“what is it?” #153 – the answer

You all have become way too adept at our guessing game!

This week our item is a vintage steamer trunk, and we did crop the strap of it to try and tease you, but to no avail.

These babies are awesome for storage, of course, but we love them as side or coffee tables, too!

To read this week’s guesses, scroll down to previous post, and then click the comment heart.

Thanks for playing, come back to play again next Wednesday. (Happy weekend!)

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“What is it?” Wednesday #153

 

Welcome back to play “What is it?” Wednesday!

 

Ready to play?

Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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book giveaway!

Our blog and magazine followers know how much fun we have giving away fun products. Today proves to be no different! :-)

Enjoy the fun reviews Noelle wrote of our two giveaway books, and then hop on the “click here” links to enter for a chance to win! Good luck!

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DIY Chalkboard Crafts

by Lizette Schapekahm Adams Media, adamsmedia.com 

Remember chalkboards? In this new world of smart boards and tablets, I’m not even sure if an actual chalkboard is used in classrooms anymore. In spite of that, chalkboards are still enjoying some time in the spotlight.

Chalkboard paint can be used on pretty much any surface, which equals many crafting possibilities. A few coats of paint and a stick of chalk and you can turn nearly anything into a fun message holder, clock, garland, or bookends. Make personalized coasters for your next party, a fun faux slate serving tray, or a sweet and customizable Advent calendar. You can transform everyday household items, garbage picks (we know you do it), and everything in between.

There are clear instructions and photos for every project, as well as a list of tools and helpful hints that will get you chalkboarding in no time.

For a chance to win this book, click here!

 

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stylish weddings:

50 Simple Ideas to Make from Top Designers

by Jenny Doh, Sterling Publishing, larkcrafts.com.

The flowers have bloomed, the air is warm, and that time has arrived: yes, spring (duh), but also wedding time! June is the month of brides, and if you know of any, this book will really come in handy. Heck, even if you don’t know a single bride-to-be, there are still beautiful, simple, and cost-effective projects to craft for everyday occasions.

These days, wedding trends are skewing more towards handmade tradition. Brides and grooms want their own touches and family values woven into their ceremony and reception. This is where you can’t beat homemade; you have complete control over your final product.

Label the bride and groom chairs with funky vintage frames and chalkboard paint. Galvanized favor tins are a cinch to make and are a great way for guests to remember your special day. Rose and cabbage vine garland is a fun way to add a bit of earthiness to the ceremony.

The book is divided into sections based on designer and wedding style, which include a Farm Chicks Wedding, a Natural and Organic Wedding, a Vintage Glam wedding, a Romantic and Pretty Wedding, a French-Inspired Wedding, and a Rustic and Elegant DIY Wedding. There are tips from each designer, like ways to cut costs, and all the instructions are easy-to-follow with lovely photography.

For a chance to win this book, click here!

the big egg hunt

Fabergé, the world’s most iconic artist jeweler, is the proud sponsor of The Big Egg Hunt, a charity initiative to take place in New York this April, similar to the one held to great acclaim in London in 2012 (see photos below). Over 200 egg sculptures, each individually created by the world’s leading artists, designers and creatives, will be displayed across the city for three exhilarating weeks.

The event is 100% charitable, raising money for children in New York City through Studio in a School, and conservation efforts through Elephant Family, saving the endangered Asian elephant and its habitat.

This April, the project will see up to 300, 2½ foot tall egg sculptures, designed by globally renowned artists and designers hidden in Manhattan during the Easter period. Designers include the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Ronnie Wood, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber, Zaha Hadid, Peter Beard, Carolina Herrera, Jacques Torres and William Wegman, the eggs will be “hidden” in public places across all five boroughs, with a magical fairy tale taking hunters on a journey to find them.

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In partnership with Sotheby’s, the highly collectable sculptures are auctioned at the end of the event, raising substantial funds for economically disadvantaged children and critically endangered wildlife.

Studio in a School is one of New York’s most respected children’s non-profits, bringing visual arts and professional artists to more than 150 New York public schools each year. The event will equally benefit Elephant Family as they continue to race against the clock to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction.

