Win…and Lose? A Gamestop Giveaway!

January 20th, 2011

It’s that time of year when many of us may be thinking:

  • “I really need to lose 10 lbs…”
  • “I want to spend more time with my family…”
  • “I want to find more balance in my life…”
  • “I need to stop eating chocolate-covered cinnamon bears…” (ok, maybe not that drastic) LOL

Sound familiar? :) Yes, it’s the good ol’ “New Year’s Resolutions.” 

But this year, I’m just going to add more to my plate (not the dinner plate…) but the idea that I want to do “more of this…and less of that” kind of idea. Maybe something like this:

  • “I’ll play more with my kids…and work less.”
  • “I’ll read more…and watch less.”
  • “I’ll eat more (whole foods)…and eat less (processed foods)”
  • “I’ll run more…and sit less.”
  • “I’ll enjoy life more…and worry less.”

You know, that kind of thing.  Nothing too drastic. Nothing over-the-top-and-be-done-with-it-2-weeks-later, kind of thing.  Which all leads me to this week’s sponsored giveaway from Gamestop

This week’s theme with Gamestop is “Family Time” and a DIY Dish viewer is going to win a bundle of any 3 games of their choice from this list:  – Hasbro Family Game Night 3, Just Dance Kids, Kinectimals, Donkey Kong Country,  Little Big Planet 2, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Super Mario Glaxy 2, uDraw, Wii Party, or Eye Pet. Our family has played the “Just Dance” game and it was a total blast! We laughed so much and really got a fun workout from it too!

You have 2 ways to enter!

1. Visit GameStop’s “Play Your Way” website and tell us a game you think your family would enjoy playing together. Come back to The DIY Dish blog and let us know what it is.
2. Leave a comment here and let us know one of your “New Year’s Resolutions”.

This contest is open to a world-wide audience, 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Entries will be accepted from 1/20/11 and close on 1/25/11. A winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on the blog on 1/26/11.

Have a wonderful week!
-Kim and Kris

P.S. Don’t forget to catch this week’s episode of The DIY Dish — it’s a Valentine project you can put together in a day!

Make a Valentine Garland!

January 19th, 2011

The feedback on this week’s episode featuring some of our favorite products from Therm O Web has been amazing! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support! It means everything to us.

As promised, we wanted to show you how quickly and easily this Valentine banner was made that was a part of our Valentine dinner setting. This lacelike creation is quite charming and romantic. And of course with some help from Therm O Web, this came together in no time at all!

Materials? How about some paper doilies, the Sticky Strip Tape Runner,  cute scrapbook paper (That won’t be too hard to find!), Sticky Dot Transfer Adhesive, and a little bit of ribbon for hanging!

Let’s get started!

1. Measure the center circle of your paper doily. Then cut another circle from scrapbook paper to match up. Here I’ve used a scalloped die cut, but any circle will do. “Ink” the edges of the circle with a dark-colored stamp pad.

2. Glide several pieces of the tape runner across the back of the center circle.

3. Press circle firmly to the center of paper doily.

4. With electronic die-cut machine, letter punches, or even pre-made stickers, cut out one letter for each garland piece. Here we decided to cut out the letters to “Be Mine.” We adhered the Sticky Dot Transfer Paper to the back of the scrapbook paper and then put the paper through the Cricut to cut out all of the letters. When it was time to add the letters, we just peeled back the paper and this new “sticker” was ready to go!

5. Place letter firmly in center of each circle.

6. Because this dainty doily already has holes in it, stringing the garland is a breeze!

Episode 10: Valentine Sewing and Paper Crafts

January 18th, 2011

We have missed you!  It is nice to be back and creating again!  We know you love to sew and we know you love paper crafts! So we’ve combined the two into this week’s Valentine-themed episode!  Plus, we’re giving away over $1000 in prizes thanks to this week’s sponsor, So join us this week as we present Episode 10!

Download the free patterns for this episode  here!

Here are a few more photos of the projects and the entire Valentine table setting.  ThermOWeb products make these projects so versatile for any occasion! We’d love to hear what your ideas, too!

We’re also THRILLED to share a new giveaway with you!  10 people are going to each win a gift bundle package over $100. Take a look at what is inside of it! (And by the way, the bags are gorgeous! We’ll bring you another video blog post about these Mimi Collection microsuede bags later this week!)

There are 5 ways to enter…that’s right…you can have 5 entries!!  This is open to a world-wide audience, 18 years and older. (Void where prohibited.)  Giveaway entries received from January 17, 2011 – February 13, 2011 will be placed in a random drawing. TEN winners will be drawn from all elegible entries and will be announced February 14, 2011.

Here’s how to enter!
1. We’d love to hear from you! Watch Season 2, Episode 10 above and leave a comment below.  Easy!
2. Visit and find something that interests you. It could be any of their products — anything from adhesives to gorgeous and functional craft totes! Then come back to The DIY Dish blog and let us know which caught your eye!
3. Tweet about this contest on Twitter. (You can use our button found at the top or bottoms of this post! Be sure to include @theDIYdish and @ThermOWeb in your post)
4. Tell us how you let your friends know about the episode — either online or off-line!
5. Embed the video above into your blog. (The embed link is found by clicking on the right corner of the video screen.)

Join us the rest of this week as we’ll be sharing more behind-the-scenes photos, as well as another craft project we created with ThermOWeb products!

Have a wonderful week!
-Kim & Kris

P.S. Don’t forget to download your free patterns for this week’s project here!

Sneak Peak: Episode 10 Goes Live Monday Night!

January 17th, 2011

New episodes begin Monday night! And we couldn’t be more thrilled about an AMAZING giveaway! (How does over $1000 in prizes sound?)

 Here’s a sneak peak at what we’ll be making. We’re sewing AND papercrafting! What a great combination!

“See” you soon!

-Kris and Kim

How To Needle Felt: Studio 5 Appearance

January 14th, 2011

Today Kris had the opportunity to appear on NBC KSL-5 Studio 5 program. She shared with host, Brooke Walker, the techniques of needle felting! And what a fun day it was! We actually made it through without poked fingers! (It was the nightmare dream I had the night before the show!)

Watch below to see how the basic felted bead is made and how it can be turned into some beautiful jewelery!

And just for fun, here are a few pictures from our day! First off, it’s Kris with her laundry basket!

We were also lucky enough to have our sister-in-law and nieces and nephew come see us from California! What a wonderful visit we had and we look forward to a great weekend with them as well!  (And yes, those cute little ones are twins!)

And finally, here are a few more up-close photos of some of the projects we displayed on the table today. Enjoy!

So…what do you think? Is there a particular needle felting project you’d like to try? Do you have any questions regarding needle felting that you’d like to learn more about? Let us know below and we’ll be happy to help answer!

It’s a new year…how about trying something new with needle felting? You might just surprise yourself!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

-Kris and Kim

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