Fun in the Sun Link Party and Giveaway!

Summer, summer, summer! It’s like a merry-go-round. I LOVE summer time! Let’s get this party started! 

Fun in the Sun link party and giveway

If you missed the kick off with these Fun in the Sun posts, take a few minutes to get caught up starting with my DIY birdie garland then visiting the rest of the series.

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

I gathered up some more of my past summer projects. Just click the image to be redirected to the original post. 

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Ready to share or browse the links for inspiration? Let’s go!



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Craft Room Tour

Have you been following along the Craft Rooms and Spaces series hosted by Angie at Country Chic Cottage? It’s so fun seeing where bloggers create, getting ideas and motivation to maybe initiate some spring cleaning and organization in your own space?

DIY Show Off craft room tour

Thanks to Angie for the invitation to participate! I had no choice but to finally put things away. Here’s my chaotic craft room when I agreed to join the series…

craft room mess before

Yikes!

I’ve made some changes and cleaned things up for your arrival today. Ready for oodles of pics? There’s lots to see!

Craft Room at diyshowoff.com

Looking into the room from the hall (the resin button plaques on the wall are several years old, so no source to list).

Craft Room Tour at diyshowoff.com

One first thing you’ll notice is this room is PACKED full. But when everything is organized and tidy and in it’s place, its a great space for getting creative. The old farmhouse dining room table serves as a great workspace.

diyshowoff craft space

The skirt is sewn into simple custom sized rod pocket panels and attached using tension rods on 3 sides. I’m ready for an updated fabric/pattern but what I really love about the skirt is that it hides even more storage (things not so pretty to display, boxes of supplies and such) under the table. 

DIYShowOff Craft Room

The walls are lined with inexpensive shelving units, some tucked for a perfect fit against the back wall, providing TONS of storage and organization. A string of lights adds a fun festive feel.

DIYShowOff craft room tour diyshowoff home office craft room

A small DIY desk area holds our desktop computer, although I’m more inclined to work from my laptop in the living room most days. 

work space at diyshowoff.com

I love the mix of old crates, baskets and vintage finds for storing craft supplies, mason jars for scrap ribbon by color…

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I recently added some shelves to the window for plants to bring some “life” to the space. 

diyshowoff craft room

 I love that this window sits low, close to the floor. The shelves add a little privacy (second floor) but still allow for lots of natural light to flood the room.

window plant shelves at diyshowoff.com window shelves at diyshowoff.com window succulents

I don’t remember where I got the light fixture (maybe Urban Outfitters years ago) but I really like the cage and sometimes clip cards or paint swatches there. 

craft room light fixture at diyshowoff.com

The walls are filled with a mix of fun frames collected over time, some with family photos, others just random art or thrift store finds and continues to grow here and there. 

gallery wall at diyshowoff.com Craft Room photo wall at diyshowoff.com Craft Room gallery wall

Pet Silhouette Art Tutorial

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

A DIY chalkboard + cork board + burlap message center helps keep ideas and schedules more organized. 

DIY burlap message center Craft Room message center

A lot going on, right? A LOT of junk which I’ve unsuccessfully tried to downsize but perhaps one day I’ll grasp the truth that if I haven’t used it in 10 years, I probably never will but I’m still waiting for that day to arrive.

Craft Room at diyshowoff.com

Ready to see more craft spaces? Start the tour at here to see Angie’s super organized space. Or if you’re visiting from the creative room at Major Hoff Takes a Wife, welcome friends! I’m so glad you stopped by! Or following along and ready for the next awesome craft room tour on the list? Head over to Homemadeville!

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Eclectic Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I shared our family room and kitchen in the What’s Your Style Series, one style those rooms (and all rooms in my home) share is “eclectic”.

Visiting from the beautiful bedroom at Shabby Love? Welcome, friends!

When you do what you love, specifically on a small budget; thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales and Craigs List become favorite sources for unique, eclectic decor. Our guest bedroom is no exception. 

