Cutting Edge Stencils {Giveaway}

The way for a house to feel like a home, for me, is to decorate it a way that represents you! My husband and I have moved every summer then come back to Utah and find a new house to live in for 8 months. So the joys of renting come with a lot of rules. Most of our houses we were allowed to paint, but I knew we would be leaving in a few short months, so why bother putting all the time and effort into it. Well, this time we are actually keeping the house we are living in and enjoying it longer then 8 months!! I was stoked! That meant being able to put time into our little house to make it ours!

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Cutting Edge Stencils is AMAZING! Seriously guys! I was always scared of stenciling since my good friend had a bad experience with it. So I started to look into decals and just couldn’t find any I liked. Cutting Edge Stencils has a so many stencils to choose from that I sat in front of my computer for a couple days trying to pick one out I wanted to use in my house.

Greg Swisher and Jana Makaeva created Cutting Edge Stencils to be simple and easy to use for any “DIY-er” They love the concept of doing/redoing furniture and other items yourself. Adding a Cutting Edge Stencil is an easy way to spice up anything!

Instead of just sharing a bunch of facts, I am going to let you into my home and tell you how using a Cutting Edge Stencil went for me :-)

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This is the wall you see right when you walk into my living room. Welcome! We have two big windows that let in gorgeous light but this dark red wall was just sucking it all up. So, I knew it was the perfect space to use my Cutting Edge Stencil.

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I picked out the Tamara Trellis Moroccan stencil and it came with everything I would need to make it look fab! The kit came with my stencil, that seriously was massive! And a top part stencil for the ceiling and hard to get spots. A small paint roller, detailed stenciling instructions, a leveler, and a small paint brush to get those hard spots.

I then watched the instruction video. I was determined for this to turn out perfect! I ended up watching a few of their videos 1. because they are so short and 2. they explain everything so well that I knew it wouldn’t hurt to get some more practice.

Here are the videos that I watched:

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/how-to-stencil-videos.html#basic

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/how-to-stencil-videos.html#accent

Watch them! They will save you so many mistakes and time!

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I primed my wall first (3 coats to get red of that dark maroon color) and then called a friend over, turned on some music (actually Disney channel for the baby haha) and then went to town!

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My friend that helped me was the one who had a horrible experience with stenciling. She was amazed at how easy Cutting Edge Stencil was. There was no bleeding (which was the part we were nervous for) and we finished this in 2 nights, spending about 4-5 hours each night on it.

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I used a gorgeous Turquoise color (yep, the color was called Turquoise haha how original!) And I kept the background the white primer color. I am so amazed and excited with the finishing product! I am trying to figure out what else I want to stencil in my house. I am thinking my bedroom is next hehe. I was really nervous to do this because I am a very impatient person when it comes to crafting. I tear the tape off to soon or put the picture up before it’s even dry. With Cutting Edge Stencils, it dries so quickly that there is no waiting around for that first layer to dry. We just kept going and were sad when we couldn’t finish it in one night (babies get really tired after 10:00. hehe oops :-) )

I am thinking for my next room I want to use one of these stencils. I actually have about 5 others I am having a hard time choosing from, but I’ll save you my obsession ;-)

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So here’s the amazing part! Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away one stencil up to $50 value! Guys, that’s way more then half of their collection. You’re going to know exactly how I feel when I say I have about 4839 favorites!! So start entering below!

Sproutz Designs {Giveaway} CLOSED

So, remember when I said I had this slight obsession with throw pillows? Well, it hasn’t stopped. Especially since I found the darling Sproutz Design.

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I have to start out first by saying how darling the owner of Sproutz Design is. When we were emailing back and forth, I could just tell by her emails how excited and happy she was that I had found her shop. For me customer service is a huge thumbs up in my book. Even just the simple emailing back and forth. I probably read into things to much, but I do feel like customer service through some shops have been quite rude to me and that just gives me a sour taste about the company itself. The owner of Sproutz Design was so kind and when I told her to surprise me and send me her favorite throw pillow from her shop, she did just that and then explained to me why she sent that one. She’s just darling!

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Sproutz Design is an adorable hand made shop. Everything is authentic and you know it was made with love by how well it turns out. She paints everything by hand and even add’s a little memo on the pillow when you receive it, tellling you that it was hand made and isn’t perfect. That way it looks more authentic and more vintage looking.

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What I love most about Sproutz Design is that from the last time I checked her site till today, she already has new and different throw pillows up. I love a store that offers variety!

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Sproutz Design was so sweet enough to send me her most popular throw pillow. “You+Me” And I LOVE it!!! It goes perfect in our master bedroom (especially since we are changing our color scheme to a more muted tones)  I have received so many compliments on this beauty. I love the authentic and vintage look it gives our bedroom.

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Sproutz Design is giving away one throw pillow of your choice to one of you lucky Dandy Giveaway Fans/Sproutz Design Fans. So get entering bellow :-)

*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Mar 13th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Holiday Gift Guide (7th Edition)

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Gift Idea #1:

What?  A set of arm warmers and a scarf from The Painted Daisy.

