the month in minutes – january 2012

Hello, hello!

A little reminder, if you haven’t already linked up your blog goals, we’re keeping the party open until Thursday night for anyone getting a late start…we’d love to hear yours.  And you can find mine here.

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Now, I’m going to start a little something new here today.

Can you believe this little blog had more page views in February than in its 3 previous months combined?  Serious!  That’s incredible to me.

So, I shout out a Welcome! to everyone who is relatively new around here.  Thank you so much for coming by, please make yourself at home…and let me know you’re here.  🙂

And, to everyone who has been around from the beginning…don’t think I don’t know who you are…even if you’ve never left a comment.  I sure do appreciate you all sticking around…and would love to hear what you have to say about every single post things every now and then.  🙂

In light of all of our fun new traffic I thought it makes sense to do a little month in review, if you will.  But,…I’m going to start with January…total rule breaker here.  Seems like a nice, clean, appropriate place to start, don’t you think?  And, I’ll be sure to mix in a few new things too…just to keep it fresh for ya.

So, I guess I should start by saying HAPPY New Year!  I’m sporting my party outfit and blowing my noise maker right now.  🙂  But, the girls rang in the new year looking a little more like this.

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imperfection is the new black

Seriously.

I mean, who’s into perfect anymore?

Well, I’m sure there are many out there.  But not this girl.

Is there really any better way to set yourself up for disappointment…than to expect perfection?

For starters, I would never be living in this house.  Oh, how you are imperfect…let me count the ways.  But let me only point out the tile…oh the tile of which you have an abundance.

But what was it that someone once said…where ever you are, I am home…or, my favorite thing about my house is who I share it with…or, as long as we’re living here together I can overlook the tile…it was something like that.  😉

And it really isn’t about the structure, or even the things in it, is it?!?

Oh, if it were about the perfection of the things…

I would probably shudder at the sight of that silly, un-level driftwood shelf in my new one screw gallery wall every time I walked in the room.
 Or, I might have finished re-upholstering that chair by now…8 years later.
Or, I might not have gotten disproportionately excited when I bought these hideous couches for $65 for the pair.
I can’t even tell you how hard it is to find “American” sized furniture for a reasonable price on an island.

As an aside, if you’re looking for perfection, definitely don’t move to a Caribbean island…I know some people who learned that lesson the hard way.  Please refer back to that comment I made earlier…something about the expectation of perfection = surefire disappointment.  🙂

Now, I have to give a shout out to the Nester for the idea of Celebrating the Imperfect with a link party.

And, in contemplating her idea, I realize, that through my never-ending search for a steal deal, my need to find ways, albeit more difficult or time consuming, of doing things that hardly cost me anything, and my complete and total aversion to keeping up with the Jones’, I live in a space full of imperfections.

And that, my friends, suits us absolutely perfectly.  🙂

I crack my knuckles, I shave as infrequently as possible, I don’t clean as often as I should. I overlook dog hair everywhere on the couch, I leave unfolded, clean laundry lying around for days, I love to swear.

I often waste time, I don’t keep in touch with people I love, I am not nearly as involved with my nieces and nephews day-to-day lives as I’d like to be.

I am emotional, often times erratic and sometimes just a plain ol’ pain in arse.

But just call me Ellen because “I want to be clear and here are the values that I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need.”

Everything else…in all of it’s imperfection…is just gravy.  🙂

Bow wow wow…

Yippie yo, yippie yay…

Where my dogs at?

There they are.  🙂

Any Snoop Dog fans out there?

I love ALL things music.  I don’t know music, like people in the know know music.  I just love it in all shapes and sizes.  Fo shizzle. 🙂

And who doesn’t love a puppy?  Or a silhouette of a big dog?

I got so many great comments on these guys (thanks to you for that!) when I revealed the gallery wall and here’s how you, too, can make canvas silhouettes of really anything you have a photo of.  It’s easy as 1-2-3 (4-5-6-7).  😉

You may remember that my canvases were a couple of Goodwill finds that I flipped back to front?

They are the two on the right.  The one on the left got painted black…and is still just black Zoe.  😦

You could easily just buy new white canvases but I rarely take the sensible easy way. These are 12 x 12 inch squares and only cost me $2 a piece.  That ended up being the only money spent on this project.  Booyah!

