Tuesday, May 31, 2011

a new giveaway.



Each month I will be giving away an idea board. If you need help with a room, maybe it's the whole room, maybe it's the finishing touches, I would love to help you with it. You may remember me giving away an idea board at the beginning of the year and I really loved doing it and helping someone find ideas to make their home more comfortable for them.

I think of my design style to be {New England farmhouse cottage eclectic}. So if you would like my help to make your home an expression of you, leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. I will announce a winner here on the blog June 15. If you would like more chances to win just announce the giveaway on your blog and send more people over. Good luck!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

winner winner.

Who's the lucky winner of the cottage charm giveaway? According to random.org it is lucky number 2! That also happens to be...

from A Cozy Cup of Tea. Congrats Kristina! Email me at littleblueprints3@gmail.com and let me know which pillow cover from the shop you wish to make yours.

A special thanks to Kim for hosting this giveaway! I'll be announcing a monthly giveaway on Tuesday so check back to see what it entails!

Have a happy and safe Memorial day!


Friday, May 27, 2011

new in the shop- bloomie pins.

New in the shop and just in time for summer, Bloomie pins. The perfect way to add a little something special to your summer outfits.

Each Bloomie has a pin and a hair clip attached to the back so it can be used it just about each and every way.

In your hair, on your shirt, on a bag, or even your sun hat.

Check out the shop and see all the designs. More will be coming shortly.


{Only one more day to enter the giveaway!, I'll be picking a winner on Sunday the 29th, so make sure you check in to see if it's you!}

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

lavender & rosemary.

I don't have a green thumb. Often everything I plant ends up dying, especially if it is in pots. But I had 2 pretty pots laying around that I wanted to use so I decided to create a mini herb garden. I fell in love with the scent of rosemary and lavender, especially together, so home with me they went.
Rosemary crowns the top while 3 lavender plants surround the bottom tier.

I've had this pot forever. I bought it back in college to create a coffee table out of. It's from Walmart and I've never been able to find another one.
This one came from Lowes about a year ago. It's actually footed but the foot is buried.
I hope they do well. I did this a couple weeks ago and there are already a few lavender blooms on a couple of the plants. I know they can be tempremental but I'm determined. The fragrance gives me motivation to keep them alive!
While I was potting my own little garden and I decided to spruce up my MIL's planters with some new flowers.

They look so pretty now!
Do you have any tips for herb gardens? Especially for lavender and rosemary? Please share!
{linked to parties above}

Monday, May 23, 2011

be my guest.

I recently made over our guest nook {an area in the nursery designated for guests to sleep, hopefully one day we will have a guest room}. Go here to see the before. My first inspiration was the vintage bird prints I hung over the bed with vintage clipboards.

I then wanted some fabric that had a lot of red but also blue and maybe other colors as well. I fell in love with this fabric when Sarah used it in the mudroom of her farm house. I was so happy when I came across it at Mary Jo's during a recent visit to my sister's.

It still felt off to me and I decided the art and large frame just didn't fit so this became...

I love my silhouettes of the boys and wanted to use them again. Their book paged canvas backdrop blends in well with the book paged wall and helps keep the wall from looking even more busy but still allows art to be hung.
A close up of the pillows and burlap trim. The coverlet is an antique find from a yard sale.

The side table was mine as a little girl. It used to be a vanity table and has a mirror too. It was transformed into a diaper changing table with my first son and now is being used as a night stand.

Some vintage books and my baby's cute little shoes.
Seriously Target as some really cute shoes for boys right now, {all of my boys received plaid shoes to wear for the summer, I love them}.

That's it. I'm so happy with it. I would love to devote an entire room for guests one day, when we don't have a baby in a crib, and use the same fabric on the pillows for some floor to ceiling drapes to add drama. One day. For now I'm happy...


{linked to the parties above}

Sunday, May 22, 2011

chalk paint giveaway.

Want to try some chalk paint that's been all the rage recently?

Then head on over to the Screaming Meme and let her know I sent you over for your chance to win some of your own and paint something yummy!

Good luck!


new in the shop and a giveaway reminder.

