Mini Tapestries

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Hoarders. Have you ever seen that show? Well, I am nothing close to those people but there is a tiny part of me that enjoys hoarding. I love craft supplies! Whether it be fabric, yarn, colored pens, thank you cards, embroidery thread, the list goes on. Over the years I have collected far too much and most of this stuff has to be stored in plastic bins in my closet.

Then one day I decided to practice a life of simplicity. So out came the bins and stacks of fabric were given to a friend who I am certain will use it. I also had another pile ready to donate. I pulled out my yarn and instead of giving it away, I decided to put it to good use. I had recently seen some amazing wall hanging weaves made from yarn. With some nails and an old frame I had tucked away in the garage (slight hoarding), I made a loom and was now ready to tackle the art of weaving.

Once I completed my first weave, I knew there was no turning back. I actually went to the craft store and bought more yarn; which is totally against what I was trying to do in the first place- hoard less. Oh well. At least I have pretty mini tapestries (as I like to call them) all around my home now!

I plan on making these pretty minis and having them available for purchase on my Etsy shop soon…that is once I get my shop up and running again. Soon, very soon, so please stay tuned. Enjoy!

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New Hobbie

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I saw the cutest quilt on Pinterest recently and thought, why not make one myself? I could choose my own colors and try something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time.

I decided to go with mustard yellow, white, navy, pink, mint green, teal, light grey, and dark grey. I paired up two colors that I thought looked well together, cut them into large squares, sewed the two colors together around the edge, and then cut an X in the square, making four small triangles. Once I opened the triangles, I had four small squares; half one color, half the other. [I measured everything and I got my measurement chart off of Pinterest along with the large square tutorial.]

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There is so much I am learning about quilting and still SO much I need to learn, but all in all I am really enjoying it. Since this was my first one, I decided to make a baby quilt. Starting off small seemed like a good idea.

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I ended up cutting extra squares, so I am currently working on another quilt exactly like this one. And just because I love this quilt so much, I decided to switch up the colors for my third quilt and plan on keeping the pattern the same [photos will follow once I finish that one]. One of these days you may find these quilts for sale in my Etsy shop…fingers crossed! Enjoy.

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Anthro-Throws

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We all know by now how much I love a good bargain; whether it be trash I find on the sidewalk or thrifty goods fancied up a bit.

On the flip side, I have a big, fat crush on this lovely store called Anthropologie (which is far from bargain prices). One thing I love about Anthropologie is all the colorful textiles. The bedding, pillows, aprons, towels, cutrains, even the chairs and sofas are all so beautiful and full of charming colors. But like I mentioned before, the prices are a bit too high for me.

Once in awhile they have a pretty decent sale and if your lucky you can find some cute stuff for cheap. It just so happened that I visited the store on the right day. I found some cloth napkins that were marked down, priced at $4.95 a piece! So I picked out 6 different napkins and decided to make my own throw pillows for my new sofas.

I bought 6 pillow inserts from Ikea and then used some extra fabric I had stashed away for the back of each pillow. All I did was cut the napkin and the backside fabric to measure the size of the pillow insert. I sewed along 3.5 sides, leaving the last part open to insert the pillow. Once it was stuffed, I hand stitched the final half closed.

The price for my simple Anthro-throws came out to about $9 a piece! $5 for the cloth napkin, $3 for the Ikea pillow insert, and $1 for the extra stuffing I added to the pillow inserts (I wanted the pillows a little more fluffy than they came).

Now that is what I call a bargain!

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Printstagram Project No.1

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It’s about time!

I have been wanting to share this fun little project for months. Like, probably 5 months or so. But I have a wild child who thinks my computer is his which makes thinking and typing a bit of a challenge.

[Plus, I would rather spend quality time with him as much as possible because these last two years have flown by so quickly that I don’t want to miss a single bit of his life. Just trying to keep my priorities in order, ya know?]

Anyways, moving on. I love Instagram photos because they are quick and easy and the filters really add so much to your pictures. I’ve mentioned before how I used to take time to snap photos with my DSLR camera, edit them (actually my husband did it for me), and then upload them to my blog. But, things changed when I became a full-time mom. The free time I have now…well, there really isn’t much of it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a mother. It is the best thing ever! But my love for photography has now become my love for Instagram.

For my birthday, my husband ordered me about 100 Printstagram prints. Did I mention that I love photos. I could look at old photos for hours, so this was such a perfect gift for me. The only thing with these prints is that it is difficult to find frames to display them. After some brain storming I decided to create a rotating Printstagram photo wall display. I am totally in love with the end result and because I love it so much, I created another display for our bedroom.

Follow along below….

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I used four pieces of pine wood that measured approximately 24 inches by 5.5 inches.

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I had some leftover dark walnut stain that I used to stain the four pieces.

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Once the stain dried, I gathered the rest of my supplies.

