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Pretty Quick: Burlap Pillow Doodle

29 Jun

Happy Friday!

Is it just me or has this week been a million years long? Maybe it’s because this was the week I returned to reality after Haven.

Sigh.

Anyway, today’s post is going to be short and sweet, with a fun little project that was, well, short and sweet.

DIY pillow

One thing you must know about me: I hate decor that says things.

You know, a wall hanging that says “Dream” or a tablescape that says “Family.” It’s just not my cup of tea. (I also hate songs with instructions, but that’s another topic for another day.)

But I had the idea a while back that a DIY doormat that greets guests with a cheeky little “hi” could be cute. While the doormat never happened (it still might), I got the idea out of my head and onto a pillow the other night.

And I kind of love it.

DIY pillow

Woodblock letters found at Michaels for $1

No tutorial, because there wasn’t really a process. I used some scrap burlap to cover a pillow form, traced the letters onto the pillow and then colored them in with a black Sharpie marker.

If I wasn’t distracted by Breaking Bad (currently catching up on Season 4!) I may have taken some more time with it, or if I knew how to embroider, maybe I would have done that.

But for a quick little doodle, it makes me smile.

What fun projects have you worked on lately?

Have a happy weekend!

DIY No-Sew Bedskirt Tutorial

13 Jun

Isn’t it funny how such a tiny thing can make such a difference?

bedskirt DIY

This weekend, I made a bedskirt for my bed, using one of the two fabrics I happily received last week

I’m so happy with the difference it makes in the room.

And, in a funny little twist, the fabric’s name is Chipper. And I am. And it is. And, sigh. I’m a little too in love with this fabric.

Anyway…

You really don’t need a tutorial at all to make a bedskirt of your own. It’s simple, it’s fast and it comes together far away from a sewing machine.

That’s my kind of DIY.

Here’s what you’ll need:

bedskirt supplies

  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Hem tape (I like the Heat n’ Bond brand, sold at Michael’s)
  • T-pins
  • Scissors
  • Fabric

You’ll need three strips of fabric  for your boxspring(one for each side and one for the front). For my queen bed, I needed about 8 feet for each side and five feet for the front.

Measure from your floor to the top of the boxspring for the height. Mine was about 18 inches. Be sure to add about an inch for the hem.

Tip: to make your strips even, cut about an inch into the fabric and then tear the rest of the way through. It’ll be perfectly even! I always see them do this on Project Runway and it actually works!

Once you have your strips, crank up the iron to medium get ready to get hemmin’.

DIY bedskirt

Psst…this is the fabric I used for my curtains. Sneak peek!

Follow the instructions on the hem tape.

I did about an inch hem on three sides of each strip (the top will hide under your mattress, so no need to hem).

Once you’re done with the hemming, move on to the mattress.

diy bedskirt

Position each strip so it’s even (I had to play with it a little) and then use the t-pins every few inches to secure the fabric to the top of the boxspring.

It’ll start to look like this.

DIY bedskirt

Once all three sides are attached securely, flip the mattress back on top of the boxspring (so much easier said than done…those suckers are heavy!).

And…hello.

DIY bedskirt

Ignore the fan, the laundry basket and the general lack of decorating in this photo. It’s early in the pretty-making process!

I’ll be back with more posts as the room comes together!

List Makers Unite! DIY Dry Erase Board

24 Feb To Do List

Happy Friday!

Are you a list maker? I am. I love lists. Writing them keeps me focused and crossing off tasks is totally satisfying.

Vintage Notebook

I’ve even been known to add something extra to a list JUST to be able to cross it off. Anyone else do that? No? Okay, moving on…

The notebook above is vintage – it belonged to the mom of a sweet friend of mine, and he gave it to me. How special, right? I write my grocery lists in it each week. I used to just use my iPhone, and I still do for quick trips, but there’s just something about a handwritten list for a Saturday afternoon shop.

I also always have a running list of house “to-dos.” These aren’t the boring chores, but a list of projects I’m looking to tackle in the coming weeks. A fun list deserves, well, something fun, so I created this little guy a couple of months ago.

To Do List
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With the exception of taxes – boring yet essential – this is a running list of projects and improvements on my radar for the next couple of weeks.

To create it, I took a Goodwill frame (I think it cost 10 cents), spray painted it white and inserted a poppy piece of scrapbook paper. Now, I write on the glass with a dry erase marker and erase it with a paper towel when everything’s done (might be awhile!)

I know, it’s not brain surgery, but I like it. I’ve always liked dry erase boards, but we all know they are U.G.L.Y. Much like this inspiration board, I like my “office” supplies a lot less utilitarian.

So what’s on your list? Are you going to tackle any projects this weekend?

I am thinking I’m going to start on my gallery wall and maybe finish the lamp, but that may be overly ambitious. There are Oscars to watch!

Have a great weekend!

Pretty Quick: Drawer Pull Kitchen Hooks

20 Feb Drawer Pulls Kitchen Hooks

For me, DIY inspiration comes and goes. I could go weeks without a project and then all of a sudden I’m knee deep in sawdust and pinterest boards, excitedly skipping from one thing to the next to improve my little home.

I love how creativity comes in waves.

This weekend marked a stopping point in several back-to-back long work weeks, so I was thrilled to get a coinciding wave of decor inspiration.

Out of that wave came this simple little project that has since put a smile on my face every time I’ve passed it. And really, isn’t that the test by which all things in our lives should be judged? If it doesn’t put a smile on your face, why bother?

Drawer Pull Kitchen Hooks

I love fabric and aprons are no exception. Actually, they are a big chunk of that fabric obsession. How happy is it to be able to throw a bright piece of fabric around you as you bake cookies or frost a cake?