Since these canvases didn’t have any backing I just had to flip them over and, using a mini pry bar and hammer, remove all of the staples.

I do recommend not stabilizing the canvas with your knee unless you’re ok with this happening.

I’m happy to report I will survive.  🙂

TIP!!!  After you remove all of the staples I recommend ironing the creases in the canvas to bend the other way so you’re not fighting with the canvas when trying to restaple it inside out.  Make sense?

Then you really just have to line up your seams and restaple the canvas back on the frame.

You may recall I had some billowing at this stage?  I didn’t end up fixing it in anyway but once painted, you can’t see it at all, so if your goal is a pure white canvas you may need to just buy a new one.

I do have thoughts on avoiding the billowing, if you’re interested email me.

OK, so now you have your blank slate, er, canvas.

One of the funnest (Yes, I know it’s not a word, but I like the non word so choose to use it.) parts of this project was scouring all of our photos for good profile pics of the girls.

I mean, who doesn’t love to lay their head on a pillow?

Thank goodness this wasn’t a snapper.  (We have very few picture of Mico even remotely looking in the direction of the camera.)

They just make me smile.

And look at this wicked cool pic my brother took of his boarder collie out in the field on the farm.

 But, back to the silhouettes, I was looking for profile pictures, so I picked these.

(I ended up using a different picture of black dog because once I had the sitting picture cut out I didn’t like the way it looked.)

After I had my pics selected I resized them so they would fill an 8 x 10 sheet of paper and printed them on regular paper on my at home printer.  If you want a bigger canvas you could definitely resize the pic bigger and have it printed at a printer.

Or, have you heard of Block Poster?  I haven’t used it but from the looks of it you can upload an image, enlarge it and then print it in blocks so you could maybe tape it together and follow the rest of the steps here.

If you have tried this, or try it now, please let me in on the deets, I’d love to know!

TIP!!!  I rotated my photos to the direction I wanted during editing, but realized after printing that I didn’t need to because you could just trace your silhouette with your printed pic upside down.  Duh!  😉  Also, flipping your cut out image upside down to the plain white side of your paper gives a good idea of what the silhouette will look like without any of the other details in the photo.

After the pics were printed I used my exacto knife to cut out, as true to detail as possible, around the outline of the dogs.Then I traced the outline of the image onto the canvas.

Then I painted.  I started with the edges of the canvas and then worked toward my traced image.  I figured less chance of accidentally smudging my detail lines if I do them last, right?!?

 I think I did a better job with some eye lash detail on the black canvas.

But overall, I am pretty much in all out love with these guys.

And their spot in the one screw gallery wall.

Let’s see how many steps it took…

1 – Buy canvas
2 – Pick your picture
3 – Resize picture
4 – Print picture
5 – Cut out picture
6 – Trace picture onto canvas
7 – Paint outside the lines.

See, just like I said.  😉

If I’ve missed any detail, or you want more info on any particular step please just shoot me an email.

Here’s the pic of Marley.
And here’s her canvas.

Here’s the pic of Mico…admittedly not a great pic…sorry about the full on backside view.
 And here’s her canvas.  You can see I didn’t add the collar detail to the canvas.

Hmmm, and this makes me think Mico’s canvas needs a nose job.  Doesn’t it look kind of rounded where the pic is straight?  How did that happen?  :/

Anyway, I still dig ’em.  What about you?  Know of any other ways to make a canvas silhouette for only $2?   Made any of your own, if so please link them up to my Facebook page, I’d love to see them.

And, I definitely can not do a dog related post with out saying a heart felt, tear streaked RIP dear Romeo.  You were the best dog park running partner.  We will miss our cheese and cracker happy hours and I know you have filled my dear friends Jen and Harry with many a memory to look back on and smile…even through the current tears.  I can see you jumping clouds and chasing bunnies now.  XO

And, if any of you would like some REAL canvas art I know an incredibly talented artist in Maryland who made us these beauties a few years back.  Please, please, please email me if you’re interest, she is the real deal.  These pictures truly capture the nature of each of our girls.

Like the size of my stocking on the left compared with Joel’s 48 stocking on the right?  😉

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Giveaway Winner and Impossible Features

And the winner of the $50 Lowe’s gift card is…drum roll please…

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And an especially big Thank You! to One Project Closer for sponsoring the giveaway!  You guys are awesome!!

