Friday, February 19, 2010

I was featured

I am so honored that Steph over at Somewhat Simple has chosen to feature my Grandma’s Specialty Tile on her Sidebar Spotlight!!!

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and that Whitnee & Natalia over at Sew What  featured my Sock Animals last month!

Thank you Somewhat Simple and Sew What!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jute Flower Pot

I’ve been wanting to do an idea I saw somewhere in blogland about wrapping a jar with jute and using it for a vase (I don’t remember where I saw it at). When I saw some Primrose flowers at Smith’s Marketplace and with spring fever running wild at my house I decided I would use that idea but use the jar for a pot instead of a vase.
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Items I used:
Flowers, old glass jar (mine was a Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme 7-once jar), jute, hot glue gun with glue, and sea shells.
Here’s what I did:
First I planted my flowers.
Then, starting at the top I glued the first row of jute to the jar. I just kept on wrapping the jute around the jar adding a little bit of glue every couple of rows for stability until I had wrapped the jar as much as I wanted. Then I glued the sea shells centered onto the jute.
Tada, a quick, cheap way to bring some new life into my home (as long as I can keep them alive)!!!
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Born to Party Dress

I knew I wanted to submit another entry into Lil Blue Boo/Dharma Trading Design Challenge, so I decided to make Ari a dress. I purchase a couple of t-shirts at my local thrift store and had planned using the solid portions of the pink and red shirts, but as I contemplated the saying that was on the red shirt I decided to incorporate it into the dress.

“Born to Party Forced to Work”

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For the basis of the dress I used the Lil Blue Boo Hoodie Pattern. I shortened the length of the top and then added a simple “A” line style skirt to the top.

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For the stitching I used a technique I just learned called “Flat Lock” serging. I love the extra detail it gives to the dress. (notice the stitching at the sleeve and neckline)

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After I put the dress together I then used freezer paper and fabric paint to stencil the hearts on.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Nautical Curtain Rod from PVC pipe and Foam Balls

My husband and I have been married for almost 7 years and we have never had curtains, so when I found some sheer maroon fabric at a thrift store for only $2, I decided to make curtains and with curtains comes the need for a curtain rod. My husband was working on a project and had about 6 feet extra of 1/2 inch PVC pipe and I quickly snatched it up to see if it would be the right size. It was perfect!!! So my brain started turning and I came up with this:
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Here’s how:
I dug out a hole into 2 foam balls and then glued them to the ends of the PVC pipe.
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Then I tightly wound Jute around the PVC pipe putting a little bit of glue about every 6 inches.
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Painted the balls a cream color and glued on seashells
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Then I took some of my broken not so nice looking shells and I smashed them with a hammer inside a plastic baggy and filled in all the empty spaces between the shells.
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I used 2 strips of Jute to make the hanging loops so I could hang them from these:
and Instead of cutting the tails off the loops I drilled small holes in some seashells and hung them from the Jute.
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Finally my living room is looking a little more like “Home Sweet Home”.
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