Thursday, November 17, 2011

most cheerful happy and bright nursery

I don't consider myself to be an interior designer...nor do I REALLY know how to put different prints of fabrics together properly....I just DO IT!  After each piece I completed and added to the room, I couldn't believe I.made.IT!

This nursery came together all SO ADORABLE, SO BRIGHT, SO CHEERFUL...here she is (I promise...pics can't even do it justice)
 I tried so hard to make sure the corners of the bedskirt would fit perfectly over the bed and not have gaps....long story on that piece I can't even get into it BUT IN THE END, it is 4 rows of ruffly beautifulness! I wish you could really see how awesome it turned out. 
 The valances, keeping with the flow of 4 ruffles but for visual interest...1 row of contrast!  No idea where that came from!  I guess I don't like to be predictable!
 The bumper pad....
 her beautiful name monogrammed, the tiny ruffle detail bordering her name, (we had this yellow & hot pink print that we didn't know exactly how to use it yet or tie it in with the outer bumper print which is the main print...but we really liked this yellow/pink print.  At the last minute I thought to make a teensy little ruffle  to border her name.....WOWOW!  My favorite part of all the little details!  The pleated ruffle at the top, cute!
 This is the main print....it's BEAUTIFUL with the pinks, purples, greens and you'd NEVER EVER know there are tiny mice playing in the field of flowers...you should have seen my reaction when I realized it there couldn't have been a better print for this room
 The coziest blanket ever!  Full of ruffles, full of softness!  btw, free motion quilting is absolutely fun, it really makes me feel like I'm an artist painting a beautiful canvas!  (If only my sewing machine would truely not give me fits!)
With MANY interruptions, lots of side tractedness, out of town too many times, caring for sick little ones, and just...life...this nursery finally came together and has got to be one of the most adorable nurseries!
Don't ask me to pick my favorite piece!  I had SO.MUCH.FUN. and best of all, for a beautiful friend of mine whose baby is just as beautiful!  Thank you Andrea for allowing me to make her nursery a one of a kind!  I'm so glad she likes!!! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mod Podge photos

Once again, mod podge to the rescue for a quick thoughtfulness kind of gift! Why is it I have to do something fun and creative RIGHT before going out of town or before a special day? Then I'm rushing to get packed up and hubby asks why in the world do I do this?

Easy....I love it!!! These were the 1.99 wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby, paint the edges, brush some MP, apply the photo, brush more MP, attach a ribbon (in my case...because I can't just do anything easy, I made a fabric strip and twisted fabric flower) and hang.

ADORABLE, I KNOW!!!!! I almost couldn't give this away (but then DH would've asked why I had to rush and cause us to be late when I could've finished this later).


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Mod Podged shelf makeover

I cannot believe I didn't take a before pic but this was so plain white for 6.5 years.....Tuesday it had it's makeover in 3 hrs! I painted green and hey, remember the Amy Butlers scrapbook paper I purchased for 3.99 months ago? Here we go!!!!

And what better place to put Amy Butlers papered cubby shelf than above my sewing machine? Fits her well there!!! Now I just need a cutesy little clock up there to keep track of my sewing so I give myself more than 15 minutes to run out the door with gifts in hand!


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Skirt of many ruffles


So, I became addicted to www.pinterest.com and came across this skirt (pinned on my board) and thought, 'OH, I could do this no problem'...............then I had a few cheerleaders and became pumped up about starting this project! Off to Joann's (not expecting to find fabric there that I'd actually like) and these five prints popped out so fast I knew I had to do this!

