Friday, June 23, 2017

National Pink Day!!!

What?  A WHOLE day celebrating the BEST color in the world???  Yep, National Pink Day is actually real, but I must admit, I didn't realize it until I saw a friend post it on Facebook.  Is it weird if I put a reminder in my phone so I won't forget this glorious day from now on?  Ah, who cares...it's National PINK Day!  So as I was doing a "National Pink Day" google search, I came upon this very interesting information straight from National Day Calendar about the history of the most fabulous color ever:

"NATIONAL PINK DAY

National Pink Day is observed annually on June 23rd.  This day is set aside for the color pink and all it represents.
First used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color which got its name from a flower of same name.
According to surveys in both the United States and Europe with results indicating that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood and the romantic.  Pink, when combined with violet or black is associated with eroticism and seduction.
Dating back to the 14th century, “to pink” (the verb) means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern.”
It would have been curious to find pink used in fabric or decor during the Middle Ages.  Occasionally it was seen in women’s fashion and religious art.  In the 13th and 14th century, the Christ child was sometimes portrayed dressed in pink, the color associated with the body of Christ. Pink was mainly used for the flesh color of faces and hands during the Renaissance.
The Rococo Period (1720-1777) was the golden age for the color pink. Pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe during this time.  Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, was known for wearing the color pink, often combined with light blue.  At one point in time, Ms. Pompadour had a particular tint of pink made specifically for her.
Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England.  The men in England wore red uniforms and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink.
Pink became much bolder, brighter and more assertive in the 20th century and 1931, the color “Shocking Pink” was introduced.
As one of the most common colors of flowers, pink serves to attract the insects and birds that are necessary for pollination.

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  • In the pink – To be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
  • To see pink elephants – To hallucinate from alcoholism.
  • Pink slip – To be given a pink slip means to be fired or dismissed from a job. First recorded in 1915 in the United States.
  • Pink-collar worker – Persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as  “women’s work.”
  • Pink Money –  the pink pound or pink dollar is an economic term which refers to the spending power of the LGBT community.
  • Tickled pink – means extremely pleased.

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HOW TO OBSERVE
The most apparent way to celebrate is to wear pink.  Enjoy foods and beverages that are pink.  Give a donation to any of the charities that use the color pink.  Use #NationalPinkDay in social media.
HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Pink Day."


So, I find it very appropriate that I unveiled my Sitting Room last night on my first LIVE YouTube event, since there is a strong presence of pink in that room.  In case you missed it, here is the video:



So, put on some pink and go celebrate one of the most fabulous days of the year!!!!
Thanks for stopping by.




Friday, June 16, 2017

Jazzing Up an Old Family Photo

As I continue to put the finishing touches on the sitting area outside my craft room, I thought I would share a little project I just finished.  Months ago I had this black and white photo of my grandmother (my Memaw) blown up onto canvas using Canvas on Demand.  It measures 30 inches wide by 40 inches long.  I love the casual glamour of this picture of my Memaw.  She was an incredibly special woman in my life, whom I miss very much.


After deciding where I would display it, I had the idea of glittering her corsage.  I would advise doing this kind of project on a copy and not the original of an old family photo.


The first thing I did was take an old paint brush and paint Mod Podge all over the corsage.


To add the sparkle, I chose extra fine glitter from Hobby Lobby.  The color is Petal Pink.  Isn't it fabulous?  Pink and glitter!!!


I generously sprinkled the glitter over the mod podged corsage on the canvas.  I then went back and touched up some places I missed with some additional Mod Podge and glitter.


 And...Ta Da!  Easy.  Done.  LOVE!




I love that little touch of something unexpected!  Thanks for stopping by.  Take time to "Prettify Your Life"!






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Patriotic Centerpiece in 30 Minutes

Happy Flag Day Crafters!  I have just the craft project to help you celebrate the day.

A few day ago I was strolling around Hobby Lobby getting supplies for my curtain project in the sitting area, and these centerpieces kept catching my eye:


I found myself thinking, "The height of this would look just right in my foyer.  I'm going to try this project."  So I bought a bunch of patriotic supplies and drove home to give it a whirl.  The supplies included several different lengths and types of patriotic floral sprays, glittery container filler balls, and some stars.



STEP 1:  Pick out a container.  I already had this glass apothecary jar at home that I purchased a few years ago at Hobby Lobby. 


STEP 2:  I also already had a piece of floral foam in my craft room that was the right size for the glass apothecary jar.  Yay, no cutting necessary!  I placed it inside.


STEP 3:  Begin adding the glittery container filler balls all around the floral foam until you about, but not quite, have it all concealed.




STEP 4: Start the design by adding your tallest pieces.  Now I am not a professionally trained floral designer.  I am self-taught in a lot of the crafting I do.  It may not be the "right" way to do things, but it's the way that works for me. 



