Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Another Bloggy Giveaway!


Okay, ladies. Here's my second bloggy giveaway this week.

As many of you know, I love me some creative decorating ideas. I like turning funky things into unusual decor and coming up with ideas that are far from traditional. Since I think I'm probably not the only one, I'm offering up a year's subscription to Creative Home magazine.

Here are the rules for this giveaway:

1. Leave a comment with a way to get in touch with you and tell me your favorite creative decorating idea.

2. You get a bonus entry if you link to my giveaway on your own blog and let me know in your comments.

3. U.S. addresses only. (I love my international readers, but the magazine limits my options on this.)

4. One entry per person please.

I'll be closing comments and drawing names on Saturday night and will post the winner's name here Sunday. I'll also send an email letting you know you've won. You have two days to respond or I will pick a winner from my favorite creative decorating idea.

Good Luck! Be sure and check out the HUNDREDS of awesome giveaways going on at the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival!

101 comments:

jskell911 said...

My favorite, because it was so easy, was taking fabric and batting and stapling it on a rectangular board. I used toile and put the finished product in my bathroom.

hetz-junk said...

I am not very creative, but my husband is. He made his diaper bag more manly by stenciling cool punk rock stuff on it with spray paint.

Preppy Mommy said...

I decorated my daughter's room with paintings from Sandra Boynton's books. I traced the pictures on clear acetate with a sharpie. I borrowed an overhead projector from the library and projected it on the wall. I traced it with pencil and then painted the cute animals with craft paint. I even used a metallic copper for the lion's mane and it reflects the light from her room. I drew animals in a panarama around her room and on her dresser. (she's 2 yo) :)

Yard Sale Princess said...

I have so many ideas in my head that never get out! I love to take garden items and put them into a room. I have used a three tiered planter and used it to hold towels, wash clothes and travel size toiletries in my guest room. I am in the process of putting wooden letters spelling out my kids' names on a wooden board and then hainging small frames from ribbons matching their room decor. Oh, gosh, I could go on but it is time to get the Professor up for school.

Kimberly said...

I use Wallies and Tatouage rub on stencils whenever I can. My dining room looks like an outdoor garden complete with 3-D butterflies on the walls.

I can be reached at the URL associated with my name. THANKS!

Tisha said...

I am not creative. I usually glance through Pottery Barn Kids magazines for inspiration and do things for a lot less money. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

The Reads said...

I am not to creative in my house. I love vinyl wall stickers, i have them in my daughters room so it looks like a garden in there. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tara @ luckybuglover@yahoo.com said...

I just took a bunch of different size antique frames with no glass, no backing, and no pictures and have them hung in colloage form on a wall. It is very cottagey. I also have studio quality prints and frames of my own non-people pictures in black and white in my new white and gray bathroom.

Not very orignal in my own ideas use magazines and internet alot.

Dionna said...

Oh I really need this! I've been hungry for some creative ideas for my house lately!
I'm not normally gifted at creative decorating but my fave tip would be using my children's favorite baby rattles and hanging them on my tree at Christmastime to enjoy along with the rest of our ornaments.

Bonita said...

I am far from being a decorator and really need this prize, but I guess if I need to contribute an idea I particularly like bowls of fresh fruit on counters and tables. For example, I keep a bowl full of oranges, apples, and bananas on my island. It's pretty and a healthy snack as well.

michelle said...

I am terrible at decorating, but one of the things that I do, is to use baskets in nearly every room. They are decorative, tie the look together, and they are great for corraling everything from remote controls to magazines. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Michelle
www.northofthe49.com
michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

Kristen M. said...

One of my favorite creative decorating ideas was to take an old bird's nest from my yard and "frame" it in our living room.

Crafty Carolinagirl said...

Ooh, I'd love to win this!

My favorite creative decorating idea is to use a hanging shoe rack to store fabric quarters. It works really well and keeps the fabric all in one place.

Katy said...

