Saturday, April 28, 2012

CAFE and a paint brush....a gift idea.

Hello!  I hope you're having a great weekend.

 We're getting ready for a Disney movie marathon this evening, 
but before the first film, I thought I would share a quick little gift idea...

If you ever go to Mexico and buy a large bag of coffee, only to realize you have A LOT of people you wish you had brought a little something back for....

 ...or you simply need a cute little favour....:)

During our vacation. I became accustomed to having a warm cup of Cafe con Leche with breakfast.  It brought me back to my childhood when I would always want to dip my buttered toast into my grandma's (abuelita's) cafe con leche. 

It wasn't until I got home that I realized I should have bought a bag of coffee from the vendors to make sweet little gift bags for my family :( (next time).

I  used a little burlap bag from my Canvas Corp goodie box and painted the word CAFE with regular acrylic paint.  I then placed the coffee beans in a little plastic bag which went right into the burlap bag.  The bag smells so delicious...:)

Did you know that after opening a bag of fresh coffee beans, it is best to place the bag into a container and keep refrigerated?  huh.

The tag is a cut out of one of the images from the new Canvas Corp Coffee Stamps paper.  Cute, no?

The writing and drawings are from my sketch book and were painted using coffee.

It might seem like an unusual medium, 
but it has been used by artist for years...


So next time you have a cup of coffee at hand, grab a paint brush and see what you come up with ;)

I am working on a very special assignment that I hope to share with you in the future, but in the meantime, I will continue aspiring to inspire...

I am so happy to see you here!  Thank you for stopping by.

much love,

ps. I finally got to do some painting....:)  will share with you on Monday.......xo

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Back from paradise....

Hello my sweet friends.  I hope you have all kept well.
Just wanted to show you a few pictures from our little vacation.
Don't worry, there aren't that many. Only a few out of hundreds we took.

Here we are at the airport at 4:00am....yawn! 

After a looong plane ride, this is 
an aerial view of our destination...

Getting ready to land. 
While Bella is having a great time with 
the descent, I'm holding on to dear life...

That same afternoon, we took 
our first walk along the beach...

My little sister came along with us...

The kiddies swam day and night...

We ate Paella by the sea side...yumm

There was not a cloud in the 
sky during our entire stay...

 the beach...

 pool side...

the pools...

 We traveled to the city where the 
colours are vibrant and beautiful...

 We rode a beautiful private Virginia

We visited the various bays, saw dolphins, 
manta rays, sea turtles and all sorts of wild life.
(a natural rock formation of a face)

We did some deep sea fishing and snorkeling...

And we swam in the Pacific ocean...

Some of us relaxed and enjoyed the ride...

 ...while some of us slept and felt a little sea sick...:( 

We took a lot of pictures...



We had a wonderful time and even though I miss the warm sunny weather and the beautiful sandy beach, I am glad to be home and eager to do some crafting.  I had planned on bringing my sketch book but forgot it last minute and so I can't wait to do some painting.  

I have a lot of catching up to do and I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been up to.

Glad to see you again....xo


ps. I don't always wear a bright pink neon bra under a sheer blouse....:/


Friday, April 20, 2012

Setting Sail.....A Shabby Apple giveaway...

This giveaway is now closed 

Hello my sweet friends - I am sending you a warm hello from afar. 

This is a picture of me looking fabulous on a sail boat.  How do I look?  Don't you love that dress? 

Well that is obviously not me, but I do love that dress.  It's from Shabby Apple and their Set Sail collection.  Since this entire week has been beach themed, I thought I would share some of my favourite images from that collection....

If you follow me on FB, you know that for the last few months I have been posting outfit inspiration posts along with a little bit of fashion 'advice' and new trends. 
One of the posts included tips on how to wear stripes, which are very 'in' right now. 

 I have also touched upon this very current 
colour combo - blue and orange.  Love it! 

And lastly, this beautiful minty dress which 
think would look beautiful with coral accessories.

Well my dear friends, the kind folks at Shabby Apple 
have graciously offered one of you the opportunity to win
a $100. 00 gift credit 

And of course, Shabby Apple 
doesn't only offer beautiful dresses... 
 Active wear
 For the kiddies
 Accessories, and much more.

So you can use your gift card towards whatever your little heart desires...:)  And on top of that, there is an entire section dedicated to styling, offering various tools to help you choose the perfect item for you.  

I am so excited to be able to share this with you.  Here are the details of what you need to do...

1. "Like" Shabby Apple on FB.  While there, feel free to leave a comment on their wall letting them know you're visiting via Craftberry Bush.  Then, leave me a message here letting me know you did.

2. Follow Shabby Apple on Twitter and leave a separate message letting me know you did.
3. Visit the Shabby Apple website and leave me a message letting me know what you would choose. 
4. If this is your first time visiting Craftberry Bush, take a look around and if you like what you see, feel free to join my creative team by following Craftberry Bush.  Please leave a comment letting me know you are a new follower. 
5. I would love to have you join my FB page.  There, I share many inspirational pictures and sneak peeks into my crafts and everyday life so that you get to know a little more about me and I about you. :) Please leave a comment letting me know you joined. 

So that's 5 chances to win. 

This giveaway will be open for two weeks and will end on Friday, May 4th at midnight (EST).  The lucky winner will be chosen via and announced on Saturday afternoon.  Upon notification of winning, you will have 72 hrs to claim your prize. 

Thank you for entering and good luck! 

much love,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Keepsake Shadow box tray....

Hello everyone ! I hope you are having a great week. 

Before we left I was in a 'vacation frame of mind' and so here is yet another beachy craft that I hope you will love as much as I do.  

I believe that memories are built and kept in your heart but sometimes a little keepsake of a special time and place brings right back every time you see it.
 Like many of you, we like to bring beautiful shells of places where we have been and I knew this time would not be different. But I wanted to display them in a special way...

I used this little Shadowbox tray from Canvas Corp 
who now carry 7gypsies products. 

It's beautifully finished with black paint and  little distressed edges.
 But it didn't fit my decor or the theme. So I used some acrylic paint to change it up. 

I then cut and pasted a dictionary page and glued some shells .  
So easy and so pretty.

I did something similar last year for my summer mantel  using regular picture frames. But I like the various compartments of the shadow box. 

Well my lovely friends, thank you once again for visiting. I hope you enjoyed your time here. 
See you very soon...xo

much love,

Carolyn's homework
Home stories A to Z
The 36th avenue
Someday Crafts
French Country Cottage
Tatertots and Jello
The girl creative
Chic on a Shoestring decorating
Finding fabulous
My Romantic Home
Simply designing
The Shabby Nest
I heart naptime
Today's creative blog
It's overflowing..
Ask Anna
a.k.a design
Thrifty Decor Chick
Cedar Hill Ranch

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...