Friday, January 20, 2012

The finished buffet table!

This project has been a long time coming! Back in August I passed a garage sale and spotted this massive, awesome buffet. At $50, I knew I wanted it! It sat in the garage for a while, then took a long time to get 100% finished, but I love it now! The color is perfect, and I love all the little details in the woodwork.
It wasn't in too bad of shape originally. I just took off all the knobs, re-glued some loose joints, and lightly sanded it all. Then came the fun! I chose Valspar's Breezy Blue paint for a clean, barely blue-tinted color.
Because this piece is old and not perfect, I also distressed it to help the whole piece match better. Krylon spray sealer was sprayed on last to seal that paint and ensure durability. Oh, and of course I couldn't put back on THOSE knobs. The cute glass ones were found on amazon for $20 for the set. Don't you love all the details?!
:( This big baby doesn't really fit in our house, so hopefully it'll find a good home soon.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Little E's big girl bed!

Happy New Year! I have a serious goal to post more on this little blog. We are planning on buying a house in the next few months, so I'll have plenty to share!
My little E. won't be moving out of her crib for a few months, but I wanted to start thinking about the vibe and style of her room. I want a calm, neutral atmosphere, with a vintage-y, romantic feel. BUT... she is a little kid! I also want some whimsy and bright touches of color. E's bed is mostly neutral, but don't worry, her room won't be all bland!
I love LOVE this wrought iron bed frame. It was mine growing up, and I'm keeping it forever. The vintage quilt at the foot of the bed was also mine. (I'm sorry I didn't notice all the wrinkles! E was trying to get her stuffed turtle while I was taking pictures.)
I made her bedspread from cuddle soft fabric (found at Joanns,) and some fabulous paisley-print minky. If you live in UT, Nuttals has a huge selection. The minky was expensive even on sale, but it holds its softness and wears so well, so I splurged. I got 2 1/2 yds of each fabric, so the pieces were 90" by 60".
To make a the scalloped edge bedspread, lay the fabric down, right sides together, and pin together in lots of places. Find a bowl that is as big as you want your scallops to be, then mark the halfway point on both sides of the bowl. Trace the bowl along the edge of the fabric, stopping each scallop where your halfway marks on the bowl are located.
Cut out the scallops and pin each one close to the edge. With a 1/4" seam, sew around the entire blanket, leaving a 5" opening. Turn blanket right-side out, and poke out each scallop. Top stitch on the outside to give scallops a crisp look. (Make sure to tuck in the 5" opening before stitching.)
Here's the finished edge! Cute! I love the colors in this pillow. I found several cute examples on pinterest, which is where I got the idea. The embroidery was a little time-consuming, but a perfect movie-watching activity.
Ahhh! It looks so cozy, fuzzy, and inviting. Elsie likes this bed already!

** Linked up to these show-off parties: 30 Handmade days, Tatertots and Jello, and Lolly Jane.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Handmade Vintage-y Tea Towels

Wonderful pinterest gave me an idea to hand make some cute tea towels for the recent craft exchange I participated in. These towels are cheap and easy. You could buy some already made towels from Joanns or Hobby Lobby, or make your own like I did. Just cut the fabric to the size you want, and double iron the edges over and sew.Then, out of paper, I made my own stencil to place on the fabric, and apply pretty metallic paint.

Then sew on the pom pom embellishment.

I think they turned out pretty cute, don't you? They are strictly for decoration, I wouldn't really use them.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A few last minute Thanksgiving things...

If you haven’t quite got all of your holiday planned, these cute ideas could be just what you need.
Yum! My mouth is watering just looking at the description for this pumpkin chocolate tart.
These free printables would look so cute on your table, and it seems like they’ve thought of everything. My family is definitely making this Thankful Tree— we have so much to be grateful for! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Not the sneak peak I wanted, but....

A couple months ago, I purchased a huge, antique buffet table. It has been so fun to paint and finish it, watching the transformation. It took a while to decide on drawer knobs, but it'll be complete in just a few days. The buffet has been sitting in our dining room, knobless, but beautiful just the same. We were hanging out today when I noticed the new creative addition Elsie had added.
Dang! I guess she couldn't find a handy piece of paper. I'll try soap and water, then just repaint if necessary!

Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11 Impel Clothing Sale

Remember when I posted my review of Impel Clothing? They are having an awesome special, just today! All camis, tees, and lace tops are only $11. That's such a good deal! Click on the Impel ad on my right sidebar and check it out!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Winter Delights and Shabby Apple Dresses

Hallelujah, I have a computer again! I've been going through some serious withdrawals. Even worst than no computer, we had a big snowstorm and had no power for 36 hours. Dang, was it cold. Little E slept between us, with at least 10 blankets stacked on us.
I have been loving the stay-inside, cold-weather fun E and I have been having. Last night she helped carve her first pumpkin!
With fabulous Pinterest as our inspiration, here are some fun things we've been doing:
** This Jello Playdough was easy to make and the smell.... YUM. We made some cherry that smells just like Poptarts! This creamy Tortellini Soup is a perfect cold-weather food.
These ooey-gooey smores bars were delightful too!
On another note, I've been looking at the brightly colored, fabulous dresses on Shabby Apple. Ahhh... isn't this Fushia Aloha dress beautiful? These dresses are top quality, and I love that they're all so different. If you live near Holiday, UT, they're having a trunk sale next week on the 3rd. Too bad I can't teleport. I'll have to save my pennies and buy it for spring. Get ready for a blogging overload next week!