Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party #1!

It’s here.  The big day is finally here!  Welcome to the Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party!

First, if you haven’t entered to win the $50 Lowe’s gift card click here to get signed up.

The giveaway is sponsored by OPC.  One Project Closer maintains a very up-to-date list of Home Improvement Coupons from most of the major home improvement stores that we all love so much.  Their site is updated daily by a real person (Kim, one of the editors at OPC).  So, after you hopefully win the gift card and before heading off to Lowe’s to get all of the supplies for your next project, you should stop by OPC for a Lowe’s Coupon and save upwards of 10%.  I recommend bookmarking the page for future reference!

Boy, did this month fly by after we all decided to tackle our most daunting tasks, or what? Or, was that just my 10 day trip to Maine then 9 days of house guests, all the while trying to hang a whole gallery wall on one screw?

Yesterday I, along with my fellow challenge hosts, posted my Impossible project reveal and today is all about YOU!

Even if you haven’t completed your project, you switched projects midstream, or your project didn’t work out as planned it would be great to see you linked up.  We’d all love to learn from the journey.

And speaking of love, don’t we all LOVE comments?  Well, I sure do, so it would be super cool if you took some time to give your fellow challengers some “Hoorahs” along the way.

We’ve set up the party so you only have to link up ONCE and you will appear on the party page from each of the co-hosts blogs.  But then definitely click on my co-hosts buttons below to be sure to show them some love today on party day as well!

Then, next Tuesday, February 7th I will be posting 5 features from the party links.  AND, so will my co-hosts … that’s a total of 30 features and what’s sure to by my favorite part of this whole challenge.

I can see myself losing many hours perusing all the links and getting lost in all of your blogs…I should probably warn the hubs now.  😉  (I was going to say “warn the hubs he’s on his own for dinner this week, but that’s just setting myself up for his response of “and that’s different from any other week how???”)

On a bit of a sappy serious note.  I really can’t Thank You! all enough for participating. When Karianne from Thistlewood Farm approached me about this great idea I really had no idea what it would turn into. I couldn’t have imagined how many great blog friends I would gain, how much inspiration and support I would have received and just how much fun we would all have.  Thank you, thank you for being such a big part of it!

Update:  Party goes live at 8am Eastern time.






$50 Lowe’s Gift Card for YOU!


Hello again, and Happy Monday Afternoon!  I hope you all enjoyed my Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge project reveal this morning.

Update:  The Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party is now live here.  

If you missed it, you can read here about how I made a gallery wall using only one screw in the wall.  Heck yeah!

I now sit so I can peak at the gallery wall every now and again.  🙂

To learn more about the “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment” process click here, here and here.

Now to the real business at hand this fine afternoon.  The first evah TSB giveaway, sponsored by OPC!  I am down right giddy about this giveaway.

In no small part due to the fact that I have a love affair with Lowe’s!  Well, in my mind, I actually have a love affair with this guy.

Seriously, could I be standing any closer to him???  🙂

He’s Chad Knaus and he’s the crew chief for the NASCAR team sponsored by Lowe’s.  Due to our long standing love affair with him this NASCAR team, my husband and I have become so brand loyal to Lowe’s it’s just a teensy bit scary.

So, for the first TSB giveaway to be a $50 gift card to this company that we love so much … I can hardly stand it!

And, it’s all thanks to OPC.  That’s One Project Closer.  If you do not already know, OPC is a fantastic online resource for all things DIY.  They publish How-To articles, Tool Reviews, Crafts and more!

If you enjoy home improvement projects, how-to guides, tool reviews, and more, you NEED to check out One Project Closer. Follow along as they shadow contractors on the job site, test out the latest tools, and share the most up-to-date list of coupons for popular home improvement stores.

And a big, phat (Gronkowski sized) Thank You! to OPC for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!

Now for the official deets.

