Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Yesterday, I posted a tutorial on how to make Pom Pom Garland in 15 minutes for $3… Well… it seems I should’ve written about my little sign instead! 

Image

In my post, I was showing where I placed my fun little stand of garland – but y’all were actually more interested in the words of the sign. Now that I think of it – I can’t blame y’all!

So below is a photo of the full script.. afterwards I’ll explain how I did it!

ImageI

When my grandmother had to move out of her home into a retirement community, she gave me lots of things. My most cherished, though, is this – her cutting board. When I got it, it was just a large, heavy, wooden rectangle. It’s solid wood and oh so heavy! I digress… I thought and thought about what to do with it, knowing full well that I’d never have a space quite large enough to use it as she did.

I initially planned on ordering a vinyl decal of one of my favorite poems or sayings. So I got on Etsy and searched for “custom vinyl decals.” Somehow I came upon Dali Decals. It’s not there now, but back in 2009 they were showing this script as an example of their custom work. The photo showed it on a wall with a very western font. I asked if I could have that wording but in a different font and special-sized… YES! They even sent me a link with 3,000 fonts!!!  Whatevs. I quickly asked them to narrow it down – I wanted something fun and fancy not too serious or overused. They sent me 10 options, I picked this one. Sorry – I have no idea which one it was… but I love it!  They were super easy to work with…I think it cost me $60 for this large one. ***I am not receiving any kickbacks for naming Dali Decals – it’s the truth of the story behind my sign. Word up.

So, I spray painted the back of the board about 1,000 times. Turns out, you really should use primer on solid wood. Once I finally got the goldish ivory latte color I wanted, I applied the decal. Easy Peasy. 

Image

These decals are super fun. I’m kind of over them on actual walls, but I think they make great pieces of art!

Image

We’ve moved twice since I made this, so it’s peeling and scratching from not-so-careful husbands.. I’m sorry, I mean movers…

Image

… but I love it just the way it is! I miss my Memaw soooo much and sew much … But she showed me how to live just the way this sign instructs!

As perfect and wonderful as this sign is… I think today’s sign should add:

In this home – we’re doing timeouts for everyone!

Hi friends!!!!

Yep…I’m still here, are you???

It’s been quite a while since I put my shop on vacation and all but forsook my little blog here. I’m bowing my head and slumping my shoulders in shame. Will you forgive me??? Okay, I get that. How about a quick little tutorial to warm our friendship up again… and better yet… it has POM POMS!!!!  Just typing the word “pom pom” gives me glorious goose bumps!

Here's what I'm talking about - glorious garland made from what else but dollar store pom poms!

Here’s what I’m talking about – glorious garland made from what else but dollar store pom poms!

Here’s the tutorial…free and fast…perfect for our friendship!

photo 1

Start with something good on TV – my choice was the ladies figure skating short program. Go Team USA!

In your lap, gather lots of loose pom poms, scissors, thread/embroidery floss, and a sharp needle. (a long one is best)

In your lap, gather lots of loose pom poms, scissors, thread/embroidery floss, and a sharp needle. (a long one is best)

 

Pull out a long line of your string - preferably as long as you'd like your garland to be; however, you can always tie two ends together to make it longer. Thread your needle and pass it through the center of the pom pom. Bam. You're almost done. I do NOT kid.

Pull out a long line of your string – preferably as long as you’d like your garland to be; however, you can always tie two ends together to make it longer. Thread your needle and pass it through the center of the pom pom. Bam. You’re almost done. I do NOT kid.

Just keep pushing them down the line and watch them form one long jolly line of garland. It's majestic and delightful. I felt like an Olympian myself!

Just keep pushing them down the line and watch them form one long jolly line of garland. It’s majestic and delightful. I felt like an Olympian myself!

When you've finished, wrap it around something you love…and experience a greater love you never thought possible.

When you’ve finished, wrap it around something you love…and experience a greater love you never thought possible.

I mean, seriously!!! I want a million of these all over my house!

I mean, seriously!!! I want a million of these all over my house!

Last look at what could very well change your life…and your view of television!

Last look at what could very well change your life…and your view of television!

