BOTB 7.24.11

By Kate Riley July 24, 2011

Hello all, happy Sunday, Amanda and I teamed up again to bring you another round of our favorite picks from around the blogosphere this week, enjoy!

Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect threw a picture perfect Vintage Makeup Party for her daughter this past week, be sure pay a visit of a lot of inspiration and eye candy for your next girlish soiree!

perfectly imperfect birthday party


   Ashley at Lil Blue Boo teaches you two techniques to monogram a simple beach tote.

monogrammed beach bags lilblueboo


Don’t want to stare at your flat screen when it’s not in use?  Follow John’s Journal simple L bracket trick for disguising it with art!

l bracket trick


If you want to paint your own chevron stripes, don’t miss Laura Beth’s Chevron Stripe Tutorial at A Step in the Journey.

chevron stripe tutorial


Turn cutlery trays into jewelry holders with Ashli at Maillardville Manor, genius!

cutlery holder jewelry holder


Fold paint cards into sweet and colorful paint swatch boxes with the always crafty Jessica at How About Orange.

boxes from paint swatches howaboutorange


Build the cutest vintage lemonade stand in the land with Kristyn and her hub at Lil’ Luna (via UCreate).

lil luna vintage lemonade stand via ucreate

Picasa is a free photo editing tool, and a great go to source for a quick collage or mood board.  The Weekend Homemaker shows you the steps in her tutorial on how to create a collage or mood board using Picasa

picasa mood board


Boiling hot in the summer heat and in need of a refreshing summer treat?  You’ll want to make PW’s simple Watermelon Granita, light enough to have several servings, and sure to get you through the hottest days ahead.


Thanks as always Amanda for rounding up your picks for this series!  Stop by to visit Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.   If you’d like your latest original project or post considered for this series, be sure to send it to [email protected].

Tomorrow is the very last of the Fair Weather Forum link parties for the summer and the topic is Gardening!


Link up any of your projects inspired by the garden, whether it’s your tomatoes and squash growing in the sun, your beautiful blooms, or any DIY or outdoor projects or ideas related to the garden. 

See you then!





  1. Well, thank you, thank you, Kate and Amanda. Love all of these projects! Honored to be included!

  2. Beautiful picks! After the heat this week, that lemonade stand and watermelon granita look like heaven, don’t they? I love Shauna’s party too! Pretty and fun!

    Have a wonderful week, Kate!

  3. What a creative idea to cover the TV with art. I always find a TV to be such a black hole in the center of an otherwise beautiful room. This is fabulous!! Now off to get me a flat screen…

  4. Oh, I have to go check out that vintage make-up party. That is the coolest idea ever! Love all the other picks too :)

  5. Man, CG & Amanda . . . this is a *Stellar* roundup! I’ve got to come back to it when I’ve got lots of time (as in, not when I should be making dinner . . . lol). I’m so grateful for Pinterest . . .

  6. Thank you so much for this beautiful feature, I’m honored to be a part of this list of wonderful diyer’s!!!

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