1. Use free printables in frames .
      Visit Picmonkey.com to create your own
      Visit The Graphics Fairy for unique and vintage finds.
2. Cut Oak branches to use in a vase. See the Oak and Sweetgum project pictured above.
3. Collect acorns and other nuts to use as vase filler or make a wreath.
      Make sure you wash them first to get rid of bugs/dirt.
      For wreath tutorial click HERE.
4. Cut fall grasses to fill bud vases and mason jars.
5. Trim Willow Tree branches and hang leaves or tiny faux pumpkins from them.








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Materials:

  1. Lucite or Acrylic clear tray in your choice of size
  2. Mod Podge
  3. Foam Brush
  4. Paper, paper cutter, printer
Note: I purchased my tray on Amazon for $44. It is 12" wide x 20" long. CB2 also sells a square one for $40. You could purchase one already made from $70-$150 depending on the size.


Directions:
  • Create your monogram (I used Pic Monkey, free!)
  • Print it out, glue and arrange your paper according to the size of your tray using paper cutter


  • Apply Mod Podge on bottom of tray, press paper face down, push and smooth out air bubbles, apply  Mod Podge to bottom of paper, push and smooth as it dries






Disclaimer: Do not use high gloss Mod Podge or it will only look good in low lighting. Also, I would like to try this project by making a folder on the back to use interchangeable designs.

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9/02/2012

Congrats to Stephanie Paul for winning
 
 
 
Instagram is a tremendously popular photo app. I've captured some fun pics of my daughter using Instagram and wanted to display them. Using Pic Monkey, it was really easy and inexpensive.
 
(Yes, that is an Instagram of my Instagram Collage)

  1. Upload photos from smart phone to your computer (or use iCloud)
  2. Go to www.picmonkey.com and click create collage (I did an 8x8 print using 25 instagram photos)
  3. Save and order a print online (I used Costco because they do 8x8. It cost $1.49)
 
Tips: Try this with an 8x10 print because it's tough to find square frames. You could also do theme displays...kids, Halloween, harvest/fall, Christmas, a series of vacation photos, pets, etc.
 


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Goose Creek Candle Co., a family owned business based in Liberty, KY, recently sent me a candle from their American Heirloom collection. Fall is fast approaching. This is the time of year I love having a warm candle burning while cooking dinner or relaxing in the evening.

I received their Orange Berry Slush scent which they describe as icy, cool and smooth... with tones of macintosh apple, clementine zest, cool cranberry, and juicy mandarin and red currant. It smells delish! What I love about the color is how it can easily transition from summer to fall. It is the perfect shade of orange. Each jar candle is handmade in the U.S. and every candle has the maximum amount of fragrance per liquid ounce.

The 39 oz. jar is a great size and will burn for 215 hours. The American Heirloom collection is simple and clean with no large fonts, labels or photos on the jar so it will fit in great with any decor.  Plus you can repurpose the jar after your done burning the candle.

Goose Creek offers an array of unique scents and have special collections for the holidays. Visit their website to see a full list of products. www.goosecreekcandle.com

For an instant centerpiece add your candle to a serving platter with some fall decor. Place this on a kitchen island, coffee table or dining room table. These candles look great, are smokeless and burn clean.
Goose Creek wants to give Penny Parlor readers a chance to win one of their wonderful candles! To enter the giveaway...
  1. Visit www.goosecreekcandle.com to find the scent you want
  2. Leave a comment below with the scent you wish for and an email address (if you're not linked by blogger, etc.)
  3. For a double entry like The Penny Parlor and Goose Creek Candle Co. on Facebook and say you did in your comment
....The fun doesn't end there!
 Goose Creek also wants to give Penny Parlor readers 25% off their entire purchase!!
Enter code: 082812 at checkout (expires September 30th).

Giveaway closed 8/31.

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I used tissue paper in the example below because it photographs better than tulle. You can apply these fabric or tulle flowers to any project. 

  • Baby Headbands
  • Necklaces
  • Flip Flops
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Clips
  • Handbags
  • Apparel
  • Picture frames
  • Holiday decor
Please post a comment or email me with questions. 


For this look, I braided knee high stockings, connected both ends with a stitch and stitched on the tulle flower. It costs less than $2 to make. 




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