Ramsign Giveaway!

I know it's been awhile since I did a giveaway, but I just wasn't up to the challenge of dealing with it and I hadn't really seen anything that I thought "hey, I'd love to win one!" which is basically my standard for agreeing to do something like this... but then I got an email from a wonderful representative at Ramsign and I knew I was doing this! So here's the deal...


The Prize: Any House Number Sign, 1-5 Digits (not name or address plaques) in any of their 5 design styles (the 4 digit ones go for $99 so this is a pretty sweet prize, if I do say so myself)

Here are a few gorgeous examples of their signs...


Who is Eligible? Everyone! No restrictions by geographic region or anything!


How Can You Enter? First, be a follower (using Google Friend Connect) of my blog and then leave me a comment on this post telling me you did that. (If you already follow, thank you and just tell me you already follow!) If you want more chances, just follow me on Facebook (here's the page) and leave another comment telling me you did that (just now or a million years ago)! You can leave two comments for two chances to enter! I'll use random.org to pick a winner and email you so make sure you leave your email address with your comments so I can tell you if you won! (Do all this BEFORE 11:59pm on Friday May 10th. I'll pick the winner that Saturday May 11th!

Got it? Good. Now you can check out their signs and buy one for yourself here on their website. Or you can check them out on Facebook or Twitter!

Thank you again to Ramsign for sponsoring this giveaway!

Plant Labels

I've made a number of different versions of plant markers and plant flags over the past couple of years. The boy does a lot of gardening. And we have a LOT of plants. So we usually end up running out of one kind of plant marker or materials for making that and that's inspired some creativity. The bottom line is that I realize I should share a few of the plant labels I've made and I'm kicking off with what I think might be my favorite because it's really the most functional and long lasting, yet easy to read and didn't take a decade to make...


Supplies
  • Plastic plant labels
  • Vinyl + Silhouette
  • Vinyl weeding tool
  • Vinyl transfer paper

Instructions

Basically, you get your list of labels to make together and then design the file in your cutting software (for me, it was the Silhouette Studio) and I basically tried to put as many labels on a page as I could. 


I'm also super-excited to tell you that I was watching some TV on my Kindle while making this project... and, I kid you not, through Amazon Prime, I got the first season of "Hey Dude" streaming for FREE. EPIC WIN.

LOVE. This. Show. Freakout over now... back to the plant labels! You want to "weed" the extra vinyl off, per standard Silhouette/vinyl transfer process.

After you get rid of the extra vinyl, you cut a piece of the vinyl transfer tape, put it down on top of the vinyl letters, and use a smoothing tool to make sure the transfer tape stick to the vinyl. 

Then, you peel up the transfer tape...

And you place it down on the blank plant label and use the smoothing tool to rub the vinyl letters on there and then peel back the transfer paper and voila!

One label made! 

Just repeat the process... 



Plant markers that hold up to the elements, are easy to read, and cost very little for each one! And they don't look too bad in the plants themselves, if you ask me...



What do you think? If you have any great ideas for plant labels or markers, I'd love to hear/see them - I'm constantly on the lookout for more ideas!

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite linky parties...

Mondays: Monday FundayThe DIY ShowOffCraft-O-ManiacMaking the World CuterSkip to My LouMad in CraftsSew Can DoBoogieboard CottageKeeping It SimplePinkapotamusSinging Three Little BirdsColours DekorDIY Home Sweet HomeBe ColorfulThe Gunny Sack3 Mango SeedsI Should Be Mopping the FloorSarahndipitiesSumo's Sweet StuffProject Inspire{d}Between Naps on the PorchNinth Street NotionsSew ChattyThrifty Decor ChickReinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party)ClaireJustineOXOXCreate With JoyAlderberry HillA Round TuitMarvelously MessyAn Oldie But Goodie

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeSweet Little GalsChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerMom 4 RealIf It's Not BaroqueTime to Sparkle

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsNight Owl CraftingLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty Things

Thursdays: Somewhat SimpleHouse of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's DilemmaYesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomChristina's AdventuresSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerBear Rabbit BearCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link Up

Fridays: Fingerprints on the FridgeThe Shabby NestTatertots & JelloSimply Sweet Home30 Handmade DaysWhipperBerryLovely Crafty HomeCatch As Catch CanNap Time Crafters504 MainMy Simple Home LifeSimply DesigningThe Picket FenceChic on a ShoestringThe Hungry HypoFrench Country CottageLadybird LaneThe Answer is ChocolateTruly LovelyLittle Becky HomeckyDelicate ConstructionSerenity NowSee Vanessa CraftHappy Hour ProjectsOne Artsy MamaSo You Think You're CraftyFinding Fabulous For LessIt's a Hodgepodge LifeTidy MomWhile He Was NappingCraftionaryFive Days... Five WaysDiana Rambles

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsYoung & CraftyBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms SharePolkadot PrettiesCandace CreationsSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy ClutterThe Weekend Creative

Sundays: I Heart Nap TimeUnder the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of Faith

Your Science Experiments: Jodi's Scarf Organizer

I've been INSANELY flattered recently because apparently some of the stuff I've made has inspired some of you guys to make your own versions... seriously, seeing comments or emails like that makes me kind of giddy and excited to check out what you made! So even though I've slacked a bit on this, I'm determined to do better and show off some of your science experiments - projects made using tutorials or ideas from here on the blog.