And now, my Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party Features!

To say that we were overjoyed at all of the awesome link ups we had (361 to be exact) would be an understatement.  I really can’t thank everyone who participated enough! This little impossible challenge has turned into such a wonderful adventure.  🙂

And, because there was so much awesomeness, my co-hosts and I couldn’t only feature 5 projects a piece, which was our original plan.  I will not only feature 10 great link ups here, but I will be facebooking about others and pinning some beautiful pictures throughout the week.  Hopefully we’re connected on Facebook and Pinterest so you don’t miss a thing.  🙂

And (Who says you can’t start a sentence with the word and?), don’t forget to check out who my co-hosts are featuring today!

And (Clearly, I don’t say that.), if you’ve been featured, be sure to grab a button below and brag about it.  You’ve earned it!!

Now, all I can say is, you HAVE to visit these 10 great posts.  Some are crafty, some are serious DIY, some are seemingly impossible life lessons.  And they are ALL worth a look.

I have so much I can say about why I love these posts, but you really just need to click over to check them out for yourselves.  And be sure to let them know that you saw their feature here!!

Now, let’s get to it…

Who wouldn’t want to own their house free and clear before they turn 30?  See how Abbie from 5 Days 5 Ways did it.  You’re an true inspiration Abbie!
Who doesn’t need a little group therapy when undertaking some serious DIY projects? Check out the 12 step process of This {Sorta} Old Life.
I can literally feel the love coming from this project Sarah from Adventures of Our Fami-Ly made for her nephew…makes me wish I had thought to make one for mine.
Speaking of love, who doesn’t want some secrets to long lasting love?  See how Lori from Always Learning is keeping her 31 year marriage going strong.
I seriously need to learn how to make string art, like NOW, like Zoe, the very Creative in Chicago, did.
If you’ve seen the ugliness fabulousness that is our couch set (click here or here or here if you really want another look) then you know I need to do something.  Tisha at The Delectable Home actually made a slipcover for her sectional.  Very impressive Tisha!
Want the look of a tile floor without the cost?  See how Angie from Postcards from the Ridge did it.  Have you gotten your massage yet Angie?
How about a DIY mural?  Whitney painstakingly painted an intricate peacock over at The Rooster and the Hen as part of their bathroom remodel.
Now, you can find me heading over to hang with Debbie from Refresh Restyle in her newly upgraded dock space.
And then I’m going to do some laundry get crafty with Rita at Harbour Breeze in her awesome new basement space.

Technically, that is my 10 allotted features…but I had to give a shout out to Kelly at Corner of Main…she painted the piping on her sofa (in addition to making those beautiful new pillows) and it seriously looks awesome!  I wonder what a little paint would do to the red and gold madness I currently have???

I hope you enjoy all of the projects as much as I do.

Those who’ve been featured, please don’t forget to grab a button, you’ve all inspired me greatly!

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For an idea of where I currently do my laundry…
That would be right between our little scrap wood pile and our stove gas bottles.  The cover is to prevent sun damage (trust me, it happens) and the slanted board along the top is for rain run off.  And the weeds all around are because my husband I have gotten lazy with yard work lately.  Down right luxurious I say.  😉

Anyone else do laundry outside?

The Nitty Gritty Hanging Details

Update:  I’ve installed the new Linky Follower Tool in my right sidebar.  As a wordpress.com site I have never been able to have Google Friend Connect, which is rumored to be going away entirely.  It would be great if you wanted to sign up to follow along using that tool.  If you’re a blogger, let me know you did and I will, of course, follow you back.  🙂

Wow, what a week we’ve had.  Over 320 links at our very first Imagine the Impossibilities link party.  Are you kidding?!?!  That is just awesomeness people.  Thank You!! to all who have participated.

If you haven’t joined the fun, the party is open until midnight tonight…in some time zone. 😉  (Hopefully you’re laughing Linda!)  Click here to get linked up…or to just check out all of the inspiration.

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Now, fair warning as you read on.

This is really about the minutia of hanging my one screw gallery wall.  If you want pretty, reveal type pictures please click here.  If you want to know how to pull something like this off yourself, please read on, but be sure to get your cup of coffee first, and maybe a scone or two.  🙂

First, I created 9 of the items hanging as part of the wall from scratch so that would obviously be step 1 – Decide what items you want to include in your gallery wall.

