Purdy Awesome Giveaway!


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my next painting project is the kitchen


 It’s no secret that I love my Purdy paintbrush. I used to buy my painting supplies at the dollar store. But, just trying a Purdy paintbrush one time changed my mind. I love the awesome quality and being able to paint a straight line with a steady hand without taping. I clean mine and hang it to dry after each use (super easy) to get lots of projects out of it!  So, when Purdy offered up some paintbrushes for a giveaway, we knew our DIY friends would be thrilled for the chance to win one of these stocking stuffers!

  • Visit the 5 blogs listed below to enter to win a set of Purdy Paintbrushes.  We will be giving away 6 brush sets.

  • Giveaway runs Nov 29-Dec12 on all 5 sites. 

  • Do a blog post, Twitter post (tag @diyshowoff) or Facebook post (tag @diyshowoff) letting people know about the give-a-way each day that you enter. Help us spread the word to thank Purdy for their amazing DIY support and generosity. 

  • Leave a comment below about how you helped share Purdy paintbrushes and these giveaways with your friends. 

  • Leave a comment describing your next painting project. 

  • Winners will be announced on each site shortly after December 12th. Open to U.S. residents only. 

Increase your chances of winning by entering all five giveaways:

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December will be a fun month!  Starting December 1st, The DIY Club will be having the regular monthly contest party but we are also doing a fun Holiday Event!  The 12 Days of Holidays.  Each day a color themed linky party will take place on a different blog! See the details here

I’d love for you to enter to win now by sharing the giveaway and leaving a comment.  If you’re not wanting a Purdy Paint brush for your stocking, it’s a great gift idea too.  🙂

DIY Project Parade ~ Dinner Party Details and Silhouette Cameo Review

It’s party time!  My baby girl’s birthday is tomorrow.

I don’t know how this little girl…
became this young lady so fast…
{Happy Birthday, honey…love you!}
All I did was blink. 

Can I get a 
(x) A hug 
(x) A tissue

My family gets together for birthdays and she’s requested that I cook. If you know me, you know that Mr. DIY is the chef around here (but I do know how to cook, I just resign because he enjoys it so much – who am I to argue?) and since she’s moved out, home cooked meals are few and far between. At her pleading, I’m making a salsa chicken soup.  I tweak this recipe a little. I set the table with fresh bread, shredded cheese, avocado strips, sour cream and Goldfish crackers. And since we’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner (a tradition my brother and his wife generously invite us to)…and because it’s her birthday, I’m in the mood to add a little festivity to the dinner table. (A special thanks to Butch and my Mr. DIY for fixing the dishwasher…otherwise plan B was pizza and paper plates!)

I saw these on Pinterest… 
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Aren’t they cute? Chocolate and peanut butter yummies!

Perfect! I’ll be making them later today.
I am lucky enough to review the new Cameo for Silhouette America who will be running an awesome discount on Black Friday (through November 28th) for DIY Show Off readers and the Silhouette online store will already be having a huge discount during those days so you’re going to want to stop back on Black Friday and add the Silhouette Cameo to your holiday wish list!   
The Silhouette CAMEO™ is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac®
with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more

Use Code SHOWOFF at Silhouette America.

Silhouette CAMEO™

Now, I need boxes to hold the acorn treats and place cards. This is where the Cameo saves the day. No need to get dressed to run to the party store. Using some scrapbook paper I have on hand and purchasing three shapes from the Silhouette online store, I used the Cameo to cut out two deer for place cards and a fun favor box. 

The Cameo cuts up to 12 inches wide. 

There’s only one blade (instead of Silhouette’s 3) but it’s adjustable. 

It’s quieter and cuts nice and quick. Ever try cutting in bulk using scissors? Not fun. Cramped hands and not perfect results either. You’re going to want to add the Cameo to your holiday wish list. 

I chose a pretty box pattern for holding yummy acorn treats…

And these cute little deer for place cards…

Colorful and pretty. Perfect for a birthday dinner party?

Now…time to go clean for company and run to the grocery store for ingredients. You know I love to host a fun party! Right? You’re invited to this one: 

Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!  Do you have an amazing decorating, home improvement or room transformation to share?  Consider doing a guest post instead of linking (send an email to thediyshowoff@gmail.com). 
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1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. 

5.  If reading this in an email, pop over to http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com to see the inspiring DIY projects linked up!

6. If you have a Fall or Holiday link to share, feel free to link up to those parties going on too! See side bar for the button and link. 

7.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week.

8.  Visit a few other links to make some new friends,
get some creative ideas and feel free to leave me a comment. I’m likely sitting here on the computer and could use a happy distraction! 

*The Cameo was provided by Silhouette America to share tutorials, projects and promotions with DIY Show Off readers.  Projects, tutorials, some supplies and opinions are my own. As a Silhouette America affiliate, using the code SHOWOFF will earn me a small commission ~ thank you!

I’m sharing a quick and easy burlap art over at the DIY Club today using stretched burlap  from Canvas Corp and a Sharpie. Check it out!

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DIY Fall Festival Friday!

