Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chain Linky CLIMB @ Sew Crafty Angel


God’s Growing Garden
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WELCOME!
It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 13th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky") 
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Target Gift Card from Sew Crafty Angel
- $5 Starbucks Coffee Gift Card from Cuddlebug Cuties 
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Butterfly in the Attic - $15 value
- $10 Gift Certificate to PostcardsInTheAttic
- 1 Monthly Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- A beautiful Heart Shaped Gemstone Necklace with a raw Unakite/granite gemstone from Lake Michigan by ShorelineDesigned - $15 value
- "My Cookie Creation Countdown" ebook - $3 value
- "Making Your Own Cedar Roping or Pine Garland" ebook - $2 value
- "G.K.C.C. Gourdon Kringle Christmas Company" Children's Picture ebook - $4 value
- a beautiful handmade "Coffee Cozy"($5 value)  by Kaitlyn from Three Sisters & Us
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Coffee Cozy by Kaitlyn from "Three Sisters & Us"
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PERSIMMON SPLOTCH HEART SHAPED GEMSTONE NECKLACE -

Persimmon Splotch - Raw Unakite/Granite Gemstone, Lake Michigan Heart Shape Stone, 22 Carat Gold Grommets on Brass Bead Ball Chain Necklace
What a thrill it was to find this colorful and heart shaped persimmon splotched raw Unakite/granite combination gemstone in Lake Michigan!
I have 5 mm drilled a hole to fit two 22 Carat gold grommets which house two NuGold tarnish resistant large brass jumprings, and strung it onto a brass ball bead chain. The chain undone measures 25 inches, and as worn including stone will hang 14 inches. As seen in the last picture, the stone has a nice flat back which will rest nicely as worn.
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Gift Certificate to "PostcardsInTheAttic": "Travel back in time with Postcards In The Attic to a time when your purchases included fanciful detail and wholesome charm. Enjoy our beautiful vintage, antique and handmade postcards."

All 3 of these ebooks by Angie Ouellette-Tower


Total prize value is $124!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise these will become a second place prizes)
- You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Necklace & the Cozy (otherwise these will become  second place prizes)
- Any tax or shipping costs going above the amount of any gift certificate will be the winner's responsibility
- This Giveaway is open from October 31st, 2014 until November 30th, 2014
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - NOVEMBER 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- All prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:
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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

 
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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be promoted on social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #40



               Welcome to the 40th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 
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Before we party this week I wanted to 
remind everyone that Sew Crafty Angel is Hosting a 
HUGE CHRISTMAS EVENT GIVEAWAY 
$1650 Paypal Cash
starts this upcoming Friday at one minute after midnight 
on October 31st  (Nov 1st).
Make sure you come by and enter.


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We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  409 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

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{No Bake} Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

Pumpkin and Mummy No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops- Hun... What's for Dinner?
I have to tell you that these pops were a total hit. The kids (and moms alike) LOVED how cute they were and how delicious they tasted. By the end of the party, I think there was only 2 or so left. Just enough for Mr.B to try one. I decided to decorate my pops as pumpkins and mummies, because I had some fun black and orange, and black and white, paper straws that I had bought over the summer. 


spiderweb mom and baby cookies



i just used betty crocker cookie icing. 
everything ready made to make these cookies. 
that way they're done and done in a little over 1/2 hr.



Thanksgiving Craft: Thanksgiving Colored Eggs


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We often associate colored eggs with Easter. But with the emphasis today on Cage Free Chickens, we’ve not only got greater humanity—we’ve got eggs the color of turkeys. They make great decorations for the Thanksgiving table or sideboard. Farmers setting their chickens free is wonderful news. In this fun Thanksgiving craft, children can see how the farmer’s actions are a lot like how Jesus sets us free from the cages of sin!




Cheesy pasta shells coated with rich, slightly sweet pumpkin puree, bite size kale, and just a kick of garlic. Fall meets comfort food in this deliciously creamy pumpkin kale mac and cheese.
I think I just found a new side dish for my Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe it’ll just be my main dish.Seriously. That good.



Summer is gone and it’s taking a lot of humidity, warmth and fun times in the sun with it!
I still have my holiday tan and was naïvely hoping that home would still be holding on to summer as tightfistedly as I was.  Unfortunately, I stepped out of the airport to rain, overcast skies, cool breezes and brilliantly covered leaves. Either strewn on the pavement or still hanging on to their branches.
I have to face reality: winter is coming.


1930's Drum Table Makeover


This old, once a beauty, was sitting at the curb.  I ain't shy... so I snagged it up. Once home, I discovered why. Obviously the original front and drawer are gone and replaced with a repurposed one... and ...


750+ Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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Wow! I can’t believe how close we are to Halloween! There are so many fun activities during Halloween, but carving and decorating pumpkins is one of my favorite activities! This is an awesome list of over 750+ Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils! These are a GREAT way to help your family give each pumpkin a little personality! 



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Please tell me that you are watching everyone’s new guilty pleasure, How to Get Away With Murder, the latest hit TV show from über creator Shonda Rhimes. If you are not, you must. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a murder mystery author.
Here’s why…with NO SPOILER ALERTS!


Pasta and Sauce Recipe

Pasta and Sauce Recipe
So last night I was trying to figure out what to make for diner. I did not really feel like going to the store so I just looked at what we had in the fridge and went from there. I was super nervous and joked that if it tasted really bad we would have cereal for dinner instead. However I was really amazed by my awesome skills.