  • Prize:  $50 Lowe’s Gift Card
  • Total Number of Winners:  One (1)
  • Entries:  4 possible entries per person, leave a separate comment on this post for each entry.
    1 – Be a follower of this here blog, either RSS feed in a reader or via email, both options are in the right sidebar just below my “Top 11 Referrers of 2011”.
    2 – Skip over to Facebook and “Like” The Space Between page, you can also click the FB Like button in the right sidebar.
    3 – Be a follower of mine on Pinterest.  You can either click the Pinterest button in the right sidebar or click here to get there.
    4 – Be a follower of One Project Closer on Facebook, let them know I sent you!
  • Closing Time:  All comments received before 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time Saturday, February4, 2012 will qualify to win.
  • Eligibility:  Must have a mailing address in the USA to qualify.
  • Winner:  The winner will be selected by
  • Just Because:  I have not been compensated in anyway for this giveaway.  OPC is sponsoring the giveaway and you will receive the gift card from them.  Below is not a picture of the actual prize … just the gift card design I like best.  🙂


The One Screw Gallery Wall is HERE!

I did it!  I really did!  Here’s the proof!  (Beware – there are plenty more exclamation points to come!)

If you’re new here, you may want to go here, here and here to get caught up on my “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment”.

Because today is all about the result.  The glorious, one little screw, only cost me $15 result!  Booyah!

Although, it did almost cost me my sanity … and the tip of my right index finger.  Which I really can’t spare … although I’ve learned I never really needed the left one.  🙂

Unfortunately, I have no pics of the times when all balance was lost.  When one suffers in solitary, there are no spare hands for photo ops when you’re almost breaking the antique mirror your mom just gave you.

My original layout was this.  (Minus the canvas pic of downtown Willemstad, Curacao along the top.)

I wanted the canvas silhouettes of the dogs to be front and center – they are by far my favorite DIY project of all time part of this project.  And when I had it all laid out on the floor I thought I would be OK with just the 2 canvases in that one column.  But, once it all got hung, there was too much space at the bottom for my liking.

Don’t you hate it when that happens?  :/

I think it is because the frame with the coral, to the left of the center column, is hanging just a scosh lower on the left side than the right. Which is due to the driftwood shelf hanging a little lower on the left.  More details on that another time.  Let’s just say, driftwood shelf = bane of my one screw gallery wall existence.  🙂

Also, the B (you can find the deets on how I made that baby from a cardboard box here) just doesn’t do enough to solidify any sort of straight line, which (I think) would create a cohesive look along the bottom.  To me it just needed something else.

Lucky for me I had this beautifully aged, aqua and white, rusty nailed piece of driftwood.  Which, as it turns out, is the only piece that is not actually hanging from the one screw.  I guess that’s what happens when one is afraid to tackle what had become a teeter totter of art after I had it so nicely settled.  🙂
It fit just right.

And then I threw in another one of my favorite pieces of driftwood for good measure.
I just propped her up as a little accessory on the driftwood shelf.  Maybe she’ll distract from that side of the shelf being just a bit low?  Not really?  Sigh.

But this is what she ended up looking like all together.  Smile.

And now a plethora of pictures … because they make me happy.

I couldn’t decide on what to put on my black canvas, I’m looking for word art ideas and am open to suggestions.  If you have any inspiration pics I need to see please link them up to the space between Facebook page.
I am so thrilled with how the whole thing turned out.  Like down right giddy.  Like I’d totally pull a Tom Cruise and jump up and down on our couch if I wasn’t worried it would throw the beauty off balance and send her tumbling down.

I think it is a great solution for many renters who really can’t riddle their walls with holes but love the gallery wall look.

I truly feel like I’ve tackled my impossible.  I took. her. down.  Or rather, hung. her. up.  🙂

If you’ve tackled your Impossible too, or have a story to tell about how you tried, grab a button!  And come back tomorrow for the Imagine the Impossibilities link party to show off your stuff!  We go live at 7amET.

Update – The $50 Lowe’s Giveaway is here! (now closed)
Update #2:  The Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party is here.
Update #3:  The Nitty Gritty Hanging Details are now here.
Update #4:  What I did with the black canvas is here.
Update #5:  Details about making the wedding memento are here and here.
Update #6:  Learn how to make the dog silhouette canvases here.  (BTW – this has become my most popular post for 2012!  Thank you, thank you!!)
Update #7:  The how-tos for making the stencil HOME art and coral framed art are here

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I would so L-O-V-E love to hear what you think!  What’s your favorite part?  What’s your least favorite part?  What should I put on the black canvas?  How would you have made a one screw gallery wall?  Are you overwhelmed with anticipation about the Superbowl?