I’ve actually been spring cleaning in the fall (a car full of junk donated and more space feels soooo good) and preparing for guests but Bri and I did manage to decoupage some pumpkins. Have to fit a fun craft project in there somewhere to break up the work, right? It’s not an original project but results are always original.
After seeing the beautiful scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp
I chose to give my black pumpkin a new look to make my craft room a little more festive (I still have to do a reveal of my craft room ,don’t I? Enjoy the sneak peek!)…
Deco Art’s Decoupage is so much fun to work with and results are a beautiful gloss or matte finish. See my  decoupage pumpkin tutorial at the DIY Club.

Here’s the pumpkin I decoupaged a few years ago…completely different.

Bri’s decoupaged pumpkins:

Have you given this a shot?

Speaking of pumpkins!  Check out Pumpkins and Power Tools – a  great TV segment that aired this week featuring Ken Collier from RDA’s The Family Handyman. The segment was inspired by the October issue of TFH and touches on DIYers and using power tools to spice up your pumpkins for Halloween.

Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

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•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

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•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

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Harllee Design- Globe Coffee Table Tutorial

First things first, my name is Meagan from Harllee Design. I am new to blogland and I am honored to be guest posting on DIY Showoff! I recently started Harllee Design and also a blog where I share all my DIY adventures, tutorials and home improvement mistakes wisdom.

This is how I look in my mind’s eye, put together and welcoming.  

This is how I really look. Like a mad scientist that specializes in home decor. That frantic smile must mean it is 3:45pm and my husband will be home soon. I wonder where I will hide the shattered wine bottles.

I DON’T KNOW why it smells like nail polish remover in here. What is this, the inquisition?
Now that we have formalities out of the way I would love to share my latest tutorial with you. It was my most ambitious project yet and it came together pretty easily. 
I saw this table on Pinterest and knew it would look perfect in my family room.

Look closely at the base, it looks JUST like a globe. 
*wheels turning*
I then uttered the 6 words my husband dreads most:

“I think I can make that!”

1-13″ Globe – purchase one cardboard or another material you can cut. (I purchased my globe from Goodwill 1- 24″x 24″ x 1″ piece of wood

 1- 19″x 19″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 14″ x 14″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 10″ x 10″ x2″ piece of wood
 2- 24 x 2x 4 piece of wood
 2- 20″ x 2″ x 4″  piece of wood
 1- 4″ x 4″ x 14″ piece of wood
 1- 13″ in diameter circle of wood
 Wood for table top (I used a 42″ top of an old table)
 3″ wood screws
 Electric screw driver
 Drywall plaster
 Tape Measure
 Sand paper

1. Start with building the base. Predrill holes (I recently started predrilling, it makes things SO much easier)

2. Take the (2) 20” x 4″ x 1″ and (2) 24″ x 4″ x 1″ pieces and attach to form a box.  Congrats! You just made the foundation for the table.
3.  Center and attach the  19″ x 19″ square to the top off the foundation, place screws in the center so they are covered up by the next layer.

< div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">5. Attach the 14″ x 14″ to your base by screwing through the top of the piece as shown below. You can cover the screw up with filler later.


Optional Steps
  • Pour a glass of wine and think about what a badass you are.
  • Think about all those weaker people that BUY their furniture.
  • Remember the time you almost cut your finger off.
  • Wonder why no one told you that the miter saw SUCKS things into the saw.
  • Finish your glass of wine, humbled and get back to work.
6. Cut a hole in the top and bottom of your globe, each hole should be 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ so you can slip it over the 4″ x 4″ post. Don’t feel guilty about the globe, it is for the greater good. Use one that still has the USSR on it, that might help sooth the guilt. The globe is decorative only, the weight on the table is supported by the 4″ x 4″
Slip the globe over the 4″ x 4″ post.
7. Spread drywall plaster over the entire globe, fill in all screw holes and also fill  any gaps that might exist between the layers of the pedestal.
8. Once the plaster has dried use sandpaper to smooth the globe and all other patches.
Clean off ALL dust and prepare to paint.
Spray paint, feel smug and satisfied. Ahhh. This might actually turn into a table.( I used Rustoleum Espresso in Satin.)
This is where our steps may differ. You might cut your own table top, I used one from an old table. Often it is cheaper to use pieces from a salvaged piece of furniture than it is to buy new wood. Check your local thrift stores for something that might work or simply cut your own.
Here is a great tutorial on making a solid wood table top.

9. Attach the  14″ x 4″ x 4″ piece of wood to the center of the 14″ x 14″ square of wood. Drill up through the bottom of the 14″ x 14″ into the 4″ x 4″. I actually used an old cupboard door for this piece, the molding added a visual interest.

10. After your table top is made and finish is applied attach the 13″ circle of wood to the top of your base. Screw down through the top of the circle into your 4″ x 4″ post.
11. Finally, attach your table top to the 13″ circle of wood.

Optional Steps
  • Tell your husband you are painting the work area of the garage PINK as you are now the master craftsman
  • Kick your feet up and ask for a beer
  • Realize the beer is never coming.
  • Get your own beer, sit down and enjoy that gorgeous table


I hope you try this tutorial, it was fairly easy and turned out great. Make sure you show me pictures of the finished product, I would love to see one in a bright, funky color. 

It was great to meet you and I hope you visit me at Harllee Design. I have wine and cheese over there for everyone, honestly………
Remember, if at first you succeed try something harder!

Welcome to blogging, Meagan!  Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous coffee table tutorial!  I can’t wait to see more of your great DIY projects!