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Easter Eggshells

Source: BetterHomes & Gardens

These make me smile!
Source: Martha Stewart

I love these cute ideas. 

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Ideas to Display Kids Art

source: inspirationsbyd
Just some cute ideas to display your little ones work.

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How to Make a Wall Vase

Prepare your home for spring by creating this look.  I came across this wonderful and easy tutorial for making your own wall vase from distantbloggers.
Give it a try and create your own, I know I am.

Get an empty jar and a piece of wood that is a bit larger than the jar.  Make sure the jar has a lip on the top. Paint the wood any color you like.

Position the jar on the wood and drill two holes on either side at the the base of the opening. 

Wrap steel wire around the lip of the jar a few times and twist it once until it’s secure.  Position the jar so that it’s lined up on the wood and poke the ends through the small holes that you drilled.  Wrap them together in the back and clip any extra wire.

Drill two additional holes at the top of the wood and wrap a second piece of steel wire through leaving a large loop at the top.  Twist the ends around the base and clip off the extra wire.

Add water and flowers then hang it up.  Dried or imitation flowers could also be used.
Hope you enjoy!  

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How to Make a Ribbon Chain Bracelet

Here are some inspirations.
Lets create shall we...

Grab some ribbon and random chains laying around your home and get 
crafty by making your own bracelet.  
No glue or sewing needed for this little project.
Take the ribbon and loop it into each ring creating this effect...
Once your chain and ribbon are looped, tie the ends to secure it.
You may layer it as seen here, or make it a one chain 
wrap bracelet as the inspirations shown above. 
You can add beads to make it interesting or add rhinestones.  
Get creative and have fun with it!

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Etsy Sale

Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday!  Today I want to make an announcement regarding my little magnet shop.  As you know I have a little shop over at Etsy.  It has been open for almost a year now and unfortunately I have not been able to put a lot of time into it, so I have been thinking about what to do with it and I finally came to the conclusion of discontinuing making my glass magnets, at least for now.  I may re open it later on in the year.

It has been a fun and interesting experience, but life calls for more important things at the moment.  It makes me sad to have to put it aside.  I don't really have the support that I need to continue with my little hobby.  So with that said, I am hosting a private sale at the shop.  If you enter code: INSP10 you will receive 10% off  your purchase.  I hope that you take the time to stop by there and take a peek at what is currently available.  The shop will remain open until all items are gone.  
Thank you for your support .

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Have You Looked at Blogger Lately?

More Blogger News:
Many of you have noticed that blogger has made quite a few improvements on their site during 2010 and continue to do so even as you read this post.  
There is a notice on your blogger dashboard that has been lingering for days, if not a week or so about these lovely updates and what is yet to come to your blogger account.  On the very top of your page you will see this message: 

Dashboard                                                                 Language:

Couldn't make it to Austin for SXSW? Be sure to watch this video and read this post to see what we announced!

Click on it on your page and read about it.  It is exciting to know that they are working on making your blogging experience more convenient by improving formats and adding new content.
One of the features they are working on is improving your dashboard, so go on and read all about it at Blogger Buzz: What’s New With Blogger.

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Holland Fabric House

Spring is in the air, flowers and trees are on the bloom, and I can't help but feel inspired by the glorious colors everywhere.
 I find myself drawn to bolder colors this year, because I find these amazing hues to be full of life.  We all need color in our lives, especially in dark times.  Colors are a sign of hope, happiness and life.  They play an important role when it comes to our ambiance.  You can add flowers to a room, pictures or throw pillows with a bright hue to lift the mood in any room.  

Brighten things up by using fabrics from Holland Fabric House, check them out here. If you are looking for beautiful and colorful fabrics and other goodies for your sewing projects, this is the place to go.  They have so many inspirational ideas and the materials to create them.  Holland Fabric House also has an Etsy shop, full of colorful items.  So if you are on the hunt for fabrics in bold colors,  stop by their site for inspirations.
I fell in love with their colors and patterns.
 Hope that you enjoy!

