Sunday, December 4, 2011

Guest Room

Our Guest room has been our catch all/pet room for awhile now. We recently had my niece come to stay with us for a week, so the room had to undergo some minor surgery to make it half way decent for a guest. Guests are a fantastic reason to clean and update areas of your home that rarely see use.

Of course, I used the Young House Love wall tutorial as inspiration. I just love their blog :)

For the sake of not scaring you right away the after pictures are shown first. I am so glad my niece was able to spend some time with us.

After #1
By the way, the painting between Starry Night and the world map was painted by my 3 year old nephew. I just love his use of color.

After #2

Before #1

Before #2

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What Christmas is all about!

My friend posted this a few days ago and I just had to share it with everyone. Please share with the world if you feel so inclined.

What Christmas is All About  By: Joei Gold
Something to think about : As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin’s on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in
your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ruffled Leg Warmers!!!

I made these Ruffled, Rhinestone Buttoned, Stir up Leg Warmers for a friend and she was kind enough to have a professional photographer friend of hers take these photos. That was the longest, but most joyful sentence ever. Thank you so much for sharing, Nikki. They look amazing on you!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Toilet Paper Rolls= Art... You Don't Say.

A little while back I ran across Revolutionaries: A Project for Fall! Right away I knew I had found the perfect project for the empty space above our fireplace mantle. So naturally, I pinned it and went to work!

For my home, this piece fits the decor all year round, but perhaps it is a project you would just like to display for fall.

Without further ado, my version of toilet paper roll art.

I found the frame at a local thrift shop for $2.00. That's right... two dollars! It was a funky old wood color, so I painted it black.

It had no back. I stole it from another frame I had that really didn't need a back.

No trees were harmed in the making of this art. I happened across this branch at a park my honey and I frequent. It was love at first sight.

Here's the cut toilet paper rolls having the fabric and felt glued on.

Close up of the "leaves". I added fabric to the front and back for additional stability.

Here's the finished project again. Just so you don't have to scroll back up.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

No Alien Abduction

Hello y'all! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I haven't been abducted by aliens or met any other similar misfortune. Quite the opposite in fact.

I have been swamped creating new items to fill orders and to fill craft booths. My friend from I am Savvy and I had an awesome booth experience this last weekend and plan on doing lots more :)

A huge back log has built up of creations to share with you, as soon as my Biology exam is passed tomorrow evening. So, I do so hope you will stick the wait out and check back with me soon!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fall Garland

Feeling the fall overcome my soul... whipped this up this morning. It's been added to the shop just in time to decorate for fall.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Scrabble Pillows

My friends and I are huge Scrabble fans! Not only do I love the game, but the aesthetic as well. When I ran across these pillows, I was instantly in love, but was taken aback by the pricing.

With a little bit of research I realized that my fellow Etsian was not the original creator, so I felt a bit more comfortable making them for myself. Considering I had all the supplies on hand, it would only cost me time... I have plenty of that :)

For those of you only interested in the finished product here they are.

I tried them in the bedroom.

They found their new "home" in the living room.
Note: I painted the reverse silhouettes for my dear and
the Home Sweet Home Poster is by Sparkle Power

My honey is thoroughly enjoying the down fill.

For those of you interested in the process. The next section is for you.

Cut 14-1/2" square Canvas

Make your Scrabble letter templates. Cut out and Sew.

I filed my letters. No doubt I will need them again.

I happened to have four down filled pillows. One was too big,
hence the feather situation.

Fill pillows and sew closed. No fancy zipper for these bad boys.

That's all she wrote.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hooded Super Hero Towel Tutorial

I have never been more excited to share a post! Hello to my Etsy PCFteam mates! Thank you so much for letting me guest post.

I've been making custom super hero capes for a while and thought it would be great to make it into a hooded towel. Leave it to me to try to make cute into cute AND practical.

This Tutorial is sized for 3 months-1 year. It is nicely sized for that age group, however, it can easily be adjusted for any age. I am definitely considering making one for the man or should I say hero in my life. I think it would be an adorable gag gift for a grown up. Then again, I would totally use it :)

I used my regular cape pattern, but instead of using the Velcro neckline I rounded it off. You can easily make your own.

The Pattern is approximately 36"L x 24" at its widest point. The fabric is folded in half in order to double the size. After cutting the first layer, cut the second layer, leaving a 1" overage. Terry tends to shift while sewing so this ensures all my edges will meet up perfectly.

Make a cardboard template of the "Superman" emblem  and cut around. Then serge the sides leaving the interior diamond open for turning. Leave a quarter inch seam allowance on the interior.

Then flip and insert serged interior diamond. Pin seams.

Ready to sew.

Cut out your chosen letter. Add a back layer, sew and flip it right side out.

For the hood,  use a 12"x12" square of each fabric back to back. Pin them together on top. Sewing the top in a rounded head shape.

When pinning the back and front, leave overage on the second fabric to allow for shifting. Serge the pieces together leaving a hole to flip the right side out and to attach the hood.

Insert the hood and flip the raw terry edges of the cape hole in, then pin and sew.

Then assemble the "Superman" cut out and the letter and sew.

The finished product.


Folded and gift ready.

This would make for a great baby shower gift or just a great gift for a special child in your life. Please feel free to ask any questions. Thanks again for having me!!!

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