Paint decisions…

January 7, 2011

Ok.  I can hardly make a decision of what to have for supper, or what time to take a bath at night.

Yet, here I am, trying to make a decision of paint colors for my kitchen.

Choosing the perfect tone out of about 500 30 paint swatches.  Ugh.

The last time I added much paint to our home,  I was in the mustard/sage/brown mindset.

I am VERY tired of those tired looking colors.

I have been looking through paint trends, and thinking I need paint colors more complimentary to my cottage / Nantucket feel of my home……

I am looking at blues and whites and maybe splashes of cherry red accents.  Yeah, that sounds uplifting.  Feels cottage-like huh?

Or

That signature Martha Stewart kitchen look.   Mintish or deeper greenish color and off-white.

Yep, I love that look too.    I love EVERYTHING Martha actually.

All I know, is I have the best painter in the whole wide world penciled in, so sooner or later, I have GOT to make up my mind.

Or he promises me, he will be painting EVERYTHING white!!!!!

hmmmmm……….

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When life gives you scraps…

December 14, 2010

You can make rag bowls and give them away….

This is my plan.  I had all kinds of scraps already measured and cut, ya know, just a few too many for the bowl I had cut them for.

I had an idea.  I could match them up, and just make teeny little bowls.   I have 9 made up so far, and will continue making them til I am out of scraps.

I can give them to people at RANDOM.

People that I would have not probably ever felt the need to give a gift to.

People I will not (or hope not) to get anything in return from.

Just……random.

People I know……maybe people I don’t know.

This really costs me nothing but my time.  I have the time to be kind and giving…..and I have lots of scraps.

It feels good to GIVE.

Please find time to give something you have a talent for, or just something you can GIVE that costs (basically) nothing.

Anything from a craft you like to do…..to an extra smile at someone you meet.

It really is THAT easy.

Ready Made…

December 12, 2010

If you have not heard of the magazine Ready Made, you need to walk run to your nearest magazine retailer and buy a copy!!  it is awesome.  I discovered it a couple years ago, and have learned ALOT from it, on repurposed, frugal, and thrifty living.   They teach you how to make something out of nothing!!!   no kidding!!

My niece is now aspiring to be a contributing editor.  haha…not intentionally, but I think she is well on her way!!!!    What she does think she needs is a VACATION, and her AWESOME submissions just might get her a free trip to New York City!!  wow.  She promised to take me with her, so the least I can do, is rally for some extra votes.  Ya think??

I think the voting is open for a few more days, so please take the time to look at what she had done, literally ON A DIME!!!!   I think you will be impressed.

(and if for some reason, these links don’t get you where you need to go, just copy and paste each one to your browser)

http://www.readymade.com/projects/tile_wall_art

http://www.readymade.com/projects/giant_wall_art

http://www.readymade.com/projects/cork_board

http://www.readymade.com/projects/repurpose_pillows

I know I have not updated this blog FOREVER (thanks to my sister Kim for the reminder)….however, I do have some blog inspiration in the works, hopefully in the next day or so.

Stay tuned……

Yep. I’ve been BUSY…..

November 19, 2010

This was no easy task, but I got it done.

Made FIVE matching sized rag bowls for a customer, as Christmas gifts for her five grown children.

They turned out BEAUTIFUL!!  I gotta admit , it was hard to let them go.

They are actually larger than the picture appears.   Roughly 13″ around and 5″ high.

A perfect size for so many uses!

I could have easily found a place in my home for all five.    🙂

Thankfully she loved them, actually loved them so much, she now wants two more…..for HERSELF!!!

I love love love to make these things!!!!   I wish it would be suitable to make one for every single person on my Christmas list.

Wouldn’t that make Christmas SIMPLE??

Yes . it . would.

{ sigh }

 

 

making progress…

November 5, 2010

Each rag bowl get just a little bit better.

Not perfect, but are they really suppose to be “perfect” ?  no.

Imperfection gives them character. 🙂

(for some reason the photo did not take too well, so be sure to click on it to enlarge image)

So, in the last few days, I have mastered handles, an oval shaped basket, tapered as well as straight up and down style.

