Wednesday, June 29, 2011

PILLOW FIGHT--Sponsors part 1!

The Pillow Fight this month here on Ladybird Ln has been so much fun! We have some great prizes thanks to some very generous sponsors! I would like to take a minute to highlight a few.
Savvy ClassicFirst off we have Kati Cupcake! Malynn loves Kati Cupcake Pattern Co, in fact she did a test pattern for them...

Isn't it darling? This is My Favorite Bag, a pattern by Kati Cupcake! Kati Cupcake has been so generous to the Pillow Fight, she is giving one Fat Quarter Bundle, 2 patterns, and her new book, Baby It's You!
She has so many fun bag and quilt patterns! Go check it out at Kati Cupcake! As a bonus you can receive 15% off your Kati Cupcake purchases with code PILLOWS while the Pillow Fight is going on! Amy is also extremely generous, she is sending us over 50 pillowcases that Amy she and her classes have made, Thank you Kati Cupcake!

PhotobucketNext we have a fun little shop called Vinylize it! These guys are so much fun! I know the owner personally, and she is amazing. You really ought to like them on Facebook, because they always have a fun contest going on! They have can make you ANYTHING, I love this custom gallery wall!
They also PAY FOR PICTURES, if you use their vinyl, send them a picture that they can use and they will give you a $10 gift card... how cool is that. You will also be entered to win a monthly customer photo contest for a $50 gift card!
They gave me the vinyl to make this Summer Fun Chore Chart! They were great to work with, and let me choose the font!
They are so generously giving the winner of the PILLOW FIGHT a $30 gift card! Please go visit them at their website, or their new ETSY shop! And DO NOT forget to like them on Facebook!

Gif Created on Make A GifFinally we have Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop! Amy of Naptime Crafters is the gal behind this store! Amy has the CUTEST baby shoes patterns, I mean look at this..
And for the baby girl reversible Mary Janes, how sweet is that!
All of Amy's patterns are super affordable, and easy to use! You can get 3 patterns for only $9! Go visit Peek-a-Boo's pattern shop on Etsy! Amy is generously giving the first, second, and third place winner a pattern of their choice!
A big thank you to ALL of our sponsors! Please go visit them, and tell them thank you for sponsoring the PILLOW FIGHT!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

PILLOW FIGHT! Vote for your favorites!

It has been such a fun couple weeks at my house... We have been looking forward to getting the mail!
Thank you so much for all of you that have donated pillowcases, it has been so fun to receive beautiful pillowcases from around the country! From California to New Hampshire, and everywhere inbetween! It has been a great experience for my family, my kids are so excited for these pillowcases to go to kids in the hospital!
They are all so sweet, and have so much personality!
We have received 34 from the mail so far! I received five more today that are not pictured.. More pictures to come I promise! Malynn's extended family has made well over 30, I have made a few, and we expect some more to come.. SO I think we will make our goal of OVER 100!

Four fantastic judges have helped narrow the field down to twelve pillows. Malynn, the girl behind it all, Michelle of Someday Crafts, Emily aka the Decor Chic, and Kori and Tara ofMom's of All Trades!
Just as a reminder, here is what the top three pillows will win!
First Place Prize Package!
Darling Snap purse from Spotted Apple (A bag made by Malynn!)
Fat Quarter Bundle from Kati Cupcake
$30 Vinylize It Gift Card!
$40 gift certificate from Cap Creations
Pattern from Sew Obsessed
Pattern from Naptime Crafters, etsy shop!
Pattern from Kati Cupcake
Adorable bow from Funky Polkadot Giraffe etsy Shop!
Custom graphic art from Ladybird Ln of your choice!
Second Place Prize Package!
Darling Snap purse from Spotted Apple (A bag made by Malynn!)
Fat Quarter Bundle from Sew Obsessed
Pattern from Sew Obsessed
Pattern from Naptime Crafters, etsy shop!
Pattern from Kati Cupcake
Adorable bow from Funky Polkadot Giraffe etsy Shop!
Custom graphic art from Ladybird Ln of your choice!
Third Place prize Package
Darling Snap Purse from Spotted Apple (A bag made by Malynn!) Pattern from Sew Obsessed
Pattern from Naptime Crafters, etsy shop
Pattern from Kati Cupcake
Adorable bow from Funky Polkadot Giraffe etsy Shop!
Custom graphic art from Ladybird LN

Random Prize Drawings (Anyone who links up can Win!)
Signed copy of Kati Cupcakes new book! (WOWsers)
So Let's vote! Thank you so much to EVERYONE who participated. I appreciate you all, and I wish I had a prize for every single person! The judges had a tough job!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Showing You Off--Party Features!

