Delineate Your Dwelling

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Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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It is the last day of September and don't hate me but today I am sharing my very first Christmas post! YAY.   I've teamed up with some wonderful gals who all have created amazing Handmade Christmas gift ideas.  At the bottom of the post you can go visit each person's Christmas gift project.

Today I will be showing you how easy it is to make your loved one a Burberry inspired canvas tote!
Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

I think we all know and love *Burberry but wow can ANY of us afford ANYTHING from them?!  I certainly know I can't.  I was so excited how simple it was to recreate a similar look for... ready? 

A similar Burberry tote goes for $795 and mine was $12!

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

Canvas Tote
Various acrylic paints in shades of brown, gray, white and black
Painters tape

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

This is my third canvas tote project in the last year (West Elm inspire tote + Geometric Canvas Tote), so I'm learning little tips along the way.  

Tip Alert!  So the paint doesn't bleed through, it's always important to have something inside your tote.  I always used a piece of cardboard but on the very bottom corners the paint always would bleed through.  SO.  Grab an old magazine and cut the bottom to fit your exact tote shape.  Simple, easy, effective!

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

The key to recreating a Burberry look using only paint, is clean straight lines.  So, my first task was taping off all the lines.

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

Then, I slowly started removing tape by color section.

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

This was a slow process as paint had to dry before I could move to new sections, but even still I finished in a half day.

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

And for a final bit of personality, I used this super fun *sequins tape.  I spotted it at Jo Ann Fabrics and knew it would be perfect for this project.  It's a tape, so the back is adhesive but since I was applying it to canvas, I added a little bit of hot glue for extra stick.

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

I'm loving my new Burberry inspire tote, but I have a feeling one of my dear friends will love it even more when Christmas rolls around.

Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY
Burberry Inspired Canvas Tote Bag, Delineate Your Dwelling #giftidea #DIY

Be sure to stop by and check out the many other great projects in our 
Handmade Christmas Blog Hop!  All the links are below.

Real Beauty

Monday, September 29, 2014

Friends, oh my this is not my typical DIY post.  I am both equally honored and nervous to be part of this amazing I am Brave and Beautiful series.  Go grab a few kleenex.  Click and listen to the you tube video of Colbie Caillat's song 'Try' before going on.  Hopefully it will touch your heart, like it did mine.

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make-up and I joined in!! 

Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

I received the email from Megan about this I am Brave and Beautiful movement and listened to Colbie's song and thought, "Wow.  This is really powerful... for others to do.  I'm not a fashion blogger, I'm hardly even a lifestyle blogger.  This is not the platform I typically use to share my thoughts on life, religion, etc."  I quickly moved the email to the bottom of my email list and believe me, it's a loooong email list.  

A week later, I heard Colbie's 'Try' song come on the radio and got to thinking.  Yes, I mostly share my creative side here but I am working really hard on being authentic and not portraying that simply because I have learned how to style a scene for a pretty picture, that my life is peaches and cream, easy peasy.  I started a mini series called "the REAL delineate" just a fun spot to share that my life is messy and imperfect sometimes and that's totally okay.  So... after much worry and with a shaky hand, I signed up.

And guess what, I survived and it's actually quite freeing (and I only took 57 pictures to find these two that I'm sharing!).  However... I probably won't be sporting the new no makeup look on a regular basis, but it feels wonderful to share the real me.

We were asked to share Why we don't have to try so hard to impress the world.  Why it's okay to be you and to "take our makeup off, let your hair down, take a breath..."

I was really shy growing up.  Junior High and High School were not bad, just not my favorite years.  I was so excited to get to college and finally start a fresh and just be me.  Pick new friends.  Make a  new path.  As is for many, those were wonderful growing life years.  I think I was slowing growing into myself and learning a bit more how the world worked and how I fit into it.

Most of us look to people to give us the validation we need.  We judge our self worth by what friends, parents, teachers, coworkers and sometimes even strangers say about us.  The problem with that is this, if we depend on others to give us love and praise and self worth... we will always always be left wanting and left disappointed.  People are people and sometimes people are pretty crappy.  Believe me, I know.

Now at 34, I've become a very confident person.  There isn't much I don't think I could accomplish if I put my mind to it.  Now I enjoy being different, having short hair, not always going with the grain.  I've learned I can not depend on people for my value in life.  My only hope and my worth come from the light and beauty that Christ has given me.  No one can take that from me. It is the light and love of God that cannot be quenched, no matter what life, people and circumstances do to us.  I try live a life that's loving, joyful and caring and hopefully that shines through to others.  So, why do I not need to 'try so hard' well because my worth doesn't come from this world, it comes from Christ.

share your natrual beauty -

Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on -
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup -
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful

Ready in join in? Snap, hashtag and share!

Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!

Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!

Link it or Lump it Party #57

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Welcome to the best day of the week.

The day you share your latest projects with all of us!

And a big thank you to.... YOU because we are getting more amazing projects each week.
It makes me so happy.

Your hosts for the party are:

What a week this has been for me.

I accidentally stumbled across The Huffington Post  and they had shared my
Bean Pumpkin in a 'Nine Sensational No Carve pumpkins' post.  Whaaat?

Then, Hobby Lobby shared my Bean Pumpkin on their Twitter and Facebook page.
I heart Hobby Lobby big time.

I think it's safe to say, you all are liking the bean pumpkin.

And now today I'm participating in an all day Fall Pinterest Party with non other than the amazing Better Homes and Gardens folks.

If you missed it, here are a few of my regular projects that kept me busy last week.
a. Fall Home Tour   b. DIY Planet Halloween Costumes  c. Button Box

Last week, Anam was our guest host and her favorite pick from the party was from 

And now, without further ado, it's Party Time!!

The great thing about teaming up with other bloggers is you can link up your amazing
projects to one of our sites and they will now show up on all SIX of our blogs!
SIX for the price of one, I like it.

Also we've ordered the party so everyone will get a chance at top billing!

In addition, Erica, Leigh Anne, LauraMelissa and I
will all be featuring our top picks each week! 

DIY Halloween BOO Wreath, Twelve O Eight

Dried Herb Firestarter, The Casual Craftlete

Halloween Wreath, Blooming Homestead

DIY Bullet Planter, Bigger Than the Three of Us

And a HUGE congrats to Seeking Lavender Lane and The Bold Abode for the MOST VIEWS with their Herringbone DIY and Geometric Sharpie Wall post!

Were you featured?  Way to go.  Be sure to grab a feature button!

We also have started a Link It or Lump It Pinterest board where we will be pinning all our features!  Check it out here and follow us!

Are you interested in co-hosting our Link It or Lump It party?  Send me a quick email and I'll get you all setup.  
We'd love to party with YOU.

Now for just a few rules:
1. Link anything that you made yourself but nothing that is available for sale. (you don't have to have a blog or website, just leave that link empty OR you can link up your facebook profile.)
2. Link back to Delineate Your Dwelling to be considered for next week's feature roundup! (you can grab the button shown below)
3. Click through one or two of your favorite links and show some lovin'!
4. Entries are randomly placed so that everyone gets top billing.  

. . . Let's get started . . .

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