I love this time of the year because it means gearing up for planting flowers and watching all of the blossoms emerge. We’ve had some crazy weather here in Cincinnati, so my flowering bushes are taking their sweet time to show some buds. My Knockout Roses seems to be the only thing close to blooming:
I’m hoping the weather holds out this weekend or next for us to build a couple of raised beds for my veggie garden. Last year, we cleared a spot and added topsoil, but things got a little unruly, plus heavy rains washed the soil out into the yard. So I decided that raised beds are in order for this year.
In the meantime, a strawberry plant has taken over last year’s veggie plot. I was planning to uproot it, but there are a decent amount of baby berries growing! So maybe I’ll leave it. Or transplant it? Not sure if that will work too well.
Are you growing your own this year? What’s your favorite fresh veggie or herb to cook with? I love basil, tomatoes and cilantro!
Thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Blogiversary and entered my first giveaway! I used a random number generator to draw the winners, and the lucky folks are…
1st Prize – Kayla at k718
2nd Prize – Katherine at Pillows A-La-Mode
Congratulations! I’m so excited to share a little of the crafts I love with you!
Please email me at email@example.com with your address, and I’ll get your goodies on their way!
Hello there! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Today I’m sharing a little print I made for my mom for Mother’s Day.
I’ve known for a few weeks that I wanted to make something for my Mom but I wasn’t sure what it should say. I finally settled on this phrase. Which is actually quite appropriate because my parents are moving in a few months (out of what is pretty much my childhood home. i’m adjusting to the idea…)
First I started with a sketch:
Then I translated it onto a higher quality sketchpad paper. I’ve used acrylic paint and a paintbrush to do lettering for some previous prints, but I wanted to try something different and easier to handle this time. I chose a broad-tipped opaque marker from Michael’s Crafts (from their Recollections brand). I would have preferred a paint pen, but I could only find them white, silver, and gold. (anyone know of any paint pen brands that come in colors??)
And there you have it! Just pop it in a frame and boom!… Instant Gift! Did you diy something for your mom/grandma/friend/special person for Mother’s Day?
PS – there’s still time to enter my Blogiversary Giveaway! Read about the prizes and how to enter here.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday for my little Blogiversary shindig! (don’t worry! you still have plenty of time to enter my giveaway!).
I’m so glad that Friday is finally here. I’ve had a very, very busy Spring. So I relish each weekend as an opportunity to do what I want to do, even if it means being up to my eyeballs in craft supplies, and normal weekend chores falling by the wayside (oops).
Anyways, I thought I’d share a few of my amateur photos with you—some “outtakes” from my blogiversary shoot (it wasn’t as fancy as it sounds).
Yes, I made my own confetti. Which ended up being more complicated than it should be—has anyone else ever purchased a paper punch that won’t punch paper?!?
And, because I think there’s been a scarcity of her on the blog lately, Molly:
Yes, I know she needs haircut :)
Have a wonderful weekend, and a Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve got a little DIY-for-Mom to share next week. I couldn’t share it early because my mom is a loyal reader (thanks Mom! Sorry to spoil the surprise!)
Today is the day, friends! Two Purple Couches is one!
A year ago, I got up enough courage to create a post and hit “publish” for the first time. It was a big leap, to think that anyone would actually be interested in the little crafts I create, or what’s currently on my mantel. But I’m so glad I did it! This year has been so much fun and I’ve gotten to know so many amazing people.
So, to say thanks to all of you, I’m hosting a giveaway. And there will be multiple winners!
Prizes: 5″x8″ washi Moleskine notebook / mini stuffed owl (handmade by me) / pair of AudreyLaine Collection earrings (I got two of the same pair at the Crafty Supermarket, one for me and one for you!)
Prizes: 3.5″x5.5″ washi Moleskine notebook / mini stuffed owl (handmade by me)
Here’s how you enter:
- Please COMMENT on this post with the words “Happy Blogiversary”.
- For a BONUS entry, like Two Purple Couches on Facebook.
This giveaway will be up and running until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. I’ll announce the winners on Friday, May 17, 2013. Good luck! I can’t wait to see who the winners are :)
My first blogiversary is coming up in a couple of weeks (consider this your “Save the Date”). I have plans, big plans. For confetti. For cake. For goodie bags. And maybe even a new outfit.
So, dearest, loyalest, party-guest readers… is there anything special you’d like me to do to commemorate the big day? Any questions you’re dying to have answered? Or any secrets you’d like me to divulge?
Also, I’m putting this bug in your ear now… there will be a giveaway! Woo! My first one! Pass it on!
And maybe, just maybe, a new look/layout. Maybe. I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.
I sure hope that if you live anywhere near the Cincinnati area, I mean, like, in a 100-mile radius, that you popped into the Crafty Supermarket this weekend.
I did, obviously. Because I am obsessed with curated handmade goods.
And these are some of the goodies I snagged:
From L to R: punny card by Buck and Libby / deco-inspired triangle earrings by 1337motif / gold nugget studs by Audrey Laine Collection / half-moon hand-stamped pottery necklace by Natasha J Collection
There were so many other amazing artists and items that were tempting me, but I had to show *some* restraint.
Oh, and is this not the coolest business card you’ve ever seen?
The lady in question is Laura, the woman behind the adorable this adorable shop called The Wind and The Sail, and she makes the friggin’ cutest stuffed animals. I nearly bought one for myself. Just because. I mean, she had a stuffed narwhal! Why oh why did I pass up the narwhal!?!
If you went, what did you snag at the Crafty Supermarket this weekend? If you’re not in the Cincy area (and I’m sorry you’re not!), did you crash an equally awesome indie craft show?
ANYONE IN THE SE INDIANA / NORTHERN KENTUCKY / SW OHIO REGION…
You DO NOT want to miss this weekend’s Crafty Supermarket event! There will be tons of awesome artists, curated handmade goods, and delectable local eats.
So get yourselfs to Clifton.
And maybe I’ll see you there!
No, I am not referencing the recent slogan of a popular light beer… we finally have some DIY-ing underway in our house! What, what!
All the planning, all the pinning, all the nagging, has led to wall paint and crown moulding being purchased this past weekend! To say I am excited is an understatement. And although we didn’t actually start one of these projects (painting) until 5pm Sunday night (better late than never, am I right?), the hallway between our kitchen and bathroom already looks loads better.
Here’s a little teaser photo for you.
Sorry about the terrible quality of this photo; this hallway is completely devoid of natural light, and it was probably about 10pm when I snapped it.
We’re a long way off from a “big reveal,” but progress is progress. Here, in short, is our current to-do list:
- paint kitchen, hallway and powder room
- install crown moulding in family room, dining room and foyer
- paint family room and foyer
- install bookshelves, storage and window seat in my office
- paint my office
Have you done any painting recently? Are you a bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed painter? Or do you start on weekend projects when your weekend is nearly over?