Friday, July 30, 2010

Link Party!

Thanks for stopping by my weekly link party! Please remember to visit one or two other links!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The final 300

Today, I drive my final 300 miles  Yes folks, I have driven across the entire country.  From California to Virginia to be exact.  With my two kids.  Without my husband.  It's been a crazy adventure! 

I am tired :-)

But, I will still be hosting my weekly link party tomorrow so be sure to come back and join me for it!

Also, be sure to scroll down.  Monday I announced two giveaway winners and have not heard from either of you!  So scroll down to see if you are a winner!

For your fun and enjoyment, can you believe this is made out of glass?  Oh Dale Chihuey, you never cease to amaze me!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Not so simple outdoor party decorating idea

Did you remember to enter my most current giveaway?  It is really easy, all you have to do it leave 1 comment!  Check it out here

I found this idea the other day on good 'ole Martha.  Isn't it a cute way to light up your porch for a summer BBQ or outdoor party?!

(ok, this clearly does not go along with my "simple" theme...but it is really pretty don't-cha think?)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Q & A Day and Winners

I have seen this idea a few places and thought it was really fun...

I am so grateful to have wonderful followers and I love getting to know all of you.

But I thought you might like to get to know me a little bit in return.

Now, I FINALLY did get my "about me" page up.  So if you want to check that out, please do!  But I realize that you may still want to get to know me a little bit more. 

For example.  You could ask me what one of my favorite "treat" drinks of the moment is and I would say:

Starbucks Strawberries and Cream (non-coffee).  YUM!

So don't be afraid, ask me a question or two! 

I will answer silly, creative and serious questions.  But I do reserve the right to not answer if it is inappropriate :-)

So put those thinking caps on...

And please leave a comment with your question for me, and I will answer them in an upcoming post!

Now, on to the WINNERS!

The winner of the frayed hair flower:

SassySites who said:
CUTE!! I just featured some felt on my blog the other day! I am in love with felt now!! haha! I love your blog, so adorable! I'm a follower now! Stop by Sassy Sites and say hi! ;)

Oh!  Isn't she so sweet!!  (And her site is cute too, so stop by and check it out.)

Congrates SassySites!  Email me at with your address and I will ship this out to you!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave comments!  I really enjoyed reading them!

Now, on to the winner of the $20 credit to Verdigris Dye:

AliLilly said...
and now....your adorable button is on my page! :)

Thanks AliLilly!  Please email me at so I can get you connected with Verdigris Dye so you can redeem your credit!  Congratulations!

Thank you to all who entered the giveaways! 

And, oh my!  I am nearing 300 followers again!  I will be hosting another giveaway when I reach 300!

And be sure to comment with a question for me today!  I really want some questions to answer!
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Link Party and a Giveaway!

Thanks for joining me today!

Couple of announcements:
From last week, the highest viewed links were:

Remember to link up again today!

Now.  I promised a GIVEAWAY too!  This is a good one!  If you win, you will get these:

Yes.  You will win all 5 felt flower barrettes!!!  Cool huh?!?!

To Enter:
  • Leave (1) comment for this post
That's it.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Please only leave 1 comment as I won't count multiple comments as multiple entries for this giveaway.

So, link up, then leave some comment love.

Check back next Monday, August 2nd to see if you've won!

Now on to the link party!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Frayed Flower

Sorry for the late post today.

Today I'm going to show you how to make a Frayed Flower!  (AND I'm giving one away too!)

You will need:
(1) piece of fabric that is 1/2 the diameter of the final flower that you want and about 40-44"" long
a needle
button making kit plus extra fabric to make a button with
enough fabric to make a small circle out of (or felt)
hot glue gun
prelined alligator clip

Step 1:

You need to fray your piece of fabric. 

Step 2:

Take your needle and thread and make a long running stitch along one edge of the fabric.

Step 3: 

Gather your fabric as below as loosely or as tightly as you wish.