Once you have your selections compiled, play around with different layouts.  I used the floor instead of going through the trouble of making paper templates and taping them to the wall because I’m lazy efficient.  Here is one option I tried.
I had found the pole in our little scrap pile and it just so happened to be about the same length as our sofa.  It was when I came across the pole that I got the idea to somehow hang that from my one little screw and then hang a gallery wall from the pole.  If I had to buy a pole I would probably get a 1×2 or 2×2 depending on the weight of the items I was going to hang.

When I was doing my floor layouts I used the pole to dictate the width (about 88″) and then I measured down from my screw in the wall to where I wanted the gallery wall to stop above the sofa and came up with about 40″.

It’s hard to see in the picture but I actually taped the floor with masking tape … can you see it below the B?  So when I was playing around with layouts I could just line up the bottom items with the tape, the pole was obviously going to be the top and the width of the pole dictated the sides.

Once I settled on a layout … in the process I actually decided to cut the pole down to about 80″ … I then turned everything upside down and laid it all out as it would look like from the wall’s eyes, so to speak.

This pic is before I cut the pole to size.

For all of my measurements I settled between 2 and 3 inches.  The items in the top row hang about 2 inches below the pole.  The items in each column are about 3 inches below the item above them and the columns are separated by about 2 1/2 inches at their widest points.

From this point it took about 6 hours, and a little final touching up to complete.

My plan was to hang the 5 top row items from the pole and then hang item from item down each column with fishing line.  And the column with the driftwood shelf would just have one item hanging from the pole and then the twine hanging the driftwood shelf tied around the pole separately.

I did realize as I started making my loops of fishing line that I didn’t exactly have a plan B … or any other, not thought out, might have a chance of working, this is my last resort idea ideas at all.

Pretty Please Let This Work became my mantra for the afternoon.

The early afternoon went something like this.

1 – Screw eye hooks into the bottom of the driftwood shelf and add small nails to the back of the 10″ x 13″ frame.  Measure so the frame would hang about one inch below the shelf and attach with wire.  This step didn’t need to be precise because I would have an opportunity to adjust the height of these items when I strung the twine that hangs the shelf around the pole at the top.  My logic behind hanging this part last had been that I was just going to line up the bottom of the frame hanging from the driftwood shelf with the bottoms of the items on either side of it…that proved to be easier said than done.

TIP!!!  If I had known at this stage how difficult hanging this shelf would be I would have tied the twine hanging the shelf around the pole FIRST instead of last. 

2 – Measure the width of the five pieces along the top of the gallery wall.

3 – Mark the half way measurement of those five pieces on the pole.

4 – Mark the center point on items that would also have items hanging from them.

OK, so this pic is of the back of the wooden mirror and the framed coral that hang in the far right column of the gallery wall.  By mark the center point, I mean the center measurement of the item that will be hanging.  So, since I wanted the framed coral to hang with the right side of it lined up with the right side of the mirror, I lined them up that way upside down on the floor and then marked what would be the center of the framed coral piece on the mirror’s frame.  Make sense?

5 – Drill pilot holes in the back of the pole where I wanted screws to hang my rows of items for the gallery wall.  Refer to steps 2 and 3 for a reminder on how I knew where to drill these holes.

6 – Add screws to the pilot holes.

7 – Add hanging hardware to the bottom of any pieces that would have items hanging from them.

I won’t go into detail for every single piece, but since the items in each column are hanging from the item above it I had to add additional “hardware” to the bottom of most pieces.  The pieces that DIDN’T need more hardware:

  • I used one of the staples that happened to be right in the middle of the bottom on the back of the top dog silhouette.
  • The round metal heating grate hanging in the column with the driftwood shelf doesn’t have anything hanging from it.
  • The black ribbon hanging the faux zinc B is just duct taped to the back of the framed HOME stencils.
As for how I determined where to put this hardware on the bottom part of the back side of each item please refer to step 4.

8 – Measure 5 million times and tie the fishing line loops that hold everything together.

This step took some patience.  It was just a process of measuring and placing my items where I wanted them, cutting a longer length of fishing line than I would need, pulling it tight – without pulling my items closer together – and when I would accidentally pull the items closer together, replacing them, then remeasuring and starting over – and then sextuple knotting the fishing line.  (Apparently, sextuple isn’t a word, but just double knot times 3…at least.)