Admittedly, I know do these thing so seldom that my aprons sit in drawers for months at a time. But just as with any other room, the kitchen could benefit from a nice burst of happy fabric. So why not display an apron or two? And hey, maybe it will inspire me to throw one on once and awhile.

aprons

Funny coincidence: That pink apron looks almost exactly like my pink apron, found in an antique store. It must have been a popular pattern in the 50s.

I wanted “happy hooks” because there was nothing utilitarian about this projects. Aprons are pretty much fluff, sprinkles among the other practical things in the kitchen really, so their hooks should match.

I hit up Hobby Lobby, my not-so-secret source for half-price Anthropologie-esque hooks and drawer pulls. I was disappointed in their hook selection, but in the drawer pull bins, I spotted these guys:

Drawer Pulls

Pretty happy, huh? And for $2 a pop, they were even happier.

The back of the pulls, as with all pulls, were basically screws.

Drawer Pulls.Back

One problem – the front was not a screw, so getting these into my kitchen wall in their original condition wasn’t going to work. However, I got lucky…I remembered I had held on to the screws from the Curbside Beauty project.

I pulled apart the drawer pulls, stuck in the new drawer pull screws, and voila! I was ready to hang my hooks.

New Drawer Pull

After using a power drill to drill two holes in the wall, I used a screwdriver to screw each drawer pull into the wall. I hung them high so that the aprons would fall at eye level.

Hung Drawer Pulls

Drawer Pull Kitchen Hooks

Drawer Pulls Kitchen Hooks
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Kitchen with Aprons

Kitchen with Aprons 2

Lesson? Look beyond the traditional uses for things. And hold on to random screws from old projects. You never know when they might help make a room a little happier.

Not many things can put a smile on your face for $4!

What simple or not-so-simple projects have you done lately? Does creativity come to you in waves too?

This project was linked up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Show Us Your House Party!

January Blues Buster: Pretty Tile Coasters

9 Jan Tile Coaster in Action

Do you feel like your house is empty, now that you’ve taken down the Christmas decorations?

I do. It’s amazing how warm the garland and lights of Christmas can make a room feel and how cold it can become after they’re removed.

Since taking down my decor, I’m on a mission to bring the cozy back. One little way to do that is to take an everyday item – a coaster – and make it into something pretty and unique.

Best part? The whole project costs pennies.

Tile Coaster Supplies

First, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  • 4 x 4 tiles, available at hardware stores (I found them for under a dollar at Home Depot.)
  • Scrapbook paper, cut into squares slightly smaller than the face of the tile
  • Mod Podge (This was my first time working with the stuff – I now understand why it’s so popular!)
  • Clear Acrylic Coating Spray (Matte or Glossy; I used Matte)
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Foam brush (I’d grab a couple – they break easily and regular paint brushes aren’t as easy to work with.)
  • Scissors

Next, dip your foam brush in the Mod Podge and paint a thin layer of it on a tile. Then, place a cut piece of scrapbook paper on the tile, give it another layer of Mod Podge and set it aside to dry.

Once the tiles have dried (about 20 minutes or so), take them outside and spray them evenly with the Clear Acrylic Coating. I placed them all touching in a shallow cardboard box for this step to protect my driveway.

Let them dry overnight. I wanted to be extra-sure they were waterproof, so I sprayed my coasters once more with the Clear Acrylic Coating, letting them dry again for several more hours. You can test them out by dripping a bit of water on them and making sure it bubbles up.

Once dry, cut felt squares slightly smaller than the tiles, remove the adhesive backing and place on the bottom of the coasters.

Tile Coasters

Ready for Acrylic Coating

Tile Coaster in Action

Tile Coaster in Action

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These make great gifts too. I made a bunch as Christmas presents this year.

Tip: Don’t attempt this project after a manicure. You fingertips will be covered in Mod Podge. It’s a complete throwback to elementary school art class.

Most people wouldn’t think of cold square tile as cozy, but adding the pop of color through the scrapbook paper make these coasters a bright everyday item. You can even use photos! Follow the same process, but instead of scrapbook paper, use photos printed out on cardstock.

How are you making your home pretty after taking down the Christmas decor?

Pretty Quick: Mason Jar Sewing Kit

6 Jan Mason Jar Sewing Kit

So Sherry tackled sewing a bean bag and I tackled something a bit more basic – a mason jar sewing kit! I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest (and my new found ability to attach a button to a coat). Thanks for featuring this little project in the Pinterest Challenge, Sherry, Katie, Cassie and Erin!

Y’all didn’t think I could keep my sewing supplies like this, did you?

Singer Sewing Kit

UG-LY.

As I proclaimed here, I can now sew. Kind of. As in, I can sew on a button. And nothing stops kind-of sewing like misplaced supplies or having to dig said supplies out of clamshell plastic packaging.

Enter, the Mason Jar. Oh, mason jar – is there any end to your possibilities?

I followed this tutorial  at the awesome Momtastic blog to make a cute little sewing kit. It took all of 15 minutes and it adds a pop of color to my desk/craft table.

This is one of those projects that isn’t at all necessary, but adds some pretty to a mundane thing – my favorite kind.

(Apologies for the iPhone photos.)

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Mason Jar Sewing Kit 2

The fabric is cut from the backdrop used in my birthday party photo booth (so fun!). I also repurposed it as a Christmas tree skirt this year.

And…I didn’t have any batting and didn’t want to buy it for the small amount this project required, so I “borrowed” some stuffing from one of my pillows that had a tiny hole in the bottom. The pillow didn’t seem to mind.

There you have it – a pretty quick sewing kit made from items I had around the house. Now I’ll just have to wait for a button to fall off of something.

Do you have a sewing kit?