Monday, February 21, 2011

One Year Giveaway and Nursery Progress

February marks one year of blogging for me.  I'll admit, there were some rough spots where I went months without one post due to exhaustion from the pregnancy, and I'd like to thank all of you for sticking with me even though I wasn't the most consistent.

It's been a wonderful journey so far and I love all that this blog has given me.  Not only has it allowed me to meet some amazing people, see some incredibly talented projects and kicked me in the butt to get projects done around the house . . . but it has also allowed me the opportunity to write (and publish) again -- something I've certainly missed over the years.

In celebration of one year of blogging, I'm hosting a great giveaway!

You might have noticed stencils popping up all over home decorating magazines and home decorating websites lately.  So we decided to give it a try in the nursery.

 We used the "Spring Songbirds Wall Stencil" from Cutting Edge Stencils and we're really happy with how it turned out.

The directions from Cutting Edge Stencils were pretty clear. First, we taped the stencil to the wall.






Jason got some paint on the roller and dabbed most of it off with a paper towel to prevent drips.





Next, he began rolling it on the wall using the stencil.  We used a lighter color first because we wanted to layer the branches.







He went through with a small paint brush and touched up some of the edges and here is what we had for the first two branches. 





We followed the same process for the next branches, making them darker.   After Jason painted the remaining branches on, we felt that the first two were too dark, so he went back over them with lighter paint with a small brush.



And here is the finished product.






But maybe you're not into trees and branches and would like a design on your walls instead.  Here are a few of the many patterned stencils available from Cutting Edge Stencils.













Or maybe you're looking for something a little more whimsical.








Or perhaps you don't want to stencil your walls at all, but you're really into fossils (like my daughter Imani).  Well how cool is this stencil, where you can replicate a real fossil?







I personally am loving the all-over damask patterns and would love to use one for the inside of a closet.    Isn't this one gorgeous?





And if you ARE into trees, there are a variety to choose from.  I love the cherry blossoms and would have probably used this one in the nursery if we were having a girl.






So here's the deal. One lucky winner will be selected to choose a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
of up to a $50 value.


I'm going to give you lots of opportunities to win. Here's what you have to do:

1. Head on over to Cutting Edge Stencils and select which stencil you would choose if you won. Then, come back here and leave a comment telling me which stencil you'd choose. (Please make sure to leave an email address if you don't have an account set up that automatically links your email to your comments).

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each one that you do, letting me know):

1.  Follow Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook.
2.  Follow my blog.

3.  Post about this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter (be sure to @decoratingaddic in your tweet).

4.  Post about this giveaway on your own blog (in the side bar or an actual post).

5.  "Like" Decorating Addiction on Facebook.

6. Follow me on Twitter.



**This giveaway is for US residents only and will close on Friday, February 25 at midnight.  I will select a winner on Saturday, February 26.


Good luck!




34 comments:

  1. Stephenie,

    The stencil looks fantastic! I can also see a bit of the chandelier. Tease!
    What a generous giveaway. The site offers so much. I especially like the ceiling medallions as well as the birds.
    Congrats on reaching your one year mark!

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  2. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary. Looks like the nursery is coming along and looks so sweet so far. I like the ceiling medallion stencil. I didn't know they made those. Thanks!

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  3. Happy Blogiversary (or however you spell that! I would choose the Birds on a Branch design for our nursery.

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  4. My daughter and I are in negotiations about which stencil she'd like on her walls, but they are all gorgeous!

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  5. I linked your giveaway to my FB page.

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  6. I really love the Weeping Cherry Stencil. It was so hard to choose just one!!

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  7. I am following Cutting Edge Stencils on facebook.

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  8. I follow your blog in google reader. Thanks!

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  9. So many awesome stencils. I think I like the Damask Nadya. There are so many. I'd love to win since I really want to do a stencil on the wall in our master bedroom. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kmegz@hotmail.com

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  10. I would choose the casablanca stencil if I won! I so want one of these but hate to dish out the money for one! :)

    Hope I win!

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  11. I follow Decorating addiction on facebook!

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  12. I also follow your blog in google reader!

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  13. and I liked Cutting Edge Stencils on facebook!

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  14. Love this giveaway, I will of course bow out as I am the mom of the blog here....but, I will post it to my facebook for others to take advantage of the chance to win a stencil. What a Great idea!
    By the way Conrgats on this blogs anniversary!
    Love,mom

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  15. Stephanie, The nursery is going to be beautiful!! Febuary is my blog anniversary to! I have to say the branches are my favorite. I love it!!

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  16. The all over damask patterns are my favorite. I already know where I'd put it!

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  17. I am a follower. Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  18. Love where your nursery is heading - can't wait to see the finished product! I found your blog a few weeks ago & I love it. Happy 1 yr. anniversary! I'm a follower now!

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  19. I love the stencil you used in your nursery it looks great!

    I'm a follower of your blog.

    I've given you a Stylish Blogger Award! You can go to my blog and get a copy of the award (copy and paste the award button)along with instructions.

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  20. It was hard but I would choose this one:

    Daisy Crazy Flower Stencils, kit #3

    couponclippinmommy at yahoo dot com

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  21. I follow your blog
    couponclippinmommy at yahoo dot com

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  22. I follow you on twitter
    couponclippin

    couponclippinmommy at yahoo dot com

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  23. I like the butterfly dance and Zinnia Grande Flower Stencil best, but I could search all day. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  24. I "liked" Cutting edge stencils too! Can you tell I want these stencils?

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  25. I am following Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook.

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  26. I "liked" decorating addiction on facebook.

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  27. I just bought the cherry blossoms stencil, at Cutting Edge Stencils. They had a couple of pictures of your home and the stenciling you did, great job! Cutting Edge had your blog address, so here I am reading about your journey. Isn't it great how we have so many wonderful things at our finger tips thanks to blogging and sharing? Keep up the great work. Pam

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  28. Love the idea!! The room looks great!
    I have a website about nursery chandelier

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