Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!Hey there!

You’re just in time to go on a trip with me.

This isn’t any ordinary trip.  This is a trip to Whatever Craft Weekend in Newton, Kansas.  A fun filled weekend filled with crafting, friending, antiquing and eating for us big girls.

1.) With my audiobook, music, suitcase and a full tank of gas…I was ready to go!  GPS and I had a few go arounds, it wanted to take the scenic route while I wanted to stay on the highway.  Grrrr…but I won. Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

2.) I was greeted by the above big beautiful front porch.  And look at my bed all cutesy with a gift by my pillow.  The spoiling has begun!  I shared a room with 3 other sweet girls.

3.) The following collage is a small glimpse of the inside of Meg’s Craft House.  For me it was like walking into a live dollhouse for us grown women.  Meg has it decorated spectacularly with every detail special and filled with all the things crafters love.  The formal living room and dining room was converted to the main craft area of the house.  This room has several tables: one section of tables for crafting, one section of tables with sewing machines and one section of tables for cutting fabric with mats & rotary cutters galore.

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

4.) My favorite components of her decor are COLOR, lots of art with quotes, lots of globes & maps and last but not least lots of bunting/banners.  It is very homey feeling.

5.) Below is a collage of all of us girls having a blast…

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

6.) Do you see the photo right above this which shows all of the magazines?  Those cubbies contain SWAG {stuff we all get…free} for each of us.  Thank you to all of the generous companies for your gifts.  Yes, the next photo has a big time video camera in it.  Lauren, aka my roomie, was being interviewed.  Other girls were interviewed as well by a Wichita news station.  They are doing a news story on Meg & Kimberlee…the 2 genius master minds of Whatever Craft Weekend.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

7.) Friday night we made adorable aprons which you will see in photos towards the end of this post.  I sewed…and sewed and sewed…not my favorite thing but I persevered and have a colorful apron to show for it.  On a downer note my eye turned blood red Friday night before retiring to bed. {Hence me having to wear my glasses the rest of the trip.  I normally wear contacts}

8.) Saturday morning we loaded Meg’s gigantic van and drove to an antique store and barn.  Side note: WINDIEST DAY EVER!

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

9.)  At the antique store I found a globe!  I’ve been looking for one and new ones are priced more than what I want to spend.  I also bought a huge whisk and some antique yard sticks.  I have a craft in mind for the yard sticks.  Total spent was around $30.  I also walked down the street to a thrift store.  This is where I got the best deals {which is what I LOVE…if I’m going to buy something used, it better be a good deal ;).}  I found several small shelves under a $1 that I plan to revive with spray paint.  I also found a small hard suitcase {$1} that I will use as a photo prop.  When not in use it will be helpful in storing craft supplies.  The last few items I got there were a small cork board, a canvas print {that I plan on painting over,} and a small shutter {YIPEE, been looking for those!}  Total spent was $7.  Our last stop was at a huge barn {technically 2 shown above} filled from top to bottom and many items outside.  I scored an old window frame, wire basket, large shutter and a type set drawer!  All of these things I have been looking for and only cost me $46!  I’ll have to show photos of these finds in a future post because I need a break from editing photos.  I took almost 300 photos during this trip.

10.) It was time for a stop at SONIC before heading back to the craft house.  You should have seen the LONG list of things Meg ordered for us.  2 of the girls had never been to Sonic before.  Bless their souls…us Southern gals love Sonic.

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

11.) Above is a small sampling of the phenomenal food made for us by ‘chef’ Kimberlee.  The second photo showing the pumpkins was the very cute centerpiece on the table.  The food was so delicious.  Talk about spoiling…Meg & Kim made us promise NOT to clear our place from the table.  We would be scolded if we cleared our place.  I almost did it a few times. lol!

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

12.) Here’s the deal…4 crafts were taught on Saturday night.  I only did 2.  Sometimes it takes a while to get those creative juices flowing.  I made the flower you see on my apron and decorated the JOY letters.  Cutting out the t-shirt fabric for the flower took a long time.  And while hot gluing the letters with sweater material sounds super easy, well it took longer than I would have liked.  It was kind of like putting together a puzzle.  I wanted it to be white because I like to decorate with white.  In addition, I could have it up year round.  The embellishments I made are removable {tied on, not glued} in case I want to have the letters plain or add different color in the future besides the blue & yellow.

13.) Sunday morning we ate a grand breakfast, packed up our things and had a fun photo shoot.  Below you will see me with Kimberlee {on the left} and Meg {on the right}…  both beautiful women inside and out making a difference in women’s lives.  Tickled pink I could meet and spend time with them.  You can read more about this weekend and see her photos on Meg’s blog here.

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

With all this creative excitement going on I am thrilled to host a GIVEAWAY courtesy of Printcopia.

