Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dessert Inspiration

     Some desserts to cool you off as the weather gets warmer!

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Turtle Brownie Ice Cream Dessert


Mud Slide Ice-Cream Cake


"Healthified" Turtle Ice Cream Cake

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Banquet Dress – Part 4 – Finished


It’s finished and over. Smile Yay! So much stress to finish!!

Here’s how it ended up:

  • 3 Layers in the skirt. 2 of chiffon and one of satin.
  • Each layer was two complete circles. (If you need an explanation on how I did this, just let me know!)
  • The neckline was a sweetheart neckline
  • Bodice was lined in cotton
  • The back neckline was round and swooped down as low as I could get it and still wear my normal bra with it.
  • The sash was made of chiffon and covered up the unsightly waist.
  • I added a waist stay on the inside and I think that helped so much!
  • I did a rolled hem on the bottom, although I wish I had gotten some wooly nylon to do that instead.
  • I made my own facings for the neckline and arms.
  • The flowers were made by burning chiffon and satin and tulle.
  • One of the chiffon layers was a different color, but it worked out okay.
  • If you make a dress like this, you’re gonna have some trouble getting enough fabric. I had to accumulate this fabric over several weeks. Waiting for coupons to come out and such.
  • Even with coupons, it was still pretty expensive, I’m scared to total everything up…maybe I won’t. Smile heehee.
  • I made his tie as well. I used the pattern from the Purl Bee. I think it adds a nice touch.
  • It was fun to dance in. It was fairly low profile until he spun me around. Then it would swish out! fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dress Inspiration

So I know a lot of what I'm posting lately is just inspiration...but it's better than nothing! I got my sewing area mostly finished up. I will be posting pictures as soon as I can get them! It's from Verity Clothing. She got the pattern from the May 2009 issue of Burda Magazine. Isn't it lovely? I want to make one!!
But for now, here is a lovely dress I ran across.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sewing Nook Inspiration

I have decided that spring break is a perfect time to redo my sewing nook. It is connected to my room and is where I do all my creating. Here is what I want to do:

1.) Create a desk similar to this one. Mine will probably be in a L-shape. Mine will also be wider, and will probably have a file cabinet under one side and a shelf of some sort along the other. I might also secure the back against the wall using  bracket of some sort. My grandma has the doors and shelves, so all I need to get is a file cabinet, and I just found one on craigslist for $8! I’m thinking about painting the table a teal/aqua color…


image from YoungHouseLove

Tutorial here

2.) Paint the walls. I am wanting to stripe the walls using the same color as my main room along with another slightly darker color. I want this room to be fun! This tutorial is also from Young House Love. LOVE their stuff!  It looks to be fairly straightforward.


image from Young House Love

Tutorial here

3.) I am also working on some watercolors of dresses to hang on the wall. Kind of like this:


image from Young House Love

4. ) My grandma has an old window frame that I might incorporate in some way. I might do something like the picture, or I might just paint it and hang it  on the wall.


image from Remodalholic

I’ve got some other ideas, but I guess that’s it for now!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bedroom Makeover

When we moved into our house almost 3 years ago, I wanted to paint my room yellow. Unfortunately, I was talked into painting it some green color that I really don’t care for. As such, I have never bought matching bedding or really hung any pictures. But I am ready for a change! I am going to try to do this over the summer, so I am just in the planning stages at this point.

I am wanting to keep the decorating cost to $50 + whatever I can sell from my current d├ęcor (bedpreads, art, etc.). This is going to be the most challenging part about this project.

Here is what I am thinking for the paint color:

I am wanting a pinkish grayish tone. Something I can build on. I want it to be sophisticated, but able to work with a lot of different tones of pink too.

(although I really like the paint colors in almost all the pictures)

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This wall color is really nice too! I am not sure what it is though, some sort of really pale pink.  (I like the color in the picture with the daybed with the pink sheets as well)

Here is what I am thinking for bedding:41q3Tub05gL._AA400_This is gorgeous! But at $80, it is way out of my budget!B003IH2AAU.16._SCLZZZZZZZ_SS450_This is another nice option. Both of these are from Target.


I have posted a tutorial for this in the past. I think it is from kojodesisgns. I saw the inspiration at Anthropologie yesterday and liked it a lot. The only thing I am worried about is the balled up parts being too hard.


There is a tutorial for this Anthro inspired bedspread here. I like the ruffles on it. And it would be a lot softer than the other option. I could make this for cheap too from sheets on clearance. And that will keep the cost down as well! If I can make it as a button-on cover that will go over a down comforter I will be extra happy! That way I could wash it easily too!

Art inspiration:

I am not sure what I will do for art yet. I want to be able to put some bold pieces in there too, but keep it sophisticated as well.


I will most likely be getting some crisp white furniture (I don’t have any right now). I also have a pink rug, and a bunch of frames that I need to use. I would also like to paint my sewing room, which is attached to my bedroom either a bright pink color or some other inspiring color. I also need to think about curtains for my windows and curtains to separate my sewing room from the rest of the room. I am excited!

(I am not sure where I got all these images, if they are your pictures and you want credit, just let me know and I will be glad to give it to you!!)