Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest

O’Christmas tree, O’Christmas tree….I’ve just finished decorating 3 or 4. If you celebrate Christmas, more than likely you decorate an evergreen tree (real or artificial) with ornaments, lights, garland, odds and ends, handmade or store-bought. It’s a Christmas tradition in our home. Throughout the day, the Christmas tree stops me in my tracks. It’s a moment when I’m reminded to Rejoice! I’m celebrating the birth of my savior. 

When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year. 

Christmas Tree Contest

I love so many different styles and our home reflects my indecision…I mean: appreciation for a variety of decorating styles. Here is a look at the trees in the DIY Show Off home:

Traditional with red and gold in the living room:

Red and Gold Christmas Tree

{Christmas Home Tour}

Fun ombrè in the family room:

eclectic colorful Christmas

artificial Christmas tree trunk cover tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIYShowOff ombre Christmas tree no sew ruffled ombre tree skirt

And vintage, natural and burlap in the dining room:

rustic vintage Christmas tree

Tomato cage Christmas tree in the sitting room:

tomato cage Christmas tree

 

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE CONTEST IS Mechelle’s Christmas Tree with over 700 likes! Congratulations, Mechelle!  Mechelle's Christmas Tree

How to show off your Christmas tree: 

Share your Christmas tree photos/blog posts by linking up. CHRISTMAS TREES ONLY PLEASE! Show it off in the party below by adding your picture and linking to your permalink blog post. You must include this backlink: http://wp.me/p3Su5W-3dv in your post to enter or here’s a convenient html code to add to the end of your blog post:

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Christmas tree with the most “likes” on the linky party below wins a $100 either via PayPal or in the form of a Visa gift card for some after-Christmas sales shopping or for a first DIY project of 2014. 

Contest starts now and ends December 25th at midnight EST. Winner will be announced shortly after. In the event of a tie, another blog post will be written and DIY Show Off readers will choose the winning tree. DIY Show Off may choose the final winner if necessary. Links not Christmas tree related will be deleted. Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ only.

Non-bloggers may submit a photo to thediyshowoff@gmail.com with “Christmas Tree” in the subject line {DIY Show Off will link your photo and reply with your entry #}. Please also leave a comment below so I know to look for your entry in my spam folder. 

Please include the button with a link back at the bottom of your post to share the party and Christmas tree trimming inspiration with others. Thanks!



Follow DIY Show Off’s board Christmas Tree Inspiration on Pinterest.

Best Home Blog {DIY category}

How fun would it be for us to go shopping together?! 

Good morning, DIY friends! I know I said I’d be scarce this week, and I will be. But Have I told you lately how happy your support, encouragement and friendship means to me? When I started blogging six years ago, I had no idea that I’d make so many awesome friends, friends who share my passion for all things DIY and home. Your visits and comments and us sharing DIY and decorating is a HUGE party of my every day life. Thank you!

DIY Show Off

Lamps Plus is recognizing and rewarding the best Home blogs and I’ve been nominated! (hurray!) for the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards in the DIY category.

Starting Monday, October 14 through November 15, you can vote at Lamps Plus Facebook page. There are four different categories for your favorite home blog. Individuals will be able vote for their favorite blogs once every 24 hours. 

That’s where I can use your help! 

The highest vote-getter in each of the four categories will receive a $1,000 shopping spree from Lamps Plus. In addition, one lucky voter will receive a $500 shopping spree too.  So YOU can join in on the voting. 

Complete list of the nominees for the Best Home Blog Contest in the four categories can be seen here:

I’m in good company so even if I don’t end up with the highest popular vote, you can bet I’ll be cheering for the 24 DIY blog friends also nominated. 

If you’d be so kind to pop over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page and vote for DIY Show Off once a day (click the button below) for the next month along with your friends, as always, I’d be forever grateful. Thank you! 

DIY badge

How fun would it be for us to go shopping together? – I’d love  it!

What’s at the top of your wish list?

Good luck (to us both)! Have a great week!

Before and After Contest Voting Begins!

All summer long, the Before & After Contest supporting Habitat for Humanity has been going on, organized by OPC’s The Better Half: Jocie. Not only is she super sweet and talented but she’s one heck of a party planner! 

I hosted the contest one of the weeks and loved looking through the entries {here}. It was a tough choice…

Before & After DIY highlights

but I chose the awesome DIY bathroom makeover at Design Dreams by Anne

Bathroom Reno @ DesignDreams by Anne

Now it’s time for Anne and the other weekly winners to compete! Head over to the Before & After at One Project Closer to see all 13 winners and to vote for your favorite starting 9/26 at 10 p.m.! 

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Mission: It’s our hope that you will be inspired to get involved with Habitat for Humanity. You don’t have to be a professional or give weeks of your time or have lots of money. Every little bit counts! Find out more about volunteering or providing financial support with Habitat for Humanity.