Adding Personal Touches In Decorating


Hello Sweets, today I want to talk about how adding special personal details
to Home Decor adds so much character to your home. For instance, 
I found this old window frame for 20 bucks at a local craft show the other day. I printed 
out some B&W prints of our boy playing in the dirt and placed them in the window frame. 
I know that you can order custom prints online at Shutterfly.
I added the word "WASH" (more on that project coming soon) on top of the frame to
give the wall even more character and interest. 




Hey everyone! My Ipsy bag came a little late this month, this past Friday actually. I was just busy all weekend and I can now get to showing you all what I got! I have to say, I'm impressed this month!



Sewing with Kids – Make a Halloween Garland

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Halloween Garland 1

Doc has asked me every day since our first time sewing on my sewing machine if we can make something else together. Since he did such a great job on our first project, I figured I’d better get on the ball and come up with something else to make. So I put together another idea for sewing with kids – Make a Halloween garland!

Washi Tape Halloween Treat Bags
I got a wee bit carried away buying Halloween washi tape this year. I have so much of it! More than I can ever use… or can I? I am on a mission to use up some of my craft supplies, beginning with these simple washi tape Halloween treat bags.
These little Halloween treat bags are perfect for cookies or candy, and make a sweet presentation for gift giving. If you’re really feeling ambitious (which I am not) you could make these up for your trick-or-treaters.



Things No One Told You Would Happen As A Parent

what every parent should know
It has come to my attention that there are just things that apparently moms never share with expectant parents. Sure they share many highs and lows of parenting, but never random information. Tell me I'm not alone in this?


DIY Vapor Rub
Winter is fast approaching and so are colds and stuffy noses and congested chests! Little people and big people alike do not rest when they can’t breathe, so we grudgingly put on smelly rub in order to open up our airway passages. The upside is that vapor rubs work great; the downside is that it’s typically made out of petroleum jelly a byproduct of different carbon sources and in today’s crunchy world petroleum jelly is so 1980’s!


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shampoo Bar - 100% Natural Product



Hello again from Natalie Loves Beauty! In my effort to incorporate more natural products into my beauty routine, I've been on the hunt for toxin-free hair care products, and while vacationing in Alberta this past summer, my sister, cousin and I stumbled upon a lovely shop in Banff called the Rocky Mountain Soap Company, which offers 100% natural bath and body products. Sadly we do not have this store on the East Coast, but the good news is that the company is expanding and there are now 10 locations across the West Coast. It was actually my first time hearing about this company, and the beauty blogger in me obviously could not not go in. As soon as I set foot in the store, I was overwhelmed (in a good way of course!) by the variety of products that they carry and the invigorating scents that immediately put me in a state of zenness. All their products are handmade in Canmore, Alberta and include ingredients such as essential oils, herbs, real grains and natural fruit bits. I've never tried a solid shampoo, so when I saw the Rocky Mountain Soap Company Shampoo Bar with Rosemary (C$5.25), I knew I had to put it to the test.


First, let me start off by saying that this Shampoo Bar will last you a very long time! I've been using it ever since I got it a couple of months ago and I am still not even near having used half of it. This shampoo is cruelty-free (as are all of their products) and vegan, and contains no sulfates or other chemicals. It is targeted for people with a normal to dry scalp, and the ingredient list includes coconut oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, olive oil, castor seed oil and rosemary leaf oil. As you may have guessed, this product has a very earthy and warm scent to it. One thing I quickly learned is that not much is needed, since after my first wash, my hair was left looking and feeling weighted down and greasy (which I should have know considering it is primarily made of water and oils). I learned from my mistake and now only apply a very thin layer and it does suffice to cover my mid-back long hair. I simply wet my hair followed by the shampoo bar and work it into my hands to have it slightly melt and then work it into my scalp until it forms a nice lather before applying it to my ends. It's also important to rinse well to get all of the product out. Because this shampoo is oil-based, I don't find the need to follow up with a conditioner since it is so moisturizing.


For the results and the price, I think this product is a steal! I wish I would have picked up more beauty items, although I did also purchase a copy of the book that they had on display near the register titled "There's Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them" by Gillian Deacon, which I still haven't gotten around to reading. The good news is that they have an online store that offers worldwide shipping, so if you are interested in trying their products, there is the option!


I thought I would leave you with a few pictures from my trip - I really can't wait to go back! Alberta definitely should be added to your bucket list if you haven't been already!

Tunnel Mountain - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Whistlers Mountain - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
One of many caribou sightings - Alberta, Canada
Have you tried a shampoo bar or even tried making your own? Who knows, that might just be my next endeavor!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Door Wreath DIY

I've finally started decorating my front porch for Fall.
I love creating my own wreaths each year.  
This year I just fell in love with all the gorgeous
 little pumpkins available everywhere. 
 So my theme was born.



I picked my pumpkins and gourds up at HomeGoods.
The wreaths were ones that I had stashed 
from a sale at Joann's for 99 cents
I found some beautiful sunflowers and pinecones 
at Joann's too.



I always keep a few grapevine wreaths in my 
stash so that I'm ready when the 
creative mood hits me.  They get very 
cheap at the end of summer so I stock up.
Add a little hot glue and my wreath starts taking shape.






My finished DIY Wreath.
I love it.





These towels were on sale so I picked up a 
couple for chair pillows.


10 minutes on the sewing machine and I had pillows.
So simple.  Just fold your towel in half and sew 
both sides first.  Then add your filling;
I used and old bed pillow and took out the 
stuffing and reused it.  Then sew up the bottom
and you have a chair pillow.  Sew simple.






Enjoy the season.  Be creative.
Hugs
Angel