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Friday, February 5, 2016

BoHo and Give A Ways


I have been enjoying being out 
in my Art Barn this week.
Working on sewing projects and painting this 
old piece of furniture.
First I painted it pink and 
then painted over that with yellow.
I added the little medallion, too.

This was my inspiration :)
Have you seen it in the stores?
The pages just scream, "Be Happy"!
 Here you can see this piece painted white.
I bought it at the Goodwill about twenty years ago.
It was time for a cheerful face lift :)

I have also been thinking about having
A Give-Away.
each time in the past when I have done this,
I always say, leave a comment and be a follower. 
Then I would process by drawing a name 
from the blogging sisters that follow and that commented. 
 I decided to change that process.
Now you just have to be a follower.

When I am out blogging and visiting 
my sweet sister's blogs, 
I often get inspired my their homes,
or something that they are doing on their blogs.

From now on when the creative bug bites me . . .
and a want to make something for a give away.
I'll make it and decide whose house it fits best. 
Be a follower on Friends Connect,
(up there in my right column)
and you may get a email telling you that you have won :)



These two valentine banners went out last week.

And this dish towel is going to be mailed next week.
It looks pink in this photo, but it is 
red, blue and yellow.

This one is going out to Carol at
Art and Sand
http://artandsand.blogspot.com 
Carol's home is filled with
vintage beach decor and primary colors,
so I hope she likes this :) 
This is going to be fun!

Have a Happy Day,
and 
Keep Smiling.

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)
P.S. I love reading comments and they are 
the best way for me to click and visit your blogs.  
So, please keep commenting. 

73 comments:

  1. Good morning, Connie! Your darling beach towel will be absolutely perfect for Carol's home. I know she will love it. The Valentine banner that I won in your giveaway a couple of years ago has a permanent place over my college son's bed. Since his room (it's also used as a guestroom since he's away at school right now) has red accents, this banner was perfect. And the dishtowel and potholder that you so generously also sent have a permanent place in my kitchen. I love handmade gifts and knowing they come from a blogger friend makes them even more special. You have such a kind heart for gifting your handmade treasures. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Good Morning Melanie, I am delighted that you like your gifts and my what sweet things you have said here. I enjoy blogging and have made so many lovely friends here in blog land. You are one of the sweetest, thank you :)

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  2. I have never seen that book. I want it. I am putting boho in our home. Right now working on the bedroom. Love the heart banner, so cut.

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    1. Hi Betty, I guess the new buzz word is BoHo . . . i've always thought of it as being a gypsy style. Free, passionate and happy . . . the kind of style that makes you want to smile, sing and maybe even dance around the room :) I can not wait to see some of your re-dos :) Oh, I found this magazine at the grocery store.

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  3. I love how you painted the unit giving it a new lease of life. The dish towel was inspirational, I thought I might brighten up my kitchen with a couple. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I love making dish towels as gifts . . . everybody can use them :)
      I am also very happy that I could inspire you.
      Thanks for stopping by to visit and for being a lovely blogging sister :)

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  4. I like that BoHo style. I like "cottage" style too. Anything that's cheery and fun, I like it!

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    1. Me too! The older I get the more sunshine and happiness I want reflected into my home.

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  5. Sweet & pretty! I love your makes as they do make me smile!

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    1. Thank you so much . . . what a sweetie pie, you are :)

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  6. I have a soft spot for the boho style, too Connie...but my decor has no paricular style at the moment!
    We have had to concentrate on things like damp proofing since we moved!
    Your sewing work is very neat and I like your heart banner. Have you anything in the greenhouse yet?

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    1. Hi Alex, I have ordered some seeds and I have bought a few of those peat moss starter kits. I've also been saving the card-boards from toilet paper and paper towel. Have you seen them used as starter pots? I saw them first on Pinterest. Yesterday I was in town and I bought some throw away roasting pans with plastic dome lids . . .I got them at the Dollar Store. I plan on setting my card-boards in them with dirt and making a terrarium for germinating. Right now we still have snow on the ground :) Thanks for stopping by to visit, I love company :)

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  7. You must have awesome creative energy, as you are so talented at many different crafts. I LOVE your repurposed & refurbished tv cabinet. Looks fab in the soft buttery yellow with the hints of pink. It is really a very 'happy' feeling piece of furniture. Liked the blog candy you've sent out too. What a wonderful way to satisfy your own crafting spirit, while sharing the bounty with a blog buddy. I LOVE your attitude!! TFS & have a great weekend.