Fair warning, there are many details still to come.  How she’s all hung.  How I spent my $15.  How I made those dog silhouettes out of floral canvases found at Goodwill.  What was the hardest part.  How long it took.  I tell you … many, many details.  🙂

If there’s anything in particular you want to know about just shout it out.  Or, if you really want me to hear, leave it in the comments.  😉

And then, because we’re one big Impossible family here, be sure to click on the header images below to take a look at what my uber talented challenge co-hosts accomplished!

And THEN, don’t forget to come back here this afternoon to get signed up for our very first GIVEAWAY!  A $50 gift card to LOWE’S.  And you’ll learn about a little obsession I have.  Joel, you may not want to come back this afternoon.  😉






I will be pimping out my one screw gallery wall where ever I can.  Including here, here, herehere, here and here.

Just for fun, here’s a little before and after.

Friday Features!

TGIF!  Although, I was just reminded that I have signed up for an 8k road race on Sunday and I still don’t have the whole gallery wall hung yet.  :/

No matter what, I (along with all of my challenge co-hosts) will be posting my big reveal on Monday morning.  I’m just not exactly sure what I’ll be revealing just yet.  Sigh.

AND, Monday will be home to two firsts here at TSB …

I will be publishing a Monday afternoon post – 1st time for 2 posts in 1 day because …

Monday afternoon will be the very first TSB GIVEAWAY!  It’s a $50 gift card to Lowe’s so you will want to be sure to come back and give yourself a chance to win!

Then Tuesday is the Imagine the Impossibilities Progressive Link Party!  We all go live at 7am eastern time, I am sooooo looking forward to seeing what everyone has accomplished.  Down right giddy I tell ya.

Now, let’s take a look at some of those projects in progress, shall we?!?

Pamela over at Pink Hammers and Sippy Cups had plans to tackle the art of baking pretzels as her challenge.  Then a little bit of life happened and she has a whole new, much more challenging, project she NEEDS to tackle.  Here’s a sneak peak of one of her inspiration pics, but you have to click here to find out her big news.
Suzy over at Saved by Suzy decided to tackle organizing a few closets and her pantry for this challenge and she is making awesome progress.  She may have had to toss some pantry items that were 5 years old, but it’s now looking like this, with some empty shelves and all.
She still has her master bedroom closet to finish.  Be sure to click here to read all about her progress.

Now, have you ever been all gung ho on a room redo and then kind of get. stuck. in. the. middle. of. it?  You either lose inspiration or motivation or just move on to other things? That is exactly what happened to Kristi over at Addicted 2 Decorating with her hallway. She bought a new washer and drier, and they didn’t fit…she installed floor tile, but never got around to the little annoying pieces you have to cut to size…she even hung a light fixture with a little help from some painters tape which has apparently reached it light hanging shelf life.  Take a look at the space here and see all of the little details she is going to finish as part of this challenge.
Kayla at Sweet Anne went through a few one hour photo learning curves to get her wedding photos printed for her wedding scrapbook she is tackling for this challenge.   Let’s just say it took way more than an hour!  But she has made great strides since then.  Check out this page she made from scratch, including the cut out embellishments.
To see more of her fun details you have to click here.

And, Zoe at Creative in Chicago is tackling a project I might just have to try sometime soon … string art.  Check out her template, she made all on her own.  I really cannot wait to see how this turns out.  I can just tell it’s going to be fabulous!  Be sure to read how she got this far here.
Lizzie from Pretty City Things has run into a little bit of a road block reupholstering her chair (I can TOTALLY relate, says the girl with the 8 year old reupholstering project … more on that here).  But, check out the beautiful fabric she is working with here.  And give her some moral support while you’re there!

If you’ve missed any of my pathetic gallery wall updates along the way check them out here and here.  And be sure to check in with my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up to. Kari from Thistlewood Farm, Kelly from Eclectically Vintage, Linda from It All Started With Paint, Stacey from A Sort of Fairytale and Andrea from The Cottage Market.

