Sunday, October 31, 2010

have a happy and funny Halloween!!!

I saw Layla do this on her site and had to do one for our family too. We do one every year for Christmas with the elves but I think this one is even funnier! The boys have made me replay it about 100x already! Hope you enjoy!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!
And Happy Halloween from our family to yours!

~Megan

Friday, October 29, 2010

is it too early for a Christmas candle?

I found my 2010 Christmas candle! And I may buy a few more to last me for next year it's just so yummy! Let me introduce to you (if you haven't already met) to Bella by Illume in Winter Berry...
The tin jar/can it comes in is cute enough to make you want to buy it, but then when you smell it, you are drifted off into a magical, holiday filled land (that's a picture of hubby and me on our first day back from the hospital after our first little one was born, his birthday was last week so I put up pictures of him around, wow we look young, and tired!)... I love the way it smells, I can smell it throughout the entire house which no other candle I've ever tried has done before...
This isn't the first Bella candle I've purchased. I have the Mandarin Woods which smells wonderfully as well but it's more of a spring and summer scent. My candle was just under $10 at Target. If you haven't found that perfect holiday candle yet, you need to try this one, it won't disappoint!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween weekend!

~Megan

Monday, October 25, 2010

momma cave.

Apparently mom caves are the next big thing, and why shouldn't they? Men dens have been around for a while now, my husband sort have has one, we tend to hang out in there with him though so he doesn't get as much alone time, but it is decorated for him in all of his favorite Gators, baseball, and golf memorabilia, and stores all of his trophies. I too made a room in this house for myself. I never considered it a mom cave until I began reading about it through blogland. It is supposed to be the dining room but we don't use a formal dining room so instead I made it into my studio, office, craft room, shop, whatever you want to call it.


I didn't bother cleaning it up too much for you. It is better organized in these pictures (if you would even call it that) than it usually is. most of the time you can't walk in here, the kids know not to step foot in here because of all the projects I usually have going on all at once, (you can see some in these picture). My hutch has become a storage area for all of the sweet stands I create...
I plan on painting this filing cabinet and eventually using it for storage. On top It's holding some items for the craft fair coming up (less than 2 weeks!)...
Here is where I hung my homemade magnetic chalkboard, and store more frames to be made into chalkboards as well. Tha cabniet in the corner is supposed to be a wine cabinet but we don't really drink wine, not enough to have a cabinet like that so I took out some of the dividers and plan on painting it and finding baskets to add to the "shelves" for storage...
Here is my table where you think I would create on but instead I prefer the floor, I know weird. I use the table to store odds and ends like my pens, scissors, notebook for new ideas, and parts of projects that need to be completed still...
some closeups...

Next to the filing cabinet I store some fabric, my board I paint on for projects, and some wood waiting to be painted...

Now you can see all of my storage problems... I have finished frames stored in a box, and my ribbon drawer is sitting on a chair because I have no where else to put it... I store things under tables...

On top of tables...
All of my packing materials are thrown into a corner...
I need a little help when it comes to storage pieces. While I was at HomeGoods the other day I snapped a few photos of some products that I think would help me in that department, and make my momma's cave just a bit prettier and organized looking... First I noticed the lamp, no it won't help me with my storage needs but it's pretty and I love France!...
Next I saw a few different boxes that I thought would be great to hold papers, materials, and a solution to my ribbon collection...

I thought this piece was neat and looked like a piece from an old house or little shop...
Even though this is supposed to be used for bills and whatnot, I think it could store my paper quite nicely and creatively...
Same with this one...
This could hold all of my scrapbook paper I have in a pile currently under the table...
I loved the mirrored front on this cabinet, look there's a red tag, must be on clearance too!...
Another red tag, I thought this could help hold my finished pieces and store things underneath in the cabinet area...
So there you have it, my unorganized, fun, creative, messy, desperately in need of more storage momma's cave! For a chance to win a gift certificate to HomeGoods to create you dream momma's cave visit Kate here, and Susan here!


~Megan

Monday, October 18, 2010

a new winner.

Remember my Finding Fall giveaway?

Well the winner never contacted me so I decided I would pick a new winner.

Let's try this again... And the winner is... #4 (by random.org), aka Lori.
Congratulations Lori, email me your address and I will get it out to you!

littleblueprints3{at}gmail{dot}com

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've been a busy bee! Did I tell you I'm doing my very first craft fair? It's in less than 3 weeks, and my oldest's birthday is this weekend so I've been busy planning and prepping for his party as well as getting things done in time for the craft fair... If you live in the Central Florida area come on out to the Lake Eola Craft Fair Nov 6&7. I will be located on Eola dr. somewhere (between Panera's and the playground), come say hi!

So posts might not be too frequent until I get everything done for the show, but I promise to make it up to you! And I will give you a sneak peek at what I've been working on later this week...

~Megan

Monday, October 11, 2010

dream book design.

Have you come across Dream Book Design yet? I just found this wonderfully cute little blog the other day and am in love with all of their projects! How can you not love this?...



Yeah they made that themselves! I'm finding myself browsing for old card catalog cabinets now! Go take a look for youself. You'll be glad you did!

~Megan

Friday, October 8, 2010

cookie exchange party.

I was thinking, how about we have a cookie exchange party here for the holidays?
Do you begin baking cookies for Thanksgiving or do you wait and save all baking for the month of December? When would you prefer to have the party? And feel free to link up any kind of desert, I won't limit it just to cookies... there's no such thing as having too many desert recipies! So let me know when you would prefer to have the party and I'll set a date, before or after Thanksgiving?
Have a wonderful weekend, it's been feeling like fall here with the chilly nights and mornings, yah!!!
~Megan

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

the early bird gets the worm... or a discount.

For the month of October all items in the shop are 20% off.... Be an early bird and get your Christmas shopping done before the big rush!




As always I would love to do a custom order for you... email me {littleblueprints3(at)gmail(dot)com} and we can design something together!

Visit me at Little Blue Prints the shop where you will find handmade, vintage inspired gifts!

~Megan

topiary balls.

Can you guess what it is in this picture I made?... As if the title didn't give it away already... yep I made my own topiary ball. It was cheap, easy, and didn't take too long to make...
You'll need some moss covered stones, styrofoam balls (both of these came from the dollar store), hot glue, and a knife. I painted one of the styrofoam balls first but since I had to carve into it it was kindof pointless in the end...
The bag of moss stones I found had 2 different sizes in them, some little ones and then some larger weird shaped ones... For the large ones to lie flat and keep the ball in a round shape, you will need to carve out areas to place the stone into...
Put some hot glue on the stone (the perimeter of the bottom works the best) and place in the hole you carved... the smaller stones most likely will not have to have a hole carved out for them but as you place them you will be able to see whether or not you need to carve something...
The end result... (this one was made with only small stones so no carving was needed)...
Here is the one I was making above, with the larger and smaller stones together...
Here's my inspiration photo and mine next to each other...





















I'm happy with the result!... I think I used about 6-7 bags of the stones for both balls (there are only 5 stones in a bag). The first ball I showed was using a small styrofoam ball while the bottom one was with a larger styrofoam ball. (inspiration photo from lonny).

~Megan

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Monday, October 4, 2010

from my inspiration files.


via lonny e-zine

One of my favorite vignette insipration photos... I recently did a project inspired from this photo. I'll show you what I made and how to do it yourself tomorrow!!!

~Megan