Some of my Favorites for Getting Creative at Home

I don’t travel nearly as much as I would like to, and I certainly didn’t get to make it down to the Haven Bloggers Conference last weekend, much to my demise.  So a group of us bloggers, 24 to be exact (list here)  lead fearfully by Julie at Lilacs and Longhorns decided to pull together a little tour of our blogs.   We are all featuring our favorite projects just for fun or for pity sake, take your pick!  Here are a few of mine.  As I mentioned, since I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like,  I have developed a vivid imagination to compensate; and my projects are often inspired by places I have been to, places I want to go to, or places I may never get to.


Hat Box Lamp Shade -

A Fifth Avenue hotel, overlooking Central Park at dusk:

Transforming storage into lighting

DIY Hat Box Lamp Shade



Vintage Paris as Coco Channel is putting final touches on her newest fashion:

Salvaging my mother’s sewing buttons

Seamstress Mini Dress Form


Faux Tin Ceiling Storage Box with Lid

 The ceiling in a favorite restaurant from my college days:

Recreating texture on storage

 Faux Tin Ceiling Storage Box



StowandTellU - tin bucket lamp shade

Humid summer nights, watching golf balls disappear

into the darkness at the forest preserve driving range:

Salvaging an item in reminiscence of a friendship

  Tin Bucket Lamp Shade



A day at the flea market:

Recalling those old wooden, labeled crates

DIY Soda Can Metal Stamping


Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets @ StowandTellU

Travels yet to come:

Utilizing reminders and inspiration

 Paint Stick Magnets


I’m feeling rather intellectual and deep at the moment, but it’s really pretty simple.

Weaving stories of experiences and travel into my projects is one of the things I like to do most.


DIY and craft bloggers aren’t all alike.  Each and everyone have their very own style, personality and passions.  So, come on and take a tour by following along below.


Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour

Wednesday, Aug. 7:


This is a great opportunity to see some great projects, browse new blogs and make some new blog friends.
It’s almost like being a part of the Haven Conference.  Plus, it’s FREE!
On Monday, August 12, we’ll post a round-up of all the great projects for you to see on one page.


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35 Responses to Some of my Favorites for Getting Creative at Home

  1. Kim @ Colors Mixed Together August 7, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Amy~You have linked up some great projects! I can’t pick my favorite. My wheels are turning with your paint stick magnets. How can I make those into a fun math game for my kids? ; ) You are right. . . we are all so different and that is why this blog tour works so well. There is something for everyone. I am so happy to be introduced to your blog through this!

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

      Thank you, Kim, it is awesome getting to know you, too! Your math game idea sounds intriguing!! Good luck, I look forward to seeing what you come up with! ~ Amy

  2. laurie August 7, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    What clever projects, Amy! I love both lamp shades, and the golf ball lamp base. And I’m so impressed with your great soda can stamped tags. You have created your own great adventures with these projects. laurie

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Hi Laurie, how fun it is doing the blog tour with you! Thank you for stopping by and I always love your bargin hunting adventures, as well!! ~ Amy

  3. Anne August 7, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Super cute projects Amy! So glad you’re on this tour with us – isn’t it fun? 🙂

    Have a great day xox

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Yes, Anne, lots of fun!! Glad to be in it with you!!

  4. Christina August 7, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    I’m visiting from the tour and am completely smitten by your site! Love your projects- and the imaginative scenarios you create for them- the hat box shade and dress form! wow- and my husband would LOVE the golf light for his office! Will be following!

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      Hey Christina, so glad we’re in this together! I couldn’t pass up that golf ball lamp base at the thrift store myself! Thank you for stopping by and I’m looking forward to your post on Friday. ~ Amy

  5. Meegan August 7, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    You are so talented! I am loving your creativity! Your lampshades and dress form are to die for 🙂
    So happy to have found your blog. Pinned 🙂

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Hi Meegan, Thank you for your nice comment and for pinning! It has been a blast to do this blog tour with you. I’m looking forward to your post tomorrow! ~ Amy

  6. Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint August 7, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Love all the projects, Amy! Especially those paint sticks, those are so darn clever.


    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      Hey Denyse!! How sweet, thank you! I can really complicate some of my projects, the paint sticks were one of the easiest 🙂 ~ Amy

  7. Laura @ Elegant Nest August 7, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    So many fun projects…I love the dress form and paint stick magnets! So fun visiting and browsing new blogs on the tour…thanks for sharing!

  8. Shanna Gilbert August 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Those are all of my favorite projects too! You are one talented and creative lady!

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Awe… thank you, Shanna!!

  9. Jeanette August 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Amy, you are so creative! Happy to meet you at the getting creative blog tour!

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      Thank you, Jeanette!! It has been fun meeting everyone on our little tour. So much creativity going around!!

  10. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique August 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Amy, I think all of your projects are fabulous. You have a lovely distinctive style and I’m pleased to have met you on the Tour.

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

      Wow, Kerryanne, what a lovely compliment!! Thank you and it has been a pleasure meeting you on our Tour, as well!

  11. Julie (Lilacs & Longhorns) August 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Amy, You are one creative and talented girl! I love all your projects!

    Also, thanks for the shout-out…I’m so happy we made this happen. It’s been so fun visiting all of the blogs and seeing how creative everyone is!

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

      Julie, you really went above and beyond to make this happen. A thousand more shout outs to Julie at Lilacs & Longhorns (I’ll be working on those) and I couldn’t agree more, about the flow of creativity on our blog tour and from diy/craft bloggers all over the world!! Woohoo!

  12. Mel August 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    You are so very talented my friend! I love that we’re all different but can appreciate each other xoxo

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      Mel, that couldn’t be more true, that we all seem to appreciate each other. Pretty awesome, right??

  13. August 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Oh, these are wonderful projects! My favorite is the dress form, what a clever idea! Visiting you on the blog tour, so glad to be a part of this tour!

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      Hey, Jessica! You and me both, it has been such a pleasure to do this Tour. Coming from such a clever girl yourself, I so appreciate your comment!! Have a great night ~ Amy

  14. kelly August 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    What great ideas & love your approach to presenting them. Great to be “touring” with you!

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      Thank you, Kelly, it’s so cool to be “touring” with you, too!!

  15. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline August 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Amy ~ you absolutely rawk! I love every single project you posted. I am so very happy that I got to meet you through this tour and I am so glad to be a part of this with you.

    Mary Beth

    • Amy August 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Mary Beth, thank you!!! I loved all your projects, too! Our Getting Creative tour has been a pretty creative way to meet so many other rawkin’ bloggers. Likewise, I’m thrilled to meet and be a part of this with you. ~ Amy

  16. kelly arent (copper roof interiors) August 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Amy….love love love your projects….not sure which one I love best. Going to take a stroll around your site now. So happy to be on the tour with you.

  17. Lynn @thevintagenest August 11, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    Hasn’t it been fun meeting so many new bloggers and amazing projects on this tour. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a very nice comment. Your projects are wonderful and that wire dress form really caught my eye. Darling!

  18. VintageBeachgirl August 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    Love these projects and have put my name in the hat for your blog. I only follow two other blogs, Knock-Off Decor and one other I started following years ago, dropped all the others along the way, never enough time……. this one looks too good to pass on!
    Thanks for sharing and I’ll go check out the others you mentioned. Thanks again! VBg

    • Amy August 16, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      What a flattering compliment, VBg!! Thank you so much for following along. I feel honored, to say the least and I hope not to disappoint! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend ~ Amy xo


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