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    1. Mary you are so generous with your kind words, thank you so much.
      I love your cheerful attitude, too :)
      Happy weekend!

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  8. Connie, I think Carol will love that. I like the yellow you chose. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, thanks for stopping by and for being such a dear blogging friend :)

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  9. Hi Connie. I saw that magazine only once and didn't buy it. Drats! Are you going to subscribe? I also love cottage style magazines.

    Lovely buntings and the dish towel sounds perfect for Carol's home just based on her blog name.

    Thanks for visiting. It's brr cold here today so I will definitely have a fire tonight.
    Hugs
    Kay

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    1. I don't know if I will subscribe or not, but probably not . . . I haven't been picking up magazines nearly as much as I did before blogging. It's like there are so many ideas and eye candy in the blogging world . . . and that is what I buy magazines for. This one was just a whim and a fancy treat to myself :)
      Cozy in and stay warm . . . Happy Weekend!

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  10. Hi Connie, I was just thinking back to when you first began working on your Art Barn.What a way you have come.It must feel good just coming into your room! Your heart pennant just makes me want to make one for myself!Now..where is that colourful fabric!!I am making hearts for family and friends at the moment. I must have made hundreds over the years! The BOHO style is so warm and friendly. The artist in me loves it, and I am beginning to embrace this look at home.
    Thanks for your cheery blog.I love it!

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    1. Hi Judy, it is so nice to see you . . . and always a pleasure when you stop by. Sounds like you have a lot of projects going on . . . I don't know about you, but it is the way I keep the winter time blues from creeping in, LOL.

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  11. How fun and happy the dish towel is
    I have clicked on friend connect on my blog to go to someones blog and it doesn't work any more? I know different gals have said they lost several friends due to the changes of friend connect? through blogger?

    I did see that magazine of all the bright BOHO

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    1. I'm so glad you mentioned that. I have lost about 50 followers in the last couple of months . . . I was beginning to second guess my content, but couldn't really pin point anything that could have offended anyone, let alone 50 people. Oh well, it's only numbers; I think that people that visit and enjoy a blog will always stop by and visit. I'm just here to share ideas and spread a little cheer and happiness if I can:) Thanks for stopping by to visit and for your kind words of encouragement :) Happy Weekend!

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  12. Your unit loves lovely with a new lease of life. It looks totally different now you've changed the colour. I love all your bunting too - fabulous! xx

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    1. Thank you Liz . . . that tickles me pink :)

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  13. So nice visiting and seeing all the great things you have created. You are most talented.Do not think anything about losing followers. It is something blogger is doing. I have lost several and so has everyone else. I love comments best of all. No doubt the ladies winning your give a ways were very pleased.

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    1. This is the first time that I have mentioned loosing followers on my blog . . . I didn't know what was going on. I guess if it is something to do with blogger, then there is nothing we can do. I decided a while back that it wasn't going to bother me (it still does, just a little though). i am so happy that you stopped in to visit. I love making new friends and my welcome mat is always out. If I would have known you were coming, I would have baked a cake, LOL Have a great weekend and please come visit again :)

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  14. The furniture redo looks great. I've never seen that magazine. I'll have to look for it next time I'm out. That's a really awesome way to do a giveaway. Makes a lot of sense too. I honestly don't know if I'm actually following your blog with friend connect or not. I just have you in my feedly

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    1. Hi Ann, I know and yes you are :) Anyway, I have gotten so used to your pretty face showing up in my comments that I feel very much like sisters. We have been doing this for at least two years and at least once a week, LOL. We know too much about each other to still be meeting like this and not be friends, LOL.