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Katie Daisy Art

I would describe Katie Daisy Lombardo's art work as bright, colorful, invigorating, beautiful, happy, natural, a breath of fresh air...
These delightful paintings boost my inner happiness as I gaze into every stroke of color, that seem soft, soothing and flowing from a cottage spring garden.

Katie Daisy is an illustrator that enjoys all of nature.  She is an artist with a love for all things rural.  She works using watercolor as well as acrylics and other materials.  She has her own Etsy shop where she sells her art work. You can also visit her blog KatieDaisyArt which by the way has amazing illustrations and photos and you may also visit her here with more of her beautiful work.

I am so in love with her art work, that I just had to share it with you.  Once again a beautiful find, at least in my book, to inspire you and know where to find charming art.
See more of her wonderful work at The Wheatfield shop.

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How to Activate Mobile Version of Your Blog

Today everyone is using their cell phone to Tweet, Facebook and even Blog, so why not make your blog available to more readers via cell phones.  If you want to make your blog available to more people in the mobile arena, then you will have to activate your mobile function on your blogger account.  If you have a blog with blogger, then follow the steps below.

How to Activate Mobile Template on Blogger

Login to your blogger account.  If not already there, go to your dashboard.  Next, click on the "Templates" tab on your dashboard screen to your left side of the screen.
This will take you to your template page screen, there you will click on the "Mobile" icon below your mobile picture.
Currently it may be disabled.  When you click the little icon below it you will see "mobile template" with two options;  yes, on mobile....
and no, on mobile devices.
Check Yes, On mobile devices as you see above.
Then if you want to see what your blog will look like on a mobile phone,
click the blue tab that reads  Preview.
Your blog will not look exactly as it does on your computer, no design but will contain your posts and titles. 

How to Make A Bib Necklace

My personal inspiration is this necklace from Banana Republic.
How to Make A Bib Necklace
Isn't it beautiful?  Want to learn to make your own?

DIY: Vintage Pin Bib Necklace from Bromeliad.

I am sure many of you have seen these lovely necklaces in department stores and on the Internet.  There are many tutorials out there on how to make your own bib necklace.  I wanted to share this tutorial with you because it looks so timeless and so chic.  All you need are old pins to get started.  Follow this lovely tutorial at Bromeliad.  You will see a step by step guide on how to make your own.  
Let me know what you think and have fun creating!

Sweet Temptations

Note to Self:
If you wish to stop eating sweets, then keep them away.

This is what happens when you desire to eat healthier and perhaps lose weight, you find donuts in the house.


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Neuschwanstein Castle

I have been feeling somewhat blue lately. So I decided to look back on my travels because it makes me feel thankful, grateful and happy for the experiences in my life. 
(unknown photographer)

Isn't this breath taking?  I remember when I first saw it, I was captivated by it's beauty and enamored by the breath taking panorama.  The scene was right out of a fairy tale story.  

 During the time that Mr. M and I lived in Germany, we visited as many castles as we were able to find.  This one of course is my favorite, the Neuschwanstein Castle.

I was fascinated by every angle of this castle.  No matter what bridge, valley or mountain you found yourself in, the view was spectacular.  We visited this castle a few times, we went during the winter and also the Spring.

(unknown photographer)

This famous castle is the most photographed in Germany.  The inside of the castle is just as beautiful!  

Did you know that Walt Disney was so impressed by it that he modeled Sleeping Beauty's castle after the Neuschwanstein?  

King Ludwig’s castles are considered very young or "new" when compared to the many other castles in Bavaria, Germany. It was built in the late 1800’s, and it was “Mad” King Ludwig II who built Neuschwanstein Castle, as well as Linderhof castle and Herrenchiemsee castle. The Neuschwanstein castle was going to be a private retreat for the reclusive King Ludwig II of Bavaria, but sad to say, he died before it was completed.  His death remains a mystery.  Read more about him here.

The Bridge...
..intimidating isn't it?  Well you will have to see it up close to get a feel for it.  It's higher than you think.

If you ever find yourself in Bavaria, Germany, be sure to visit this beautiful castle, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Hope you enjoyed!

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