Summer Spotlight

summer spotlight

Oh my gosh! Today I’m being featured on the Summer Spotlight hosted by Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, View from the Fridge, Oh, My! Creative and One Krieger Chick. The Summer Spotlight series has been showcasing great ideas from a different creative blogger each Friday throughout the summer months. Thanks to my sweet friend Susan from Oh, My! Creative for choosing me as today’s feature! What an honor!

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I encourage you to swing by their sites to check out the ideas they’re featuring from my blog (I cant stop smiling today!) as well as the entire Summer Spotlight series. Time to make some new friends! You can also follow the hosts online to see the great ideas they share year-round because there’s no such thing as too much creative eye candy, is there? Of course not!   

I chose a favorite project from each of these talented ladies to highlight and return the favor today:

Oh My! Creative

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A DIY Waterfall & Pond

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One Krieger Chick

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Poolhouse Decor: Watercolor Outdoor Wall Art

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View from the Fridge

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Bathroom Updates

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Kenarry

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Creating a Backyard Playground

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Awesome! Thanks so much for including me in this fun series, ladies! Enjoy every last bit of summer! xo 

 

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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Plenty of quiet spaces…

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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.

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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! 

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

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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. 

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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?

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

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER IS Jennifer Davis Schultz who won by liking AMIBL on Facebook. Congratulations, Jennifer!

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• 2 ~ Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
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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!

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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…

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