I have had a BUSY FUN weekend! I did not get to mingle as much as I like to at the Weekend Show Off Party, but I do appreciate you all for coming! I thought I would Show Off some projects that caught my eye!
I am a big fan of porches, I just love Once Upon a Crafts Time's, easy, colorful, no sew decorations!
I want to give it up to TURBO BUBBLEGUM, for this sandal makeover, SO DARLING!
Green Acres Hobby Farm, has some of the cutest July 4th Projects, I especially love her Patriotic Jell-O cups!
I am also digging this Patriotic Wreath from Grits and Giggles!

This weeks lucky Linky, which will be our blog of the week this Friday is...
Number 51! My Handcrafted Home! This is a cute gift she made for her Grand dad's 80th birthday! Congratulations!
If you were featured please feel free to grab a button! Hopefully later today the top Ten Pillows will be announced!!!

Ladybird Ln

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Friday, June 24, 2011

America Rocks--Printable


Is there anything more American than Rock n' Roll, I don't think so!  I love the 4th of July, and I love Rock n' Roll, so this is the perfect 4th of July decoration for me.  I tried to include mainly iconic patriotic rock tunes to create this 4th of July subway art.  Ultimately they are songs you might hear at a 4th of July BBQ!

This is the original one I made, when I had it printed (at Walmart) it was a little darker then I wanted it to be.
 So I made the one below a little lighter!

I wish I could figure out if it was my computer or the printer, printing things out dark.  Does anyone know how to set your computer colors, so they match real world colors... If so please share!


As always you can click on the image and it will go to its full resolution (8x10), OR you can download it from my photobucket album HERE!

I hope you enjoy these!  I am ready to ROCK OUT this Fourth of July, and I hope that you are too!

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Weekend Show Off Party: SIX

Ladybird Ln

Welcome to the WEEKEND!  I am so excited to see what you have been up to this week!  As of now I have 12 pillowcases, from friends around the country!  I have 8 I am working on now, and I know we have many more on the way YEAH!!  If you have not already go check out all of the amazing pillows that have been linked up to the contest!

I just love having having a BLOG OF THE WEEK, each week because I get to meet some amazing bloggers, and explore some fun blogs!  This blog is no exception, I am excited to introduce a reletively new blogger Sarah of DIY or DON'T!
D.I.Y. or Don't!
I recently received an email from Carlee informing me I had randomly been selected from her Link Up party to be the next "Blog of the Week" and she was wondering if I wanted to participate. I immediately responded "Absolutely!" What a special opportunity! The only "requirement" she had to be featured is to write a little something about my blog. Well, that's easy! Sit back and relax folks, because this girl can talk! hehe.

Though the blog is only about 2 months old the concept of "DIY or Don't!" was born in the cold early-winter months of 2010 while I was walking our then puppy Cooper. (He's no longer a puppy but a full-size cuddle bug.)

Hubby and I were recently engaged and, having always been a DIY kind of girl, knew I had about 1,000 craft projects ahead of me for the Wedding. I started realizing that there were some things that I was just going to have to buy, but I didn't really want to lose the hand-made theme that we were after. Enter Etsy. What a wonderful place! It's like a beautiful eternal craft fair full of artisans and crafters - like me - but for hire! So, I spent a good portion of my planning days bouncing between Etsy and conversing with sellers to custom make things for me, and the DIY sites with tutorials and inspirational ideas. Then suddenly it hit me. There should be a place where those who make (martha stewart style), those who inspire (DIY blogs and craftgawker) and those who buy (etsy style) unite. It was then that "DIY or Don't!" was born. The concept is actually much grander that what you see here, and I have some big things in store for you guys in the future, but for now I have a blog and try everyday to find balance between providing tutorials, inspiration and access to quality sellers.

