Haven Conference 2014 Photos

The Haven Conference has been an annual event for me for the past three years and each time, I have the best time meeting up with blog friends I’ve known for years and others I’ve known but finally get to meet face-to-face. I don’t really have a recap to write about: fun times, amazing talent and creativity, lots of laughter and hugs, good food, awesome sponsors and generous swag and beautiful friends.

haven conference

Here are some fun photos … I always realize after the fact that I wish I had approached more friends, I wish I had taken more photos. 

Got silly in the FrogTape photo booth with my friend Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Susan from OhMy! Creative and Serena from Thrift Diving…

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Always good to hug my group of long time blog friends…  Roeshel @diyshowoff.com  

Pretty Handy Girl, Beneath My Heart, All Things Thrifty, Home Stories A to Z, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Sawdust Girl, Just a Girl, Thrifty Decor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Vintage Revivals and DIY Show Off. 

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Big fan of Jen’s creativity and DIY at The House of Wood! It was so lovely to finally meet!

and so sweet to meet Shayna from The Woodgrain Cottage and Krista from The Happy Housie…

Roeshel @diyshowoff

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Angelique from Where the Piggy Toes Go, Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog and me

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Carrie from Making Lemonade, me & Beth from Unskinny Boppy

No idea what I’m saying above but loved hanging out with a few my Anna Maria Island getaway girls. There’s still time to enter to win a dream vacation getaway here!

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Carrie from Making Lemonade, Diane from In My Own Style, me and Karah from The Space Between

For the first time, I even sweetened up my business cards…

DIYShowOff business cards

And got all star struck meeting a few celebrities too (not pictures is Tom Bury from Restaurant Impossible who loves FrogTape just as much as I do!). 

Me with Mike Holmes…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Mike Holmes

and rubbing elbows with Chip Wade…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Chip Wade

I met so many more that aren’t shown above, missed photo ops…bummer! I also think I’ve lost a few photos and will update as I find them because I did have the chance to get to know more fabulous blog friends not mentioned above.  And there were still so many friends that I didn’t have the chance to meet. I may have spied a few I was too shy to approach. Thanks to the Haven Team for pulling off such an awesome event and to the amazing sponsors for the generous swag! 

I’m not sure that there will be another blog conference in my future but I always look forward to connecting with you online! xo

Anna Maria Island Getaway

Anna Maria Island, Florida – a fun and relaxing getaway! Enter to win a dream vacation!

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I recently met up with a small group of blog friends for a relaxing retreat on Anna Maria Island.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida

The best part of any vacation for me (aside from fun times with friends) is the lodging. And this Anna Maria Island home rental named Sirenia Cove did not disappoint. 

Sirenia Cove, Anna Maria Island Home Rental

Let’s take a tour! Beautiful decor, four bedrooms (sleeps 12), three bathrooms…

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Fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living spaces…

beach house kitchen beach cottage living room beach cottage style beach cottage dining room

Plenty of quiet spaces…

beach cottage screened porch beach cottage reading room beach cottage shelving beach cottage crows nest

but lots of room for entertaining too AND right on the water (great location for boaters). 

Sirenia Cove beach cottage Sirenia Cove dock on the dock at Sirenia Cove

Beach cottage style. Happy, bright and colorful.

This driftwood whale is adorable...wanted to bring it home.

This driftwood whale is adorable...wanted to bring it home.
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Because I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, I was the fuddy-duddy who stayed behind house watching during some of the adventures; content to relax in this beautiful home and most days you could find me lounging and reading by the pool. No complaints from me. My kind of get-away. Few plans, low key, stress-free! Beautiful, comfortable surroundings. 

Sirenia Cove pool

It felt like a big birthday celebration with all of the gifts! We each brought some cute things to swap and Anna Maria Island businesses welcomed us with a surprise swag bag full of goodies! 

presents!

Plenty to do for my sight-seeing adventure seeking friends as well!

Anna Maria Island Beach The Anna Maria City Pier Anna Maria Island pier Anna Maria Island palm trees Anna Maria Island friend

Beautiful sandy beach, pier, shopping and restaurants within walking distance, kayaking and other fun excursions close by.

Anna Maria Island blogger retreat

Golf cart and bicycle rental for touring the island. Thanks, Fun and More Rentals!

Fun and More Rentals

Thanks SO much to Anna Maria Island Home Rental for the beautiful and tranquil accommodations.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida  

Thanks to Ford for providing local transportation. 

Ford Fusion

Looking for more pictures and details or to make a few new friends? Visit:
Kelly from Eclectically Vintage
Diane from In My Own Style
Beth from Unskinny Boppy
Karah from The Space Between
Carrie from Making Lemonade
Denise from The Painted Home 

These girls are so sweet and so much fun! 

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So what do you think? Want to go?