My fave decorating idea is using old stuff for new stuff...have you ever watched Decorating Cents? They have a trash to treasure part and it is awesome! They made the coolest paper towel holder out of a crochet mallet!! You can make hanging light covers out of baskets etc!!!

Playful Professional said...

The best decorating idea I got was to buy neutral furniture and loud accent colors, that way the furniture will work with whatever color scheme you happen to like that day.

Shepherd Family ACAL said...

Oh I am not that creative, but I love changing things around and adding a cute ribbon to something that already is in the room, like a vase with a bit red ribbon in winter and with Yellow in summer...See Not that creative!

Christie said...

The most creative thing I've done so far is to save all the glass food containers I buy (lots of applesauce...), spray paint the lids, and use them as canisters for open shelves in the kitchen.
I love your header! Very cute idea!

lmb122 said...

I am not creative, but if I win this mag script I can learn to be..lol My best bets are always to paint or move the furniture around, really told ya I suck...LOL

D'Rae said...

So Fun! My favorite decorating idea is to use what you love. Find creative ways to display the things you find interesting. For instance, I like roosters in my kitchen. I ahve paried down a lot of them, but am keeping a big one that I plan to put on my counter.

Toystory said...

I bought a very high "dresser" and with long rectangular mirror and put it in the kitchen -- Stores lots of things out of the way, but now I can display my snow globes totally out of reach from the kids!

pinkgingham said...

I like lots of color! I use bold colors on my walls and then accessorize with other colors. Not overly creative but I love it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lesha said...

I try my best, but I'm not an interior designer like my mom. ~lol~ My best tip is to shop at yard sales for the best deals on things for the home instead of splurging.

Kim said...

Paint covers a multitude of sins. Plus it's probably the most inexpensive way to totally transform a room. And there's so many cool painting techniques to choose from today. Yeah, paint is definitely a decorators best friend.

Lissete said...

I'm not very creative and that is why I need this magazine :) I do get neat stuff at yard sales and a can of spray paint works wonders! Does that count?

Brooke Lorren said...

I like making your own curtains with fabric.

Karla said...

I've really been into showcasing vintage "treasures" lately. Things that were once common, everyday things like aprons and kitchen utensils. I saw a great idea for a kitchen window treatment recently using those kinds of items that I hope to try soon... And I'd love to win the magazine subscription.

christel said...

I am not a creative home decorator but my husband is. He thinks of things that I wouldn't even try. I guess this magazine would come in handy. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Shannon said...

I made my own photo board with fabric and dacorative patches and ribbon. I would love this too for my mom.
Thanks
palmersf(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Kelsey Smith said...

Using ribbon to decorate anything that needs a lil something haha

Pate Family said...

Lots of pictures of happy kids!

emerzim said...

I'm not very creative, but I needed a bulletin board type thing and really liked the French ones with the criss-crossing ribbons. So I made one using a painted artist canvas, some ribbon and a stapler. Pretty cure. And super cheap.

paula h said...

I like to frame a bunch of old photo together as a collage. Everyone enjoys looking at them. I change them out regularly to keep things interesting.

Emily said...

I love to use scarf's as curtains on small windows!
Thanks for offering it!

princesslimey(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandra said...

My most creative decorating idea would be to edit everything that you have. Remove the clutter and the things that you don't love or absolutely need so that you can feature those few items that are really special. It also make cleaning a lot easier!

owatz (AT) telus (DOT)net

amyswandering said...

I decorate my kids' bathroom for every holiday - festive handtowel, wired garland around the mirror, something cute in the corner of the counter. Thanks!

meddlingkidd said...

At Christmas I like to use old cheese graters of different sizes and put candles inside with greenery tucked here and there in between them.

Sarah said...

I love to use spray paint for adding extra touches or just changing the overall look of furniture, picture frames, gardening flower pots, just about anything. It's cheap, easy to use, and dries quickly.

Ewokgirl said...