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and a mix of old and new.

mixing old and new - eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com

Small budget? Wrap a canvas you already own with pretty wrapping paper to freshen up old decor. 

wrapping paper canvas art at diyshowoff.com

Layer the bed with a folded top sheet topped with a throw blanket. Cat optional. 

eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff

Eclectic: mismatched furniture, a mix of pattern and colors, collected-over-time gallery wall, DIY accents, a painted floor and flea market finds. 

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I’m in the process of planning a re-do on our other guest room/dressing room. Our master bedroom is a disaster since the day we moved in but always seems to get pushed further down the priority list. What’s your style and favorite bedroom in your home?

Posts related to this room/DIY in this bedroom:

diy luggage rack

easy DIY cat window seat

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painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

See more of my style in the DIY Show Off Home Tour.

Ready for some more bedroom inspiration? Check out these bedroom beauties in the What’s Your Style Series:

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Ready for a little inspiration to get started on freshening up your bedroom? Check out the giveaway using the widget below to be entered to win a $100 gift card to Online Fabric Store. Good luck!

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Better Homes & Gardens Makeover Madness Round 2

We interrupt the regular DIY routine to bring you an exciting message: You guys! Thanks you SOOOO much for your votes in round one of Better Homes & Gardens Makeover Madness! DIYShowOff chandelier planter has advanced to round 2…all thanks to YOUR help! Hurray! You guys are the best!

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

{DIY chandelier planter tutorial}

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

Better Homes and Gardens choose 16 favorite blogger makeover projects from across the web. Then the competition started March Madness style. Last week, voters narrowed the favorites down from 16 to 8. Now we face off again to the final four. The final four bloggers will get a trip to the corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, where all the BHG magic happens on April 2nd-5th

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

During the three-day trip, the final four bloggers will complete a makeover challenge. Then the voting for the ultimate champion begins, which BHG will feature in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Sounds fun, right?

DIY chandelier planter at diyshowoff.com

I’m so honored to have been chosen to participate, excited to have advances and happy regardless of the outcome – have you seen the awesome creativity and talented competition? Fun! I’ll be celebrating with my blog friends no matter who wins! Today is round 2 for my DIY chandelier planter. Voting is all day today. You can vote once every hour here! Thanks so much in advance for your votes, your shares, your support!

~Roeshel

It’s a Spring Thing Link Party and Giveaway!

Let’s share some spring themed ideas! After a strange week of spring like weather with temps near 70 and sunshine one day to snow and 30s the next, I’m thinking Mother Nature needs some spring inspiration. You too? 

14 spring ideas

Check out these spring themed posts from the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers:

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off 

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos 

Now it’s time to see your spring-induced DIY, decor, crafts and recipes. Share your link and thumbnail picture in the link party below to be entered to win! Visit the links for inspiring your next spring related project!

Need motivation in addition to inspiration? How about a chance to win over $1600 in prizes? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

It's a Spring Thing Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Karen Aber Ploransky. Congratulations!

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Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness

Wahoo! I have some fun news to share! My chandelier planter is a contender in the Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness event! 16 bloggers’ makeover projects are competing to become the top 4 finalists to travel to the BH&G headquarters to participate in a DIY challenge. FUN stuff! 

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

Remember the DIY chandelier planters my family and I created last year? One of my favorite DIY projects and evidently a favorite at Better Homes and Gardens too. Wow! It’s such an honor to be chosen to compete!

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

chandelier planter tutorial

I’m humbled to be included with some pretty amazing bloggers and their creative projects! You can check out your favorites and vote here. Voting for my project in the first round is today only (you can vote once per hour all day long).  

  Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness DIYShowOff chandelier planter

Voting for the DIYShowOff chandelier planter? You’re the best! Thanks so much in advance, my friends! ~xo

Spring Mantel Decorating

I don’t know about you but I’m so over winter and ready for spring, flowers, warmer weather and longer days. And to help welcome spring into our home, I set about decorating the mantel to spring ahead into the next much anticipated season – spring!

