Saturday, July 18, 2009

Garage sale score!

2 sets of Full bedding in the cutest print!! $2.00 each!!

Thinking of making a skirt for myself, and some headbands.

I heart garage sales.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Message board

~ Crap to Craft~

Scott got this for me, I think at a garage sale, and it definitely was not "crap" I love it but it somehow got a few holes poked into the cork. I really wanted to put a message board up in my kitchen so I thought this would be perfect.

This is the before:

And this is the after:

Lately I am so into into the color turquoise. I think that's why I picked that fabric for my kitchen, it has my red that I LOVE, brown and turquoise!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Moon sand

Fabulous Moon Sand tutorial over at Skip to My Lou!

Monday, July 13, 2009

shades out of mini blinds- tutorial

If you have a window that needs covering and a set of old mini blinds I suggest this quick, easy and SEWING FREE project I found online.
What you need:

-Tape measure
-Unique Stitch (or comparable fabric glue - NOT HOT GLUE!)
-Mini blinds (like the $3 Target mini blinds)
-Fabric (yardage depends on the size of your window)

Step #1:
Measure you windows carefully. Then do some math and figure out how many folds you want in your shade. I like the look of a fold every 8 inches, which meant I only needed 4 slats for my small windows.
Step #2:
Let out the blinds all the way, making them the longest they can be. Carefully cut away all of the thin tilting/ladder-like strings, being very careful not to cut the thicker lift cord.
Take out the plastic plugs from the bottom of the mini blinds (I had to use a screwdriver to get mine out) and remove and put aside the thick bottom slat piece (you'll need this later). * NOTE- Mine had little knots at the end- just undo. Then simply pull off most of the slats, while leaving the few you'll need for the folds of the shade. Like I mentioned before, I only needed 4 slats for my shade.
Step #4:
Make sure the blinds are still let out all the way. Measure carefully and reinstall the thick bottom slat so that the length of your window and the full length of the shade are roughly the same. I decided to make my shade about 1" longer than my window measurement. Just to make sure it would be long enough.Trim the extra cord away off the bottom.Now cut out your fabric, using the shade skeleton as your pattern and leaving a 2.5 inch (or so) border on all sides.
Step #5:
Time to glue. Start with the top of the shade. Fold over and glue the fabric together to make a clean edge and glue that to the front of the big top rail mount. **NOTE: Do not glue the folded hem to the very ends of the rail mount. You need to be able to slip the rail into the wall-mounted brackets, so the fabric needs to stay unglued on the very ends.
Step #7:
Measure 8" (or your preferred fold length) from the top of the rail. Adjust and glue a slat into place. Continue all the way down, gluing the slats to the fabric. I glued the rounded, convex side of the slat to the fabric so there was more slat-to-fabric contact. Make sure not to glue the lift cord to the slats or the fabric.
Step #8:
Glue, turn in and glue again the three other sides of the shade to finish off all the edges. I had to play with the folds on the bottom ends to get it to look right but as long as it lays nice. Let it all dry.

And your done!! I love this project! This is in my kitchen, and I still have one more to do but here is a list of things I will do a little different on my second try:
*Wash my window before taking a picture of it!
*Get a bigger bottle of glue, the one I got was only 1 1/4 oz. and I don't think I'll have enough for one more.
* When turning the sides under and gluing to the slats, don't pull so tight, leave a little extra room.
*Iron folded edges before gluing, I was in such a hurry they don't lay so flat.
* Wait till kids are in bed!!! My kids wanted to glue everything and "help" me!!

Craft hope

Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time
Everyone needs to check out this amazing site!!
Craft Hope was started by Jade, a mother of two, who decided to make an immediate difference in the world. She writes:
"Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate. It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world."

If you go to her site, make sure you look on the right sidebar and it tells you what project they are working on right now. It lists what area of the world is in need and the items that they need made (she also gives tutorials of the items needed) and then the rest is up to you. Creative women from all over sign up to help by making these items in there home.
I am so glad I stumbled upon this site and hope that you ALL go to over to Craft Hope!!