Saturday, August 29, 2009

Aaaaand, she's back!

Holy crap. What a week! That's all I can say. This deployment is kicking my butt, and we're only one week into it. You name it... it has gone wrong. Terribly wrong. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

Anyhow... on to more fun, pretty, crafty things! Today, I have a video tutorial (and a GIVEAWAY of *NEW* Pink Paislee) for this garden journal that I made using the new Pink Paislee "Amber Road" line...







In addition to being something nice to make for yourself (that is, if you're a gardener), these also make lovely gifts for any gardening friends you might have OR a lovely housewarming gift for a new neighbor! There are so many great flowers and veggies that make for great fall-starts in your garden. Here's an article that talks about all of your fall/winter vegetable gardening options.

As for the journaling kit, hey're quite simple to make and only require a few basic supplies. There are 6 coin envelopes contained inside the box that are the perfect size to store a packet of seeds, and have plenty of room on the outside for your gardening notes! So, shall we learn how to make one of these? Yes, let's...



Now that you've kindly sat through my video tutorial, I have an opportunity for you to win some *NEW* Pink Paislee "Amber Road" goodies. You will win everything pictured here:



It includes:
* A template for the garden journal box (that's right... no measuring or cutting for you!)
* 6 coin envelopes (not pictured)
* One of each of the new patterned paper designs that are part of the "Amber Road" line
* One pkg. "Amber Road" Bella Brads
* One pkg. "Amber Road" Punch Outs die cut tags
* One piece of "Amber Road" Patches canvas tag
* One pkg. "Chocolate" Expressions cardstock alphabets
* One pkg. "Pear" Expressions cardstock alphabets
* 1 yard cream grosgrain ribbon
* 1 yard jute twine
* 1 coordinating Prima flower

You have until Monday, August 31st at 11:59 pm PST to leave a comment on this post to be entered to win this nice little prize pack! I will announce the winner the following day (Sept 1st).

Speaking of video tutorials, my fabric embellishment tutorial was featured today on Mod Podge Rocks. So, if you missed the tutorial a while back on the Label Tulip blog, be sure to check it out!

As for all of the projects that I had been planning on featuring this month... not to worry. They will all be coming over the next few weeks. This start of this deployment has been much harder than I had anticipated... especially for the kids. That, and I've been busier than a one-armed paper hanger for the last several days (you'll understand VERY soon exactly why). *wink, wink* Thanks for your continued readership and support... I promise not to disappoint. There are lots of fun projects, new ventures and secret surprises in store! Stay tuned...

74 comments:

jennifer said...

wow, this is so generous of you, LOVE the journal!!

RachelM said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial and the chance to win this kit. It's really lovely!

KhrisW said...

I'm glad you're back, Holly. I love your gardening journal, how clever! I love what you did with the front, especially! : ) Keep your chin up.

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous collection-- I love the font for the letter stickers!

Pamela said...

This is awesome! Great tutorial. :) Thanks for the chance to win.

Andrea said...

What a cute project!

Julie said...

Glad you are surviving! hang in there! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

Terri Davenport said...

What a great idea! I know some gardeners who would love this as a gift!

Candace said...

what a fabulous idea! I know someone I need to make this for! Thanks for the chance! Hang in there xxxxxxx.

Suz said...

fantastic tutorial. Love your project. I'm a gardener so this one is right up my alley.

Thanks for the chance to win a super great prize

asgraham said...

beautiful project. thanks for the chance!

Kelly said...

Woot! Glad to see that Blogger is being kind again! I was going into withdrawal...lol. I totally feel for you. What a great tutorial! If you every need random vents...I am only a tweet away.

Lynn said...

I love the amber road collection from PP! Thanks for the chance to win Holly!!

Jocelyn said...

Oh Holly...this is so adorable and thanks for the tutorial.....love the new product!!!! Hope all gets a little easier for you...wish I were closer...I would step in and help you out!!! Have a great weekend!!! :)

Jennifer said...

Aweseme tutorial, as usual, Holly! Thank you so much for sharing. Sorry about the kids. Hopefully it will get better. But we're here for ya!

Jenn in Vancouver

Kelly S. said...

Hi Holly-cute video, but next time we want to see your pretty face ;)

I think the first weeks of deployments are the hardest, so hang in there, it will get better.
take Care!

MH72 said...

I would L*O*V*E to get picked for this one - thanks :-)

Mel G said...

Wow, thanks for taking the time to make the video tutorial! So is Hazel going to start kindergarten soon? Parker starts on Monday. I can't believe it!! ;)

Tricia Wilson said...

Sorry to hear that things are getting off to a rocky start. Hopefully you will have smooth sailing from here once the kids settle in.
I am excited to hear your announcement!

Laura Stewart said...

great looking

connie said...

thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win.

Diana said...

What a cool xmas idea! I plan on making some of these for my friends! Thanks so much for the instructions!

Daniela said...

Awesome tutorial Holly. This project can be adapted to any occasion. I love it!

Christine said...

Wow, what an awesome project. I am so glad I found your blog. Such inspiration here. Just wanted to say thanks for your family's sacrifice. It is very much appreciated.
xoxo, Christine

Angelickell said...

Wow what an awesome journal!!! Love it!
Gorgeous kit you are giving away too! I would love the chance to win it! :)

Christina said...

I love tutorials. Thanks for sharing!

KimA said...

Great project and I LOVE that range!

Sandy Shirley said...

Great giveaway! Please pick me!

Leah said...

such a fabulous project and a generous give away...thank you!

Stacey Michaud said...

such a great project! thanks for sharing your creativity with us! hope things calm down a bit for you!