As always, here’s the breakdown:

Time: My garland is about 3 or 4 yards long, and it took me 3 short programs. I mean, it took me about 15 minutes, including being distracted.

Cost: 3 bags of 80 pom poms – $1 each. I already had the thread and needles…so a whopping $3. Insert smiley face doing cartwheels.

Tomorrow, I hope to have a big surprise… which could include another curtain tutorial… Oh the suspense… see you soon!!!

 

 

 

 

It’s been almost a year since we moved into our new home…but it feels like I’m just now getting started making it my “real” home.  For instance, the week we moved in I had my sewing room/game room painted a beautiful color turquoise.  The only problem is… it’s a horrible color turquoise!  No matter how many times I say, as I go up the stairs to the sewing room , “I love the color!  I love the color!  I do love the color!”… I do NOT love the color.  In fact, I don’t even just sort of kind of a little bit like it.  I loathe it to be exact.

I paid a painter to paint it.  Catch my drift…???  It’s just not worth it to me right now to PAY again to have it “fixed”… so I keep trying to come up with more ways to fill the room with fabrics and items that will absorb some of the Taco Cabana blue that’s splattered everywhere.

The latest attempt ….. PILLOWS!  And not just pillows… ZIPPERED PILLOWS!

You are going to LOVE how fast and easy these are!  The crazy thing is that this zipper technique makes making the pillows with a zipper FASTER than making them without… don’t you just love me for saying that!!!!

Image

This is the canvas I started with… I decided to make pillows for this couch…

What a difference 3 15-minute pillows make... right!?!?  Can I get an AMEN??

What a difference 3 15-minute pillows make… right!?!? Can I get an AMEN??

 

Here’s how I made these fun little ditties…

(I’m basically doing the same thing I do for my LINED ZIPPER POUCHES… only I’m not lining these.  If you’re using stuffing instead of a pillow form, then you’ll want to line your pillows….so just do exactly what I did for the pouches.  Only- call it a pillow instead of a pouch!)

Image

I started with my fabrics, some caning cord for embellishment, and zippers. (you’ll also need a pillow insert or stuffing … but seriously, you already knew that!) I used two different fabrics cut to the same size, and be sure to purchase zippers that are quite a bit longer than your pillow – trust me on this!

I first embellished the pillow the way I wanted.  I chose chair caning jute and just sewed it straight up the middle.  Then, here's where the pillow part starts, place one side of the pillow in front of you - ride side up.  Place your zipper - upside down - along the upper edge.

I first embellished the pillow the way I wanted. I chose chair caning jute and just sewed it straight up the middle. Then, here’s where the pillow part starts, place one side of the pillow in front of you – ride side up. Place your zipper – upside down – along the upper edge.

Your zipper pull should be facing down like this.

Your zipper pull should be facing down like this.

zippered pillows 11

Now sew the zipper to the pillow along the top edge like shown…. you’ll have to look closely because I chose to use white thread! sorry!!!

When you fold your zipper to the front, it should look like this.  Of course - you now need to iron it... sorry!

When you fold your zipper to the front, it should look like this. Of course – you now need to iron it… sorry!

Now put your other pillow piece on top, wrong side up, and line it up with the zipper.  Then sew to the zipper.

Now put your other pillow piece on top, wrong side up, and line it up with the zipper. Then sew to the zipper.

You'll end up with this!

You’ll end up with this!

After you press the zipper again, open up the zipper about half way... trust me - you don't want to forget this  step!

After you press the zipper again, open up the zipper about half way… trust me – you don’t want to forget this step!

Now fold the two sections over, right sides together and fold the open zipper parts like this.  Next, you'll sew down along the side, the bottom and back up the other side - forming a stitched square (the zipper making the 4th side).

Now fold the two sections over, right sides together and fold the open zipper parts like this. Next, you’ll sew down along the side, the bottom and back up the other side – forming a stitched square (the zipper making the 4th side).

Again, my thread is too light to see clearly, but if you bring your face to the screen and squint - you can see the stitching all the way around ... maybe... sort of...

Again, my thread is too light to see clearly, but if you bring your face to the screen and squint – you can see the stitching all the way around … maybe… sort of…

Oh girl - you're almost done!  clip your corners and trim off the excess zipper ends.  Turn right side out.