STEP 5:  Now add the medium size floral sprays, spreading them around to make it pleasing to YOUR eye.






STEP 6:  Add a few statement pieces.  I bought these three foam, glittery stars...not knowing exactly how I would use them...but they are sparkly...and well me and sparkle have a relationship. When I got home, I noticed that one of the tips on the red star was broken.  So I cut off a small piece of floral wire and stuck it in the broken section and pushed the other end of the wire into the floral foam of the centerpiece.  With the other two stars I poked a hole at the end of one of the tips of both stars with scissors and stuck the floral wire in the holes and attached them to the floral foam as well. 



STEP 7:  At this point I covered the rest of the floral foam with the glittery container filler balls.


STEP 8:  Finish filling in the base of the centerpiece with the smaller floral sprays, again putting them in the centerpiece thinking of balance and of what makes you happy.




STEP 9:  Arrange it with a few other fun pieces.  The yellow truck with the fireworks is from The Round Top Collection Gallery.  They have a lot of super cute Americana and seasonal metal home accents.  Use my coupon code PYLRTCG for a one-time use, online only 20% off discount of your entire subtotal.  Click here to shop The Round Top Collection Gallery.




This is a super easy but impactful craft project.  I hope you give it a try!!!

Thanks for stopping by!





Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fabric and Metal...

Happy Thursday Crafters!



As I continue to work on my sitting area (see this previous post), a major part of my design showed up today.  The fabric and lining for the curtains!


Yay!  I ordered it all from Fabric.com and got a great deal!  If you need some fabric, check out that website.  They offer swatches too.  I've also purchased the curtain rod brackets, rod rings, pinch pleat hooks and pleater tape.  All that's left to purchase is the thread (didn't have the fabric swatch with me when I went to the craft store...grrr) and the curtain rods.  Can't wait to make these pinch pleat curtains with my mom next week!  We've made these curtains many times before using this tutorial my mom found online. 

Now onto another exciting tidbit.  I have loved The Round Top Collection metal home décor for YEARS.  The Round Top Collection Gallery has just uploaded their Americana products on the website for online orders. 


Please check it out, and don't hesitate with your purchases.  This merchandise is going to go fast.  Shop here, and use my one-time use, online only coupon code PYLRTCG to get 20% off your entire subtotal! 

Thanks for stopping by!





Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Decoupaging my Sitting Area

Hi Crafters!


Now that it is summer and our schedule has FINALLY started to slow down, I am tackling a project that has been on my to-do list (my mental vision board, if you will) for a LONG time.  I have an upstairs breezeway that connects the house with my craftroom.  My craftroom is the space over our garage.  It's a cute little breezeway where, as some of you may have seen, I hung my over-the-top pink chandelier.  Heck yea I brought that thing from Oklahoma!  And let's be honest, a pink chandelier isn't everyone's cup of tea.  Anyway, I've had big mental plans for probably over a year now for that space.  I want it to be a little area where I can sit and read my craft magazines or work on a bible study.  Just a quiet space.  Here's the before:


The door leads to my craftroom.  I don't know what the paint color is.  It was that way when we bought the house.  So my vision:  to decoupage all the walls in vintage dress patterns.  I saw this one time before on Pinterest about three years ago, and I fell in love!  I have a thing for vintage, and I love the texture and interest of decoupage.  The first thing to do was gather supplies.  I bought a large lot of vintage dress patterns on ebay.  I then bought a HUGE bottle of Mod Podge in GLOSS finish on Amazon and finished the supply list with a Mod Podge brush (love that thing) and a Mod Podge roller (I've honestly used my hand and brush more than the roller, but it's still nice to have if I need extra pressure.)



Then, I just started decoupaging.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to an area of your wall.  Apply the dress pattern.  Press down either with your hand or the roller.  Finally, apply a top coat of mod podge on the dress pattern.  Repeat.  Overlap for interest. 


It's an awesomely creative project to get your kids involved in.  My mini-me daughter had fun sorting out the pattern parts and judging the horrendous fashions of the seventies.  LOL.  Can't argue with her!  She also helped me with the larger and higher up pieces.


(Note that in this pic, the pieces below the window aren't dry.  That's some of the glue you are seeing, but it does dry clear!  Very forgiving!)  I will go back once I am done and tidy up the edges of the moldings and windows once I am finished.  It is a tedious project, but I CANNOT WAIT to see the finish product.  Stay tuned.  Next week, my mom and I will be sewing hot pink floor-to-ceiling curtains to frame the windows.  I also have a vintage picture of my very dearly missed Memaw that I had blown up on canvas that I will be adding to the room (after I glam it a bit).

This project is not for the wimpy.  Once you start, you ARE committed.  And before I get the question, the answer is: No, my husband doesn't mind at all.  He supports my creativity 100%.  And I may inwardly roll my eyes at those spouses that stifle creativity.  I will leave you with one last thought:


Pass it on!


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