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Welcome to #SoMe2 – Week #55

SOcial MEdia is all about ENGAGEMENT, and we want to do more than find new followers, we want to grow our engagement!
The more we comment, like, and share each other’s posts, the more engaged we become and that makes the SOcial MEdia “algorithms” happy!
Each week we will link a different Social Media platform and post from that platform.

This week we are growing and engaging with Pinterest!

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If you want to GROW your Social Media channels and GROW your engagement?

This is the party for you!

The more you put in to this SOcial MEdia link party, the more you will get out!

Don’t link and run- share-comment-pin-like and tell your friends!

#SoMe2 is a SOcial MEdia link party

where we link up 2 items every Tuesday @ 7:00 (est)

Meet your hostesses:

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We are pleased to meet this weeks feature and Co-Host!

Meet Amanda from Burlap and Babies

Amanda Burlap & Babies

Amanda has shared with us:

“Hi friends! My name is Amanda and Burlap and Babies is my creative outlet! I am a recent college grad now filling my nights finding my nitch in this crafty world while on a budget. I love creating decorations for my home using things that make me happy like burlap, twine, thrifty finds, and of course why not throw some happy babies in there for good measure. Everyone needs a place to go when you need to sneak away from a busy, hectic life and Burlap and Babies is mine.”

Thanks, Amanda!

Want to be a #SoMe2 featured blogger?

Everyone who enters the Rafflecopter below each week will have a chance to win a spot as our featured blogger. We will feature your blog, and links to your social media. Your links will be inserted into the Rafflecopter for that week – gaining you more followers.

So be sure to enter to win the weekly featured blogger spot!

Note: Please be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form accurately. Entries are verified.

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The rules are simple!

1)  Please follow your hosts and featured blogger. DON’T link and RUN!

2) Please add the #SoMe2 button to your sidebar or link page.

3) Tweet about the party! More partiers = more followers! All you have to do is click the “tweet” button Tweet it button 4) Use our new hashtag #some2 when tagging or posting so we can find each other!

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Thanks for joining our SOcial MEdia link party! See you next week – same time, same place!
DeDe & Kim, Sarah C., Sarah V. & Susan
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I love to crackle stuff. What does that mean? You take new stuff and make it look like the paint has been on it forever and is cracking and flaking off. Sort of a faux old look. Typically I use different brands of crackle medium available at my local crafts store, depending on the price and my coupon stash. To see a before and after on a piece of furniture I redid for our family room, check this coffee table out.

Antiqued Crackled TableSo, the other morning I wanted to crackle a mason jar or two for Halloween, but when I went to grab the crackle medium, I didn’t have any left! Apparently I have been crackling up a lot, so the bottle(s) were empty : (

I had seen many “pins” on Pinterest about using regular glue to get the same effect as the more expensive crackle medium. In fact, I had I previously attempted said technique, but it was a fail. Painted on the glue, allowed to dry, painted on the paint and waited. And waited. And nothing happened. (Normally I would have pics of this, but I deleted the fail photos. No sense writing about nothing.) But, I’m nothing if not persistant in my awesome DIY attempts, so I tried for round two. Before I did, I rechecked the glue instructions and noted my one fatal flaw: I allowed the glue to dry completely (what you would normally do with the crackle medium), which was so wrong! You only wait for it to get tacky (about 15-20 minutes), then paint over it! So here is the new successful DIY crackle with dollar store glue tutorial.

Orange Crackled Mason Jar Fall Scene

1. Take a jar, a brush and a bottle of cheap school glue.

Crackled Mason Jar Dollar Store School Glue2. Paint the entire surface with the glue, wherever you would like the crackle to appear.

Mason Jar Painted in Glue

3. Allow to get tacky (not like that’s really cheap and gaudy, just sticky), but NOT DRY. This takes about 15-20 minutes depending on how thick you painted the glue on. The thicker the glue, the larger the cracks.

