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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How to hang multiple frames!!!

Have you ever tried hanging multiple frames?


You think to yourself ''This is going to be easy''.. just until you start.. and then you realize it's not that easy and takes A LOT of time.

You'll be happy to know that I have 10 easy steps to make this ''easy'' project actually simple.

Step 1: Find some paper that will be long and wide enough to cover the the section of the wall you would like to hang your frames.  (If your paper isn't long/wide enough, just tape them together)


Step 2:  Place your frames on your paper, exactly the way you would like them to be on your wall.


Step 3: Trace the outline of your frames onto your paper.


Step 4: Turn your frames over and measure where the hole is.  Use those measurements to make dots on your paper frames.




Step 6: Hang your paper on your wall using tape.


Step 7: Hammer nails where you see your dots.


Step 8: Tear off the paper.  You'll have only your nails left on the wall.


Step 9: Hang your frames.


Step 10: Enjoy your ''easy'' work.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Business 2 Blogger!!!

Have your heard of Business 2 Blogger?



I came across their website yesterday and decided to join.
Basically this site helps Businesses and Bloggers meet:

Businesses want to have their products out there and to have their products ''out there''.. they need some exposure.. and the best place to get exposure is through the web... ESPECIALLY through Bloggers who have loyal followers.
Any Bloggers dream is to be able to make some extra cash and/or get to receive some neat products through their blog.

And that's where Business 2 Blogger comes in.

When you (Blogger) sign up, you'll receive emails with opportunities.... when you find products that you would like to review, you apply and hope you get accepted.

If you're a business and you are looking for help with exposure, you just have to contact Business 2 Blogger and they'll set you up.

Sounds pretty interesting and I can't wait to get started.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

And the WINNER is....

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!

The winner of the Teeny Tiny Cup with Love created by Brag About It:

 

... chosen by Random.org:


The 27th comment was Nikki Wilson!!!  Congrats Nikki!!  We will be contacting you via email shortly!!

Thank you to everyone who participated!!!.... HOWEVER the fun doesn't stop here....

Would you believe that Brag About It has offered The D.I.Y. Dreamer blog readers a MEGA HUGE 30% discount?!?!  This discount is valid from 11:00am EST today until tomorrow 11:00am EST!!  Make sure to take advantage of this AMAZING discount!!  Use coupon code: DIYDREAMER30
Please note that this offer can not be combined with any other offer.       

Now go on and do some shopping at the Brag About It!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Old T-Shirts Anyone???

Do you have old t-shirts that you are wanting to throw out??  How about the awful looking t-shirt your hubby keeps wearing.. bunch of holes and driving you nuts? (I'm not taking about your t-shirts Sébastien.. I promise )

Here are a few GENIUS ideas you could do with them:

 How about T-Shirt Blossoms?
Found this on Meg + Ryan.


Found this on Make it and Love It.

 
Found this on Matsutake.


... Bath Mat?
Found this on Fine Craft Guild.


Found this on Leafy Treetop Spot.


Found this on Bulb in Blue.


Found this on Delia Creates.


 or even... a Rug?
Found this on Lindsay & Drew.


I definately going to try a few of these ideas....

But today, I made the T-Shirt Blossoms:

Front view:


Back view:


These are seriously SUPER EASY to make.. and very addictive!!  I'm going to make a bunch more and I'm even going to have my eldest help me make them.

Don't forget to check out.... IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jewellery Storage!!

How do you store your jewellery?

Do you use anything like this?



                                   
 

I sure WISH I used something as glamorous as those... My jewellery is actually very unorganized and can be found partly in my jewellery box.. and in a wicker basket.

My eldest daughter seems to have the same messy habit as I do when it comes to jewellery (she puts them everywhere).  To solve this problem, my hubby and I are going to make her a jewellery box/stand for Christmas.  Of course, we've never really built anything like this before.. so my father will be helping us greatly in this project.

BTW, Check out yesterday's blog post.... IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!   

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

WHO DOESN'T LOVE GIVEAWAYS??

Melissa, the wonderful creator of Brag About It, is sponsoring my very first GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky winner will receive this beautiful Teeny Tiny Cup with Love:


Before we get into the giveaway details... lets get to know Melissa, the creator of Brag About It.


When did you start Brag About It?

I started Brag About It in 2006 just after my son Lucas was born. I began creating jewelry as a way to find “girlie me time” in a house full of boys. I have always been creative and this was a perfect fit for me. I started with Brag Bracelets and quickly fell in love with hand stamping. So I purchased my first set of stamps and started stamping. I found the ideas were and are endless and I have only just begun. Here I am today with Brag About It and I LOVE IT !!!

What inspired you to start your business (where did the idea come from.. classes..?)

What inspired me to start my business ... My Life, My Family ! I wanted a way to express myself and show the world my family (when they were not around). At that time in my life, I was a top selling realtor (of 10 years) for Royal LePage. I was away from the house all the time. As I would say 25 hours a day, 8 days a week and 366 days of the year. I was constantly on the go. I began creating as a way to relax and find me again. I created a bracelet so I could bring my family with me. In the middle of an offer presentation or between showings, I would stop and look down and there they were. As much as I loved creating bracelets, I found my ideas were limited. So I looked for new ways to create and show them off. Stamping allowed and still allows me to be creative in many forms.

Where do you get your inspiration from when creating new pieces?

My inspiration comes from everywhere ... Life, Family, Events and Clients. I love when a client says “Do you do custom orders?” ... The wheels start turning. I do have to say they never stop turning. I am always looking and thinking of new pieces to create. I have a few I am working on right now and it makes me excited.

Do you have a favorite piece?

I do have a favourite piece ... I have a few ... The one I am most proud of is My Family Tree – Locket Style. The two I love and wear all the time are Tree Full of Love and Family All Around Bracelet. I do love them all. I love how each one looks when it is completed. Although I do know what the piece will look like when completed, they are all so different and have a different meaning for each of my clients. 

What is your dream for BragAboutIt?

Sometimes I feel my dreams are too big. But I am the kind of person, where nothing will stop me. I love the next step, the next day, the next adventure. I would LOVE to have a personal (off Etsy) website. I would LOVE to open a brick and mortar store (these are in the works). As much as I say my dreams for Brag About It are too big, my heart tells me nothing is ever too big to dream for. I can and will make Brag About It everything I dreamed it would be.


How do you juggle family and work?

I feel this is the largest struggle for me, as I think with every mother and/or father. When I was selling real estate I could honestly say, real estate came first, my clients were my life. My clients are still my life today, but in a different way. They inspire me to be me. They make me me ! They let me be me. It is a day to day struggle, but I try a little harder each day to remember why I am doing what I do. To be a part of their life, my boys and my husband. I use to work weekends and evenings ( all the time). Now, I find I look forward to the evenings and weekends. When I first parked my real estate license to put forth a full time effort with Brag About It ... It felt so weird not to have to go out in the evenings and on the weekend. Now to be able to relax with my family on a Sunday or to read them a story a night, means more than anything. Sometimes I stop myself and say ... It is okay to be MOM for now.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

What would people be surprised to know about me ... Hmmm ... I am not sure ? I am 32. I met my now husband when I was 14. I LOVE candy, glitter and shoes. I still have all my Barbie’s and collect new ones. I LOVE the Housewives of anything series and Jersey Shore. I also LOVE Law & Order and Criminal Minds. I have a tattoo and want more. I am an honest person who loves to give and make people happy. I am a Leo (that may say it all). I do have a little temper and am impatient. I like things my way. I would say, ASK ME and I will tell you. I am me and love being me.


Thanks Melissa for being so open and honest.. you are GREAT!!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:



One Lucky Winner will receive:
Hand Stamped Teeny Tiny Cup with Love
- 16'' or 18'' Sterling Silver Chain with Spring Ring Closure
- Sterling Silver Teeny Tiny Disc 3/8'' (before being domed)
- 1 Swarovski Crystal or 1 Swarovski Crystal Pearl
- Sterling Silver Tiny Double Outline Heart Charm

To Enter the Giveaway:
- You must HEART The Brag About It Etsy store (Add to favorites)
- You must LIKE The Brag About It Facebook page and let her know that The DIY Dreamer sent you.
- You must LIKE The DIY Dreamer Facebook page.
- You must SHARE the giveaway on your Facebook wall.
**Once you have done all of the above, please leave a comment here with the following details:
Your Etsy username (Example: JaneDoeEtsy)
Your name as it appears on Facebook (Example: Jane Doe)

For additional entries in the giveaway:
- Blog about the giveaway
- Twitter about the giveaway
**If you blog and/or Twitter: please leave a comment for each.  One comment with your blog address and another comment with your Twitter.

PLEASE NOTE:  This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.

The giveaway will end on September 20th at 11:00PM EST.  Winner will be announced on September 21st!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!  And don't forget to BRAG ABOUT IT!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lemon-Blueberry Crumb Bars!!

YUMMY!!!


A few weeks ago I went blueberry picking and came back with 11 lbs of blueberries!!  Instead of freezing them all at once.. or using them all to make blueberry muffins, I decided to try the Lemon-Blueberry Crumb Bars recipe I found on the Kraft Food website.

This recipe is sooooo YUMMY!!!  It's not too expensive to make and is quite easy to put together.  My whole family loved it and they aren't much into desserts normally.  I'm definitely going to make some again.. they are so refreshing.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
eggs, divided
2 tsp. zest and 3 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon, divided
2 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Steps:
HEAT oven to 350ºF.
LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until melted. Add cake mix, 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice; beat with mixer until well blended. Press 2/3 of the mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
BEAT cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Add remaining egg, lemon juice and zest; mix well. Pour over crust; top with berries. Pinch small pieces of the remaining cake mix mixture between your fingers; press lightly into cream cheese layer.
BAKE 48 to 50 or until centre is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 1 hour. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting into bars. Keep refrigerated.
Enjoy!!! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daily Planner!!! Part 2

A few weeks back I blogged about a Daily Planner I was planning on making for myself. You can find the post here.

I've completed the calendar and the weekly sections.

Here they are:



As you can see I left them generic, I will fill in the dates myself.  With this method I won't need to recreate this document every year with the new dates... unless I decide to change the layout.  Which could very well happen.. hehe  But for now.. I LOVE IT!

What are your thoughts?
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