• Sunday, December 25, 2011

    Merry Christmas

    From our family to yours

    Merry Christmas!

    Hope your day is happy, festive
    and full of love :)

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    Make your own fabric napkins

    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 :)

    Stonewall Kitchen, LLC

    Friday, December 16, 2011

    Junk Christmas Tree

    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

    Ruffled Christmas Tree

    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 . . . 
    The Southern Institute

    Click here for the tutorial

    Friday, December 2, 2011

    Dramatic eye makeup

    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

    List organizer

    What an awesome little 
    organizer to keep your lists in!

    Would make a great little gift :)

    Click here for the tutorial

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Sugar Scrub Recipes

    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

    Sewing Machine Thread Holder

    What an awesome idea!

    This is a cool way to keep all of your sewing
    machine thread neat and orderly.

    Click here for the tutorial

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    One Hour Bag

    Here's a quick and easy bag that
    can be made in just an hour!

    I'd love to make one out of
    patchwork denim.

    Click here for the tutorial

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Homemade Kitchen Mat

    Here's another idea for color
    coordinating your kitchen :)

    Recycle your fabric stash or buy coordinating fabrics!

    I would love to make one out of jeans and red bandanas!

    Click here for the tutorial!

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    Gorgeous table settings

    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

    Grocery Tote

    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!

    Click here for the tutorial!

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Bold and Colorful Silk Jacket

    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.

    Click here for the tutorial!

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Homemade Mod Podge!

    Mod Podge is one of my favorite craft mediums ever!

    Check it out . . . 
    you can now make your own :)

    Bridget at Babblings and More has found the recipe for
    saving some crafting money . . . click here!

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Leaves Table Runner

    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.

    Click here for the tutorial!

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Jewelry Bowls

    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!

    Click here for the tutorial!

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Kitchen Inspiration

    Love the storage elements that have 
    been worked into this kitchen design!  

    Gorgeous . . . I love it :)

    Need some kitchen
     design inspiration?

    This kitchen is one of many featured at
    DIY Showcase . . . check it out!

    Click here

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Red in the kitchen

    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

    Satin Flower Comb

    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.  

    Love it!



    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 :)

    Que Linda

    Click here for the tutorial

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Open Shelves in the Kitchen

    The main reason I'm posting this photo . . .

    For inspiration!

    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

    Gathered Fabric Flower

    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!

    Click here for the tutorial

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Ingenious Six Pack Carrier

    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 :)

    Click here for the tutorial

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