Today I'm excited to share Jodi of Oh.Scrap.That.'s Scarf Organizer!



Awesome, right? I was pretty excited...

In case you don't follow this blog and remember every post quite like I do (no judgment), Jodi made this after I posted this tutorial for a Scarf Organizer made from twine and shower curtain rings. This was my version (without anywhere near as many awesome scarves as Jodi has)!


A BIG thank you to Jodi for sharing this project with me AND letting me share it with all of you guys! You can visit Jodi and her projects at her blog, Oh.Scrap.That!

Purple & Green Wreath

I decided our front door needed a little "spring" fun and when I saw this purple and green yarn at A.C. Moore (I think?), I thought this was just perfect for a new wreath...


Supplies
  • Wreath form
  • Yarn
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

Basic Instructions (or A Little About How I Made It)
It just took a little yarn to wrap the wreath form with and then I added a green felt bow using the same bow technique I provided a tutorial for here (for making pretty bows for the Lemon Scrub gifts; this is what you need the felt and glue for). 

...and then I looped some of this green glitter ribbon through the wreath, made a little bow of that, and it was ready to hang. (Although that glitter ribbon is not as awesome as I thought... it shedded and got everywhere, ugh! And I was seriously excited about it... )

And the final product, in all its glory on our front door!

The irony of the fact that we just got a Frost Advisory while I write up this post on a springtime wreath for us is not lost on me.... this weather is beyond insane!

Enough of that un-fun stuff, I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties...

Mondays: Monday FundayThe DIY ShowOffCraft-O-ManiacMaking the World CuterSkip to My LouMad in CraftsSew Can DoBoogieboard CottageKeeping It SimplePinkapotamusSinging Three Little BirdsColours DekorDIY Home Sweet HomeBe ColorfulThe Gunny Sack3 Mango SeedsI Should Be Mopping the FloorSarahndipitiesSumo's Sweet StuffProject Inspire{d}Between Naps on the PorchNinth Street NotionsSew ChattyThrifty Decor ChickReinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party)ClaireJustineOXOXCreate With JoyAlderberry HillA Round TuitMarvelously MessyAn Oldie But Goodie

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeSweet Little GalsChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerMom 4 RealIf It's Not BaroqueTime to Sparkle

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsNight Owl CraftingLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty Things

Thursdays: Somewhat SimpleHouse of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's DilemmaYesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomChristina's AdventuresSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerBear Rabbit BearCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link Up

Fridays: Fingerprints on the FridgeThe Shabby NestTatertots & JelloSimply Sweet Home30 Handmade DaysWhipperBerryLovely Crafty HomeCatch As Catch CanNap Time Crafters504 MainMy Simple Home LifeSimply DesigningThe Picket FenceChic on a ShoestringThe Hungry HypoFrench Country CottageLadybird LaneThe Answer is ChocolateTruly LovelyLittle Becky HomeckyDelicate ConstructionSerenity NowSee Vanessa CraftHappy Hour ProjectsOne Artsy MamaSo You Think You're CraftyFinding Fabulous For LessIt's a Hodgepodge LifeTidy MomWhile He Was NappingCraftionaryFive Days... Five WaysDiana Rambles

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsYoung & CraftyBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms SharePolkadot PrettiesCandace CreationsSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy ClutterThe Weekend Creative

Sundays: I Heart Nap TimeUnder the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of Faith

Blog Design Resources

In the course of this re-design/update, I did discover a few great new resources that I thought I'd pass along to all of you...


First, I actually downloaded some great freebies and spent almost nothing to get tons of free clipart and digital freebies for the blog from Two Peas in a Bucket (from the digital gallery section/tab). They had a sale and everything was 60% off, I believe... I'm not being paid to say this and this is not a sponsored post, I just really liked what I got from them! On that note, some other great sources of digital scrapbooking downloads, fonts, etc. include:

Second, I found some great sites for tutorials, including these:
  • Something Swanky's DIY Design (the main page doesn't list all the tutorials, but the drop down part of the menu for this tab has all the tutorials listed) - so many great tutorials, including how to add multiple links to one picture and creating a custom nav bar
  • Sew.Craft.Create. 's Blog Design 101 Series - more wonderful tutorials including designing a custom nav bar and moving gadgets around on the page
  • the blog guidebook - the whole blog has lots of helpful hints and tips, including creating a gadget to display your Instagram pics and a "help desk"

And I found specific tutorials I liked: 

I also found some pretty sites for color inspiration and palettes...
  • The Perfect Palette blog - weddings and parties designed around particular color themes
  • Design Seeds - palettes created from a photo
  • Colorspire - pick a color and the site will generate similar/matching colors that coordinate well
  • Color Palette Generator - you can upload a photo or link to a photo/website and this tool will generate two color palettes based on what you put in

I also have two great pinboards for blog design. First, there's the one I started awhile ago that contains links to blog and photo design resources and tools. And now, there's a second one ("blog design inspiration") with screenshots of blogs that have design I just love and found inspiring... 

