Sunday, December 18, 2011
Why waste money on paper napkins when you
can set a pretty color coordinated table using
fabric napkins that you have made yourself?
This is another project you can use your
fabric scraps on . . . even old clothing.
Use your imagination! Patchwork fabric
napkins are awesome :)
Click here for the tutorial from
Robie Kaye Dodson at So Sew Something!
With the money you have saved . . .
buy some pretty tableware :)
Friday, December 16, 2011
What an awesome idea!
Everything on this tree came from Lindsay's junk drawer.
Check out her tutorial . . . you will be amazed at
what it looked like before she spray painted it.
I'd love to make one with just mismatched and broken jewelry.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
One of the most treasured items in my Christmas
collection is a festively colored fabric Christmas
tree with matching place mats and napkins that
my mom made many years ago.
The featured fabric Christmas tree is very much
different than the one in my collection, but could
also serve as a table centerpiece . . . make
some coordinating place mats and napkins to
complete the tablescape. It looks like a
quick and easy project too!
I found this tutorial at an awesome website that
is new to me . . . love web discoveries! It will
be listed on my favorite blogs page . . .
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wow I love the dramatic eye look!
My favorite is the high contrast of silver and black.
One of the things I love to do is experiment with makeup when I'm home alone and have nowhere to go. Great makeup application takes practice practice practice. Don't be afraid of bold colors, black eyeliner or false lashes . . . go for it, but by all means, practice.
Here are some past blog posts that include tutorials on makeup techniques:
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Rebecca at Soap Deli News Blog has the most
delicious looking soaps and sugar scrubs!
You can either buy the items from her or
if you want to make them yourself, she has
provided recipes and even ideas for glass jars.
They would make awesome holiday gifts!
Click here to go to the blog post
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Love this table setting in my
favorite color combination!
One of the things that I love to do is have a nice table setting that doesn't include anything disposable. For me, one of life's frugal indulgences is eating with non-plastic utensils, cloth napkins, glass dinnerware and lit candles. Really, it is cheaper to eat this way when you think about it. The only thing is that you actually have to wash dishes . . . unless you have a dishwasher. That would be me in this house!
Click here for some gorgeous inspiration for table settings!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Although we recycle plastic grocery bags to the max, it would be
nice to have a couple of these totes to try out.
This tote is much prettier than the ones they sell at the store and
look much sturdier.
There is also a tutorial for a thermal version for your hot and cold
items . . . I would have never thought of that! Great idea!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I love making "fabric" from recycled clothing!
Although this jacket is made from purchased silk fabric,
you could easily use the tutorial as inspiration and use
what you already have in your stash.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Decorating for Fall?
Here is a quick and easy table runner to dress up your
holiday table! I'm thinking these leaves can be made smaller
bigger for coordinating projects like cloth napkins, dish
towels . . . you get the idea.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The ideas for these sparkly bowls are swirling in my head!
Not just the bowls, but the technique and all the possibilities
in all shapes and sizes.
I've experimented with similar paper mache type bowls before using a type of plaster to use as gardening containers . . . not so great an experiment for outdoor use . . . I moved on to working with concrete for those type of projects.
I had forgotten about using the technique for indoor/home decor use until I ran across this tutorial.
I'm still gathering ideas for organizing my massive jewelry collection and this is one that I am putting on the keeper list to experiment with.
They can be made in any size, any shape . . . let your creativity be your guide! Start looking at different objects that can be used as a mold . . . like I love the designs on some plastic juice containers. In fact, I have some put aside for concrete projects that would work perfectly with this technique.
I love paper mache projects . . .
they remind me of my first crafting projects as a little girl!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Red is my favorite color!
This photo is more inspiration for our kitchen
redesign. We have already decided that red will
definitely be our accent color.
Our walls are a shade of glazed mustard gold
with black trim. I love the contrast!
The cabinets are still white since a decision hasn't
been made on the color.
What is your kitchen color scheme?
Monday, October 17, 2011
I'm loving these fabric flowers
. . . so here is another one!
This one features many layers, giving it
that fluffy look. It is also large enough
to feature a big button or brooch in
the center and of course beads as
shown in the photo.
The following links for the tutorial no
longer work, the blog has been deleted :(
I will leave the links up just in case
the blog returns.
Many thanks to Janny!
Check out her awesome crafty blog :)
Friday, October 14, 2011
The main reason I'm posting this photo . . .
I love the open shelving and stuff on the walls.
I have used the little wire thingies inside the cabinet
doors, but never thought of using them on the walls.
Love the idea!
The Captain and I are still organizing the kitchen
and coming up with unique ways to store "stuff."
Since the kitchen is so small, we have to make
use of space inventively.
Can't wait to finish our kitchen project!
Photos coming soon :)
Thursday, October 13, 2011
This gathered fabric flower is one of my favorites.
Love the embellished center!
I'm thinking of the boxes of vintage jewelry I have and
the mismatched earrings that I could use as an embellishment.
One of the things I love about this tutorial is that you don't
need a sewing machine to make this flower, it can be hand
stitched. I still can't get to my sewing machine :)
This flower is awesome as a hair barrette, but the possibilities
are endless! How about using it on pillows, purses, clothing
and on and on and on!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Don't throw away those
six pack drink carriers!
Check out this cool idea for a tool caddy.
I can think of many other uses for organizing
a number of items and a great way to recycle!
I love trash to treasure projects :)