Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Giveaway! Happy Everything Celebration Platter and Attachments

The countdown is on!  In just a few short days, our kiddos will be heading back to school.

Being the party girl that I am, I see this as an opportunity to celebrate!

Not only did I put together a cute little "School Rocks" back-to-school party, I immediately pulled out my "Happy Everything" mini platter from Coton Colors and excitedly adorned it with my adorable little school bus attachment

  
Walking by this pretty little display on my tabletop brings a smile to my face.  It's so "cheery!"

What I like even better about my Coton Colors platter is that in about another week I'll take off that cute little school bus and replace it with my pumpkin attachment to celebrate the arrival of Fall...

 
...and then replace it again with a birthday cake to celebrate my son's birthday!
 
 
Isn't that the neatest little thing?
 
Changing the attachments is so easy, too!  There is a heavy-duty velcro tab on both the platter and the attachments, so you just peel off one attachment and replace it with another.  Easy peasy!
 
And there are over 40 attachments to choose from...from major holidays to fun things like footballs and BBQ's, Coton Colors really has something for all occasions.
 
I'm also in love with their little glass ornaments.
This one is going with my niece on her first day of kindergarten to give to her teacher as a gift.
 
 
 
Don't you just love it?!!
 
We thought you would, so Coton Colors is generously giving one lucky winner their very own
"Happy Everything"  mini platter (a $47.95 value),
along with two attachments...the pumpkin and the birthday cake (valued at $14.95 each)!
 
Enter for your chance to win these high-quality celebrating pieces below,
and don't forget to visit Coton-Colors.com to check out their other fabulous goodies!
 
Congratulations to Dawn Fortner, entry #89!  You are our lucky winner!  :)
 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Friday, August 24, 2012

DIY Wine Rack ~ "Craft Wars" Pop Craft

We really should title this post “How to Make a Wine Rack from Silverware, Pie Tins, Footballs, Acorns, and Turkey Basters,” since those are the crazy items that Nikki and I were given in the Pop Craft Challenge of our episode of Craft Wars!

We have gotten so much feedback about our projects since we appeared on the show, but this cute little wine rack has definitely been a fan-favorite.  (It was one of our favorites, too)!

In case you missed the show, you can catch us in action on iTunes, but we thought it would be fun to give everyone the step-by-step how-to for creating one of your own!

My favorite thing about this wine rack? It's multi-functional!

Use the chalkboard to leave yourself reminders or to write a little note, come home after a hard day, hang your purse on the hook & grab a bottle of wine to relax, and those turkey baster hooks make the perfect holder to hang your corkscrew so that it's always handy!

Here's a shot of Nikki with our finished product as she pitched it to the judges.  With only one hour to craft it, we were super excited with how it turned out!  There are a few changes we'd recommend given more time, so be sure to read the notes below.


Craft Wars DIY wine rack
Materials:
  • Plywood (You’ll need two pieces cut 20″ x 30″.)
  • Jigsaw
  • Trim (On the show we used 1″ x 2″ trim, but at home I actually just cut “trim-like” 2″ strips of plywood, and it worked just fine!)
  • Chalkboard paint and paintbrush
  • 1 yard of fabric to cover frame
  • 1 yard of batting (At home I used scraps of quilt batting I had left over!)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Cordless drill, 1/4″ drill bit, and screws
  • Clamp
  • Silverware (On the show we used a combination of 4 spoons and 2 forks. You can see in the picture above that at home I just used 6 spoons.)
  • 3 turkey basters
  • 1/2 yard of fabric to cover turkey basters
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Felt (This is for covering the back. You’ll need a piece about 18″ x 28″.)
Directions:
1. Cut two pieces of plywood 20″ x 30″. Paint one side of one piece with black chalkboard paint. (Be sure to give it at least two coats of paint! I’m not sure if it made it to air, but judge Stephen Brown of Glitterville commented on our poor paint job during his critique!)

2. Cut 2 pieces of trim to 30″ long. Cut 2 pieces of trim to 15 3/4″ long.

3. Cut 4 strips of fabric about 9 inches wide. (I just left them the length off the bolt…about 40″ from selvage to selvage.) Cut 4 strips of batting the same size.

4. Staple one piece of batting and one piece of fabric to the back of each piece of trim. (If you watched our episode closely, you’ll see we didn’t use batting there. We wanted to, but again, that whole "only have an hour" thing! I included it here because the judges called us out on it, saying it would have looked nicer, and I agree)!


5. One by one, screw trim to the plywood base. Then wrap batting and fabric around to the back of the piece and staple in place. A few notes here:
  • Layer the two pieces of plywood together, with the chalkboard painted surface at the top. (The reason for two pieces of plywood? This is very technical….our screws were too long and would have stuck out the back if we just used one layer!)
  • Use the clamp to hold all three layers together (the two pieces of plywood and the trim). It will makes things much easier!
  • Make sure your paint is completely dry! Your fabric will end up on the plywood background while you screw the three layers together and you don’t want it to end up with black spots on it!
  • I did the two long sides first, then the top and bottom.
  • The long sides are easy…wrap them right around to the back. The short sides take a bit more patience to get the mitered corner effect!

