Friday, December 31, 2010
All the images are from her etsy store where you can buy one if you want! Or she shares a tutorial for how to make one here. These would be so cute made in a heavier weight fabric for winter! With some cute tights and boots.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Our piano bench was really bothering me. It was a ‘70’s blue floral fabric. Which didn’t fit with our décor at all! So I decided to recover it. I looked at this tutorial to get a starting place. I knew I wanted to tuft it, so I measured and drilled 2 holes in the wood so I could get a needle through it. Then I added some extra foam and some batting and stapled that down. I used 1/4” staples, but longer would have definitely been better! I had to cover with the fabric twice. As the first time I did not get it centered the first time. The tufting was a little difficult. I covered buttons and had to get a long needle. The hard part was finding the hole in the wood on the way back through. I used some upholstery thread I had and knotted it onto a button to keep it from coming through the hole.If I had to do it again I would make the holes probably 1/2” instead. I think it turned out really cute though and definitely spruces the entry up!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Our Grandparents were coming in for the first Christmas in awhile and I wanted to do something special to decorate the table. I found a lot of inspiration around the web just by googling Christmas Centerpiece.
This is what we started with. My family and I went to Goodwill and the Goodwill Bargain Barn and picked up about $8 worth of decorations.
Our Charlie Brown Tree.
All in all I think it was a smashing success! Everybody thought it was cute, and I was tickled with it.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I did:
- Hang ornaments using clear thread
- Switch out shades for a lighter color to lighten things up
- Placed a couple of drops of Cinnamon Oil on 2 lightbulbs to make things smell good.
- Piled ornaments in a hurricane-ish vase. (I got that for $1!!)
- Made 3 white trees from cottonballs using this tutorial: A Fanciful Twist
- Placed tea lights in canning jars floating in water. Made a really cute effect!
- Clipped some evergreen from the yard to add some greenery.
- Tried to keep things in groups of 3
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It’s been a long time! Too long really. I have continued crafting, but school has taken its toll on my bloggy time. I’m excited to start back up again. I plan on typing out lots of blog posts during my break and releasing them slowly. So check back for new stuff!
This is a pencil pouch that was born of necessity. I throw it in my backpack when I leave for school. I made it from NoodleHead’s Tutorial. It turned out beautifully! I really like the touch that the contrasting zipper adds. I can’t wait to make more.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Isn’t this pretty? I really wish she would post more details on the actual construction of the dress! She said it has 2 full circles in the skirt. But I’m wondering if she means 2 circles for each layer, or one circle overlayed over the second circle? Either way, it is Satin with an overlay of Chiffon. I think it would be absolutely dreamy! The top would be easy since you could “frankenstein” the top from a modern formal dress pattern. And I love how it’s shorter to showcase the shoes as well!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Just got done shopping for some jeans. I have NEVER been so frustrated in my ENTIRE life! There is no industry standard for woman’s clothing at all. Most especially in jeans. I have found that a size 8 in one style is the same as a size 13 in another. Which is insane! I ended up buying size 13 jeans! And they are still the tiniest touch too small still. I, however, draw the lines at 13. I am not drastically overweight by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve got a 30” waist and 37” hips for goodness sakes! I should not have to buy size 13! But alas, that is the way the sizes work.
Somebody seriously needs to come up with some industry standards for jeans. For all women’s clothes really! Why do guys get to have their measurements in inches and we don’t?
:steps off soapbox: Thanks for listening (reading). :)
P.S. I was gonna put a picture of jeans on here…but it was extremely difficult to find one that was decent…and thus a pictureless post. :)
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Anyways, the tobacco is a matte finish and it looked pretty bad. Uneven coverage and not smooth. So I glazed it again with another brown. It still didn’t look right, so I glazed it, yet again! This time with robin’s egg.
I did an even coat of robin’s egg all over and then Mrs. Susie (our instructor) helped me to drizzle (I almost said to drool it over. :) heehee) the robin’s egg over the handle slightly. I think it turned out pretty good…acceptable at least. I’m not 100% happy with it, but at this point I’m just glad it’s done.
I know not everybody likes the spoon rest. :P My mom politely informed me that it looked like a ladies’ butt.
If you are not recieving the RedPlum Coupon insert – either in the mail or newspaper – then you can request that they put you on their mailing list. Just go here and sign up. It is supposed to take 6-8 weeks, but it’s better than not at all!!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
So we went to pick out fabrics for our skirt sew-along today. Here is a picture of my choices. They were loosely based on the fabric on the far right. I think it will look nice! I am hoping that one blue on the left doesn’t seem as bright as it does in the picture.
Here are my cousin’s fabric choices. She is darker skinned than I am and thus chose some darker fabrics that will also work well in the fall.
I think we’re gonna try to sew tomorrow! I can’t wait! :)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
My Aunt, Cousin, and I are planning on making the Saturday Market Skirt this week before school starts. I have been thinking about it…and I think it could be made with fat quarters!
By my calculations it would take 14 Fat Quarters for one skirt. Plus fabric for the waistband. That’s not too bad. If fat quarters are $1.50 each…then that would mean that the skirt would cost about $21. Which really isn’t bad at all for a full length custom skirt.
I’m also thinking that I am going to add a zippered waist band. I have some skirts that I’ve made in the past that fit nicely and have a lined yoke with a zipper. I just don’t look good in elastic (who does really?) so I think this will be a good option for me. We shall see! I’m so excited about doing a project with somebody else too!!
