"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

{Jennifer Pugh Studios} Giveaway!

Hi everyone!!
Just wanted to give you a quick heads-up on a Fun giveaway going on now @

She is offering one lucky winner:

Here is a peek @ some of the FaBuLouS Art she sells in her shop:

Head on over to her blog for more info...and to enter!


{Creative Readers} FuN ideas!

Check out these FaBuLouS projects:

First...we'll start with a couple of  BEFORE/AFTERS from Rosy Red Buttons:



LoVe them!
 Also...head on over to Rosy Red Buttons and make these CuTe {personalized}
 Love the little pocket and tulle she added!
Turn a regular ol' onesie into this AdoRaBle sweet little outfit @ Rosy Red Buttons!                                                                   

Make this AdoRaBle yarn snowman @ Craft Goodies!

Turn a floodlight into an angel @ Craft Goodies!

Learn how to make these AWESOME pinwheels @ It's a handmade life!
Thank you ladies for your submissions!! 

AND...Just a reminder...TODAY is the last day to get 30% off your Flirty Aprons order!

30% off any purchase at Flirty Aprons, code ""CYBER30"", valid 11/25-11/30


Monday, November 29, 2010

Lil' Workbench {CuTe!}

From this:

To this! 

How FuN is this transformation?!!  I came across this @ The Frugal Granny {via: Design Dazzle} and thought it was sooo CUTE!!  How perfect this would be for your lil' builder?!!
LoVe it!
Check out more info here!

FG...thanks so much for sharing!


Letters to Santa!!

Check out this FuN deal going on NOW at  GroopDealz

$9 Letters to Santa Kit - Set of 4 cards, 4 envelopes & 4 labels - Free shipping to U.S. ($18 Value)


How Fun would these be for your kiddos?!!

  • Four 5"x7" cards, which are professionally printed on extra-heavy 130 pound cardstock with a silk finish.

  • Four address labels, pre-addressed to Santa at 1 Reindeer Lane, North Pole.

  • Four bright red envelopes.

  • The address labels are not adhered to the envelopes, so your child can enjoy the final step of addressing his or her letter to Santa! Your Letters to Santa kit will be safely packaged in a cello bag and mailed in a reinforced cardboard envelope. Kits are shipped via first class mail. Please allow 5-10 days for packaging and delivery.          

    Sooo... head on over to GroopDealz today and get this FuN Deal!!


    {Flirty Aprons} SALE!!!

    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up on an AWESOME offer from
     Flirty Aprons!

    Right now through November 30th...they are offering 30% off any purchase!! How awesome is that?!!

    I am still LoVin' mine...and you will LOVE yours!!  Sooo...head over NOW before this offer ends!!


    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Photog Friday!!

    Camilla here! Thank you SO much to everyone(400+!)that responded last week, I am so excited to be here with you and be able to share one of my favorite things in the world! From the poll we learned that the majority of the readers here have a HIGH interest in photography and that this would be a great thing to do! Most of you also own a mid-high range DSLR- this would include the Nikon D200 and up, or the Canon 20D and up. A big number also own point and shoots and low range DSLR's, so we will cater the teaching so everyone can join in!

    The majority was also interested in being able to take better photos of their family, by learning techniques in manual shooting, photoshop, and composition skills. We will also try to answer specific questions in the coming posts, so please continue to comment at the end of the post. If you did ask a specific question in the poll, I received 10 of them, but the remaining 30 did not get posted by the server, so feel free to re ask at the end of this post. And of course, if you have specific questions, please feel free to email me with 'Question from Crate' in the subject line, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

    So now that THAT'S out of the way, we'd like to introduce ourselves a little more! My name is Camilla and I own CioCo Photography, a company I started in July of 2009. I have loved being able to have a creative outlet that pays me, I mean, who wouldn't want that? I married my husband in December of 2008 and we are expecting our first child, a girl, in January. We live in Salt Lake City, UT and love it. He works in construction management, and I take pictures, so that makes super exciting dinner conversations. "So how did your day go?" "I dug some dirt." "I took some pictures." Sweet.

    My interest in photography began at a young age when I got my first camera, a 35mm for my birthday. I loved being able to capture moments with just a quick release of a shutter. My degree is from Utah State, and through school I was able to learn many basic and wonderful theories of art, which help me in photography immensely. The technical knowledge I now have in photography is largely self taught, and I am still on the road for more knowledge. I love it. I love people and combining the two is so rewarding.

