Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dates Announced for the 2nd Talent Scouting Party: "All Things Kitchen" Opens April 9

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Announcing the 2nd Talent Scouting Party Theme:
"All Things Kitchen"

The Talent Scouting Party @WhisperWood Cottage will be scouting for talented bloggers who would like to be published in Cottages & Bungalows magazine! I know how talented you are! I see it week after week as I make the rounds on the blogs. I want to help you get published!

Periodic party themes for upcoming issues of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine will be announced here at WhisperWood Cottage. Bloggers can link up projects that relate to that theme during the availability period. After the availability period ends, a list of top contenders for the magazine feature will be announced. From the top contenders, a final project will be selected as the winner of an upcoming feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine.

So, what theme is up next?...

Why I Love The DIY Club

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Hello, bloggy buds! If you've been around here for a while, you probably know that I am one of the four Official DIY Gals at The DIY Club. The DIY Club is celebrating it's two year anniversary in April, and I can't tell you how much fun and work it's been behind the scenes to orchestrate the fabulousness of The DIY Club with Cheri, Holly, and Roeshel.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Flea Market Workspace Solution for Small, High-Traffic Area

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Have you ever thought about how to take advantage of those high-traffice areas, like hallways, that don't get used much other than getting from one room to another?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tutorial for Efficiently Turning Old T-shirts into Rags

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I pulled out the rotary cutter yesterday. Why? I was feeling kind. Not that feeling kind is a rarity for me, but volunteering to do "domestic" tasks is definitely a rarity! :) Like a good blogger, I had my camera at the ready to capture my excitement over this mundane task.


Ron had a stack of t-shirts that he was planning to turn into garage rags. He has always handled this task himself, but I thought I'd surprise him by doing it for him! So, of course, my plan was to figure out the most efficient way to take care of the task. After all, just because I'm volunteering to do it doesn't mean the task has to last longer than necessary! I've seen my mom use her rotary cutter for cutting quilt squares, so I thought I'd see how it worked for this process. After a trial and error process, here's the most efficient way I came up with.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

THE TALENT SCOUTING PARTY: Two Winners of a Cottages & Bungalows Mag Feature

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Are you ready to find out who won the feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine with their Flea Market Transformation projects? All entries in The Talent Scouting Party were amazing and the final top contenders were inspiring. You'll also want to check out the 12 Furniture Makeovers to Make You {Swoon}! and the 22 Sublime Junk-inspired Flea Market Transformations. Thanks to everyone who entered!

There were two projects who tied for 1st place. So, guess what! They both win a feature! 

That's right, there are two winners! 

Who are they? Congratulations to...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Flea Market Transformation Finalists: Top Contenders for a Magazine Feature in Cottages & Bungalows Mag

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Are you ready for the run-down of top contenders for the magazine feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine? From all the fantabulous projects linked up to The Talent Scouting Party for Flea Market Transformations, the field was narrowed to the projects below based up on the following criteria:
  1. Innovation
  2. Usefulness
  3. Adaptability to any cottage style
  4. Budget friendliness
  5. Quality of the project/craftsmanship
  6. Quality of the photos
  7. Entrant follows all party rules
The winner of the magazine feature will be announced tomorrow night...March 21. In the meantime, check out these contenders! One of these talented ladies will be featured in the July issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine! Pin your favorites and stop by their blogs to tell them how awesome they are!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

22 Sublime Junk-Inspired Flea Market Transformations: Features from The Talent Scouting Party

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Oh, my goodness! I could feature bloggers all day long! You girls are amazing! I really want to feature all of you that linked up your flea market transformations to The Talent Scouting Party, but I finally had to make myself stop! These feature posts take a long time!

These projects are all about junk-inspired flea market transformations. Are you familiar with junking? It involves repurposing and refurbishing items that others would probably throw away. It's about seeing beauty and potential in the mundane and transforming the mundane into the sublime! For inspiration, see below...

Friday, March 16, 2012

12 Furniture Makeovers to Make You {Swoon}!: Features from The Talent Scouting Party

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I've been chomping at the bit to do some features of projects linked up to The Talent Scouting Party's open call for Flea Market Transformations here at WhisperWood Cottage. If you haven't checked out the talent, you should! You should also get your talented self linked up! We're looking for a project to feature in a summer issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

Here are 12 furniture projects that make me go "hmmm...," "oooooh!," "wow!," and {swoon!}. Love 'em up with me...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I'm a Hat Person

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You've seen all the reincarnations of this vintage medical cabinet as well as the many looks of this nook in the master bedroom. Recently, the vintage medical cabinet was nestled in the nook and repurposed as a jewelry organizer/vanity area (photo below on left). Even more recently, the cabinet was repurposed again...as hat storage/display (photo below on right).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Crafty, Colorful Recipe Cards in a Canvas Envelope

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Is anyone else enjoying this amazingly warm winter weather? It's about 67 degrees here...about 30 degrees more than the average high for this time of year. The snow is melting fiercely, and I am feeling springy!


Inspired by some craft papers from Canvas Corp, I decided to make up some colorful recipe cards!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Valspar Giveaway Winner

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The winner of the Valspar Spray Paint giveaway is:


Please email me to claim your prize!



Do you have any flea market transformations?
Get them linked up for a chance to win a feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!
Click below...




