Contest Winners and Big Changes are Coming!

Contest Winners and Big Changes are Coming!

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Posted by Alicia Sell

I am a little late getting this post together because we have been making some behind-the-scenes changes here at Button Jar.  The first big change is that we migrated to a new hosting platform that will allow us to do some more exciting things with the blog.  The migration happened last night which slowed me down a bit. We are still working some of the kinks out so we appreciate your patience!  We have grown quite a bit over the past few months (thank you, faithful readers!) and we have lots of exciting things that will be happening with Button Jar over the next few months!  Keep an eye out for breaking news announcements – subscribers will get first dibs!  We CAN’T WAIT to share what is coming with you, but for now it will just have to be a cliffhanger.  Stay tuned!

Coloring contest winners

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of July (was it really that long ago that I was on vacation?!) but we have had a great time reviewing your coloring contest entries.  We had entries from young and old alike and your creativity was astounding!   Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated!  We hope you had as much fun coloring as we did. Isn’t it therapeutic?

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Tips for Creating A Beautiful and Meaningful Gallery Wall

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Posted by Alicia Sell

gallery_pinI have been wanting to try my hand at a gallery wall for a long time.  It was one of those things that I pinned a million times and thought to myself “I can do that.  It is easy.”

My first opportunity at creating a gallery wall came up when my sisters and I redid my mom’s office.  As is usually the case with these types of projects, it isn’t as easy as it looks.  In fact, if you love symmetry as much as I do gallery walls are pretty difficult.  But, I can say for my first try I am happy with how it turned out. It isn’t perfect (I would have moved the images a little closer together next time) but I like it, and even better – my mom loves it.   There were definitely some lessons learned that I thought I would share with Button Jar readers.  I hope they are helpful!  We would love to hear your tips and, even more exciting, we would love to see your gallery walls!  Email us your pictures at buttonjar3@gmail.com, send them through Facebook, or tag them with #buttonjargallery on Instagram so we can admire your amazing work!

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15 Food Blogs Worth Visiting

15 Food Blogs Worth Visiting

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Posted by The Creative Crew

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Food is such an important part of our lives.  There are so many different foods and so many ways to cook, but we often fall into a trap of repeating the same meals week after week.  It gets old quickly!

Since starting Button Jar, Abby, Alicia and I have made an effort to seek out other food bloggers doing great work to help stretch what we do and also to bring some variety to the foods and cooking styles we try in our own kitchens.  We thought you might enjoy reading these food blogs too.  For your reading and tasting pleasure, here are 15 food bloggers worth visiting.  Their pictures alone will make your mouth water.

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The Tastiest and Easiest To Make Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich Ever

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Posted by Katie Gambone

Pork BBQ_pinI understand that labeling this “The Tastiest and Easiest to Make Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich Ever” is quite a bold claim.  But I believe it is true.  If you want to prove me wrong (and I’d be totally okay with that), let me know how you make pulled pork BBQ in the comments section.

I should acknowledge that this is actually Alicia’s recipe, which I stole for my Recipe of the Week post because I love it so much.  So thank you Alicia. (I did ask her if it was okay and she begrudgingly agreed.)

This Crockpot recipe is perfect if you are planning on having friends over, or if you know you are getting home late from work and won’t have time to make a meal.  It takes 5 minutes of prep in the morning and about 10 minutes to finish the dish when you are ready to serve it.  You can add toppings like cheese and coleslaw if you want to, or your can just enjoy the pulled pork BBQ alone.  Whatever your preference, it tastes so good!  I can’t say that enough.  And it’s so easy to make!  Believe me.

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DIY Paper Quilt Project

DIY Paper Quilt Project

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Posted by Alicia Sell

Quilt_PinWhen I remodeled the bathroom (okay when I supervised Randall remodeling the bathroom) I wanted some artwork that was unique, bright and colorful.  I looked at lots of different stores but everything I found was too neutral, too small or too expensive.  Then one day I was shopping at my new favorite store, Shabby Love. I found an old frame and I knew I wanted to use it for a special project.

So, I went home and looked through my mountain of overflowing paper (because I am obsessed with beautiful paper) and decided I would make a paper quilt.  I have never quilted before and I wasn’t sure if it would work out, but I have to say it was easier to make than I thought it would be and it turned out great!  The paper was very inexpensive and if you like to scrapbook, chances are you have all of these supplies on hand.

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