Monday, November 9, 2015

I'm Busy Being Creative


I have too much "stuff" so for the month of November, I am challenging myself to 30 Days of Creativity with the goal in mind of using up lots of supplies.


In cleaning the garage, I came across a stack of plain white tea towels I ordered from Amazon last year and I can't for the life of me remember why.


I stenciled two of the towels and will hang them in the kitchen when it finally gets painted next week.


I have way too much paper on hand so I used a little to make a Thanksgiving banner for the mantel.


I painted a Welcome sign on an old cabinet door


and used a scrap of wood from the wood pile for this Christmas sign.


I have been making wire wreaths


and trying (unsuccessfully so far) to write words.


My sewing cabinet is overflowing (way too embarrassing to show) so I am making Christmas decorations to use up fabric.


I don't really need any more banners or stockings so I did a Giveaway on Instagram.


I announced the winner on Saturday and was incredibly touched by the response.


As I drove into Los Angeles yesterday, I thought about the winner's reaction and decided that I need to do a Giveaway on the blog too.


If you are interested, leave a comment on what colors and words you would like for your runner.


It's Day 9 of my Creativity Challenge so I need to get away from the computer and make something.

59 comments:

Susie said...

Carol, From the looks of things...you have been very busy. Love all your cute things. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

You must come over and be creative at my house when you are done. HA! HA!

bobbie said...

Good for you for using up stash!!

Sally Somervill said...

I love all of your adorable craft projects, especially the banner. I'm not sure what I would pick? Maybe a soft shabby color or gray "give thanks"

Claudia said...

OMG, what a nice give-a-way. I think I would like one in red like the one you made that says, eat, drink and be merry if I won. Thanks for the chance. I always enjoy seeing all of your creative endeavors.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I think it's fabulous that you are being creative and using up supplies. I am trying to use up some paper as I craft some pocket letters and I'm hoping to make a banner this year (I say this every year but this year might be the one I finally do it). LOVE the runner...mine would say 'Wishing You JOY' and red like the one you showed us! Fingers crossed.
hugs,
Linda

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a nice give away. Whoever wins will be thrilled to have one of your creations. Thank you for doing this.

If I'm the winner, I'd like the background to be a gray/blue for the words, It's a new day.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

LesleyAnn said...

What a great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to enter. I'd probably like the words "Give Thanks" in dark cranberry. I do love your creativity.

NanaDiana said...

Carol, What a great challenge for yourself. I should follow your lead!!!! I won't sign up for the giveaway because I just won something on another sign up. Someone is going to get very lucky though.
Happy Crafting!!! xo Diana

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
I adore when you post, I always come away smiling because my friend Carol truly has an appreciation and zest for living in creativity. Funny I was just sharing an email exchange with Anita about me starting an IG account in addition to my blog. i think I will beginning in 2016. I capture photos I do not post on my blog so yes I think it is a good idea.
I love the runner you featured ... Me? Mrs. Eat, drink and be Merry would be thrilled - absolutely tickled Pink and Periwinkle to win.
Carol thank you for brightening my day with your active creativity and sweetness.
xoxo,
Vera

Cathy, 1929 Charmer Cottage said...

Gosh you sure are being creative! You always are though and I'm always amazed how much you get done. We've been in cleaning mode, washed/polished all our wood floors, cleaned/straightened up the dungeon, gave away 4 huge boxes of stuff to charity. The next 3 days we'll be in the garage to clean that up so we can get a car in during winter. Next we'll be raking leaves and filling bags. So you see I'm feeling say I can't be creative while you just popping gorgeous projects out!

podso said...

Love how you are using up some of your craft stuff--and giving some away. Your give away photos are so creative!

Sure enter my name. "Love. Joy. Peace. would be my choice; green background and off-white lettering.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the wire wreaths you're making and the stockings! I'm trying to think of what I would want stenciled. Please enter me but could it be a surprise if I win? I love anything to do with Christmas! Thanks sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Debbie said...

such a fun challenge to give yourself!! i enjoyed all of your crafts, you are so very creative!!

i have way too many christmas decorations, so don't enter me...but i sure did enjoy this post!!!!