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Looking for a big backdrop for seasonal decor? Simply wrap a large canvas with wrapping paper or fabric. Leave it as is, attach glittery garland or a pretty wreath and you’re good to go (and super easy to swap out for every season without having to store art work, not to mention lots of options for the perfect size and coordinating colors).

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Gather up those ceramic bunnies from the thrift store and give them a coat of spray paint for your spring themed vignettes. 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

 Display a nest full of faux eggs in a bird cage…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Add a cute little birdhouse…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

A mix of twigs from the yard and faux branches in a vase add a touch of spring and balance…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

The tulips and daffodils aren’t poking up through the ground yet, but a fresh bouquet of spring flowers indoors will chase away the winter blahs.

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Are you ready for spring?

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas

Check out more spring inspiration in the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hop!

It's a Spring Thing

It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers

 ~ Monday ~

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

~ Tuesday ~

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off (you’re here!)

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

~ Wednesday ~

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

~ Thursday ~

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos

~ Friday ~

It’s a Spring Thing Linky Party… come share your Spring décor, recipes, crafts and more!

Eclectic Family Room {What’s Your Style Series & Giveaway}

Today I’m discussing my decorating style as a part of the “What’s Your Style” series. What words describe the look and feel of your home’s decor? Sometimes it isn’t as simple as a one word definition or description. family room What I love about decorating for myself in my own home is that there are no rules, no titles, no terms, no laws. All that matters when it comes down to it is that we’re comfortable. And what makes me happy (in a decorating sense) is being surrounded by a mix and match of colors and styles and things that I love. colorful painted wooden candlesticks I’ve never been able to pinpoint one specific design style (see my home tour) to describe the look of my home. It’s always evolving, ever changing. I can easily describe my style in one word: “mutt”. You’ll find rustic charm, vintage but modern too, a touch of cottage style here and there mixed with flea market and farmhouse inspired decor with a bit of fun and colorful and even industrial elements. Quite a mix, right? greenhouse frame desk So it goes without saying that “eclectic” is one word that encompasses the mutt-mix of design style in my home. I really don’t give labeling my design style much thought. I just do what I love. diyshowoff eclectic family room  But after walking through my rooms, I’d call my style “intrinsic eclectic”, short for “eclectic-vintage-modern-farmhouse-country-fleamarket-cottage-rustic-charm”.  It really depends on which room you’re standing in around here and what time of the year it is.  eclectic decor As a part of the “What’s Your Style” series, we’re taking a look at living spaces. If you’re visiting from the fabulous Danika at Gorgeous Shiny Things, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here! C’mon in, make yourself at home! You can find a list of all 13 bloggers’ living spaces at the end of this blog post along with an awesome Mohawk rug giveaway. desk decor Our family room is casual, fun and definitely eclectic.  I’m never afraid to combine periods and styles and prefer to mix new with old and flea market finds to create a space that feels at home in our home.eclectic family roomSummary: Because of my love for decorating, I find that I’m drawn to flea market finds and DIY accents that fit my style (and budget) best… a fun challenge that drives my creativity and results in a unique look that I love. eclectic family room  “Intrinsic Eclectic” sums up my style. What about you?   Italian Greyhound Rosie Next up in the What’s Your Style series is Michelle and her beautiful style at Iron & TwineStart at the beginning and make your rounds using the schedule below:

what's your style series  

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Melissa from Shabby Love
Laura from Finding Home
Roeshel from DIY Showoff
Michelle from Iron & Twine
 
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DIY Map Triptych

I’ve been wanting to re-create my own {affordable} version of the Pottery Barn Map Triptych for some time now. The Show Your State Pride Tour hosted by my sweet friend Becky at Infarrantly Creative is the perfect opportunity for me to stop thinking and start DIY’ing. If you’re popping over from visiting the state before me all the way across the US, California by Sarah M. Dorsey…welcome to Pennsylvania! 

