I posted the Valentine's Table Runner tutorial the other day and as soon as I finish one project, I'm already thinking about what I want to do next. Here are a few ideas I'm considering for my next table decor - I'm thinking I want bright and colorful:
From Anthropologie - I'm pretty sure I could make something similar. I love the mix of the big, bold prints.
I love this one from Vintage Fern - combines bright and fun with vintage - my kind of project. And she has a tutorial - bonus!
Ok, bit of an odd post today. But I just wanted to illustrate the wonders of the internet.
My 5 year old son is obsessed with hedgehogs. He has a little stuffed hedgehog family (well, not really so little - we counted the other day and he has 10 stuffed hedgehogs!) that lives next to his bed and is frequently carried around the house with him. Well, the other day he asked me if I could make him a new hedgehog for the little family (because apparently 10 just isn't enough). ????? How would I go about that? But, I checked the internet and found a super easy, cute, hedgehog tutorial - made with all materials I had on hand - yarn, thread, and a little glue. I never would have come up with this on my own.
maybe not the best hedgehog ever made (his face is a little too pointy) but for 10 minutes of my time I have 1 very happy boy - I think he may even be a little impressed with me!
A little Valentine's decor for my kitchen table - I was going for something a little romantic, a little antique-y, kind of old school Valentine's Day.
This is a really easy project - very basic quilting skills are all that's required - it would even be great for a beginner.
You will need:
*1 piece of red fabric cut 17 X 40 inches (you can adjust this measurement to fit the size of your table) *1 piece of lace cut 17 X 40 inches (mine was an old lace tablecloth that I found at the thrift store) *batting, a few inches larger on each side than your red fabric and lace - precision not required *backing fabric, also a few inches larger on each side than your red fabric and lace
Layer your fabric and batting together - backing fabric first right side down, batting, red fabric on top right side up - just like you would if you were making a quilt
Now lay your lace piece on top of your red fabric. Pin it all in place (or baste if you prefer).
Quilt as desired - I quilted a 2 inch diagonal grid across mine. Bind as you would any other quilt. And it's ready to go on your table.
I added a little vase of hydrangeas (one of my favorite flowers) - all set for Valentine's Day
Once a year, on a Sunday in January, my family celebrates Sundae Sunday - where we have ice cream sundaes for dinner. There are no real holidays to look forward to in January - so we decided to make our own. And we go all out with our sundaes - multiple ice cream flavors, homemade sauces, toppings galore. And then we eat ice cream until we all feel slightly sick, hence the once (and only once) a year schedule.
So yummy - although I do have a bit of an ice cream hang-over today!
And I also have to say a quick congrats to my daughter for doing an awesome job at her horse show over the weekend. Maizy, I'm so proud of you!
I actually made this wreath last year but I'm pretty sure I used this basic tutorial from Prudent Baby. It's very easy to make - just a crocheted rectangle seamed up the back. A little something cheerful to welcome visitors.
I saw this towel tutorial on Lovely Nest's blog the other day and knew that these towels would go perfectly in my crazy colorful bathroom. (You can see my turquoise mirror in this post). My thrift store only had 1 towel that I thought would work (but it only cost 50 cents). I added a little trim from my stash and . . . a fun new hand towel for the bathroom. I'm on the lookout for more towels to make over now.
bright and fun jewelry on a drab and dreary Monday
recorded on my DVR last night - the best way to watch awards shows because then you can fast forward all of the boring speeches!(Now I just have to avoid all Golden Globes news for the rest of today so as not to spoil it)
The collar on this sweater is beaded and there was no way I had the patience to try to add all of that beading. But I thought I could achieve a similar look with a crocheted collar. I used this free pattern, and it worked up really quickly. I'm not sure I technically followed the pattern correctly but it ended up turning out fine. (And it's removable for washing)
My New Year's Resolution this year is to drink more tea. I know this may seem like an odd resolution - but drinking tea seems like such a healthy, calming thing to do. I'm a coffee girl, and while I'm not ready to give up coffee, I've decided to limit it to mornings only and drink tea in the afternoons/evenings when I'm craving something warm and soothing. Then I discovered ginger tea the other day at my favorite sushi restaurant. It is sooo good (if you like ginger - if not, this is not the tea for you). I decided to see how hard it would be to make at home. Turns out, not hard at all - and it has some surprising health benefits - aids in digestion and may help ward off colds, flu, and sore throat.
For this recipe, you need 4 cups of water and fresh ginger root.
Peel and thinly slice a 2 inch piece of the ginger root and combine with the water in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and boil for 15-20 minutes. Strain. Add a splash of lime juice and some honey or agave nectar to your taste (or not, if you don't like your tea sweet). My tea turned out really pale but it definitely was not lacking in flavor!
I drank a cup and refrigerated the remainder to keep and reheat later. So yummy - maybe I will be a tea convert after all!