AMI dream vacation

How would YOU like to get away to Anna Maria Island? Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

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16 Fabulous Leather Tutorials for the Home

Hello there friends of Roeshel! My name is Corinna and I’m the blogger behind For My Love Of. I love my home, and the process of making it a beautifully decorated home. For the past 2 years I’ve been learning and sharing different DIY home improvement and decor techniques on my blog. It’s a fun journey and I’m hoping it encourages others to take passion in their homes too. My most recent obsession in home decor is leather, so I’m pretty excited to be sharing today’s post with you- 16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials for The Home!

*Please remember to pin from the original sources listed below.

16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials For The Home Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench
Might as well start big or go home, am I right? Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench by Mandi of Vintage Revivals. Incredibly impressive, using the fabric from one couch to create a sofa from bare materials! DIY Leather Herb Labels DIY Leather Herb Label by Chris Loves Julia. If you’re growing your own herbs, dress them up with cute leather labels! leather studded stump Leather Studded Stump by Anythingology blog. Everybody loves a good tree stump stool, and you can amp up a raw one with leather and upholstery tacks!

DIY Stitched Leather Stool

DIY Minimal Leather Stool Cover by Meg Kemner for Design Milk. Another fantastic stool, and so minimalistic! Personally, I think it could look really neat with colorful legs too! DIY (faux) leather accent pillow DIY Leather Accent Pillow by For My Love Of for The Love Nerds. For an easy touch of leather, and minimal tools, try adding a leather accent pillow!

hand sewn leather pillow tutorials

Pump up a basic pleather pillow with neon embroidery floss and some time and create a Hand Embroidered Leather Pillow with Pop of Neon by For My Love Of. Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf by Camille Styles. Add style and texture in one easy DIY shelf!

DIY Leather Coasters

DIY Leather Coasters by Carly of Create Live Blog. For all the remnant leather fabric from other projects, you could create these fabulous coasters! DIY Leather Plant Hanger DIY Leather Plant Hanger by Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Co. for Design Sponge. The honeycomb pattern created by the cuts in the leather is too cool for words. DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter Tutorial DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter by For My Love Of. And because hanging planters are so practical, here’s another one using leather-like materials. DIY Leather Cabinet Handles DIY Leather Cabinet Handles by Veronica Loves Archie. Another great project for leather remnant pieces. Definitely takes the boring out of those basic white cabinets.

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY by A Beautiful Mess. A bit more skill is involved, but the end result is a stunning piece. Woven Stool Tutorial Woven Leather Stool Tutorial by Matt of Wood & Faulk. A great dose of leather and would make a fantastic footstool! Modern Leather Bench Tutorial

DIY Modern Leather Bench w/Hairpin Legs by Home + Style Report. I feel like this would be so practical for those of us with kids and it’s so stylish too!

 DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Leather Valet Tray

How to Make a Leather Valet Tray by Paul for Apartment Therapy. Couldn’t you find lots of uses for a leather tray like this one? DIY Leather Organizer Organize paperwork and add a dose of leather to your work space with this DIY Leather Organizer by Mandy Pellegrin for Design Sponge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of fabulous DIY projects and are inspired to try the material (faux or real) in one of your next home decor projects! Please share any of your leather projects in the comments below!

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The Nesting Place Book Giveaway

A phrase that fits our home and perhaps yours too: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” That’s the mantra at The Nesting Place and one that applies to not only our decorative surroundings or our design style but imperfect beauty in real life. 

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The Nester has just released an amazing book that covers the topic of accepting imperfection: The Nesting Place. 

Here’s a description that says it so much better than I ever could since I’m only part way into the book: Perfection is overrated. Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life. In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living. Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends.There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do.

It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on what I don’t have, how my home compares to others, what’s missing. You too? This book helps change and redirect focus to appreciating what we do have, living and that creating a beautiful home not only doesn’t have to break the bank, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. 

Find a quiet space, put your feet up and read every word. You’ll walk away inspired to look at your home in a fresh new way by embracing imperfections and flaws (they can be good and comforting!), accepting that a lived-in home is a happy home, as well as gain tips for making the most of where you live. Now. Without waiting for perfect conditions, without maxing out the credit cards.

The Nesting Place

Here’s the story behind the cover —> http://www.thenester.com/2014/04/risk-of-imperfections.html And here’s more info about the book: http://www.thenester.com/landing/the-nesting-place-book.

Want a copy for yourself? Of course you do! Here’s an affiliate link:

The Nesting Place is generously giving away a copy to THREE lucky DIYShowOff readers! Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway starts right now and ends Friday, May 9th at midnight EST. Winners will be announced shortly after. Giveaway is only open to US residents (sorry, international friends!). Good luck!

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DIY & Show Off: Fabulous Furniture Highlights

January was an awesome month for rescuing furniture. Check out these favorites from January 2014 That DIY Party links: 

That DIY Party Furniture Highlights January 2014

I have a cute copper desk lamp. It’s in the closet. All I’m missing is this gorgeous DIY Ikea desk hack at The Gathered Home. I love the copper detail paired with that luscious rustic plank top, Brynne!