Mason Jar Painted Orange Streaks4. Paint the top coat whatever color you would like. I happened to use some orange chalk paint I mixed up for some other projects. But you don’t need to use chalk paint. Make sure when you are painting that you only go over each section once and in one direction. Trying to go back over a section you already painted results in messy clumps of glue and paint. Which also looks old, but not necessarily good.

Mason Jar Coated Orange Paint over Glue5. While you watch the paint dry, you check out the other mason jars that you had already painted and applied a watered-down matte glaze to and notice that those are involuntarily crackling as well!! Hmmm. Gonna experiment more on that later.

Candy Corn Mason Jar Crackled Finish6. Go to bed and wake up in the morning to run to the basement to check out the dried jar. (Kind of like Christmas morning when you are so excited to see what it under the tree. Except you have to go to the yucky basement. And there’s no tree.) BUT, there is a crackled jar!!

Orange Crackled Mason Jar Dried7. Decorate jar with a bit of raffia (also from the dollar store) and place it on your window shelf. Light the candle, but be careful, don’t want to set that raffia on fire and ruin your freshly crackled jar!

Lit Mason Jar Crackled HalloweenSo, there you have it. Crackling with cheap school glue really DOES work-the total cost? The mason jar- well you know about the mason jars, we have dozens. The raffia rope and glue, $1 each but I only used a tiny bit so we will say 20 cents. Hope your Thursday is all its cracked up to be! Susan

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Come join the Social Media Link Party!!!
Welcome to #SoMe2 – Week #54
SOcial MEdia is all about ENGAGEMENT, and as bloggers, we want to do more than find new followers – we want to grow our engagement! At the #SoMe2 parties, we will link up a different Social Media platform and blog post from that platform each week.

This week we are growing and engaging with Twitter!

For Twitter, the
more we favorite and retweet each other’s tweets, the more engaged we
become and that makes the SOcial MEdia “algorithms” happy! So link up, and start retweeting!!
It's time for the #SoMe2 #Twitter Party! Join us, link up your Twitter account, a blog post you've tweeted, and enter to win a featured blogger spot! #socialmedia #network #linkparty

 

The more you put in to this SOcial MEdia link party, the more you will get out!
Don’t link and run – follow, tweet, favorite, retweet – tell your friends!!
#SoMe2 is a SOcial MEdia link party where we link up 2 items every  
Tuesday @ 7:00pm EST!
It's time for the #SoMe2 #Twitter Party! Join us, link up your Twitter account, a blog post you've tweeted, and enter to win a featured blogger spot! #socialmedia #network #linkparty

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We are pleased to introduce our #SoMe2 featured blogger of the week…
Tehila from Women Abiding

 

It's time for the #SoMe2 #Twitter Party! Join us, link up your Twitter account, a blog post you've tweeted, and enter to win a featured blogger spot! #socialmedia #network #linkparty

Tehila has shared this with us:

Tehila is an Israeli, God-loving, husband-serving, child-nurturing mom of four sweet little ones (and one on the way!) whom she homeschools. She resides in beautiful New Zealand from where she welcomes you to her blog at http://www.womenabiding.com – encouraging women to abide in God and His Word. Thanks, Tehila!

 

Would you like to be a #SoMe2 featured blogger?
Everyone who enters the Rafflecopter below each week will have a
chance to win a spot as our featured blogger. We will feature your blog,
and links to your social media. Your links will be inserted into the
Rafflecopter for that week – gaining you more followers.
So be sure to enter to win the weekly featured blogger spot!

 

Note: Please be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form accurately. Entries are verified.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The rules are simple!

  1. Please follow your hostesses and featured blogger.
  2. Please add the #SoMe2 button (found at the bottom of the post) to your sidebar or link page.
  3. Tweet about the party! More partiers = More followers! All you have to do is click the “tweet” button! 
  4.  Tweet
  5. Use our hashtag #SoMe2 when tagging or posting so we can find each other!

You will automatically be entered into our email reminder list by entering a link. You may remove yourself from the list by using the un-subscribe option.

