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Curtains

Curtains

…are so hard to photograph!

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Instead of decorating pre-existing curtains, I decided to sew some yesterday.  I mean, I must have been feeling good.

I bought this fabric from Sew, Mama, Sew a couple months ago to put in the kitchen.  Then something horrifying happened that changed my mind: Emily spilled spaghetti sauce.

It was epic.  The sauce got all over the less-attractive-orange-gingham that presently covers the broom closet.  That is precisely where this new, lovely, cream-colored fabric would have been had I felt like sewing in these past months.

Thus the fabric now safely resides in our living room.

It does not match the sofa.

Time to buy a new sofa.

Handmade Christmas Gifts

Handmade Christmas Gifts

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As promised, here’s the soldier I made for Jacob.  This was a quick project I found on Ric-Rac, and she’s not kidding when she calls him a One Hour Softie.

I also made Jillian, my sister-in-law, a “Keep Calm” sign.  Someone, somewhere in my life was bound to get one of these as a gift… seeing as how I’ve been obsessed with the mantra and all.  She happens to be a grad student, and we went to England with that part of our family.  So it seemed fitting. 🙂

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These are the handmade gifts I made this year: granny square ornaments, a soldier, a WWII sign, and a Tic-Tac-Toe game.  It all feels a bit Cath Kidston to me, but I do love Cath Kidston and am decidedly okay with that. 🙂

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Last Minute Gifts

Last Minute Gifts

We’re about to celebrate Christmas as a tiny family tonight, but I thought I’d hop on here and share the Tic-Tac-Toe board and pieces I made for Emily.

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The board can double as a potholder in her play kitchen.

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In fact, I kind of like it for myself and thought about stealing it. 😉

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I also made this little soldier for Jacob at the last minute.  So last minute that I wrapped him up about 5 minutes ago.  I’ll have to take pictures later.

Merry Christmas!

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Inspiration

Inspiration

Today I made a collage.

Well…

A mood board.

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Clothing design is on my mind a lot these days.

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Which reminds me…

Do any of you have experience with dress forms?  I’m looking for a good (but inexpensive) one.  I tried the duct tape dress form, and, well, DIY doesn’t always work…

[Mood board clippings taken from Domino Magazine (R.I.P.) and an Anthropologie catalog.  And that’s Jenny Gordy from Wikstenmade front and center.]

Mystery Revealed!

Mystery Revealed!

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Tah-dah!!!  There you have it.  Appliquéd art.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep it over the bed.  It could be really pretty with the quilt… if I ever finish the quilt…

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By the way, I’m considering tying it instead of actually quilting it.  What do you think?  Does anyone have any experience with that?  Aside from it being faster than quilting, I think it will be easier to mend any parts that begin to dry-rot.  Afterall, there are a lot of vintage fabrics worked into this beast.

Living Room Week: XBox 360 Cozy from Linen Pants

Living Room Week: XBox 360 Cozy from Linen Pants

Okay, so this sounds frou-frou, but it’s not!  I promised Evan that I wouldn’t put lace or ruffles or flowers on his beloved XBox.  Just a plain and simple dust jacket, if you will.

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There you have it.  So simple that you hardly even see it.  (It’s on the left, in case you’re wondering.) 😉

I refashioned this slipcover from linen pants that my friend Heather gave me when she found out I liked to do this cut-up-old-stuff-and-breathe-new-life-into-it deal.  Thanks, Heather!  Love you, girl.

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I kept it simple because… I know Evan will never take the time to tie pretty little ribbons in the back.  If you were a boy, would you?  So it just sits over the front, top, and sides.  Nice and neat. 😀

Planning to make something like these tonight…

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m still here… working on a thing or two… or four.

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I might be back this afternoon with a finished something-or-other to share…