DIY wall art - map triptych tutorial

DIY {Pennsylvania} Map Triptych Tutorial

Materials:

DIY map triptych materials

  • PA state road map
  • 3 pack of 12×16 canvas boards
  • 1 can of Rustoleum spray paint (Satin/Walnut)
  • Martha Stewart Decoupage (Matte) 
  • Twine/hemp (three 35 inch pieces)
  • 6 screw eyes (7/8)

What I did:

1. Screw in 2 screw eyes onto the top edge of each canvas board. I measured in from the outer top edge about 1 inch of each canvas board.

DIY map triptych tutorial

2. Spray paint each board front, sides and screw eyes.

DIY map triptych tutorial

3. While the boards dried, I cut out my map into three pieces to fit onto each board. I did have to trim away the north western most tip to make it fit and left parts of New York attached to eastern PA to keep my pieces square, well…rectangular. 

DIY map triptych

4. Iron paper pieces. I did a quick press on a high setting to smooth down the fold creases.

5. Attach paper maps to canvas boards using decoupage. Decoupage the front of the board, the back of the map. Smooth map into place on the board and brush the entire map and front of canvas board with decoupage. I did a second coat when the first was dry.

DIY wall art - map triptych tutorial at http://diyshowoff.com

6. Fold twine in half and knot the ends. I also added a knot at the other end (just being decorative). 

DIY wall art - map triptych tutorial at http://diyshowoff.com

7. Place tied twine onto each screw eye and hang. 

DIY wall art - map triptych tutorial at http://diyshowoff.com

PB version $129:

Pottery Barn Map Triptych

inspiration source: Pottery Barn 

My DIY Version under $25:

DIY wall art - map triptych tutorial at http://diyshowoff.com  

Savings of over $100! Woo hoo! AND it’s more personal to me with special meaning reflecting where I was born & raised, the state I love and reside in…Pennsylvania. 

DIY Pennsylvania wall art map triptych map triptych DIY tutorial How to Make a PB inspired Map Triptych

Stairwell/landing before & after makeover

Do you live where you were born?

state pride DIY

Next up on the tour is the super talented and fun Jaderbomb representing Louisiana.  

Start the tour in Indiana with Infarrantly Creative. See the full State Pride Tour schedule to follow along.

Linking up to Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z.

State Pride Tour

Happy Monday, DIY friends! Just sharing a quick note about a fun State Pride series starting today:

state pride DIY

Start the tour at Infarrantly Creative and follow along all week for some awesome State Pride DIY tutorials.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow when I represent my own home state with a DIY project – a Pottery Barn knock off with a Pennsylvania theme. 

Here’s the entire State Pride Tour schedule: 

DAY 1 (Monday, September 16th)
Day 2: (Tuesday, September 17th)
Day 3: (Wednesday, September 18th)
Day 4: (Thursday, September 19th)
Day 5: ( Friday, September 20th)

Then link up YOUR state pride project at Infarrantly Creative on Monday, Sept 23rd. 

Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest by Samsung

Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest by Samsung:

Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room

When we first moved into our home, we relocated the laundry room from the scary old basement to a walk in closet on the first floor. Unfortunately, that’s as far as we got. There’s  only a plywood subfloor, old mismatched appliances and in fact, the closet is open and walks through from the guest bedroom to the family room and there are no doors! I promise I have the worst dressed laundry room but that’s about to change. 

This is where I’ve been doing laundry the past few weeks…

laundromat

I’ve been looking at and drooling over Laundry Rooms. The recent death of our 18-year-old dryer has inspired a laundry room makeover here at DIY Show Off. Here are some favorites that I’ve featured in the past to jumpstart some inspiration: 

Hydrangea Home

laundry room at Hydrangea Home

First Home…Love Life

laundry room at First Home…Love Life

Take Heart

laundry room at Take Heart

So pretty! Well, when I was asked to participate as Samsung media partner and judge in the Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest, the timing was perfect! Even more inspiration! I need to see more - let’s see YOUR laundry room!

