Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

My super awesome cousin Robin asked me to make her a Christmas tree skirt after she saw the one I made for my tree (see it in this post). After much deliberation, I decided to go in a completely different direction from the skirt that I made for myself. I got her approval to make a skirt similar to the one here. I really like the ruffled look, but wanted to make 100% sure it was what she wanted. She said yes and asked for it in light green. Here's what I came up with.
The tutorial I found said to glue the fabric, but that was not fun to clean off of my tile floor so I switched to sewing very early on. So glad I did. The stitches will be more durable than the glue and sewing was way faster. Sweet.

I'm figuring out some neato things that I can do with my phone camera. All of my pics are taken with my phone since my digital is pretty outdated. Original is on the left. Snazzed up is on the right.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Acorn Wreath

The inspiration for this wreath came from this blog: MADE. What I love about this wreath is that it was practically free and it can be painted a different color for each season. All you need is a straw wreath (use your 40% off Hobby Lobby coupons ladies), acorns, hot glue, and spray paint. How simple is that?

If you are planning to make this wreath, I must give you one crucial piece of advice. BAKE OR BOIL YOUR ACORNS! DO IT! Want to know the consequence for not doing it? Maggots. Yuck. The end.

I decided to paint it a Valentine's color since that was the nearest holiday. 
I'm thinking aqua or yellow next for Easter. :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Extreme Blog Makeover!!

It surely was time, wasn't it? I mean, the backgrounds were always fun, but the blog itself was annoying. Hard to read the text (small and bad colors), no date showing for a post, no search box...why didn't I change this before today? I'll tell you why. My engineering degree did not teach me anything about websites. Can you believe that? The only programming class I've ever had was in high school. Goodness. I've been stumbling around for the last 2 years with this whole blog thing, but I read enough blogs to recognize that mine needed help. Thank goodness for Google and their helpfulness. draft.blogger.com Check it out. It is as easy as 1-2-3.

What do you think about the new layout? Yay or nay?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Easy Roman Shades

February 6, 2012

I don't know why the dates never show up on my blogs, so I will start putting the date at the beginning of each blog. Problem solved.

I cannot take credit for these shades since I simply followed the tutorial at Imparting Grace. They are Faux Roman shades, which mean they are for looks only. Once you put them up. they are always up. They cannot be lowered like regular roman shades, which is fine by me.
I have 3 side by side windows in my living room that are so plain and boring. I think these spice them up a bit.
I did this as a surprise while my hubby was having a boys weekend in the country. The only comment he made when he saw them was, "They look girly." My crafty bubble has been busted.