Category Archives: Projects

I can’t wait to live in a one-bedroom again!

Our lease will be up at the end of November, so we should be moving into a roomy one-bedroom apartment for our next home. As much as we’ve loved living in a shoe-box studio apartment, I’m very ready to upgrade to something just slightly bigger and that means having an actual bed and bedroom!

So naturally, I’ve been compiling some ideas for how that’s going to look. I need some ideas that aren’t going to break the bank– especially considering there really isn’t much of a bank to break in the first place!

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Just because I don’t have the money to buy fancy decorations, it doesn’t mean that I plan to stay away from any statement design ideas that I can do myself. As far as colors go, I think I want to stay with very light colors, with a lot of white, ivory, pink, and grey.

 

headboard ideas

Headboard ideas. Here are a couple tutorials that seem simple enough and yet bold enough as well. I found this flowy DIY fabric headboard on the left and this DIY upholstered headboard on the right. I’m thinking of doing one or the other or some combination of the two. I couldn’t help but notice that on Downton Abbey, the Earl and Countess of Grantham have a bed with a similar combination of the two ideas I can’t choose between. Perhaps I deserve to live like royalty in my own little way!

 

puff quilt ideas

Bedspread. I’ve always wanted to have a super plush comforter. As I’ve been getting more and more into sewing, I think I should be able to make one of my own… at least I’m going to try! I found a pattern for the red comforter on the left and a tutorial for the puff quilt on the right that seem to produce a fairly similar result. I figure with a few modifications of my own, I should be able to somewhat easily make the plush comforter I’ve always wanted!

 

ombre decorations

I’ve got to have some lovely ombre decorations. This lampshade and this chandelier are both sold out items from their sellers on etsy, but definitely they scream “DIY project”. Looks like all I would need would be a few fabric flowers and a glue gun for the lampshade and some paper, string, and scissors for the chandelier!

 

storage ideas

Storage ideas.  Appropriate bedroom storage has always been lacking in our previous bedrooms, and I plan to remedy that on our next go around. These ottomans placed at the end of the bed and shutter night stands would really give the room a rustic feel.

Most likely it will probably still take me at least a few months to complete all these projects, but I think I’m up for the challenge!

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Just a Bunch of Magazines

IMG_0350First decoration project of the new apartment is in the books ladies and gentlemen.

Our apartment is a tiny little shoebox studio, so I’m determined to eventually decorate the crap outta this place.  Back in the day I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was too cool and easy to pass up!

This project involved the most colorful pages of five Marie Claire magazines, so I must say that I’m happy my year subscription wasn’t a complete waste of $10. That, with a little scotch tape, Elmer’s glue, and a canvas from a previous painting fail make this a fantastically cheap piece of wall art.

I decided that although I was taking someone else’s idea, I wanted to do my own thing as much as possible. The result I got ended up being much simpler than the original inspiration, but with all the color it brings into my work territory, I don’t mind the simplicity. Plus, was fun to organize all the colors and feel like I was painting with magazine rolls.

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Now, onto the next project… 🙂

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Adventures in Corset Making

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Time really does fly by sometimes. Particularly when you have a lot going on. I’ve kept myself very busy lately, so that must account for the feeling that I’m having that tells me “NO WAY should it be January 23, 2014 already!”  True to my word, I’ve kept myself busy working on projects. Creating things and being artistic really drives me. Whether I’m trying out a new recipe, or making something to decorate my walls, or crocheting a blanket, or learning new music, I’m at my happiest when I’m working on a good project.

I’ve had a bit of a fantasy of being the kind of girl who makes my own clothes. I have this vest that I got from Hot Topic several years ago that turned into my favorite item of clothing. Over the years I’ve completely worn it out and have looked everywhere to try to find it’s replacement to no avail. So I took the vest and used it as a pattern to make my own. With each attempt, I’ve learned a little more and gotten a little better. Most importantly, I’ve gotten a little less intimidated at the prospect of making my own things.

I’ve had it in the back of my mind for over a year now that I’d love to make a corset, but making such a fitted garment like that seemed like the kind of project that’s a little too crazy to just jump into. However, one of my new years resolutions was to be working on more projects and this one was just nagging at me too much to say no.

After watching a billion YouTube videos and tutorials on Corset making, I was encouraged that perhaps this challenge wasn’t too outside of my league, so I took the plunge. I found a lovely fabric and the rest just sort of fell into place, steel bones and all! Here she is! My first attempt at making a corset.

Corset First AttemptThere are certainly plenty of flaws with it, but I’m pretty pleased with the result of my first attempt. I’d say that I spent probably about 30-40 hours working on this sucker. I even drafted my own pattern based on the Foundations Revealed Tutorial.

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Now that I’ve made it through to the other side with this project, I can’t help but think about the next one that I’m going to do and how it’s going to be even better. Now I feel like I need to have a corset to go with every outfit!

This project really pushed me to learn a lot about sewing in general. Although there are a lot of steps involved, the steps themselves are not terribly difficult. I had a lot of fun. 🙂

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Jenny’s Wedding Reception

Wedding InviteLet me present my first attempt at a wedding invitation! Apparently when I try new things out, I like to go big. So naturally, I took on one of the most important events in my sister’s life to test my skills…. and you can see the result for yourself over there on the right. I actually quite like it. 🙂

I won’t claim that this idea came entirely from my brain, Jenny and I were inspired by a playbill style wedding invitation that we saw on Pinterest. I did, however, painstakingly put this together in about a day while I was on vacation with the Oregon coast in my periphery. After a lot of trial and error, this is what I came up with.