OH SO FEMININE............but what a beast it was to add these ruffles (to a previously owned long black Ann Taylor skirt I hadn't worn in like a decade)! I think the skirt must weigh like 23 lbs! It ended up taking me a good 2 weeks to complete these and I was dreading each ruffle before I was halfway done...TIDYIOUS....rgh! I'm most excited about the tie I made for my little sweetheart to coordinate with this ruffly beast! pics to post soon

btw, I'm not a model, hate modeling and my 6.5 year old was the photographer but I really wanted to post this creation!
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Olivia's free motion quilted blanket

Sorry, this should have been with a previous post but I couldn't get the picture turned right! So, here's one of my favorite time/labor intensive one of a kind designed by me (and my love) projects I'll cherish forever..yes, me...and hopefully Olivia!
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Andrea's Nursery

LOOK AT WHAT WAS AT MY DOORSTEP.......YAAAY!  I hate I'm going out of town tomorrow, this is like money burning in my pocket...except I didn't have to pay for this and I know what I'm doing with these prints...(unlike money in your pocket when you don't know where to start shopping!  ha!)  OH my, so many things will come out of this stack of fabrics, 'Lord, help guide every stitch for the new baby's room'!!!
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

No pics tonight, only freeing my thoughts!

I'm feeling a mod podge coming on! Whether it's my sewing desk, the girls dollhouse, the girls dresser drawers, the girls shelving, the entertainment corner unit....if I sit here long enough, I'd mod podge this rental homes ugly kitchen floor! In other words, I need more pretty paper, fabrics and paint action right about now!

So, in one day, sweet, aiming to please, DH worked with me on rearranging...not one but TWO rooms (original plan, the girls room...outcome, the baby's room too! YAY). I was definitely on a high, I love how the rooms turned out. Best yet, I'm not done! There's ruffly bedskirts to make, painting this bench, mod podgin' that shelf...and on and on. What would I do if I didn't have a fun creative plan to focus on...and really get it done?!!

Ahhh, here's another....what about that PLAIN washer/dryer? DECALS!! Yes, indeed!

Ok, so when is this going to get done when I'm about to start on an exciting happy fun nursery for a friend? My sewing machine is ready to go! Speaking of sewing machine....PLAIN = mod podge.....just sayin'

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Finished Blanket

I can't believe I never posted this...goes to show how much I really blog!  I'd love to much more often but truth is, I get so caught up in researching different topics that I forget! 

Well, here's my big girly's blanket that she'd asked for for almost 2 years..and I'm HAPPY with it!  Notice the free motion quilting (I taught myself with each stitch!  Thanks to the internet)  I drew the flowers and swirls with a fabric pen then just stitched through!  IT WAS SO MUCH FUN, I really felt like an artist but with a sewing machine! ha!!
My first layout
 
piecing the border

My next sewing machine will have a LONGER ARM
(hoping that's sooner than later)

Sing for me little bird!
Free motion quilting!  Amazing FUN!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Essential Oils

After lots of online reading (of course..when I get into something, I REALLY get into it and try to learn all I can), I purchased my first 3 EO's from the herb shop today...and tested them out on my Love. He's been a sick man for a few days, taking herbs and homeopathic remedies but gets in bed tonight with a stuffy nose! I was so excited to try this method to relieve his breathing issues...a drop of Rosemary and Lavender oils onto a cotton ball, inhale, and 5 minutes later, breathing clearly! AROMATHERAPY.......loving it! (www.aroma web.com is one of the many sites I've gained knowledge from)

I'll be putting it in all the rooms and using it many other ways, so excited to learn about this. For now, Lavender is taking me away...not Calgon (which btw, probably has SLS,
Parabens, and other harmful chemicals in it)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Successful Shopping = Ideas are exploding

After a trip to Joanns, Hobby Lobby, finally Michaels, all in the same week....I'm exploding and can't get to these great projects fast enough!  Amy Butler has her own SCRAPBOOK paper??????  How could you not be so happy if you have a love for her fabrics?  And LUCKY ME, the pack of 24pages was marked down to $3.99 (that's a low $0.16 per page), so I bought the only 2 packs they had....(hmmm, I need to find another Michael's) 


So I have a few pieces of furniture I've been dying to decoupage, the first being my sewing desk!  WOW, ok, I'm just so excited about that!!!! Speaking of Amy Butler...I just finished making her gumdrop pillow pattern using Olivia The Pig fabrics.