The best thing I ever did was buy a really ugly 1970s dresser from a girls' bedroom set for cheap. I stripped it, sanded it, painted it, and put snazzy new knobs on it. It's now in my dining room acting as a sideboard.

M.E. said...

I love these types of magazines!
I love faux finishing walls, somewhat creative?
Enter me, please!

BrineS said...

My favorite decorating idea is candles...they warm up every room and home!

dbstout[at]juno[dot]com

Hey, don't forget my giveaways!

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Julie and Ben said...

my idea is finding cool items at thrift store and decorating with those things. you can change things out often for a low cost.

CrystalGB said...

My favorite decorating idea is is to cover coffee cans with material and decorate with ribbon to make pretty storage containers.

Betsy said...

I don't have any creative ideas, that is why I need to win this magazine!

Charmed said...

My favorite, paint. Paint changes the mood of a room, is quick and easy way to totally change a room without replacing anything!

Lori said...

Just recently I turned an old garden trellis into a display/bulletin board by stapling chicken wire to it. I hung it on the wall in my studio horizontally and use mini clothes pins to hang things from it. This way I don't have to put holes (from thumbtacks) in the items I am hanging! BTW...awesome giveaway prize...love that magazine. Your blog is so fun!!! I'm bookmarking it for sure!

Stephanie said...

Please enter me! I have used shower curtains for curtains in my living room and placemats for wall art. I would love to win this magazine!

Lynette said...

My thing right now is making wreaths, I made a cute grapvine one for my front door and another beachy type one that I hung over an old window an then hung them both on the wall.

Jenna said...

What a great magazine! My biggest creative advice is to not be afraid to be bold (I'm still working on this). I painted my laundry room a BRIGHT yellow color and was then afraid that it was too bright. Now that I've lived with it a few days I think I'm going to paint more things in my house the color... it's cheery.

Heather Graves said...

I love to decorate with Pillows, I stitch these up and put them everywhere, bed..chairs..shelves!

Please enter me, I Adore this mag but rarely buy it for Myself.

sweetcountryangel2003@yahoo.com

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I'm not so decorative, but I do enjoy creating little groupings on the bar of the kitchen counter. This helps me not put junk on it and it looks nice. I do flowers, fruit, or whatever is handy.

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I love the idea of taking an old recipe and framing it and putting it in the kitchen.

Thanks for the chance to win.

hianded[at]earthlink[dot]net

Momala said...

My favorite decorating idea lately has been painting the pantry door in my kitchen with magnetic paint, and then red chalk board paint. It turned out soooo cool!

Liz said...

I think it is easier to paint your walls a really cool color than to buy a lot to hang on drab color walls!

windycindy said...

Hello, I am definitely a magazine monger! I do have my favorites; though, and "Creative Home" is one of them. I also enjoy "Country Living",
"Real Simple" and "Romantic Homes!"Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Beth said...

I love creating my own art through needlework. That's perhaps the most distinctive element of my decor.

Love this idea for a giveaway! I LOVE decorating magazines. :) Thanks for the chance to participate!

Audra Marie said...

Great giveaway. I love decorating. The kids and I gave daddy's home office a makeover while he was out of town. NASCAR theme. I wrote the names of speedways around the top and the kids painted his favorite guys number, car, tires, racetrack, etc. on the wall and I put empty frames over the paintings. It turned out really cute. :)

adashofsassitude(at)gmail.com

Geri said...

Great Blog!!! Great Gift!
Thanks!!!
gerijones64(at)hotmail(dot)com


I love paint!!!! I paint everything!!!

jessleigh said...

I love to clip beautiful picturs out of used textbooks and DECOUPAGE them on all sorts of things!

Summer said...

Favorite creative decorating idea is creating a sink skirt to add some extra bathroom storage.

Kyra said...

I love to add a coat of paint to a room and make my own curtains. Little cost but big change!

Casey said...

Creativity...hmmm...I made all the curtains in my house and painted one wall in my living room a navy blue (w/ white crown molding trim)! Other than that I need a little help in the creativity mode. I do sew so I make a lot of things for my home.

nottryingforaboy said...

