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I absolutely love fall.
You just need to know that about me. I just think its so wonderful. I love the trees changing colors. I love the weather. I love the clothes – scarves, boots, sweaters, all of it. And to top it off, my birthday is in October. It’s just great.
And since fall is quickly approaching, I have felt extra inspired lately and just thought I would share with you a couple of the things I’m hoping to make or acquire this season.
APPAREL I ADORE
So there’s a couple of my craft ideas for the upcoming season! I’m hoping they’re more attainable than my last ideas…
(UPDATE: I have begun on the chandelier, unfortunately its been slightly difficult. Don’t worry, I won’t give up! And I have the rug ready to paint, just waiting to get together with my lovely friend for a rug painting party. The pallet.. still trying to find one)
Also, there’s about one week left until the end of the GIVEAWAY!
Unfortunately, I’m not able to track who pinned or tweeted or liked on facebook. So as of now I will be choosing the winner from my current followers. If you want an extra entry, comment on this post telling me your favorite part of fall.
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As always, feel free to like, pin, or tweet if you like what you see!
And keep checking back, I will be adding a new fall collection of stationery soon!
We finally did it! Our bedroom is no longer a clean slate.
Unfortunately, I do not have a “before” picture to show you. (The room was so boring and awful that I never felt inclined to take a picture of it) However, I now wish I had, because the transformation is incredible.
So instead, just picture a white, boring room with nothing but a mattress on the floor. Got it? Okay now….
Our new bedroom :)
The theme of it is centered around the blanket hanging behind our bed. It was a wedding present from my husband’s aunt, who is a missionary in Kazakhstan.
It is an antique called a “Bride’s Bed”. From what I understood from what she told us, in Kazakhstan, when a woman is about to get married, she and the other women in her family sit down and create this beautiful tapestry for the bride to hang over her new marriage bed. The bottom is left unfinished and un-hemmed, as it is meant to hang behind the headboard.
It was such a special, unique, beautiful and generous gift that we wanted it to make it the focal point of our bedroom.
Since I didn’t want the colors in our bedroom to be too loud or over stated, we went with solid white bedding. (Duvet & Duvet cover – Target. Sheets – T.J.Maxx)
I then made the throw pillow to match. I bought other material to make more, but I kind of like it with just the one. What do you think?
The furniture set was a wedding gift from my husband’s parents. (awesome, right?) It’s great because not only do we not have to sleep on a mattress on the floor and keep our clothes in cardboard boxes, but it has a ton of awesome features. I especially love the cubbies on the headboard (which light up!), and the shallow top drawers on all the furniture. (A perfect place to keep my jewelry!)
Now, the only thing left to do is decorate the walls. Luckily, it won’t take much since the Bride’s Bed brightens up the room quite a bit already. But here are a few things I am hoping to do:
-Hang some of our wedding pictures in a collage on the wall facing our bed. Or maybe behind an old window like this:
– Make some hanging vases for flowers to hang on the wall. I have lots of mason jars left over from my wedding – I’ll probably use those.
Also, I really want a new chandelier for that room. I was planning on making one, but that is proving rather difficult from attempting to do so for our living room, like I mentioned here. Don’t worry though, I haven’t given up. It is just taking more effort than I originally anticipated. So we’ll see about the bedroom. I may just have to splurge….
And lastly – I want a few more eclectic touches, but nothing too crazy. Just a few little things to make it fun. Any ideas?
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So we bought new pillows for our living room. We saw them at TJMaxx and they were the perfect color and a great price. But when we brought them home, they were just a little too boring. So I spiced them up a little bit….
I think it adds a great touch to the room. (Take a peek at how it looks in the room here) It’s a little more structured than your typical ruffled pillow, which is why I have called it the pleated pillow.
If you would like to make a pillow of your own, here’s how to do it. It’s very simple, a great beginner’s project. You don’t even need a sewing machine. (Although, I would recommend using one if you have one in order to save time)
Here’s what you need:
Pillow (mine was 17″x17″)
52″ Burlap Ribbon*
52″ Lace Ribbon*
Needle and thread
*Note: This length depends on the size of the pillow. If you are using a different size pillow, I would recommend pinning the ribbon to the pillow as you are planning on sewing it before cutting the length.
Step 1: Sew the lace along the center of the burlap strip.
First pin the lace along the center of the burlap all the way down the length. Then sew them together down the center of the lace.You can do this either by hand or on a sewing machine. I used a sewing machine the second time around, and did it by hand the first time. The sewing machine will be much quicker and more secure, but doing it by hand will definitely get the job done.
Step 2: Begin pinning the burlap in place.