Step 4: 

Twist your gathered fabric around in a circle until it makes a "flower" as below.

Step 5:

Fold the end top part of the flower under to create a nice finished look (you can see this in the photos above and below).  Then using a needle and thread, sew the middle of the flower together making sure to get all edges and ends sewn together so that the flower can stay together on its own. 

Step 6:

Cut a small circle of fabric and hot glue it to the back of the flower as shown.  This will help to hold the flower together and it also helps to hide the sewn together part of the flower.

Step 7:

Using a button making kit, create a button for the middle using matching or contrasting fabric.  Hot glue this in place.


Now on to the giveaway!  Anyone who leaves a comment TODAY on any post, will be automatically entered to win this flower!  You get one entry for every comment you leave, so the more comments you leave today, the more chances you have to WIN!  Check back Monday when I announce the winner of this frayed flower and this vinyl giveaway!

Good luck!

Remember to link up at tomorrow's link party and stop by for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!  (Seriously a fun week huh?!?!)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sew Vintage & Sew Easy Handmade Cards - Featured Contributor

I am SOOOO excited about today's post!  

After a lot of consideration, I have decided to add a very few, select, featured contributors to my blog.

Featured Contributors are very near and dear to my heart. These are people who I have asked to be a big part of Simply Designing. They will post here once a month.  So once a month you will get a break from me, and get to see their fabulous creations!

Since I am being very selective about who becomes a featured contributor, my first (and only at the moment) one is Rebekah from Potholes & Pantyhose.  Please go here to see her full bio.  But here is a short introduction if you haven't met her yet (and if you haven't met her yet, boy you are missing out on one fab gal!) 

Hello Simply Designing readers-I’m Rebekah from Potholes & Pantyhose and I am excited to be a guest blogger today! I blog about my adventures as I tour with my musician hubby, my home life-which usually involves some type of remodeling project, my photography, and the 'arts and crap' that I happen to make. I try to maintain a somewhat normal life.  However, normalcy keeps escaping me.

Today, I have an easy project that can be done in a matter of minutes, but offer impressive results. And, if you like what you see, I will be giving away the 'Sew Vintage Cards' that I am making in this tutorial. (*See below for more details.)

Life just can't get any better, can it?

I have a peculiar Grandmother that sends me random pictures of people I don't know, postcards from places she's never been, coupons for stores we don't have in Oklahoma and church bulletins with illegible scrawl in the sidelines.

I am sure you might have the same weird relative, or perhaps YOU are that weird relative. Save the weirdness you encounter and put it to good use.

Here's what you'll need to make your very own 'Sew Vintage Cards':

Old, weird photos or postcards (I can get you on Grandma's mailing list, if you like)
Vibrant thread
8.5 x 11 Card Stock
Sewing Machine and a 'Jean Needle' (100/16)
Pen & Ruler

Fold your card stock in half and draw a line down the middle using your pen and ruler.

Cut your card stock in half.

Dust off your sewing machine, slap in your heavy duty 'Jean Needle' and choose a decorative stitch.

I always test the look of several different types of stitches on a piece of cardboard, just to see what I am getting myself into. Once you've decided on a pattern you like, temporarily tape your photo/postcard to the card stock with scotch tape.

Tack down two opposing sides of the photo/postcard with your preferred stitching method to prevent it from sliding around.

Sew around the entire perimeter of the photo/postcard, changing up the decorative stitch if you feel so inclined.

Change to a straight stitch and slowly stitch whatever crazy phrase comes to mind that compliments the picture. Don't get picky, get kitschy.

You can also sew the flap of your envelope with the same decorative stitch, or something new.

Here are my two final cards. Sew Vintage and Sew Easy!

For the GIVEAWAY (didn't I mention this week was going to be FULL of giveaways?!?):  Stop by Potholes & Pantyhose and leave a comment on any one of her pages with the first line, 'Pick Me!', along with your email address.

She will pick one lucky commenter and these sweet little cards are yours!

This post was created by Rebekah

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hair Flower Week - Twisted Flower and a Giveaway!

Today I am going to show you how to make a Twisted Fabric Flower.

You will need:
  • a piece of fabric approximatly 45" long and 1" wide  (you can use multiple pieces for larger flowers, or a shorter piece for a smaller fabric)
  • a circle of felt just smaller then the size of the hair flower that you want
  • hot glue gun
  • prelined alligator clip
Step 1:

Slightly fray the long sidess of your fabric

Step 2:

Tie a knot in one end of the fabric strip.  Using a hot glue gun, attach the knot to the center of the felt circle.

Step 3:

Twist the fabric, wrap it around the knot and glue it down in small sections as you go.

Step 4:

Attached your prelined alligator clip and enjoy!

Isn't this cute?!?!

Well, I am going to choose 1 lucky winner to receive this! 

And the winner is my follower: Tayebug from Living Happy and Healthy 365!

Tayebug, please email me at with a subject of "twisted flower" and your mailing address in the email and I will ship it out to you right away!


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Hair Flower Week - Layered Hair Flower

Thanks for stopping by!

My first "random" giveaway of the week is for this lovely Hair Bow Holder (I thought it was a fitting giveaway for the week!)

And the winner is (who was choosen from "comments"):

Your new design is darling! :) One of these days I need to have someone do mine and she looks like a GREAT person to talk to ..

If you are Abby from the ABC's of My Life, please email me at by Thursday with the subject of "bow holder", with your mailing address in the email, and I will send this out right away!

If you missed this hair flower tutorial, click here:

Also, if you missed this hair flower tutorial, click here:

Now on to today's Tutorial.  Today we are going to learn how to make this: a beautiful layered hair flower!

(Wow!  That's big!)

All you need it:

  • Fabric (just slightly wider then the width you want the final flower piece to be)
  • Button making kit (can get from any sewing store or even at WalMart)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Hot glue
  • Prelined alligator clip (go here to see my tutorial on that!)
Step 1:

Cut (6) circles the same size.  Cut the circles in the same diameter size that you want your final hair piece to be.

Step 2:

Fold each circle in half, then in half again.  Cut the end so it is rounded.  Do this for all (6) circles.

Step 3:

Stack (2) of your circles on top of each other. 
Fold the other (4) circles in half, then stack, overlapping as shown above.

Step 5:

Using needle and thread, sew all layers together.

Step 6:

Use the same or contrasting fabric to make your button following the button making directions that come with the kit.  Hot glue this to your flower.

Step 7:

Using a small piece of fabric, hot glue a circle of fabric to the underneath side of your flower. 

Step 8:

Hot glue your prelined alligator clip to the underneath side of the clip and ENJOY!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Random" Giveaways EVERY DAY and more Hair Flower Tutorials!

Just as a reminder, this coming week, starting tonight at 1am PST, I will be having "random" giveaways (and other giveaways) every day!!!! 

I will be choosing followers and people who have left comments randomly so please stop by to see if you have won!

Also, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday I will be doing more hair flower tutorials.  (I promise! :-)

Wednesday I will introduce to you my first featured contributor who is sharing a fabulous tutorial AND hosting a giveaway!

And Friday will be our weekly LINK PARTY!

If you haven't entered my current GIVEAWAY, please do so here.

And if you haven't linked up to my current LINK PARTY, please do so here.

See you tomorrow!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Link Party and a GIVEAWAY!

**Update:  I forgot to mention what the giveaway is for!  It's for a $20 credit at their store!**

So I need to apologize.  I had big plans this week and I failed.  So sorry.

The truth of the matter is is that I am driving cross country this week.  Did I mention we are moving?  Anyway, it's me and the two kiddos plus a teenage girl to help me.  (No hubby.)

Needless to say, I have had spotting internet connections at best most of my trip.  I had images all ready to go, but, since I lack the knowledge of how to blog from my iphone well (is it even possible?!?!), nothing was posted.  SO SO SO sorry.