Lorrie said...

When you challenge yourself, you really kick it into high gear! You've accomplished a lot already and it's only the 9th! I love the red on the muslin, and I'd probably choose, Love, Joy, Peace, Hope for the words.

20 North Ora said...

You go girl! What a lovely item to give away. Thanks for the opportunity to win. You are doing so many creative things.

Judy

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh..your creativity always makes me happy! The table runner is awesome! If I win. I would like it to say blessings in grey...:) Love it Carol and thanks for hosting! You are THE creative genius! Have a great week!

Hugs, Vicky

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

oh so cute! If I were drawn as the winner, I would want one exactly as shown...red with the same word. So, so cute.

Kathy said...

You are keeping busy in the best possible way! A table runner doesn't work well on my round table but I am cheering you on. You are going to make someone VERY happy!

bj said...

You are the most creative lady, EVER...
I would be so thrilled to win your generous giveaway and if I won, I would want one just like yours.
Thanks for the chance.

Daytona Damsel said...

I had a generous friend ship me a box of Christmas scraps so I have been coming up with some creative quilting projects to use them up. You have a variety of supplies to use up but are making some cute things. I like the simplicity of your table runner. I would like the red on burlap with the words Love, Peace and Joy if I win. Thanks for offering a chance to win.

Debbie

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
Love all your beautiful creations. So sweet the reaction to the give away. I bet that makes her feel so special to have won your beautiful stocking. The table runner is gorgeous too. You know me it would have to be white and gray to match my dining room. Thanks for the chance Carol. Have a great week.
Kris

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, you are on a creative roll!! Love all your creations. I would love to enter your giveaway and I really
like the runner you show. How wonderful to know how happy you made the winner of your Instagram giveaway.
xo

cynthia lee designs said...

I have my wonderful banner that I won from one of your giveaways...so I'm not going to enter this one, so someone else can win one of your goodies.
hugs,
Cindy

chubmoma said...

Love your banner! Thinking I might make one too. Thanks for the chance to win one of your nice crafts. I'd enjoy the same colors you have except with "Merry Christmas" on it

birdgardens said...

Oh, what fun! You are inspiring me to use up some of my stash too, by making items to give away.
Would love a table runner made by you - in white or off white, saying GRATEFUL in soft aqua or blue.

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Good Morning
I love all of your crafty things you have been making, how fun to use what you have, great challenge
I would love to enter your contest. I have been entering blog contests for years and have never won one. I was thinking its because I don't have a blog? well anyway, just in case I do win I would love beachy blue words since I live at the beach. I would love it to say (Thank you,Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you) or just one Thank you :) anyway, have a great day today, hope I win *****
deezie
deeziesunshine@aol.com

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU are being busy! AND PLEASE, please put me into your giveaway. I would love a chance to win these goodies from your hands. Have a super day, Carol! Anita

Debbie Freitag said...

You've been so busy! Santa will hire you for his workshop but I suspect you would turn him down because your weather is far better than the north pole! I love your eat drink and be merry banner!

My Painted Garden said...

Hi Carol, Oh my - you are so creative and always make and create so many cute things in all of my favorite colors. I would love to have my name put in to win one of your wonderful creations with red lettering and using the words joy and joyful. Erin

I have been crazy busy since May doing 2 art shows and 2 gallery shows and hope we can visit one day when things are less busy for both of us.

KathyB. said...

The words "creatively busy " come to mind when I read this post. Creatively busy and generous, and also practical.

Jackie said...

Isn't it wonderful to be able to make someone's day? Thank you for the lovely post....

susie lavender said...

My kitchen is going to be a medium blue so a blue background with "Bless this food..."

Cynthia said...

You have been a busy bee. I adore the Christmas sign and the stocking

Cindy

Botanic Bleu said...

Carol,
What a wonderful thing to have give-aways on both Instagram and your blog. You have been so busy, and now offer to make a custom-designed table runner, that I am envious of your energy and inspiration. Have a wonderful rest of the week,

Judith

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love your resourcefulness! I have so much stuff that when I actually want to make something I can't find the parts! I would love the banner in green background with white letters that say "Joy to the World". Thanks for a great giveaway!