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Why?  Because baby it’s cold outside!  :)  There are so many beautiful and warm accessories to choose from that will bring a smile to the face of the recipient.

 

 

Gift Idea #2:

What?   Vinyl wall decor from Old Barn Rescue Co.

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 Why?  It’s a gift suitable for anyone and everyone on your holiday list!  Old Barn Rescue Co. has amazing designs that help people decorate and we all know that there’s at least one person on your list that needs help in that department.  :)

 

 

Gift Idea #3:

What?  Language learning DVDs from Little Pim

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Why? They are the #1 Language Learning System for Children and your kid/grandkid/whoever will LOVE learning another language with their DVDs, digital videos, CDs, flash cards and books. See my review HERE.

Bed for Banjo

Well, it’s high time Banjo moves out of his toddler bed.  He will after all be 5 in April.  So he’s not a toddler anymore.  *sniff*  For the last few months Banjo has been begging us for a bunk bed.  What is with little boys and bunk beds, anyway?  All of his friends have one and he has been insisting that he needs it.  I think the appeal is that top bunk, but who wants a child to fly right off and break an arm???  This would be the 5 years working in the children’s emergency department speaking…  Audi does agree with this concern.  So I found this bed on Zulily:

It’s only $299!!  That’s a huge savings.  Plus, it’s only 46 inches off the ground, so our fears of falls are taken care of.  Audi approves and so Santa will be delivering this to our house especially for Banjo.  We figure he’ll use it for a couple of years and then we can sand and paint it for Ruby.  At that point I’m guessing I will be constructing a really cute girl’s playhouse out of felt to drape from the bed.  ;)

You’ve been hearing all week about how I’m this total Zulily shopper.  I seriously love the savings I find there.  Remember if you are new to Zulily then you get $10 free to spend at Zulily!

Have a dandy weekend my friends!

 

This posting was part of my affiliation with Zulily, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Craft Cuts {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Oh what’s in a name!  I already know I might sound a little crazy when I tell you that I constantly stew over what to name my future children.  Half the time when I can’t sleep, I play around with middle names in my head till I fall asleep.  I think a name is so important, and the first gift you can give your child!  I want it to be something I will love saying a million times, and something THEY will love hearing a million times.  Once its official, I am a sucker for any opportunity to display that name anywhere and everywhere, and Craft Cuts is one of the classiest places to do just that!

What is so incredible about this store is their ability to cut out wood lettering in practically any font your heart desires.  From cutesy curly girly fonts, to strong statement letters, you can design just the look you want for your room or bedroom.

Classy block letters for the family room!

I LOVE these letters on ribbons!  Adorable for a bedroom above a crib, or also quaint for living room décor above a couch.

And a personal favorite, wood wall letter tiles!!

What a treasure trove of supplies for artsy people looking to personalize their home!  Anyone with a creative bone in their body will have a ball perusing this shop, but if you don’t consider yourself very artsy-fartsy, Craft Cuts can certainly do all this leg work for you!  You can purchase any name already hand-painted, pre-stained, and tied with ribbon if you desire!  They really allow you to be completely creative with their blank letters, but they also can take care of you if anything in the crafty department makes you nervous, and you’d rather have it professionally done for you.

We had the huge honor of picking out some letters for our home.  I decided I wanted to make a sign of our last name to have on display in our home for as long as we live.  Though Craft Cuts can definitely design your name on a board for you (as seen here with their lettering on a base), we wanted to put it together ourselves, so I just ordered the letters individually and unpainted.  As soon as my letters arrived, I was DYING to put them together!

Here is the hubby marking things just right before we drilled them into the board to keep them steady. 

I turned on a little Dancing with the Stars and painted them up with basic tempera paint and a polyurethane gloss.  Easy peasy.

I am SO SATISFIED and thrilled about the way it turned out!  Classic, professional, and something that will always be on display.

Now I just need some holiday company over to see our majestic addition to our home décor!

Craft Cuts has quite an extensive selection of so many more products besides wood lettering.  Check out their craft kits, home decor, vinyl wall lettering, and stencils!

Get ready to get your crafty face on because one winner will receive a $30 giftcard to Craft Cuts!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Sunday, November 18th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Craft Cuts, but all opinions are strictly my own

Pumpkin Design Lady

My mom is an amazing woman. I love her to bits! She’s a bank manager and works hard at everything she does. Mom is also quite crafty and creative. I just might have to have her guest on the blog sometime. ;) Anyway, this year all the bank branches are participating in a fun contest for Halloween. Each branch had their employees decorate pumpkins. They decided to utilize social media (Facebook to be exact) to spread the word about the amazing creations. Because we all know that social media is where it’s at. ;) The winning employees get lunch provided to them by the bank. I really want my mom and her girls to win. They deserve it. And they made some pretty dandy pumpkins! Super cute:

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Don’t you think?

Vote for them, will you? All you have to do is click on the links below (the names of the two pumpkins) and then like those photos on Facebook. It’s that easy. I’ll be sure to let you know in a follow up posting who won. Thanks friends and have a dandy weekend!