But I promise to make it up to you!  I have quite a few fabric hair flower posts almost ready to go that you will be getting next week instead.


Plus SEVERAL "RANDOM" GIVEAWAYS also!  Seriously.  It really will be a fun!

But for TODAY, it is LINK PARTY day!  Plus a GIVEAWAY!  Hurray!

Our GIVEAWAY today is hosted by Verdigris Dye.  They create beautiful and unique vinyl appliqu├ęs that can be put almost anywhere from your wall, to your laptop, to your lunch box!

Please take a minute to check their shop out here.

My current favorite items are:

But I am also a fan of these ones too:

Boy I just am loving their vinyl!  And to top it off, they are having a Christmas in July sale, right now!  They are having a buy one get one (of equal or lesser value) FREE!  How great is that?!?  So be sure to enter my giveaway, but I also suggest checking out their site since they are having such a great sale right now!

On to the rules!

1. Post one comment for every entry that you earn below. Be sure to post your comments on this blog post for entry in this contest. 

2. 1 comment = 1 entry (so be sure to post a separate comment for each entry you earn!) 

3. Include all pertinent information in your comment including what you have done to earn that entry. 

4. This giveaway will run until Friday July 23rd, 11:59pm PST at which point 1 winner will be chosen at random using 

5. Check back here Monday, July 26th to see if you have won! The winner will be posted in a blog post and they will have 3 days to claim their prize by contacting me at If the winner does not contact me in that time frame, they will forfeit their prize, and another winner will be chosen. 

How to Earn Your Entries: 

1 entry = *Mandatory* Visit Verdigris Dye's etsy shop here.  Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know what your favorite item is for sale!

1 entry = go to the bottom of this post and enter my LINK PARTY! Come back here and leave 1 comment telling us what you linked up!

1 entry = blog about this giveaway on your blog, facebook or twitter! You must link to and/or use my button in your post! Encourage your readers to come and enter the giveaway! Come back here and leave 1 comment including the direct URL of your post where you tell your readers about this giveaway. 

2 entries = become of Follower of Simply Designing (or if you are a follower already, just say so!) 

2 entries = add Simply Designing's button to your blog or webpage (include your URL where you added our button to your page please) 

Remember to post a separate comment for each entry you earn. 

If you do all of the above things, you can earn 7 entries!

Good Luck!

Now, on to this week's LINK PARTY!

Here are last week's top click count!

Just as a reminder, I have a few rules so we all play nice :-)

  1. Link up a craft / project / recipe / etc. that you have done. (Please no shop link ups.)  The post does not have to be new, but if you have already linked it up to this site's link party, please don't link it again.  Thanks!
  2. Be sure to link up your permalink directly to the specific post you are showing off, not to your main blog page.
  3. Please visit the entry above you and leave a comment! Let's face it, we all love visitors and comments! So please at least visit the link prior to yours; visit more if you can!
  4. Please put my link party button (or a link to my blog) up on your site somewhere. It can be in the post you are linking to, on your side bar or, as I like to do, have a link at the bottom of your post that brings you to a list of parties you participate in. I am not too strict about how you do it, just please do it so that others know about the party, can visit, and can link up!
If you have an old Link Party Button, please take a moment to grab my new one!  Thanks!

That's it! Thanks SOOOO much for participating! I LOVE seeing all of your wonderful creative ideas every week!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hair Flower Week - Fabric Flower

Remember this hair flower?

It was really easy to make and was a huge hit with my daughter!

Here's the how-to:

First cut 4 different sized circles of fabric.  I made each of mine about 1/4" smaller in diameter then the last one, but basically just eye-balled it.  This doesn't have to be perfect.

Then lay all four layers on top of each other and stitch together with a needle and thread.

Sew a button on the top.

I like to put a circle of felt on the back of the flower for extra stability.

Glue your prelined alligator clip to the back and voila!  You have yourself a cute fabric flower hair bow!

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