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Monday, August 2, 2010

Chalk Board Fabric

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This girl gets it.  As do most women in the crafting world…..the more the merrier.  We crafty creative types love to share, love to help, love to inspire others to create…..we love to oogle over another one’s project seeing their own artistic expression.  I love the Creative World… We don’t have time for competition….…..I love women like Kathy!  

Merriment Design-“is all about everyday creativity. Get inspired by my step-by-step DIY craft instructions and templates — all for free.”

Kathy comes from a childhood of craftiness which prepared her for all her crafty attention as an adult. imageShe started a handbag business with a friend, her wedding invites were featured in Knot Magazine and she had a segment with “Amazing Wedding Cakes”.  The girl is talented…….wickedly talented.  Below is the cake she helped inspire…Gorgeous isn’t it?image

Not only did she use this fabric below for inspiration, she also used it for her wedding invites!   SHUT UP!!!    I guess that trumps the vellum I used.image Before you think you have to use fabric to make cool invites or cards…….wait!  Look how simple and cool this Thank you card is.  This is one card you won’t have to nag your children to make. imageI’ve always LOVED these Dymo label makers.image  Her tutorials are some of the best!  So easy to understand with step by step instructions.    Like this family coloring book.  What a great way to help your little ones recognize family members.imageimage Then when you draw a mustache on your Mother In Laws face….you can blame it on the kid.  :)  Great idea though…….and she’ll show you how to make it.imageMy new friend and neighbor Lisa pointed these jam labels out to me…….that actually reminded me that I had this gem of a blog in my FFF just waiting to be featured. Thank you Lisa!image Perfect time to use these.image She spoils her husband with fun birthday cakes and fun candles.  I love these candles!image Of course she made them……image And of course she’ll show you how.image I was giddy when I saw that she recycled cling wrap rolls into something beautiful and so useful.image Step by step instructions for making your own Napkin Rings.image imageimage Aren’t her photos great?  imageShe is pretty crafty with her printer and personal photos.  Making unique gifts whenever she can.  She used photos from around her town to make a memory game for children. image This beats the barney one I bought my son.image  Using her printer and photos, she has created many many other gifts as well…..a recipe book and many others you can see on her site.  These are such thoughtful gifts.  Way better than anything you can buy.  She’ll even show you how to do it.imageBecause she had so much fun creating her own wedding initiation….she now offers this service.  This one below is one of the cutest, most original invites I have ever seen.imageI titled this post Chalk Board Fabric because she uses it a lot!  And we LOVE chalk board anything. 

Patio pillows…….image A gift tag……imageAnd these!  This is genius. image I am not trying to rush your summer…….I hate it when stores rush your summer…….like putting Back to School supplies on the shelves in July!  Before we know it, we’ll be seeing candy canes on those same shelves.

Kathy is also very crafty in the kitchen. 

Bacon bowls?  YES!  BACON BOWLS!  Holy Mother of all that’s good!  imageOh my…….I love it!  I  mean who doesn’t like bacon?imageHow in the heck do you make a bacon bowl?  Oh…….look…….a tutorial!imageAnd why I never thought of these before……except for the fact that I don’t like to mix syrup with my bacon…….but my son does…….He would LOVE this.image           I had so much fun thumbing through her blog.  So many great ideas…….ideas that I’ve never seen. 

You guys were SO great in leaving Will comments for one of the totes.  I SO appreciate it.  You made me look good……Thank you!

I hope you’ll head over and leave Kathy a few comments too.

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24 comments:

Jaclyn said...

I love chalk board fabric! The pillows are cute.

satakieli said...

What a talented lady! I love all of these, especially the photo memory game, I might have to try that one out for my little boy as he's getting into those now!

I have to show my husband those bacon bowls, I have a feeling he'll freak!

Susan said...

She is one talented lady! I can honestly say I have never seen a bacon bowl - that's one delicious idea!!

kpmattingly said...

WOW! Pretty cool stuff...and LOTS Of things I'd love to be able to do...going to check out more stuff for sure!!!

AshleyC said...

I simply ADORE the memory card pieces! What a fabulous idea, along with many others! Thanks for sharing!

MrsShoffernan said...

Wow! I am blown away by all of these great crafts. I think I'll try my hand at handmade "Memory".

Thanks for sharing!

Kerry said...

Oh my gosh, WONDERFUL ideas and a bacon bowl too! I have to try that! Thank you so much for sharing, I need to get up into my studio!

Kathy said...

Hi Kim! Thanks so much for featuring me today!! I'm giddy! Very happy you like MerrimentDesign.com and decided to share with your readers.

I do want to point out that others inspire me too, and at times I take things and add a twist. Like the bacon bowls. Those were first done by Not Martha in the oven as a salad bowl. I did them in the microwave - less mess - for serving individual bowls of mac & cheese. Hey, I am from the Midwest :)

Thanks again! I love your blog and am happy to be included!

KateB said...

I just had my mouth hanging open thru the whole thing...can't show my kids or they'll be begging for me to learn how to bake and sew! Love the inspiration though!!!

IndiANNa said...

Another blog for my reader! Thanks for sharing.

CraftyLikeLindy said...

Oh my! I MUST make the bacon bowls!!!!!

MJ said...

Wow, here are at least 5 ideas I must try! Great find!

Mary Ellen said...

Love the pillows using the chalkboard fabric and the bacon cups are a great idea!

Diana said...

I love the memory game! Thanks for being a great creative resource!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Love your blog. So many wonderful ideas and a great place to come for inspiration!

marissa said...

hubby and i are drooling over the idea of mac and cheese in a bacon bowl, ingenious

AliLilly said...

I think my husband would faint at the sight of my making bacon bowls....then he's wake up and marry me again!

mruna said...

I love the pillows and the wedding invite and the napkin rings and so much more!awesome! thanks so much for sharing...

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

oh my! Thank you for introducing me to that wonderful blog! what eye candy!!!

weddingphotographysydney said...

Fantastic blog and awesome ideas. Truly inspirational work. Bookmarked! From Thina Doukas Wedding Photography

Sydney

malia said...

Now that's a versatile blogger! Thanks for introducing us to Kathi

Mamarazzi said...

chalk board fabric? wow what will they come up with next crazy awesome!

and bacon bowls? be still my heart!

Jennifer Burgett said...

I don't think I would like the bacon pancakes.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

What creativity! I looked for the chalkboard fabric the last time I was in Joann's but never found it, and too many people waiting in line. I definitely want to check on that again. Jackie