Friday, September 28, 2012

"S" is for Sequins #3

Sew: personalized sequined pouches

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"S" is for Show Your Colors

Paint: My Colortopia new site section Show Your Colors

  Last Spring we were introduced to My Colortopia, the place to go for color advice, guidance and design inspiration.

Now the folks at My Colortopia have added a new section to their site where you can get inspiration from real reader projects AND share your own before and after pictures to inspire others.

Check out Show Your Colors entire collection of real reader before and afters, you can sort by room or by paint color to narrow your search:


It's fast and easy to share your photos: click Submit Your Before & Afters, provide the basic details (room, paint color, etc) and upload your photos.  It's a great way to share your paint project and provide inspiration to other readers.

A paint project like my recent front door makeover is the perfect for Show Your Colors:
 

See you over at Show Your Colors.

I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"O" is for Organizing

Round-up: organizing solutions

A few of my past home organization projects posted altogether.

And for some funny reason they all relate to kids spaces as I attempt to keep all the toys, clothes, shoes and whatnot under control.

KIDS BEDROOM:





KIDS PLAYSPACE AND TOYS:






This home organization project involved creating a mudroom where there was none.  I built the lockers and bench units to fit the space and then added custom size monogrammed bins for each shelf.

And that concludes my home organization projects round-up.

I'm linking up to:

Friday, September 7, 2012

"I" is for Ikea Hack

Rationell Variera plastic bag dispenser = play weapons holster


My 4 year old buddy boy has a collection of play weapons strewn about our house, it was high time we corralled these playthings.


He found this Ikea plastic bag dispenser in the treasure trove which is our basement and we put it to good use:


Simply screw it into the base of the bunk bed:


The perfect spot next to the ladder, out of the flow of traffic (and away from his sisters):


Because you always need your weapons close by:


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"S" is for Shower Curtain

Sew: shower curtain with grommets


An easy, functional project that requires little sewing.

We have embraced our 1950's pink bathroom and were in need of a new shower curtain.

I used a new queen sized striped flat sheet cut down to size to make this shower curtain but you could use any fabric of your choice as long as you have a 72" x 72" finished piece for a standard shower curtain:


The top edge of the flat sheet provides the perfect double strength support for the grommets and all the tugging back and forth:


The grommets are easy to attach, one whack of the hammer and they're set:


And you only have to attach 12 grommets for the standard size shower curtain:


I used Dritz 3/8" nickel plated brass grommets, unfortunately they come in a package of 8 so you'll need to purchase 2 packs in order to have at least 12 for the standard shower curtain:

 



Here's how I made the shower curtain:

1. Using a queen size flat sheet cut it down to 74" x 74", be sure to use the top edge (the part with the thick hem) as your shower curtain top.  Iron in raw edges twice to make finished edge and straight stitch.  Finished size should measure 72" x 72".

2. Cut a small hole in both top corners (see picture).  Place fabric right side down on scrap board:


3. Place pokey part of grommet into hole from the front side, you can see the grommet poking through below:


4. Using the grommet tool:


Place pokey part of grommet into circular holder then place washer part of grommet over the pokey part, now place hammer stick into pokey part and give a really good whack:


5. The grommet is in:


6. After completing both ends measure the distance between the two end grommets and divide by 11.  That number should be around 6".  
Using this measurement (6" or so) start from the end grommets and mark the remaining 10 grommet holes.
Cut holes and repeat process.


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"P" is for Paper Wreath

Craft: rolled paper wreath


Old book pages rolled into cones and applied to a frame create this Fall wreath.  
Yes I'm a bit early for Halloween!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"C" is for Chevron #3

Sew: monogrammed chevron pouches


Zippered navy chevron pouches with bright colored monograms and lining to match:
(Each pouch measures 12"l x 7"h x 1.5"d at base.)



After making that last batch of chevron totes I used up some scraps to make these pouches:


Each with a personalized monogram:



Or in this case a single large letter:




Here's how I made the chevron pouches:

1. Supplies:

chevron: 13" x 17"
med. weight fusible interfacing: 13" x 17"
lining: 2 @ 13" x 8.5"
zipper: 12"
fabric letters (how-to here)
grosgrain ribbon for zipper pull


2. Fuse interfacing to wrong side of chevron.
Pin letters in place on one half:


3. Zig zag stitch letters in place to secure:


4. Place zipper face down on one end then lining:
Straight stitch with zipper foot and repeat for other end.


5. Top stitch chevron in place to prevent chevron and lining from getting stuck in zipper:


The top stitching creates a nice contrast finished edge:


6. Stitch sides together and miter corners:


7. Turn right side out, press side seams open, press in bottom lining edge 1/2" and top stitch closed:


8. Push lining down into pouch and press.
Add ribbon to zipper pull.


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming