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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Experience behind the screen at my house with dio!

This post brought to you by dio. All opinions are 100% mine.
I've been clued in early to a new kind of social site!
It's called dio...it's still new, and the perfect time to get started!
This site is different than any other site I've seen.
So many inspiration sites are limited to photographs and pin board type layouts.
This is spacial.  It actual lets you feel like you are there, moving 
from room to room and space to space.  
I have a few blogs.  One of which is my family happenings blog.  I just posted some pictures to show where we moved to.  If I had waited a little longer, this would have been the perfect platform to show off my new house!  I created different rooms and spaces that you can look at and move through.
 It's got a fun feel to it.
Creating your own account is very simple.  There's a registration...you can just login from facebook.  Then the step by step shows you how to create your space.  It can be a real space, like your home...or an imaginary space...like your dream home.  You can take all those pictures you love from pinterest and lay them out like you are walking from room to room in your house!
You could put all your wedding pictures in...all in ceremonial order!  I can really see a lot of possibilities with this new site!
It always seems a daunting task to start on a new social media site.
I know...I hesitated for a couple weeks after creating my pinterest account before I posted any pins!

You can find me under Natalie Shaw
Once you sign up...follow me so I can follow you back!
Here's the breakdown.  I started by showing off my house!
It begins with the picture of our house and then entering into the entryway...
 From there you can see the things I have hung in the entryway...my coat of arms...
 And my family picture...
From there you can step into my bizarre living room!  You'll see why when you step inside!
And then from there, head into the kitchen and pantry...or down the hall to the craft room/school room...or over to the master bed room...or to my favorite room in the house--the backyard!
I really like the format of Dio.
I am excited for my kids to make spaces too.  Maybe even do a science or book report...or Country report with this format.  Moving from one topic to another...and branching out to different categories!
I love it, endless possibilities!
Best news is that YOU can win $100 Amazon Gift Card!
It's the perfect motivation to get started! 
All you need to do is: visit dio.com, create a place...
then come back here and 
comment on this post with the email you signed up with.
Easy and fun!
For an Additional entry: Tweet out a message containing both a dedicated #DiscoveryDio hastag and the @dioplaces handle.  Comment back on this blog post with your email 
and a link to your tweet. 
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Washi Tape Bookmarks!

My 2 older children and I had a blast making
Washi Tape Bookmarks!
We started with adorable double sided paper cut to 3" by 6"
We wrapped colorful strips of washi tape
 around both sides of the paper

Then cut the strips in half...so 1 1/2" wide.

Rounded the corners and punched a hole in them...then
Stuck them in a laminator pouch and laminated them!

Then used a slightly smaller hole punch and
punched the plastic covering the hole.
Tied on some colorful bakers twine...
And started reading!

Laminating keeps that cute washi tape in place permanently!
Of course you could do it with just washi tape and paper too!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Doctor Who Clara Oswald Inspired Collar Necklace!

 Make your own Collar Necklace!
 I was inspired by Clara Oswald's dress in the latest 
Doctor Who episode: Journey to the Centre of the Tardis!
If I was going to do a cosplay, it would be of this outfit of Clara's!  Love it!

 I did some lace collars a while back...and they are simple and darling too!

Here's the basic pattern I drew out on paper...it fits an 8 by 10 sheet...
 Pick your desired fabric.  Something that doesn't have stretch...trust me on this!

Put the right sides of your material together and pin on the pattern
I cut it out about a half to quarter inch with pinking shears...
then traced the pattern with silver sharpie...
Sewed right along the sharpie lines
leaving a couple inches open at the top
like so...
make tiny snips around the entire thing, careful not to cut the thread you just sewed!

This will make it curve better when you flip it right side out!
Then take one side and open it up...
Turn the whole thing right side out!

Iron the collar and make sure the seam is right on the edge as you go.
Then fold over the open ends and sew them up!
I sewed around the inside of the collar too...just a simple topstitch!
Fold over the ends and sew them...
Then add a fun vintage button...
Just with a needle and thread

Sew on some elastic cord...

And it'll hook on like a necklace!

Perfect!  Great for dressing up any shirt or dress!

Love it!
Stay tuned for more great collars!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Update a Framed Mirror with Duck Tape!

Turn a blah mirror into a fresh
"How did you do that" mirror!!!
Using patterned Duck Tape brand duct tape!
I had this mirror...painted and glazed, but not much else going on with it...
Just roll out a strip of duct tape...

cut in half...or to fit your frame...
Lay it on the flat part of the frame...
TA DA!!!  Love it!
Looks like HOURS of work...
but only took a few minutes!  :)

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