Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Living Room Bookshelves

My living room has been taken over by bookshelves hopefully soon to be a solid wall of bookshelves.  I've been painting, painting, painting and trying to bribe the kids into painting as well.  I never thought I would tire of painting but after painting my bedroom walls, beside tables, living room walls, coffee tables, a side table, 5 bookshelves, and about a million shelves; I'm getting close.  I'm in that place in the middle of a project where you wonder if you were too ambitious and if it will ever get done.  It's not a great place but I have help coming at the end of the week because if I have realized one thing about myself is that I am a great starter and visionary but not always a good finisher.... and right now I have a lot of things that I need to be finishing.

The big reveal soon....

Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's curtains for you...

And the bedroom redo continues...


Let me tell you, it is NOT easy to sew when you have a kitty that wants to inspect every seam. The task master!  

CURTAINS:

Well, CURTAINS! I found this fabulous fabric (yellow! a tiny bit shiny) at Marden's in Maine.  When they say "you should have bought it when you saw it at Marden's" they are absolutely correct.  I found the fabic for a dollar a yard. A STEAL!!! The entire fabric for the curtains was around $12.00 for all FOUR PANELS.  The ball fringe on the edge cost more than the actual fabric.  Incredible! 


Below is a close up of the ball fringe on the edge of the curtain.  Don't you just love ball fringe?  There is something so cheerful about it.  I just smile every time I see these curtains. 
I did a simple curtain with your basic sleeve and then added ball fringe on the edge.  It took me a few hours and they are LOVELY!  The way the light streams in through the yellow curtains in the morning.  So fantastic! 

PILLOW CASES:  Link below

The other sewing project I did was to make pillow cases for my bed.  

I used Anna Griffith's Fido and Fifi fabric on these.  They had just the right blend of 1970s and modern.  I also found the fabric at Marden's in Maine for about $4.00 a yard.  Really, if you are in the Maine area check it out.  It has more than just fabric but it's the fabric that keeps me coming back. 


I've decided that pillow cases are the best first project if you are a beginning sewer.  The free directions are HERE.  It took me about an hour and a half to do 4 pillowcases.  SO EASY!  If you are teaching a child to sew, this would be the best first project.  The first time I was learning to sew with my mother we tried to make a vest, and I cried.  Not the best first project. Although I did end up with a really neat yellow vest. Pillow cases are all a straight line.  With this pattern it is best just to follow the directions rather than question the process.  It feels weird but it works.


So far all the projects have met the NYE seal of approval!  Thank goodness because he is such a demanding client!

Projects to come:  Padded headboard, painting vanity, and painting living room

Happy crafting!

Jill

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

We are getting ready for Valentine's Day around here.  Nothing like a huge snow storm and snow day to give you some time to craft! I made the wreathe above but even though I hung it up, I still think it needs something- too bland.

In between rolling around in the snow, the kids have been hard at work on their Valentine's.  This year Phoebe is in half day kindergarten and has a whopping 50 Valentine's to do.  You would think that I would cave and let them buy the premade ones but I just couldn't.  I have this thing about how commercial our holidays have become.  I think the kids should make their Valentine's themselves.  That being said, I did a lot of sticking, cutting out, and placing today.  When you are looking at a six year old with 50 Valentine's, I think that a little help is in order.

Our first Valentine was this little butterfly:
Aren't they cute?  They are really pretty easy because you run some nice paper through the printer that gives you the text, cut them out, make slits for the lollipop, add googly eyes, and phoebe added a smile.  The link to the pattern is here.  These took almost no time at all (as long as you have a black and white printer) if you were looking for a quick Valentine.  We used a stamp for our hearts but you could use stickers as well. 


The second Valentine was this one:


It's an ipod made out of a box of conversation hearts and 2 Hersey's kisss.  You can find the directions here.  We jazzed it up with some fancy scrapbok paper and twine for the cord.  It's pretty easy but just a lot of cutting and attaching. 


Here are Phoebe's all packed up and ready to go into school on Thursday.  I'm feeling pretty accomplished.  Now if I can just get Elliot to sit down and do his.....