How to Enter:

Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room

1. Follow Samsung Home on Pinterest.

2. Pin YOUR laundry room using the hashtag # SamsungSpinCycle

Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room Pinterest board

GOOD LUCK!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years and older. Begins: 12:00 p.m. ET on 7/24/13. Ends: 11:59 p.m. ET on 8/25/13. (Hurry! Only a few days left to enter!) Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Samsung Electronics America. Administrator: Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, a division of Meredith Corporation.

More information and official rules. 

Judging Criteria: On or about August 28, 2013, a panel of qualified judges (ME included! Yay!) will judge all eligible Entries received based on the following criteria:  Overall aesthetic of the pinned images (33%), Creativity/originality of the pinned images (33%) and Representation of the home and contest theme (including décor, laundry room organization, etc.) (34%). The one (1) Entry with the highest total score will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. In the event of a tie, the Entry among the tied Entries having the highest score in the criterion of Representation of the home will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects. 

Supporting Habitat for Humanity with a Before & After DIY Contest

Before & After DIY Contest: It’s such an honor to partner with OPC The Better Half along with a group of DIY bloggers all summer long who are on a mission to find the very best DIY project of the past year. I’m co-hosting and choosing the winner from this week’s submissions to the Before & After Contest.
 
 
Before and After for Habitat Contest Overview:
  • Submit up to three Before & After home improvement projects each week that YOU have personally completed (no contracted jobs).
  • Re-submit projects every week since the judge changes week to week.
  • One winner will be selected by co-host and will receive a $50 gift card to Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon (winner’s choice) and $100 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in the winner’s honor.
  • This week’s contest runs Thursday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, August 18th at midnight EST. Winner will be announced shortly after.
  • Contests run weekly from June 20th – September 22.
  • Grand prize voting starts September 26th between all the weekly winners.
  • Grand prize winner will be given a $150 gift card to HD, Lowes, or Amazon!
  • Follow OPC on FB for contest updates and features.
How to enter:

Grab the button: 

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Let’s see your before and after DIY: (see the full schedule below!)


Check out the winner Beth chose last week at Unskinny Boppy. And make a note to head over to visit Matt & Jacque at The DIY Village next week to enter again! In fact, here’s the entire schedule if you’d like to catch up and follow along:

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!” 

haven conference

 

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.

jojo and eloise

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.

bri and roeshel

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

Pittsburgh Area Meet & Greet Recap #ovbloggers

Ohio Valley Blogger Meet & Greet 2013

I recently attended a local (Ohio Valley/Pittsburgh) blogger Meet & Greet at IKEA. (#ovbloggers on Instagram/Twitter)

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I attached my business cards to the DIY mini chalkboard clips for cute little presents for my new friends.

DIY chalkboard souvenir clips

I came home with so many much swag from vendors and bloggers! Christmas in July. For real. Take a look…it’s like a dream I spy game of goodies!

ovbloggers swag

and the food – so good that I forgot to get a picture!

and I wanted to introduce you to these awesome Pittsburgh area women bloggers too! Do you know any of them? A group of super sweet creative ladies! Be sure to visit these fabulous blogs! PIttsburgh bloggers, Kim Kacia Roeshel Natalie

Kim/Reposhture, Kacia/Coconut Robot, Roeshel/DIY Show Off, Natalie/The Busy Budgeting Mama (thanks for organizing such a fun event, Natalie!)

More local Pittsburgh area blog buddies:

Alison and Roeshel

Pittsburgh bloggers, Roeshel and Angelique

Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures (but would have loved to! Next time!) with these great girls:

Can’t forget these ladies too: Alyssa, Hayley and Kate!

Kim from Reposhture and I teaming up for a silly Pic Hunt Instagram game at Ikea Pittsburgh…

ovblogger fun ikea pittsburgh

Thanks to these amazing sponsors: Threads by the Shine Project, Unique Me, IKEA Pittsburgh, Molly Suzanne, Dr. Smith’s, GoGo Squeez, NA Bear Co., She Does Justice, Skinit, the Sweeter Side, Everyday Party, Kim Fleischer Photography, Shop Sweet LuLu, Infinite Abyss, Walls Need Love, The Humble Lemon, Zoo Cutie Printables, The Influence Conference, CatPrints.

