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Summer Mantel:Take Two {adding reclaimed shutters}

15 Jul
 

 
There was something missing from my “Beachy” mantel. I couldn’t put my finger on it yesterday. Then last night as I was getting ready for bed I remembered some free shutters that I picked up by the side of the road on trash day a few months ago. Perfect!! You know how a flashbulb goes off in your mind?

A fast, easy and free solution to my decorating dilemma! 
Before

So this morning I dusted off those old shutters and dug through my spraypaint stash for some paint. I painted the first coat the same “aqua” color as the frame on my mantel. And then when it was finished drying, I added “heirloom white” over the top.


The last thing I did was get my trusty mouse sander and I roughed it all up so the delicious aqua peeks through as well as the original brown color and the bare wood. I love the dimension that sanding adds!!



Then I put it on my mantel. I opened the shutters a little so that the reflection of the mirror still comes through and lights up the room. Then I rearranged some of the mantel items.

And I put the little canvas pennant at the top of the mantel. I got the little sewn pennant shapes from The Canvas Corp. I love the plain canvas with my beach theme.

I think my mantel is done.
{For now — lol!!}

I put my Summer Subway Art above my entry cabinet. I decided it didn’t really go with my Beachy Mantel. But I still really love it!

PS — While my shutters were drying, I ran to Home Depot and got some samples for my kitchen makeover. Here’s what we have so far. Any opinions??  the cabinets are now white so I was thinking a warm grey would be pretty….

xoxoxo

PS — I’m linking this up to Beth’s Tutorials &Tips Party. Check it out!!


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Summer Mantel:Take Two {adding reclaimed shutters}

15 Jul
 

 
There was something missing from my “Beachy” mantel. I couldn’t put my finger on it yesterday. Then last night as I was getting ready for bed I remembered some free shutters that I picked up by the side of the road on trash day a few months ago. Perfect!! You know how a flashbulb goes off in your mind?

A fast, easy and free solution to my decorating dilemma! 
Before

So this morning I dusted off those old shutters and dug through my spraypaint stash for some paint. I painted the first coat the same “aqua” color as the frame on my mantel. And then when it was finished drying, I added “heirloom white” over the top.


The last thing I did was get my trusty mouse sander and I roughed it all up so the delicious aqua peeks through as well as the original brown color and the bare wood. I love the dimension that sanding adds!!



Then I put it on my mantel. I opened the shutters a little so that the reflection of the mirror still comes through and lights up the room. Then I rearranged some of the mantel items.

And I put the little canvas pennant at the top of the mantel. I got the little sewn pennant shapes from The Canvas Corp. I love the plain canvas with my beach theme.

I think my mantel is done.
{For now — lol!!}

I put my Summer Subway Art above my entry cabinet. I decided it didn’t really go with my Beachy Mantel. But I still really love it!

PS — While my shutters were drying, I ran to Home Depot and got some samples for my kitchen makeover. Here’s what we have so far. Any opinions??  the cabinets are now white so I was thinking a warm grey would be pretty….

xoxoxo

PS — I’m linking this up to Beth’s Tutorials &Tips Party. Check it out!!


Guest Project — Make a Tie Skirt!

30 Sep
Hey Bloggettes! (and blogger dudes, maybe 🙂
Summer Reflection tags:
My name is Laura. I’ve got a lil’ blog called A Pretty Plethora, so named since I have a lot of interests, all of which I like to talk about on my blog. Jen was so sweet to let me visit today and show you my most favorite thing in the world:
My tie skirt! 
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(please don’t mind my face, this was taken after a verrry looong day at school-I really am thrilled!)

This project is so much fun, and pretty darn basic! The hardest part for me was gathering all the ties. Some are my dads, some belonged to brothers, but mostly they came from the thrift store. Now, thrift store ties are still pretty expensive for this project, so if you can wait-do so until you find an amazing deal. 


So here’s whatcha need: ties and elastic! 
(well, and a sewing machine, but that goes without saying)http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jtZeWZEjZEQ/TKP6_L6RFbI/AAAAAAAAB-M/Nz6UdziCqig/s1600/tiespp.jpgAfter you gather all the ties (you can calculate how many you want/need 2 ways: 
  • If you want a very full skirt, just get as many as your heart desires. 
  • If you want a skirt that is more fitted, measure your waist, and calculate the width of the ties, and go from there.)
Once you have all your ties, you are going to measure the length. Decide where you want your skirt to sit (for me, it’s my waist), hold the top of the tie there. I wanted the bottom hit my knee, so I measured from my waist to my knee, then added 2 inches. These 2 inches at the top are needed later to fold over for your elastic. Once you’ve got your measurement, trim the ties to all the same length.
 