And since we're it's what started it all (and I've secretly been wanting to find a way to share some of the pics with you anyways) here's a glimpse of our handmade/Etsy style wedding!

Thanks Sarah!  What a beautiful wedding, and a fun blog!  Go visit her blog, but be warned you might get stuck their for awhile!

Now I want to see what you have been up to!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

4th of July Flag CAKE!

I love EVERYTHING about the 4th of July! Christmas is great, Thanksgiving is yummy, but the 4th of July takes the cake! I love the small town patriotic celebrations, the watermelon, the backyard barbecues, and just being with the family! Last year I made a fun Flag cake, I found the recipe over at 17 and Baking (A great blog if you are not familiar with it). She gives a great tutorial, this was the first layer cake I EVER made!

The outside is very simple... No those are not patriotic spiders they are fireworks! I made a simple template out of cardstock and sprinkled bright colors sprinkles! The cake looks great if you can get past the spider part!

But cut the cake open.... and you have OLD GLORY! So cool! This cake was a huge hit! The kids loved it, and it was pretty delicious! If you want to make one of your own go HERE for the complete tutorial!

Count down to the 4th of July is on! YIPPEEE!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Just a reminder that today is the LAST day to enter into the Pillow Fight!  You have until midnight mountain standard time!

Ladybird Ln

We have so many amazing prizes, you can linkup your projects HERE!

We have so many incredible projects already linked up go check it out!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Simple Summer Journal, and a REMINDER!!

Ladybird Ln

 Just a reminder tomorrow is the last day to submit your pillow to the PILLOW FIGHT... You can submit your pillows HERE! We have so many FABULOUS prizes, from incredible sponsors, and it is supporting a great cause! Go enter your pillow creations!

This summer I am teaching summer school at the local high school to help keep my teaching certificate up.  It has been a change going to work when I have had a break for a couple of years!  I teach special education students with varying abilities, and I love it.  It is a great reminder to me of how much I love these kids, we have a lot of fun, and their is never a dull moment! To start the students off in the morning, they write in a summer journal!

I have found questions that are hopefully fun and require some critical thinking skills.  I typed the questions in a Google document, you can see them above or find them HERE!

 I printed the questions off on bright colors, cut them into strips, and placed them in a fancy jar that I had on hand.
 Each morning a student chooses a subject from the journal jar and I have them write about it.  Some students can not write so we have them talk about the subject or draw pictures.  It has been a lot of fun, and helps the students to keep thinking and writing during the summer.  This would be a great thing to do with kids at home!
I like to LINK to the fabulous parties!
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Showing YOU Off--Features!

What a great week, we broke 50 links--Yee-HA! Here are a couple that caught me eye this week! PLEASE DON"T FORGET TO LINK UP YOUR PILLOW PROJECTS HERE, ONLY THREE MORE DAYS!
I just love this breathable beach bag from Artsy VaVa! So clever!
I put this homemade Kazoo by Seven Alive on my kids to do list this summer... So Easy and fun!
The 4th of July is my MOST favorite holiday, I just love these sweet decorations from Gingersnaps!
I must admit, I fear zippers.... But Sew Much 2 Luv makes it look easy with these sweet zipper pouches!
I thought this Alice and Wonderland Tea Pot, was so fun and whimsical from Kims Candy Creations!
OK, I can not resist sharing this... When I saw the Chandalier, I thought of my Friends Jenifer's amazing Alice and Wonderland cake she made for a Girls Scout Party.. It is incredible, she does not have a blog, so I get to show it off!
Pretty Amazing, right? I just love all of the details!
And the Blog of the Week, for next week is Lucky Linky #56 ! DIY or Don't! These paper flowers are gorgeous!

If you have been featured feel free to grab a button!  Thanks EVERYONE for linking up!

Ladybird Ln
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