Saturday, June 25, 2011

rosette pillow tutorial

I’ve never been able to spend more than $10 on a throw pillow. Call me crazy, but spending anything over $10 for something that is going to get squished and tossed around all the time just doesn’t seem right to me. Plus, throw pillows have always been ugly to me, same old boring colors and patterns 
until I saw this.

This rosette pillow is absolutely GORGEOUS! The color, style and texture of this pillow was lovely, but the price was ridiculous! I was/am not paying $25 for 1 pillow! I technically would have to spend $50 in total because, who only buys 1 pillow?

Needless to say, I was just not feeling that price. =/

Months went by and every time I would go to Target, I would find myself wandering into the furniture department looking for that beautiful pillow. It was always there, waiting for me like mans best friend…but I still didn’t want to spend the mula. So I left Target every single time with a little less of my soul. (Yes, I’m dramatic lol)

So I thought and I thought and said WHY DON’T I JUST MAKE ONE?!? And so I did. :)

When I first bought my couch it came with 2 standard pillows. The design was not my style so I made pillowcases out of that yellow material I seem to use in every project lol. The pillows stayed plain for 10 months until I got the idea to add little rosettes to them. 

The first thing I did was cut strips of yellow material. I did 6” long by 2” wide and added a drop of hot glue on some felt. I attached the yellow material and twirled it into a flower shape. I kept adding hot glue as I went to hold it down and kept twirling until I ran out of material. I let it set for a few minutes, then cut the flower from the felt. I did this 7 or 8 times and added them to the pillows.

I felt like there was way too much yellow, so I took an old white t-shirt and did the same thing. Now my pillows have yellow and white flowers.

Now I love them.... and the best part is it was FREE :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

i never finish anyth

Do you ever feel like your brain is going at 100 mph? That’s how I feel all the freakin’ time, seriously. I just have so many ideas and not enough hours in the day (and money in the bank, haha) to do them all. Looking back at my blog, I’ve noticed that I leave a lot of my projects un-finished. For instance, my refrigerator...I was supposed to have a chalkboard surface refrigerator but ended up dumping that idea to cover it in black contact paper. That tiny change made the biggest difference ever! People think we bought a new fridge! I never finished re-shooting the kitchen, I gotta get on that to show you just how amazing it looks now.

My boyfriend’s bedroom, but this one is not my fault. He has yet to clean out his million shoe boxes full of junk paper. I refuse to do anything in that bedroom until that situation is taken care of. But really all we have to do is hang picture frames back up and throw out that hideous desk. I asked him if he wanted me to paint his dressers with some cool design but I didn’t get a definite yes or no on that one. Sooo stay tuned for that project to be finished.

I recently started to mess around with my 2nd bedroom turned closet/office. I realized after I graduated that I never used my “office”. So, to get more out of my closet I took out the desk and moved in this purple kitchen cabinet-turned bookcase that you can see here holding up my tv and use it as my craft station instead. I re-used the whole black and white scheme that I did in my kitchen and painted one wall black. I’m trying to go for a glamorous/forever21 vibe with this closet and so far so good. But I still want to add a faux roman shade, get a sheepskin rug and somehow fit this chair into the mix. Pictures will be up soon (I hope haha)

But now that’s its summer, I want to leave these projects in limbo and throw myself into updating the front porch, backyard deck, and my back entryway. Once again I have 801,164,126 ideas that I hope to get done before summer is over.

Here’s my list.

1. Turn my lack coffee table into an outdoor bench.

When I moved this table out of the way to lay down tiles, I really loved the open feel it gave my living room. So I said “so long” to my table and kept it in my closet for months. I didn’t want to throw it out though, it’s still brand new looking thanks to me being extremely anal and making people use coasters and placemats lol, but no one wanted it either. I moved it into my kitchen when I started re-doing my closet and happened to sit down on it. It’s extremely sturdy, and so a light bulb went off giving me the idea to make it into a bench. But it wasn’t until I started thinking about the front porch when I got the idea to make an outdoor seating area and put it there. I do have to buy some sealer and paint it to make sure I don’t get water damage. But there’s idea #1.

2. Paint my back door black.

Yes, I wanted it red before, like my front door but I didn’t think it would match my awesome security door. I’ll pick up some black exterior paint soon.

3. Paint can planters.

I saw this on another blog and it looks AWESOME, plus with all the paint jobs I do I have plentyyyyyyyyyyy of empty paint cans.

That’s all I can think of for now, until then I’m thinking this should be my slogan.


Please? :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ribbon wedding bouquet

I just loveeee weddings!

Sorry I haven’t been blogging but I’ve been super busy in my friends wedding. She’s actually getting married this Saturday so I thought I would fit one little post in my crazy schedule.

Last month she had a Surprise Bridal Shower where she received a zillion gifts. The room was drowning in gift-wrap and purple ribbons…I mean, it was everywhere! So the bridesmaids grabbed all the ribbons and kept them on the side. I took them home and made a ribbon bouquet for her to hold on her Wedding Rehearsal day, which was today.

[All the ribbons]

I went to Michaels (of course) and bought a foam ball and flower tape. I made the ribbons in the shape of flowers and glued them to the ball. 

You can see that I not only used the purple ribbons but also the big gift bows too. I then took the stem part off another fake bouquet, bent it in half and stuck that into the foam ball and taped it with the flower tape to stay secure. For the “leaf” parts I used the curly ribbons to finish it off.

She finally got to hold it today, and she looked great with it ;)