Thursday, November 15, 2018

Quick and Easy DIY "Fine Art" Ornament

I don't even know how I found out about this here ornament exchange, hmmm, maybe it was on twitter of all places but yes, I found a crafty blogger ornament exchange and was assigned a partner and here we are, with a DIY "Fine Art" Ornament that I whipped up this past week! My swap partner for this round is Chelc Fox of Inside the Fox Den and after checking out her blog and got an idea of the type of decor she might appreciate, I decided that a handpainted ornament would be perfect for our blossoming friendship! I started with some plain plastic "Decorate your own" ornaments from Michael's (and I saw some smaller ones at Dollar Tree as well). The simplicity of this DIY is you basically need the ornament, a primary color acrylic paint, white acrylic paint and a paint brush. It's so simple and affordable!


I started by painting the entirety of the ornament with the purple metallic craft paint that I picked out. It definitely took two coats to cover (I let one dry then painted again) and wanted to make sure that the ornament was completely covered and you're not able to see through it, unless of course you like the look of it!


While the second coat was still wet, I dipped my brush in the white paint. In order to create the end effect, I swiped the brush lightly back and forth, side to side, dipping the brush back in the white paint when the needed. There's the chance that you could go overboard so I found that starting slow helped me edit myself to create the perfect combination of purple to white. It's really as easy as brushing over a couple of times and letting dry!


I enjoyed myself so much and these are so easy to make that I created a whole collection and even switched up the colors to a light peachy pink on another batch. Chelc was expecting one ornament and she may have gotten four! I just picked up a few more ornaments to play around with the kids because I think this is a really great way to customize and curate your own tree by creating ornaments catered directly to your colors and style!


I'd love to hear if you guys have created anything like this or you've made it a custom or tradition to decorate ornaments in your house-- I think I have found something fun to do with my kids annually, cute right?


Don't miss the rest of our blog posts with tons of DIY ornament tutorials for every type of holiday style and theme-- I know we all had a great time creating!


Our 2018 Blogger Ornament Exchange Link Party

2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party

This year, we have 48 talented bloggers sharing their Christmas ornament tutorials and helping to host the handmade ornament exchange link party! Let's meet the hosts of this year's 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party!

My PinterventuresNorthern FeelingA Purdy Little House
Create and Babble 2 Bees in a PodAcross the Boulevard
Simply Beautiful by AngelaThe Inspiration VaultFaeries and Fauna
Home on the CornerThis Autoimmune LifeOur Unschooling Journey
Rosewood and GraceShoppe No.5Domestic Deadline
Made In A DayIntelligent DomesticationsCookies, Coffee and Crafts
Tales From HomeMunoforeSuper Mom - No Cape!
Raggedy BitsChristmas Tree LaneC'mon Get Crafty
Making ManzanitaMom Home GuideFrom Evija with Love
Red Cottage ChroniclesCoastal BohemianOur Crafty Mom
Girl, Just DIY!Halfpint DesignsPrim and Propah
Purple Hues and MeFarm Girl Reformed Eye Love Knots
Try It - Like It - Create ItTeadoddlesTwo Purple Couches
Inside the Fox DenKeys to InspirationOur Home Made Easy
Charleston CraftedThe Quiet GrooveChicken Scratch NY
Jordan's Easy EntertainingMom Envy Sparkle Living


2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party

If you have a handmade ornament tutorial, we would love for you to share it on the link party below ⇓⇓



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Ringing in the Holidays with Cost Plus World Market

*This post was created in collaboration with Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are mine.

You may remember last holiday season, Cost Plus World Market held an epic scavenger hunt that had us all awaiting each day’s clues… well, this year, they are upping the ante with their Golden Bell Scavenger Hunt! Every day from Thursday November 1st through Sunday December 9th, I’ll be helping to spread the good word (and the daily clues on my Twitter!) so that you can hunt for prizes every day (except Thanksgiving) at your local Cost Plus World Market location!



It’s really quite simple, you guys! Follow the clues every morning at 8am (via my twitter account at 8am daily plus on the Cost Plus World Market emails, social channels and in store) to find where the Golden Bell is hidden in store each day (Psst. Check out Day One’s Clue Below), be the first to find one of 8 Golden Bells hidden in store and you could receive a $10, $20, $25 or $50 Reward*! Over $1.8 Million in Total Rewards will be given which is just WHOA… Just bring your Golden Bell to the nearest associate to cash in! I don’t know about you but getting to shop at Cost Plus World Market, with a reward coupon especially, is one of my favorite things to do. There are lots of chances to play, Game 1 (store opening to 3pm): 4 Golden Bells will be hidden prior to store opening and Game 2 (4pm to Store Closing): 4 Golden Bells will be hidden for game 2 so whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, you have the opportunity to get in store to win!


Speaking of shopping-- I’ve got my favorite go to Golden picks from Cost Plus World Market this season: Whether it’s Golden Decor, Gold Ornaments or Gold home goods items, there’s no shortage of selection if you need to get your fix! I’ve linked to a bunch of my favorites below, so don’t miss your opportunity to deck your halls out with gold + it up your local Cost Plus World Market for the chance to win with the Golden Bell Scavenger Hunt starting today! I know that my Framingham, MA and Salem, NH stores can’t wait to see you guys-- search here to find your closest location! And here's your first clue!


 
Shop Cost Plus World Market's Great Gold Selection




What would you treat yourself to at Cost Plus World Market?

