Monday, May 31, 2010

Tip of the Week--Picnic Style

Now that the warm weather is here (I think) we are starting to do more outdoor activities. One of our favorite things to do is head to the park with friends and pack a lunch. Usually our plans are made last minute and I am throwing together a lunch as we walk out the door, which means that more often than not I defer to the good old PB & J sandwich. Only problem is the sandwiches always ends up soggy by the time we actually eat. Here comes the revolutionary tip (or at least it was for me when I learned it)...put peanut butter on both sides of the bread! Ta Da! I have to be careful not to go overkill with the peanut butter but my sandwich always tastes like I just made it.

Ok, since the first tip was a little on the silly side, here's another little tidbit. For the coupon lovers, like myself, Costco has a $4 off Coupon on two bottles of Banana Boat 50SPF spray sunscreen. If you don't get the coupons in the mail, they are generally sitting on the customer service counter.

Happy Picnic-ing!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Etsy Finds - Recycled Vintage Tin Mini Dress Necklace- Peppermint

I don't know what it is about this necklace that I love, but I am drawn to it. I definitely love the aqua red color combinations, it is one of my favorites!

To see more of the necklaces from this Etsy Shop click here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How To . . . make a plastic bottle birdfeeder

Instead of sending more plastic to the landfill, turn a plastic bottle into a and functional birdfeeder crafted like a birdhouse. This is a great green craft from Heidi Borchers for using the occasional plastic bottle.

Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
9” x 16” piece of lightweight cardboard
2-liter plastic soda bottle with cap, washed and dried
Spray paint: black, brown
Acrylic paint, burnt umber, black, beige
Small sponge piece
Craft knife
3/16” diameter hole punch
3” square white shrink plastic
Paintbrushes: fine-tip ½” flat shader
Drill with 18” and 1/16” bits
16” length of braided cord (for hanger)
2-1/2” length 1/16” diameter wood dowel
Aleene’s® OK to Wash it Glue®
Pine bark pieces
Wooden craft stick
Fine-tip permanent black marker
26-gauge florist wire
Bamboo skewer
Window Pattern
Roof Pattern

Instructions: Transfer roof pattern to cardboard and cut out roof. Spray-paint both sides of roof and bottle cap black. Let dry. Spray paint bottle brown. Let dry. Working with 1 paint color at a time, dip dampened sponge into burnt umber and black and sponge-paint the bottle. Let dry. With craft knife, cut 1 (1-3/4” diameter) circle about 3” up from bottom of bottle for door. Punch 1 hole about ¼” below door.
Measure approximately 1-1/4” to left and right of door and transfer window pattern onto bottle. Paint design beige. Paint outline details in black paint using liner brush on each window. Paint beige wavy line around door. Let dry. Push dowel halfway into hole below door and glue to secure. Let dry.
Center and drill 1 (1/8” diameter) hole in bottle cap. Fold cord in half to form loop. Working from outside of bottle cap, thread cord ends through hole in cap. Knot cord ends. Pull knot up to cap and glue knot to cap. Let dry. Screw cap onto bottle.
Curve roof into cone shape, overlapping straight edges and glue. Hold edges in place with clothespins until glue is dry. Snip off tip of roof to leave hole for hanger. To help weatherproof the roof, brush with coat of OK to Wash-It glue on each side of roof. Let dry. Glue pine bark pieces to cover outside of roof (with Tacky glue). Let dry. For sign, cut 1 (2-1/2”) length and 1 (1-3/4”) length from craft stick. With shorter piece centered along longer piece, glue craft stick lengths side by side. Drill 1 (1/6” diameter) hole in each end of longer piece of sign at top edge.
Write “Welcome Home” on sign with marker. Cut 1 (5”) length of wire. Wrap center of wire around bamboo skewer to coil. Remove skewer. Insert 1 end of wire through each hole at top of sign, working from back to front. Bend up ends. Cut 1 (1-1/2”) length of wire. Bend wire in half to form hanger. Slip bent wire hanger onto coiled wire on sign. Working from outside, poke hanger wire ends through bottle about 1-3/4” above door. Bend wire ends to inside of bottle to secure hanger. Thread braided cord hanger through hole in roof, working from inside roof.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Tip of the Week - Now You're Cooking!

