Ephemera Freebies: Word Lesson

January 13th, 2014

 

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Take a word from the wise, or just make your own using this fabulous, textual ephemera freebie!

Add to your paper projects, wrap around a notebook, or use in your art journal to add an academic touch.

Click here to download these letter and word ephemera pieces.

Click here to browse more beautiful, vintage ephemera.

 



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  Take a word from the wise, or just make your own using this fabulous, textual ephemera freebie! Add to your paper projects, wrap around a notebook, or use in your art journal to add an academic touch. Click here to download these letter and word ephemera pieces. Click here to browse more beautiful, vintage […]

Trend Spotter: Why Country-Chic Living is “In”

January 9th, 2014

Country Chic Living

We’ve never doubted the classiness of farmhouse charm, but it seems as though suddenly the whole world has also hopped on board – from brilliant designers to artful bloggers and reclusive crafters. So what better time than now to spotlight the projects, ideas, and people who put the “chic” in country-chic living?

The Perfect Match: Lavender + Farmhouse Chic

Country-Chic CaddyNothing says “welcome” like a lavishly stocked french caddy, perfect for guests visiting your country abode. With the scent of lavender and pampering bath essentials, it’s impossible not to be absolutely delighted during their stay.

Click here to learn how to style your own french farm caddy filled with dried lavender, crisp white towels, and other luxury items.

 

Homemade Pecan Pie

Homemade Pecan pieGolden crust, rich chocolate chips, nutty pecans — how could one resist? Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin share this indulgent treat (a tried and true recipe) that combines sweet and nutty for one delicious delight.

For this recipe and more country-infused pie recipes, peruse the pages of Pie∙ography.

 

Country-Chic Packaging

Country Chic JarsDress up some vintage jars and tins or recycle the ones that were destined for the trash. With a bit of twine, jute ribbon, and canvas, your home décor will exude rustic charm in no time.

Click here for the step-by-step project.

 

 

Farmhouse Femininity: Finding a Sense of Self

Country-Chic GlamourEmbracing tradition without skimping on elegance, Anne Marie Klaske finds her freedom on the farm while preserving her own sense of self. Encouraging others to tie on their aprons or grab their gardening gloves, she and carpenter husband Jason restored their 1920’s neglected farmhouse, by turning the lawn into pastures, a large family garden, and three acres of Illinois prairie.

To read more, check out the full article in  Where Women Cook.

 

The Simple Life of Artisan Lylah Ledner

Where Women Create Business - FarmSmack dab in the middle of Scottsdale suburbia, just past the freeways and busy shops, you’ll find a three-acre farm with a goat dairy, garden beds, fruit trees, and a Farmer’s Market nestled in between the day-to-day chaos. Lylah and Michael Ledner, the proprietors of The Simple Farm, are intentional about food, family, and the possibilities of a life unrestricted by the norm. No wonder this lifestyle is so “in” – where do we sign up?

Click here to read the full article in Where Women Create BUSINESS.

 

Countryside Poetic Wanderlust

Tracy Porter Blog PostDo your heart strings yearn endlessly for a kaleidoscope of inspiration that only the country lifestyle can offer? Just like farmer Tracy Porter, if you look closely, you’ll find poetry in simple farm life, like the rich brilliance of ripened fruits or the vibrant sunrise that wakes up the world with her golden tones.

Click here to find more poetic prose from country-chic business woman, Tracy Porter.

 

Dress up a Table with Rustic Charm

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What better way to decorate your home sweet home than with a table runner that offers charming graphics, sweet sentiments, and a little romance? Add the rustic goodness of burlap and vintage lace ruffles, and you’ve got yourself a “right off the farm” tabletop that any country girl would adore.

Click here to read the full article inside Somerset Home.

 

Chic Distressed Cabinets

cabinet“Chippy white paint brings so much interest to a space,” says Kathleen Beyer of Faded Charm. With a love of all things weathered and worn, her home was built only 10 years ago, but bursts with the character of an aged farmhouse.

Read the whole story inside the winter issue of Artful Blogging.

 

 

Layers of Lace Tabletop

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Stitched with layers of cream colored lace, Trina Lucido creates a beautiful ruffled tablecloth to capture sweet, country elegance.

Read the full post here.

 

 

We want to know:

What are some other styles of living or décor that you love to infuse into your home? 

 



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We’ve never doubted the classiness of farmhouse charm, but it seems as though suddenly the whole world has also hopped on board – from brilliant designers to artful bloggers and reclusive crafters. So what better time than now to spotlight the projects, ideas, and people who put the “chic” in country-chic living? The Perfect Match: […]

Organizational (and Creative!) Calendar Ideas for the New Year

January 6th, 2014

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Journal Your Year Calendar Project

Get organized and remain artful with this bright idea from Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer. Simply stencil the months from January-December onto Project Life cardstock and place inside a rustic wire basket for a functional and interactive calendar, sure to inspire a very creative 2014!

Click here for the step-by-step tutorial.

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Magnetic Calendar

Days of the Week Magnet Board

Use some of your favorite black and white family photographs, along with the Kelly Rae Roberts magnets to communicate (creatively) with your loved ones every week. Write down important events or fun messages and combine with mixed-media magnets for a unique twist on the traditional family calendar.

Click here for the free project.

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Monthly Ephemera Drawer Project

Inspired by a library drawer and bright, vibrant colors, you can create this easy-to-make ephemera calendar to store your tasks, big dreams for the New Year, and whatever else you wish. Adding a few stamps and handwritten decorations really makes this project pop.

