Friday, October 30, 2009

Sewing Machine?

Sewing has never been my forte.  I never really had an inspiration to get myself going with it.  Now I do!  I love making random things for the house and would LOVE to make gifts for people on a whim!  You wouldn't believe how much fabric I have left over from our dining room drapes...so that is my inspiration.  I'll have to show you the things I plan on making!

Anyway, back to the point of this post.  My sweet mom is getting me a sewing machine for Christmas!!  Whoohoo!  Go Mom!  We have been looking around for a great beginner sewing machine that will really stand the test of time.  This is the one I think we've decided on.

EDIT: My mom and DAD are giving me this sewing machine.  My terrible bad.

Brother VX1435 Free Arm Sewing Machine (Refurbished)




* Sewing machine provides 14 built-in stitches and 4-step automatic buttonholer

* Versatile craft tool features free arm for sewing cuffs and sleeves
* Sewing machine offers twin needle function to create decorative patterns with two color threads
* Automatic quick bobbin winder
* Quick-change presser feet
* Upper thread tension control dial
* Pattern selection dial
* Buttonhole fine-adjustment
* Reverse sewing lever
* Built-in handle for portability
* Built-in sewing light
* Foot pedal and instruction book included

It's orginially $199 and on sale for $66 found @ Overstock.  I am pretty excited about this.  My mom and sisters will have to teach me tons of things I can make!  Now I won't have to rely on them :)

When I get this in the mail I plan on visitin V and Co. and her Etsy shop A LOT MORE OFTEN!!  She has some great patterns I can't wait to make!

Doesn't she just look like tons of fun?


What do y'all think? 

EDIT: My mom and I ordered it during lunch today :)  Sooo fun!  Can't wait to start making things.  Although, I have to wait until christmas :(

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Office/craft room wrapping paper station

UPDATE:  I am joining this party!

ASPTL


Last night I worked all night on getting this wrapping paper station set up.  Ok you got me...and I talked on the phone with a wonderful friend, went to Target, did a few other projects, and watched The Hills.  MR.P was at a basketball game with my brother-in-law, so I had the whole night to just do projects.  I did miss him though :(  MR.P would say I was a little loopy when he got home.  I think I had been spraypainting for too long!
(EDIT: new pics taken with better camera)



I I think it turned out cute and will serve me well.  I know I should have fall colors on there, but I didn't need fall wrapping paper...I needed Christmas stuff!  I am halfway through with all of my shopping so I need to get wrapping!!  Oh and did I mention this was free? 



I only had 1 black curtain rod so I had to spraypaint the other one.  That didn't work very well...just so you know.  So if you decide to do this project just go ahead and spend a few extra dollars on an additional black rod.  I think Wal-mart has some cheap ones. 




I got the cute tags in the $1 section at Target.  Definitely a good deal.  I usually just make tags out of the wrapping paper, so this is a step up for me :)

I think I am going to help my mom do this in her craft room as well.  Her craft room is great!  Maybe I'll be able to share pictures of her's as well.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Inspiration for Office/Craft Room

I have been trying to think of function for our house.  There are so many things I never get done because it's not right in front of my face...so I forget!  It's not things that are a big deal, but things that bother me.  For example, I always want to wrap gifts and such early, but I always forget and end up running to Target for a last minute bag and tissue paper...knowing full and well I have plenty at home.  Does that bother anyone else?  It's wasting money!  So I decided our office/craft room (because let's be honest...the only thing office about it is the computer!) was going to be full of function and enjoyable to be in.  So while I am working on a small project for the office I will leave you with some pictures of things that inspired me to use things around my house for function in our office.


Wouldn't this be nice?!  Somewhere to permanantly keep your sewing machine.  A place for every single craft you can think of?  Day dreaming just a bit :)  Organizing makes me breath better...hahaha!



This whole office picture inspired me that I too can have a crisp, clean office, but without spending the money. 