It's time for the #SoMe2 #Twitter Party! Join us, link up your Twitter account, a blog post you've tweeted, and enter to win a featured blogger spot! #socialmedia #network #linkparty

1) Link up your main Twitter Page

2) Follow your Hostesses and Featured Blogger
3) Follow 2 people before your link, if you already follow them, find 2 new people to follow
document.write(”);It's time for the #SoMe2 #Twitter Party! Join us, link up your Twitter account, a blog post you've tweeted, and enter to win a featured blogger spot! #socialmedia #network #linkparty1) Link up 1 recent Tweet
(Go to your Twitter page, click on the “me” icon, click on the date or timestamp next to your twitter handle of the tweet you want to link, copy the tweet url, and paste that URL into link party.)
2) Re-tweet and favorite your Hostesses’ and Featured Blogger’s tweets.
3) Re-tweet and favorite the 2 links in front of yours. That way everyone has some Twitter love! One of the hostesses will make sure the last two links are retweeted and favorited.

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Thanks for joining our SOcial MEdia link party!
See you next week – same time, same place!
DeDe,  Kim,  Sarah V.,  Sarah C.,  & Susan
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Mason Jar Wall Sconce Logo I’ve been working on lots of projects, many of which I have simply forgotten to photograph until they were completed! But this one is fun, very inexpensive and pretty simple, so it’s time for a DIY on “How To Transform An Old Broken Drawer Front Into A Hanging Mason Jar Wall Sconce.” You know, HTTAOBDFIAHMJWS.

Mason Jar Wall Sconce SuppliesCoach and I have been collecting and cleaning and selling all kinds of vintage mason jars at the barn, but I really love the way these decorative sconces look, so one may actually end up on a wall in our home-imagine that! I started with a couple of drawer fronts from an old buffet, which create perfectly framed wood panels. Well. One was perfectly framed but the other had two side pieces missing. No matter, art is subjective, right? Each had a nicely-shaped center medallion with the hole already drilled for the bracket that I needed to attach (the hole was originally intended for the drawer knob or pull, but no need for that!).

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Pre-Drilled HoleI painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, then dry-brushed the medallion and the frame edge with some blue concoction I mixed for some contrast. Next up, the mason jar brackets, which are actually adjustable hose clamps

Adjustable Hose Clamp

that are found in the plumbing section at your local hardware store (mine being Home Depot, of course). They are adjustable, come in lots of sizes, with a screw mechanism in the front that you simply loosen and tighten with a flat head screwdriver. I have attached mine at the natural neck of the jar, but you could clamp it in the middle as well. Just make sure its nice and tight!

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Adjustable ScrewTo secure the bracket to the frame, I drilled a hole in the middle of the band opposite the screw mechanism because I wanted that to be visible in the front. The metal band is pretty thin, so a regular drill bit worked fine. EXCEPT-make sure you wear gloves when doing this because 1.the edges can be sharp, especially where you drilled and 2.the metal gets mega-hot from the friction of the drill bit (my singed fingertips are your DIY tip for this week)

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Lining Up Bracket HolesOnce it (I) cooled down, I lined up the holes of the band and the board and secured with a nut and bolt.

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Screwed In BracketMake sure you don’t use a bolt that is too long or it will stick out the back when you hang it on the wall. Attached two hangers-these are 50# ones-which is a bit of overkill-unless you are planning on filling your mason jar with lead.

Mason Jar Wall Sconce D-Ring BracketsBut better safe than a broken antique mason jar! The total cost of this project? $1.20, give or take a dime or two.