DIY Ikea desk hack @TheGatheredHome

Furniture surgery. Melissa brought this old girl back to life. See more details on restoring a Queen Anne settee at The Whimsical Wife

restoring queen anne settee @TheWhimsicalWife

Rescued furniture. One of my favorites. And this desk and chair re-do at Brooke Eva is so, so, SO pretty!

desk and chair makeover @BrookeEva

 Wow! You won’t believe this DIY Ikea furniture hack at Songbird Blog. Marianne, you did an amazing job giving that plain old tv stand a beautiful new look!

DIY Ikea furniture hack @SongbirdBlog

Ikea hacks are so much fun. Ready for another one? Aniko’s DIY Ikea hack headboard at Place of My Taste is stunning! What a happy place to fall asleep and to wake up every day.

Ikea headboard hack @PlaceofMyTaste

Liz has invited us for coffee or tea. She’s all ready for our visit with her fully stocked coffee & tea bar at Create…awesome dresser re-do!

coffee bar @CreatedwithLove

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Decorating & Home Accents Highlights

Looking for some DIY decorating and home accent inspiration? I’ve gathered some favorites from January’s That DIY Party: 

That DIY Party highlights - January 2014

Cute curvy coat rack {repurposed table legs} from Denise on a Whim repurposed table legs coat rack - Denise on a Whim

Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside! Embracing it with a winter mantel at the Happy Housie…love the pine cone pom pom garland!

winter mantel @theHappyHousie

Loving gold? Me too! The gold leaf tray at Homey Oh My is a great way to display jewelry. 

gold leaf jewelry tray @HomeyOhMy

Kim’s beachy neutral Valentine’s mantel at Sand & Sisal is sweet for all year long. 

neutral beachy Valentine mantel @SandandSisal

When your bedroom makeover is on a tight budget, check out Corey’s great tutorial for making your own duvet cover at Tiny Side Kick

how to make a duvet cover @TinySideKick

 

Who wants these? Yep, me too! See the great DIY rustic floating shelves tutorial at Tiny Side Kick. 

floating shelves tutorial @TinySideKick

Lisa’s DIY Ikea wall light hack at Shine Your Light - not only just as beautiful as her inspiration but way more budget friendly too!

Ikea wall light hack @ShineYourLightBlog

Looking for some easy sweet DIY wall art? The DIY sweetheart hoop at Sugar Beans fits the bill. So cute!

Sweetheart Hoop Art @SugarBeans

for the little ones…

Oh.My.Goodness! Isn’t this the most darling thing ever? It’s a DIY retro play kitchen at Imperfectly Imaginable

DIY play kitchen @ImperfectlyImaginable

Need a place to hide away until spring arrives? I’d love to hole up in this DIY play tent at the DIY Mommy. Operation hibernation commence. 

DIY play tent tutorial @theDIYMommy

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Room Makeover Highlights

I’ve been catching up on That DIY Party links, pinning and collecting some favorites. That’s over 600 links filled with your awesome creativity! I’ve split up the highlights into 3 categories that I’ll share this week. Here are some room makeover DIY highlights from January’s That DIY Party that you’ll want to check out or revisit: 

That DIY Party Highlights {beautiful spaces} January 2014

Awesome use of space in this charming little entryway closet at Creatively Living Blog…love the insulator coat hooks!

entry way closet reveal @CreativelyLivingBlog

Oh-la-la! Parisian chic bedroom at Quirky Cool! Magnifique!

Paris themed bedroom @QuirkyCool

Not only would I be inspired to get to work! in this gorgeous homework station at Classy Clutter by Savannah but I may be inspired to daydream as well (don’t tell the kids!)…

homework station @ClassyClutter

Speaking of daydreaming, Mallory did a beautiful job with this little reading nook at Classy Clutter. Housework, DIY can wait. Let’s take a break!

reading nook @ClassyClutter

Get your rustic – antique – vintage fix over Shabby Love’s beautiful home tour. So much charming vintage eye candy!

Home Tour @Shabby Love (VintageMellie)

Loving this modern boy’s bedroom makeover at Amy Krist…so many fun DIY accents!

boys modern bedroom @AmyKrist

Grab a tissue for your drool. Brandi’s farmhouse kitchen at Nest of Bliss is so inspiring. That ceiling! That light fixture! That island! and more! I’ll take a helping of each, please!

farmhouse kitchen @NestofBliss

I love every precious detail in this guest bedroom makeover at Tidbits and Twine…the cozy and pretty twin beds, the black beauty cabinet, the frames above the bed and especially those sconce lights. 

guest room makeover @TidbitsandTwine

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

DIYShowOff Gift Recommendations

Who could use some cold hard cash to get a head start on holiday shopping? Or how about something for yourself just this once? (Hey, I know you and I’d say you deserve a reward!) I’m joining a talented group of awesome blog friends in sharing some gift recommendations AND we’ve gathered together to offer a fun giveaway too!

