Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

2 Corinthians 9:15 – "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Better Homes and Gardens

I may not have all I want...but I have all I need!!

I hope everyone has a warm and blessed Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Monogramed purse

Recently, a dear sweet friend of mine celebrated a momentous birthday. I wanted to give her something that would be very special so I decided to make her a monogram purse.
I purchased:
1/2 yard of fabric to use for the outside (face fabric) of the purse (the black polka dot)
2/3 yard of fabric for the lining of the purse & monogram (the red print)
1/2 yard of white felt for quilting
Decorative ribbon 1-2 yards
1/8 yard of coordinating fabric (will be used for the monogram)
Copy of a letter printed from the computer
I cut out my purse in both the face fabric, the lining fabric and the felt.

Next I pinned the face fabric to the felt.

And quilted these together using my sewing machine.

I then printed a large "b" from my computer and cut it out in two sizes. I used two coordinating fabrics, one for the smaller "b" and one for the larger "b". I hand stitched these two letters together using a decorative stitch. Finally I stitched the double letter to the face of the purse. I added decorative ribbon to the background.
Once the detail work of the purse was complete, I stitched the purse to the lining and attached straps.

The end result:
I think it turned out pretty good...and my friend loved it!
**Today I'm linking up to Met Monday's at Between Naps on the Porch**
Talk to ya soon!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Loads of Laundry

Laundry Rooms!!!
To be honest with you, I have never considered decorating my laundry room until I started blogging. Yes I had seen beautiful laundry spaces all organized and accessorized in magazines or online but never really got the urge to decorate my own. In its current state, my laundry room is a "junk jail" that happens to house the washer & dryer! It's amazing, things in our house that are "homeless" will find refuge in the laundry room. So I decided to bite the bullet and get it done. Besides, having a beautiful place to work always helps the work go a little faster...Right!!

Like all good designers do...I began an inspirational hunt for ideas I could utilize in my laundry haven. Then the fun part of clearing out the space will come next. That means finding a home for all the homeless items and removing those annoying metal shelves. Sound like a helper job...Oh kiddos!!! teehee
My Inspiration

I found this wallpaper at and absolutely fell in love with it. Instantly I thought of beadboard paneling with this vintage looking paper above it. And what girl doesn't love pinks and browns! :) Now that I have a color scheme...its off to choose the other elements for the room.
This laundry room has several element I would like to use in my own...the chandelier, wallpaper and the cute vinyl lettering on the wall not to mention the cabinetry above the w&d.
I like the compartment shelves...maybe it would make staying organized easier.?? (fingers crossed)

Definitely need a place to hang wet clothes...thats a must!

I do need a decorative shelf above the washer to help hide that water supply box. However, mine would need to be considerably lower than this one.

This last picture is just for kicks. I only wish I had a new washer and dryer that I could enclose within cabinetry. Great idea for a w&d that is located in a heavy traffic area. Also, the large glass canisters are a great idea for detergent and clothes pins.

Well guess I need to put on my work gloves and dig in! I'll keep ya updated!

**All the above pictures excluding the first are from Better Homes and Gardens**
Talk to ya soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lunch Break Find

I was having such a blah day at work yesterday, I decided to go do a little retail therapy! First I hit Ross and found this darling little white candy dish which I love love love. I think I will place it on a small decorative plate and house my kitchen sponges inside it...or maybe take the lid off and put a little tea candle inside it. The possibilities are endless!

Next I stopped by the fabric store and picked up a yard of this beautiful country yellow fabric. I've got a few projects in mind for this little pretty as well. I'll share those projects in a few days!!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!!

Talk to ya soon!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A little late...My window treatments

I had all intentions of linking up to Funky Junk's "Saturday Nite Special-Window Treatments Party" However, things just didn't work the way I had planned. So...four days is my kitchen window treatments.
Like most women out there, I have a little bit of a rooster theme going in my kitchen. So when I found this cute farmhouse inspired fabric...I just had to get it.
I wanted a simple treatment that was easy to remove and didn't require permanently attached rods. My plans are to one day install a continuous cute-as-a-button little country shelf above all three of my windows in my breakfast nook. The window on the far right of the nook was turned into my plate display shelf (Click HERE to see that project). I don't have before pics or during pics...just finished (this was a pre-blog project).

I started out by measuring my windows and adding six to seven inches to my width measurements. This is to accommodate the slight swag in the top. Next I measured 1/3 of the way down from the inside top of the window. I used these measurements to draw and cut out a pattern on a $5 discounted white bed sheet. I know what your thinking..."why is she ruining a perfectly good sheet to make a pattern?" Well, once you use the pattern to cut out your decorative can use it as a lining for the back of the treatment.

After cutting out the body fabrics, I cut several strips of plaid fabric on the bias to make the piping trim. Now I know there's another name for it other than piping...but I can't think of it right off hand. Anywho, I stitched the bias strips of fabric together making one long strip of fabric which was then folded around the piping. I sandwiched the fabric covered piping between the right side of the decorative fabric and the bed sheet lining, stitching these layers together. Please note..the piping should be turned inward when you sandwich it between the top fabric and lining. That way when you turn it right side out the piping will be on the edge of the treatment. Make sure you leave a small opening to allow for turning the treatment right side out. I used the same plaid fabric to make three little tabs and two decorative ribbons. I sewed the tabs to the top of the treatment and tied the ribbons around the ends. I know this was kinda hard to explain without step by step pictures...but if you have any questions you can leave it in the comments or send me an email.
Since I missed Saturday Nite Special, I'll be linking up to Transformation Thursday over at the Shabby Chic Cottage
Talk to ya soon!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I won!!!

WooHew!!! I won my first giveaway today! I was speechless this morning when I pulled up my dashboard...almost dropped my bowl of oatmeal!! The sweet Ms. Kathy is sending me all the goodies soon. She is a very creative gal!! Click on the picture above to visit her blog.

Too Happy for words!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Cool Thing

Holy Moly...what a time I've been having here lately. Can't get motivated to do much of anything! I have all these ideas but no spunk! Take this sweet thing I found in the latest PBteen catalog.

This is so what I need in my craft room and my kitchen and my step-daughters room. Goodness maybe I need one of these in every room!! LOL No seriously, this looks to be an easy project....trim, left over piece of pegboard, fabric, 1/4" plywood, chalkboard paint, thin dry erase board...all left over stuff we have lying around the house right? Ahha who am I fooling, it would definitely take some work but I bet I could make it for a whole lot less than $299!!! Oh well guess I'll add this to my ever-growing TO-DO LIST!

Well got to get going on that list and soon. Someone please build a fire under me! :)

Talk to ya soon!