Thursday, August 8, 2013

Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour: My Summer Recap

I'm so thrilled to be part of this fun blog tour!
Maybe it's the fact that September is around the corner, or that I've already seen Halloween and Fall decor in stores (Pumpkins, aisle five!) but it seems this summer has breezed by in the blink of an eye. So when some bloggers got together and suggested we revisit some of our favorite previous posts for the fabulous Getting Creative at Home Tour, I figured I would embrace this seemingly shortest of seasons with a quick recap of some of my favorite fun and as always, budget friendly summer projects.


In August I enjoyed the sport of kings (on a pauper's budget) and created an equine themed DIY Polo Picnic

                                                
Dollar store ponies and a faux silver plate turn into trophies with the magic of spray paint and Modge Podge (1,3). Ready made dough makes horse shoe bread twists (2) and computer printouts dress up budget bubbly (4)

Mid summer was perfect for a trip to a local lavender farm where we bought goodies for projects celebrating this delightfully scented plant in the post Lavender, Sweet Lavender
A bit of Provence in a window box. A milk carton farmhouse with a fake fingernail "tile" roof rests in a mini lavender farm of one's own. Lavender adds a unique flavor to white chocolate truffles. Photos from the farm.

We celebrated the 4th with vintage inspired candy cones, an allergy friendly and oven-less watermelon "cake" and easy DIY firefly globes. Check out these simple DIYs on the Red, White, and Blue Birthday post
Summer fruit becomes a healthy and eye catching dessert. Open face globes light up the evening with foliage and flameless votives. Images from the Graphics Fairy lend a vintage air to a bag of dollar store party hats.

I'm so delighted to be in the company of so many wonderful creative fellow bloggers on this tour! 
My Fellow Friday Bloggers
Circa 1929

To find oodles of inspiration and ideas visit the links from the weeklong tour below or if you're an avid pinner like me, on Pinterest:Haven at Home 
    
Many, many Thanks to Julie of Lilacs and Longhorns who came up with this idea, created the graphics and kept us all on track with grace and humor!



21 comments:

  1. Lavender,oh so sweet, fabulous lavender tour. The mini stone cottage with the fake finger nail roof-top is awesome!! I'm gushin' on the watermelon cake and the polo picnic, too. There is so much adventure-inspired creativity on your blog, I love it. So glad to be doing the blog tour with you ~ Amy

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    1. Thanks so much Amy!
      So glad you enjoyed the post!-Wasn't this tour a blast?
      Looking forward to following all my new blog friends!
      Cheers!
      Christina

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  2. Wow you sure do know how to throw a picnic. You def set the bar high with that Polo one. :) I love it all. Thanks for sharing, tammy

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    1. Thanks Tammy!
      I'm so delighted you enjoyed the post!- The picnic was such fun to put together and really pretty easy (store-bought cake -shhh)
      Cheers
      Christina

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  3. That watermelon cake is AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks Amy!
      and it's healthy- unless you serve it with a big scoop of ice cream! LOL

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  4. Your Polo picnic spread is amazing...love all the creative touches you added...and the beautiful photos you took. Looks like such a fun way to spend the day!

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    1. Thanks so much Laura!
      It was lots of fun and so simple to put together! So glad you stopped by!
      Cheers!
      Christina

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  5. Wow! You can throw a picnic or party for me any time! Everything looks so great and it's all so well done. You are one talented lady!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the blog tour. This has been a lot of fun! :)

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    1. Thanks Julie!
      you're welcome anytime -lol
      This tour has been such fun- and thanks for putting it together!
      Funny how what started out as a comment blossomed into this!
      Cheers
      Christina

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  6. I've never seen fake fingernails look better! I would love to attend one of your picnics! Would need to dress up with gloves and a hat, fun.

    It's very nice to meet you on the blog tour. Now to follow and share.

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    1. Thanks Jeanette!
      You're welcome anytime- no gloves or hat required-lol- :)
      So glad you enjoyed the post! I really appreciate your kind words-
      Cheers
      Christina

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  7. Christina, I enjoyed this post and looking back over some of your other ones too. Pleased to be on the tour with you this week and to get to know you. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kerryanne!
      So glad you stopped by and delighted you liked the post. The tour has been such fun!
      Christina

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  8. How interesting to go back and review older posts. I do that occassionally..... Usually when I'm looking for something else! It's always enjoyable though! Joan

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    1. Thanks Joan,
      Reviewing favorite projects was such a fun idea for the Creative at home Blog tour to suggest- I'm a newer blogger- (it will be a year in October) so I didn't have as many posts as most of the others, but it was fun to do a recap!
      Cheers
      Christina

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  9. Your ideas are so unique and creative! I'm still loving the polo match idea, and your watermelon cake (which I believe I already repinned on Pinterest) is so great. I also love adding the graphics to the party hats. So glad to be a part of this tour with you. laurie

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    1. Thanks so much Laurie-
      I'm delighted you enjoyed the post and thanks for Pinning! Hasn't this tour been a blast? I'm still liking and following -lol
      Cheers
      Christina

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  10. Christina, looks like you had a bright, cheery and so much fun summer. Still lots of time left, so enjoy. Enjoyed meeting you at our fun creative home bloggers tour. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend ~ Lynn

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    1. Thanks Lynn!
      Nice to meet you too! It has been such a fun summer- (of course I didn't highlight the weeding, roof repairs and plumbing projects-lol) So happy to be included in the tour!
      Cheers
      Christina

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