*** UPDATE 11/12/13: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lisa F!

Earlybird Xmas giveaway

I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving! I spend a lot of time choosing just the right gift for each member of my family, so as I sat down to research my gift recommendations, I struggled with how to recommend something for someone I don’t know/something more generic. And after nearly 12 hours of browsing and editing a draft post 35902 times…I realized it just wasn’t going to happen or feel inspiring.

However! My family has already asked me for my Christmas wish list…so, here are some things I love and recommend (for me) but perhaps you’ll spy some great ideas for your holiday gift-buying (or your own wish list).

All year long our extra cash goes towards DIY home improvement and decorating and that wish list is loooooong, believe me! So for fun, I made a detour from the usual DIY theme. Each item listed is way below $250. Gotta love more bang for your buck! 

Winter Woodland Warmth

 
Roeshel's Wish List 1

H M pink sweater
$24 - hm.com

Boots
lucky21.com

Kate Spade earrings
lordandtaylor.com

Tube scarf
jcpenney.com

Wall art
urbanoutfitters.com

H M candles candleholder
$6.37 - hm.com

H M holiday decoration
$4.77 - hm.com
 
Or something a little more relaxing…
Comfort & Joy
Roeshel's Wish List 2

 

What’s on your wish list? How can you enter to win, you ask? 

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There’s a $100 Overstock gift card being given away to two lucky DIYShowOff readers too! 

Visit these sweet blog friends to see what’s on their wish list…

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Jen at City Farmhouse
Roeshel at DIY Showoff (you’re already here!)
Krista at The Happy Housie
Liz at Love Grows Wild
Rachel at Maison de Pax
Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof
Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Corey at Tiny Sidekick
Laura at The Turquoise Home
Katie at Upcycled Treasures

That DIY Party Highlights

Every week, every link shared at That DIY Party inspires and motivates me. I love visiting and pinning and featuring and being inspired. Thank YOU for sharing your DIY projects!

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

Here are a few favorites…

Amazing kitchen makeover...

Amazing kitchen makeover...
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Whoa! You have to see the 'before' and all of the gorgeous after photos of the kitchen reveal at Nest of Bliss. Every detail...delicious!

Got something to share? Come back Sunday at 9 a.m. EST to join THAT DIY PARTY!

That DIY Party

Or visit the links for inspiration for your next project. So.much.creativity! 

Follow along on Pinterest to see what’s being shared and to easily re-pin from the original source.

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DIY Halloween Highlights – Part 1

DIY Halloween Highlights: I’ve been collecting some awesome DIY Halloween features from the weekly That DIY Party. Looking for some last minute Halloween ideas? These are awesome! DIY Halloween

Witch’s Clothesline at 21 RoseMary Lane - so cute! 

witch's laundry at 21 RoseMary Lane

Paper Halloween Display at Design Sprinkle - fun free printables to create your own spooky vignette.

paper halloween display at Design Sprinkle

Scary Halloween Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio - I can almost hear the spooky organ music.

Scary-Halloween-Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer - so important and necessary for this time of year!

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer

Glittery spidery candles from The Messy Roost - glitter, glam and 8 legs. 

spider candles - messy roost

a Halloween bedroom at the DIY Dreamer - sweet dreams. bahahahahaha!

Creepy-Crawly-Bedroom at The DIY Dreamer  

Halloween Ghost Feet at the Moody Fashionista - awesome sweet keepsake gift idea!

Halloween ghost feet at The Moody Fashionista

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade - so creative and festive!

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade

Repurposed grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion - clever and creepy! Love the simplicity too!

grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion

and three of my own most recent:

DIY skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

wooden candy corn accents

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals  

trick or treat tote bags

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

I’ll be sharing more Halloween this week! Stay tuned! 

Please remember to pin from the original source by clicking the links above or easily repinning from the That DIY Party Pinterest board

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A BIG thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their spooky fun DIY!

Do you have a Halloween DIY to ‘show off’? Link up at this week’s That DIY Party!

DIY Highlights

I fell way behind in featuring some awesome THAT DIY PARTY highlights the last few weeks due to a busy schedule but I’m catching up! 