Winning project will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

Link up March 4-18. Top contenders announced March 20. Winner announced March 21.

*Transformations may be of vintage or antique finds from flea markets, auctions, garage sales, thrift stores, occasional sales, Grandma's attic, the neighbor's basement, a roadside, a dumpster, etc.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Home Sweet Home Bread Pan: Repurposed Flea Market Find

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In honor of The Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage, which is currently hosting an open call for flea market transformations to win a feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine, I thought I'd share this simple flea market project!


This is a vintage bread rolling pan.


It has this great curved end, which was used to form the dough into loaf shapes.


With a simple vinyl and about 10 minutes, I had a great new industrial kitchen wall art piece.


Home Sweet Home, it is!


Linked up at:

shabby creek cottageBeyond The Picket Fence
504 MainFeathered Nest FridayFunky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialDIY Show Off Project Parade

Do you have any flea market transformations?
Get them linked up for a chance to win a feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!
Click below...




Winning project will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

Link up March 4-18. Top contenders announced March 20. Winner announced March 21.

*Transformations may be of vintage or antique finds from flea markets, auctions, garage sales, thrift stores, occasional sales, Grandma's attic, the neighbor's basement, a roadside, a dumpster, etc.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

THE TALENT SCOUTING PARTY: Open Call for Flea Market Transformations

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"Flea Market Transformations:" 

Winning project will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

Link up March 4-18. Top contenders announced March 20. Winner announced March 21.

*Transformations may be of vintage or antique finds from flea markets, auctions, garage sales, thrift stores, occasional sales, Grandma's attic, the neighbor's basement, a roadside, a dumpster, etc.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  1. Innovation
  2. Usefulness
  3. Adaptability to any cottage style
  4. Budget friendliness
  5. Quality of the project/craftsmanship
  6. Quality of the photos (great tips at Donna's workshop series on point & shoot cameras)
  7. Entrant follows all party rules
RULES & POLICIES

Key rules for participation:
  1. Submitted entries must be relevant to the theme. You may link up as many relevant projects as you like.
  2. Projects must be your own work.
  3. You must include the linked party button in ALL linked project posts. Including the linked party button in your sidebar is also appreciated.
  4. Appreciated but not required: Please be a follower (via Linky Followers and/or Google Friend Connect) of WhisperWood Cottage.
Event Policies:
    • Posts must meet the rules above and be approved before appearing on the linky. Projects that do not follow the rules will not be approved for the linky party and will not be eligible for inclusion in the top contenders or as the winner of the magazine feature. If your project is not visible within 48 hours of linking, check rules 1-3 above. Relink once rules 1-3 are met.
    • By linking up, you give WhisperWood Cottage permission to feature your project photos here on the blog.
    • If you are the winner, you agree to provide Cottages & Bungalows Magazine with quality photos of your project in a timely manner for publication. Minimum size: 8"x10". Minimum dpi: 300.
    • Party organizers reserve the right to modify the rules at any time without prior notification.
    REQUIRED BUTTON
    Here is the button you should include in your linked posts.


    SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES BY LINKING UP BELOW
    Note: Thumbnails will not show right away. Posts must meet the rules above and be approved before appearing on the linky. Please see rules and policies above.



    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Gold and Bold: Refurbished Thrift Store Clock (and a Spray Paint Giveaway!)

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    I don't know if you know this about me, but I am a fan of metals. Especially gold, brass, and copper. Can't get enough of them! To me, they are warm and earthy. When I was offered the opportunity to try out Valspar's spray paint, I opted to go gold and bold!


    Now, what to transform? I found this clock at Goodwill and decided it was a good candidate for some goldness.

    {SPRAY PAINTING TIP FROM RON: Suspending the object from a wire puts the object at eye level and allows you to get all sides and angles without having to touch it or move it! Mint!}

    I started by taping off around the clock face.


    Then I taped a piece of a plastic shopping bag to cover the center.

     
    BEFORE                                                      AFTER

    BEFORE                                                      AFTER


    From white and old to gold and bold! Thanks, Valspar! Two thumb's up for Valspar's Perfect Finish! The metallic gold is amazing. The coverage was quality and the quick dry time was super fast. No wonder it was named 2012 Product of the Year! I would definitely use this paint again!

    Twist-and-Spray Cap

    Did I mention the twist and spray cap? So innovative!


    Here it is all "did up" in the master bedroom.



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    Want to win your own Valspar spray paint?

    GIVEAWAY RULES:

    PRIZE: 2 cans of Valspar spray paint will go to 1 randomly selected winner.
    DATES: Enter now through 6 pm, Tue, March 13.
    4 WAYS TO ENTER (leave a separate comment for each):
    1. Leave a comment below that tells about what project needs spray painting at your house.
    2. Pin a photo from this post and leave a separate comment below with a link to your pin.
    3. Like Valspar on Facebook and leave a separate comment below that you did so.
    4. Follow WhisperWood Cottage via GFC or Linky Followers and leave a separate comment below that you did so.
    WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN?

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    See more Valspar projects and enter to win at It's So Very Cheri, 504 Main, and The DIY Showoff.


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    GET SCOUTED!
    Link up your "flea market transformations" for a chance to win a magazine feature...


    Linked up at:

    Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialDIY Show Off Project Parade