TEKTON Tool Giveaway

February 13th, 2014

Every DIYer knows the value of great tools, especially ones that help you get the job done right. Having the right tools at your disposal saves time and avoids unnecessary trips to the hardware store.

In ancient Greece, a “tekton” was an artisan, a crafter, a doer – does that sound like you? Today the family owned company known as TEKTON Tools is helping two of you fill up your tool chest with a giveaway that will make any DIYer’s heart skip a beat.

Take a look at these goodies!

tekton tool kit giveaway

 

The giveaway includes everything seen above: a 10-in-1 tool, set of clamps, putty knife, mallet, screwdriver set, detail brush set, bolt cutter, pliers set, wire stripper, pry bar, ratchet screwdriver and bit set, carpenter’s tool, offset screwdrivers, tape measure, caulking gun, magnetic pickup tool, mini level set – so great right?

Not one but TWO winners will receive all of the above !!

Eligibility to win one of the two tool sets displayed:

1) Answer this question: What is the top DIY project in your home right now? Name it in a comment to be eligible to win.

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter and leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Thanks so much to TEKTON Tools for sponsoring this giveaway! Follow TEKTON on Facebook and Twitter for all the updates on the latest tools. Two winners chosen at random. Giveaway ends Sunday February 16, 2014 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Winners: # 395 Paula; # 117 Steve Sanders – notified via email

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Blue Just Right

February 11th, 2014

Well it’s time I finished off the Color Series that I began last year spotlighting various hues and I thought I’d save the “best” for last :)  As you know I’m a passionate lover of all shades of blue, I find it hard to not use this color when planning a project or room design. 

Blue is universally pleasing and possesses calming properties. In paler hues blue is serene, in deeper tones, dramatic and powerful. The spotlight today is on some favorite blue spaces from light to dark. 

blue paint colors bhg

better homes & gardens

  

These bedrooms are tranquil when layered with pale blues. Touches of gold and modern furnishings keep the look luxurious and sophisticated. 

pale blue fabrics atlanta homes mag

light blue linens and curtains muse interiors

atlanta homes magazine / muse interiors

 

Pale blue paint or shades with a touch of gray add an airy aesthetic to a sitting room or bedroom and look lovely with white, wood tones, antiques, or any metallic sheen from silver leaf to brass. 

pale blue walls French settee

phoebe howard pale blue paint

light blue paint bhg

better homes & gardens / phoebe howard / better homes & gardens

  

Watery blue green tiles and striped roman shades lend a coastal feel to this white Cape Cod kitchen.

blue backsplash striped roman shades in kitchen

noelle interiors

Sheila Bridges held nothing back when she chose aqua blue cabinets (Benjamin Moore ‘Hemlock’) and metallic wallpaper for her kitchen, the result is both exotic and elegant.

blue kitchen house beautiful

house beautiful

    

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20 Harry Potter Party Ideas

February 10th, 2014

In the past, I’ve never been one to go to a lot of trouble or expense for my kids’ birthday parties. But last week my daughter turned 10 and made a special request for a Harry Potter themed party and sleepover with her besties, it’s all the rage among her group right now. I indulged her because frankly it was just so fun.

She and her friends are totally into these books and movies having read and watched them over the past few months. Her dad and I enjoy the stories and characters just as much, so together we got creative with a few ideas for her party and they turned out so cute I had to share. I also rounded up some other *brilliant* ideas spied across the internet in case you have plans for a Harry Potter themed birthday, dinner, or Halloween party in your household too.

1. Get Creative with the Harry Potter Fonts. I discovered the free Harry P font (download from Dafont) and made printable banners representing each house at Hogwarts, using these public domain logo images on the Harry Potter Wikia site for Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.

hogwarts house logos

I printed them on off-white cardstock and gave them Old World parchment look by burning the edges with a lighter. More Harry Potter fonts can be found here, download our four house banners seen below here.

hogwarts house banner

 

2. Honeydukes Treat Bags.  We have a fabulous candy store in our town that carries everything you can imagine so Honeydukes Candy Store treat bags made perfect sense. I filled clear bags from Michaels with gold & silver chocolate coins with a Gringots label, turned rock candy into “Exploding Crystals”, turned red thin licorice into “Dragon Veins” and a chocolate stone lookalike was Severus Snape’s “Sleeping Stone” causes extreme drowsiness – not from the books or movies just us having fun. Of course everyone wants official Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans – buy them online here. That fantastic treat bag label I downloaded from here.

 

honeydukes treat bags

 

3. Hedwig Owl Balloons. These are a MUST! This is not our idea, this one’s been floating (pun!) around the internet for a long time so we absolutely cannot take credit, it came from Lizzy Writes but I love this simple idea. My daughter copied the detail with a black and yellow marker and we scattered a bunch of them around the house and gave them out to all the girls.

hedwig balloons

 

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