DIY Party Highlights

Here’s a shout out to some favorite do-it-yourself projects from some amazing blog friends: 

DIY HIGHLIGHTS

Kim shared a recent job and “wow”. Just “Wow!” Beautiful. See the process of this reclaimed beadboard installation at Living Vintage

Living-Vintage-our-completed-beadboard-project

Loving Stephanie’s eclectic bedroom makeover at The Styled Soul

bedroom makeover - The Styled Soul

Tracie did an awesome job with this gorgeous light fixture makeover at Cleverly Inspired

refinish-an-old-ceiling-light-cleverlyinspired

Andrea shares an inexpensive easy DIY – framed wrapping paper at Live Love Larson and I am drooling over her entire dining room…gorgeous!

framed wrapping paper at Live Love larson

When I grow up, I want to build like Jen at the House of Wood. Did you see the gorgeous DIY Pottery Barn inspired media console? Wow!

DIY media console at the House of Wood

Tanya proves that a pretty laundry room update doesn’t have to cost big bucks at Twelve O Eight.

laundry room update - Twelve O Eight

Rebecca’s DIY wreath bird feeder at the Garden Roof Coop is so pretty, isn’t it? 

bird feeder wreath - The Garden Roof Coop

Cristina shared her beautiful DIY chalkboard with tray tutorial at Remodelando la Casa. Not only do I want that chalkboard, but her laundry room is stunning! Love it!

DIY chalkboard with tray - Remodelando la Casa

Brandi’s fireplace makeover at Nest of Bliss – wow! Lovely!

FireplaceMakeover - Nest of Bliss

Remember to visit the links above to say “hi” and to pin from the original source or head over to the THAT DIY PARTY Pinterest board to easily re-pin these and more original DIY party links.

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Thanks to everyone for joining the party by sharing DIY! Surprise to the ladies featured above…I apologize for not having the time to leave you a note about showing off your awesome-ness. xo

Showing Off: Bed Slats to DIY Shutters at Vintage News Junkie

Meet: Candace from 

Vintage News Junkie blog

I had the pleasure to meet her in person at the Haven Conference. Candace is a former news girl who dabbles in antiques, crafts, paint, and DIY projects. She blogs about life, home, and her love for recycling more than old newspapers.

Project Description: She repurposed Ikea bed slats ( that she scored for FREE) and created kitchen shutters from them! So cool!

DIY-upcycled-shutters-before-after

For more details:

from-ikea-bed-slats-to-indoor-shutters-two-part-tutorial

Shutter Tutorial Part One

Shutter Tutorial Part Two

Victory!

That DIY Party Highlights

The party links are always so inspiring! Thank YOU all so much for linking up and sharing your hard work and creativity. Here are some highlights from the previous week…

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

Cristina’s laundry room makeover at Remodelando La Casa is SUCH an inspiration with a laundry room makeover in our very near future. Dreamy!

Laundry Room Remodelando La Casa

I’ve been wanting my own little shed for years and now that I’ve seen Shayna’s beautiful shed makeover at The Wood Grain Cottage, I’ve added it to my Christmas wish list. I’ve been a good girl this year, right?

shed makeover The Wood Grain Cottage

Angelina shared some awesome fun kids’ DIY videos at Sew-Crafty Kids

kids crafty videos at Sew-CraftyKids.com

Here’s two:

I love Rebecca’s DIY travel map chalkboard at the Crafted Sparrow – such a cute way to track adventures! See it displayed in her awesome back to school mantel and back to school teacher gift (Adorable!) too. 

Travel Chalkboard Map The Crafted Sparrow

Barb’s DIY bedside floating shelves at Turtles and Tails is genius! 

floating bedside shelf at Turtles and Tails blog

and Leslie shares her tutorial for creating an extra large DIY wall clock at Paper Daisy Designs…great for filling up wall space!

extra large DIY wall clock at paper daisy designs

Remember to pin from the original source using the links above or head over to the Pinterest board for That DIY Party to re-pin these and more!

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Thanks to these super talented ladies for linking up and inspiring us in That DIY Party! Have something to share? Join me tomorrow by linking up your awesome DIY!

That DIY Party

Habitat for Humanity Before & After DIY Contest favorites and winner.

Last week I had the honor of co-hosting the OPC’s The Better Half’s annual Before & After DIY Contest supporting Habitat for Humanity.

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What a pleasure visiting all of the links to so many outstanding DIY projects! But oh so hard to choose! Here are a few of my favorites:

Beautiful Bedroom Makeover at Our Prairie Home

Bedroom Makeover at Our Prairie Home

Awesome bathroom makeover at the Pin Junkie

bathroom makeover at thepinjunkie

Fun play kitchen at The Skocik Money Pit

play kitchen at The Skocik Money Pit

Awesome security box turned console DIY at Adventures in Decorating

DIY security box console at Adventures in Decorating

Wow! A plastic pretzel container turned nautical vase at 21 Rosemary Lane

plastic pretzel jar turned nautical vase at 21 Rosemary Lane Gorgeous charcoal gray dining room at Primitive and Proper

dining room at Primitive and Proper

Pretty bathroom reveal at Marty’s Musings

bathroom reveal at Marty's Musings

Beautiful DIY driftwood mirror at The Wood Grain Cottage

Driftwood-Main by The Wood Grain Cottage  

Awesome entryway makeover at Dwellings by Devore

entryway makeover at Dwellings by Devore

And the winner is

DIY bathroom makeover at Design Dreams by Anne

Bathroom Reno @ DesignDreams by Anne

I am so amazed that Anne tore apart her old bathroom and with just a budget of $2500, SHE did this all by herself…wow!