Vote for Suzy Teller

Vote for the Go Green Pumpkin

Feel free to vote for both. ;)

Minky Couture {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

My Banjo loves his baby sister.  So much so that he refers to her as his baby.  Whenever we are out in public he likes to tell random strangers that he has a baby.  Then he proudly points to her and says, “Her name is baby Ruby”.  It’s ever so cute.  So….  Want to see a picture of some really cute siblings (who really love each other) chilling out on a really cute blanket?

Here they are:

Okay.  So this blanket isn’t just cute.  It’s gorgeous.

It’s compliments of Minky Couture and by far the best blanket we own.  It hangs out with us in the family room and really adds to the decorum.  Plus, it’s sooooo soft and comfy.  Yep it was an instant favorite around here and we might have just fought over it a few times already…  ;)

 One very lucky, lucky winner is going to receive this Jaclyn Infant Blanket:

 From Minky Couture, of course!

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, August 27th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

 

 
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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Minky Couture, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Chickadee Vinyl {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

 

Decorating Ruby’s room has been a dream.  There’s just something about all thing decor for baby girls.  Don’t get me wrong.  It was fun decorating the nursery for Banjo, but decorating for a baby girl is just so sweet and cutesy!  Maybe it’s because I’m a girl and deep down I like girly things.  Even though I’m not that much of a pink gal.  Too much exposure to the color in childhood gave it a bad wrap in my mind.  I’ll admit that I’m slowly warming to the idea of dressing Ruby in pinks.  Although for her room I didn’t want anything pink.  So maybe I’m not quite to that point of being fully accepting of the color pink.  ;)  I knew right away that the color combination of gray and yellow would be perfect for her room, because I love the color yellow.  In terms of decor we also wanted a room that didn’t scream baby, so it could in fact grow with her.  Who wants to decorate over and over throughout childhood???  So I chose a bird theme that I thought would be perfect for a nursery, but also in a little girl’s room.  The challenge was the one wall that we selected to leave white behind her crib.  How ever was I going to tie the room color in on that wall without being overbearing?  Enter the cutest wall vinyl that I ever did spy:

That cuteness is from Chickadee Vinyl and I was able to order it in the colors of my choosing.

It looks so adorable in my little bird’s room:

Thank you Chickadee Vinyl!

At Chickadee Vinyl you will find so many different kinds of wall vinyl from elegant:

To fun:

Chickadee Vinyl also has wall decor perfect for any living space in your home.

Family Rooms:

Bathrooms:

 

And I couldn’t resist showing you this super cute subway art:

I know you saw something that you absolutely need for your home.  Didn’t you?

Guess what’s being given away from Chickadee Vinyl?

One very lucky winner is going to receive a $30 coupon code to use at Chickadee Vinyl!

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, August 6th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

 

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Chickadee Vinyl, but all opinions are strictly my own.

{Giveaway} Laura Gunn Art Prints ***ENDED***

 

If you love fabric (like I do) then I’m sure you will recognize this fabric:

 

It’s from designer Laura Gunn!  And how about those cute bird prints???

Those are her’s too!

Do you have a dad on your list who’s an art aficionado?  Well, then the Laura Gunn Studio is the place for you to get dad some great watercolor art prints!

 

The winner of this giveaway is going to receive an 8×10 art print from Laura Gunn Studio and it’s winner’s choice!

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, June 11th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!
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Just Beccuz {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

Last weekend an event took place around here that made me happy and sad at the same time.  My Banjo turned 4.  Can you believe that he’s that old now???  I cannot!  Or rather I just don’t want to believe it.  When many of you first met him on this blog he was only 1 and a half!  Where does the time go?  My baby is growing up.  :(   We celebrated the entire weekend.  First with the friend party and then we headed up to Illinois to my parent’s home.  Banjo had the best time!  His Gran and Boompa made his dreams come true with a big boy bike and he was fascinated by all the birthday balloons.  My mom is the best thrower of parties and unlike me she always remembers the balloons.  Now the birthday banner on the other hand…  It has seen better days.  This banner has made an appearance at birthday parties for well over 10 years now:

Seeing it again reminded me that I need to introduce my mom to Just Beccuz.

Just Beccuz is all about parties and decorations, so it’s definitely her kind of place!

I’m thinking that Banjo’s Illinois party next year will be complete with this banner making its debut on the deck:

 

In preparing this feature I must admit that this particular banner made me get all weepy all over again:

 

Just Beccuz also has some gorgeous banners perfect for decorating at weddings:

 

Or can’t you envision an engaged couple of bride and groom hold these banners in pictures???

 

Baby shower banners?

Just Beccuz takes care of that for you, too!

 

And for my LDS readers…  Just Beccuz even has Visiting Teaching Packets!

(What is visiting teaching?  Learn more about it here.)

Who’s ready to enter to win?  Well, one very lucky winner is going to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at Just Beccuz!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, April 30th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!

 
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