The Meet Virginia Summer Tour Stop #1: Ana From Get Craftin!

June 23, 2010

Ok guys I am so excited about this we have Ana from Get Craftin' posting for us today for the first Meet Virginia Tour Stop! You can check out what is going on next on the tour HERE. Back to Ana, she does the funnest stuff and is hands down GORGEOUS I am pretty much obsessed with her blog!!! I have had a blast getting to know her and becoming friends I know you guys will too!

So here she is!

Take it away Ana!!

Hello Meet Virginia Followers,
I'm the chick behind Get Craftin!

I'm extremely excited to be guest posting here at Meet Virginia today!
I love Morgan's creations isn't she the cutest?!

Well without further ado here's a little about me...

My name is Ana Paula, but you can call me whatever creative nickname you come up with.

Trust me there's a lot, but i won't humiliate myself today.

I'm a newlywed

of 10 months now.

I don't know how long you still call yourselves newlyweds?

But we still feel like newlyweds.

With the World Cup going on i'll let you know I AM Brazilian.

Now you either HATE ME or LOVE ME :)

Some of my interests includes photography...
I want to some day be a pro, but for now i just do it for fun without a great camera.

Interior Decorating
is another passion. Although i live in a very square feet limited space, i love to decorate a home to make it feel homy. My style is complicated, it's a modern with vintage, eclectic and comfortable. I told you it was complicated!

Here's my latest furniture revamp, inspired by MEET VIRGINIA.

You can find the tutorial HERE!

I also love love fashion. Every Wednesday i do a post called "What I Wear" I try to photograph my outfits throughout the week then i hear what you all have to say about it.
I'm the thriftiest thriftier out there (probably next to Morgan), and i love to share my finds that i incorporate in my outfits.
If you want a preview from my last one click HERE!

This week I wore this to a friend's formal birthday dinner...

Here's the rundown of the outfit...

Top: Gap Thrifted at Plato's Closet for $2.oo
Cami: Downeast Tent Sale $3.50
Skirt: Ross $10.oo
Shoes: Thrifted $3.oo
Necklaces: Made by Me

Tips: Highlight your best accents.
The legs are always nice to show off,
so wear some heals to make them seem longer and fabulous.
A black skirt always works wonders,
it can make you look slimmer instantly,
wear it with your favorite top to make the top the eye catching item.

The necklace is another piece i made.
Jewelry is some of my favorite crafts, why? because i love anything feminine. I'm defiantly a girly girl. I love turning old pieces of jewelry to something new and interesting.
Check out the tutorial HERE!

(No that's not me, i know you were thinking it, but it's my gorgeous sis)

As if i haven't blahbed enough i'm going to show you a quick and easy tutorial for a fabulous piece of art. In the past i have done a tutorial for button art, Here's the old tutorial. Today i'm going to revive it from the past with a new twist to it.

In the past post i created a Monogram S, for our last name.

Now i revived the tutorial to make a fabulous damask shape to go with my monogram S.

Here's how YOU can create this easy peezy piece of art.

I scored used canvas at the thrift store for only a buck each, i was so happy because those can be a little pricy sometimes. If you don't have canvas you can use an old wood picture frame without the glass and back.

So here's what you'll need:

  • Canvas or your frames

  • Your choice of Fabric

  • Hot glue or staple gun

  • and buttons... lots and lots of buttons

  • and either ink to stain the edges or paint

1st: I started out by removing the canvas of the wood frame, I just used a kitchen knife to remove the staples. Probably not so safe, just use whatever you feel comfortable using to remove those staples. Or rip the canvas right off the wood frame, leaving the staples behind because it won't show anyways.

2nd: When you have your wood frame all alone. Move on to your fabric. Measure it out so it covers your wood frame. Cut it out, and iron it down so there's no wrinkles.

Hint that you often see here on Meet Virginia, at thrift stores look for patterns on sheets that you love, because you get a lot of fabric for barely any money. That's what i did here, i had this ripped sheet so i put it to good use.

3rd: You either hot glue or staple your fabric unto your wood frame. Pull on it tightly so you get a smooth surface. Fold the edges down as if you were wrapping a present then staple or hot glue it down.

4th: I then sketched with a pencil my S and my damask pattern free handed. You could easily print off a shape from your computer, cut it out and follow the stencil if you don't like the free handed deal.

5th: I then set out all the buttons on my stencil to a way i liked the layout, then using hot glue, i attached all the buttons following my sketch. I clipped off with some jewelry pliers the backs of all the buttons.

Last: When they were all glued on, i used some dark paint
to run over the buttons and the edge of the canvas.
My buttons were really really gold and i didn't love that. So the paint was a solution.

Easy enough right?!

The two made a perfect couple.

It defiantly completes my mantel piece and goes perfect with my new ottoman that has the same fabric.

(sorry about the glare, hope your not blind by now)

I'm a creator with NO Martha Stewart budget,
so if you love creating fabulous pieces without spending a lot of moneylike myself check out my blog
Get Craftin'

Right now we are even having a GIVEAWAY that you don't want to miss, a $25 gift certificate to Uppercase Living Vinyl Lettering Store. You get a bunch of chances to enter so go do it please, you never know when you might get LUCKY!

Thank you Morgan for letting me spent a minute of fame on your cute blog. Just know that you inspire me daily, and I appreciate being a guest here today!

Have a fantabulous day everyone!
I hope to see ya at my blog one of these days :)
I love to chit chat as you can tell by this long post so drop me a message, comment, email or whatev.


Ana Paula

Thanks again so much Ana for stopping by! I had a blast swapping with you! I am sure this won't be the last! Guys hop on over and check out her blog her projects are to die, and she is hosting a super awesome giveaway right now! Thanks again! Hope you all are having a great day! Love, love.

You can find my post with the lovely Ana HERE!!


  1. I follow Get Craftin too! I love her blog.

    I have a question - at Target when you talk about coupon overages, are they from like food/personal care or do you get coupons for your clothes and handbags sort of thing?


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