sew: sneak a peak under this skirt

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This post has been a year in the making when I decided last year to make our Christmas tree skirt, but packed up the holidays with zero skirt in tow! Now given, I was in the midst of planning a wedding and holiday projects were not a priority. But we’re in full blogging and crafting force this year, so I am adding a fresh, handmade skirt to our Christmas tree.

Again, I relied on the kindness of my blogging friends to even begin this project, and a great big hug and thank you to Sew 4 Home for providing an incredibly easy-to-follow pattern and instructions. But I did make a few changes to the step-by-step instructions so that this project was completed before Christmas.

Instead of using the amount of fabric suggested on Sew 4 Home, I used three different patterns and picked up 2 yards of each with plenty leftover for extra projects around the house. Since I had all of this fabric, I opted to continue the patchwork design on both sides instead of a solid print on one side.

Since the two sides were patchwork, they weren't lined up perfectly (gasp!), so I skipped the "stitch in the ditch" step of stitching down the middle of each piece and went rogue by just stitching the edges (double gasp!).

I used a natural cotton batting on the inside and it gave this tree skirt more depth.

The instructions also called to make the strips and ties, but the clock was pushing 10 p.m. and I wasn't going to bed until this was put to bed. So I found a spool of adorable red ribbon with white stitching and evenly distributed four along the opening edges. Done and done!

And as always, I apologize for the quality of the pictures since this project was completed late at night and the pictures were taken before I ran out of the door at 6:15 a.m.

diy: weekend wrap-up

Monday, November 28, 2011

Four full days without work has allowed me to enjoy time with family and friends, clean the house, workout, run errands and use my sharpie on my 'to do' list -- a lot! After an early morning shift on Black Friday and a nap, I spent he remainder of the day online shopping. We're mostly done with our hoilday list and December is still a few days away!! Today I'm sharing a little round-up of the projects that I was finally able to update and finish during the long weekend!

First, Saturday became a better day when I received my Elise Blaha more/less poster print! Because The Whole EnCHELLEada moved back to Colorado, I needed a little something to remember her everyday! I found this dark wood stained frame in a closet (from our 2010 fall mantel), spray painted it white, and made a nice home for it in our room.

Remember the world map on a large frame that I shared during the Pinterest-a-thon? Well, there wasn't a hook to hang this frame in our office. Fortunately, a new RIBBA picture ledge took this from floor art to wall art.

Ikea is one of those places that you find stuff that you didn't even realize you needed until you notice that it only costs $3.99 and you don't know how you've gone all of this time without it. This was the case with my new ENUDDEN towel rack which now hangs my necklaces in the closet. And the case below is a $23 purchase in the Ikea "as is" section where it was a CD holder in a former showroom life.

Once long ago, I spent an evening covering up cardboard letters with fabric and since then I have really lost interest in the pastel look of "INSPIRE" in the studio. Then The Whole EnCHELLEada inspired me to create faux iron letters. So I pulled off all of the fabric and used her technique to create a more modern look.

In the spirit of changing out the girly colors in the studio, this inspiration board redo was redone with a simple polka dot print in light green. That Ikea got me again and I added a $6.99 corkboard with a painted white trim below. Now there's lots of space to pin ideas and keepsakes.

A simple seat cushion doesn't seem like a big deal but the grey stripes caught my attention and the price tag wasn't too shabby. And now that my rump has sat in that chair sewing all day, it actually does make a difference in comfort.

Have a great week!! xoxo Debbie

sew: chevron print + pillow = heaven

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

When I stumbled onto this website - thanks to a reference from Homepodge - I was immediately pinning all over the place. These pillows are so pretty, have the best color combination and are just darn creative. Since the chevron print is as popular in the design world as those Twilight boys are in the movie theatre, I'm sure these will get a lot of attention.

Kristin Eldridge took the time to put together a tutorial for us hungry DIYers so I'll save myself the trouble of listing out the steps and send you along to her website. Go on .. give her chevron pillows some attention!