Wood frame: Free

Mason Jar: 10 cents (we buy those by the case at yard and estate sales)

Adjustable Clamp & bolt: 10 cents ( we get those at yard sales as well)

Hanging D-Rings: 50 cents

Paint: use just a fraction of the total can, so we will say 50 cents

I filled this one with some autumn stuff I had on hand, but you could use candles or candies or whatever works for your seasonal decor. Out goes the sand and starfish, in goes the berries and leaves. Despite the fact that the stores-and my email inbox-are filled with autumn-inspired decor I, personally have resisted the fall/autumn/pumpkin/Halloween decorating until now. I just cannot believe it is October 2!!! So next time you see an old broken dresser on the side of the road, take a look at the drawers and see if you can repurpose them in another way and follow the three r’s-recycle, refurbish, relove. Have an “I can’t believe it’s October already” Thursday everyone! Susan

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Welcome back to the #SoMe2 Link Party! I hope you all had some great feedback from our Facebook week, but now it’s time to move onto our next media platform, Instagram!

Come join the Social Media Link Party!!!Welcome to #SoMe2 – Week #53
Welcome to the second week for the changes we made to our Social Media Link Party(#SoMe2).  We added 3 new hostesses and we slightly changed the way we link up each week.   It is important that we engage on our social media channels instead of just following, this is why we made the changes.
SOcial MEdia is all about ENGAGEMENT, and we want you to do more than find new followers, we want to grow your engagement! The more you comment, like, and share each other’s posts, the more engaged we allbecome and that makes the SOcial MEdia “algorithms” happy!

 Each week we will link a different Social Media platform and post from that platform.
This week we are growing and engaging with Instagram!
SoMe2-Link Party ~ Linky party- Social Media Party

 

 If you want to GROW your SOcial MEdia channels and GROW your engagement,
This is the party for you!  

 

The more you put in to this SOcial MEdia link party, the more you will get out!
Don’t link and run – share-comment-pin-like and tell your friends!

#SoMe2 is a SOcial MEdia link party where we link up 2 items every Tuesday @ 7:00pm EST!

#SoMe2 Social Media Party Hostesses

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We are pleased to introduce our #SoMe2 featured blogger of the week…

Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

 

Robin has shared this with us:

Hello friends! I’m Robin, “Redo It”.

Wife, mom of three sons, and one dog, and 3 goldfish. I’m down to earth country. Lover of horses, western and farm life, history, arts and crafts, landscaping, gourmet cooking and, of course, a die hard DIYer. My workshop life completes me. I love creating.

Sometimes things will become created out of need. You find yourself in situations that an item, a room or an outdoor space is screaming for an inexpensive improvement. In these circumstances you reach out for ideas and solutions. The possibilities can be endless and rewarding. I usually achieve this by recycling everyday household items into re-purposed functions, restoring projects and much more. Showing you how is my purpose.

Follow along with me while we explore home improvement, crafts, gardening and repurposing at  Redo It Yourself Inspirations.

Thanks, Robin!

 

Would you like to be a #SoMe2 featured blogger?
Everyone who enters the Rafflecopter below each week will have achance to win a spot as our featured blogger. We will feature your blog,and links to your social media. Your links will be inserted into the

Rafflecopter for that week – gaining you more followers.

So be sure to enter to win the weekly featured blogger spot!

  Note: Please be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form accurately. Entries are verified.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The rules are simple!  Please follow your hostesses and featured blogger.

~Please add the #SoMe2 button (found at the bottom of the post) to your sidebar or link page.

~Tweet about the party! More partiers = More followers! All you have to do is click the “tweet” button!

Tweet it button~Use our hashtag #SoMe2 when tagging or posting so we can find each other!

 

You will automatically be entered into our email reminder list by entering a link. You may remove yourself from the list by using the un-subscribe option.

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1) Link up your main Instagram Page 

2) Follow your Hostesses and Featured Blogger

3) Follow 2 people before your link, if you already follow them, find 2 new people to follow

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 1) Link up 1 recent Instagram Post
(Go to your Instagram page, click on your profile, click on view profile, select a post, copy the Instagram url, and paste that URL into link party.)
2) Like and comment on at least the 2 links in front of yours. This way everyone will get Instagram Love! One of hostesses will make sure the last two links get comments.

Thanks for joining our SOcial MEdia link party!

See you next week – same time, same place!

 DeDe,  Kim,  Sarah V.,  Sarah C.,  & Susan

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