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KEY DATES
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt – April 1st – 26th 2014
All eggs nest together in one location– April 18th – 26th, 2014
Grand Auction – April 22nd, 2014
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt closes – April 26th, 2014
For further information, please contact The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt team on info@thebigegghunt.org

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Welcome wall hanging

Variegated cotton floss and bright felt is appliquéd into a spring banner that welcomes friends and family. Featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Create & Decorate, we are also sharing this project online for you. It’s perfect for all of this season’s celebrations!

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Welcome Wall Hanging designed by Barbara Swanson as featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Create & Decorate

 

materials

• DMC

–Size 5 Pearl Cotton Variations in No. 4022, No. 4047, No. 4073, and No. 4205

–Size 5 Pearl Cotton in No. 988 and No. B5200

• The Kunin Group Rainbow ClassicFelt: No. 6G4 Peacock, one square No. 051 Shocking Pink, one square No. 351 Yellow, two squares No. 458 Apple Green, one square No. 476 Pirate Green, one square No. 550 White, an approximately 22” x 25” piece No. 660 Baby Blue, an approximately 22” x 25” piece

• 1” plastic rings (two), Beacon Adhesives Quilter’s Choice Basting Glue, fabric marker, pins, ruler, scissors, sewing machine/ sewing needle/thread (Chenille needles work well for hand stitching)

instructions

For pattern, see PDF link below.

1. Cut flowers, flower centers, leaves, and letters as directed on patterns.

2. Use fabric marker to transfer motif placement onto center of Baby Blue felt.

3. Place a flower center on each flower, and use Basting Glue to hold in place. Secure centers to flowers using a blanket stitch and No. 4073 pearl cotton. Accent each center with a few French Knots as shown.

4. Use No. 988 pearl cotton and a chain stitch to accent leaf centers.

5. Layer letters, leaves, and flowers as shown, and hold them temporarily in place using Basting Glue.

6. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4073 pearl cotton to secure letters in place.

7. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4047 pearl cotton to secure leaves in place.

8. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4205 pearl cotton to secure pink flowers into place.

9. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4022 pearl cotton to secure blue flowers into place.

10. Use a blanket stitch and B5200 pearl cotton to secure white flowers into place.

11. Use fabric marker to mark a straight edge on Baby Blue felt at 3/4” above topmost leaves.Measure and mark side edges at 1/2” beyond leaves.Mark a shaped edge along bottom, leaving a 1/2” border. Trim Baby Blue felt along marked lines.

12. Place Baby Blue felt right side up on center ofWhite felt, and use Basting Glue to hold in place. Use a blanket stitch and B5200 pearl cotton to secure Baby Blue felt toWhite felt background.

13. Trim White felt, leaving 1/4” border showing.

14. Stitch a plastic ring near each top back corner for hanging.

Complete instructions and pattern available in a convenient printout here.

This project submitted courtesy of The DMC Corporation.

“What is it?” Wednesday #152

Welcome back to play “What is it?”!

 

Ready to play?

Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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“What is it?” Wednesday #151

Welcome back to play “What is it?”.

We PROMISE not to spill the beans this week! :-)

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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sneak a peek at the May/June issue!

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Create & Decorate magazine, May • June 2014

The May/June 2014 issue of Create & Decorate magazine (on sale April 8th) uses nature at its best for crafting and decorating this spring. Stitch your way to spring with our pretty Ladybug Picnic Jar Wrap— it’s a fun way to dress up all those jars you have hanging around (‘cause you know you do). Hook the Celebrate Summer Table Runner to welcome guests to your warm-weather table (finally!). Upcycle an old cigar box into the Vintage-inspired Nature’s Cigar Box—you can use all the found objects collected on your spring walks. Let other mediums inspire you as they did our editor, Beverly: she used one of Barbara Bunsey’s painted Fraktur Napkin Ring Holders patterns and turned it into a beautiful punch needle! Create & Decorate offers so many creative possibilities—don’t limit yourself!

Want it now? Pre-order your copy (and peek at of some projects) of this issue now … HERE!