern for making an adorable tunic dress (which is another one of my favorite projects – designing stuff and then writing up the patterns so other moms can make stuff, too!) BUT she is also the mama of a beautiful daughter adopted from China. I absolutely have to get to know her! So I wanted to share Emily’s project and blog with you just in case you want to make one of these sweet little dresses for one of your girls. Another one of my goals for the next couple of months is to update all of the eBook patterns I’ve written and write a few more to share with you here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage. So much to do, and plenty of time if I can just keep myself organized and focused. In the meantime, I’m going to share some of the creative inspiration that I discover throughout the week, in between updating my blog and my Etsy shops. If you would like to visit Emily, her blog is Nap-Time Creations . . . and be sure to tell her Vintage Mama sent you!
I hope you enjoy visiting other bloggers as much as I do – I discover so many creative ideas and find that there is a great big world of women out here who love to inspire and encourage one another. Be sure to stop back again soon and see what creative inspiration I discover next!