Oh girl – you’re almost done! clip your corners and trim off the excess zipper ends. Turn right side out.

You'll get THIS!!!  A zippered pillow!  I have made them with "hidden" zippers that take a long time, and I have made them like this in a jiffy.  Personally, I think saving an hour beats not seeing the zipper!  Maybe that's just me...

You’ll get THIS!!! A zippered pillow! I have made them with “hidden” zippers that take a long time, and I have made them like this in a jiffy. Personally, I think saving an hour beats not seeing the zipper! Maybe that’s just me…

 

Now for more photos…. the pillows’ selfies…..

zippered pillow 19a

zippered pillow 19b

zippered pillow 19d

zippered pillow 19cWhat a difference a pillow makes, huh!?!

The breakdown:

Cost: I used fabric I already had and pillow forms I already had, so my only cost was zippers.  At about $2.50 each, the cost is $7.50!!!  LOVE that!

Time: Trust me when I say that you can make these pillows in about 15 minutes per pillow… after you’ve cut them out… maybe even faster if you time yourself!

I hope you’ll try this out… the worst thing that will happen???  You’ll have one very large zipper pouch for traveling!

 

Hey sewers… and my mom!

I’ve finally done it.  Hold your applause…. hold it…. wait for it….

I have finally created a page that lists ALL THE FREE TUTORIALS on my blog!!!

Now you may clap unabashedly!!!

Look up, next to the “home” tab is a tab marked “tutorials.”

There you will find…. tutorials.

It’s that easy!!!

Now, I cannot guarantee that all the links work.  I am an excellent needle threader; however, a technological genius I am not.  Please do let me know if you find a link that doesn’t work.  Be the first to alert me, and I’ll send you a cowl neck scarf!!!  SERIOUSLY!

It pays to read all the way down… even when there are no pictures!

love to all!

robie

I may have to reintroduce myself to y’all… it’s ME!!!  You know… the girl who pretends she has a blog but forgets to actually blog… remember me???

Anyway, now that I have a functioning computer (albeit a MAC that I am completely a stranger to), I think I’ll be able to get this machine going again.  And I’d like to start by showing you what I recently did in my daughters’ room.

I have been really really really wanting to use removable wallpaper somewhere.  ANYWHERE!  I chose Ellie and Rosamund’s room so I could pick a really girlie print.  Well…. despite my deepest longings.. it’s just not in my budget.  At all.  Like, don’t-even-pretend-ever kind of not in my budget.

Soooooo…. you can probably guess what I reverted to…. OR, just read the title:  FABRIC!!!!  (and I do apologize to all the SIRS out there… it just seemed a little cooler to say ma’am than sir…love you and mean it though)

Image

I started with this little gem of a wall… don’t judge, we’re still moving in.  I mean, really, it’s only been 10 months!

Anyway, it’s that little crooked wall that I’ve been dying to hang up wallpaper.  But I decided that maybe since i have about 836 yards of fabric in my stash, maybe I could use fabric…

Image

AND IT WORKED!!!

I LOVE IT!!!

Seriously y’all – all I used was thumbtacks.  Yes, you read that right.  Those simple little CHEAP thingies people use in offices.

Image

I literally just ripped the fabric to be the length and width I needed.  Then, starting from the top, pushed thumbtacks in the wall. I didn’t measure anything else.  The whole thing took about 20 minutes and cost probably about $200 less than wallpaper.  SCORE!

Image

Doesn’t that thumbtack look lovely next to this Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric??? 

Image

I left the side (vertical) edges raw.  I’m hoping that will a little humidity the edges will roll up and become a little more rugged.

Image

I couldn’t reach all the way to the top, so if you squint you can see that my thumbtacks don’t go all the way into the wall.  Bid deal, right!? 

Once I get the other walls figured out, this is going to be a really fun room.  Stay tuned for that sometime in the next 10 months.  =)

Cost:  Fabric – $8/yd, I used 3 yards.  Thumbtacks – who cares, cheap!  Let’s say $25

Time: 20 minutes

I am now signing off so I can roam around my house looking for other walls to cover with fabric!!!

