Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Easy Pillow Update

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Looking to give some kind of jump start to the creativity battery in my head, I found a very easy sewing project on Pinterest that gives immediate satisfaction.  Kristy from Starfish Cottage did this as her first sewing project and I just think the idea of it is genius!  I decided to do this pillow wrap or sleeve on a black and white pillow I have on our living room sofa.  This is its everyday look.

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I just used some scrap Osnaberg I had and measured it around the pillow for length and width.  Since I decided to do a Halloween one first, I ironed on the image {from Confessions of a Plate Addict} first.  

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Then I sewed the side seams and added the orange pleated ribbon trim.

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I then wrapped it around the pillow the wrong way round and pinned the opening ends together, then slid it off the pillow.  I sewed that closed, turned it right side out, and then just put it back on the pillow!

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Done! It took me maybe an hour, because I had to reload my bobbin and I changed out to black thread to add some contrast on the ribbon.

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You could do this for your pillows using patterned fabrics to reflect the seasons/holidays {like Kristy did} or use iron-on images on a plain fabric, like I did here.  I think it’s a great idea and plan on doing more!

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Linking up with

Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life

Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Sizzle Into Summer at DIY by Design

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Artist Behind The Etsy ~ For All Seasons

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Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals.  With this series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their inspiration, and a little bit more about them.

Good Sunday morning, Friends!  This week I’d like to introduce you to Rachel from For All Seasons.  While Rachel offers many items to decorate your home “for all seasons” and every day, I think you will agree that her Fall and Halloween items will make you eager to start decorating for both! 

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I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 36 years. I have two adult children and two adorable grandsons that I have the absolute pleasure of watching 5 days a week while mom and dad work. 

Large Halloween  Lantern Swag, Halloween decoration, Fun Party Decoration

 Fall Garland with ornaments,Autumn Garland,Fall Autumn wall hanging,Door Hanging,Party decoration

I grew up in Southern Utah and moved to Las Vegas in 1988. I have always loved crafting and in 1997 started a very small business in Las Vegas NV," For All Seasons".

Red  and Chevron  Burlap Wreath with Chevron Burlap Bow

Mesh Ribbon Flower with Leaves  Choose Your Own Color

I was busy doing craft show when one of my friends told me about Etsy. I took her advice and started up my Etsy shop in May of 2009.  I started my shop with just the metal on wood plaques. It quickly grew to include fabric garlands and repurposed frame chalk boards.  

Vintage Hand Carved Frame Chalk Board Magnet Board

Rustic Country Chic 18 Inch Standing Birdhouse with Berry Garland and Burlap Bows

My absolute favorite thing to make are the wreaths,swags and anything floral. I was so afraid to add them to my Etsy shop. I have had no formal training but I know what I like and use nature as my inspiration.  I love taking a little of this and that and ending up with a beautiful wreath.This is truly my passion.

Singel Letter 18" Vine Cut Wood Monogram  Customize for Your Home Decor

Large Burlap Wreath with Single Letter Vine Monogram Painted Black and Chevron Burlap Ribbon Customize for you with your own Monogram

I love getting feed back and photos from my buyers. It is so exciting to think something I have made is hanging in someone else’s home across the country. 

Fun Santa and Snowman Christmas Wreath Top Hats and Red and White Ornaments.

welcome Friends and Family Metal on Wood Wall Plaque with Scroll hanger

I have just started up my own blog with the help of my daughter. As for future plans for my shop, To improve  each and every day. Who knows the sky is the limit!

18" Americana Patriotic Rustic Red Star Pocket with Burlap Chevron ribbon and Star berry picks,Metal Star Pocket,Star Pocket Floral

Colorful Owl Halloween Wreath,Colorful Halloween front door Decoration,Party Decoration,Burlap and Mesh Halloween Wreath

Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your Etsy story and sharing some of your beautiful creations!  You’ve got me in the mood to start my Fall decorating.  You can visit Rachel’s Etsy shop here.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Canvas Print

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Recently I had an opportunity to get a canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints.  I let my son choose a picture to have made into a canvas print, to help fill the walls at his new apartment, and he chose this one.

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It’s lovely isn’t it?  It is a picture of him and his girlfriend dancing at a friend’s wedding.  I think it is a wonderful shot of them enjoying themselves and I love the look on her face.  The black and white gives it a classic and timeless look.