Printstagram photos (Printstagram is where I print my Instagram photos from), bulldog clips which I found here, small nails, d-ring hangers, quick hangers, a hammer, a measuring tape, and a pencil.

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Next, I measured 1 1/4 inches from the top and 4 inches from the ends. This is where I attached the d-ring hangers. So far, pretty simple.

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This is where things get all math-y. Blah. But lucky for you, I have the measurements!

I used 5 small nails on each 2 foot board. Starting from left to right you will measure all 5 spots 3/8ths of an inch from the top. Here is where you make your marks…

2 1/2 inches

7 1/4 inches

12 inches

16 3/4 inches

21 1/2 inches

Lastly, hammer the nails, add photos to your clips, and proudly display them for everyone to see!

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And there you have it!!! A beautiful rotating Instagram/Printstagram photo display for your wall! Enjoy!

Baby Fever

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While thrift shopping recently, I found this adorable, little baby doll cradle for $4.99. I know what you’re thinking…doesn’t this crazy lady have a little boy?

Why, yes I do. But maybe, just maybe one of these days I will have a little girl and when I do/maybe have that little girl, she is going to have one rockin’ cradle! But, along with a cradle you must have a blanket. So, since I recently discovered that I have become a fabric hoarder, I decided to make a sweet baby blanket for my maybe-someday little baby girl.

I made some patterned bias tape to fancy the edge and then used some simple yet soft fabric for the blanket. I think my maybe-someday little girl is really going to love it!

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P.S. I will probably have more random sewing projects for your viewing in the near future as I work on my fabric hoarding issues. I plan on conquering this habit by making random, cute things. Stay tuned.

DIY No-Sew Throw (sort of)

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Thrifting!

Oh how I love thrift stores! Especially when I hit the jackpot. On this particular trip I left with so many awesome finds and most of them looked as though they came from Anthropologie. It was fabulous and the best, most best part about it all is that I only spent $22 on everything!

I love textiles and I kept finding so many blankets, tablecloths and cloth napkins with the best patterns AND in the best colors too! So, let’s begin with my first project…the DIY no-sew throw pillow. No-sew meaning no sewing machine required.

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I found some awesome cloth napkins for $1.99 that I knew I couldn’t live without and I knew exactly what their new role would be in my home, a throw pillow for my bed!

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If you want to follow along, the materials you need are:

-2 Cloth Napkins

-Embroidery Thread

-Needle

-Scissors

-Pillow Insert

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Since the napkins had a fabulous edge around the ends, I wanted to keep that visible which is why I decided to use embroidery thread. So, all you need to do is match your napkins up and stitch along 3 edges leaving the 4th one open so you can insert the pillow or the white stuffing stuff. Once you have the pillow/stuffing inside, stitch that baby closed.

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And there you have it! An awesome DIY no-sew throw (sort of) that took you less than 15 minutes to complete!

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Enjoy!

p.s. The pinkish/orange throw at the foot of my bed is another fun find that cost me 99 cents! It was labeled a tablecloth but once again I gave this beauty a new identity.

Your Trash Is My Treasure

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Do you remember how I told you about my neighborhoods bulky item pickup that happens a few times a year? You can read more about it here. Last year I was out on a walk with my son and I came across this large, rusty, wire basket. There were actually two of them but the other was a little worse off. I regret not getting it now though.

When I first saw the basket I thought it would look great as a pendant light above my kitchen table. Instead the wire basket sat in my garage for about a year. Something I have challenged myself with this new year has been to be more creative and to finish incomplete projects. So I went to the hardware store and bought 3 items: spray paint, wire cutters, and a pendant light kit.

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Spray paint is awesome for 2 reasons; it is so easy to use and it is easy on your wallet. Oh wait, I just thought of another reason. It can transform something ugly into something pretty!

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I matched the color of spray paint to the pendant. My husband used his strong muscles to cut a round piece out of the basket where I then attached the pendant.

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Note: It is crucial that you have a professional inspect your new light fixture. Ya know,  just to be sure that everything is up to code. Looks like we passed the test.

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Now here is where things got a little crazy. We have very high ceilings in our kitchen which makes installing light fixtures incredibly stressful. And if you don’t have the correct ladder, things get rigged in order to make the new pendant light happen. A straight ladder leaning up against a pull up station with weights added to the bottom for support is not, I repeat, NOT a good idea. Please do not try this at home. Thank the good Lord in heaven that no one got hurt during the process.

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So here she is! The trash I found on the side of the road is now a lovely pendant light fixture above my handmade table (I will share details about that in another post). I LOVE the transformation and I feel like it fits my home better than the original fixture. The only downside to this project is that I went from having 3 60 watt bulbs to just 1. I really like having a lot of light in my house so this has been a bit of a bummer. But I am still really happy with my new DIY $27 pendant light (wire cutters not included in price, which were about $9).

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Another picture just for fun because pictures are fun. Enjoy!