Friday, December 23, 2011

Pennant banner garland

I had the best intentions this year of decorating my house like Christmas spirit threw up all over the place. But it pretty much ended with a couple wreaths, and mantle and my Christmas tree. Baby steps I guess.

I did make this pennant banner for my Christmas tree though. I absolutely love how it turned out. And it took about an hour.

I used double fold bias tape from Hobby Lobby, cut out the triangles, and hot glued them into the binding. Easy peasy. 

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. Between my clients, kids, cooking and cleaning I haven't had much time for my own projects. I'm almost finished with one clients kitchen and dining room though so I'll have pictures for you after Christmas!

Thanks for not giving up on me!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sweater wreath

This is the post I said I would do. On Sunday. Unfortunately fate has brought me a wicked cold so I've been meeting my kids basic survival needs the past couple of days and that's pretty much it.

I still don't know how I feel about it. I love the sweater base. I love the burlap ribbon. I love the berries. All together though, I'm not sure.

Oh well, I'll want to change it out in January again anyways.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Feature and Katie

I was featured at Knock off Decor today for some Christmas pillows I made a couple years ago. You can check it out here.  Thanks for the feature!

I finished my textile class this past Friday. Here's a pic of my final project. I was assigned a "coastal bungalow". I really enjoyed everything about the class except staying up till 3am finishing huge notebooks full of fabric samples and images.

I can't for the freaking life of me turn this picture around. And now I want to karate chop my computer so I'm just going to move on. Turn your head to the right. It'll help stretch your neck. Very ergonomical and stuff.

I've also been working on a new project. I was contacted by a client a couple of weeks ago to redesign her kitchen, dining, and living room. I'm almost finished with it, the cabinets are being refinished as we speak! I can't wait to show you all next week!

Katie is gone :(. We did one last horrah project that I'll show you tomorrow. Here's a before picture...

Check out that sexy sweater! She tried to class it up as much as she could but it looks way better as a wreath on my front door. Also, come back Katie. I miss you. Oregon is cold and full of vampires, Arizona is the place to be!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A few Christmasish pics

I've been getting in the Holiday spirit lately. I'm usually kind of a grinch about Christmas decorating. In fact, this is the first year I haven't complained about putting up a tree. Here are some shots of the minimal Holiday decorating I've done.

I'm planning on making some mercury glass ornaments to add to my tree. The tree is a pencil tree my friend Jamie let me use. She moved into a house that had a lower ceiling so she traded me for my short fat one. Little did she know, only half my lights worked. I'm real sorry Jamie. Sucker.

I picked up this door at the last barn sale. It used to be in an old school house and is a beautiful gray color. I wanted to use this gear wreath on my front door but it sounds like a freaking car accident every time my kids open and shut the door. So here it will sit until I install a doggie door for my kids. Just kidding. Or am I...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

3 Christmas mantles

Katie and I were playing around with my mantles this week. We came up with 3 different mantles that I liked for different reasons.

The first had a simple, fun, vintage and COLORFUL theme.

I used some letters I bought at the last barn sale to spell noel, and used vintage Christmas lights I found at Goodwill in Mesa. It was a little too colorful for me though.

The second was all white and green.

I ran by Home Depot last week and picked up some Christmas tree clippings from the garden section (they give them away for free) and stacked some white frames in the back to give it a little depth. Still wasn't really feeling it...

The third hit the spot for me. It's more romantic/ antique.

I had a beautiful antique ceiling tin I was trying to find the perfect spot for. I got the garland from Hobby Lobby and found some other goodies from around the house to put on it.

 I made the stockings out of rugs from Ikea. They're $3.99 per rug and got 3 peices (1 1/2 stockings) out of each. I used burlap ribbon for the top. I have to warn you though, if you decide to do this, the rug frays like crazy so either use no fray, surge the edges, or zig zag like crazy when you sew them. Or a combination of all of those just to be safe. It's a great inexpensive way to get nice thick stockings though. They had them in multiple colors and stripes as well.