Bathroom makeover at Design Dreams by Anne

Stunning! Great job, Anne! Congratulations! You’ll be receiving an email from OPC’s The Better Half with winner details! Anne wins a $50 gift card to Home Depot, Lowe’s or Amazon (her choice) as well as has $100 donated to Habitat for Humanity in her name. She is also entered to win the grand prize! Voting begins September 26th.

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Didn’t win? You have more chances! LINK UP AGAIN this week at The DIY Village on Thursday. Here’s the entire Before & After DIY contest schedule:

Contest Schedule and Co-Hosts:

June 20 Southern Hospitality
June 27 House of Hepworths
July 4 Beneath My Heart
July 11 Mom4Real
July 18 Fox Hollow Cottage
July 25 Tatertots & Jello
August 1 The Space Between
August 8 Unskinny Boppy
August 15 DIY Showoff
August 22 The DIY Village
August 29 Pretty Handy Girl
September 5 Shaken Together
September 12 My Blessed Life
September 19 Remodelaholic
September 26 Grand Prize Voting Begins!

 

My Haven Conference 2013 Recap

This year’s Haven Conference was the second blog conference I’ve ever attended (Haven 2012 was my first). Since I’m an introvert, I felt that I missed out on so many opportunities to meet everyone last year. This year, I realized that others felt just as shy as I do so I made the effort to step out of my comfort zone and introduce myself first (although if I didn’t walk up and hug you…I still had a few moments of lack of self esteem and fear) and even now realize that there were a ton of blog friends I wanted to meet but never did. I didn’t even catch a glimpse of a lot of bloggers I wanted to meet the entire time I was there. I guess it’s bound to happen in a crowd that HUGE. Bummer. But like I’ve said before: “Meeting face to face in real life is awesome when there’s an opportunity but I’m just as blessed by my online all-day, all-year-long, anytime friendships too!” 

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What is Haven? Haven Conference is the place to celebrate that DIY spirit. It is where DIY lovers from all over will gather together to encourage and learn from one another.

First and foremost, I have to give a BIG thanks to Angelina from JoJo & Eloise and Sew Crafty Kids.

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sew crafty kids

I was so excited that my daughter Bri decided to join me on the trip to Atlanta, content to just relax by the pool and have some stress free time away. She’s been wanting to start a blog for quite a while now and so when I tossed out a request for a last minute Haven Conference ticket as a surprise to Bri, Angelina couldn’t attend and generously donated her ticket. Got that? Donated. She wouldn’t take $. Angelina, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Bri  came back feeling so inspired, so empowered and super motivated. She learned so much. I love seeing her excitement and her passion fired up.

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Angelina’s kindness made all the difference in our amazing experience. I had her ship us some JoJo & Eloise and Sew Crafty Kids business cards for Bri to hand out to at least give Angelina a small presence there. So, if you’d visit her sites, it’d go a long way to contributing to a HUGE group hug for Angelina since she couldn’t be there in person. 

The conference kicked off with the gorgeous Ana White telling her story. Let me take a moment to say…she is radiant! Getting to know her better through her keynote speech was  a great way to start 3 days of awesomeness, encouragement to believe in ourselves.

You guys, I have NEVER talked so much in my entire life as I did these three days. I know I wasn’t the only hoarse voice but my days are spend talking to a dog and a cat and a few hours in the evening to my husband (when I can get a word in). I’m just not a “talker”. I sure wish I was…I’d have that low sexy voice all the time! 

My shyness affects my ability to whip out my camera and ask for photos too. I didn’t take my Canon for that reason…I knew I wouldn’t pull it out of the bag. And you’ll notice it was mostly on the last day: one outfit…not the two cute dresses I wore. Bummed about that. It’s rare that I’m sporting anything other than paint splattered fashion after all! Poor lighting makes for blurry photos. Ugh. But I worked up the courage to get a few, however left without getting so many more than I wanted. 

DIYShowOff and friends Haven 2013

I managed to squeeze in a few classes between hugging and chatting with friends and sponsors: I couldn’t resist the opportunity to support my favorite brands and to understand sponsorship and advertising with blogs from a brand’s point of view. I admire the speakers for their bravery, the ability to be a natural at public speaking and for generously sharing their knowledge. Each class I was able to attend was SO fun! And definitely inspired me to remember to do what I love, not what others love. So many inspiring tips for decorating. If I wasn’t so tired, I’d be rearranging my book shelves right this minute or digging out my Kreg Jig to finally put it to good use. 