One lucky random reader will receive a FREE 8×10 CANVAS from Printcopia.  Time to look through those digital photos and pick out one you want to feature on your wall…canvas style!  The nice people at Printcopia contacted me about doing a review and giveaway.  First check out my Printcopia 8×10 canvas:

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

I am very happy to report a pleasant experience with ordering this bad boy above.  Printcopia’s website is very user friendly and I was shocked at how quickly I was able to upload my photo and check out.  Time is money!

I chose a photo I took of the kiddos this summer on the beach at Puerto Rico.  Love the JOY shown on their faces while at my favorite place on earth…the beach!  I found a perfect place for my canvas.  I placed it on top of a couple of blocks in the middle of this ledge in our playroom.  This ledge is hanging above our television.  On the right of the canvas is a print I got for my 40th Birthday from our Disney Cruise.  On the left of the canvas is a cork board I covered with old jeans and my kids photo pins.

Below shows the shelf at an angle.

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

Here’s a close up of the canvas:

Its A Craft Weekend Extradonaire Including A Canvas Wrap Giveaway!

I am extremely satisfied with the quality of this canvas wrap.  As a matter of fact, I’m taking advantage of their Veteran’s Day promotion today.  It’s the last day.  You can order a 11×14 canvas for only $28 with FREE SHIPPING!  Talk about an AMAZING DEAL!  They would make great Christmas gifts too!  Time for me to print out some of our Blue Lily photographs.

Printcopia offers framed prints, acrylic framed prints, panoramic prints and regular photo printing.

Thank you Printcopia for this wonderful opportunity for my readers.

How to enter the giveaway:

  • Simple and easy…leave me a comment in regards to something about this post.  That’s all!
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  • Printcopia only ships to continental U.S.  Sorry my overseas friends.

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Apology: I was planning on adding all of my new craft friends’ blogs to this post, but I have run out of time.  This post was very time consuming {but hopefully worth it.}  I promise to have those in a future post.  Maybe even a blog hop if I can get it together.

Headed to visit my Mom for our Breaking Dawn Part 2 celebration.  We’ll be seeing the movie on Saturday…so excited!!!  Time to get out of my pj’s…lol.  One last thing, I found out today that my oldest Daughter was nominated to be Band Queen.  3 other lovely girls will compete for the title.  Pleased as punch for her.  Looks like we’ll be going dress shopping!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

Be CREATIVE,

Comments

  1. Looks like such a fun time…can’t hardly wait for my chance to go to whatever craft weekend!

  2. That apron is soooo dang cute! you have to share a diy tutorial….. i’m so glad you had tons of fun!

  3. Loved reading about your time at whatever craft weekend! I especially love your JOY sweater letters. They are oh so lovely! :)

  4. so much fun!

  5. Cheryl Beaty says:

    I am so happy for you that you had such a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. I would sure like to win that canvas too! Love you, Mom

  6. that’s great you got to go!
    Dara recently posted..I’m a Winner! (And You Can Be Too)

  7. What a beautiful post Shan! I’m so glad I got to meet you in person and spend some girl time together.

  8. So sweet! I love how you put all these fun pics together :) I too have waaay too many! Happy you found so many treasures on Saturday, it was fun helping you hunt!

  9. Sounds like you had lots of fun! I love the JOY letters you made :)

  10. Tiffany Clark says:

    It was fun reading your post! Always fun hearing the story from other perspectives. I love how your JOY letters turned out, and how you made the decorations removable. Genious! It was nice meeting you!

  11. that was a fun post shannon!
    i hope your eye is all better now. i am sure the kansas wind did not help at all.
    so glad you could come to craft weekend!
    i loved your apron colors….just lovely.

  12. What a fun weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Your weekend looked amazing!! I’ve always wanted to go to Craft Weekend – good for you! Love the canvas, too, I’ve always wanted to get one of those, too!!

  14. i found your blog via meg’s post about craft weekend. what fun! sounds like it was a great weekend.
    candice recently posted..apples and pumpkins

  15. I just loved this post! Nobody understands just how wonderful Whatever Craft Weeknd is until she gets to experience it herself! I’m so glad you had a fabulous time! :-)

  16. Oh my goodness… how fun!! Looks like an amazing time! Love being able to take a peek at the weekend through your photos! :)
    Jennifer {StudioJRU} recently posted..every good gift.

  17. Hi! What works for me is to set a time to do blog hopping and blog commenting several times a week even each day. This gives me the opportunity to really know what is trending in my niche and reach out to other bloggers who talk about the same topic. I even share their posts in my social media accounts if I really find their content interesting and useful to my followers.
    photo to canvas recently posted..Special Christmas Canvas Prints

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