August 27, 2009
August 25, 2009
I’m ready to ramp it up. In the coming days I’ll be…
- Hanging a few 50 percent off wall décor items I picked up at Hobby Lobby in Indiana
- Using the remaining two art canvases I got on sale in a back-to-school 3-pack a few weeks ago to showcase some leftover fabric from my pillow shams (photo below)
- Putting a project in the September issue of Country Living to good use to spice up those inexpensive IKEA frames
August 21, 2009
August 18, 2009
In fact, the second-most expensive thing in the room you might not have even noticed. It's the coat rack along the back wall. The room doesn't have a closet, and the one closet in the entire house is jam-packed with my clothes. There's no room for my guests' things, so I created a spot for them to hang dresses for nights out, suits for business meetings, whatever they may be in town to wear and do. Aren't I thoughtful? I think so, sometimes!
Now I must admit my biggest problem with this entire project. This room doesn't get ANY use. Well, my parents stayed in there once, and I keep my steamer in there when I'm not taking photos of it for the Internet, but for all practical purposes I really don't need this room and never use it. But I now need excuses to use this room because I love it too much to not enjoy it!!! (This is a big hint for loved ones near and far.....)
First up, I created a triangle pattern on wax paper using the graph on my cutting board and my straight edge, and then I cut out a bunch of triangles with pinking sheers. (Note, if I wanted this pennant project to be two-sided, I could have used fusible interfacing to iron two pieces of fabric together, right sides out and cut THAT out with the triangle pattern. This project didn't require that though - the back side will be against a wall!) It's also important to note that the pinking sheers not only LOOK cool, but will keep the fabric from shredding out on the ends, although if you plan to wash your pennant, I don't advise this quick method - I'd sew the edges.
Next I laid the triangles out and came up with a pattern of sorts.
Once I knew the order, I dug out my Heat and Bond and cut strips of it the width of each triangle's top and decided how far apart on the ribbon I wanted each triangle to be.
I carefully measured where each triangle should fall on the ribbon - and layered the Heat and Bond strips on the top edge of each triangle, and followed suit with the ribbon. While holding my breathe, I then placed the iron on top of the sandwich for roughly 5 seconds - it only take a few to activate the heat and bond!
Repeat, repeat, repeat - super easy - and then, wala!!! A somewhat juvenile, yet fun, splash of color to the wall - all with supplies that were just sitting around the house begging to be put to good use.
August 17, 2009
As I was working on my guest room yesterday, I realized I had one small frame that would just float away on its own. It needed a friend for it to hold its own in the room. I had dreams of finding a beautiful print on Etsy, or taking a series of photographs I would want my guests to enjoy and having them framed, but all these ideas seemed rather expensive. So I forced my mind to less expensive thoughts! I had white canvases..... and ribbon.... and a staple gun!
It might not stay this way forever, but I really like it, so who knows!?!
August 16, 2009
August 14, 2009
This weekend I hope to finally tackle the mini-guest room. I have three projects in mind for this room and I have all the supplies ready to go. BUT, it’s Air & Water Show weekend here in the Windy City. (Last year I was on a boat and got some AMAZING photos. I had a hard time picking just one to share!) I’m also taking in a Cubs game tomorrow afternoon. Distractions abound, but I hope to welcome family and friends with a finished room soon.I'm staying in tonight, in fact, to save money for tomorrow afternoon's festivities and get a head start I'm so excited. This IS happy hour to me sometimes!! The room has the most fun and funky plan of them all, as it’s tucked away out of sight and rarely used. What's planned? Just a few hints...
A very WELCOMING room with…. Pennants…… PomPoms…… and…… Patchwork!
Oh, and I might have taken a bit of inspiration from a nursery, because, well, that’s unfortunately a long way out for me but I have never let that stop me before!