Today I have a super easy project and a great giveaway from one of my very favorite stores on the planet! First, the project… Last week when I was InstaShopping at World Market I picked up some amazingly cute cloth napkins. Why napkins? Because I need new pillows. Stick with me here… Cloth dinner napkins really are such an easy go-to for making throw pillows. They come in amazing colors and patterns and they are the perfect size. It takes out the measuring and cutting – which is, by far, my least favorite part of sewing. It was so hard … Continue reading
Do you know that I love my neighbors? I have the best neighbors ever. EVER. A few weeks ago my neighbor across the street came over bearing gifts for this DIYer. Two big sheets of 4 inch foam. That’s right. Foam. That foam would have cost me $150 from a store and he gave it to me for free! Like I said, my neighbors are awesome. Right when I saw it I knew what I’d do with it – make a bench cushion for our banquette. Those seat cushions in the picture were temporary and have been seriously beaten … Continue reading
If you are visiting via Pinterest, let me just say…You.Are.Awesome. I love it when pinners follow links! Welcome to my little bloggyland home. I wish I could pour us some coffee, pull up a chair and get to know you. I’d even make you some vegan cookies if I could. I’m sure we’d be BFF’s in no time. _______________________________________ There seems to be a lot of interest in the ruffled duvet I made for my daughter’s room so I’m going to walk you through how I did it. It took about a week for me to finish it, but I … Continue reading
As Ellie and I planned her new room we had tons of ideas for her bedding. We shopped and shopped and couldn’t find anything that matched our vision. Everything looked a little too…regular…for my spunky little girl. So for the past week I’ve been sitting at my trusty Brother sewing machine trying to create something that matched Ellie’s style and personality. She wanted something that looked a bit like this, with the colorful fabric stripes (from Bee In Our Bonnet): Source: beeinourbonnet.blogspot.com via Heidi on Pinterest We also loved the ruffles of this (Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover, originally found … Continue reading
Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to lately. After a trip to the fabric store last week I’ve been sewing and sewing and sewing…and sewing. My machine and I are very close friends. After hour upon hour sitting in front of my trusty Brother, I am almost finished. Not quite, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of my favorite sewing project ever. Come back tomorrow for the grand reveal. Trust me, it’s gonna be good!!!
My kitchen and dining room windows have seriously been in need of curtains ever since we renovated the rooms in July. I’ve been sitting on curtain material since September and have finally gotten over my lazy streak and busted out the sewing machine. I was eyeing these Anthro curtains,
but until we win the lottery, making it possible for me to afford anything from Anthropologie, I’m going to have to make curtains myself.
I shopped around for weeks before finding some orange and white Waverly fabric at Joann Fabric that I thought would be an acceptable stand in for the Anthropologie design. After some mistakes cutting the width of the dining room panels and a lot of ironing edges I ended up with these:
Someday I’ll get cute soap dispensers. I’m not sure why I’ll shell out $40 for curtain fabric but I won’t shell out the $2 it would take to get some pump dispensers at Home Goods.
What do you think? I was pretty happy with the way they turned out and with the similarity to the Anthropologie fabric. It gives our windows some character, helps keep the cold out and brings in more color. Win-win-win. Just like Michael Scott.
The clutter under the bench will be the next thing to go. I got some cute baskets on sale at Michaels over the holidays. They will be holding all that junk that’s currently an eye sore under there.
A few of the details:
The name of the fabric is Waverly Fun Floret fabric. I found it at Joann Fabrics in September. The orange is slightly lighter than it appears in the pictures.
I found the curtain rods at Lowes last weekend. They are the allen+roth brand. A whole slew of them were on super duper amazing clearance. These two rods were on sale for $8 each and I got the clip rings for $7 for 10. I also got a 100 inch rod for our living room for $11.50 (regular $49) and some really cool mercury glass looking hold backs for $4.5o.
The dining room clock came from Amazon.com. You can find it HERE. I got it as a Christmas gift from my in-laws and I LOVE IT!
Today I finally gave in and called the advice nurse. I was having a hard time swallowing, I felt like someone punched me in the throat and I thought I might choke on my tongue. And I’m only partially exaggerating. She suggested I go to nurse treatment.
After one of my favorite activities – a gag inducing, tear producing throat culture – I finally found out that all of my misery was being caused by strep throat. I had strep as a kid and don’t remember it being this painful. Then the angels at the pharmacy gave me a miracle drug, a wonder of wonders…Penicillin. By tomorrow I’ll feel wonderful.
Thank you Kaiser Permanente.
Thank you extremely long vomit inducing Q-tip.
Thank you Alexander Fleming.
But I couldn’t just sit around today even though I felt yucky. Too many things are rattling around in my head. So I decided to do what took the least amount of energy. I finally began sewing my kitchen and dining room curtains. They aren’t done yet, but here’s a preview:
It wasn’t without incident, though. In my sickness haze I cut one panel wrong. 11 inches too short. Immediately I knew what I did and said something like, “Ahhhhhh!!”. I decided just to piece the 11 inches on and hope no one noticed. Then I measured the second panel and cut it and screamed, “You have GOT to be kidding me!!” That’s right. 11 inches too short. At least they match.
Lesson learned: Don’t make curtains when you have strep throat.
In my never ending quest to find new creative outlets, I have began my own little clothing design projects. It all began as a way to save money by turning the inexpensive plain clothing I found at consigment shops into fancy stuff my kids would want. Then I realized I like coming up with new designs. And I like the process of creating things. And I like stitching a little bit of me into every piece of clothing I make. I decided to make a few onesies for a friend’s baby shower, seeing as they would be a personal, inexpensive and special gift. I got quite a response, and may have been asked by everyone in the room if I sold them on a website. So I decided to cave to peer pressure and sell them.
If you know me you probably know that I strive in any way I can to be conscious of what products I’m using and how it affects the world we live in. And this new endeavor is no different. The felt used in my designs is made of recycled plastic water bottles. The shirts and bodysuits I use are upcycled – bought at local consignment stores and made into new designs. That way they do not end up in landfills and new products do not have to be manufactured.
I’ll be adding more items as I make them. If you have the time, please stop by my storefront over at Etsy. Here are a few of my products: