Favorite Finds for the 9th Week of 2010

Welcome to this weeks favorite finds...

Porch Swing
If I had a porch this is the swing that would be there! I found this on Little NannyGoat Blog and she shows a before and after picture. It's amazing how much a coat of paint and cute pillows make a project work!!

Last Weeks Blog Winner
Congrats to Tammy Blaisdell...she was selected using random.org to make it FAIR! And lucky for her only 8 people left comments...although many friends and fans contacted me directly to tell me they DO READ my blog...but apparently don't know how to leave comments for drawings (we'll work on that). Anyway, Tammy I'll drop by your cute notebooks and surprise jeweled keychain (you'll love it - or you can regift it).

Pebbles Inc Chips
I always thought it would be cute to put a bunch of chipboard pieces in a bag and call them a "Bag O Chips" or something like that. So boy was I excited to see Pebbles finally did it!! They carry these at my local Roberts Craft Store and include 70 pieces of chipboard shapes per bag, Approx. 30% of pieces embellished with glitter and shapes range in size from .25" to 4". I haven't bought any yet because I can't decide which flavor to start with....

Ruffled Headband Segment
Blue Cricket Design had a great segment aired on Studio 5 and how fun would these be to make!?! Jump over to their website to see the actual video on how you could make those.

Chiffon Flower Necklace
If you've followed my blog you'll know that I have posted about these darling bib necklaces once or twice before. But this link offers a great tutorial on how to create your own.
Knit Floral Hats
One day when I have free time I want to learn to make hats these CUTE!! Heart Smiles Etsy shop has some of the best hats with flowers on them I've seen. However, I'm totally clueless about whether they're "knitted" or "crocheted"...you'd think my mom would have taught me LOL.

Monster (aka boy) Wash Clothes
Loves these when I saw them on So You Think You're Crafty's website. They're "monster" wash clothes and what little boy wouldn't love to wash off with these clever things?

Scripture Covers
I'm always a big fan of clever projects like this one...they're cute scripture covers that you can make to hold pencils or crayons. Behind the pencil part is a pocket for a little notebook or journal. My daughter has been wanting to sew something fun and useful and I think this will be her next project. Visit the Pleated Poppy for easy instructions on how you can make this too!

Baby Lollipops & Cupcakes
Mini Me Baby Gear website has some darling gift ideas...like these lollipops. It's a Onesie & Pair of Socks made into a Sweet Lollipop! Only Quality, so you can be sure you are giving a quality gift for a special little one! What a clever way to wrap up a baby gift. And I especially loved the cupcakes (see next picture).
I figured once I came upon the jumbo cupcake liners that I could try my hand at creating one of the cupcakes. Here's my attempt. I plan to wrap it up in a cello bag with a cute topper.

Love My Cricut
Who would have thought that we'd go from buy pre-cut die cuts to making our own with a little machine called a Cricut!? But like all things in scrapbooking...we quickly become obsessed with "collecting" all the cute additions to it. And in answer to my hubby's question, "No, you cannot ever own enough cartridges!" Here are three new ones that I "must" own...eventually!

Just Because Cards Cricut Cartridge

Give a Hoot Cricut Cartridge
Straight from the Nest Cricut Cartridge
Melted Flower Hair Clips
If you've never burned fabrics, you're in for a treat. I'd suggest not doing it when your kids or husband are around because they'll either complain about the weird smell or want to join in. Visit The Creative Crate to see an easy tutorial on how to create these fun, easy clips.

Sizzix Lace Flowers
My interest in dies and die cut machines is increasing all the time. The amazing things people are doing with texture/embossing plates and flower die cuts amaze me all the time. This one is a great example of what you can create with a Sizzix die. Be sure to visit the original post to see some amazing close-ups!!