Need a good gift for a bridal shower? Kitchenware is nearly always a hit, but without recipes, how useful is it? Next time you give a cooking-related gift, try this presentation: Purchase a pie plate - a fancy ceramic one, one made of glass, or even a tin one - and line it with a pretty fabric or paper napkin or a dish towel. Then fill it with the (dry) ingredients for your favorite pie recipe: a small bag of flour, tins of cinnamon and nutmeg, some fresh apples, and, of course, the recipe. To keep everything in place wrap the pie plate in some tulle and tie it at the top with a pretty ribbon. Viola!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Boutique fun

We had so much fun at this past boutique and part of the reason is because we are in love with our new display. A few weeks ago we were inspired to display our products on doors! We were so excited about the idea and even more so when it became a reality. One night I couldn't sleep because I was planning the layout for the doors. I had to get up and do some quick sketches so I wouldn't forget by the morning. Both of our best ideas seem to come this way. The weeks following the creation of Loopty Loo Designs contained many sleepless nights. I started keeping paper by my bed so I wouldn't have to go to the kitchen :)

Our display isn't quite finished yet because we ran out of time before the boutique but I wanted to share with you our progress so far. We have quite a few more additions so when everything is said and done we will share the final product as well.

I love this picture because every time I went to push the button someone was in the mirror. First I noticed myself standing there with the camera and then others. The girl in the mirror is Ashlie, the boutique owner, so hopefully she doesn't mind this picture. If you missed it, she was on "Studio 5" the day the boutique opened and did a great job.

Our Quinn crocheted headbands in a sea of color.

All the items we didn't get a chance to put on our doors... The hats actually have their own display coming that we are equally excited about but that will be down the road a little ways.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Winner, Winner, Winner

Congrats Kim! You were the first person to solve our riddle! Every time I write "solve our riddle", it makes me think of the grumpy old troll on "Dora". Just see if you can get that song out of your head!

For everyone else, thanks for playing. We LOVE when you leave comments and participate.

Now it's up to you Kim to choose your favorite headband! Let us know when you decide or if you want one in hot pink :)

One more hint...

I have a feeling this will give it away, but the first word in the riddle is...



Friday, May 21, 2010

A little hint...

To help you out with the riddle, here is a little is something you eat.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Giveaway time!

You voted and we listened! We appreciate all of your comments and participation on our blog and want to reward you for it. So, for this months giveaway our fabric wrapped headband with three roses is up for grabs. You get to choose which headband you would like. If you want to see more of our options check out our etsy store or visit us at the Bliss Boutique this weekend.

To spice it up we are doing things a little differently this month. In order to win this headband you must solve our riddle! (courtesy of my great uncle) Since some family members may have seen this already I have to exclude you from this one, but if you haven't seen it feel free to guess away. Leave a comment with your guess and the first person to get it right wins! Feel free to guess more than once. Good luck!

This contest ends at midnight on Sunday, May 23rd. (or as soon as someone guesses right!) When the contest is over we will post the winner and you will have one week to contact us with your shipping information.

Here is your riddle.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bliss Boutique is fast approaching!

Please come join us at the Bliss Boutique on May 20th, 21st and 22nd. The boutique will be open from 10am-7pm. It is located at 105 South 100 East in Pleasant Grove. If you print out a copy of the image above, you can even get 15% off one item at the boutique. We can also email you a copy of the flyer, just leave a comment with your email address and we will send it to you. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Great things are happening for Loopty Loo so we wanted to take a minute to THANK YOU for your interest and support and tell you what we have been up to. Loopty Loo Designs has gone international! Since we started business in November we have shipped throughout the U.S. as well as to Canada, London, Australia and Dubai! We love the idea of people all over the world wearing out Loopty Looks!

Last month we were a part of the Sweet Tweets boutique in Herriman and will also be participating in the West Valley boutique May 14th-15th. Thanks to everyone who came out! We loved the boutique because it had SO many cute products. If you didn't get a chance to come to the Herriman boutique then don't miss the one in West Valley.

Most urgently Loopty Loo Designs is being featured TODAY on Simply Utah. What this means for you is 25% off your entire order placed today! Don't miss out on this great opportunity and make sure to tell your friends. If you have had your eye on something, now would be the time to get it!

We are partnering up with a fun boutique in Pleasant Grove, called Bliss Boutique for a May show. The dates are May 20, 21 and 22. As it gets closer we will give you more details since this is sure to be a great girls night out.

If you love FREE stuff, and who doesn't, check out Fabulous Fun Finds for amazing giveaways. As part of a silent auction we have donated some of our favorite products along with many other amazing companies. Check it out and enter to win your favorites!

It is also giveaway time right here on Loopty Loo Designs site. Vote for which product you would like us to giveaway! The poll is towards the top on the right side.