Giveaway Time!

I can’t believe it’s already November – I promised you a giveaway this month and I’m doing just that! This month will be my largest value giveaway to date! It’s for 8 of my hand painted fan art ornaments – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs!

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To enter to win, please go to my YouTube channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/thecozyloft – subscribe to the channel and leave a comment and like on any video between now and Friday night at 8:00 pm CST.

The direct link to the video with more information about these is at: https://youtu.be/Jh9ZbSUTWpY

This – and all my giveaways – are to truly thank you for being around…for your interest, for your kind words and for you taking the time out of your own life to be a part of mine. Lots of love to all of you ❤

Here are the official rules:

No purchase is necessary and a purchase does not enhance your chance of winning. This giveaway is being hosted by Rhonda James, Artist of The Cozy Loft. Winning artwork does not transfer rights. Contest void where prohibited. 

Contest begins November 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST and ends on November 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST. After all entries are compiled on a spreadsheet and assigned a number, the random number generator will be used to determine a winner. Winner will be announced on November 9, 2018 at approximately 8:10 pm CST. 

To be eligible, you must be a subscriber of  my YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c/thecozyloft then also leave a comment and like any video during the contest times and dates as mentioned above. One entry per person per video. This contest is open worldwide to all ages 3 and up. It is your responsibility to determine if glass ornaments from Tennessee, USA are permitted in your location. If the winner is disqualified, another winner will be selected. 

November’s prize to be given away: 8 glass fan art ornaments, hand painted. One of Snow White, one of Doc, one of Grumpy, one of Happy, one of Sleepy, one of Dopey, one of Bashful and one of Sneezy for a total of 8 ornaments. 

By your entry in this contest, you are giving your consent to The Cozy Loft to use your name/user name in the same manner of which you entered the contest as well as the general country and/or state in which you reside. Otherwise, all information is kept in confidence.

Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One winner will be chosen for the November giveaway. Once the winner is determined, it will be announced on https://www.youtube.com/c/thecozyloft and you have 24 hours to contact The Cozy Loft with your name and complete address (including country). 

Good luck and thank you for entering! Please be sure to check back often. There will be at least one more giveaway between now and the end of the year. 

Warm wishes from The Cozy Loft! 

 

DIY Christmas Farmhouse Truck Sign Decor

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The Farmhouse Christmas signs in the stores are so cute…but they are so pricey! This DIY is how to create the sign for less than $5!

If video DIYs are your preferred method, I have one for you here.

Materials we’ll need:

  • Wood plank
  • Pickup truck cutout or printable
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Berries or other accents (optional)

Tools you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint brushes

Now, let’s get it created! The first step it to prep your wood. If they are already primed, stained, etc., you won’t need to do this. If not, prime them white, stain them or create the background in any way you’d like. For this tutorial, I’ll be using a wood plank and a wood pickup truck cutout. The wood background is distressed white and the truck will be the traditional red and black with a green tree.

Allow both pieces to completely dry. Figure out which direction you’d like your truck to face. On the correct side, paint the truck in your desired colors, making sure to allow the paint to completely dry between coats as well as between colors. You could also add your family’s name to the truck door if you’d like it a personal touch.

Place the truck on the wood to determine what area you’d like your greeting to be in. Pencil that in so that you can paint it – or if you have vinyl letting, apply those now. For mine, I added “Merry Christmas” and then added a wreath on either side.

For the final step, we just glue the truck onto the wood. So easy, so budget friendly and so cute!

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I will have a few of these available in the shop here.

 

Please let me know if you decide to try these and feel free to tag me on Instagram @thecozyloftofficial with your creations. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

xoxo

Rhonda

How to Make Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

I’ve been wanting a quick and simple budget friendly Christmas ornament project and I have come up with a perfect one to do! Now, I’ve not watched or followed any tutorials out there so I don’t know how other people do it. My way is so simple that I didn’t need to look into it further.

These burlap ornament projects began back when I was making lots of burlap flags and had loads of scraps. Since I don’t like wasting things, I gave many away but eventually turned my attention to them to figure out if I could use them for anything. This is one of the things I started doing and they have gone over so well!

This project would be great for kids, though they would need some adult assistance in the glue gun portions.  It would also make a great craft project for Sunday School classes or other events as well. What I love about it is that it can be individualized and custom in any way you’d like to make it!

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To make it easier, I have created this written tutorial  and I’ve also created a “how-to” video here if that works easier for you.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Mason Jar/Canning Lids & Bands
  • Burlap scrap or fabric scrap of your choice
  • Decorative ornament of your choice sized to fit on the jar lid
  • Jute, hemp, satin ribbon or other trim
  • Berries or other accents (optional)

Tools you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Let’s get started! First, take a piece of burlap scrap and cut it to a little larger than the jar band. Put the fabric over the lid and snap the band into place. Thicker fabrics will be a snugger fit and thinner fabrics might require a little glue.

After a few seconds, pull the lid and band apart and cut the fabric a little outside around the indentations of where the ring was and put it back together. This will give the finish a cleaner look but you can bypass this step entirely if you want to attach a felt or fabric backing to it.

Next, cut any hangers or tags off and attach the ornament to the front center of the burlap or fabric using hot glue.

For the berries, those are plucked from the stem. Sometimes these can have white foam showing through. A dot of red craft paint or red marker can fix that right up. Attach those using hot glue. Alternatively, you can use any accents here that you like or that you have on hand but this step is completely optional.