(click on picture for source :) )
Sunday, August 15, 2010
|both images from Vogue|
Friday, August 13, 2010
|image from fabulousmessvintage's etsy shop|
- The sheer fabric. The chiffon is just lovely! The color is also nice and feminine as well.
- The midriff bow. Very cute. :)
- The gathered bust...which seems to be a theme here lately.
- The nice thick straps to hide bra straps.
- The soft skirt gathers.
- I don't really care for the super deep hem. I think I would like it better if it had a narrow hem.
- The weird arm sleeve thing. It just doesn't do it for me.
- Length is just a little too short.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Keep in mind that anything under $.50 doubles. The stars (or asterisks or WHATEVER!) represent the items that are participating in the Mega Event Sale. You must buy 8 to get the price that is listed.
Anyways, here are the deals.
Load (3) $0.50/2 Fruit Snacks e-coupon from Cellfire, Shortcuts, and Kroger (I only used 2)
Buy 6, use 3 printable coupons and 3 e-coupons and pay $4.44 and earn a $3.00 OYNO. So you are basically paying $1.44 for 6, which equals $0.24 each! :insert evil laugh:
Load (2) $0.50/1 Chex Mix Kroger e-coupon and Cellfire e-coupon here
FREE +$0.02 overage
Actually spending $2.09
82 percent savings!
Use (3) $0.50/1 Sweet & Salty Bars printables here, or here and here
Buy 2 Granola Thins
Use (2) $0.50/1 Nature Valley Granola Thins printable or here and here
Load $0.75/2 & (3) $0.50/1 e-coupons from Cellfire, Shortcuts, and Kroger
Pay $2.70, EARN a $3.50 OYNO. After using the OYNO you will have made $0.80!!
USE $3.00 OYNO
Actually MAKING $1.38
Use (2) $0.50/1 Printable
Watch for $1.00/2 peelie!!
$0.48 for Both with Peelie
Load (1) e-coupon $1/1
Load (1) e-coupon $1/1 Cellfire
**2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, $1.49
Use (1) $0.50/2 from 8/8 SS
Load (1) e-coupon $0.50/2 here
**1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers $1.38
Use $0.50/1 Green Giant printable
**2 El Paso Taco Shells $0.99
Load (1) $0.60/2 e-coupon
USE $3.50 OYNO
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
WHEW! It's finished! Finally! It took long enough. Needless to say...it didn't get done by the time I wanted to wear it (boo!!!!). It turned out pretty nice in the end. I'm not 100% happy with it, but I AM glad it's done! The fabric is cotton gauze that I discharged myself.
I learned some important things from this dress!!
- DO A TISSUE FITTING!!!!!!! never again....I had a LOT of fitting issues with this pattern. If you are a C cup...then go for it! But if you are smaller than that, I recommend drafting this dress yourself.
- I had major issues with the straps covering my bra straps. I ended up adding little strips of fabric with snaps to hold my bra farther in.
- I also need to start double checking the length of dresses as well. I find that they are usually too short. I ended up adding a band of fabric on to this dress to make it 5" longer. It's much more comfortable to wear that way.
- I think it would have looked a little bit better on my body style if I had lengthened the midriff band.
- I am very happy with using cotton gauze! I will definitely try to use it in the future! It drapes so nice, but it definitely needs lined. I lined the top in this dress, but decided to skip the bottom lining since I knew that I have a half slip that I like that works just fine.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
This is what I got at Target. I had to go to the Super Target because the one that is close by does not have meat and they were also out of tape and sticky notes. Go figure! :P
18.4-oz. Hormel Always Tender original pork tenderloin $5.99
(08/01 SS) save $1.00/1
Final Price, $4.99
Post-it Super Sticky Notes $1.00 (Double check to make sure that these match the ones in the ad. I had issues with it and had to take it to customer service.)
Printable coupon save $1.00
Final Price, FREE
Scotch Magic Tape $0.50
(08/08 SS) save $1.00/3 (regional)
Final price, $0.17 each
Here is my trip to Walgreens. This is probably the most successful trip I have had there to date!
Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies (other Nabisco items on sale) 2/$5
$.75/2 from 8/8 SS
Final Price: 2/$4.25
Nivea Body Wash for Women $5.99, B1G1 free
Final Price: 2/$1.99
Kotex U $3.50
$2/1 from August coupon booklet
Final Price: $.50
Schick 3 Razor $7.99
$5 from 8/8 SS
Earn $2 RR
Apply for rebate of full purchase price
Final Price: FREE + $7 Rebate!
Minus Coupons: $12.75
Minue $3 RR from 1st Transaction: $3
Total: $6.73 + $2 RR to use on next Transaction! PLUS send in $7.99 rebate! This scenario actually MAKES money!! :D Ahhh...I love making money. :D heehee
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
So...being the over-achiever that I am, I decided to pull out all the frames and paint them and hang them.
Once I got those how I liked it I spray painted almost all of our frames with Krylon's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint (which I LOVE). Then mom helped me finalize some pictures and put those in. Dad helped me to hang them.
The cross in the center really gives it a focal point. The table still needs a lot of work...I am thinking a cream colored runner and then some accessories on top. We used to keep about 20 frames on that table, but I don't think it looks so good like that.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
|image from Young House Love|
Saturday, July 31, 2010
|image from TimelessVixenVintage|
|image from BellinaBridal|
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
|image from turning turning|
|image from turning turning|
|image from craft blog|