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  15. I just love your Art Barn, Connie. I think you made a good choice painting your piece yellow. It just pops now. And Carol was the perfect person to receive the dish towel. She has such a beautiful, colorful house and the dish towel matches perfectly. Congrats Carol!

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    1. Hi Laurie, You know I have been thinking about adding more color to my barn . . . after making the sleeping loft so colorful I kind of caught the BoHo bug and the barn is a great place to play with color :) I do hope that Carol likes the little dish towel . . . she doesn't know about it, I'm waiting for her to visit and be surprised :)

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  16. Aren't you just the sweetest blogger friend. I was the luckiest recipient of one of those banners. Love it! Wish I could get half accomplished that you do! Slow and steady will have to win my race! LOL I have never heard of BoHo magazine so will have to check that out! Thanks for sharing. It won't be long and spring will be here! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, this was their premiere issue; I found it on the grocery store newsstand. The style has been around for years, but is just starting to get popular . . . I enjoy the cheery colors and the mix match of all the colors and patterns. It's just a lot of fun and my barn is a great place to experiment with color :) Oh, I'm looking so forward to Spring. We are suppose to get a warm weekend, so maybe our snow will disappear . . . that wouldn't hurt my feelings at all, LOL. Happy weekend!

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  17. I just found your blog through Sherty at Thrift My House. It's adorable. I moved to the country for the first time a few years ago with my hubby. We are always under construction, lol. I look forward to reading through your posts. Our Internet is amazingly slow so it will take some time. Hugs from Oklahoma.

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    1. Hello Valerie, and welcome to my blog. We too moved to the country, two years ago. I love it! I finally have room to have a garden . . . we only have one acre, but after living in a community where the homes were 15 feet from each other, and for thirty three years, this feels huge to us. We feel so blessed. It is a great place to retire . . . I am delighted that you came to visit and hope that you will return. My welcome mat is always out :)

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  18. You've done a great job of transforming your TV unit! I like how you dive right into a project. The beach-themed towel is so cheery, and I'm sure Carol will love it! Enjoy your weekend :)
    Wendy

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    1. Hello Wendy, thanks for stopping by . . . I love company and I am delighted that you like my painted TV cabinet:) It was a $15 find over twenty years ago, so I thing that I have gotten my moneys worth. Maybe now with it's new face lift, I'll keep it around another twenty years, LOL.

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  19. It's my banner!!! I have it hung and am absolutely loving it! It could not be more perfect my friend! I absolutely love the piece of furniture you redid. It turned out so pretty! Love the yellow over pink! Such a happy piece for a happy place! You are such a sweet and creative lady! What a blessing to myself and others you are too. Thank you again for blessing me....not only with the adorable banner, but your friendship! Have a beautiful weekend.

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Vicky, you have a way of just making my heart feel all warm and cozy . . . thank "YOU" for being a beautiful friend :)

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  20. So sweet of you to share your talent with everyone. Great way to update your furniture and it sure does stand out now!!

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    1. Hi Connie, I feel so blessed and happy . . .and I'm totally grateful that I am able to share :)
      I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.

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    1. Believe me I am grateful for that barn and feel very blessed :)
      I'm glad that you like it :)

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  22. Wow Connie--you have so much talent. I would never have picked pink, but it really looks nice!

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    1. Thank you . . . I just thought that having another cheery color popping through in places, would be a good accent :) I'm happy that you like it!

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  23. I love your banners, you're very crafty and creative. You have such a great work space too!

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    1. Hi Kelly thank you. I feel blessed to have such a nice place to work . . . it is a blessing for sure :)

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  24. Connie, just me again. Was so excited when you stopped by and ad joined my for more visits. I am proud having you as a follower and I definitely will keep tabs on you as well.

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    1. I'm looking forward to a lovely blogging friendship :)

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  25. You are so fortunate to have your 'Art Barn' your place to create ... it's great.