I love this one SO much!!  I really love the size of it, as it is the biggest one I have done so far.

and it is already spoken for, so I will have to part with it.

(sigh)

Rag bowl….

November 2, 2010

I have always loved Rag Bowls.  Fabric Bowls…whatever you call them,  I love them.

So, this last weekend I went browsing around a quilt store in Des Moines (Clive) and right there, front and center was a book with my name written all over it!!!   “It’s a Wrap” was the name of it.   I had intended to find quilting supplies, but left with this instead.   I am telling you, this store was a little off the beaten path, but WELL worth looking for.  I believe the name is Creekside Quilting.  If you are in the area, you need to seek it out!!!

The book  is now mine as well as some of the WONDERFUL fabric the store had to sell, the clothesline I needed, and the inspiration I needed to get the dust off my sewing machine.  I am set!!!

These are so fun to make and the variations are ENDLESS.  I started out basic, but I am ready for advanced techniques already!!

Beginning process. Could easily be made into coasters, table runners, placemats....or bowls!!! I pick bowls.

Cotton clothesline, wrapped with ANY pattern or solid cotton fabric, coiled together row by row…..

it is taking "shape"...... yeah!!!

Then… zig zagging rows together, and sewing at an angle when the base is the desired size….

Ta-Da !!! the finished product!!!

and continue adding rows to the desired height.

Done.  Isn’t it awesome, if I might say so myself?

Now, I already have BIG plans for more.   Adding coiled handles, different patterns all within the same bowl, making them in “school” colors, adding a different colored “rim”, adding beads, and possibly even trying oval shaped bowls.   Plain ones, colorful ones, table runners, coaster sets…….

I am excited.

Not to mention how many of these creations are going to make their way under the Christmas tree.

Honestly, I would LOVE to have a handmade gift like this.

and it is a frugal and repurposed project.  I will be digging deep to find the FUN scraps of fabric I have in my stash, and making really interesting combinations of lots of things.

And although I am buying NEW cotton clothesline for mine, you COULD go cut up an old clothesline if ya really wanted to do this “on a dime”.  LOL

Just saying…….

I am sure there will be many more pictures to follow…eventually.

that can NOT be the same chair…

October 27, 2010

Bet’cha didn’t think there would be blog updates TWO days in a row huh???

I am SO unpredictable!!  haha.   (although my family would argue this point)

I am SO ticked with this one more little change in my room…..

(refer to last nights blog to see the BEFORE picture)  Wow!!!

I . LOVE . IT !!!!

How cool is the fabric?

I had purchased these linen dishtowels this summer on my Cincinnati trip to IKEA.

Found out last night, none were big enough to fit the cushion.   Darn.

Two were also not quite big enough.  Hmmmm…..

But a mismatched combination of all FOUR dish towels worked perfect, all stitched together in random order worked PERFECTLY!!!!!!

Remember, I like the mismatched / random / eclectic look.

Cost a total of .97 for the upholstery tacks.  (plus the towels, of course, which I already had in my closet)

It looks perfect from the top, just hoping NO one flips it over to look underneath!!!

Yikes.  Not quite so pretty on that side.  🙂

I proudly showed my husband tonight, and let him know that SOME women would just go out and buy new furniture.   “See how lucky you are?”

With that, he smiled, rolled his eyes, and went to bed.  LOL

A facelift for a footstool…

October 26, 2010

Trying to shake things up a bit in the house.  Trying to ward off the wintertime blues before they have a chance to begin.  (ugh)

Enter footstool:

When my dad bought me my Hope Chest for high school graduation, we got this footstool for FREE.  Yes, I liked FREE even back then.

But the fabric has seen better days.

Tapestry=boring

I was up bright and early (shocker!!) and began to re-upholstery before I even got dressed.  (or obviously had my hair or makeup done).  This proves I am NOT a morning person!!!

I function MUCH better at midnight!!!

Enter NEW fabric.

