Friday, January 31, 2014

We have a WINNER! $850 @ Sew Crafty Angel

Congratulations Angela Y.  You are the winner of $850 Paypal Cash 
1:14pm    Update:  Angela has claimed her winnings and her Paypal Cash has been sent to her.  Congrats Angela!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The CLIMB "Linky" & Giveaway @ Sew Crafty Angel
It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our fourth CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Here's how it 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!! 
Please enter below -one person will win:

(you must have a PayPal account to enter & be 18 years or older) (this Giveaway is now worldwide - EXCEPT for the "Coffee Cozy" prize.  Due to postage prices - if the winner does not live in the lower 48 of the USA then the "Coffee Cozy" becomes a second place prize)

- $25 PayPal Cash

- 1 Monthly Medium Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 60 days
- 1 Ad Space on Serenity You
- 1 Large Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel

- 1 Month Ad Space on God's Growing Garden
- a beautiful handmade "Coffee Cozy" by Kaitlyn from Three Sisters & Us
CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions: 
\  as mentioned above - this is open worldwide HOWEVER if you win and are not living in the USA -then due to shipping costs the "Coffee Cozy" will become a second place prize & will be given to somebody living in the lower 48 of the USA
- You MUST have a PayPal account to enter
- This Giveaway is open from January 31st, 2014 until February 28th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - February CLIMB blog hop co-hosts MAY 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.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:

Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):

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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 - Now 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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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bloglovin' Hop @ Sew Crafty Angel

Don't forget to register to win $850 in my Birthday Giveaway.  Only a few hours left.

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Your Devoted Host:

Your Fabulous Co-Hosts:


1.  Follow your host, co-hosts, and sponsors.  
2.  Enter your Bloglovin' link in the hop below. Be sure to manually upload a picture from your phone or computer.
3.  Visit a few other blog hoppers and show the love!
4.  ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! It's going on ALL month!  I'm celebrating 1 year of hosting this hop and you will love the prizes!  Who doesn't want a cute Kate Spade wallet?!
5.  Tweet and share!


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party

Welcome to Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

10 Blogs  -  1 Party

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!
 The hop is hosted and posted on 10 different blogs

Meet Your 10 Lovely Hostesses

Link up your favorite post of the week and share it with old and new followers. Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health & fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.

Please DO NOT link and run…….please visit a few of the wonderful blogs that are sharing here.
  • Please leave comments when you visit
  • Please Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  • Linkback on your post ( optional, but always appreciated)
  • Grab the hop button from our sidebar ( optional)      
  • No adult content blogs
  • No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! (sorry they will be removed)
  • Yes you can link giveaways. Add your giveaways to Sew Crafty Angel's Pinterest Community Giveaway Board too.  
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party. Now hop on and share your favorites. 


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday @ Sew Crafty Angel

Welcome to the 19th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!
Last week, we had a record-breaking week with 142 linkups! I'm so excited that Turn It Up Tuesdays is growing so quickly and that so many have connected with us!
Thank you so much to all those who have participated and for those new to Turn It Up Tuesday - Welcome!

Scars on Your Soul

Scars tell a story about who you are and the life you've led.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Laced Cake Plate Remake

I am always looking for something I can transform.
I was at TJMaxx a few days ago and found this cute little cup.
I looked at it and thought how adorable it was but couldn't think of what I would be able to do with it.  So I walked around a little more and I saw this beautiful laced something but I couldn't tell what it was because it was buried under a ton of other items.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lovely You Valentine's $350 Cash Giveaway

It is better to give than it is to receive, so for this season of Love, we are giving away $350 Cash to one (1) lucky winner!!!
Meet the Lovely people who made this giveaway possible...
Natasha @ Lovely You | Mionna @ Just Mi | Sarah @ Hope in Every Season | Nicole @ Pharr Away | Angel @ Sew Crafty Angel | Myrna @ Undecided Mamas | Lanaya @ Raising Reagan | Lily @ Fun Fierce Fabulous Beauty Over 50 | Sherry @ The Life of the Party | Sammie @ Busy Sweet Life | Robin @ Robin Charmagne | Dee @ Ms. Dee Kay | Susan @ Love In the Kitchen | Natasha @ Epic Mommy Adventures
Not Pictured: Linda | Crafts A La Mode
Christie @ A Kitchen Hoor | Britni @ Play Party Pin | Liz @ The Fitness Blondie | Charlene @ A Pinch of Joy | Beauty Style Growth | Lizzy @ Muddle Headed Mamma
Not Pictured: Jamie | Handling with Grace, Kira | Giveaways and Sweepstakes
Michi | Delphina Luxe
Nicole | Pharr Away