Um, I'm so uncreative it is pathetic. i guess my "best" thing I've done is to call my mom for help. She's got the eye and I just don't.

Smellyann said...

My best thing was buying a world atlas and decoupaging the pages to a wall, then painting over it with glaze to make it look 'antique.' It's very cool and I get a lot of compliments on it. Great giveaway; I'd love to win. thanks and please enter mine, too!

Debbie said...

I'd love to have this. Magazines were the first thing to go with this economy crunch!
I made our headboard from a piece of plywood, a few yards of fabric and a staple gun. Fun and cheap!

Sarah N. said...

my favorite creative decorating idea is using quilts to to decorate. You can change the quilts according to the season!

PS said...

Mix styles. I love our house because it is such a comfortable mix of everything!

WorldsGreatestMommy said...

I love the slanted ladder storage shelves. They're so cute and easy for my husband to build.

Jennifer said...

Ooooh! Count me in for this one! I love decorating in general--I guess my favorite decorating technique is to pair old things with new things--Kind of a shabby sheek thing :o) I also love what fresh cut flowers do for a room. This magazine would be really great inspiration---(Fingers Crossed!!!)

frugallm said...

I'm not very creative so i copy magazine looks with what I can find at thrift stores and yardsales.

Nancy Sabina said...

I'm always up for a new mag with great ideas. I think my favorite decorating tip is that almost anything you can get to hang on a wall looks cool. Dishes, pans, boxes, flowers, blankets, etc.

tiffanyannrosson said...

I don't know that I have a favorite decorating idea...I just love anything old, retro, vintage. We get all our decor at the flea markets.

Jon & Sarah said...

My favorite decorating idea is going through an expensive catalog like Pottery Barn then duplicating the design for a third of the price.

Ney_Strokes of Magic said...

Something I have recently been working on . . Hubby and I are remodeling my studio, and there was a bunch of scrap odds and ends he was tossing into the burn barrel. Course i couldn't let them go to waste, some were pretty small sooo I had to put my thinking cap on. LOL I decided to make T-light holders out of them. I am an artist, and painting is my fave thing. Hubby is gonna drill holes into the wood the size of the t-lights and I am gonna to decoratively paint them.

Thanks for a chance to win. I love this magazine!!!

Hugs
Renee

Amy said...

My current favorite is my most recent project: http://ourwaitingfamily.blogspot.com/2008/04/for-nursery.html
I'm sure I'll have a new favorite soon! :)

Williams' Family said...

I've never seen this mag. but would love to get it!

Peggie said...

My most creative project is not completed. I am making a wall in our home to be family pictures. My husband and I married 3+ years ago and he has 3 married children and I have 5. Together that is 8 who have given us 18 grandkids, 19 on the way.

I am working on making pictures for over the mantle and on the wall on both sides of the fireplace.

peggie dot loden at gmail dot com

LeeAnn said...

I use curtains instead of doors for my closets so they are more easily accessible.

Skye Lee said...

I am not very creative on my own, but pottery barn always sparks my creativity. The only thing that I can do on my own is make a plain old dresser a work of art!

Shawnee said...

I don't know how creative this is, but I'm using my apron collection for kitchen curtains.

Ashley said...

Creative decorating idea? I paint and hang those on the walls. I'm about to make a paper crane mobile or a rose mobile for my daughter's room. I LOVE creative and crafty stuff. LOVE it.

Rachel said...

GREAT giveaway!

My creative idea is also a space saver since we have a tiny house. I roll my towels instead of fold them. They look neat and it saves me some space on the shelves. :)

Hey, if you have a chance, please stop by and visit my contest page too!
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my email is:
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Thanks and have a lovely day!

The Chatty Housewife- said...

My favorite decorating idea is to bring things from the outdoors indoors. Twigs, flowers, grasses, stones etc look great in center peices.

aly3kids said...