Begin by folding under about 1″ of the one end of the burlap and securing it to the edge of the pillow with pins. Pin the edge as close to the pillow trim as possible, and make sure the rough edge of the burlap is tucked under where it is not visible.
Step Three: Pin in place the ruffles/pleats.
Pinch about a 1″ pleat together and fold backwards toward the edge of the pillow, overlapping a small amount of the burlap between the pleat and the edge. Pin in place on both edges of the burlap. Repeat this until you reach the center of the pillow. (This is where the tape measure comes in handy – use it to determine the center of the pillow)
I thought it would look best to have symmetrical pleats – as having each side of pleats face the closest edge. So, once you get to the center, it is time to create the center pleat. Begin by creating the pleat as normal, but instead of creating a new one after it as you have been, fold it so that it is a double sided pleat as shown below.
Step 5: Continue pleating until the edge of the pillow.
Continue creating pleats as you have been. But this time the pleats should be going the other way – towards the other end of the pillow. Make sure the width of each pleat is consistent – that will give it the best look. Continue until you reach the edge of the pillow. Once you reach the end, fold the edge under as you did before and secure.
Step 6: Sew the burlap in place.
Sew along all four edges of the burlap, looping the thread around the outside edge as shown below. (Unfortunately, even if you have a machine this part needs to be done by hand since you are working on an already formed pillow. However, if you are making the pillow from scratch, you can sew the burlap onto the front face of the pillow with your sewing machine before sewing it all together and stuffing it.)
Make sure to sew through all the layers of the pleat to keep them down on the edges. This will give it the structured look I mentioned earlier.
Once you have sewn around all four edges you are finished! You now have a gorgeous pleated pillow to display oh so proudly!
Keep in mind that you can use this technique with various materials – it doesn’t have to be burlap and lace. (I just happened to be obsessed with those two) It would work great with ribbon and fabric as well – in fact that may even be easier to begin with, seeing as burlap can be tricky when it starts to unravel.
I hope this tutorial was helpful! Let me know if you try it and how your pillow turns out. I would love to see the results. If you have any questions or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to comment below.
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If anyone has seen my closet, they know that I own a lot of scarves. I love them. And I love to experiment with different ways of tying them. My favorite lately has been the fancy braid.
It’s very nice.
And I have found that, without fail, every single time I wear it to work at Anthropologie, a customer asks me how I did it. So, on behalf of all the Anthropologie women out there, or otherwise, I have designed a handy little infographic to explain how to tie the fancy scarf!
1. Drape the scarf around your neck like so.
2. Tie the scarf like you would when you begin tying your shoes. However big you make your loop now will be about the size of the final braided loop.
3. Take one side of the scarf and place it over the other side.
4. Now loop it under and through the neck hole.
5. Fold back over the other side.
6. Repeat with the other side of the scarf. Place it over the other side, and through the neck hole.
7. Keep repeating this process – Over and through. Switch. Over and through – Switch. Until the scarf runs out!
8. When it is finished you will have a lovely braid! I then simply tie the ends in a knot and tuck them in wherever I can hide them. Or let them hang out for a messier look. Fluff it a little to make the braid look just how you want it, and you’re finished!
I hope this was helpful! If you want to know even more ways to tie a scarf, I recommend looking here. There are over 50 ways to tie a scarf, complete with very handy videos. This is the site I use when I want to adventure a little with my scarves.
So I encourage you to try it out! I promise you will receive multiple compliments on it – it’s very unique.
Let me know how it turns out for you by leaving a comment, or better yet, post a picture! I’d love to see what kind of outfits everyone pairs it with.
Hubby: check. Apartment: check.
Got all the necessities, but it was finally time for my favorite things – those that are not necessary. It was time to add my personal creative touch to our new apartment!
We picked out a sweet little one bedroom apartment with “granite-inspired” countertops, *cough*laminate*cough* hardwood flooring, and a large balcony overlooking the beautiful Sandia Mountains to the east, and the city lights to the west. Little by little, I have begun to fix it up.
Here are a few of my most recent projects in my adventure in turning our new apartment into a home:
Meanwhile our bedroom is…. well let’s call it a clean slate. No artistic touch whatsoever. Well besides the two small handmade cacti that I snagged from an old display at my job at Anthropologie. (I’ll post pics once our bedroom is somewhat presentable) .
In the meantime, here are a few things I would like to have made/accomplished by the time the semester starts.
Also to add to my list:
Continue blogging! Keep checking back. I plan to add SO MUCH MORE to this site. Hopefully tutorials, giveaways, and lots of other things.
So there ya go. My to do list for the remainder of the summer. Hold me to it!
What crafts/designs have you done this summer? What are you planning to do?