Archive | June, 2010

Wall Art

28 Jun

In my crafting corner/living room wall/dining room wall we had a painting we bought that I really like. When we were picking it out I wanted to go with one that was the next size bigger but I couldn’t find one that I liked and then I fell in love with this one. So I settled for the size because I liked it so much. Well we went home and put it up.

I love the painting and how it looks in the room, but it’s so small and that wall is so big. So what I decided it needed was a frame. But I’m cheap and custom framing is expensive, well not when you have a dad like mine, but he is 200 miles away and I wanted something that was cheap and not a bunch of work. So I went to Lowe’s and bought some molding. Mom and Dad came for a weekend and brought the miter saw. So one of the projects Dad and I worked on was cutting molding. After getting it all cut we all decided that the easiest thing would be for him to just take it home and finish it with the proper tools. (My dad does woodworking stuff and builds furniture, so he has bunches of tools that would do this job the right way, and Dad is all about doing jobs the right way) Well when we went home home (mom and dad’s home) on Memorial Day, my frame was done! Well, it was built. Dad doesn’t like to paint things, he stains everything, but I wanted it black. So I bought a can of spray paint and painted it. Today we hung it and I love the result!

Here is the view from the front door.

I really like it. It adds so much more to that wall. Oh and it’s that awesome man’s birthday today. He is 25. That may seem like babies to most of you, but man that seems old to me. It just seems strange that we are that old. 🙂 Remember the day when you use to think that?

Happy Birthday Dan!!! I Love You!!

Lion Brand Yarn Catalog and Studio

23 Jun

My crafting addiction just went to a new level. I just got the Lion Brand Yarn Catalog in the mail and couldn’t be more excited about it. And then I realized I want to move into their studios and just live there. Just be with all that yarn to feel and crochet and wrap around things.

Wouldn’t you?

They have a sampling studio!! Like it’s an ice cream shop and you can try the different flavors. Sigh.

(image from Lion Brand Studio Website)

Duvet Cover tutorial

20 Jun

I am in the process of a full-fledged bedroom makeover, and am loving it. A couple weeks ago, we got a down comforter…I had been wanting one since about the day after we registered for our comforter set for our wedding ( which was 2 years ago). After getting the comforter, I went in search of a good, cheap duvet cover. I looked a couple of places, but didn’t find anything that suited my fancy. I did, however, find a set of king sized sheets on clearance at Target for $19.98. The print on the sheets was just what I was wanting, so I decided to make a duvet cover out of the sheets. Couldn’t be too hard, right?

So, come along and join me on my first tutorial writing adventure, and soon you’ll be making your own duvet covers.

You’ll want to start by getting a set of sheets that are a size bigger than your comforter. Our comforter is a queen sized, so the sheets I got were a king sized set.

Next, you’ll want to rip out the corner seams of the fitted sheet, and take out the elastic band. Once this is done, it will lay flat, but have cutouts at the four corners.

I then layed everything out on the floor. Flat sheet on bottom, comforter in the middle and fitted sheet with seams torn out on top.

It will look something like this. As you can see, the right sides should be facing in towards the comforter. Also, the fitted sheet (on top) won’t completely cover the comforter, but have no fear.

I lined up all three layers in one corner so that two sides were all even. On the third side I pinned it even with the comforter. I left what I am going to refer to as the top, which is the side where the fitted sheet doesn’t quite cover, open. Then I sewed up the other 3 sides.

The most difficult part of this project was the sewing, simply because of the size of the sheets. However, all in all it wasn’t too hard.

After I sewed the three sides up, I cut off the excess fabric. I cut the extra off the fitted sheet to make it a square at this time, however, this could be done in the beginning if you wanted to. Once the extra fabric is cut off, turn the whole thing right side out. Lay it out on the floor again, and put the comforter on top to determine what size your flap needs to be.

My pictures from here on out will have my fabric turned right side in, but that’s not the correct way…If you leave it right side in, your flap will end up sewn the wrong way. So, disregard that small detail in my pictures, and make sure you turn your fabric right side out before working on the flap.

As you can see in the picture, there is a lot of excess from the flat sheet that can be folded over to make the flap where the comforter can be put in and taken out. If you look closely you’ll see that the fitted sheet is about one square down on the comforter, which means your flap will need to go a little further than that to close everything up nicely.

So, with fabric turned right side out, you’ll want to fold the excess over so there are about 3 inches of overlap of the flap and the fitted sheet. Once you have it folded over, you’ll just need to pin up the sides, and then sew along both sides. Insert your comforter, and you are almost finished.

Now all that is left is to make your ties to keep things closed up nicely.

For the ties, you just need to use some of your excess fabric to make about 12 tubes that are about 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long. You can make these by cutting a rectangle of fabric that is about 1 inch x 3 inches. Then you’ll fold the rectangle in 1/2 lengthwise with the right sides together. Then turn it right side out so you have a little strip. Take your strips and pair them up sewing one along the top of the flap, and one along the inside. Tie the two strips together, and you’re set.

And here, my blogger friends, is the finished product.

Anniversary Blanket

8 Jun

My younger sister got married a year ago, so I needed something to celebrate her anniversary. So I’ve been working on a crocheted blanket for a while and she was the recipient the entire time, the event for giving just changed. They are moving in August and I thought a nice blanket would be a good gift because they could take it with them.  (They only get to take a limited about of stuff)

Here is Amber and her husband Jay.

They are pretty cute. They also have a pretty cool blog about community which is why they are moving in August. Community, not the blog.

So here is the blanket I made them:

I really planned it for their living room, but it looks great on their bed. And I just picked the colors because I thought they would like them, but they match so well.

The squares of color are giant granny squares and then I just double crocheted them together. I was impressed at how fast it really came together. It didn’t take me nearly as long as I expected. They seem to like it pretty well, and it is surprisingly warm. With all those holes I thought it might be kind of light but when I was finishing it up, I noticed how warm it was. Esp since it was like 90 degrees outside. 🙂 Now you want to be friends with me don’t you? So you can get cool presents too.

Remember me?

3 Jun

So, I promised I’d be back with a post about my dress making, and I am. At the time, I thought I may possibly done soon, and would post the finished project. That, my friends is not the case. I am far from being done.

This is me, ripping out a seam for about the MILLIONTH time. So frustrating, but then again, I brought this on myself. I think I was getting a little ambitious thinking I could make a dress, but I’m going to see it through. Who knows what it may look like in the end, but oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Right? I haven’t spent that much money on it up to this point, so no biggie.

Anyway, there will be another post about the dress to come soon. Really, the only thing I have left is to put in some elastic at the waistband, and then hem the bottom, so hopefully that won’t take me too long, we’ll see. For now you’ll just have to get by with this little sneak peek of the pretty fabric. Me likey! (don’t mind my pastey white legs in the foreground. My internet connection is not my friend right now, and I couldn’t get the photo cropped).

I also have a couple other projects going at the moment. I’m really bad about starting too many projects, and getting overwhelmed. My goal is to finish them all (there are 4 right now) by the end of the summer. I’m sure I can do it, as long as I don’t start anything else. We’ll see.

Until next time,

Meg