Then right sides together you are going to sew all the ties together, and you’ll wind up with a long strip of ties (it will slowly start to wind up, because of the shape of ties). You’ll want to sew about 1 in-1.5 inches from the edge.
Once you have sewed them all, you’ll fold over the top about 2 inches-this is for your elastic. Make sure to keep a gap to run through your elastic through. I’m pretty unorthodox, I just wrapped some elastic around my waist, added an inch or so, and cut. If you want to do a measuring tape, it’s all good (in the hood, yo!)
SIDE NOTE: If you want it to look all purdy and perfect (I made this in high school-I had no patience with hemming) You can fold up a 1/2 inch and make it nice. If not, the insides will fray. This doesn’t bother me, no one sees the inside of this skirt. I’ll understand if you’re a perfectionist though 🙂
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/frayedpp.jpgRun your elastic through (to do so: attach a safety pin to the elastic. This will help you keep track of the elastic and give you a guide).  Once it’s all the way through, sew the elastic together, and hide it under the fold. Then you’ll sew up the rest of the fold. Viola! All done. Now you can take some adorable pictures and ‘wow’ everyone! Just so you know, people get obsessed with this skirt. (passerby’s, I mean) I can’t tell you how many people come up and just lift up my skirt, trying to figure out how I made it.
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/boreddpp.jpg?w=225 
It’s embarrassing. You’ve been warned.
I hope this tutorial works for you, please stop by and let me know if you need any help,  or if you are going to try it! I’d love to hear stories and see some pictures!
 
Thanks again for letting me visit, Jen!
Love!
 Thanks Laura!!
Your Tie Skirt is just awesome! 
What a great idea. 
Laura is a new blogger and a college student. She loves to share her day-to-day life on her blog. With posts on recipes: 
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Fashion: 
And, she and I share the same birthday. So fun!! See what she got for herself!
Will you go over to A Pretty Plethora, say hi and welcome her to this bloggy world?
XOXO

I Finally Made One!!

30 Jun

Do you know how long I have been lusting after a Camera Strap Cover? I have tried to win one so many times. So when I saw that Kari @ Ucreate’s Craft Challenge this month was –– Char @ Crap I’ve Made’s Camera strap — I was all over it!


Of course, I waited until the last second to actually make mine — surprise, surprise! You probably know that I have really just started learning to sew. I got my first real sewing machine last year for my birthday. I’m having such a fun time learning, but for some reason making a Camera Strap sounded so intimidating to me.

Char’s tutorial is great – you should check it out. I was over at my mom’s house yesterday and decided to make it at the last second. And of course she didn’t have any ironable Fusible Interfacing (I left mine at home), so I improvised and used non-iron interfacing. I also decided to make mine into a Camera Strap Cover instead of replacing the strap that I have. I was afraid I would totally mess it up and then I wouldn’t have a strap at all – lol. So check out Char’s tutorial for how to make yours into a cute Camera Strap.

I followed Char’s instructions, but did a few things differently to make mine into a cover:

1. Measure your strap, cut a piece of material that length plus 1 inch and then double the width. So mine was 2 inches in width by 22 in length — so I cut my material out to be 4 inches in width by 23 inches in length.

2. Cut out the interfacing to be the same length as your strap and double the width.

3. Then I cut out the ruffle and sewed the edges just like she did.

4. Then I hemmed the edges of the length of material, sewing the interfacing onto my material at the ends.

5.  I flipped the material inside out and ironed a seam down the middle so it would lay flat as I sewed.

6. Then I sewed the edges together – creating a tube.

7. I turned the tube inside out, which is really right side out. Then I cheated by using liquid stitch to glue the ruffle down to the strap cover. I’m a cheater, I know!

8. The last thing I did was make a flower for one side. I took a piece of the same material { 2 inches in width by 6 inches in length} as the cover sewed the edges and then made a long stitch down the middle to ruffle it. Then I did the same thing to a polka dotted piece of material. I liquid stitched this to the strap too, making a circle with one material on the outside and the other in the inside. Then I took a button cover and used  a scrap of material to cover it. I gorilla glued that on.

{Believe me — there are so many great Camera Cover strap tutorials out there. Mine is just the easiest thing I could think up.} Some other ones you might like are: Sheryl’s, Meg’s, Cheryl’s,Tiffany’s, Ashley’s, Amy’s.

Now I can finally feel like I fit in with the cool kids – lol! And, check out Kari’s Create With Me craft challenges –– she has a different one each month. At the end of the month you send her a picture of your version of the challenge and she publishes it on her super cool blog. So fun!

