Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[Wishlist Wednesday]


Most of these were taken from the items I said I was lusting after for fall yesterday over at my guest post on  Chelsea's blog.  Now, if only money grew on trees! 

What's on your wishlist this week??

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guest Posting

Hey everyone!  Today I'm over guest posting for Chelsea at Haute Child in the City!

Go check it out!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[Crafty Lady] Little Cupcake

As soon as I came across this little applique frame on pinterest, I knew I wanted one for myself.  Problem is, child decor doesn't really fit into a house of 2 adults.  Instead, I thought, maybe I could make my own version and use it as a gift.

My friend was due at the end August (and this was back in June), I knew her nursery "theme" was cupcakes and figured that would be the perfect (and hopefully easy) way to try out something new.  You see, I have very little sewing ability outside of a button... and even that I hate doing.

So as I started to detail here, here's my little step by step tutorial (using that word loosely.... it's a more what I threw together and hoped worked out!)

First I found my fabric.  I bought two of the little quarter squares at Joanns.  They had a ton of options and basically looked like enough fabric for a bandanna - which would be more than enough.   I grabbed two coordinating fabrics that I knew would go with her blue and pink nursery.  I also liked that the floral print sort of mimicked sprinkles.  I also grabbed heat and bond transfer paper, and linen embroidery backing.

I cut two squares of fabric and two squares of iron transfer paper and attached them following the directions on the Heat and Bond packaging.

Once on, I free handed a cupcake stencil, in 2 parts, the cup and the cake on construction paper.  Once satisfied, I cut out my template and I then transferred that to iron on transfer paper (the back side) and then cut out my shapes. 


After my "cup" and my "cake" were cut, I planned the placement on the linen backing.  Removed the second layer of paper from the iron on transfer and bonded the fabric to the linen per the instructions given.

After this, I placed the linen in an embroidery hoop so I could stitch and outline around my little applique.  I'm sure if you have a sewing machine, and/or actually know how to work one, this step would be easy peasy.... instead I did it by hand, taking my time to make sure my stitches were roughly the same length and distance from the edge.

I did the "cake" part in a contrasting blue so it would stand out a little more. 

Instead of writing "hello" like the pinspiration picture above, I wanted to write the baby's name.  Collins.

I free handed an attempt in pencil (lightly) at centering it under the cupcake and writing it in cursive so I would be to easily go from one letter to another.  I used this stem stitch technique found here....

It didn't come out perfectly, but not too shabby for being my first time.  After I was done, I removed the embroidery hoop and ironed out the wrinkles.   I searched high and low for WHITE 8x8 frame, preferably with mating, but I failed and I was running out of time.    I grabbed a 5x7 white frame at Target and knew it would be a tight squeeze.

Tip:  Pick our your frame first before cutting your shapes to size!

I cut the linen backing with enough extra that I could "wrap" the cardboard insert that came in the frame.  To keep it pulled tight and in place, I stapled the fabric directly to the cardboard and and finished wrapping it just like you would a present.

Here was the final product!

After this picture, I decided to remove the glass, but put it in the back of the frame in case my frame would like it there. 


She was so happy to have received a handmade gift that was custom for her new little girl.  I definitely hope to make a few more of these in the future!

What kind of homemade gifts have you made in the past?  I'm always looking for new ideas, please share!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Summer To Do List Follow Up!

Back in the beginning of the summer, I created a little project 'to do' list and shared it with you readers. While I didn't get to accomplish everything, I did knock out a good portion.

Here was the original list.....

Paint the Guest Bathroom
Paint the Garage Door
Address Planter
Personalized Presents
Spray Paint Shit
Make a Wreath
The deck project started out as a dream of custom built raised planters for a little veggie patch. 

That quickly fell through since I was running out of time of getting veggies planted, I didn't want to be harvesting tomatoes in October....  Instead, I grabbed 3 large planters and started out our patch like this....


and at the end of August, it looked more like this...
(yeah the cherry tomatoes took over and went crazy!)

Next on the list was to paint the guest bathroom.... unfortunately I skipped out on this in lieu of the closet makeover


I'm planning on getting to the bathroom sometime in the next two months....


We previously had a panel replaced when our garage door mysteriously broke.  The new panel was a good 2 or 3 shade whiter than the rest of the door.  Our (lovely) HOA asked us to paint the door...

I already recapped my planter here, but again, here was my inspiration and what I did.... I'm actually planning on working on it this weekend, planting some mums and getting it ready for pumpkin season.

ready to get fallified

My original to do was to make a gift for my friend's new baby in time for her arrival in August.  In addition to that, I made her a little wedding gift as well.

And the baby gift was inspired by this adorable applique found on pinterest.

And here is my take....  Stay tuned for details and a How To.

Man, there were so many things I wanted to go crazy spray paining this summer, mainly things like this.....


Instead, all I did were our closet shelves, but being that I went through a good 8 cans... I think I met my quota.

I wanted to make a wreath for summer that I could transition and change up for autumn... Instead, I'm just finishing it up now, so it's going to be ready for the Fall.  Here are some of my inspirations shots.... I should have a follow up in a few days!


Did you get everything accomplished on your summer to do list?

Friday, September 9, 2011

[Inspired By] Hermes Enamel Bangle

This post would usually run as a [Real Deal and Awesome Steal], but being that the 'look for less' option really isn't a steal, I figured it was more inspired.

A few months back, I swooned over my friend's white enamel Hermes bracelet.  It's so simple and bright and just adds the right amount of something unique when mixed with other arm candy bracelets (friendship bracelets, fine jewelry, cuffs, you name it)....

Of course, instead of asking (how rude!) I ran home to look it up to see how much it cost and if I could ever rationalize getting one for myself (I'm a cheapskate when it comes to accessories)...

Yeah, if I'm dropping that many bills, you bet it'd be on a handbag or new snazzy dslr camera!

I recently came across this Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Bangle, while it's much cheaper, $100 beans for ONE bangle still seems high in book, but it's definitely a step in the right direction!

Happy Shopping! Happy Friday!

[Before and After] Closet Makeover

I realized I promised some side by side Before and Afters of the closet makeover to show what a difference a little paint could make.  Another week has passed and I still catch myself gazing over at all while laying in bed before I fall asleep.

No peace of mind like that of an organized closet!

Full View

The Space Closest to the Door

Shot of the Lower Hanging Bar

The Top Shelf

Shelving (I can't throw away my old hoodies, mmkay)

Shoe Storage

Shelving System

Jewelry Storage

Behind the Door

The funny thing is, I didn't think the closet was that bad before the changes!  So glad I finally got the motivation to make the change, I'm in love!