New in the shop, the Ryan pillow cover.

And don't forgot to register for the giveaway I have going on right now. Only 6 more days to get your name in the hat, a winner will be picked randomly on the 29th.

I've also been working on more shop goodies that will be receiving their own special announcement hopefully by the middle of this week.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

ruffles lamp shade & tutorial.

I've been wanting to create a fun lamp shade for our guest nook, and was finally able to do so a couple of weeks ago.

{Here's how}

You'll need:

a lamp shade {the thrift store is a great source if you're not wanting to gamble with an expensive store bought one}

some fabric of choice {I choose linen}

hot glue


sewing machine

First cut your fabric into strips that are at least twice as long as your shade is round, or as long as you can cut it. I cut mine about 2 1/2 inches wide.

Then with a sewing machine make them into ruffles by sewing a large stich down the middle and and then pulling one end of thread so they ruffle up.

Next begin to hot glue the ruffles onto the shade. I began at the bottom and made sure I began my ruffle at the shades seam. Also make sure you let your ruffle's edge over hang on the lamp so you don't see the shade's edge.
Continue to add ruffles until you reach the top of the shade.
Here is how the bottom and top will look with an overhang.
I cut my fabric as long as I could when I made the strips but it still didn't reach all the way around so I ended up with this. Just simply cut pieces long enough from an extra ruffle and glue in place to patch it up, this is the back so no one will see.
And here it is.
A detail of the semi-frayed edges {this is why I choose linen, plus I love the texture of linen}.
And how it looks with the light turned on, it's still a little dark but it's mostly for looks in this room.

A sneak peek of the almost finished gueast nook.

So there you have it. I'm not goona lie, the ruffles did aggravate me a little, maybe linen isn't the easiest to pull thread through I'm not sure but it did take a while. After that it was a breeze. If you create one of your own please share!


{linked to the parties above}

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

personalized summer totes.

I know Easter has come and gone but because of our great computer crash I was never able to show the Easter "baskets" I made for the boys. The main reason I'm still showing you is because they can be used year round, especially during the summer for the beach, summer camp, or overnite visits with the grandparents.

What you'll need:

fabric of your choice

tote bags {can be purchased at craft stores in the t-shirt decorating aisle}

iron on webbing sheets

design or letter templates


I used a pair of my husband's old shorts he got rid of a while ago, I loved the color and kept them in my fabric stash.

Decide how you want to decorate your bag. Since I was doing a monogram I choose a font on the computer, made the size to the size I wanted on the bag, and traced the letters onto the webbing sheet right off the computer {you can always print it out but the printer wasn't hooked up to the computer when I did this and I didn't feel like going through that}. You can always use some tape to hold it on the screen while you trace {also make sure it's a soft point pen so it doesn't ruin your screen}.
Iron your fabric onto the webbing and cut out your letters or pictures. For the sail boat I just freehanded the design myself.
Peel the back of the webbing sheet off and iron onto your tote bag. Wa~la.

I wish I had made the 'S' a little larger than the other letters. After I had them cut out I realized it wasn't as large as I thought it would be against the other two.

But there you have it, an easy way to personalize a summer tote for your camp/beach go'er. I think I may add some velcro to the tops also so it can close up completely. These could be used as personalized gift bags as well for a special someone's birthday present or any occasion.

And guess what? We got our computer back!!! Yeah!!! Bad news... Althought they said they would back up our data and transfer it back to our computer after it was fixed, not everything made it. Not sure how it didn't but all the photos I'd edited and had arranged in seperate folders are now missing. Anything and everything that was on our desktop before is no longer anywhere to be found on our computer. I"m pretty upset since all of my projects were in them as well as all of my favorite pictures of the kiddos. Oh well, live and learn. I'm taking an oath right now to keep all of our pictures on another removeable disk or whatnot from now on so I will always have them. But at least I can go back to regular blogging now!

p.s. I'm going to begin organizing all of the tutorials I've given on the blog into their own page which you can find at the top. There you'll be able to browse through them all and click on the image and go straight to it's own tutorial... I hope!


{this will be linked to the parties above}