My parents put on such a nice party for my sister’s wedding reception. It was held at their house. I was in love with how my parents decorated. There were lights everywhere and it felt truly magical. I’m afraid my pictures just don’t do it justice.

All in all, it was such a fun event. I got the opportunity to reconnect with so many people that I hadn’t seen in ages. So many people came out to honor my sister. It was really special.

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Jenny and Taylor just before cutting the cake.

Side note: I was told that it’s appropriate during a couple’s engagement to call them “Jenny and Taylor,” but after the wedding they’re supposed to be called, “Taylor and Jenny.” Sorry if I’m not proper enough, but at the end of the day, my sister comes first. I am, however, extremely excited for Taylor to join the fam. 🙂

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So precious. 🙂

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Jenny and Taylor getting their groove on with the groomsmen to some Michael Jackson. They were such a fun group. 🙂

IMG_7566Happy Wedding Jenny! I wish you both the best of luck!

And with that, I say goodbye to this wedding! It’s OVER! Hahahahaha!

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Jenny’s Bridal Shower

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Now that Jenny is married, it’s probably about time that I put up my post from last week’s bridal shower. It seems like my life has been nothing but Jenny’s wedding for the last week or so at least, so I have a few posts in the works about the goings on related to Jen’s wedding. After that, I promise to take it easy on the Jenny obsession… hahaha.

I did make the above invitation from scratch using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I’ve taken all these Illustrator tutorials and I guess I’m getting a bit more comfortable with the software! I can’t tell you how proud I was of myself for drawing this image. Luckily for me, Illustrator is such a fantastic program that you don’t necessarily have to be good at drawing by hand, but through it you can still produce great drawings. I’m excited for all the Illustrator projects to come…

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Anyway, back to the point.

My younger sister, Hannah, had the *cough* honor of throwing this little shin-dig. When I say that, I mean I’ve definitely been there before. It’s one of those things that I’ve been happy to do out of loyalty, but also anxiety ridden over its success.

And naturally, Hannah did a great job. 🙂

One of the games in particular gave me quite a laugh. We were each given an envelope with a mystery man inside and whoever got Jenny’s actual groom got the prize. Unfortunately, I didn’t win this one in the “winning the game” sense, but I did walk away with Matt Damon. Ever since his “Bourne” days, I’ve had a thing for that one….

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Jen walked away with quite the haul. Between the bridal shower and the wedding presents, I’m pretty sure they’ve got just about everything a newly married couple and first-time-apartment renters could really need. I’m extremely happy for them to have such a nice start.

Probably my favorite moment of the bridal shower was the lovely gift made from the engagement pictures that I took of Jenny and Taylor. It was so cool to see my small contribution being used for something so cute and crafty. It’s a box that when you remove the lid, the sides fall down, each with three cute papers with pictures of the couple on either side. It was such a creative and inspiring project!

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Here’s a lovely picture of the Jenny and our friend, Maura. And not that she doesn’t always look fantastic, but on this particular occasion, she was dressed for a wedding later in the day and looked absolutely stunning. IMG_7112

I’m so happy for my sister. 🙂IMG_7113

What a couple of goof balls I have for sisters… Good thing they’re so cute!IMG_7130IMG_7122IMG_7129

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DIY Ballet Barre

Ballet Barre

Happy Birthday to me indeed!

I’ve been wanting my own ballet barre for quite a while so I can do ballet workouts on my own. For my birthday this year I got the supplies for one and Jordan helped me put it together.

It’s really quite simple and inexpensive to do. I highly recommend it. 🙂

 

 

DIY Ballet Barre

Ballet Barre (1 of 6)For this project, you will need the following:

  • two 10-ft length PVC pipe cut in sections: two 8 1/2″, four 15″, two 28 1/2″, and two 4′
  • four T-connectors
  • two elbow connectors
  • four end pieces
  • PVC glue
  • spray paint

Ballet Barre (6 of 6)
This Ballet Barre is made in three parts, in case it needs to be disassembled for more convenient storage; there are two leg pieces and a top piece.

For each leg you’ll need one 28 1/2″ and two 15″ sections of PVC, a T-connector and two end pieces.

For the top piece, you’ll need two 8 1/2″ and two 4′ sections of PVC, two T-connectors, and two elbow connectors.

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Ballet Barre (5 of 6)

 

When gluing the pieces together, put a coat of PVC glue about 1/2″ thick on both the outside end of the PVC pipe and inside the connector or end piece you’re using. Immediately after gluing each part, push the parts together and all the way in, followed by a quarter turn to secure in place.

Ballet Barre (4 of 6)

 

 

Here’s a lovely shot of my sun-burnt honey who made this happen.

He’s modelling the bottom of one of the leg pieces that we so victoriously just put together.

After the two leg pieces and top piece are glued together, spray paint them before final assembly if you wish.

I used a metallic spray paint, and I must say I quite like the result. 🙂

 

 

 

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Serendipity

I just can’t get enough of Photoshop. I’m so fascinated by what this powerful program can do. I just want more and more projects! This was my project from today. 🙂
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