My bathroom redo is almost done!!
Have a wonderful night!
XOXO

What To Do With Mismatched Silverware: Part II

29 Apr
Here’s another project you can do with mismatched silverware. Remember last month when I made this wreath flower out of old spoons?
I was wondering what else I could make out of mismatched silverware. And since it’s Spring I thought it would be fun to make some 
garden markers.
I also made a little Spring saying to go in a pot on my kitchen table.
“Oh Come, Gentle Spring.”
And I thought — why not make some magnets out of old silverware to go on the magnet board in my kitchen?
Or maybe a little saying or decoration for a present or birthday plant?
I put an ad in my local Freecycle for old silverware. But you can also find bins of mismatched silverware at your local thrift store. Mine had bins with silverware for 25 cents each!
So, if you want to make any of these projects with your mismatched silverware, this is what I did:
I took my silverware and used a hard surface (the concrete in my backyard — with a cutting board on top) and pounded it as hard as I could with a hammer to flatten the forks and spoons. Depending on what the spoon is made out of, it might take a few swings or several dozen.
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After my silverware was flat, I took it to my workbench and stamped it. I found my stamps on ebay — the size I used was 1/4 inch — but you can buy the stamps in all sorts of sizes. I practiced first on a piece of left over sheet metal. It’s good to practice for awhile, to get the spacing figured out. But I like the imperfect look, it adds character.
I used a sharpie and marked off the places I wanted to put the letters by putting a little dot on that space. The way that I found worked best was to hit it with one hard strike. I found that if I did several, the stamp moved a little and the letters were blurry. 
After the letters were all stamped, I filled in the spaces with black Sharpie marker. Then I filed it off with a nail file. The Sharpie will stay in the grooves of the stamp, making the word easier to read.
After I finished this project, I discovered a couple other great tutorials with fun silverware:
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Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative made a fantastic 

onion
And Manuela @ The Pleasures of Homemaking also has a 
Feb10




So be sure to check those out too!

If you’ve made anything out of old silverware, let me know and I will feature it!

I just found out that Country Living did a feature on this recently, I really need to get a subscription to that magazine 🙂 

Have a Happy Night!
XOXO

What To Do With Mismatched Silverware: Part II

29 Apr
Here’s another project you can do with mismatched silverware. Remember last month when I made this wreath flower out of old spoons?
I was wondering what else I could make out of mismatched silverware. And since it’s Spring I thought it would be fun to make some 
garden markers.
I also made a little Spring saying to go in a pot on my kitchen table.
“Oh Come, Gentle Spring.”
And I thought — why not make some magnets out of old silverware to go on the magnet board in my kitchen?
Or maybe a little saying or decoration for a present or birthday plant?
I put an ad in my local Freecycle for old silverware. But you can also find bins of mismatched silverware at your local thrift store. Mine had bins with silverware for 25 cents each!
So, if you want to make any of these projects with your mismatched silverware, this is what I did:
I took my silverware and used a hard surface (the concrete in my backyard — with a cutting board on top) and pounded it as hard as I could with a hammer to flatten the forks and spoons. Depending on what the spoon is made out of, it might take a few swings or several dozen.
https://i1.wp.com/i.ehow.com/images/a04/qm/bh/use-metal-stamps-200X200.jpg
After my silverware was flat, I took it to my workbench and stamped it. I found my stamps on ebay — the size I used was 1/4 inch — but you can buy the stamps in all sorts of sizes. I practiced first on a piece of left over sheet metal. It’s good to practice for awhile, to get the spacing figured out. But I like the imperfect look, it adds character.
I used a sharpie and marked off the places I wanted to put the letters by putting a little dot on that space. The way that I found worked best was to hit it with one hard strike. I found that if I did several, the stamp moved a little and the letters were blurry. 
After the letters were all stamped, I filled in the spaces with black Sharpie marker. Then I filed it off with a nail file. The Sharpie will stay in the grooves of the stamp, making the word easier to read.
After I finished this project, I discovered a couple other great tutorials with fun silverware:
IMG_0826
Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative made a fantastic 

onion
And Manuela @ The Pleasures of Homemaking also has a 
Feb10




So be sure to check those out too!

If you’ve made anything out of old silverware, let me know and I will feature it!

I just found out that Country Living did a feature on this recently, I really need to get a subscription to that magazine 🙂 

Have a Happy Night!
XOXO

Happy Earth Day!

23 Apr
Happy Earth Day! 
I thought I would spotlight a few recycle/upcycle projects in honor of today:
Yo Peace Hoodie
 Earth Day “Peace” Hoodie Tutorial @ All the Small Things 
 Dress Shirt to Baby Dress Tutorial @ The Sewer, The Caker, The Copycat Maker
pillowcase bag
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Picture of Magazine Bowl [alittlehut.blogspot.com] - Tipnut.com
phone book pencil holder
Plastic Bag Wreath @ Under The Table And Dreaming
soda can tin butterfly mobile 5
Soda Can Mobile @ Roots and Wings Co.
Recycled Outfit @ A Trip to Holland
Plastic Flower Bottle Wreath @ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
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Did you do anything special to celebrate?
Have a Great Night!
XOXO