This inspired me to do the idea board.  I love how simple it is.  Clean lines and everything.  I didn't have burlap, but I did have extra ticking stripe :)



This is definitely something that has inspired me.  Having your wrapping paper out at all times not only looks cute (not important, but an added bonus) but is sooo functional for us all.  It helps us use what we already have instead of that quick run to Target.  Plus, it helps me to think of giving gifts more often.  I am trying to become more thoughtful of other people, so hopefully this will help!

And now, I'll just leave you with these beautiful pictures of some great office spaces!


I love how vintage this is!



Great idea to use the closet.  Just put shelves in it!



I found this on Something To Do and just think its a GREAT office/craft room.  I think showing pictures of real people's spaces is so important.  It makes us feel like its something we can achieve even if we aren't professional decorators.



I love the "SEW" cork board.  The shelf is also super cute and useful for anything and everything.

I'll have to make a place like this for my future sewing machine!  Can't wait!


Easy, cheap idea for ribbons and such.


And great idea with bulldog clips for matching fabrics.

I found this last one on a new "friend's" blog - Just A Girl.  She did a great job!!
She used a kitchen hutch to store ALL of her wrapping paper and such.



perfect place for her wrapping paper! (cute too!)



As well as a perfect place for ribbon, cards, fun buckets for gifts, and anything else you can think of!


I just love how this all fits together.  I'll reveal my project in a few days and see what y'all think :)  Happy Wednesday!



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

DIY Projects from Blog Friends!

I asked a few days ago for y'all to post your best DIY project.  I couldn't choose just one, so here they are! 

Abs + Husband @ Tales and Trials redid their dining room and added Wainescotting!

Before:



After:



Adding Wainescotting definitely adds value to your home plus gives you such a clean and crisp look!  Great job Tales and Trials

Sherri over @ Design to Shine bought some shutters for $1 and turned them into a great wall hanging.  Now $1 is totally an impressive find!

Before:



After:


They look great Design to Shine!  Great job turning someone else's junk into great decor.

Cindy over @ Cottage Instincts redid some brass lamps. 

Before:


After:

They look great with the textured black spraypaint!
Then she added great lampshades with some ribbon to accent!

Perfect end to a great project Cottage Instincts!

Thanks girls for showing me your projects.  They all looked great!  I think there is so much value in looking at each other's projects.  It helps me to look around my house and see what I can redo or reuse instead of running out to the store for that perfect piece.  Decorating can be an idol for me, so it's best that if I am itching to do a project I just see what I already have.  I pray that through our blogs we are able to encourage each other to do just that :)


A Little Bit Vintage

I was so excited when I found out I won my 3rd giveaway!  Rachel over @ A Little Bit Vintage was so sweet and gave me this awesome Sugar mold, some bath and body works products, a frame she made, and a sweet little necklace. 



I absolutly adore the sugar mold.  I already had one for my kitchen table, but wanted one for my dining room table as well.  I was pretty lucky that it was yellow as are the walls in my dining room.  I wasn't quite sure what the dining room needed to give it sort of a vintage touch, but how lucky was I that this was the perfect fit!?




Thanks again A Little Bit Vintage!  I just love it all!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Idea Board for Office

I am joining this party!


ASPTL


Our office is slowly turning into what we like.  I had originally wanted a shelf above the desk with places for files and such.  Then possibly adding a chalkboard on a silver tray.  Well, I ended up using the tray in the dining room, plus I realized I wouldn't really use the chalkboard in the office.  So, I decided to go the free route again.  MR.P had a large rectangular frame he had purchased a while back for a picture of Sanford Stadium (GO DAWGS!)  Well, the picture didn't quite fit, so it's been sitting in our "Man Room" for quite some time without any attention.  I sweetly asked MR.P if I could have it and without any hesitation he said, "Sure!"  I was pretty darn excited :)  I Couldn't believe he parted with both the frame and the picture.  I needed the picture to attach my fabric.  What a selfless husband!  So I went to town while MR.P and friend watched football.  It's amazing how much I enjoy sports when I am distracted by a project! 

The fabric was left over from recovering our dining room chairs.  Ticking stripe...my fav!



