Thursday, June 30, 2011

Men's Button Down Before and After

This is about the most simple, most satisfying little project I've done in a long time.  My plan was to follow a pattern in honor of this month's crafty challenge, BUT, it just didn't happen.  It was just so simple and I hate following rules:)   I like the way it turned however, I want to do something different with the strap.  I think I have enough fabric left over to make a wallet or small clutch purse too.  We'll see what the future holds. 

Have a wonderful Fourth!  Isn't it a wonderful country we live in?  I'm so thankful for all those people who devote their lives to protecting our freedom and way of life. 

See you next week:)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

10 Ways to Use What You've Got

Hello all!  How was your weekend?  I had a fun time shopping in Waynesville with my friend (more on that later) and being lazy.  I'm feeling very energized and ready to go today.  I have a renewed sense of purpose!  I think I have you guys to thank for it, mostly.  All of you show me such support with little notes and articles and links and just general kindness.  I love it so much.  Please, keep it coming and I hope I can return the favor sometime when you most need it.

I've been getting some great links from you all, and I think its time I share the goods.  I started this post with this little tip from Eileen in mind:
Cute little party bags made from fabric swatches from Martha Stewart.  Cute, eh?  And Joyce also gave me the link to Life Hacker where they show you how to put a plastic bottle lid on a plastic bag (sorry, couldn't get a photo).  I imagine that would be pretty useful.  Then I started searching and it was all over from there.  I've compiled a little picture collage of things I found that were cool to me....... Hope you find some things in there that interest you too...

These two come from The Nate Show.  1. Broaches made into magnets (ok so I don't own a single broach and if I did, they certainly wouldn't look like these, but maybe I'll be given some somewhere down the line.  If so, I'll be ready!)  2.   Picture frame made into a tray.  I've seen many variations on this idea. Some use it as a vanity tray, others as a trinket tray.  I'm not one for displaying things without a clear purpose so I'd use mine as a serving tray....  Who am I kidding?  I don't serve anything, I'm just not that good.  But it sure would be nice to have if my husband ever wanted to serve me breakfast in bed (ahem).  Really though, this isn't the most practical one in the list and I'd only do it if I gained about 1000 square feet in my home. Click here to see more.
3.  from Martha Stewart- purse made from an old pillow case (I have a small problem with the idea of using a perfectly good pillowcase for something other than holding pillows.  The pillowcases I want to get rid of probably are not suitable for such things.  Are yours? But, if I did happen to have an extra, really cute, unusable pillow case, I would most certainly make this purse out of it.)  4. Real Simple- shoe box used as a ribbon dispenser.  5.  Martha Stewart- Organizer made from a cereal box. 6. Real Simple- Twister board turned table cloth.  Brilliant.  7 Martha Stewart- Old dad shirt turned backpack.  I like.  8. Real Simple- TP roll turned hair thing holder.  9. - Clocks made from old paint chips.  Pretty cool, if you ask me.  10. myhomeideas - old, used calendar turned wrapping paper.

I found so many more... like plastic easter eggs used as lunch snack holders and you know how you always end up with only one glove at the end of the winter?  Use it as a sunglasses case in the summer.   Or, use a drink carton to store condiments on a picnic table. 

What about you guys?  Any fun new ways to use old things?  I'm all ears:)

Hope you are enjoying the summer.  Would love to hear from you....


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Quilt Progess and Funny Family Pic

I'm getting my squares back from my fellow bees....  I have to say, I'm overwhelmed by how good it looks.  In my opinion, its the best dang quilt in the land.  They didn't like me very much for my hand-written directions and wing-it approach (I think I've frustrated more than a few people with this life approach).   But they bailed me out and did an amazing job.  I always knew they would. 

Funny Family Pic:

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Some Fun With Spoonflower



Bright Stripe Wide Green Blue

Blue Pattern

Some of my latest fabric designs on spoonflower.  I'm really having fun.... 

Check them all out here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sunny Kitchen

I'm feeling pretty inspired by this kitchen, how about you?  Yellow makes me jello.  I love it so.  What color makes you stop in your tracks? 

Its father's day this weekend (elbow, elbow).  Don't forget to show the men in your life a little extra, loving attention.  They are the ones that make us laugh and keep things lite, at least mine are. 

So, I'm working on a little extra special project over here and I want you all to see it, but I just have to do a little more work before its done.  So hang tight. 

Thanks for stopping by to see me today.  Mwah.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cute Suprise In My Mailbox

A cute little surprise came to my mailbox today...
A cuddly blanket for Mr. Sam...
It is adorable, I must say.. such cute trains,
Such snugly flannel on the back.  Made by Danielle of Drawstring Studio  (here and here) with some of the cutie fabric in her shop, no doubt.  She's got some great stuff there... just sayin;)  Thanks so much, Danielle.  You made our day:) 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Trash to.... Treasure??? Organizing edition

Ug.  My new desk area gets worse with every passing day:
Oh what?  You can't tell what all this junk is.  Never fear.  I've made a diagram for you.
So, as you can see, the things I don't want are crowding out the things I DO want.  I was so over it this weekend so I made some changes in my life.  Oh, and I didn't spend a dime.  I used TRASH!  Wham. 
A little better, yes? 
I used my cuties orange crates to house my fabric scraps.  I originally wanted to use them stacked on top of each other.  A good idea in theory but in practice, its awkward to get anything in the bottom crates and even worse trying to remember what you shoved in there a week later.  It becomes the dark dungeon of junk.  So, I decided they'd be better use standing on end.  They take up less room and make a nice divider for my scraps.  This way I can see what I have, too. 
My sister gave me a gift for Mothers Day in these very cute boxes.  I'm using them to house my ribbon, my tape, and my thread.  It turned out to be the perfect size.  Oh yea, that's a snack clip holding them together. Ok, so maybe not the most glamorous, but its a work station, not a display.  The fact that this very, very work-y work station happens to be in my living room is something I'm trying to forget:) 

This one's kind of a stretch.  I put my extra small scraps in here with this weird little plan that it would be like a grab bag of goodies.  When I found my self in need of a very small piece of fabric (how often does that happen?), I'd just put my hand in and wa la- a fun little surprise. I know, I know.  Still brainstorming.  Any ideas appreciated. 
Oh, and if you've got any for this little gem, I'm all ears....

So there you have it.  I'm so proud of myself I could die (note sarcasm).  Do you all have any tips to STAY organized?  Anything you use to help you do it?  Lay it on me.

I'm picking up a few odd jobs here and there so I better get cracking.  Hope you all are well and hope you enjoyed your memorial day.  Mine was good and lazy, just the way I like it:) 



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