Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This Nifty Earth: Kitchen Textiles Line Launch

Hello folks! I have officially launched my Kitchen Textiles line and it's available on my etsy. I would love for you all to come check it out! 


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DIY // Heart Thumb Tacks

Jordan and I don't really do Valentines Day. Last year we went snowshoeing (we're going again this Thursday, I can hardly wait!), but we don't do traditional "valentines" things. But, that doesn't mean I don't like giving my girlfriends gifts! Check out this cute and simple DIY that is perfect for the goal/work driven friend in your life!

What You Need: 
Gold Spay Paint (optional)
Super Glue
Thumb Tacks
Plastic Hearts

Spray paint (optional) the hearts gold. Wait to dry. Glue thumb tack on the back. 

THAT'S IT! I seriously made this in about 10 minutes. I kept some of mine red because I wanted to mix the gold and red.

These look really pretty on my cork board. Who are you guys going to be gifting these to?


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Black + White On A Saturday Morning

I'm sure you guys will get sick of these, but I love taking pictures of my house in natural light on Saturday mornings. 

I especially love the photo of Life tucked under our sofa. It's my favorite of these.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DIY // Gilded & Glass Etched Jars

What You Need: 
Various Glass Containers (I bought mine at the dollar store)
Gold Spray Paint
Painters Tape
Plastic Wrap

Gold Polka Dots: 
Dip your Q-Tip in the gold paint and gently make polka dots on the glass. I would do one side at a time or else the paint might run. I waited 10 minutes for every side. Once your last side has set, you can place right side up and let the paint fully dry. 

Glass Etched Dots: 
Using the same technique as the gold make your polka dot pattern. The cream doesn't run as much as the paint, so be generous with your Q-Tip. Make sure to wear gloves as this stuff isn't super nice to your skin. Once your dots are all done, let the cream site for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water and enjoy!

Gold Dipped: 
This one is the easiest of the 3. Simply tape off the bottom area that you want to be gold (the top would even be pretty) and cover the "non paintable" area with plastic wrap. Make sure you have the edge sealed tightly to the glass to avoid the paint running where you don't want it. Place upside down and cover with 3 coats, allowing for the paint to dry several minutes between coats. Once dry, remove tape and plastic wrap. You can use a knife to clean up any runs.

What do you guys think? Will you be tackling this project at home for some simple home decor? I can't wait to use them for my Valentines table setting I'm working on. They just look so classy to me!



Monday, February 3, 2014

Blogger Spotlight // Court Morin

Just a simple post today about my dear Instagram friend Court Morin. 

She just started her own blog and you should all go see what she's about. It's still in the baby stages, but I'm really excited about watching this new adventure of hers grow. Go check out www.courtmorin.wordpress.com and give her some encouragement! 

Have a happy Monday, folks! 


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hope Spoken (EEEEEEEEEE!) + Lately

Well guys, I've been pretty busy lately. Lots of great opportunities have sprung up for This Nifty Earth. One specifically I wanted to share with you, though! 

This Nifty Earth will be in Hope Spoken swag bags this year! How awesome is that?! I can hardly contain my excitement! 

Are any of you planning on attending Hope Spoken this year? 


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sweet, Sweet Saturday

During the week I look forward to Saturdays. Not because I'm a weekend junkie (like I was in high school), but because I am able to pour uninterrupted hours into my passions. Reading, making, blogging and learning are all things I care deeply about and they have helped me this year stay on track with several "resolutions" I made. 

My house is (and has been) clean this whole week!

I've been intentional about my promise to be a better Proverbs 31 woman! 

Personal & business goals are being meet weekly! 

So that is why I look forward to Saturdays. My creative outlet has helped me streamline my life and make solid goals for my time when I'm at home. A "to-do" list, if you will. But one I don't dread working on. Below are just a couple things that have been going on in the Cotton household and with This Nifty Earth lately. It's kind of like a peculating coffee pot around my house all the time now. Is that analogy acceptable? Whew, good. For a second I thought I might be labeled an 'ol housewife. ;) 

{cute table setting}

{homemade chicken noodle soup}

{some of the very first cans of Super G from White Flame Brewing Co.}

{owl art}

{newest from This Nifty Earth}

{2014 calendar haul}

What is driving and inspiring you lately?