I didn't take any pics of the process of attaching the fabric to the picture (it was cardboard), but you all know the process.  Do the 4 corners, then go back around, and around, and around, until its tightly attached.

Here is the first look.

I love taking pages out of magazines.  My only problem is that if I don't have them in front of my face I forget about the idea.  So, I decided that I would use this idea board as a place to put these magazine pages.  It's already been so helpful!


Here is the final pic.  I didn't have a "P" that was light enough so I traced one on cardboard, cut it out, then spraypainted it black.  Works for me!  Can't even tell!  The idea board has already been so helpful in making my projects come to life!


My Very First Blog Award!

I am so honored to have received my very first blog award today from Mama Thompson!  It truly is a compliment that people read my blog, so thank you so much!  It made my morning :)



For this award I am to:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each.

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8 things about me you may not know:

1.) You probably already know this from a previous post, but I am a Christian and believe that Jesus died for my sins and he is the only way.

2.) I am currently trying to do $25 a month budget for all my projects...the rest are free!  This came as a challenge from one of my sisters. 
3.) I am #4 out of 6 kids - 5 girls and 1 boy.  Being in a big family is such a blessing.  I love having sisters I truly call my best friends.  They tell me the truth in love and encourage me in my strengths. 

4.) I used to play all sports in middle school and high school.  This usually comes as a shock since I am quite girly. 

5.) I am currently in the middle of trying to start my own business.  I'll let y'all know when it's live!  Oh, and Pray for me!

6.) I LOVE budgeting.  I would love to work with people and their budget's one day...this is not the business ;)

7.) I LOVE lists!  They make my brain feel so much better.

8.) And surprise, surprise...MR.P is my favorite person alive :)  I love coming home to him every single day. 

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8 people I am giving the Kreativ Blogger award to (couldn't do just 7!)  These women have given me inspiration in my decorating!

1.) Haven and Home - I love your blog because of the beautiful pictures you pick each day.  They inpsire me for what my house could look like one day!  I also love that you share a quiet time each Sunday.  What a great reminder of the great God we serve!
2.) Tales & Trials - Your blog has given me some fresh new ideas!  I love our new friendship!
3.) V and Co. - I absolutely LOVE your blog and look forward to the new things you have each day.  I am getting a sewing machine soon and can't wait to purchase a few of your patterns!
4.) My Sweet Savannah - I love your blog because I think we'd be great friends :)
5.) Just Beachy - I love your blog because of the great colors you share!
6.) A Little Bit Vintage - I love your blog because of how creative you are.  You think of things I would have never thought of!
7.) Imperfect - I love your blog because you keep a great mix of daily life + decorating:)
8.) Little Green Notebook - Your projects are amazing!  They inspire me to go a little more diffucult on my projects!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Adorable DIY little girl clothes!

Last night my sister over @ Allison Wonderland (by the way, I designed her blog so if you want one like that let me know)  brought over some clothes she made for my nieces.  I was in shock because they were SO STINKIN' CUTE and very well made.  She and her friends (since middle school) got together for a sewing weekend and Birmingham Bakers taught them all how to do it.

So be impressed with their work!

Alli showing off her cute new outfit.  I just LOVE the pants.  The shirts are just plain turtle necks with their initial + a heart sewn on.


Gracie being cute.  I love the little headbands she made!  Just to cute!


My sister also made a somewhat matching outfit for my niece P-Cat.  She is turning 2 today!  Can't wait to see what P-Cat looks like in her new outfit :)


This is another reason I should get a sewing machine...so I can make super cute clothes and be #1 aunt!!

Dining Room Drapes

Last night my sister and her family came over and we had so much fun!  She helped me (read: she sewed for me) finish sewing my dining room drapes!  We had done the large ones on the side a few months ago, but still needed to finish the ones for the large middle window. 

So here is the before.  The room definitely needed some drama and I think this fabric is just the right thing!


And the After!



ALL DONE!

We had a little trouble getting the middle drapes up because of the corners.  But, my sister is a genius and decided we should cut 2 slits in the back to "sew" the poles through.  It totally worked!