Leigh said...

Oh, this is gorgeous, Holly!

Ginajam said...

What a great tutorial, Holly!! You always come up with such awesome projects! I would love to try it out some day...where do you find the time to do it all AND be super mom?? Hope the deployment gets better...

LollyChops said...

Awesome tut (I so want to try doing a video tutorial)!

I cannot wait to see what your big announcements are gonna be!

Big HUGS!

Stephanie Baxter said...

Wow, fab giveaway, and that tutorial was brilliant!

Michelle said...

How very exciting! I love that garden box. It would be perfect for my mom. Did you ever get that caterpillar problem solved? I was wondering what your solution was. Loved seeing the video with your cute pearls and bracelets. And your voice is so sweet too. I'd love to win that new line from PP. :D

Beth Perry said...

Hi baby!! I am sooo sorry the deployment is kicking your butt. But, you are strong so KICK BACK!! :P
If you ever need to vent, shoot me an email or whatever...I am here.
Loving your projects and I haven't seen the fabric embellishment tutorial yet. Heading over there now.
I LOVE THE AMBER ROAD collection soooo much! I have been seeing so many gorgeous projects made with it!
I hope you have had a better weekend.
Talk to you soon! :D
B

stefani said...

What a neat idea. Thanks for the tutorial. Maybe making one will jump start my gardening endeavors.

Erika M. said...

Loving your tutorial - girlfriend you rock! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

Samantha said...

What a wonderful project! Great idea!

Shirley said...

Wowow! Love everything in the kit! It's so generous of you! Thankx for the rak and the wonderful tutorial!

Sasha said...

Hey sweets .. man dont you just hate when the shyt starts off crazy , it is like umm can you have the bad shit or bad luck shit happen ALMOST home time frame ..

Keep your head up girl ..

on to the happy happy .. TOMORROW is the big day boo .. and umm I LOVE LOVE the Amber Rose piece .. shine on sweetness

hugs and kisses

AnnaB said...

Totally awesome...!!! Love this project and I'd LOVE to win! :)

Thank you...!

judean said...

great tutorial! I love the Amber road collection...
Hope things get easier for you soon!

The Sice Family said...

I HAVE to make one of these garden journals for my mum - it is too cute! Would LOVE to win all that scrappy stuff! Wow!!!

Amy said...

With any luck, THIS week will be abtter week for you. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

scrapping4twins said...

Love that journal very creative and cute cute cute!

Dawn said...

Fantastic projects!!! Very inspiring. TFS! :)

Melonie said...

Back from vacation just in time to see this! Hope your week is off to a better start. Can't wait to see your project.

ely gutierrez said...

hola! soy de mexico y me encanta tu blog, es uno de los mejores, creativos, originales, eres mi inspiracion!

Domestic Diva said...

That is so wonderful of you! I love everything Pink Paislee and this is no exception! Sorry you had a long week!

jackiestamps4fun said...

Wow, what a cool project! I need to make one of these now...seriously love it! Love the prize, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

laverneboese said...

i love your garden journal Holly and your tutorial. the pink paislee paper is yummy. can't wait to see your work tomorrow on point. blank. period!

Jules the Bling Princess said...

The journal is just beautiful - I can see myself making this for my mother for Christmas. This is right down her alley. Thanks for the opportunity to win such gorgeous goodies.

Nicole said...

I love that little garden box. I think those would make some really cute baby shower party favors. Thanks for the great inspiration.
Nicole M.

Joli said...

I love your garden journal, I need to make one of these for the garden my kids are growing my Dad.

I am sorry to read about your husbands deployment. My husband is in the Air Force is has missed more than half of our kids lives. I get over it pretty quick, my parents moved to be by us to help me out. My kids will never get used to it. Both of my kids call Grandpa "Dad", they see him more than they see Dad. I hope things get better for you soon!

Amy said...

Great tutorial!!! I just love it! I am a first time gardener and would love to win this. Thank you for a chance to win.

Jeannie said...

Love this journal...adorable...God bless you and your family as your husband is over seas.

ScrapAddict21 said...

Love your projects!

Shawninaz said...

What a great project, I really want this template!

NanaBeth said...

This is gorgeous. I think this collection is the runaway hit of summer CHA. My heart and prayers are with you during the deployment.

Lexi said...

So awesome--thanks for sharing!!!

Melissa said...

What a fun project. Enter me please!

Melissa said...

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Just me giving you a way to actually contact me.
www.melissasalomon.com

Vianna said...

Scrumptious blog-candy - thank you for your generosity and the (11th hour) chance to win. Great project, too - thanks. Warm greetings from Florida!

ymcentire said...

Holly, thank you SO much for the tutorial and the chance to win! Love your project!

tegan said...

What an awesome project! Too cute for words- way to go girl! :D

lwarren737 said...

What a generous prize! Love the garden journal and would love to win the new product! (doing a volunteer project at local hospital and would love to share any product with the girls I teach).

Beth Warren said...

I love your work, and the garden journal is beautiful. I'd be thrilled to win the new product, as I was trying to stop spending, but winning some would be awesome.

Nenne said...

LOVE the Amber road line and your tutorial is fabolous! What a great idea! TFS and thanks for giving away lovely items!

Jennifer B. said...

That journal is so pretty!

Amy Coose said...

Great tutorial, and the project is so cute! Thanks for a chance to win some goodies.

Callista said...

How did I miss this post?!? Such a cute project Holly!

Aphra said...

Fabulous project, Holly!

kellymb said...

What a great project! I would love to play with this line.