Happy Valentine's!
Jill

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Handkerchief Quilt

So.... in talking about using handkerchief's for decorative means (see last post), my mom is just finishing her handkerchief quilt.  She has just a bit more hand quilting to do and she's done.  Doesn't it look amazing!
 I love looking at all the beautiful handkerchiefs.  My mother's one tip was to use a backing under the handkerchiefs and a huge embroidery hoop to quilt to help when outlining the flowers.   The difficulty is that the handkerchiefs are so delicate that it makes for a challenge.


Here are my parents behind the quilt.  Isn't this the cutest picture.  They were laughing like crazy when I took it as I stood in the snow.

I've got the fabric and some of the padding for the headboard and footboard for my bed.  I've consulted a few friends about how I should accomplish this task.  I'm hoping to do it soon-ish (if it wasn't for that pesky writing deadline and the end of the semester at school.)

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Flea Market Bedroom Redo


In a quest to reclaim some space and my life, I have decided to redo my bedroom.  The first thing I did was get rid of the dark green walls.  Sage green is NOT my favorite color.  A nice celedon green is fine but sage is most definitely not my favorite.  So the walls became a lovely Vanilla Ice Cream (Benjamin Moore paint color # 0C-90) with white trim.  I used to think that white paint was for wimps but I've changed my mind.  This white has just a hint of yellow and is so warm and inviting.  What was once a cave is now a huge, beautiful room of my own.

The quest yesterday was the to ding the perfect beside lamps for my newly painted white bedside tables.  After my friend Rosy and I went to 10 different Home Goods/T.J. Maxx/Marshall's stores in the Southern New Hampshire area, we finally found these blue green glass lamps.  Belive me, I looked at EVERYTHING TWICE before deciding on these puppies.  And I think they are JUST RIGHT!  

The last item I did yesterday was these valances for the window:
I made them out of hankies that I've been collecting.  (I am still deciding on curtains to come underneath.  I did buy some sheers but they didn't look right.  Back to the store for me.) These were really easy.  I did a sleeve with some muslin with an extra piece hanging off about 5 inches or so.  I then attached the hankies by simply sewing the top edge onto the muslin.  I didn't sew anything else (like the sides or bottom) so they flow free from the fabric.  I sewed a second line of hankies under the first.  This is an EASY project.  You just have to pin the hankies first before sewing.  
I placed the next layer a bit under the first.  So the valance ended up as two layers of ruffles.  The reason I did it this way is that I didn't want to lose the lovely edging on all of the hankies. 
Look at those scallops!  And tatting!  And embroidary.  I just couldn't cover it up or lose a single inch of it. 

I love my new valances!!  And it was so much easier than I thought it would be (and believe me, I am NOT an expert sewer). 

Next up:  transforming a wooden bed frame into a padded headboard.  I have the fabric all ready to go! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Homemade Tooth Tooth Fairy Pillow

SO, I had a friend who's daughter just lost her first tooth.  She wanted something special for her daughter to put her tooth into.  I had made Elliot a tooth pillow so I decided to go back to pattern to make a more girly version.


So these are tooth tooth fairy pillows.  The mouth serves as a pocket for the tooth.  For nervous tooth fairy kids (like the ones that worry about something coming in to their rooms while they are asleep), the tooth pillow can hang on the doorknob so that the tooth fairy does a fly by.  


Phoebe wanted hers with light blue eyes, the pink skirt on top, and bright yellow crown.  Gotta love the silver wings.  


Phoebe's friend got the green skirt on top and the dark yellow crown.  

With the first tooth fairy pillow, I used cheap felt and it pilled up.  Lesson learned.  For this one, I used a wool felt and I am hoping that it lasts longer without pilling.  

If you are interested in making the pillow, it is free pattern on this fabulous blog: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/02/tooth-pillow-revisited.html


Happy crafting!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to Scrappin'

It's been over a year since I actually created a new layout even though I call myself a scrapbooker, still buy supplies like crazy, and take pictures every week.  I probably average of repinning a layout a day from pinterest on my scrapbooking boards.  However, last night I felt the urge to scrapbook.  Somehow these red Valentine's pictures just spoke to me.  So, here it is.  I think I'll go back and do some more scrapbooking because this was super fun! 


Happy crafting!