    Hope the weekend is a good one for you

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, I know it is one of those things, the make me want to pinch myself, to just know that it's real :)

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  26. Hi Connie,
    Finally getting some time to catch up on my blog reading!
    All of your projects are so pretty! The banners are beautiful and the tea towel is so pretty - it will be perfect in Carol's home and I am sure she will love it!
    You are just so kind and I truly love that about you!!
    I added you on Google +, I couldn't find the 'friends' link you spoke about on your blog...but think that is what you meant.
    Hoping that you are having a wonderful weekend!! Hugs!! Kimberley

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    1. Hi Kimberly! It is always nice to see you. I don't know whether or not Google + and Google friends connect are the same or not, but my friends connect button is toward the top of my right-hand column. I have been enjoying your emails and your lovely blog . . . Happy weekend.

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  27. The painting came out great. I love the garlands and the towel. Very lucky recipients!

    xo Dianne

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    1. Thank you . . . you're a sweetie :)

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  28. Oh, dear Connie...what a kind heart you have, and I love your idea for a giveaway...I am having one too in celebration of Valentine's day...I would love to pop your name in the hat too, if I may? {{Smiles}}

    You have been quite busy in your creative barn...I love making new goodies with a little imagination and craft or sewing supplies!

    May you have a blessed, happy weekend...sending you hugs!
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Hi Kelly-Anne . . . you honor me with your sweet words and with your invitation to join in on your give-a-way, thank you :)

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  29. Hi Connie! I am visiting you from Vicky at Life on Willie Mae Lane! I just love the banner you made for her and the heart banner at the beginning of your post. How sweet of you to do all that work and then send them off to very blessed bloggers! That is a great idea for a giveaway. Following you via Google and Pinterest.

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    1. Hi Ann Marie, welcome to my blog and thank you for not only your sweet words, but for follow me, too :)

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  30. Connie, you think of everything!!! I love the new look and I LOVE the Toile (have I spelled that right) fabric. I have a small piece, just like yours, that I keep hanging on to, thinking I will find a use for it one day. I want an art barn too!

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    1. Hey there girlfriend! Do you have an outbuilding that you could convert to your own art barn? Move over lambs and give this creative girl a little room, too.

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  31. Connie, I love this. I love your art barn!!
    xo
    Lynn

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    1. Thank you! I feel blessed to have this space, it's perfect and I love it. I just wish every woman had her own special place to spread out and do her thing :)

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    1. Good Morning Nancy, I just got to thinking that most of the time whatever it is you are giving way, may be nice, but will also only truly fit into a few people's styles. So, why not bless someone that will most likely use it. I even enjoy trying sewing project that don't even fit my style, but are fun to make . . . so find a blogging sister that you think would enjoy it, right :) Anyway . . . I feel good about doing it this way . . . so, as I've seen some blogger write, "It's my blog and my rules", LOL. I'm happy to see that you also feel this way.
      It snowed here again last week, but is all melted again . . . how is your weather?

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    2. It's starting to warm up, Connie. But we still have a lot of snow on the ground.

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  33. Your room looks so cozy and cheerful. I adore Boho style and your room is boho for sure :) There should be some girls dressed to boho dresses :)

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    1. I should get out my tambourine and dance for you, LOL.

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  34. Thanks so much for coming by for a visit with sweet words....
    I love your yellow cabinet...yellow....such a happy color.
    xoxo

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    1. Hi BJ, it's fun to experiment with lots of color and my Art Barn is just a great place to try new things :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  35. The cabinet is so fun....just like your inspiration! I haven't seen that magazine, but I'm crazy about color in my craft room. What a cute and fun place you have to create in.

    Warm hugs,
    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol and welcome to my blog. It is always great to get a new visitor. I do enjoy my creative space . . . it has been a wonderful place to play and chase away the wintertime blues :)

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  36. I'm going to look for one of those magazines. I use a lot of bright colors in my lanai. And I love banners to change up for the seasons. I need to start one for Spring. I always love your posts and your style my friend. Hugs, Diane

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  37. What fun!! You're so creative, I envy your sewing talent - I have zero talent with any type of sewing/fabric/etc. Oh well! I adore Boho style and will have to look for that magazine!

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