Phew…you still with me?  😉

How about a pic of some of the finished wall for good measure?

Ok, at this point I had all of my individual items, hardware to hang each item from, and a loop of fishing line on each item to hang from said hardware.  You can see in picture 8 above how the fishing line loops, once tied, are permanently attached as part of one item and then can be looped onto the screw or hanging hardware I’d attached to the bottom back side of the item that would be above it.  Clear?

Now, just to get it all up on the wall…

That part went kind of like this.

Oh, these pics remind me to tell you that I used clothes line wire to hang the pole, the one item actually hanging from the screw.
From left to right above:
Left – The clothes line before, and if you look close you can see a screw in the pole.  I just measured 18 inches in from each end of my pole, drilled holes, added screws and looped my wire around them for hanging.  The same kind of ‘twist the wire around itself’ strategy I used with the Pallet Word Art.
Middle – I removed the green plastic covering from the clothes line to expose the wire using an electrical wire cutter.
Right – A slightly better picture of the wire cutter.  You just pick what diameter will cut through the material you want (the green covering in this case) without cutting through the wire you want to keep.  You can see from the middle picture I used the second to largest opening, I decided on that by trial and error.  And, you can see in the picture on the right that I took the green off in sections up to about 3 inches long.

If I had known that I was just going to cover it all up with the canvas pic of Curacao I ended propping along the top, I might have skipped this step, but I was thinking I wouldn’t mind the look of the exposed wire.  I was wrong.  :/

So, now my pole has a clothes line and all of the pictures have fishing line loops…we’re talkin’ high class decor here people.  😉

Now for the hanging.  I would hang one pic at each end of my pole, then slowly and gradually work my way toward the middle.

It was like an 8 foot long teeter totter with glass items hanging precariously from each end.

When strung tight enough, fishing line has a tendency to feel like a knife that is about to take off the tip of your finger as you are holding the whole pole contraption somewhat level with your left hand and using your right to reach up behind an item to find the hanging hardware and get the fishing line loop looped around it.

But, I am happy to report that no finger tips were lost, and no fish were spooked in the making of this wall.  🙂  And, none of those fancy knots were used either.

And nothing broke!  Phew!

All things actually went relatively well until pic number 4 (3 collages above).  It was at this point that I needed to tie my twine and driftwood shelf from my teeter totter.

I don’t know what part of “Oh, yeah, I’ll hang a driftwood shelf from my one screw gallery wall, and prop a really big picture on it.  Oh, and then I’ll hang another frame below the shelf and prop an awkward piece of coral in it.” seemed like a good idea.  It was the bane of my existence on hanging day.  And, as I’ve mentioned, I still don’t think it’s quite right. I think the left side is slightly lower than the right side.  I wouldn’t know for sure because I can’t find my stinkin’ level, but it looks that way to me.  And after about a half a dozen tries at untying that one side, then quickly adjusting my teeter totter so the whole thing wouldn’t come crashing down, then eyeballing level from right. on. top. of it, then retying and realizing I had made no progress I decided I was fine with it just the way it was.  😉

Thankfully the hubs has agreed to give an extra set of hands to the effort when I get up the gumption to tackle the teeter totter again.

It might be awhile.  🙂

The canvas pic of downtown Willemstad, Curacao was a last minute add to cover the wire that became exposed when all was hung.  It is just set precariously totally secure on the pole.

What may be my 2 all time favorite pieces of driftwood were next day adds after I had many hours of staring and smiling … but feeling like something just wasn’t quite right (other than the left side of the driftwood shelf being a smidge low).
See what I mean?

The aqua and white piece of driftwood is actually the only piece that is not somehow hanging from the one screw.  As a last minute add, I just used some of that orange tacky stuff and stuck it right to the wall.

There is one other spot I used that orange tacky stuff.
Once I hung the black canvas from the wedding memento it weighed down the left side of the wedding memento.  See, I wanted the outer edge of the gallery wall to be rectangular in shape.  So the left side of all of the items on the left needed to be lined up on the left. Get it?  🙂  In order to do that I couldn’t hang the black canvas from the center of the wedding memento, thus the need for just a pinch of orange tacky stuff.