Enjoy! I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties...

Mondays: Monday FundayThe DIY ShowOffCraft-O-ManiacMaking the World CuterSkip to My LouMad in CraftsSew Can DoBoogieboard CottageKeeping It SimplePinkapotamusSinging Three Little BirdsColours DekorDIY Home Sweet HomeBe ColorfulThe Gunny Sack3 Mango SeedsI Should Be Mopping the FloorSarahndipitiesSumo's Sweet StuffProject Inspire{d}Between Naps on the PorchNinth Street NotionsSew ChattyThrifty Decor ChickReinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party)ClaireJustineOXOXCreate With JoyAlderberry HillA Round TuitMarvelously MessyAn Oldie But Goodie

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeSweet Little GalsChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerMom 4 RealIf It's Not BaroqueTime to Sparkle

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsNight Owl CraftingLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty Things

Thursdays: Somewhat SimpleHouse of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's DilemmaYesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomChristina's AdventuresSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerBear Rabbit BearCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link Up

Fridays: Fingerprints on the FridgeThe Shabby NestTatertots & JelloSimply Sweet Home30 Handmade DaysWhipperBerryLovely Crafty HomeCatch As Catch CanNap Time Crafters504 MainMy Simple Home LifeSimply DesigningThe Picket FenceChic on a ShoestringThe Hungry HypoFrench Country CottageLadybird LaneThe Answer is ChocolateTruly LovelyLittle Becky HomeckyDelicate ConstructionSerenity NowSee Vanessa CraftHappy Hour ProjectsOne Artsy MamaSo You Think You're CraftyFinding Fabulous For LessIt's a Hodgepodge LifeTidy MomWhile He Was NappingCraftionaryFive Days... Five WaysDiana Rambles

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsYoung & CraftyBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms SharePolkadot PrettiesCandace CreationsSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy ClutterThe Weekend Creative

Sundays: I Heart Nap TimeUnder the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of Faith

The National Cherry Blossom Festival

This is the first spring the boy and I have lived in the DC area and as many of you know, one of the big things DC is known for or big events here is the National Cherry Blossom Festival (learn more about it here on the festival's official website). So we went to check it out earlier this week and it was crazy hot (92 F) and ridiculously crowded, but it was gorgeous and I had a very tough time narrowing down the pictures for this post... and I didn't even take very many photos at the time because it was so crowded and I just wanted to enjoy the experience and not try to protect the camera from people bumping into us. Anyways, these are some of the photos from the adventure... 





I love that you can see the Cherry Blossoms all around the Basin...

The Jefferson Memorial

Because it's DC, you can see the helicopter and plane flying right above the Tidal Basin here...

Some day we'll have to go back and go paddle boat around... 

And some blossoms up close and personal... 



You can sort of see how unbelievably crowded it is here - just realize that we found this spot/I cropped as many people out of this as possible and it was more crowded for the giant distance around the Tidal Basin AND this was really only 4pm on a weekday...


If you follow me on Instagram (@craftyscientist), you saw these four pictures from the adventure that I shared earlier this week...

If you're thinking about going, I recommend comfortable shoes and the snow cones! : )



I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties...

Mondays: Monday FundayThe DIY ShowOffCraft-O-ManiacMaking the World CuterSkip to My LouMad in CraftsSew Can DoBoogieboard CottageKeeping It SimplePinkapotamusSinging Three Little BirdsColours DekorDIY Home Sweet HomeBe ColorfulThe Gunny Sack3 Mango SeedsI Should Be Mopping the FloorSarahndipitiesSumo's Sweet StuffProject Inspire{d}Between Naps on the PorchNinth Street NotionsSew ChattyThrifty Decor ChickReinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party)ClaireJustineOXOXCreate With JoyAlderberry HillA Round TuitMarvelously MessyAn Oldie But Goodie

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeSweet Little GalsChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerMom 4 RealIf It's Not BaroqueTime to Sparkle

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsNight Owl CraftingLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty Things

Thursdays: Somewhat SimpleHouse of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's DilemmaYesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomChristina's AdventuresSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerBear Rabbit BearCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link Up

Fridays: Fingerprints on the FridgeThe Shabby NestTatertots & JelloSimply Sweet Home30 Handmade DaysWhipperBerryLovely Crafty HomeCatch As Catch CanNap Time Crafters504 MainMy Simple Home LifeSimply DesigningThe Picket FenceChic on a ShoestringThe Hungry HypoFrench Country CottageLadybird LaneThe Answer is ChocolateTruly LovelyLittle Becky HomeckyDelicate ConstructionSerenity NowSee Vanessa CraftHappy Hour ProjectsOne Artsy MamaSo You Think You're CraftyFinding Fabulous For LessIt's a Hodgepodge LifeTidy MomWhile He Was NappingCraftionaryFive Days... Five WaysDiana Rambles

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsYoung & CraftyBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms SharePolkadot PrettiesCandace CreationsSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy ClutterThe Weekend Creative

Sundays: I Heart Nap TimeUnder the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of Faith
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