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September 28, 2010
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October 1, 2010

Next Week’s Challenge…”Ballard Designs Inspired”

If you’ve never heard of Ballard Designs, you are seriously missing out on some gorgeous eye candy and loads of inspiration for great projects! We thought with all of the wonderful inspiration flowing from the pages of this catalog, it would be the perfect theme for next week’s challenge. I decided to feature some of my favorite items they offer, as well as some of my own knock-off projects I’ve tried in the past! The “Laundry” sign above is one I’ve seen a few times floating around blogland…, love, love it!

This rope doorstop tied into a monkey’s fist knot is lovely, as well as functional.

Gorgeous burlap wrapped bottles.

I’m a sucker for anything with crowns….especially these vintage looking ones!

Love this chic take on your average magnetic board!

Anything with quatrefoil is soooooooooooo hot right now!

These gorgeous wall plaques were one of the first things I fell in love with from Ballard’s. Unfortunately, the price was not as lovable. I decided I could probably make my own knock-off version for pennies. Here is what I came up with……..


Some beautiful Amy Butler scrapbook paper and leftover wood plaques from a previous project was all it took to make my own lovely set of wall plaques.


These “Create” plaques are DIVINE! As soon as I laid eyes on them, I absolutely knew I needed some. And at the low price of just $49 a piece, they could be mine. Hahahahahahahahah…..isn’t that just hysterical? Once again, I decided to try and re-create them on a shoestring budget. I used wooden embroidery hoops, muslin for the center, and cut out the letters with my cricut….easy and extremely inexpensive. I’d say I saved myself over $280! Not too shabby.



You’ve got all weekend, plus a couple days to get your “Ballard Inspired” projects ready to show off. With all of the fabulous creativity that gets linked up each week, I can hardly wait to see what you crazy talented ladies come up with!!!

Our guest judge, Amanda, is hard at work choosing her favorite projects from this week. Let me assure you….that is no easy task with all of the fantastic projects submitted each week! Be sure and check back tomorrow when we announce the challenge winners and the winner of the cute t-shirt giveaway from Dear Lillie!

1 Comment

  1. This is going to be a gorgeous week. I can’t wait to see all of the fab Ballard Design knock off projects! It’s going to be so fun!


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