The last step is that we need a way to hang it on the tree. I used a bow that I made of hemp and tied extra hemp around it to use as a hanger but you can do this in a number of different ways using all sorts of different cords, ribbons or other similar materials.

That’s it! It only takes a few minutes to assemble these into a cute and unique ornament. I will have a few of these available in the shop here.

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Please let me know if you decide to try these and feel free to tag me on Instagram @thecozyloftofficial with your creations. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

xoxo

Rhonda

 

 

Farmhouse Snowmen!

I guess I was “Farmhouse” even when Farmhouse wasn’t cool. I’ve had what is now considered Farmhouse decor for many years though I more of an eclectic Farmhouse style because I also love rustic, Shabby Chic and Parisian types of decor. It somehow all works together because it’s cozy. Seeing the name of my business, The Cozy Loft, tells you it’s not just a persona or a gimmick for me…it’s who I am.

I wanted to create some snowmen in the Farmhouse style and as one thing led to another, I searched near and far for Buffalo Plaid fabric for the scarf. Seemingly, it’s in high demand as that was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Sure, I could have ordered it but I’m the kind of person who needs to create when I’m excited and envisioning something. There was no time to waste! Finally, I did find it and I have a photo here of how it turned out:

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Oh I love it! I did go ahead and make a couple of others to join him so that I could have a few listed in my shop:

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You can see them by clicking on the link here. I have another form that I’ve made more of the country/rustic style. He still needs a photography shoot so I’ll share him later on. They delight me! Sometimes it’s difficult to sell things when you want to hoard them all for yourself.  😀

xoxo

Rhonda

Inktober Days 10-11

They say that if you really want to do something bad enough, you’ll do it. I say that’s mostly true but sometimes you simply cannot. I was slaying Inktober…until Day 12. As most of you know, this time of year is when my shop goes nuts with custom hand painted ornament orders. Those things have to be done – well if I want to earn a living from this (and I do lol) – so between that and my left hand in a brace…I am unable to continue Inktober.

I was having SO much fun! Here are a couple of pieces of evidence of that…

Day 10’s prompt word was “flowing” and check it out:

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Day 11’s word was “cruel” and here’s the result:

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In the interest of full disclosure, my best friend gave me the concept for the “cruel” painting…my devious mind is apparently not up to par with hers. HA!!! Love you Maria!

As long as I’m not doing small work like the ink drawings and the ornaments, I can get by with my left hand okay. So, larger projects seem to be working for me. I have more to share but will do that on separate posts later this week when I have all the photos ready.

This was my first time attempting Inktober…and if all goes my way, it won’t be the last. 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

 

Inktober Days 6-9

This month is just going right along! That means Inktober drawings are as well. So far, so good because I’ve been able to keep up. This plus the giveaway I have going on this week has proven to have me rushing around a little just to make sure I have everything done I need to get done. By the way, be sure to go to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thecozyloft/ to enter if you’d like to win the fan ornaments I did for Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet. Good luck!

Inktober, Day 6’s prompt word was “drooling” and I absolutely wasn’t inspired by that so I went out on my own and created something I’d been thinking of for a while…a sweet llama:

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For Day 7, the word was “exhausted” and since my chicken character had quite a good response on social media, I decided to have a little fun with him. This one is titled “From Couch Potato to 5k Fail”:

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Day 8’s word was “star” and I really wanted to do something different, kind of a different take on “Catch a Falling Star and Put It In Your Pocket” by creating an easier way to catch them. What could be better than a tree of them?

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Yesterday’s word (Day 9) was “precious” and I could think of nothing more precious than love and this sweet couple has it in spades:

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These have been good for me – I needed to step outside of my norm and have a little fun. I hope it shows in the pieces.

xoxo

Rhonda

Giveaway time!

Guess what time it is? It’s giveaway time! Between now and the end of the year, there will be a giveaway each month. This month, I’m going to do the giveaway on my Facebook page so please follow me here to keep up with it:  https://www.facebook.com/thecozyloft/

This is what will be given away:

 

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Four fan art creations – Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet! You can keep them all for yourself or gift them. Each of them can be personalized on the back, too!

Here are the official rules:

No purchase is necessary and a purchase does not enhance your chance of winning. This giveaway is being hosted by Rhonda James, Artist of The Cozy Loft. Winning artwork does not transfer rights. Contest void where prohibited. 

Contest begins October 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST and ends on October 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST. After all entries are compiled on a spreadsheet and assigned a number, the random number generator will be used to determine a winner. Winner will be announced on October 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm CST. 

To be eligible, you must be a follower of  https://www.facebook.com/thecozyloft/, liked and/or shared the prize photo and have commented on any post during the contest times and dates as mentioned above. One entry per person per day. This contest is open worldwide to all ages 3 and up. It is your responsibility to determine if glass ornaments from Tennessee, USA are permitted in your location. If the winner is disqualified, another winner will be selected. 

October’s prize to be given away: 4 glass fan art ornaments, hand painted. One of Winnie the Pooh, one of Tigger, one of Eeyore and one of Piglet for a total of 3 ornaments. 

By your entry in this contest, you are giving your consent to The Cozy Loft to use your name/user name in the same manner of which you entered the contest as well as the general country and/or state in which you reside. Otherwise, all information is kept in confidence.

Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One winner will be chosen for the October giveaway. Once the winner is determined, it will be announced on https://www.facebook.com/thecozyloft/ and you have 24 hours to contact The Cozy Loft with your name and complete address (including country). 

Good luck and thank you for entering! Please be sure to check back often. There will be more giveaways to come between now and the end of the year. 

Warm wishes from The Cozy Loft!