One thing I love about blogging is meeting (even “e-meeting”) others who share a passion for DIY and blogging. That includes you! So glad you’re here and that we’ve ‘met’! And now I’m counting down the days to the Haven Conference and the opportunity to see and meet MORE awesome blog friends face-to-face…yay! I’ll also be working on a local HomeTalk meet up towards the end of the summer so if you’re local – I’d love to see you there. More details coming soon!

Fun in the Sun Link Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Participating in the Fun in the Sun series was a blast! Now it’s your turn to share your summer ideas and enter to win a Kindle Fire.

fun in the sun blog hop

If you missed the summer inspiration from the Fun in the Sun co-hosts, here’s a recap:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - how to make pom pom lanterns

paper-lantern My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sand & Sisal - summer centerpiece

Summer-Centerpiece-Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage – pool noodle summer wreath

AlohaSummerFlipFlopPoolNoodleDIYWreathCraft - Fox Hollow Cottage

Adventures in Decorating – Summer Porch

summer porch - Adventures in Decorating

Setting for Four – summer beach mantel 

beach mantel - Setting for Four

Debbiedoo’s – 5 quick summer craft projects including this recycled can caddy…

recycled-cans-Debbie Doos

French Country Cottage – summer table setting

summer table setting French Country Cottage

Cupcakes and Crinoline – beach inspired desserts

beach inspired desserts - Cupcakes and Crinoline

Domestically Speaking – Ultimate All American Sundae

ultimate-all-american-sundae - Domestically Speaking

At the Picket Fence - DIY chalkboard outdoor coffee table

chalkboard-outdoor-coffee-table At the Picket Fence

Yellow Bliss Road – sweet & simple summer mantel

summer mantel - Yellow Bliss Road

JoJo and Eloise – avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles

avocado-blueberry-coconut-cream-popsicles-gluten-free-dairy at JoJo & Eloise

DIY Show Off - summer carnival mantel

summer carnival mantel

Fun, right? See TONS of summer inspiration at the Fun in the Sun Pinterest board. Follow along!

fun in the sun pinboard  

Now it’s YOUR turn! Link up your summer “Fun in the Sun” posts:


Enter to win a Kindle Fire. Giveaway starts now and ends July 3rd. Winner will be announced shortly after. Open to US and Canada residents only. 

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Summer Carnival Mantel & Fun in the Sun

Summer time! It’s my favorite time of the year.  I love that I can do some fun decorating in our colorful and eclectic family room in progress. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the gallery wall but the collection is all thrift store items from my decorating accessories stash. The colorful glass were filled with flower arrangements at our wedding reception nearly 8 years ago. My colorful candlesticks were an easy DIY thrifty transformation. 

summer carnival mantel decor

Sunshine, long days, festivals, carnivals, amusement parks…don’t you love that stuff?

summer carnival mantel

Funnel cakes, elephant ears, cotton candy, candy apples, gyros, french fries, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs,  

summer carnival mantel

Rides. Wait. I’m more of a merry-go-round than roller coaster type girl and avoid things called ‘tornado’ and ’tilt-a-whirl’ or anything that drops. 

summer carnival mantel decor

 Concerts, bands, music festivals and fireworks.

colorful eclectic decor

Duck pond, ring toss, games, balloon animals, clowns, cheesy prizes, face painting and pony rides.

summer carnival mantel decor

 Step right up! 

summer carnival mantel

 Everyone’s a winner!

summer carnival mantel decor

See the DIY foam board accent wall/wall art/gallery template tutorial for more details on a lightweight, easy, cheap way to add pattern and color to your decorating.  

