Friday, July 27, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 5: Scalloped Diaper Invitations

I've been diligently pinning baby shower ideas on Pinterest in anticipation of my sister's shower in August. It's her first baby so I want this shower to be fantabulous and I'm all about overdoing every. little. thing. I'll be sharing all my different baby shower projects here as well. (Kelli - DO NOT read these!!!)

Daisy Scalloped Diaper Invitations:

I searched online for cute invitations and couldn't really find anything within a decent price that I liked so I made a template and did some old fashion tracing and cutting.

Used my new Recollections edger to punch some cute half daisies on the front flap.

Printed up a little insert (Who, Where, When) and glued it in the center.

Punched holes in the two side flaps to thread the bakers twine through. I also added a handwritten "You're Invited" tag to the twine before tying in a bow.

I'm so happy with how they turned out. I hope everyone loves them and I know my mom will be saving hers as will I.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 4: Repurposed Curtains and a No Sew Valance

Still truckin along with my projects and loving every second of it. I've got several crafts going at once as is my style. The poor dining room is catching most of the scraps and trash while at the same time being the object of my redecorating. It's a catch 22.

I bought this green patterned fabric at a local fabric store with the intention of using it on my bookshelf but I like it too much to hide it behind books and it has the Hubs' approval. If there had been enough I would have "papered" a wall with it  the second after it was accepted by Mr. I-love-brown.  Instead I perused through my Pinterest boards and was inspired by the no sew valance over at Cherry Street Cottage.  

Materials for the valance:
Stitch Witchery or hem tape
Ribbon - to gather valance and for tabs
Needle and thread - to ruffle ribbon
Glue Gun

First, I measured my curtain rod and the window and decided on the width that I wanted the valance - I wanted it to extend past the curtain only slightly. Add a couple of inches to these measurements to allow for hemming. After cutting the fabric, I folded the edge (pattern facing the ironing board) and ironed it to get a nice straight seam for hemming THEN I added the Stich Witchery.  Iron the hem tape as directed and let cool. At this point I used another trick from Welcome to Heardmont and hot glued ribbon to the back of the fabric for tabs to hang on the curtain rod. No rhyme or reason to this. I cut and glued. I might have forgotten that I needed something to actually hang the valance on the rod so this was a last minute addition.  I also forgot to buy some cute material to gather the valance so I improvised and used some lime green ribbon that I already had. I wanted something extra so I ruffled ribbon FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!! I don't sew and rarely use a needle and thread for anything other than sewing up dog toys but now I'm considering putting ruffles on everything. So anyway, ruffled ribbon and then safety pinned it together after creating the perfect amount of gather in the center of the valance.

Materials for the curtains:
Old curtains OR canvas drop cloth
Stitch Witchery

I originally wanted to buy a canvas drop cloth and make curtains (they're cheap and have the appearance of linen) but remembered some old linen curtains that were shoved in a closet. After ironing the curtains, I measured their width and cut my fabric with a couple of extra inches again for the hem. Like I said, I don't sew and sewing by hand would have taken forever. I hemmed the fabric with Stitch Witchery and then used the hem tape to attach the fabric to the curtains. Don't judge! It was 1 o'clock in the morning and I was excited to get my pretty fabric up. I'm a bit of a slacker, hem tape is easy. C'est la vie.


 What DIY home projects have you tried lately? I'm always up for a new challenge.




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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pinterest Picks

Found this art print on Pinterest and available at Society 6 . For someone who loves bright colors, inspirational sayings and pretty much marches to the beat of their very own super unique drum, this would be the perfect print.

Another pin via my Doodles board. These gorgeous floral prints are from Stephanie Ryan Art on Etsy. LOVE!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 3: Pretty Papered Bookshelf

Yet another dining room redo. I was inspired by Diane's fabric-covered shelves at In My Own Style. Except her bookshelf is super cute and from Ikea. Our shelving came from the uber exclusive WalMart. Wally World also has some cute wrapping paper which just so happened to come home with me while grocery shopping last weekend. I originally had a green and white patterned fabric in mind for this project but wrapping paper is so much more pliable {and cheaper at $4/roll}.