My version is similar - I also used Ikea fabric and a green backing. The unique feature about this green fabric is that it used to serve as the packaging from my West Elm duvet cover. I did have to split the fabric in two in order to make it fit, but it worked! And I was able to repurpose something that I just didn't have the heart to throw into the garbage.

The final shape was a result of my trial and error with cutting rectangles and trying to line up stripes, so it's more narrow than I expected. But I still love this fluffy piece!

Pinterest-a-thon #1 Round Up

Monday, November 21, 2011

On behalf of our Pinterest-inspired group, thank you to everyone who participated in last week's Pinterest-a-thon!! To IHB, 14 enteries is success! And instead of just picking one or two favorites, everyone is a favorite!! Please check out the amazing creativity filling the Internet and visit our new friends below.



Thanks for stopping by and checking out our new friends. We continue to be inspired by Pinterest and will stack up the projects in time for our next Pinterest-a-thon in December! Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Pinterest-a-thon: Map Love

Friday, November 18, 2011

Today, you just have me! There's nothing really special about me except maybe my absolute love for learning how to create new things and repurposing most of what we already have. A great big thank you to Cece, Michelle, Kimie and Carrie for agreeing to take this challenge on at IHB! Don't forget to link up and we'll showcase some of our favorites next week!

Where is the world is IHB?
Maps are overlooked as solid pieces of art but Pinterest has changed that perception for us DIYers. Thanks to my friends helping out on IHB this week, there was a little more time on my part to highlight two projects today that incorporate maps and finally scratch off two bucket list craft projects.

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Project One
Months ago, our bedroom received a much needed fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, and then the horizontal stripe wall catastrophe (see story here) which became a solid color again. At about the same time, I also picked up these Ribba frames from Ikea and actually hung them on the wall, Ikea graphics and all.
During our honeymoon this year to France and Spain, we saved a lot of our brochures, maps and tickets. Going through the small ziplock bag of materials (I didn't want to leave), I pulled out a few maps and selected a nice range from our trip.

Using the mat that came with the frame as a template, I outlined the maps and cut them to fit three frames.

One map had an eye-sore of a legend so I found a scrap from a Saint Jean de Luz, France, surf shop bag to cover it. A train ticket, museum pass or receipt all work as well. The result: three gorgeous frames above our bed reminding us of that amazing trip - Paris, France; Saint Jean de Luz, France; and San Sebastian, Spain.


Project Two
Traveling is a privilege and it's rare to step back and actually see the scope of where in the world we've been. For anyone who has been in a different country and traveled hours, maybe days, to get to any one destination, it's nice to remember how small we are in this great big world. I'm going to remember just this by repurposing this $5 yard sale find into a corkboard.

On hand I had four small corkboards and with my clever math skills (sarcasm), I figured out that I needed 20 more of the same size to cover this glass. I contemplated for some time as to whether the frame color should change, but for now the black hue is staying. After additional clever math skills and frugality, I walked out of the store with one four pack of 12"x12" and one four pack of 6"x6" corkboards.

Nerd alert: the best part of this project was playing around with the corkboard placement! Ultimately, I created the final layout:

A few of the edges overlapped on one end so I needed to snip four small and one large corkboards. Lesson: like moss and glitter, cork is definitely an outside toy. Be prepared and keep the kitties away.

The doublesided tape that came with the corkboards is not the ideal adhesive for this project - use hot glue. The result is better than any store bought version - this one has DIY character!

I visited a few stores to find a classical world map and unforunately, the perfect size does not exist. So I laid out the map, cut the long edges and folded over some of the map that I am most likely still a few years off from visiting (don't worry Australia, I'm saving up).

Once everything was in place, I stitched the routes we've both had across the U.S. (four) and our recent trip from Paris to San Sebastian, Spain. Then I pinned all of the major places we've been: pink = D, green = J, grey = both. I left out California and most of New England since I didn't want to run out of pins. Now, I have to get a shelf to place this large frame on since there's nothing on the back to hook onto the wall. Doh!