 Being put to good use...as I'd hope'd it be!!!
SO many more fun projects on the agenda...(deep breath), one thing at a time and happy along the way!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The birthday blanket

(or quilt but I don't like the quilt look so it's a blanket with minimal quilting)

I'm on day 2 of making my big girl her personalized blanket...and I AM SO EXCITED so far in how it's turning out that I'd love to just make some coffee and stay up doing the next step...BUT it's either being 32, weary, can't stay up like I used to or it's simply knowing 3 cute munchkins will be awake about 7a.m....ok, honestly, it's both!

So I spent all yesterday figuring dimensions for the squares, how many I needed, how large my blanket would be and sewing the squares together to make strips to border the front panel. That's all....in a days work! Today, making sure my head calculation for the front inner panel was right before cutting....THEN I got another idea...let's add batting behind my patchwork border! Then I stitched those strips onto the panel, VIOLA! I'm happy!

Not like I need ANOTHER project but this one will have to be done, I'm so banana happy, I can't wait to start on it. A tablecloth somewhat similar to the front of OBs blanket. Oh my...I'm lovin it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A new 'chapter' to bloggin

Become is where I will post about Becoming a better you. I'm not preaching here, that's my husbands job!!! I like to find things that are better for us from the inside out and that very well may include some Bible (because after all, we become greater Christians when we're in the Word) but I've been on the hunt for hair products that don't have lethal chemicals in them! So, when I find what I think is the best, I'll let you know.

Btw, this is my first launch at creating new pages to my blog, I have no idea what I'm getting myself into...I do know that I can't stand the font selection. Rrgh!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

No sleep

I lay in bed exhausted, the children are finally asleep, the kitchen's clean (thank you Love) and I spritz the pillow with lavendar sleep mist and close my eyes.....then I hear 'COCKADOODLE DO'...NO, I don't live on a farm or anywhere near.  My husband went to sleep before his head hit the pillow, the house is dark and quiet. 

This is when the creative side of my brain wakes up....pretty much every night, even more so when I have a project to work on (like my daughter's birthday coming up) and it's just so bad that I might as well get up, grab some coffee and go to work!  BUT, I know the children will wake up and I can't sleep in...so I have this tug of war with my brain, notepad beside my bed and toss and turn, jot something else down, close my eyes again, grab the Ipad to 'quickly' look up something....RRRGH!

(Sleep mist doesn't get me to sleep...it just smells really good!)

I'll be busy this week hoping to make my dinosaur girl have a special 6th birthday!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Goals

Well, after I purchased my sewing machine 2.5 years ago and reflected on all the things I'd made in that first year, I was pretty surprised at myself!  It's exciting to see all the things I've done and what's even more exciting is knowing all the things I can do just by trying!

So for Christmas, my dear sweet thoughtful husband bought me one super large cutting mat so I don't turn our dining table into chips for the fireplace, nice new scissors, an Amy Butler gumdrop pillow pattern, Stitch magazine and more!   My goal???   (Wow, this is going to be fun)
SEWING:
Birthday Blanket for big girl
Gumdrop pillow (or 2, or 3)
Pillow cushions for the children's chairs
Garment Bags
Girls slippers
Nephew a Dream on the Go pillow
Circles table runner
Myself a skirt or two
the girls a dress (maybe a few)
my handsome boy a little tie
NON SEWING:
Mod Podge wall art for our room
Paint a few toy boxes and make cushions for the top
Cover the girls headboard

AND all of the spur of the moment projects that strike me right before an event!
Really, I look forward to this year for so many reasons and am so thankful at how blessed I am!  My main goal is to put in more time with God in the midst of this busy household!  Now, Little Rhino is waking from his nap and I want to do some yoga!  


Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Dining Room Chairs

 I Corinthians 12:12-31
(Yes, I'm using my chairs as an illustration)
You may not like a print, 2 prints together may not work great together either, but all together....IIIII think (it's perfect), they all work together beautifully (just simple fun and whimsical)
 Do they look shiny?  Really?  I'm smart...I have 3 children and did NOT want stains on this pretty fabric...SOOO, I shopped for months on laminated cottons (couldn't settle on just one print), oilcloths (not enough selections) so I did some homework and chose to iron-on vinyl before upholstering the chairs!   SMAAART
Musical chairs anyone?