Winner Announcement - Mary & Martha Giveaway

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just popping in today to announce the winner of the Mary & Martha Praise Tray and Mugs.  

Congratulations, Debbie Garrison Rhoades! 

Contact me via email with your shipping information, Debbie!  

And, for the rest of you who entered - Thank you!  Remember, you can always order any Mary & Martha products via the link in my side bar.  And, I'll be sharing more Mary & Martha products here in the future!

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West Elm Inspired DIY Wooden Spheres

Last week I shared my mantel with you.  You may have noticed these wooden spheres.   This is a little project we are working on for Josh and Sarah's wedding.  The wedding ceremony and reception are being held in what was once a cigar factory that has been turned into a gorgeous event venue.  We are going to be using these wooden spheres throughout the space to bring a bit of industrial to the otherwise romantic Fall decor for the day. 

These spheres are pretty popular right now.  This is a photo of the veneer spheres sold at West Elm.

I saw the smaller one recently at the Pottery Barn Outlet for $12.99 - I'm not sure what the price is normally.  If you were only buying one - $12.99 is a pretty good price.  But we want to use a lot of these - for table displays and even to hang.  So, I set to work to find a way to get the look for less.  With very little effort, I found several tutorials for making wood spheres from inexpensive wood embroidery hoops.  

Here's what you will need to make some yourself.

2 wood embroidery hoops that are the same size.
Glue Gun
Thumb Tacks
Wood Stain - I used Thompson's Waterseal Exterior Wood Stain in Traditional Brown.  
I found it much quicker and easier to use the kind in the spray can.

  • Photo 1.  Your supplies needed.
  • Photo 2.  Separate the embroidery hoops into four pieces.  Take the two inner hoops (the ones without the screws) and put one around the other as shown.
  • Photo 3.  Take another hoop (one with the screw) and add it to the others - space them out evenly.  Try to place the screw section in the middle of your sphere ball.
  • Photo 4.  With all three connected hoops standing up and down (like in photo #3), bring the remaining hoop with the screw down and around the others (like a belt around your waist).  Overlap the screw from this one hoop placed horizontally with the one you placed vertically in the previous step.
  • Once all your hoops are placed where you want them, add a touch of glue to a few intersecting spots to keep the sphere secure.
  • Tie a piece of twine to your finished sphere and take outside.  Hang the sphere from a tree limb or clothes line and spray with wood stain.  Let dry for a few minutes and then use a cloth to wipe off any excess.  (Tip:  wear some inexpensive clear vinyl gloves to keep the stain off your hands!  You can get these by the box at Home Depot or Lowes).
  • Add thumb tacks to the intersecting areas.

Once you get the process down - they are really easy to make!  And - they cost a whole lot less than the original West Elm inspiration!

Tomorrow, I'll be back to announce the winner of the Mary & Martha Praise Tray and Mugs!

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Find Your Voice Friday #1

Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome to the very first Find Your Voice Friday Party!  

I'm sooooo happy that you are here!  My hope for this weekly party is that you will form a connection with other new bloggers!   This is THE BEST part of blogging for me!   Having friends who are passionate about the same things as you is amazing - they get you when maybe your family or other friends don't quite understand what you are doing with the blog thing!  I understand!  The connections I made at Debbiedoo's Newbie Party a few years ago have been amazing!  Here are some of those friends - KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm, Kelly from Eclectically Vintage, and Ann from On Sutton Place.  Yes, they were all newbies!  Hard to believe!  These are the first three that come to mind, but there are so many more!  These three began their blogging journey a little before me and I learned so much just by following them and what they were doing!  What was working for them - I then tried on my blog!  They became  mentors to me for my blog - even though they didn't know it!  They also have become friends!  I can't emphasize enough that it's soooo valuable for you to make blog connections with other bloggers!  So, here's how you can do that!  

Being here is a great first step.  After you link up your entry, go and visit at least three other links and leave a comment.  We all love to get comments.  In my early days, I was just happy to have a few views in a day, but once I started linking to parties and got a few comments - I was over the moon!  If someone leaves a comment on your blog post that you enter here - comment back, start a conversation!  It's that easy!  Over time, you will find other bloggers with similar interests and friendships will form!  You will be able to ask each other questions and learn from one another!  

More about the party - the party will open each Thursday at 6 p.m. and end the following Tuesday at 6 p.m.  At the following week's party, I will share my favorite links from the party!  I'm also going to be sharing some of my favorite links on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.   Hopefully, this will give you some more page views, comments, and followers!  

Next, I want to encourage you to not only link up here, but to link up at other parties!  Again, it's a great way to get your blog noticed!  I still link up to several parties each week!  Not only are you having your work seen, but it's a great place to see what others are doing and discover new blogs - all in one place!  I've created a new tab in my header for "Blog Parties".  This is not an all inclusive list - but some of my favorite places to link up!  There are so many blog parties and if you just do a Google search - you'll find many more!   Also, when you visit other blogs - check to see what parties they are linking to!

Joining a link party is pretty easy - just follow the prompts.  But, if you are unsure and need some extra help, just send me an email, and I'll walk you through it!  I'm here for any questions you may have!    You'll find that most link parties have some party guidelines and they all are pretty similar.  Here are mine - 

  • This link party is for new bloggers with 200 or fewer followers or have been blogging one year or less.
  • Follow and/or subscribe to Hymns & Verses.  You can do this by entering your email address in the subscribe box below this post or near the top of my sidebar.  Or, you can  choose to follow by bloglovin' - that link is also in my sidebar.
  • Be sure to include the Find Your Voice Friday button found below or a text link to your linked post .  .  .  this is mandatory to have your blog featured the following week.  
  • You may link up to 3 different projects.
  • By linking up, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that I may use those photos to feature your project in a blog post, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog, of course.
  • Please go to the source of a photo to pin it to Pinterest so that the originator of the post gets the credit.
  • Please visit and comment on at least 3 other links!  This is where you will make connections with other bloggers!  
I can't wait to see what you've got to share!  Thank you for linking up!!!  And remember, I'll be back next week to share my favorites and encourage you!  

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