I have a TON of this fabric left over so I plan to use it somehow one day:)  Maybe on the back porch to recover an outdoor couch?  Maybe save it for a rainy day project? 

Here's a litle snapshot of my nieces having a good time while my sister and I crafted away.  They ran circles around us and had a blast!




After last night, my sister had a great idea!  She and I can do this once every 2 weeks while the guys watch sports and the girls play house!  We can then share our easy, inexpensive crafts!  She is talking me into getting a sewing machine for Christmas.  I think she is winning this battle.  I need to learn to sew if I enjoy DIY projects so much :) 
Stay tuned for some adorable clothes my sister made for her cute girls!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

P.S. I didn't make this

But the girl on this blog sure did!  She is so talented and creative!!  It's practically free to make!  If you have a glass bottle or cans left over from soup then you're halfway there.  All you need is puffy paint, which is probably less than $2.00, and Matte white spraypaint.  Easy as pie!  Next time I make soup I'll have to try this out!  Our Man Room could use a few accessories here and there.  I might try black spraypaint instead then put some pretty red flowers in them to accent all the UGA stuff we've got in there!



Happy Thursday!  Anyone have fun plans this weekend?  MR.P and I have a wide open Saturday (UGA has an off week) and I am soo looking forward to doing nothing.  Sunday is a different story.  We have nursery at 8:30, church, family day with his work, then a bday party for my little sister!  Busy, busy, but all soooo fun!

EDIT:  What about doing old frames like this?  That would definitely be something fun to add to a frame!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesdays for Wyatt

Found this on a blog of a girl I went to college with but didn't get to know her very well.  Wish I had!
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It’s official... Today is our very first post for Wednesdays for Wyatt! Thank you for coming over and participating.





It’s quite simple to participate. All you have to do is copy and paste this post on your blog, and come back here to link up with MckLinky! Once you do that, your all set to win this first ever Wednesday’s for Wyatt giveaway. Let make this a huge success, shall we?

For those of you who are not familiar with my family and what we are trying to achieve, here’s a brief run down...

Our son Wyatt was diagnosed with a fatal condition at our 18 week ultrasound, but chose to carry him to term. We waited to meet our son with love, all the time praying we would get to see him alive.

On June 1, 2009, Wyatt made his way into the world by c-section. To our amazement he had a faint heartbeat and was breathing! He died two minutes later, but I’ve clung to the two minutes my son and I breathed the same air since his passing.

Upon calling to get a copy of Wyatt’s birth certificate, I found out he was listed as a stillborn. You would assume it was a mistake (like I did), but there was no mistake. According to the definition of live birth in Tennessee my son was not “alive enough” to be deemed a live born baby. His two minutes of life has gone unrecognized by my state, and I intend to change this piece of legislation so I can solidify the validity of my son’s short life.

Wednesdays for Wyatt was created to help spread awareness for a law that needs to be changed, as well as to generate more traffic to my petition. So if you’re reading this, thanks for taking the time to help our family!


We are currently up to 1,253 signatures. Hurray! We’ve made it over my initial goal of 1,000 signatures, and now I’m dreaming big! You think you can help me get 5,000 signatures by Thanksgiving? I bet you could, and I hope this Wednesdays for Wyatt helps out tremendously. Post this to your blogs, facebook, myspace... wherever you can think of. I can’t wait to see how many more signatures we receive from this. I have a great feeling!

The contest will only be open today. You have until 11:59 pm to post this on your blog and come back here to link up with MckLinky in order to qualify for this Wednesdays for Wyatt giveaway. Good luck everybody and thanks for participating.

I've got nothing :(

I guess every once in a while you get writers block...or I guess in my situation it's project block.  So why don't y'all post your favorite project as a comment and I'll pick my favorite one and feature it! 


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Stirrup Pants???