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This canvas size is 16 x 20 and will help to fill a blank wall in his new apartment.  The black and white aspect works well with the apartment as it has black wood floors, grey walls, and white trim.  

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Ordering is very simple; they take you step-by-step through the process and within no time you have your canvas print!  There are lots of sizes available and what a nice addition this would be to a gallery wall, too.  It would actually fit it quite well with my black and white gallery wall of family pictures!

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Disclaimer:  I have been provided with a free canvas print for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Design Book Library ~ Decorating With Paint & Paper (Giveaway)

This week’s design book is Decorating With Paint and Paper and the title says it all.  There are a lot of tutorials, templates, and paper samples in this book for projects to make decorative accessories for your home.

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But first let’s get the winner of last week’s book announced . . .

Via random.org, the winner of the book The Perfect Country Cottage is

#5 Joan of Anything Goes Here

Congratulations, Joan!  I will be in touch for your mailing address.

This week’s book has lots of great ideas for those of you who are interested in painting and decoupaging your own d├ęcor accessories.  There are lots of detailed instructions

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some templates

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and lots of pretty pictures of the finished projects in room settings.  I wasn’t able to get pictures of them, but there are papers in the back of the book for decoupaging projects.

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As with the last book giveaway, to enter for a chance to win, please state that you would like to be entered to win in your comment.  Not everyone who comments will want the book, so if you don’t say that you want it, I am not going to count your comment in the giveaway.

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The giveaway will be open to residents of the U.S. (because I’m paying for shipping).  I will keep the giveaway open until Wednesday, September 3rd, and will announce the winner in next week’s Design Book Library post.  At that time, I will have another book I share that will also be up for a giveaway. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Laundry Room Counter Skirt

I gave a hint in my last laundry room post about an update I was adding to the new counter top.  Just a reminder, here is the new countertop and the post showing the before is here.  If you guessed a skirt you were right!

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I wanted to hide the laundry cart and make this area look a little prettier.  I’ve always liked skirted tables, counters, etc., so knew I would incorporate that in here somehow. I decided to use drop cloth.  I picked some up at Lowe’s.  This particular one is soft feeling to begin with, but I did wash it anyway.  It was $5.98 for a 4 ft. x 5 ft. drop cloth.  I bought two because I can use the left over drop cloth for other projects.

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I decided to use a tension rod so I could easily remove it if needed.  I cut the drop cloth to size (from the floor to the clip of the clip ring) and added a ruffle to the top.  Then used clip rings to hang it from the tension rod.  I already had the tension rod and clip rings so I saved some money there.

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I cut the drop cloth so that one of the finished edges would be the bottom and measured up from the floor to the clip ring which gave me 32 1/2 inches (I added a half inch for the seam allowance in adding the ruffle so cut it at 33 inches).

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I used about 15 inches in width from a second drop cloth to give me the width I was looking for (about 66 inches wide).  The opening is 33 inches wide.  The ruffle was cut with a 6 1/2 inch drop and this piece also had the finished edge that came already sewn on the drop cloth.  I made that the bottom.  I cut the full width of both drop cloths with the 6 1/2 inch drop, and gave myself 112 inches of fabric to make the ruffle (sewing the two pieces together first for that extra long piece).

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I attached the ruffle to the wrong side and then flipped it over to the showing side.  This gave it a finished look to the top.  I did pin it first to make sure this was going to turn out correctly. Better to take the time to make sure than have to rip stitching out!   I ruffle as I sew, which works for me. 

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Now I have a pretty way to hide the cart holding the dirty laundry, yet it is still easily accessible. 

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You can make a project like this easier on yourself if you can take advantage of the finished (sewn) edges already on the drop cloth.  I did with the bottom of the skirt, the bottom of the ruffle, and the two sides.

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I’m loving the flirty ruffle and the sturdiness of the drop cloth fabric! 

*If you have any questions about how I made this, you’re better off sending me an email directly (kpassarette(at)yahoo(dot)com) rather than asking in comments.  I don’t always get the comments in my email because of whatever has been up with Blogger for the past six months and so I can’t reply. 

Linking up with:

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Sizzle Into Summer at DIY by Design

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

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