Thursday, July 24, 2014

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - How to Create a Mini BeachScape

Check it Out! I am a beach bum at heart and given my inner-most desires, would live at the beach!  I just love it but unfortunately I don't get to go often enough.  I have to settle for decorating with beach themed items.  My guest/kids bathroom is done in that theme so my newest craft fit in perfectly!  
I got this idea from my neighbor Jessie.  She has a piece of art hanging in her home that immediately grabbed my attention.  It was a large wooden sun soaked frame that surrounded a sand and shell center.  She told me some background on the piece that an art friend had made for her and I knew that I could do the same thing only on a smaller scale.  

Jessie had given me a stack of silver plate chargers that she no longer wanted not too long ago. Using one of them along with my very small supply of shells and beach items, I put together a wonderful mini beach scape! 

At first I thought I could do the whole craft with Mod Podge.  I cleaned my charger plate and then laid down a thick coat of the Mod Podge to the center of the plate.  This created a well for my beach.  As soon as I had the area coated, I sprinkled my sand all over the Mod Podge.  Once I had all white spots covered and layered up nicely, I used the pads of my fingers to push the sand down into the Mod Podge.  Then I had to wait for it to dry!
I am not great at waiting when I am in the middle of creating so I moved the drying process along by covering the plate with a newspaper and then used the blow dryer on a low setting to dry up the Mod Podge. 

I wrestled with how I was going to affix the shells and other items to the sand without messing it up.  The sand was still falling off and I just knew that it wasn't going to last long.  I looked through my stash to see what kind of sealers I had that would be thicker than Mod Podge yet dry completely clear. I didn't want the sand turning yellow. I wanted to keep it as natural looking as I could.  I found this bottle of Save a Puzzle and knew it was the answer.  Little did I know how perfect it was!!  
I poured a very generous amount of the Save a Puzzle over my sand creating a puddle over it.  I let it fill the well of the plate and completely covered the sand.  I started with about half a bottle and used it all. I added my shells and other items to the puddle, spacing them out like you might see on the beach.
Then I had to wait again!
As I said I hate waiting!  I left the plate over night and then set it in the sun this morning to finish up and I can not get over how awesome it turned out!

I found that as it dried, the Save a Puzzle soaked up the sand and hardened to create a tidepool effect!  I love how the edges look like there is still water there but the center looks and feels just like dried areas of the beach.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Check out the Milo's Kitchen #MKTreatTruck for Samples & Home Style Fun!

*I received the products in this post compliments of Milo's Kitchen and Coyne PR for purposes of review, however all opinions are my own.

Check it Out! My Ellie really loves treats. One of her all time favorites so far is Milo's Kitchen Home Style Dog Treats. She goes crazy for the Grilled Burger Bites. I discovered Milo's Kitchen a few years back when I had Champ.  He was our little Maltzu.  He died in the fire that took our home. He loved, loved the Chicken Meatballs and would expect them every morning for breakfast.  

I was super stoked to find out that I had been chosen to receive an awsome Milo's Kitchen exclusive taste opportunity!  I received a great box that had a selection of Milo's Kitchen treats.
Milo's Kitchen treats are made in the USA with real meats as the number one ingredient.  There are no artificial flavors or colors and will have your dog begging after the first bite!
Available in Chicken Meatballs, Beef Sausage Slices with Rice, Steak Grillers Recipe, Chicken Grillers Recipe, Grilled Burger Bites and Chicken Jerky Recipe.

I received the Grilled Burger Bites, Chicken Grillers and Steak Grillers. The first you notice about Milo's Kitchen treats is that these treats look like real food.  They look and smell so good, your pet will find it hard to have just one favorite. 

 Milo's Kitchen wants to share their home-style treats with everyone and are hitting the road this summer in the Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck!  Coming to specific areas this specially loaded truck will be visiting dog parks with free samples, giveaways and even family portraits with your dog.  
If your in the Atlanta area, the Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck will be at the Ronald Reagan Dog Park on August 16th and at Atlanta Braves Bark At the Park on August 17th.  
You can get more info on Milo's Treats and the MKTreat Truck HERE and be sure and like them on Facebook HERE too!

Thanks to Milo's Treats one lucky Check it Out! with Dawn reader will win their very own prize pack!

Prize Pack Includes:
  • Three varieties of Milo's Kitchen Dog Treats
  • A $25 Visa Gift Card
Enter via the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win.  US residents only, no PO Boxes.  

Good Luck!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Get Crafting Inspiration with the New #Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection

*The Spellbinders Brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection in exchange for a product review.  However all opinions expressed are my own.

Check it Out!  Crafting is one of my passions! I love finding new products and new ways to craft so when I was recently offered the opportunity to review the new Spellbinders Collection I was so excited!

The Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection by Richard Garay includes dies, stamps, paper, ink and accessories that are all coordinated to work perfectly together.  Everything you need to create one of a kind cards, scrapbook layouts and gifts!  Full of captivating colors and bold, bright cardstock in both solids and printed, there are a ton of options to get you inspired.  You can check out the whole Celebra'tions Collection HERE.  

The package I received contained the supplies needed to complete two projects.  As you can see one is a card and the other is a treat bag.  Perfect to give together these little kits were easy to put together.

The first project is the Celebrate Party Hat Card Kit which contained all the supplies needed to create this cute little card.  All the pieces were pre- cut and the words were pre-stamped so there really wasn't much to do but create the party hat by folding the piece of cardstock and then to layer the pieces together.

Here is the finished Spellbinders Celebra'tions Celebrate Party Hat Card.

The other kit I received contained everything I needed to create a cute Best Day Ever Treat Bag.  Again with pretty much everything ready, all I had to do for this kit is to cut out the tiny tag and the celebrations tag to layer everything up. Then I just filled it up with treats and tied it off with the tag. 

Here is the finished Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection Best Day Ever Treat Bag.

I also received a cute little stamp set in my package that I am sure to use often.  This Many Words Stamp set features cling technology so they adhere effortlessly to clear blocks.  This is a set of 15 clear polymer stamps that are perfect for everyday and special occasions.  

If your looking for some great crafting inspiration, check out this awesome new collection and get your celebration on!

Winner of the Nancy Drew PC Game The Shattered Medallion Giveaway!

Check it Out! The winner of the Check it Out! with Dawn Nancy Drew PC Game The Shattered Medallion Giveaway has been drawn!  


Carly Smith

Winner has been notified via email and has 48 hours to claim prize or forfeit and another winner will be drawn.

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Eco Chic Bags

Check it Out! I am so excited to have my craft featured on The Brand Connection website this week! Head on over and check out my Eco Chic Bags that are made from upcycled containers! See how I took kitty liter containers, clorox bottles and shampoo bottles and turned them into Chic Bags. Using recycled materials and hot glue I was able to create some really great bags that are great for holidays, gift giving or just carrying around!  Head over HERE to check them out.

Book Review & #Giveaway: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

*I received the product in this post compliments of Shelton Interactive for purposes of review, however all opinions are my own.

Notes from a Blue Bike:
The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
by Tsh Oxenreider

About the Book:

"Life is chaotic.
But we can choose to live it differently.

Tsh Oxenreider spent three years raising her young family as a non-profit worker in Turkey, and now she’s revealing that life-changing experience in her much-anticipated new book Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, due for release February 4, 2014.

During her time overseas, Tsh realized first-hand the wisdom many cultures already understand: life should be lived slowly if you want it to have meaning.  That realization led to the creation of her community blog, (formerly, now viewed by more than 800,000 readers every month.

It was a journey that began with prayer.

“I took a deep breath and chose to turn my questions into a conversation with God,” she writes.  “Once I heard the answer to my prayer, it was embarrassingly obvious: to live intentionally, we had to make intentional choices.” 

 What does it mean to live intentionally?  Tsh explains, “To live with intention means to make daily little choices that resonate deeply in our soul—that make sense deep in our being and ring true.

Notes From a Blue Bike is for people who crave a more meaningful life, a life that doesn’t bow down to calendars, and a life that makes margin for relationships and contemplation.  Tsh teaches readers how to slow down in a culture that worships efficiency and believes a checked-off to-do list is the sign of a good day. 

This book chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, car and blue cruiser bike.

Tsh’s personal experiences translate into universal felt needs, covering five core areas of life—food, work, education, travel, and entertainment—each infused with spiritual insights.   

Entertaining, thoughtful and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic— Notes From a Blue Bike invites you to pay attention to who you are and what your family needs.  Then, it encourages you to make some choices and live the life that reflects your true values.

“This book is about giving ourselves permission to creatively change the little things in our lives,” she writes. “It’s about living life, instead of life living us… It’s about living with intention.”

Notes From a Blue Bike will compel you to climb on your own bike for an adventure you’ll never forget.  It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it. 

Living according to who you really are simply takes a little intention.   It’s never too late to live out your dreams."

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book and reading about how Tsh and her family live a simple life and how she came to figure the formula out for it. Living in Turkey for 3 years where living simply is the norm, this family found a way to acclimate to it. When forced to move back to the states, they found a way to readjust their lives. In a society based on technology, Tsh lets you in on her secrets for balancing it with a more intentional way of life. You will ride along with her as she talks about the adjustments in education, work, eating and even travel. She gives practical tips and ideas on how to make your own adjustments. This is a easy to read, well written book that will be an eye opener and if applied, could be life changing.  

I am so pleased to announce that I get to give a copy of Notes from a Blue Bike away to one lucky Check it Out! with Dawn reader! To enter just leave a comment letting me know one thing in your life you would like to simplify. US residents only. Giveaway ends 7/31/14.

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