Ok, so I've heard that stirrup pants are coming back into style.  I'm really not ready for that just quite yet.  But I did find something kind of similar that I like:)  I just became brave enough to put boots over my jeans.  And well, it drives me nuts how my jeans don't stay tucked in well!  So I was just browsing around and I found Stirrupz for your jeans!!!  They are $25 which seems a bit high for something no one is going to see.  But, they will save you a lot of time tucking your jeans back into your boots. 

So check them out!  Stirrupz



BUT, because this blog is all about learning how to decorate and dress inexpensively, I will humble myself to talk about an alternative that is much less expensive, but more embarrassing.  You know those lingerie things (sorry, I have no idea what they are called!) that hold up your panty hose?  Yeah, those are MUCH cheaper and would definitely work as well ;)  What do y'all think?  What do you use to keep your jeans tucked in?

Just Feeling in love with MR.P

Thankful for him today, tomorrow, and forever :)









I don't have any projects at the moment since I am trying to get better.  Today I feel much, much better!  I've never had a cold like this.  They usually last about 2 weeks for me, but this is only day 5.  Maybe the fact that I've rested a lot is helpful :)  What a novel idea...resting while sick!  I did try spraypainting the chandalier, but that took way too much energy out of me, so I'll post about that soon.  Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Silver Tray + Chalkboard...oh and Russian Tea!

Happy Monday everyone. I am slightly under the weather here in GA, but trying to hold it together.  This past weekend MR.P and I headed to Nashville to see our friends the McHughs.  It was a fun weekend together.  Losts of relaxing and just hanging out.  But before we started relaxing we headed to see Tyrone Wells in concert.  He is one of Matt's favorites.  I definitely enjoyed that concert!  Different than most.  I'm not much of a concert fan, but MR.P loves them so I am trying to go as often as we can.  Maybe I'll learn to LOVE them like he does. 

Once we got back from Nashville MR.P gave me strict instructions to just rest and not to do any projects around the house (he was going to the falcons game!)  That was tough, but I didn't think sitting on the couch, watching a movie, and doing a little painting was much of a project so I went ahead with this one:)  I got the idea from Tales and Trails a few days ago.  Again, I already had all of the supplies so it was free. 

- Chalk board paint
- Silver Tray
- Small paint Roller
- Blue paint tape

I started by taping around the corners then went to town!  It was super easy.  Definitely took NO effort out of my sick body.  I had to put a few coats of chalkboard paint on it though, because let's just be honest...silver wasn't meant to be painted ;) 



Here is the final product!  I placed it on a plate stand and think it turned out just fine. 


Also, when I am sick I love anything warm.  Diet coke just doesn't cut it during the 2 weeks that my colds last.  So I decided that I would make some Russian Tea (actually, i'll get all the stuff today at the store!).  Not sure if anyone has had this stuff before, but it's my absolute favorite!  It makes me think of my mom:)  Soo yummy!  Here's the recipe!

INGREDIENTS
1 cup instant tea powder
2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang is what I use)
1 (3 ounce) package powdered lemonade mix
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

DIRECTIONS

1.In a large bowl, combine instant tea powder, orange drink mix, lemonade powder, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Mix thoroughly. Store in a sealed jar.
2.To use, mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of mix with 1 cup hot or cold water. Adjust to taste.

Just make sure to make it in your favorite travel mug so you can take it with you!  I don't have one:(  Maybe I'll have to get one!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Gail's Personalized Gifts

Ok, so I wanted to share a great website with y'all!  It not only has CUTE, fashionable gifts, it's also very affordable!  She carries tervis tumblers (my absolute fav),  adorable bags, flip flops, greek wear...everything you can think of.  So if you have started christmas shopping like me, then hop on over to Gail's Personalized Gifts!  You'll definitely be able to find gifts for mom, dad, sisters, brothers, friends, and in-laws! 


my fav is the standard 16 oz set of 4.


You can get the bag monogrammed.  too cute!

Sorority pillow cases.  I am a former Phi mu and had a cute pillow case like this.  LOVED it!  Perfect for your college student daughter!

Go check her out and get started on that Christmas shopping!  Don't wait until the last minute!