My latest creative idea that I love is my bed headboard. I took an unused box spring matress & covered it with fabric, then criss-crossed some ribbon in a cool pattern. I love it!

Jinxy & Me said...

I love to use rectangular basket. A pile of mail doesn't look so bad when it is sitting in a cute basket! Thanks for the giveaway!

Paisley said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My idea is that when you feel the need to redecorate, go "shopping" in your own home first. You can usually find things to display in a new way!

Anonymous said...

My favorite decorating idea is to find awesome deals at flea markets and take them home and make them personally mine, redoing them and placing them in our home to beautify it for the glory of God.
I have gotten some awesome deals.
PLease enter me.

Kim said...

One creative idea that I did was using fabric to decorate a wall instead of paint or wall paper.

What a wonderful giveaway you are doing here.

Have fun with your giveaway. Don't forget to head on over to my blog and enter mine!

Tabitha said...

I love the things you can get from Uppercase Living to put on your walls or almost any object. I also like stencil painting and murals on the walls. I think the most fun thing I have seen is making a fabric covered headboard, which I would love to do for our bedroom. We are going to be moving into a new house and I can't wait to decorate! This magazine would be helpful, I'm sure!

tcmyersATgmailDOTcom

Keryn said...

I love to shop at thrift stores--ninety percent is junk, but every so often you can find something really nice to hang on your walls--I paid $5 for a gorgeous, wrought-iron plate holder the other day. It would have cost me $25+ new! My email addy is in my blogger profile, in case I win!

Megret said...

I like framing my children's art work and using it as artwork for our walls and tabletops.

I also enjoy yard sale-ing. I find such kitchy things doing that!

Thanks!

meg.wilson@gmail.com

Adena said...

I like to take candid black and white pics and put them in the cheap black frames of all different sizes. Then I make a collage with the frames. It looked great going up the stairwell in our last house.

tami said...

my fav decorating tip is - i usethe ugly plastic organizer drawers from walmart to store things but i cover it with a pretty tablecloth and set a knick knack on top. small home- big family- necessary!

chanelireli said...

my favorite decorating tip is to cover a shoe box with fabric or pretty wall paper and it's an instant cute organizer

Audrey said...

I have girls and girls like photos in their rooms. My tip is to buy cork boards and let them put their photos, magazine pages etc on the cork boards. It elimantes all the holes in the wall.

katklaw777 said...

I use giant quilting hoops filled with a sassy fabric to decorate my daughters apt. they change easily and can even hang on a tack(less holes in the wall) because they are so lightweight. thnx for the great giveaway katklaw777(at)yahoo(dot)com

Reeva said...

my favorite creative idea is using velcro to hang a 'curtain' on a bookshelf that holds all the kids messy toys -- it tidys the area really fast

Great giveaway! I hope i'm the lucky winner! :)

JNM said...

I thought it looked pretty cute when I got my son a metal gumball machine and instead of candy filled it with rubber bugs/snakes---so fun and colorful! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I like hanging curtain valances above the closets.

Thanks!
Tamara (AK)
mrshuntinak AT msn DOT com

Theresa N. said...

I use a medal pots & pots rack to hold my baskets in the kitchen.

Theresa n
weceno@yahoo.com

Shama-Lama Mama said...

I just discovered this idea! To get art that matches your room, find 9 pieces of scrapbook paper that match and put them in 9 12x12 frames and hang them on the wall in a square shape a few inches apart. Its so pretty and is a nice way to get JUST the right colors. My whole project cost 54 dollars because I got the frames on sale!

My email is in my profile. Thanks!

stampedwithgrace said...

when we moved into our house we had a gold tub/tile/toilet in the girls bathroom with blue, pink and white striped floral wallpaper. the result was hideous! We striped the wallpaper, I textured and my mom painted off white. I accented with deep red and gold pictures, candle, shower curtain, etc. It is now beautiful!! I'm ready to get rid of all the wallpaper in the house now :)