Despite the crazy cold weather we’re having, I’m feeling pretty confident that summer is just around the corner.  I would love for my afternoons to be filled with linen ruffles, pique fabric with strawberries, and all kinds of new dress patterns.  I’m pretty sure  that my afternoons will more likely consist of water bottles and kid conflict resolution.

In light of that – I should probably cram as much sewing in this month as I can, right???!!!

$35 Strapless Dress Revolution…hollah!

Here’s how it’s gonna work:

All dresses will be this style.  Some will have a matching sash if no coordinating fabric is available.

All dresses will be this style. Some will have a matching sash if no coordinating fabric is available.

Here are the rules:

1. Purchase HERE via the listing in my Etsy Parsimony Shop.

2. all dresses will be the style you see here.  Dress and matching sash.  You may request a coordinating sash…if possible I will accommodate, but not necessarily.

3. I pick the fabric.  You may give me some guidance (i love cool colors, no black please, etc, but I get to choose.  Don’t worry – I don’t like ugly fabric!)

4. yes, I’ll make it your size.

5. all dresses will be approximately 30″ from underarm to hemline.  This fits pretty much every size/height.  If you need it shorter, let me know.  I cannot, at this price make it longer.  But I still love you.  =)

If you’d like something more custom, please feel free to purchase one of the regular listings in my shop – I’d be happy to create something very unique just for you.  However, if you’d like a darling, versatile, breezy strapless dress for summer – I think I’ve got just what you need!!!

Offer good from May 2, 2013 – May 12, 2013.

PS: I reserve the right to end the sale sooner if my load gets too full.

LYLAS y’all!

Gosh y’all… how are you doing???  I’m sort of living in chaos right now, and I love it!

This post is going to be brief and to-the-point … I know, I know, you don’t believe me.  That’s fine.  I’ve earned your distrust.  However, tonight I’m serious.  I’ve been missing you and missing writing tutorials.  So, despite my chaotic chaos, I wanted to share with you the fastest, easiest headband I’ve come up with yet.  Know what else????

I. Saved. THIRTY DOLLARS!!!  $$$$$$$$

I was shopping lusting  browsing around Anthropologie the other day and I saw these gorgeous headbands.  But are you kidding me right now???  $32????  For something I’m going to put on my overprocessed, frizzy and most likely dirty head of hair?  I’m way too cheap smart for that!

So I ran out to Hancocks.  I found some embellishment ribbon on clearance for $2/yd.  Then, I made myself a cheaper…but I think just as fabulous version.  Judge for yourself…

Image

So, yes, it’s missing the rhinestones. If that’s important to you, you can pretty much buy a Bedazzler for the $29 you’re saving. I purchased the whole yard, but only used 23″.

Image

Besides a needle and thread, the only other thing you need is a pony tail elastic.

Image

It’s incredibly hard to photograph the back of your head by yourself… but what I’m trying to show you is that I used the length from the back of one ear, around the top of my head and over to the back of the other ear. Then give yourself a couple of more inches for the seams. I have a large head, so I used 23″.

Image

Now wrap the ribbon around the elastic forming a casing.

Image

As much as I hate saying this – the next step is to hand sew the casing closed. Maybe your machine can take the width of the ribbon. I’m jealous of you. If not…I can say with honesty that it only takes about 1 minute to sew each side. Repeat with the other side. (I love this photo b/c it shows how I’ve finally stopped biting my nails.  progress!)

Image

I used white thread so you can see it … I just used very simple but sturdy stitches. Nothing time consuming at all. The only real “trick” I used was making sure I had several layers of thread in my needle.

Image

Once you’ve completed the other side, you’ll end of with this little doozie. I love it. Fancy and Casual all in one.

And now for my feeble attempts at photographing the finished product on my head, all the while trying to make sure my craft room looks as clean and cool as possible.

Image

Image

Image

Okay  y’all – here’s the lowdown:

Time: literally THREE MINUTES!  (That includes hand sewing… crazy wonderful)

Cost: $2 … that’s a savings of $29.  Hurry out and get you some matching shoes with that money!!!

Try this….please!!!!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 958 other followers