I still missed out on so many amazing classes. I seriously wanted to attend them all! Why oh why can’t we all have clones?

Of note:

  • Spending some time with the brands I work with face-to-face again was another highlight of the event.
DIY Show Off with FrogTape team

FrogTape 

DIYShowOff and Rustoleum

Rust-Oleum

diyshowoff and shaw floors

Shaw Floors

  • The sponsors and vendors spoiled us big time! I had to check a bag on the way home as well as ship a package to my home. Thank you so much to all of the sponsors and vendors!
  • The accommodations, food and service at the Grand Hyatt were AWESOME! 

The dance parties were so much fun! Especially when you’ve learned the DIY/Haven shuffle (created and choreographed by Traci at Beneath My Heart).

The closing by Bob Johnson from Habitat for Humanity was not only funny, it was truly up-lifting and inspiring. The message: Do Good on a Grand Scale. Love that and definitely something at the top of my lift of things to do now. 

Thank YOU for each visit, each comment, your support, your encouragement, your compliments, for sharing your projects as well as sharing mine through social media. Whether I’ve met you at Haven or online, I’m so glad we’re friends!

And last but not least, another group hug and HUGE thank you to the amazing Haven team for organizing an inspiring, fun and successful event. It’s everything I’d ever want in a dream conference and you pulled it off. THANK YOU, Rhoda, Kristin, Beth, Traci, Sarah & Chris! 

Curious to see who else was there? Visit the Haven Link Up page

DaisyMaeBelle Home Tour

Today I’ve invited a friend over to share her home tour. Meet: Melissa from DaisyMaeBelle. I always find her home inspiring, warm and welcoming and I know you will too. Here she is:

Incredible?!

I’m not even believing that I am here at the DIY Showoff!

Roeshel is so talented, and beautiful and creative,

and I LOVE her blog and her projects!

And, I LOVE visiting her blog!

I’m so grateful to her for letting me share with you today!

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My name is Melissa,

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and I share my home and projects over at DaisyMaeBelle.

WELCOME to my home!

I so wish that you could be here for real. . .

My Foyer @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d tell you about my rusty gate. . .

My Dining Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

and, my favorite mirror that hangs in my dining room.

It’s my favorite, because it belonged to my grandmother.

I remember it hanging in her formal living room when I was a little girl.

My Dining Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d tell you about my hutch that I found at a yard sale 15 years ago for $75,

and how I’ve painted it twice now.

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I’d show you my hydrangea wreath that I made last year.

You see, I have this hydrangea bush that blooms thousands of huge blooms every year.

And, I have the blooms all over my house. . .

and I give them to my mom. . .

and my friends. . .

and my neighbors. . .

And, it has been blooming these thousands of blooms every year for at least 10 years.

Even though I do NOTHING to it!

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you my new rug,

that took me 2 years to find.

Not because I couldn’t find anything,

but because I couldn’t find anything that was cheap enough for me.

Until my husband finally said,

I would REALLY like a rug.

So, I went ahead and bought one that week :)

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you one of my many gallery walls.

I have gallery walls all over my house.

Not because they are all the rage,

but because I just like to hang a lot of pictures. . .

How could I pick just one?!

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you the table that I just painted.

And, I’d tell you how I found it in my in-laws basement 17 years ago. . .

back when my husband and I first got married,

and we couldn’t afford furniture,

so, we would go to my in-laws basement to see what we could find there :)

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

Maybe we could take a break and sit in these chairs.

You’d be able to see how comfy they actually were,

and I would want your opinion on what fabric I should recover them in. . .

and if I should paint the wood or leave it alone?

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d tell you about this table that’s so special to me.

It was the first piece of furniture that my husband and I bought 17 years ago.

We were just out of college,

and were totally broke,

but one night we went over to the Pottery Barn outlet,

and they had this table for $75,

and I fell in love with it,

and my sweet fiancé bought it for us.

And, we stored it in my parent’s garage until we got married.

My Kitchen @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you my kitchen,

and tell you about how my dad painted my cabinets. . .

. . . twice.

And, about how he told me that he was glad to paint them,

but he wasn’t planning on doing it again :)

My Kitchen @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you how I had framed some ironstone platters that I found down at Goodwill.

My Kitchen @ DaisyMaeBelle

And, the chalkboard that I painted right on the wall and then hung a frame on top of.

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I’d show you my silver platter wall that is in my downstairs bathroom.

And, tell you that it was there

because I saw this picture on Pinterest of a silver platter wall,

and I fell in love with it,

and I didn’t have a wall available in my kitchen or dining room,

but I did have a ton of silver platters from wedding gifts that I had never used.

So, I painted the bathroom

and hung them in there.

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It sort of makes sense since this bathroom is in a little hallway between my kitchen and dining room?

Teens Girl's Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you Daisy’s room.

We just finished it.