You still have a few hours! Don't forget to link up your Pinterest inspiration this week during our Pinterest-a-thon linky party. Click here to join in the fun!

craft: DIY felt bows for the little lady

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today I'm proud to introduce Carrie, a wonderful friend who has become an amazingly inspirational person in my life, always full of energy and kindness. Also a new Pinterest addict follower, Carrie is the momma to a sweet little gal who thinks I'm "awesome" - I mean, who's to argue. I'm thrilled to bring her into the virtual blogging world since she is probably following your blog right now! Visit Carrie on Pinterest!

Put a Bow on It
Ever since the day my husband and I found out our first child was going to be a girl, I was ecstatic and shortly began dreaming of all things girly. And yes, this included bows…lots and lots of bows! Fast forward to today and I have a precious 18-month-old daughter whom I love more than words, and a pile high of bows, which have yet to be used. Why, you ask? My little sweetheart is lacking in the hair department. So, until those lovely locks come in, I will continue to add to her growing bow collection. And thanks to some fellow “pinners” on Pinterest, these felt bows are a great addition!
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To create my own felt bows, here are the materials that I used:
  • felt
  • ruler
  • ribbon covered hair clips
  • fabric scissors
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun
To make these beautiful felt bows, visit Sew She Sew's for a detailed step-by-step tutorial (the bow featured on this website is for a headband, but I decided to make it into a clip instead).

Once I made one bow, I realized how incredibly easy they were to make … so I made a few more.

Then I decided to add my own creativity and here’s what I came up with….

All finished! You can make these in every color, for all of the holidays and especially for gifts! Be creative and add some flair!

Don't forget to link up your Pinterest inspiration this week during our Pinterest-a-thon linky party. Click here to join in the fun!

celebrate: first birthday cheer

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'm so excited to introduce today's guest for her first blogging role (shaking with excitement)!! Kimie is one of my greatest friends in the world and has made Portland, Ore. a more beautiful place since moving there years ago. She's the amazing mom to this cutie and an inspired DIYer. Glad to have her on IHB! Visit Kimie on Pinterest.

Look Whoo's Turning 1!
Some might call it obsessive, I just call it wonderful! My name is Kimie and yes I have an owl fetish. It all started 10 plus years ago when Debbie, Cece and I were checking out some garage sales and I found a tacky gold owl necklace (which I'm still rocking, thank you!!).

So when it came time to plan my daughter's first birthday party, I had no problem coming up with a theme. The color palate ("what's that?" asked my husband) was a different story. Then I found this great photo on Pinterest and used it as my inspiration. I decided to add a pop of turquoise for a little dimension.

Party Hats

The party hats were simple. I bought a $2.99 pack of striped party hats from Target. The stripes didn't match my colors, so I decided to cover them with 12"x12" scrapbook paper. This turned out easier than I thought, and were a big hit with the kids (and a few adults) at the party. I simply took one hat apart, created a template, and cut and stapled them over the striped pattern. For the birthday girl's hat, I used the SchoolBook cartridge and my Cricut machine, and glued the 1 to the front of the hat.

Nothing beats Betty Crocker's boxed Devil's Food cupcakes. I found the recipe online and made a simple cream cheese frosting. For the cupcake toppers, I used my Cricut machine and the Create a Critter cartridge for the owls. I found the lollipop sticks at Michael's ($2.99) and taped the sticks to the back of the owls. Done!

The cake stand is actually a drink dispenser stand from Pottery Barn ($14.99) and fits a 9" cake perfectly!!! The turquoise runner was left over wrapping paper that I had in my closet. The banner behind the table was cut out from the Cricut (yes, it sleeps next to me at night) and I attached it to a simple Jute Twine from Michaels.

I planned on creating more to hang from the ceiling, but some things just don't get done when your mother-in-law is staying with you for five nights (who's with me on that one?)!

Don't forget to link up your Pinterest inspiration this week during our Pinterest-a-thon linky party. Click here to join in the fun!