"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine's Garland Idea!

Check out this FuN Valentine's garland idea that I came across at
Stay-at-Home Artist!

So SiMpLe and CUTE!!  I think I'm off to the dollar store! :)
For more info on this FuN project...go here!

Kacey...thanks so much for sharing!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Photography Friday- Photo Edit Fun!

Welcome to Photography Friday!
First of all...thanks so much to those who have linked up your "Fun with "HEARTS" ideas from last week.  You guys are awesome and so creative! {If you haven't check them out yet...go here!}  The link will be open till Valentines Day for those that have thought about doing it.  I can't wait to see them! I was thinkin' we could have some fun editing the same image.  This image is one that I took of my daughter while she was playin' around on a little bridge.  I am in love with candid shots...and thought this one turned out sooo cute!
Here is the original:
...and my edit:
I won't go into complete details on how I did mine...but to give you an idea:   I cropped the image... adjusted the color curves...bumped up hue/saturation a little...played around with the levels...adjusted color, and sharpened eyes ...then with my brush set at a low opacity...burnt the edges.
Phew...... :)
Now it's your turn!!! 
I would LoVe to see your fixes for this same image!  You are welcome to explain what you did and which program you used...but you are not required.  Just have FuN!
Here is the link:


Thursday, January 27, 2011

{Simply Sew Sassy} WINNER!

Just LoVe those little outfits!!!

And the winner is..........


I love the Lovebird Sassy Jamma Pants they would be so cute on my granddaughter!!

Congratulations!!! You will be contacted shortly!!

Thanks so much to ALL of you who entered...and a HUGE thank you to Ali from
Simply Sew Sassy for sponsoring this FuN Giveaway!!


Wooden Block Gift Idea!

Here is a very CuTe Grandma gift idea from the amazing Jamielyn @

Hmmm...I'm thinking "Mothers Day"...  :)

For a complete how-to...visit Jamie's blog here! 

Jamielyn...thanks so much for sharing!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Family Photo Wall Display!

Here is a FuN family picture display idea from Grand Design Co.!

LoVe that old molding...and the chalkboard name tags!
Sooo CuTe!!
For more info on this FuN idea..go HERE!

Grand Design Co....thanks so much for sharing!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

DIY 3D-ish Wall Art! {love it!}

Check out this AMAZING canvas wall art that I came across at
Can you guess what the letters are made of??

How about these...

Foam sticker letters! How CrEaTiVe is that?!!  LoVe the added dimension they give.  Ohhh...the possibilities!

For more info on this FuN project...go HERE!

Cyndy...thanks so much for sharing!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Old Window {Valentines} Idea!

Check out this FuN old window idea from Sisters With Flair!!

I LOVE IT!!!  So simple, cute...and perfect for Valentines Day!

For more info on this awesome project...go HERE!

Mandy...thanks so much for sharing!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Photography Friday- FuN with "HEARTS"

Hi All!! 
Welcome to Photog Friday!! 
Since Valentines Day is just around the corner...I am going to show you how I added a little "heart LoVe" to the photo's below.  On this first one...I cut out a bunch of hearts with my Cricut...then taped them to my wall.  Then...had my daughter pretend she was blowing hearts out of her hands.   I have seen similar pics on the web...and think they are so FuN!  There are many CrEaTiVe ways you could use this technique!    

On this next photo...I simply created an overlay in creating a new image, blank file.. making sure the background is transparent.  Then using my brush color and draw or dot your hearts...then simply grab that file from the bottom and drag it over the photo you wish to overlay...and it should be there.  Adjust the size to your liking...and on your layers pallet click overlay {if you'd like}.  Then adjust the opacity to your liking...and your done!   
Such a FuN way to add instant awesome-ness  to any photo! 
Now it's your turn...I'd LoVe for you to show us your FuN "Heart" pics!!  Have Fun!!
{P.S. Camilla...CONGRATULATIONS on your sweet new baby girl!!!}
Here's the link:


Thursday, January 20, 2011

{Simply Sew Sassy} and a Giveaway!!


I am sooo excited to introduce to you my newest sponsor:

A little background:

"We are 2 stay at home moms, Ali & Becky, who have recently rekindled our love for sewing. Ali has 2 kids that are 13 months apart, Becky has 3 kids under the age of 2 (twins!). Therefore we have been doing a lot of sewing for our litters :) As we have been sewing we have noticed we like to add a touch of "Sass" to baby or toddler necessities. Our friends & family have been pushing us to share our products with everyone!"

"We make Sassy clothing & Accessories for Babies, Mom’s & Kids!
We love custom ideas to keep us fresh! Many new products coming this year!"

Here is a preview of the MANY FaBuLouS items they have to offer: 

Absolutely ADORABLE!!


Ali and Becky wanted to share some sewing love with one of giving away one {winners choice} Valentine's Shirt from their "Valentines Love Collection"!  How awesome is that?!!

Here's how to enter: 

1) {First} Visit Simply Sew Sassy blog...then come back and let us know which item was your favorite.

2) "Like" Simply Sew Sassy Facebook or Become a Simply Sew Sassy Blog Follower.{thank you!}
3) Post on your Facebook or blog about this giveaway. can enter up to 3 times!

***Please leave a separate comment for each entry ***

This giveaway will end Jan. 27th. @ 5p.m.




Wednesday, January 19, 2011

{CuTe} V-Day Cupcakes!

Um...YUM!!!  Check out these very CuTe chocolate V-Day cupcakes made by
 Ready, Set, Craft!    
 She also filled the center with strawberry goodness! 
 Also...LoVE the cute little "hearts" and "love" she piped! mouth is watering...I just might have to give these a try! :)
For a complete  how-to..go HERE!

Joanne...thanks so much for sharing!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Valentines Printable!

Yup!!!  I'm joining in on the free printable bandwagon. :)  I just think they are such a FuN & EASY way to add a statement to go along with any holiday...or decor style! 

This is one that I recently created for V-Day...and possibly could be left up year round or maybe even used as a wedding gift! :)

Just click image below to download your free 8x10 size...then print it yourself...or send it into your fave printing shop! 
{LoVe Costco...their 8x10's are only $1.49!}

Monday, January 17, 2011

Looking back @ 2010!!

Hi All!!!

I'm sooo excited to be back!! 
Thanks soo much to Camilla from CioCo Photography who has been posting the awesome Photography Fridays!  She is the sweetest person...and will {soon} be a great new momma!  :) 

First off...I hope all of you had a fun and safe Holiday...and also wanted to thank ALL of you who participated in the link-up :  "I'ts a Creative Christmas"!!  You guys ROCK!!  I loved ALL of your FaBuLouS projects and ideas...and I appreciate your willingness to share them!!

Just for FuN...looking is a peek at the 2010 ToP 10 most popular projects posted here on the Crate:

Cupboard Door Photo Hangers:
 Paper Doll Costume idea:
 Washer Necklaces:
 Teacher Necklaces:
 Christmas Link-up:
 Popsicle Sled Ornament:
Scrap-Wood Pumpkins:
 Magnet board Calendar:
 Menu Board Idea:
Halloween School Party Ideas:

Thanks so much to ALL of you for making the "Crate" possible...and I am excited and look forward to a NEW YEAR full of new projects and new ideas!!

Don't stop here...Click on "OLDER POSTS"!!