Click here to discover the step-by-step tutorial.

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Book of Lists

 Little Book of Lists

Organize your wishes or daily to-dos in a compact (and did we mention cute?) way. Instead of just storing lists in your phone or using your hand to pen down a sudden thought, use this adorable mini cigar box to capture ideas and carry it with you wherever you go.

Click here to create your own little book of lists.

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Daily Calendar Project

Daily Calendar Journal 

Imagine in five years time, if you were able to look back and see what you did on a specific day every year.  This project provides a great way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or a simple trip to your favorite farmer’s market.

Click here to learn how to create your own daily calendar journal.

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Light Tomorrow with Today

Papaya Art 2014 Weekly Planner

 

Simply crack open this gorgeous Papaya Art planner and start organizing your week. With a sturdy, hard cover and special features like foil accents, pockets, and elastic closure, this spiral bound beauty can easily be stored on your desk or in your handbag to tote wherever you go. Each week features a new, feminine image to inspire your creativity.

Click here to start planning with Papaya Art Weekly Planners.

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For even more organization-inspired ideas and free projects, click here to visit The Studio.

*Do you have a “get organized” resolution? Please comment below with any other ideas that have helped you, to share with your fellow creative community!

With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

 



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Journal Your Year Calendar Project Get organized and remain artful with this bright idea from Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer. Simply stencil the months from January-December onto Project Life cardstock and place inside a rustic wire basket for a functional and interactive calendar, sure to inspire a very creative 2014! Click here for the step-by-step tutorial. *** […]

Eco-Chic: 3 Innovative Ways to Upcycle Gift Wrap

December 30th, 2013

Recycled Gift Wrap

*Photography Credit for all images: Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager

Are you swimming in a sea of wrapping paper leftover from the holidays? Instead of tossing it all in the trash, consider repurposing it. Read on to find three easy ways to upcycle your plain and patterned gift wrapping paper.

1) Handle with Care: Shred into Pretty Shavings to Protect Breakables

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How-to:

“Using a bunch of tissue, wrapping paper, and cards, I shredded them with our electronic shredding machine here at Stampington. I wanted a neutral palette so I just used natural colors like gold, brown, ivory, and tan. Anything that was bright I set aside to use and shred another time, when I want a more ‘colorful’ batch of shredded paper for packaging.” – Vanessa Spencer

 

2) Turn Trash into Handmade Tags:

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How-to:

Paper gift bags can only be reused so many times before they start looking worn and tattered.

“I was looking at leftover paper bags from our holiday party, trying to figure out how to creatively use them. I realized I could maximize the material and make 4 gift tags out of each bag by cutting the handles in half and then cutting out tag shapes. To make them a little bit more special, I sewed leftover pieces of tissue paper onto them, and added a handwritten note.” – Vanessa Spencer

 

3) Wrap with Rustic-Chic Style:

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How-to:

“For an antique look, use the back side of crumpled wrapping paper.  After opening presents at most holiday parties, the wrap gets fairly crinkled; but I think the texture only adds to the beauty of it! Just add some ribbon and you’ve got a pretty little present.” – Vanessa Spencer.

 

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*Photography Credit for all images: Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager Are you swimming in a sea of wrapping paper leftover from the holidays? Instead of tossing it all in the trash, consider repurposing it. Read on to find three easy ways to upcycle your plain and patterned gift wrapping paper. 1) Handle with Care: Shred into […]

Top 13 Blog Posts of 2013 + Giveaway

December 19th, 2013

Top Blog Posts of 2013

As the end of 2013 draws near, we want to take a moment to revisit our top 13 most popular blog posts. From new project ideas and trendy craft techniques to special guest artists and bloggers, discover reading content you’ll absolutely adore!

 

Top 13 Blog Posts of 2013:

 1.  Spring Fling: A Double Dose of Lavender

2.  Artist Insights: Remarkable New Art Journaling Tips from Teesha Moore

3.  Love at First Sight: Glimpse Inside Blossoming February Issues + Win Your Favorite

4.  A Field Guide to NOW: Featured Artist Christina Rosalie

5.  Top 9 Innovative Stamped Project Ideas + Save 15% Off!

6.  Do-It-Yourself: Art Journal Inspiration

7.  Aim for Pretty Not Perfection: Printers Tray Project

8.  Creative Cards in 10 Minutes or Less!

9.  Dumpster Diving 101 with Debi Beard

10. Pin to Win Contest: Top 9 Pinterest Picks

11. Cultivate Your Creative Muse: Tips to Infuse Wonder into your Workspace

12. Guest Artist: Mindy Lacefield’s Art Journaling Magic

13.  Simple 6 Step DIY: Crafty Mixed-Media Envelope Book

 

To thank our loyal readers for following along with us this past year, we want to offer a chance to win a gift that’ll help you enter 2014 with creativity on your side.

 

Win a Gift Certificate to The Shoppe

Leave a comment below, explaining which blog post(s) inspired, intrigued, or impressed you the most from our past year at Somerset Place for your chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates to use at The Shoppe at Somerset.

 

*Each winner will be selected at random and contacted by email on or before January 31, 2014.

 

Thank you for your continued readership, and we look forward to bringing you even more inspiration in 2014 and beyond!

Blog Writer



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As the end of 2013 draws near, we want to take a moment to revisit our top 13 most popular blog posts. From new project ideas and trendy craft techniques to special guest artists and bloggers, discover reading content you’ll absolutely adore!   Top 13 Blog Posts of 2013:  1.  Spring Fling: A Double Dose of Lavender 2.  Artist […]