 
6. With a cordless drill and 1/4″ drill bit, put a hole in the very top of each piece of silverware. (Note: On the show we actually used a drill press. That was so much easier! If you have one or know someone that has one, use it!)

7. Using a clamp to keep your silverware in place, and a lot of muscle power, bend each piece of silverware twice, each time at a right angle, so it looks kind of like a zig-zag.



8. Screw silverware to the plywood. (If you look in the finished picture, you’ll see we staggered our silverware. I liked the look of the bottles facing alternating directions!)



9. Cut squares of fabric to cover the bottom of the turkey basters. The squares should be roughly 10″. Give them a coat of spray adhesive, place the turkey baster right in the middle, and start wrapping it up. Tuck the ends of the fabric inside. (The spray adhesive won’t actually stick the fabric to the turkey baster, but it will help the fabric stick to itself, which makes getting nice, neat folds in your fabric much easier!)



10. Use hot glue to adhere the covered turkey basters to the bottom of the plywood base. (Be careful what you hang on them! Let’s face it…the hot glue is not going to hold very much weight! Ideally, you could screw a dowel to the board first, then put the turkey baster over that to give it much more stability, but remember….we only had one hour!)



11. Use spray adhesive to adhere a large piece of felt (18″ x 28″) to the back of your wine rack!

12. Add a few bottles of wine and enjoy!

If you guys decide to give this DIY a whirl...which many of your have mentioned...we'd LOVE to see pics!
 
Any comments or questions that have along the way, feel free to post here and we'll get them answered for you.  Be sure to come back, share and tell us all about your experience!
 
P.S. Nikki has this DIY up on her blog, too, so please stop by and show here some love, as well!
 
Once again, thank you guys so very much for your support!  We appreciate each and every one of you and we wouldn't be here without you! xoxoxo
 
 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Craft Wars: Our Time Has Come!

The moment we've all been waiting for is here:  This is the week that Nikki McGonigal of Nikki, in Stitches and I go to battle on TLC's Craft Wars!
We have a BIG week planned to celebrate, from the actual airing of the show, to a LIVE online party that you are all invited to, a GINORMOUS giveaway that you do not want to miss, and even a DIY tutorial for a project that we made on the show! 

You won't want to miss a second, so grab your calendar and mark the dates listed below...you've got lots of fun in store! 


1.  Tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 21st, Nikki and Jen will appear on the season finale of Craft Wars!  IMPORTANT:  There are TWO episodes airing tomorrow night.  We will be on the second episode that airs at 11:00PM EST/ 10:00PM CT.  We know it's late, so set those DVRs, or squeeze in a nap so you can stay up to watch! 

2.  Thursday, August 23rd, a LIVE online party with Nikki and Jen!  Join Nikki and I for an online party via Spreecast!  The party will take place right here in the video box below, and it's so easy to join in the fun!  Just come back here at 8:00PM EST/7:00PM CT, and sign in using this link.  You will be able to chat back and forth with us, ask questions, and even get on camera with us, if you want to!  It is going to be so much fun, I hope you join us!  For more info about how a Spreecast works and how to join in, Nikki's put together some Spreecast instructions that will give you all of the info you'll need. 




(If you don’t see the Spreecast box it’s probably because you’re reading this through a feed. Click this link to view it right on the Passion-for-Parties.com blog).

3.  How does a giveaway worth $950 sound?!!  Cathie Filian, one of the producers of Craft Wars and the incredible talent behind CathieFilian.com is hosting a contest to celebrate the season-ending of the show.
Cathie is generously giving away $800 worth of amazing craft supplies, but that's not all!

Some of the amazing Craft Wars competitors are jumping in on the fun and adding some prizes to the pot, for a grand total of $950 worth of crafty goodness!  For full details on how to enter, click here. 

4.  And last but not least, Friday, August 24th, Nikki and I are sharing a DIY for how to make a project that we made on the show! Yep, we can't tell you what it is just yet, but we can tell you that you are going to LOVE it!  It's one of our most favorite things that we created!  Tune in Friday for the full details!

Oh, one more thing...
Nikki and I are super excited to take part in some interviews and TV appearances to help promote the show.  To keep up with the fun, be sure to follow us on Facebook:

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You can also learn more about me and my experience on the show in this interview that I did with my local newspaper.


Well, I think that covers it!  Got your calendars marked? 

We can't wait to hear what you think about the show, we hope that you'll join our party on Thursday, we wish you big luck in the giveaway, and we both thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your continued support.  You're the best and we wouldn't be here without you!  xoxoxo


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Win a signed copy of Pizzazzerie's new book & a Target Gift Card!

Courtney Whitmore, the creative mind behind the party blog, Pizzazzerie, and the author of the top-selling book, Push-up Pops, has done it again!

Her newest book, Candy Making for Kids, has hit the shelves and it is destined to be another smash hit!


From bright, colorful pictures to easy-to-follow instructions, this book will have kids and adults alike chomping at the bit to make the candy creations that are tucked inside.





And just in time for the holidays, you'll find some super cute Halloween and Christmas projects to make with your kiddos.

So fun!

Ready for the giveaway?

Not only are we giving away an autographed copy of the book to one lucky winner,
we're also giving away a $25 gift card to Target so you can shop for project supplies and get started right away!

Enter below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

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