It’s the final weekend of the challenge?  Are you in?  Are you making progress?  Are you happy to be watching from the sidelines?  😉

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Driftwood Abounds

If you’ve been around from the beginning then you know this little blog journey started with my driftwood Christmas trees.
And, being that I live on the island of Curacao, I have what seems to be an unlimited supply of this driftwood stuff.

And, yes, I do realize that many of you are reading from locations that look (or feel) a little more like this right now.
Maybe you can consider this a little summer in January … or just a rude “in your face” sort of post from a girl on an island.  😉

I am hoping for the former.  Please note that I have refrained from putting any pics of beautiful sunny beaches and turquoise water. 🙂

But, here are a few of the other things I’ve done with driftwood along the way.

Full disclosure on this wreath, the glue I used did not hold up after it had been left out in the rain and slowly and painfully fell apart one little piece at a time.  😦

This little driftwood shelf has been such a great addition to our little kitchen with even littler storage.
 And if you saw my 12 Days of Kindness you saw this guy.
I’ve got this guy in my blog header.
Here’s the whole shelf on the wall.

I found this awesome piece along the beach and to hang it I just drilled a couple holes in the wall and a couple holes in the wood.  I was able to line them up using a little tape and paper trick I learned from John at YHL.

You may recognize the coral pieces on the left from this post.  And, I’m happy to report, the clear varnish is still doing the trick.

I also have a few driftwood pieces planned as part of the gallery wall.  You know, that wall I’m trying to make with just one screw in the wall for the Impossibilities challenge.  Speaking of which, I need to get back at it.  Our big reveal posts go up Monday … which I guess means I have 5 days to make this happen.  And the big link up parties, all 6 of them, go live at 7am Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 31st.

It’s not too late to join, click here to find out more and get signed up!

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I am sharing this project here, here, here and here. Check ‘em out!

Dare I call this progress?

Hello, hello!  And happy Monday to all you fine folks.  I’m checking in with a little gallery wall update.  Yay!

If you are new here and don’t know of this gallery wall I speak, you may want to start here and then here.  And then when you’re done laughing at my idea you can read on.  🙂

I did actually get started on making some things happen as they relate to the wall last week.  And man, did it feel good.

Do you ever go through extended periods of time not doing anything crafty and then when you do a little project you get all re-motivated to turn your sheets into a bed skirt and stuff like that?

Well, that is a project for another day, but here is what I have been able to accomplish in the realm of “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment” projects.

Remember these beauties from Goodwill?
“Ooh la la” now looks like this.

And those matching flower canvases are becoming this.

I’m not sure what I think of all of the billowing, maybe I pulled it too tight.  Anyone have any thoughts?

And who can forget the horses and the cross stitch?
 Those frames painted up quite nice.  And that lavender mat got a fresh coat of paint, too.

Oh, and I drilled some holes in this guy…

And, uh, well, that’s about it.  :/

So, nothing has been hung, but things have been painted and drilled and un-stapled and re-stapled.

It felt like progress, even though the wall still looks like this.

At least it’s becoming a collection of good looking things.  I just hope I can get them all hung by my one little screw.  Or, my challenge post might turn into a tutorial on how to paint frames and flip canvases.  🙂

Either way this is a fun little challenge.   Have you joined in yet?  One more week for us all to wrap things up.  Then let the link partying begin.  It’s not too late to get in on the fun, just leave a comment here with your challenge project!

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And don’t forget to check in with my partners in Impossible crime to see what they’ve been up to!  Linda from It All Started With Paint, Kari from Thistlewood Farm, Stacey from A Sort of Fairytale, Kelly from Eclectically Vintage and Andrea from The Cottage Market.
Our BIG project reveals are coming next week and our SIX link parties are on Tuesday, January 31st. It’ll be so fun to see the results of everyone’s hard work.
Update:  You can see the big reveal here.
How is your project coming along.  Comment with your progress post links if you’ve got ’em.  I’d love to see what you’ve been up to!
I am sharing this project here, here, here and here. Check ‘em out!

What I’m up to today

This is definitely not a sports focused blog but I happen to be a sports focused gal so this post is purely because this is all that is on my mind today … and I happen to have a blog to share it.  🙂


Gallery wall update coming tomorrow.  Progress was actually made this week.  Finally!

I hope you are all having a splendid weekend.


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