*Limit (1) reward per person throughout the Promotion Period (11/1/18 - 12/9/18, regardless of store location(s) visited. EMPLOYEES and DESIGNATED SHOPPERS NOT ELIGIBLE.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Release of Thirst, the Mission of Charity:Water and Scott Harrison + a Giveaway

It's been a few weeks since I was in Brooklyn for the 2018 WELL Summit... and let's just say that one of the biggest things to come from the weekend itself was a reading list a mile long. I am thinking that I will do a reading recap of some sort to include WELL Summit books as well as others that have piqued my interest lately but for now, I just want to talk about one book in particular, THIRST by Scott Harrison.


I'll be honest, I had never heard of Charity:Water before WELL Summit. I sat down for Scott Harrison's keynote, ready to listen and learn... but what I received was so, so much more than a lesson. As a woman of privelage, I felt moved to write this blog post because the message of Thirst and Scott's keynote, was that we have the ability and as I understand it myself, the responsibility to help bring clean water to those around the world who suffer in so many ways because of the lack of it. Now of course, I was vaguely aware of issues with clean water but I had never taken the time to dig deep and educate myself on the real problems that plague nearly 663 million people worldwide (that's 1 in 10 or twice the US population). Throughout Scott's presentation, I was struck again and again at the conditions that people live through, the children that trek day in and day out with the women of their families, in order to retrieve even the smalles amounts of water. I cried so much throughout the keynote that I was #1 embarrassed but #2 moved beyond words... turns out, that the vast majority of the attendees were shedding some tears, so I was in good company. I think what struck me most was that I take clean water for granted, nearly every single day. With two flushes of one of my toilets, I use as much water as some women would hope to collect in a day. My mind was blown not just by the conditions but at how clean water affects so many different aspects of these people's lives for health, education, and even self esteem. Clean water isn't just about drinking but providing a quality of life that every person deserves. I hope that every single person in that room with me either made a donation, bought the book or shared the message within their social circles. I know that when my Mom and Sister were up visiting, I made sure to give them the download so that they could do their own research and spread the good word farther. To date, Charity: Water, their donors (like you and me) and their local partners have worked on 29,725 projects, providing clean water to over 8 million people. If that's not truly amazing, I don't know what is.


Scott's book covers a lot of this as well as his pretty amazing journey that led him to start Charity:Water and with every purchase of Thirst, a $30 donation is made back to Charity: Water, so it's a total win- win, a decision I immediately made! I purchase two copies, one for myself and one for a lucky Prim and Propah reader (psst. I already emailed and the donation was made on our behalf!) I'd love to continue spreading the message of an amazing charity that is taking 100% of the donations from us and using it to employ locals to build wells and other means of bringing clean water to their communities. You want on board with this? Check out my instagram post below to enter to win a copy of Scott Harrison's Thirst for yourself! My gal pal Elizabeth is giving away a copy as well so grab your crew and let's help more people in this world have clean water and a better life!



✨GIVEAWAY✨ This week’s book giveaway is yet another @wellsummit discovery — Thirst by @scottharrison, Founder + CEO of @charitywater 💛 I’ve written a blog post (link in profile) that covers Scott’s Keynote about his journey and the work they are doing to provide clean water to those who need it— I’d love it if you’d take a read—but while you’re here, do you want to win a copy of Scott’s book as a gift from me? To enter: Follow @primandpropah 💕+ @charitywater 💦 + leave a comment, have you heard of the book or the organization? Or do you want to know more? Let me know! 🙌 PS. My gal @elizabethev is giving away a copy as well so head over there to double your chances! *Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram- I bought the book for you and a $30 donation was made to Charity:Water on our behalf! I’ll randomly choose a winner on Friday 11/2 ✌️#wellsummittribe #charitywater #wellsummit18 #propahreads
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

prAna Hemp for a Cozy Fall + Winter

*This post was created in collaboration with prAna. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you've been following along my journey for awhile now, you know that I am a big fan of prAna and using our dollars to purchase from brands who have a mission, a purpose and whose values are as similar to mine as a business can be. When prAna reached out to talk all things hemp, I was of course intrigued because prAna continues to create and also lead the way in the mindful business practices that I value and would love to see other clothing companies, especially, adopt in the very near future.


So you may be wondering what from the hemp line of clothing that I chose. The Pammy Beanie (pictured here in Dusty Evergreen) stood out to me and here's why. I always have an issue wearing Winter hats (the kind meant to keep your head warm in this biting New England cold) because the material may bother my ears. Sometimes my ears itch when something is too wooly. Sometimes my ears are very irritated by the sounds of the fibers from hats made from synthetic materials... you get the picture. So why not try a hemp blend? This hat is created from a recycled blend of polyester and hemp... and it's, no lie, the perfect fabric for my head. It has a cotton feel but it's as heavy as I would hope it'd be. Of course, they are creating more than hats using their hemp sourced from China, grown as organically as possible. Hemp is safer for farmers to grow and preserve the health of the land because the crop requires no chemical pesticides or fertilizers to be sustained.



WHY HEMP MATTERS



The materials that prAna uses to make their clothing will no doubt leave you feeling good about your purchase while also feeling good about how you look. In addition to Hemp, prAna uses Organic cotton, recycled wool, recycled polyester, and responsible down, just some of the notable materials that prAna has lined up to create fair trade, responsible and sustainable made apparel for men and women. Respect for the planet and its people- I'm on board with that.



Want to shop prAna and their hemp line for yourself? The kind and lovely folks over at prAna are offering Prim and Propah readers the opportunity to save 15% off of their order using code: PHAL18... oh, and don't forget to use Ebates to get 4% back on your purchase... what's on your list?!

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