Monica T. said...

You are one of the most creative people I know! I love that sweet Merry Christmas stocking. I would love to win the runner! I love the red/burgundy cold,and words: Silent Night….Holy Night.

Melanie said...

You know your constant creativity always astounds me. :-) I love your dropcloth runner...I would probably choose exactly what you have pictured because my kitchen accent color is red and I love that saying for the holidays. For there truly is nothing better than having family members or friends sitting around the kitchen table, eating, drinking and laughing with you, is there?

Connie said...

Hi Carol, boy when you get crackin' you really get crackin'. I wish I had your energy . . . maybe you should bottle some of that and have another Give-A-Way, LOL. Love the table runner, please add my name to the hat. if you were to make one for me . . . i would love the red, just like yours only have it say, "It's A Wonderful Life"
Oh, your dish towels are so cute Miss Cook . . . 1 2 3, Cook . . .
I love it:)
Connie :)

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG said...

Wish I could say that I've been that busy!! I would love a runner in an olive green to add some cheer to my dining table!

Acorn to Oak said...

I love your creativity challenges! You always amaze me at how much you accomplish! It looks like so much fun to do! I'd love to do this but my to-do list of stuff to make tends to take longer than a day for each one. I'm busy de-stashing and making like crazy though. I really need to get back to blogging and post some of the stuff I've been up to. :-D Have fun!

Lowcarb team member said...

Just love your first photo, the colours are lovely.

Please don't worry about including me in the draw, I just like to visit your blog and see your lovely crafts ...

Enjoy the rest of your week.

All the best Jan

Rue said...

Love all your creative projects, Carol :)

I would love to win the one you featured.

xo,
rue

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You sure have been a busy lady, Carol, and your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I'd be proud to own a "Carol" original. Love your table runner just the way it is.

Carolyn peters said...

So wonderful!!! "Baby it's cold outside" would do it for me, in red. May sound strange, but it epitomizes winter and Christmas for Kent and I. We love the song, the sparkling snow and we were married in the winter. -23 degrees on the day!!

Jackie @ travelnwrite said...

I guess I've been busy this month but not necessarily creative. Love your projects and your enthusiasm and joy -- all of which simply permeate your posts! (And if I won, it would look exactly like the one pictured!)

Consider It All Joy said...

Hi Carol, You know my favorite color is Red and my word is JOY! I've really missed your blog while I've been away. Hoping to keep feeling better and better so I can keep stopping by and getting back to blogging myself!! I love your inspiration!! Blessings, Cindy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Wow! You've been busy! The banners and the runner look grat. I "think" I'd love it in light blue...

HWIT BLOGG said...

Oh so many beautiful things you made...love it!
Always so nice visiting your lovely blog!
Titti

Poppy said...

Carol, you went from chaos to creativity with such beauty and brilliance!

Poppy

Denise Bryant said...

You have been busy! I'd love to win a table runner for the holidays! Mine would say Merry, Merry!

Jann Olson said...

You are always busy and always creating wonderful things Carol. My favorite has to be the wire wreaths! Congrats to the winner. Glad that it made her day! I have been trying to use up and finish some of my projects as well. The runner is sweet. Love it just as it is!
hugs,
Jann

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Kirby Carespodi said...

I can't wait to retire so that I can use up my stash!!! Everything is AWESOME!

Helen Philipps said...

A lovely post, such a pleasure to see your pictures. I have already been lucky enough to win one of your adorable banners...my Home one is hanging in my studio.....so I won't enter the delightful giveaway this time...will give someone else the chance!
Happy weekend, Carol.
Helen xox

Renee said...

You have been busy being creative. Love everything.

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Susan Clayton said...

Sign me up! And your give away shows just how much a kind gesture can mean. Angels to you Carol. Love all your crafty goodness. Are you selling those toweling stockings or table runners anywhere?

Rustown Mom said...

Found your blog via Rue on An Old Fashioned World. I love the blue Welcome sign. Looking forward to reading more...