    Hi everyone...Stacie here...and most of you might already know me...but in case you don't here's a little background:   I am a mother of four crazy, but fabulous kiddos {2 boys & 2 girls}... and a wife to one amazing man!  {Sometimes I wonder how I became so lucky. :)}  As you know,  I am a HUGE crafty junkie who is always trying to think up different things to create in my spare time.  I was born in Utah...but grew up and currently live in Idaho. Go BSU!! :)   My family and I love the mountains and enjoy camping and 4-wheeling together!   

    My interest in photography really began when I started having children.  I LoVe taking pics of my kids!  I found myself photographing every little step, and sweet moment of their lives.  It wasn't until last year when I bought my first DSLR...and decided to branch out and start learning more about the whole tech-y part of photography...and completely fell in LOVE!  It is AMAZING!   I still have a TON to learn...but I look forward to every minute of it!  I recently started a photo blog here...where you can check out some of  my most recent work!   

    I just have to say...I am sooo excited that Camilla has joined the "Crate" on Friday's!  She is the sweetest person...and I am so thankful to her for her willingness to share her amazing talent with us!

    So now that you know us, we can get on to photography! Photog Friday will go as follows:

    1st Friday: "Beautify It."
    This is where you will take a sooc image (straight out of camera) from Stacie, I, or one of you and we all edit it in photoshop using whatever techniques we know/love. This can also be done at for those who don't have photoshop. You will then come back and link your image so we can all enjoy/learn together!

    2nd Friday: "Photog Tidbits."
    This is where Stacie or I will share a quick easy lesson on improving your photos by shooting in manual, lighting composition, or artistic composition.

    3rd Friday: "Better After."
     This is where we will take a specific photoshop technique and show you how its done to improve one of your own photos of choosing. Then we will all link back our photos showing how we used this technique.

    4th Friday: "Photography Challenge!"
     This is where you will take whatever camera you have and shoot under a specific theme! I love these! Themes can be colors, shapes, moods, etc and your photo will be whatever speaks to you under that theme. We will all post back in order to help each other and improve by all the talent I know is out there!

    Welcome to Photog Friday!!
     We are excited to have you all participate and we will learn together! Like 3rd grade, only cooler. Our first Friday, December 3rd, we will be working on this photo:
    Isn't she beautiful? I had the privilege of shooting this young lady for some ad work. It is straight out of camera, shot with a Canon 50D and 17-70 Sigma Lens. ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/250s for all who like number crunching, if you have no idea what the heck I just typed, no worries! ;) Have fun! Just download it from photobucket and have at it! Then come back and link to your specific post on your own blog. The link you can post at will be up on the 3rd. We're excited to see what you come up with! And remember, use if you don't have photoshop.
    Happy Photog Friday!

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    {Christmas} Countdown!!

    Check out this FaBuLouS idea from
     She turned an old frame into a FuN Christmas Countdown with a little chalkboard paint, scrapbook paper, and vinyl!
    Sooooo CUTE!!
    For a complete how-to...go HERE!

     Sarah...thanks so much for sharing!


    2x4 Christmas Tree! {CuTe!}

    How CuTe is this?!!!

    I came across this FuN 2x4 Christmas Tree @ Under My Umbrella...and LoVe it!!  CuTe, Simple, and Inexpensive!! {LoVe those kind of projects!}

    You can check out a complete!!
    Also...she is giving away a free kit to make hurry and go enter!!

    Melinda...thanks so much for sharing!


    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    {Thankful} Table Runner!

    Check out this very CUTE idea I came across @  Finding Home!

    She used chalkboard fabric...and wrote the many things they were thankful for! 
    What a FuN Thanksgiving table addition!

    For more info on this Fun project...go here!!

    Laura...thanks so much for sharing!


    Monday, November 22, 2010

    Pilgrim Hat Treat!

    Pilgrim Hat anyone?!!

    How FuN would these be at your Thanksgiving get together?!! 
    Check out Craftily Ever After for more info!

    Jessica...thanks so much for sharing!


    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    Bloggin' @ Someday Crafts!!

    Hi Everyone!!

    I'm bloggin' over here today:

    Come check out the FuN project I've got goin' on!!

    See ya there! :)

    Don't stop here...Click on "OLDER POSTS"!!