Does anyone know what that stuff is really called?

Here’s what it looked like before the orange stuff.  And I have since tucked in the ends of the twine hanging the driftwood shelf.  🙂

And here is the final, glorious result of my afternoon of stress fun.
Can you hear that music and signing or is it just me?  😉


And, because today is all about the details, here is the items and cost breakdown:

  1. Canvas reproduction of the skyline of downtown Willemstad, Curacao.  Gift from friends last year.  FREE
  2. Wooden pole from scrap pile hung with left over clothes line we had on hand.  FREE
  3. Wedding photo, you may have previously seen here.  For this project I call it FREE since we had it on hand.  If I remember correctly I got the frame at an auction 5+ years ago and had the picture printed at Walmart for I don’t know how much right after our first wedding.
  4. Wedding memento, you may have seen started here.  Tutorial for the finished product to come. FREE
  5. Black canvas, started as a Goodwill find looking like this. Tutorial of the finished product to come…as soon as it’s finished.  🙂  $2.oo
  6. Antique metal grate, from an old farmhouse in my hometown now owned by my family, given to me by my mom.  FREE and by far the heaviest individual item on the wall.
  7. Frame and mat bought from Goodwill.  Picture of the girls edited for free on Picnik and printed at home.  $2.00
  8. Driftwood.  FREE
  9. Driftwood shelf hung with twine I had on hand.  FREE
  10. Old frame my mom gave me.  FREE
  11. Coral twiggy thingy.  FREE
  12. A canvas found at Goodwill and originally looked like this.   Tutorial for the silhouettes to come. $2.00
  13. See description for #12.  $2.00
  14. Driftwood hung with orange sticky tack stuff I had on hand…and think I’ve had since high school.  🙂  FREE
  15. Photo taken, developed and matted by my man probably 10 years ago…so that’s on hand, right?!  Frame my mom gave me.  FREE
  16. Frame from Goodwill and stencils my mom gave me.  That last minute trip to Maine in January is my proud sponsor of this here gallery wall.  😉  $2.00
  17. Faux Zinc Letter B hung by a ribbon that originally came from my awesome in-laws…wrapped around our iPad.  That’s right…I did say awesome in-laws.  🙂  FREE
  18. Antique mirror, from you guessed, my mother.  Thanks Mom!!  FREE
  19. Frame from my mama and coral.  FREE
  20. I had a few people ask me about my driftwood tree.  If you’re new around here you may not have seen my posts about it here, here and here.

So, if you add that all up my cost of materials is $10.00  And the only other item I bought for the project was the fishing line.  I got it at Target for about $5.00 and have about 95% of it left over.  I didn’t know exactly which one to get, but I honestly did pick this one because it said “low visibility” and it had been tested up to 6 pounds which I knew would be enough to hold my columns of items.

Maybe I should send the fishing line company a picture of my wall to tell them that they in fact are right, that stuff is low visibility.  😉

As for the paint, it is all a mixture of what I had on hand.  I bought a quart of black a couple of years ago when a home improvement store was closing for renovation…and some other oops paints I’ve picked up and used for different walls in the rental…when mixed together create some nice shades of gray and yellow.

Aaaand … I think that’s it.  🙂  If there is any little detail that I have missed or anything you still need to know to make this happen for yourself please just let me know.

If I had it to do again, I would probably go with a 2 screw gallery wall.  Follow every single step, except screw the actual pole into the wall with one screw at each end of it. In order to do this, and maintain the same process, you would need to keep the pole away from the wall about a 1/4″ or so, in order to be able to use the screws in the back of the pole to hang each column.  We might try this on our “Take 2 – when we get that fricken’ driftwood shelf level darn it” attempt.

I’ll keep you posted.

In the mean time, hopefully these deets are helpful.  If you want to try this and need any additional info, or just some words of encouragement (it really is doable, I swear … really, I do swear a lot, total potty mouth here) just shoot me an email, I’ll be your biggest cheerleader.

Now grab another cup of coffee and get on with your day.  🙂

I am sharing this process here and at:
BNOTP, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern StyleRemodelaholic, and Sugar Bee Crafts.

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.


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$50 Lowe’s Gift Card for YOU!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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 random.org.
  • 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.  🙂

GOOD LUCK!

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