My niece gave me a bunch of COOL fabric pieces found at garage sales,  (much of what I already have other plans for)  but this natural  burlap coffee bag was the perfect covering I had been looking for. I am not into “coffee decor” or any “themed rooms” but the subtle hint of what this fabric once held makes it cool!!!   Adding design AND texture, not to mention, I am a sucker for anything with letters and/or numbers on it.  What an improvement huh?   A screwdriver, some staples and hot glue….I am in love with this little FREE footstool all over again.  Good for another 25 years.  🙂

You can tell I am drawn to the eclectic decor. I would rather NOTHING match in my house....it is part of it's charm 🙂

Make note of the wicker chair pad?   yuck.  It is next in line for new fabric.  It will also be a surprising fabric combo.  I already have it picked out and with any luck, I can also post pictures of it.

I am also in LOVE with the suitcase ensemble.  Picked the blue ones up at a garage sale for $1.  Two sizes nested inside each other!!  (thanks Sherry)   and the brown one on top held a typewriter.  All with nice flat tops, just the way I like them.

It is amazing how easy this project was.

Do you have odd pieces in your home screaming for a fresh look?

Or maybe a couch that just needs some new toss pillows?

I would love to hear of any plans you have, or have already done, including tips for myself and others on different ways to spruce up your home….of course, on a dime.  🙂

Sometimes, it is just the smallest things, can make the biggest difference.

Now, I think I will go grab a Coke, and a magazine to end my day, and see just how well the new footstool fabric works to rest my feet upon.  🙂

Call me crazy….

October 8, 2010

You may like it or you may HATE it.  I love it!!!!

Rewind to my 40th birthday.  I knew FOREVER that when I turned 40, I was getting my first tattoo.  I wanted nothing more than for me and all my sisters to get our FIRST tattoo together, all matching and on the day I turned 40. Mission accomplished.  We did it 5 years ago, and it was AWESOME!!!!

But when I was 40, I was still “modest” about tattoos.  I wanted it basically where only I looked at it.  It is on my right hip.

Fast forward to 45.  Got a little braver.  I want to see this one, each and every day, basically no matter WHAT I am doing.  I want to see it.

I thought long and hard about this location, and was 100% positive this is where I wanted it put.

and the REAL valid reason I chose this location, is I am jewelry-phobic.  Yep, I can NOT stand to wear jewelry.  I have not worn a wedding ring for atleast 10 years, probably longer.  I try to put them on, (earrings as well)  but within MINUTES they come back off.  The best I can explain it, is they feel like a vice on my finger.  Same with earrings….feels like I have something heavy, HANGING off my ears, so it drives me nuts.    I also forever wanted a mothers ring, but since I could no longer wear jewelry, I knew that was a bad idea.

Hence…the tattoo “ring”.  I designed it myself, and all four connecting circles signifies the four members of my family.  I am absolutely in LOVE with it!!!!!   My husband loves it too (imagine that) haha….although he vows to NEVER have a tattoo…and that is fine too.  To each their own.

"before" my hand will NEVER look like this again.

"during". (and for the record, this did NOT hurt. At all.

"after"So, there you have it.  This is how I spent my 45th birthday!!!

Thanks to an old high school friend for doing his awesome work on me.  I joke that his success is thanks to me, as I helped him pass Art class.  His version of the story may be a little different.  LOL

Next up, 50….and I can . not . wait  !!!!!!!!!!!

50 is going to be really good in many many ways.  I just know it.  😉

A reason to celebrate…

October 7, 2010

Thursday October 7, I am officially a year older…

 

Yep. I am now 45.  I kind of like that number.

I think I am ready to head towards 50.  I have always had in my mind, 50 is an age I am definitely going to embrace!!!!!

I am ready for it

But for now…I am 45.

I am going to ignore the stresses in life today, like as of an hour ago, we have a broken down vehicle.

I am going to ignore the things on my to-do list that really need done.

I am going to ignore a whole lot of things today.

I have special plans….and with any luck, I will post pictures of the excitement I have planned for the day when it is all said and done.

In my opinion, this is BIG !!!!!  a big deal, to me atleast.

A little out of character for me.  (no, it is NOT skydiving)

I would NEVER skydive!!!  no way.

Any guesses??  feel free to post them. (family members do NOT count as they already know my plans)  hee-hee     😀

I am so excited.

Bring . it . on.