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Christmas for the Girls

This year I have decided to make as many of the Christmas presents as I can this year.   For some of the girls I have made these journals with a coordinating bracelet.

 

Is there a girl in your life who would love a pretty journal like one of these?  Instructions on how to make your own can be found in the Art Journal Tutorial.

Find the supplies you need to complete your own journal, and all your paper crafting projects at Home and Garden Welcome.

 

In the meantime, Happy Holidays and may you find plenty of moments to craft!

~Nikki

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Busy, busy, busy

Well, it is fact that I have been running like a chicken with his head cut off (and believe me, it really does happen if you have never seen it happen before!).  I have had little time to do any crafting, and even less time for my garden.  Especially since I’ve discovered that deer saliva judiciously applied to your vegetable plants is NOT a fool proof way to increase your harvest.  It does, however, increase the yield of deer excrement that can be found amongst your few remaining leaflets.

While I have been thinly spreading my time between substituting in a kindergarten classroom (much like attempting to herd cats), commitments regarding the school board, catechism class for the kids and soccer practice and games the other design team members have been busily planning a HUGE LAUNCH PARTY over at Things Crafty.

Look for new TV episodes, tutorials, great giveaways, and lots of inspiration and more!

Mark you calendars for this Tuesday’s huge lineup of Tuesday Schmoozeday broadcasts leading up to the launch party scheduled for Friday Sept 21st!  Look for Link Up parties, Mixed Media tutorials, weekly giveaways and more as you find inspiration and support from such an amazing crafting community.

In the meantime, visit my other blog My Creative Chaotic Life to see the progression of my year long art journey.

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A few new endevours

Wow, what a few days!  Alot can happen in a short amount of time.

First off, at Home and Garden Welcome we introduced some new guest designers for the Home and Garden Welcome Mystery Kit.  In case you missed the post, get to know the new designers here.

Secondly, I have given myself a challenge.  I have begun a new blog called My Creative Chaotic Life.  There I will be creating a piece of art over the course of the year.  Each week for 52 weeks I will add something to my canvas that reflects the events that are important.  I have an art journal I will also share with you from time to time.  In that journal I will be trying different techniques before I try them on my final project.  Some will be successful, some will utterly fail but I will push myself to try new techniques, and combine with the old techniques I’ve come to depend on.

Here is an example of my recent art journal trial.  I will be posting the first week’s addition soon.  I invite you all to watch as this piece of art develops and if you feel  inspired I challenge you to start your own journey as well!

And finally, I have been invited to join the Things Crafty design team!  Check out the site and find wonderful inspiration, ideas for new projects and a fabulous team of artists ready to help you further your craft.  Come on over and check things out!

It sure is amazing how things develop, just further confirmation in my belief that there is a plan for everyone and regardless of what you try to do otherwise God will certainly find a way to get you where you belong.

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Guest Design Team Call

Do you have a passion for creating?  Like to design unique projects that are unpredictable and amazing?  We are looking for three designers to create projects using our Mystery Craft Kit.

How does it work?

You will receive a box of goodies with a retail value up to $100 (if purchased by an actual contestant the cost of the kit is $50).  You must keep the contest of the kit confidential during the month you are the guest designer. You must use all the items in the kit in a prominent way in your final project. (If a pack of paper is included you do not have to use EVERY pattern in the pack.) Write a short tutorial on how you created the project and how you incorporated the items that came in your kit. Return the tutorial with high quality images to Home and Garden Welcome no later than the 15th of the month you are designing for, I am currently looking for designers for October, November and December 2012.

You must post your project on your blog with a link back to both http://www.homeandgardenwelcome.wordpress.com and http://www.homeandgardenwelcome.com.  Details and information for links will be included in information sent to the guest designer.

Who should apply?

I welcome entries for all crafting types, from card makers and scrapbookers to mixed media artists I encourage you to apply. You must have a blog you update regularly (at least 1 time weekly) and be willing to link both the Home and Garden Welcome blog and online store to your blog.

How do I apply?

First, check the Home and Garden Welcome Mystery Craft Contest page for information on the contest as available to paying participants (as a guest designer you are not eligible to participate in the contest).  You can get an idea of what may be in the kit as well as what others have created with the past kits.

After checking out the Mystery Craft Contest page send an email with the following information to ngillette@homeandgardenwelcome.com with  “design team call” as the subject line. Please include images of 3 projects you have completed in the past, trying to keep in mind the types of products you saw on the Mystery Craft Contest page and answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a guest designer for the Mystery Craft Contest from Home and Garden Welcome?
  2. What design teams do you currently participate in, or have participated in over the past 12 months? (Prior design team participation is NOT necessary for this call.)
  3. What is the address of your Blog?
  4. Please include your first and last name, e-mail address and mailing address and what month you would be most interested in designing. (October, November or December)

~All applications due no later than midnight EST Aug 31st, 2012~

How will the winning designers be notified?

The three people who are selected as guest designers will be notified by September 5th by email.  You will receive information at that time as to what month you will be designing for and when you can expect to receive the mystery kit.

Good Luck!  I am looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous creations!

~Nikki

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