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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<div align="center"><a href="http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/before-after-diy-contest-2013/" title="The Humble Brag Supporting Habitat for Humanity"><img src="http://cdn.oneprojectcloser.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/H4Hbutton2013.jpg" alt="The Humble Brag Supporting Habitat for Humanity" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

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!

 

FrogTape Earn Your Stripes Contest

FrogTape “Earn Your Stripes” contest….win $5000!

As you know, I’m always using FrogTape around here on one project or another and a brand ambassador on the FrogTape Blog Squad.

FrogTape Earn Your Stripes

Guess what?! I’m so excited to tell you! It’s that time of year – time for the FrogTape Earn Your Stripes Contest and I’d LOVE for a DIY Show Off reader to win the $5000 prize! As a member of the FrogTape Blog Squad, I’ll be participating in the judging process and looking forward to seeing your entry!

How to enter?

Visit the FrogTape Earn Your Stripes Contest page.

frogtape contest

FrogTape Contest

FrogTape Contest I KNOW I’ve seen some awesome projects from some of you using FrogTape! And it’s a great time of year to check off painting from your DIY to-do list, especially with this kind of incentive.

Need some inspiration? Here some of my painting projects using FrogTape…

Apartment Kitchen Herringbone Accent Wall

herringbone accent wall

Chartreuse Door

painted door after

Entryway Chevron Accent Wall

accent-wall-after

Family Room Christmas  Reindeer Wall Art

DIY colorful Christmas chevron reindeer games sign

Painted Steamer Trunk for Apartment Living Room

steamer trunk coffee table

Stair Landing FrogTape Accent Wall

stairwell landing makeover, stenciled wall

What are you waiting for? !

FrogTape contest

Good luck, friends!

*This post is sponsored by FrogTape.

 FrogTape Blog Squad

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! 

Show Off your Christmas Tree contest!

Show Off your Christmas Tree Contest

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree! I’ve just finished decorating 3. If you celebrate Christmas, more than likely you decorate an evergreen tree (real or artificial) with ornaments and lights. It’s a Christmas tradition in our home. Throughout the day, the Christmas tree stops me in my tracks. It’s a moment when I’m reminded to Rejoice! I’m celebrating the birth of my savior. When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year.  Christmas Tree Party and Contest I’m a “do what you love” decorator. Classic, modern, French country, rustic, vintage, farmhouse. See what I mean? Our old farmhouse doesn’t have an open floor plan, so rooms aren’t all the same theme and color. I love so many different styles and our home reflects my indecision…I mean: appreciation for a variety of decorating styles. Here is a look at the trees in the DIY Show Off home:

The family room Christmas tree is a white. I love how it glows and the fun bright colors are perfect for the eclectic vibe in this room.  Trimming the Christmas tree is such a fun part of the holidays!

colorful eclectic Christmas

Our traditional red and gold tree in our living room: DIYShowOff Christmas Tree

{tips for decorating your Christmas tree – can you tell lights are strung vertically? I create a faux root ball to give our 7.5′ tree another foot of height.}

A peek from traditional into bright and eclectic through the French doors…

traditional christmas living room

Our dining room tree is decorated with thrift store treasures, burlap ribbon browns, golds and a grapevine wreath star. Base is an old trunk and an old crate which give the tree some height {and charm}.  vintage natural Christmas

{More dining room Christmas decorating details and Holiday Home Tour coming this week!}

and a little DIY tomato cage Christmas tree in the sitting room: DIY Tomato Cage Christmas tree

How to show off your Christmas tree: 

Share your Christmas tree photos and blog posts by linking up. Show it off in the party below by adding your picture and linking to your permalink blog post. I just ask that you link back to this post to help share the love. Here’s a convenient html code to add to your blog post:

Christmas Tree Contest
<div align="center"><a href="http://wp.me/p27VkY-1Ru" title="Christmas Tree Contest" target="_blank"><img src="http://diyshowoff.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Christmas-Tree-Party-button.jpg" alt="Christmas Tree Contest" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

 

Christmas tree with the most “likes” {you may want to share with your friends to “like” your tree!} wins $100 Visa gift card for some after-Christmas sales shopping or for a first DIY project of 2013.

Contest starts now and ends December 25th at midnight EST. Winner will be announced shortly after. In the event of a tie, another blog post will be written and DIY Show Off readers will choose the winning tree. DIY Show Off may choose the final winner if necessary. Non-bloggers may submit a photo to thediyshowoff@gmail.com with “Christmas Tree” in the subject line {DIY Show Off will link your photo and reply with your entry #}. Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ only.

Remember to “vote” by visiting some pretty thumbnail links and clicking “like”!

Christmas Tree Inspiration:




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