Archive for February, 2012

Seize the Leap Day

“Real life is for March!”

So here we are, living a day that only comes around once every four years. I say, why not spend this one extra day doing something you’ve been meaning to do, or have always wanted to do? I know, easier said than done, but just because you’re doing something new doesn’t mean it has to be a huge life-changing moment. Sure, we’d all like to cross some big ones off of our bucket list but let’s be realistic, it’s a Wednesday afternoon, no marathon running or world traveling will be taking place today. Maybe you can plan for a life-changing event the next Leap Day that lands on a weekend (which happens to be Saturday, February 29, 2020), until then why not take it slow?

Try that new ice cream you saw at the store, redeem that home-made coupon that you got for…

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Amanda over at Our Humble A{Bowe}ed announced a Pinterest art challenge a week or so ago.  It’s been a while since I participated in a challenge, if you remember, I did this little canvas for the fist one.  I love when I see these challenges, cause you know that you have pinned at least 5 things that say “Must do this!”  And…. you never get around to it.  You don’t? Well, I do…so, I decided that since I had a pin I have been looking at for a while, and all of the supplies at home already to do it, that I should jump in with 2 feet on this challenge. 

I had pinned this lovely canvas a while back.  I love some chevron and was really wanting to find ways to add it into my home.



Then I found where someone else had done it as well.  Here…

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I keep thinking about making this DIY I saw on Pinterest. Just take a strip from an old T-shirt and sew in a piece of lace and voila! adorable handmade scarf.

(photo via Pinterest)


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Sincerely Yours

Here’s a bunch of creative wall hooks! Some DIY and some purchasable! (Why does that word not look real?)

Fork Wall Hooks for $45 by JJEvensenArt on Etsy (Many other creative silverware hooks as well!)

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Indoor TulipsThis is going to be the first project that I am going to take on while I wait. See this post for clarity. This looks easy and looks like a good way to pass time and see beauty.

In order to grow these indoor lovelies…

Step 1 – Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks. Clear glass will enable you to watch the roots develop.

Step 2 – Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered. The marbles provide support.

Step 3 – Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldn’t touch the bulb, but it should be very close. You only need enough water to nourish the roots.

Step 4 – Watch life grow before your eyes.


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Here is the skirt I made for Vivian using the same Burda pattern as Nora’s.

Viv’s skirt isn’t as full because I was a little short on material (I wanted to use fabric I already had at home 🙂 ). Luckily it still worked out!

To gather the skirt, I used a quick and easy technique my Mom taught me using dental floss! Maybe it’s my lack of sewing experience, but any time I’ve tried to do gathering in the past, with thread, it was a pain…. literally! Pulling the thread is hard and it cuts into your skin. I was also lucky if the thread didn’t break or get stuck. So this way was a lot easier!

Skirt Gathering Using Dental Floss

First, I secured one end of the floss to the inside of the skirt, using my sewing machine:

I even tied a little knot to make sure the floss stayed fixed in place. Then…

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The Saucy Postcard

There’s a subtle beauty to glass jars. And they’re fantastic for adding some vintage-style charm to your home. And the most fantastic thing? You more than likely have a bunch of them sitting in your house today. Anything from spaghetti to jam to honey, these awesome glass jars that are sitting right in your cupboard can be easily reused in the near future.

Depending on the design of the label, you may decide to keep the label on, which I think is cool too. But if you want to rip that label off and have a clean jar, I’m going to give you my secret on how to get rid of those pesky labels, and this method has been personally tried and tested by yours truly.

Now I’m using a Classico spaghetti sauce jar, which is actually an Atlas Mason jar – total vintage charm written all over it!

Tools you’ll…

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