Monday, July 18, 2011

Projects ahead...

Ahoy!  We are moving and I am very very excited to actually be committed to the same house for more than a year.  The house we are currently in was a short term house from the get-go so I never painted or
or thought to deeply about how I wanted the place to work.  Although we are not laying down permanent roots just yet, I am excited about this slightly long term plan.  I finally hopped on the Pinterest train and love how well it can organize my decor ideas.  I am not naturally talented in this department (I offer pretty much all of my past posts as evidence of this fact), but I know what I like.  So here is a taste of some posts to come.  Perhaps you more talented ladies can point me in the right direction paint and materials wise.

So the first room I'd like to work on is the living room.  It's got a great fireplace and is fairly small so it won't need a lot.
The current--apparently avantgarde-- tenant put his dining table in the living room but we'll go the traditional route.

Here's some room ideas I've liked.

Grey and White with pops of yellow...

  I also like the colors in these guys!

Any favorites?   I love input!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Recycled angels

This year we're making ornaments for most extended family members and here is our latest:
It's made entirely of things we had around the house (paper bag, newspaper, thread, and twine), which makes me very happy! I think we'll be personalizing the scroll with family members' names for future angels.

It's pretty straight forward, but I posted the whole process on my blog.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Simple Advent Calendar

I hand embroidered and hand-stitched our new Advent Calendar. It's simple and a little 'undone' looking - but that's just the way I wanted it! I have never hand embroidered something so I looked up a tutorial online. This isn't the exact tutorial, but it looks really helpful.
I lightly penciled in some numbers on the linen and then went over them with a split stitch.

For more of our simple ( lazy) 2010 Christmas decor click HERE.

Friday, October 15, 2010

halloween wreath

Well, I am not going to repost my recently painting ventures since that will take me way too long, but I will just share some links:

Those seem to count as things I have "Gussied Up" and I feel I have neglected this blog a bit... however, I am not the only one.  Here is a little craft I did recently with some friends so I thought I would share.

I have to say I would still be tempted to eat it if I didn't know it was covered in glue.  Good thing I have been keeping a bowl of them nearby when I feel the urge.  The inspiration came from HERE, but I mixed it up a bit mostly because I wasn't looking at the picture when I started mine.  I is just a dollar store wreath with black fabric wrapped around it.  Use hot glue to put on the candy corn and then seal it with decoupage.   However, I don't think this is going to keep beyond this year.

I really must be bored tonight.  Despite the fact that I have so many more important things I could be doing right now, I chose to blog tonight.  Can this baby come already?!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2 of my favs

I have been consistently dissatisfied with our living room pillows...until now. These are the result of a merging of 2 of my favorite things...Ikea (rugs 3.99) and Martha Stewart Living (July Issue). The fabric is super durable and I love the vintage-feel prints... much cheaper than buying the striped french linen & old feed sacks I was saving up for.
I'll be making more - but wanted to get the idea posted!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I thought this was really cool

Print your own fabric at home. This might come in handy for all of you trying to personalize your new homes.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

paint and carpet

Fresh Paint and new carpet are two things that can work wonders on an ugly room.
Goodbye Pink Shag and Skin-Toned Walls.
(We did this awhile ago, but I hadn't contributed in awhile.)