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3.25.2014

some truth

Truth.
I've abandoned my blog. Some time will pass... and I will be back.
Someday :)


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2.13.2014

stitched heart mug cozie

Coffee or tea? 
How do you choose!? 


No matter what you drink, you should drink it in a cute mug with an adorable mug cozie. Don't you agree? If you're not into sewing, you can check out my tutorial for crocheting a mug cozie. If you're into sewing... let's get started :)

what you'll need

main fabric (2 pieces both 11-1/2" x 3-1/2")
muslin or other stabilizer (1 piece 11-1/2" x 3-1/2")
accent fabric - 2"x8" for tab
accent fabric - scrap for heart
small piece of velcro
pinking sheers

[1] Start by layering 1 piece of main fabric on top of your piece of muslin (pin together if you wish). Place your accent fabric heart a little off center on your fabric. Top stitch into place.


[2] Next, take your 2"x8" accent piece and fold it in half (wrong sides together). Place your velcro right under the crease, unfold your fabric & stitch it into place. Once secured, fold your fabric again (wrong sides together) and stitch down both sides to form the tab. Using your pinking sheers, trim both edges so they don't fray.


[3] To assemble the cozie, layer your fabric in the following order (see image below):

main fabric with heart facing up
tab with velcro facing up
main fabric (right side down) on top


Stitch both long sides and the short side of the cozie with the tab. Leave the other short side open. Use this open end to turn your cozie right side out. Iron cozie so that it lays flat, fold in the unstitched edge & top stitch around all 4 sides of the cozie to close it up.

[4] Wrap your "almost finished" cozie around your mug and mark where your second piece of velcro needs to go. Stitch in place.


Now that your mug cozie is finished you really only have one thing to decide:
coffee or tea?



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1.29.2014

"look for less" january challenge

It's that time again! We're having our January "look for less" design challenge! (If you missed the last one - you can check it out HERE)

The idea behind this challenge is to find a look you absolutely love but cost more than you're like to spend and then DIY it on a budget for much less than what you could buy it for. Since I am always looking for a bargain (and always DIYing something rather than buying it) this challenge is right up my alley!
Please meet the other girls participating in the challenge:
Rachel | Like a Saturday
Andrea | Life Love Larson
Kayla Home Coming


my January "look for less" project:
diy bathtub caddy


I got my inspiration for this bathtub caddy from none other than Anthroplogie (it's only my favorite store). The shower caddy from Anthropologie cost $168. It's beautiful, rustic, has a little spot for a wine glass - absolutely perfect. The only thing not perfect for me was the price. Living on a budget makes you look at things differently. I looked at that beautiful shower caddy and thought "my husband could make me one of those!"... and so the project began.

Since Adam is the carpenter in our family, he took this project on as his own. I helped along the way with drawings, dimensions, etc. 

Here's how the process went:

1) I measured our new tub and came up with these basic dimensions. I knew I wanted it to be 4 boards wide (which put it around 11"-12") and the width from the wall to the edge of the tub was 29":


Doing the dimensions and drawings prior to any shopping gave us an idea of how much material we'd need to buy.

2) Next, Adam ran to Lowe's to pick up the wood we needed. If you're making your own, here's a list of what you'll need:

shopping list
 two 2x4s (or at least 10' of board)
one 1x2 for the "legs" (or at least 2' of board)
water-based polyurethane
foam brush for applying poly
wood screws

(We used poplar because it is inexpensive, easy to work with and matches other things in our bathroom.
You can use whatever type of wood you'd like - and stain it if you'd like a different look.)

3) After everything was purchased, it was time to cut the pieces down to size. Using his circular saw, Adam cut the 2x4s into 29" pieces (making sure the ends lined up perfectly). The 1x2 was cut into 2 pieces - both were 11" long.


4) Prior to assembly, everything was thoroughly sanded and coated 4-5 times with polyurethane to keep it safe from water. We did the poly before assembly because it would have been too hard to get into all the cracks afterward. Once everything had dried, Adam screwed the 1x2 pieces into the 2x4s to hold everything together.



I am absolutely in LOVE (with my husband ANNNDDD my new bathtub caddy). 
I can't wait for many bubble baths, books & wine (or orange juice) this winter.

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If you think my project is cool, make sure you check out the other projects done by the other design challenge ladies. They are so amazing - and they blow mine out of the water!!


build a focal wall headboard   

             designer inspired large-scale art & frame                         faux fur vanity stool

   glass bottle lamp                                           work bench

 

1.26.2014

easy boot cuffs

Something that has been on my "to do" list for a while were a pair of boot cuffs. I wear boots ALL winter and love to have cuffs & leg warmers underneath. I knew I could easily make some to add to my collection so I searched through my stash of yarn and got started. Who wants to make a pair??

what you'll need
yarn of your choice
coordinating crochet hook
needle to stitch in loose ends

Pattern

CH 40 (or how ever many stitches it takes for your chain to wrap around your leg snuggly in multiples of 3 + 1)

row 1: CH 2, DC in first stitch and all stitches across, CH 2 & turn
row 2-7: DC in all stitches, CH 2 & turn
row 8: DC in all stitches, CH 1, turn
row 9: SC in all stitches, CH 1, turn
...start of the lacey top...
row 10: Starting with the first stitch *(DC, CH 2, DC) in same stitch, skip next 2, repeat from * around. End with a DC in last stitch. CH1 & turn
row 11: Work 4 SC into each of the CH 2 spaces across. 
Fold boot cuff in half and line up both short ends. SC the ends together, fasten off and weave in ends. Turn cuff right side out.
Repeat all steps for second boot cuff.

TA-DA!
You now have a pair of adorable boot cuffs :)
Put on your favorite pair of boots and enjoy showing them off. Easy peasy, right?
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