Crazy and whimsical and temporary. Keeping furniture and walls neutral allows me to change things up more often. I’m using the foamboard for another project, so it’s now looking a bit more like this:

summer carnival mantel

Do you decorate for the seasons? Have you been following along with the Fun in the Sun series? So much summer inspiration! Here are the details:

Fun in the sun summer linky party and giveaway

Be sure to visit all of the Fun in the Sun hostesses and their awesome summer projects:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - how to make pom pom lanterns

paper-lantern My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sand & Sisal - summer centerpiece

Summer-Centerpiece-Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage - pool noodle summer wreath

AlohaSummerFlipFlopPoolNoodleDIYWreathCraft - Fox Hollow Cottage

Adventures in Decorating - Summer Porch

summer porch - Adventures in Decorating

Setting for Four - summer beach mantel 

beach mantel - Setting for Four

Debbiedoo’s - 5 quick summer craft projects including this recycled can caddy…

recycled-cans-Debbie Doos

French Country Cottage - summer table setting

summer table setting French Country Cottage

Cupcakes and Crinoline - beach inspired desserts

beach inspired desserts - Cupcakes and Crinoline

Domestically Speaking - Ultimate All American Sundae

ultimate-all-american-sundae - Domestically Speaking

At the Picket Fence - DIY outdoor coffee table

chalkboard-outdoor-coffee-table At the Picket Fence

Yellow Bliss Road - sweet & simple summer mantel

summer mantel - Yellow Bliss Road

JoJo and Eloise - avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles

avocado-blueberry-coconut-cream-popsicles-gluten-free-dairy at JoJo & Eloise

DIY Show Off - summer carnival mantel

summer carnival mantel

Coming up tomorrow (6/27): Fun in the Sun Link Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway! 

Summer Home Tour

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes Day 2! If you’re following along and just popped over from visiting Emily’s gorgeous home at Decor Chick, welcome guests!

Summer Tour of Homes

I’m so excited to participate in Day 2 of the Summer Tour of Homes hosted by Gina at the Shabby Creek CottageIt’s my favorite time of year! Longer days for productivity and lots of DIY.

DIYShowOff Summer Home Tour

Are you ready for LOTS of pictures? I hope so! summer chalkboard

Most of our summer is spent outdoors. We do a lot of summer entertaining, hosting BBQs and family cook-outs. So making our outdoor areas pretty is where our tour begins…

barn patio

We have a bank barn which we use for storage (much like a huge garage), but the bottom part opens up into our BIG party gathering space in the summer where we can set up volley ball in the yard and sit around a bon fire.

teeny tiny scary before picture…

barn before

The barn patio area provides a covered space for setting up a picnic buffet for entertaining or a quiet place for relaxing. Improvements are still on the DIY ‘to-do’ list but you can see it’s a big improvement already. This area has been a great location for grad parties, a co-ed baby shower BBQ, a fashion photo shoot, family reunions, picnics and cook outs.

barn patio makeover

outdoor entertaining

outdoor living

party patio

barn party patio

red and turquoise patio

Sources: DIY painted foam playmat art tutorial, tire planter tutorial coming soon, DIY tissue paper poufs and banner, old weathered door/barrel buffet, spray-painted accessories (Rustoleum Lagoon), turquoise crocheted accent pillow (Target), red petunias, outdoor area rug (Better Homes & Gardens, WalMart), red accent pillows (Target), blue mason jar vase, red outdoor fabric table cloth (Kmart), DIY framed chalkboard. 

The patio off the back of our home also got a mini-makeover last month with some cleaning, refreshening accents with some spray paint, some re-arranging, flowers and a few new decorative touches…

(see the before the patio and installation)

before

patio-before

patio makeover

patio-makeover

patio makeover

The patio swing was looking a little tired and inspired an outdoor swing/daybed makeover  patio daybed

My hubby’s favorite hobby is cooking and having fresh herbs near the French doors to the kitchen is convenient. Decorative and functional with our free standing pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

patio accents

One of the things I loved about the property when we purchased our home was the mature huge grape arbor. It was very rickety but the grapes were plentiful…

before

grape arbor before

We rebuilt the framing and added a gazebo to the center…

grape arbor gazebo

This year we’re recycling a pile of old bricks for a paved walkway and seating area underneath the gazebo (more on that coming up this summer). Again, a work currently in progress, but check out those vines! LOVE!