Every other room upstairs is still a work in progress.

Anna Belle’s room is next on the list.

I can’t wait to show you all of those. . .

Backyard @ DaisyMaeBelle

And, since I would have worn you out

and talked your ear off.

We could go sit by my fire and just relax. . .

With a big glass of sweet tea. . .

And, you could tell me everything there was to know about you :)

I’d love for you to come visit me over at DaisyMaeBelle!

Life to the full!

Melissa

Lovely! Each room is so beautiful and welcoming. I love her warm collected style…like every vignette has a story to share. Please be sure to visit some Melissa to see her creative DIY too! Thank you so much, Melissa, for inviting us into your home today!  

Guess the DIY blogger Contest

I’ve always wished I could go back in time…just a little, not quite this far! But, join me for a ride in a time machine to go back. Back to a time before there was Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, even the internet. Before chevron, chalkboards and ombré were hot. And specifically, before there were blogs! And just for fun: let’s pretend we are sitting at the popular girls’ lunch table… We’re going back to when some of these DIY gals were worrying about how high they could get their hair and for some, back when talking on the phone for hours meant stretching that long spiral cord beyond its limits and tying up the only phone in the house. Remember getting busy signals? Common purchases for these DIY gals may have been the latest cassette tape, neon bracelets, a swatch watch and prepping for a future in blogging with daily writing exercises starting out “Dear Diary,“. You wouldn’t catch them dead in the hardware store, totally unheard of to the max! Are you there yet? Do you see leg warmers or jelly sandals? You’re getting closer…the time machine stopped. Step out and behold… the time before blogs:

Okay, now that you’re snorting with laughter, wipe your tears before your mascara runs…can you tell which one is me?

Do you recognize any of these DIY bloggers? Do you think you could recognize them in High School, Middle School or Elementary School? For sure! These awkward youngsters will one day be the brains behind your favorite DIY blogs. And they are giving a $300 Lowe’s Gift Card to the first person who can guess which faces match with which DIY blogs.

Here are the blogs to match {you might want to click back and forth to see current profile photos for help}:

Here are the details (you must be 18 yrs or older to win):

  • Visit the link below where you will be able to enter your guess for each blogger pictured above. (All information will be kept private.)
  • The first person to correctly match all the faces with their blog will win a $300 Lowe’s gift card!
  • If you win, you will receive an email with instructions to reply with your mailing address. (Then your prize will be mailed to you.)
  • And of course, you will gain bragging rights for being the biggest DIY Blog Fan Ever! Totally RAD, right?!

Best of luck to you, should decide to take on the challenge. I’m not even sure I could get them all right.

Enter Your Answers

*Special thanks to Mandi of Vintage Revivals who bared her soul about blog puberty, (inspired the idea to “share” awkward photos with you) and Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl for organizing this fun contest. It’s just like looking back through family albums, isn’t it? Embarrassing! 

Todd & Lindsey

Dear DIY readers…I’d like you to meet Lindsey: talented crafter, baker and DIY’er at the blog Todd & Lindsey.

Last month, I hosted a Christmas Tree Contest. When I went to make the announcement in the last DIY Holiday Highlights party, I must have gotten sidetracked and dropped the ball. I’m so sorry! Way to go, right? {hanging my head in shame}

Thankfully, the winner is super sweet and patient. I’m excited to share that the Christmas tree with the most likes is…

Todd&Lindsey and their budget Christmas tree:

budget chrismtas tree

beautifully decorated with some DIY ornaments including:

With her mix of beautiful handmade ornaments, it’s no wonder she’s a winner. Congratulations, Lindsey!

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Her inspiring Christmas tree led me to another post, which prompted more looking around…little does she know, I didn’t just visit one post, I invited myself to take a look around and fell in love. So much goodness to see. Here is just a peek of the DIY (and more) goodness you’ll find at Todd & Lindsey…

Conversational Heart Garland Wreath – super cute for Valentine’s Day!

conversation heart wreath

 

 

DIY light bulb pears…adorable!

diy light bulb pears

a lovely home tour

Todd & Lindsey home tour beautiful muslin rosette wreath tutorial

DIY muslin rosette wreath

and look at this LOW CARB pizza…yum!

low carb pizza

I spy so much inspiration. See more DIY, tons of delicious recipes and more at…

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Simple Redesign: Dresser to Media Center

DIY Project: dresser turned media center

Blog: Simple Redesign

simple redesign

Julie from Simply Redesign recently share on her blog “how to turn a dresser into a media center” with the help of her husband. Here is the dresser before:

dresser before

 

Amazing after…

dresser after

DIY media center

Simple Redesign shares TONS of DIY, great custom furniture tips and lots of inspiring furniture makeovers to motivate rescuing something old and making it fabulous. Here are a few more favorites…

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painted furniture

What are you waiting for? Pop over and introduce yourself. :)