crafting with sharpies link party {and giveaway!}

this one crafting with sharpies link party {and giveaway!}

Today’s the day! Whether you’ve used Sharpie products for home décor, crafts, or fashion projects, we can’t wait to see how you’ve used these versatile little gems to create something amazing. Link up your projects below, until March 7th, and one lucky linker will win a $50 Target Gift Card and a Sharpie prize pack!


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mod podged outdoor table {a tutorial}

bboutdoortable mod podged outdoor table {a tutorial}

Hello and Happy Monday! Ready for a true confession, dear readers? Here it goes-I’m done with Winter, and ready for Spring. We’ve had our snow, which was pretty and all, but now I’m gearing up for warmer weather, flip flops, and yummy iced coffees.  So I wanted to share an outdoor space spruce-up with you this morning! As you’ll see in the following images, I had a small outdoor table in desperate need of a makeover. To the rescue? A gorgeous piece of wrapping paper and Mod Podge Outdoor. Let’s get started:

Materials:
Mod Podge Outdoor
wooden table top
scrapbook paper or wrapping paper

foam brush

A note about Outdoor Mod Podge: As Amy explains in her FAQ page, Outdoor Mod Podge is very durable and water-resistant, but not completely waterproof. If you want to make your project waterproof, She recommends using a clear, outdoor (or Enamel) acrylic sealer when your project is complete.

DSC 0005 5 mod podged outdoor table {a tutorial}

Step 1: Here’s my “before” image….basically, we found the iron frame at a thrift shop. I spray painted it (if you know me at all, that’s no surprise!), and had my husband cut a piece of wood to fit.

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The first thing I did was take my wooden top and coat it with Mod Podge Outdoor. I took my piece of wrapping paper (found at my local Papyrus store-isn’t it lovely?), and lay it across the top, smoothing it out with a credit card to make sure there were no air bubbles. Flip it over on a flat surface, and fold up the two ends and Mod Podge them down to the wood.

DSC 0010 8 mod podged outdoor table {a tutorial}

Step 2: This is a bit tricky to explain, and I wasn’t even sure how I was going to handle the edges before I started. Basically, I just folded each corner like I would wrap a gift, and Mod Podged it all in place.

DSC 0012 2 mod podged outdoor table {a tutorial}

Step 3: Once completely dry, seal it with 3 coats of Mod Podge. I normally only do two coats, but really wanted this to be well sealed! After that was dry, I used a clear sealer by Minwax to waterproof it.

DSC 0015 2 mod podged outdoor table {a tutorial}

So what do you think?! Personally, I love how this turned out, and the turquoise and navy glittery wrapping paper adds some much-needed fun and sparkle to my back porch.

What projects are on your list to tackle before Spring arrives?

linking to:
tatertots and jello

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getting my home ready for Fall with HomeAdvisor

HomeAdvisor logo getting my home ready for Fall with HomeAdvisor

 

There are many things that come to mind when I think of getting my home ready for Fall, and when HomeAdvisor contacted me and asked me to use their site to complete one of these tasks, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and effortless the process was. The basis of HomeAdvisor is this: you tell them about your project, they match you up with professionals who are available immediately to work with you, and the professionals then contact you to give you a quote and get started. There are also reviews on the site, which is helpful when choosing who to go with.

HomeAdvisor recommends that five tasks be done to prep your home for Fall:

Winterize your Sprinkler,

Get Gutters and Downspouts Cleaned,

Get Your Furnace Serviced,

Have Weather Stripping Installed, and

Have Your Chimney Cleaned.

For us, we decided that the most important task was to have our gutters and downspouts cleaned. We have a lot of trees surrounding our home, and we’ve had a lot of rain lately. The combination of the two equals gutters that need frequent attention. We visited HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide, found the link on cleaning gutters and downspouts, where I easily found that the average cost was $158, and answered a couple of questions about our project. Within 24 hours, I had received quotes from three local companies (all below the average cost-yay!). I was pleased with the professionalism of all three companies, and definitely had a difficult time choosing which company to go with. I also received several emails from HomeAdvisor throughout the process, making sure that I was satisfied with my experience.

In a couple of weeks, I will share the rest of my experience with HomeAdvisor, but I’d love to know-what do you do to get your home ready for the colder weather?

This post is sponsored, but the opinions are 100% my own.

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