Lace lovely

May 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

A large piece of lace, thrifted for $2. An old tablecloth perhaps? Such lace has been used so effectively for stenciling furniture lately, I did consider that. But the needs of our household run closer to imaginative play. I flipped a quarter of it back on itself, sewed a casing and gathered it on a headband. I added a comb to keep it on and viola, another girly addition to the ever expanding dress-up bin.

Apparently it is necessary for princesses to spin. A lot.

Pinterest project-the first of the bunting

April 25, 2012 § 3 Comments

My preferred party decor is strands of yard and strung felt beads, but I do love bunting too. Take a look at all the bunting inspiration on pinterest!

This set of banners was made from a thrifted quilted jacket. $6.

Unique, right? When I cut the lining out the construction was double sided quilted pieces stitched together with raw edges. I cut a template from a cracker box and sliced out my triangles. This coat yielded 43 pennants and over 9 yards of banner goodness. There are a lot of mattress ticking type patterns.

I made it to hang in the master bedroom but it is not quite a perfect fit so I’ve listed it in my etsy shop.

Pinterest project- birds on a wire

April 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Birds have been in vogue for a few years now though they might be on their way out. I love the bird mobiles that various creatives have made; you can see some versions here and here. There is a simple and stylish FREE pattern for making these little fabric chirpies found here on my pinterest “to make” board via spool. Instead of a mobile I made a wall installation with three bamboo poles, found at Target on clearance, and a few brackets from the hardware store. The birds are great for using up scraps and are stuffed with thrifted stuffing, so they cost almost nothing. And my guest room has a large and cheerful flock of visitors. This gallery has 30 birds and they are adhered to the bamboo with hot glue, which is sturdy but removable.

Pinterest project- pink elephant

April 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

The first time I saw this elephant collage I wanted to make it. It started as a pin on my “walls” board via etsy. The brilliant artist uses paper to collage her animal works of art.

I printed a picture of it and cut apart each section to duplicate it in fabric. I grey painted a canvas for the base.

I very much love it. I am not an artist so I must carefully measure and sketch designs to get what I want.

Fish and fabric

April 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Vintage flowered fabric in the most curious of textures, it is slippery and stretchy, like gym shorts. More than 2 yards for $2, bordered and straight into the dress-up box.

And this lovely gem, a completely hand-stitched potholder, beautiful and intricate with all it’s little individual scales. Old but never used. $2. Take that, Anthropologie.

Trend alert

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

It is fun to watch what people like and what people buy. So the whale is the new owl in kids decor. You should buy a stump to use as a chair or side table. And succulents and cacti are filling favorite retail establishments. I see new things to sew! Take a look at these fabric potted cacti. From Anthropologie.

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I am going to plant some. There are miles of plant pots at the thrift store.

Pinterest project- owl buddy

March 30, 2012 § 2 Comments

I found an easy sewing project for little owl stuffies. I pinned it here via efemera ink. This woodsy doll can be stitched in 30 min and is easy enough for a child. I liked the result, but don’t have a reason to make a bunch of them right now. Perhaps a future party favor? It is a great one to keep in the project toolbox and a fun use for scraps.

Hanky bunting stash

March 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

I once passed up a stack of vintage hankies and never again will that happen. These are the first two from which I hope to made bunting and a myriad of other project to come. Hankies at thrift store are rarely used. How could you blow your nose on such prettiness?

Pod art

March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is what I found on my doormat one day. Pods from our tree lined up so prettily by my children,

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So I picked them up and glued them on a piece of muslin and so we have enjoyed this bit of child craft for several weeks. Art can be easy!

Scarves

March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not actually sure they what they are; 40in lengths of vibrantly colored cloth, hemmed all around. Floppy rayon. I chose them mostly for their color and pattern and in a household with children you can never have enough pieces like this. They are hats and capes and dresses and baby blankets and forts.

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