Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Handmade Gift Link Up

If you are reading this I assume you survived Black Friday or avoided it all together! Today's link up is dedicated to helping one another get ideas for handmade gift ideas. Handmade gift ideas are thoughtful and are a great way to cross off co-workers, neighbors, and teachers from your Holiday list. So let's help one another out and link up some ideas. I know I have a few from even last year that I plan to link up. The more the merrier so link up as many as you'd like! 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Scatter Girl Of The Month (November): Melissa of So Chick!

This month Gina, Chrissy and myself are proud to announce that Melissa of So Chick handbags is our Scatter Girl of the Month! 

Melissa is an extremely talented seamstress that can be found sharing her talent in her shop, blogging, tweeting and Facebooking. Melissa's handbags are stunning and anytime she offers a giveaway you can be sure to see numerous entries and tons of ladies jumping at the bit to get their hands on a So Chick handbag. Melissa now also has adorable ruffle scarves in her shop that every lady needs for the colder weather. 

If you haven't already you need to take a look at Melissa's adorable shop and maybe pick up some Christmas gifts for yourself while you're there! Melissa is this month's Scatter Girl because of her incredible talent, her dedication to the handmade community, her willingness to help others and her fun loving attitude. We are pleased to have Melissa be a part of the Scatter Girl community. Courtesy of Andrea from Bubblewrapp'd Melissa will receive one of these adorable blocks for her craft room (make sure you check out Bubblewrapp'd for cute Holiday blocks!)...

Congrats to Melissa!

Do you know someone who would make a great Scatter Girl of the month? E-mail us at to nominate someone. 

If you haven't already make sure you check out the link up for all the deals being offered for the Holidays, Black Friday and Cyber Monday from handmade shops RIGHT HERE at Scatter Girls and link up yours too! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Handmade Black Friday Link Up

Do you have a handmade shop? Are you offering Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday deals? The Scatter Girls want to encourage shopping handmade this holiday season so we are offering a link up for handmade shops to post their coupon deals and provide shoppers with a catalog for shopping handmade this holiday. Feel free to post you handmade shop's Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any Holiday Sale deals. Most importantly think about shopping handmade this holiday season. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Traditions

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Scatter Girls! This week we want to know what sort of traditions do you have for Thanksgiving? We used to have Thanksgiving every year with two different families that we met through soccer. Both my Mom and Dad's family was located in Iowa and my sister and I went to year round school. Since we were on the track system we had just a few days off for Thanksgiving and it was much easier to stay in Colorado than to travel for Thanksgiving given the amount of time we had. The two soccer families we shared Thanksgiving with had similar situations so it made since that we would all spend Thanksgiving together. Each year we would rotate which family would host Thanksgiving. It was fun to have Thanksgiving with my friends and we continued this tradition until my sophomore year in college when all of the kids were located all around the country and it got to be too tough to get everyone together. This year will be my first year hosting Thanksgiving myself! My boyfriend and I will be hosting my family in Texas for Thanksgiving. 

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? What dishes do you HAVE to have on your table? What traditions do you carry out year after year? Link up with us and visit a few other blogs while you have the chance : ) 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What Are You Thankful For? Link Up Party

For this week's linkup we would love to know what you are thankful for. Thanksgiving is just around the corner so it is a perfect time to reflect on what we are all thankful for. There is so much to be thankful for and sometimes we just need to stop and think about what it really is that we are thankful for. I know that I am thankful for meeting Chrissy and Gina. These two creative ladies continue to inspire and encourage me on a daily basis and I am so glad that we have collaborated on this Scatter Girls project. What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Guest Post: Amy of Buffalo Roam

Today we would like to welcome Amy of Buffalo Roam to Scatter Girls. Amy's blog is fantastic and full of home renovation projects. Amy is sharing with all of us a fantastic church pew project today...

While at a flea market recently, I found this little church pew sitting at the end of a row of vendors, buried under some other random goods.  I wasn't even sure it was for sale, but when I tracked down the seller and he said he was asking $65, I said SOLD!  I loved the simple lines and pretty details, but the color didn't quite suit me, so I decided I would give it a little face lift.

(Please excuse my dog's butt.)

Much of the varnish was already worn off, so we started off with sanding as much of it as we could with both an electric sander, and just by hand in the harder-to-reach spots.

However, we weren't able to get all of it off in the more detailed areas.

So for that, we had to use some stripper and scrape.

Choosing the color of the new stain was no doubt the most difficult part of this process!  I do tend to gravitate toward darker colors, and my pew was no exception.  We went with RustOleum brand color of "Kona".  It looked very, very dark going on, and I was a tad nervous we'd over done it.

But looks are deceiving, and it wiped off much lighter than I would have guessed.  So much lighter, that we actually put on a second coat and are very pleased with the final results!

We wanted a bit of a worn and rustic feel, so we "wiped" a little harder in some areas, and left a thicker coat on others.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!  But I can rarely leave well enough alone, and am considering adding some sort of stencil on the back in either turquoise or gold flake...

What do you think??  "Yay", or "Nay"?

Thank you Amy for sharing your beautiful Pew with us! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Costume Linkup

Did you dress up for Halloween? Did you kids dress up for Halloween? Did your pets dress up for Halloween? We want to see some Halloween costumes linked up here and then we can bookmark this post for next year and share it with all of you.