grape arbor gazebo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a home tour. Things are mostly the same with some rearranging but here are some most recent pictures. Our house before was down right disgusting and scary but we saw past that to the potential…location, charm, character, size. But definitely a true fixer upper. 

kitchen (links to kitchen before/after, more pictures, DIY door clock tutorial, spice loft, sliding ladder, marble subway tiled backsplash how-to, painting cabinets, cook book library, etc.)

farmhouse kitchen makeover

kitchen tour

before

kitchen before

 after…

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen tour

eclectic farmhouse kitchen

eclectic kitchen tour

The French doors lead right to our patio. It’s so convenient for entertaining and hosting BBQs. The sun sets on the other side of the house so evenings are shaded and comfortable. Perfect for alfresco summer dining. 

before…

farmhouse kitchen before

farmhouse kitchen before

now… DIYShowOff kitchen tour

powder room before and after

powder room

dining room

before

dining room before

now…

diningroom tour

diningroom makeover

DIYShowOff diningroom

farmhouse dining room

eclectic dining room

DIYShowOff dining room

I’m always re-arranging the sitting room. It’s gets a makeover about once a month. It’s an ever changing multi-functional space. Sometimes it’s a sitting room, sometimes a dining area or mudroom.

before

sitting room before

This month, it’s a small office/work space…

office space eclectic hallway DIYShowOff Home Tour sitting room

DIY: no sew script drop cloth curtains, wall mounted pallet shelf, French doors, slate floors, pet gate, globe light fixture cover.

half-globe-light-cover

Our stairway landing hasn’t changed at all. I just love it the way it is. For now.

stair landing

And the family room is still a work in progress so these are a bit of a reveal since I haven’t shared little things in this room before, but fun DIY art and lots of color adds a touch of summer…

family room

Still a lot of DIY planned for this room!

DIYShowOff family room tour.jpg

headboard door pediment tutorial

turquoise french doors.jpg

family room accents.jpg.jpg

DIY chevron garden sign, painted thrift store candlesticks, Today will be the Best Day sign, DIY curtains (fabric is Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower), window/chandelier coffee table, and a DIY chandelier planter tutorial coming soon.

chandelier planter.jpg

eclectic family room makeover.jpg

free standing fireplace surround with pallet shelving  faux fireplace with pallet shelving

eclectic family room tour.jpg

Last but not least, even CocoRosie, our Italian Greyhound, enjoys the summer weather with her shaded dog bed

DIY shaded dog bed

Whew! Lots to see, right? Thanks for sticking around if you made it through it all! You can see more room by room before/after and DIY at the DIY Show Off Home Tour

Are you all set for summer? Don’t forget to link up your summer home tour on Friday, June 7th at the Shabby Creek Cottage summer-tour-of-homes-schedule

DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior
 

DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off
 

DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
7 – Brittany@ PrettyHandyGirl
 

DAY 4 (June 6th)

1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

HomeTalk Kitchen Chat

When we moved in, our kitchen left a LOT to be desired… (before and after kitchen)

kitchen-before-and-after

A huge renovation was not in the budget, but we were able to make some changes to brighten and update our kitchen with some DIY over the years…

kitchen-makeover

(DIY kitchen projects/home tour)

Interested in discussing YOUR KITCHEN? I’m excited to be joining blog friends, Heather, Jennifer, Jennifer, JB and Hometalk to answer kitchen questions and discuss all things kitchen. You’re invited to join the HomeTalk “Let’s Talk Kitchens” Facebook chat tomorrow, April 18th starting at 2 pm and an opportunity to win one of four prizes!

HomeTalk Facebook Chat

The official Kitchen Chat has ended but there’s always talk of kitchens (and everything home related) at HomeTalk and it’s free to join!

At the Picket Fence

Building Moxie

Four Generations One Roof

Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

The DIY Showoff

Hometalk