Lovely You Blog, Co-Hosts, Contributors and Sponsors are not eligible to enter this giveaway. The Valentine's Day Cash Giveaway begins January 25th at 12:00 AM EST and ends February 8th at 12:00AM EST. The giveaway is open to Residents Worldwide with a verified PayPal account except where prohibited by law. One (1) winner will be selected by and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. No purchase necessary for entering this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, GFC, Bloglovin and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me, cohosts and sponsors in order to verify your entries and name a winner. As the winner, you are responsible for any tax reporting and associated fees via PayPal in obtaining the winnings. It is the Sole responsibility of the winner and not Lovely You Blog, Co-hosts, Contributors or Sponsors.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bloglovin' Linky - Giveaways - Fun Galaore

We have a lot of 
here this week so after you link up to the party register to win some of 
this money that's up for grabs. 

Win $850 @ Sew Crafty Angel's Birthday Celebration Giveaway

We Want You For A Tax Day Giveaway

        Hosted by:

Have you ever heard that the only two things certain in life is death and taxes??  Well I am hoping to brighten someones Tax Day with a cash giveaway and  I would LOVE for YOU to be part of it too.

No Cost Ottoman Redo

I have a young friend on a very tight budget who needed a little help
with an old ottoman she has had forever and wants to keep.  So we decided
to try to do a no cost redo.

To start with this couch had great bones but only one cushion.
That was pretty easy to fix, we just gathered some big cushions
and I think it looks really cute and it is veryyyyyy comfortable.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday @ Sew Crafty Angel

Welcome to the 18th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!

Link up and don't forget to sign up for my Giveaway, just click and register below

Win $850 @ Sew Crafty Angel's Birthday Celebration Giveaway

We had an awesome week filled with some great posts! Thank you so much to all those who have participated!

How to Build A Photography Lightbox

Close-up photography of detailed objects requires good lighting. 
However, being able to light an item properly to show the true color, 
details and beauty of the object can be difficult. I think a light box is a 
great solution. It provides light diffusion and a uniform background to help 
you capture the true essence of your item. 
Unfortunately photography lightboxes 
can be expensive, so I decided to make my own.

I looked around the internet and saw a variety of examples from cardboard boxes
to huge wooden boxes.  Then my daughter had a brilliant idea, she said "mom
how about we use art canvas boards?"

Cleaver, it already had the white fabric coating, wood frame standard so
 no extra cost for any of these pieces.  So the more I thought the idea out the
 better I liked it.  Next thing I knew we were in the local craft store deciding
 what size canvas we wanted to use.

Canvas comes in a huge variety of sizes so the choice was fairly simple.  
The size should be appropriate for the the objects you will photograph.  I want
 to learn how to photograph small and medium size items so I didn't need 
anything super big but I wanted a moderate size box just in case 
inspiration hit me to work with a larger object.

You can buy fairly inexpensive canvas in a two package which is
what we purchased.  I decided on a medium size box but you can go as small
or as large as your heart desires since the variety is so big.

The 4 pieces of canvas cost me $21 with a half off coupon.  
(I don't buy anything without a coupon)

Glue - I used wood glue for its strength.  You have to smear it on 
with your finger tips so as not to get the glue on to your white fabric.

Tape - I used tape to hold the boards straight while the glue dried.
I put tape across the back and seams and it worked great. 
My box dried overnight and it's tremendously sturdy.  
My 2 year old boy tested it's durability for me, lol.

You will need to light this box and this could be the most expensive part of the 
box unless you already have the lights. Without good lighting you will not get the 
picture you desire. I already had an Ott Light that I use for everything and I love the 
soft yet bright light it produces so that is what I used.  The Ott Light also has a flexible 
stem that allows you to position it anywhere you wish to utilize the light source.

Since I decided to use a flexible light source I did not 
cut window holes in my box.  I did discover that if I position the light 
outside the box the white fabric diffuses the light, making it soft and perfect 
for taking bright photos with little shadow.

(Total cost was $21 for my light box)

Then I started learning how to use my latest creation.
Lights, camera, action!