Super Easy: After measuring the backs of each shelf, I taped some cardboard together, wrapped the cardboard like a present and voila! Purdy shelves.

Not a great picture but you get the idea :) I'm knocking these projects outta the park!!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

I'm in love

No, this is not the story of when Jared met Jenn. That's a tale best left untold (too many seedy bars and sweaty dance sequences).

I am in love with my new craft room. The room itself was one big mess and despite all my efforts to clean it up, I buy way too many supplies to actually keep it clean. The hubs (who I am also in love with despite our questionable "dating" venues) threw together this super awesome craft desk with built in storage and plopped that baby in the cleared out craft space. The room is small so organizing all my junk was key.

You can find the plans for the craft table on Ana White's site as well as the farmhouse bed in the previous post. Jared did make a slight alteration to the original plans. Instead of having a floating tabletop, he cut the top wider and added a lip so that it fits over the two shelves. That one difference will make it so much easier to take apart if we ever move. That husband of mine is a thinker!!

The above pic is the only decent one I took but I'm still in the process of getting my crafts put away and labeled so there will be plenty of pictures to come. I haven't mastered the art of taking pictures that don't feature one of my 3 furbabies or piles of their toys and miscellaneous crap. Hence the whited-out portion of the picture and Bella's butt. 

If you're interested in the real life picture of what my poor pitiful craft room used to look like:
The Before....please don't judge!!

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Monday, July 9, 2012

The 29 by 30 Project 2: Embroidery Hoops

Don't you love the patterns on this fabric.

For my second project I dug up some old fabric that I've had for years and added it to some embroidery hoops. Easiest project ever! I'm decorating the bedroom so the Hubs and I slapped those babies on the wall above the headboard and they look fabulous. That's pretty much the only decor in the bedroom right now but I'll reveal the rest of the room after I get some more projects under my belt. The first big addition to our bedroom was the farmhouse bed {on Ana White's site} Jared made in the beginning of the year.  It's going to be tough decorating around that big piece of awesomeness.

Through my project list I'm slowly trying to add some pizazz to our house.  The house has definitely come a long way since Jared's single days. He likes brown. I like bright colors and fun stuff. They're one in the same right?! Color = FUN. I think the Hubs has gotten over the initial shock of having something other than khaki in the house. I mean I painted the main bath yellow. Enough said.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 1: Who Dat Buckets for The Hubs

I was inspired by Elise Blaha's posts on her 26 Projects before she turned 27. I, being the follower that I am,  decided to try and accomplish 29 projects by my 30th birthday on December 29th. {Now let's see how many times I can say project before the end of this post} I was going to officially start this project on June 29th but had to compile a list of crafts/projects that I can actually accomplish in 6 months. I have a bit of a follow-through problem.

Project 1: Who Dat Buckets
Jared's office is a guy's haven. As in fishing poles all along one wall, golf bag in the corner, Saints memorabilia in pretty much every available crevice and shelf, a gun safe. You get the idea. Soo after getting rid of a good portion of my books from the dining room bookshelf  (I thought I might have a breakdown during the removal of said books), I took over Jared's office bookshelf. As you can see in the picture below, he has a whole shelf of his own which is now home to the two Saints buckets I made with the Cricut, vinyl, and some shiny Target dollar section buckets = Project Numero Uno. Gettin Stuff DONE!!!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Mini Vacay with the Rest of the U.S.

Sunday we took a random trip to New Orleans to go to the aquarium and eat some fantabulous food. Since we normally go around August, if not later, we totally forgot it's Summer and families take vacations with their kids. Picture the look on Jared's face as we stand in the midst of tiny loud people and their parents in 100+ heat and hair-destroying humidity. Not pretty. We ended up skipping a lot of the exhibits to try and by-pass the hoards of people which meant we were done with the aquarium in about 30 minutes. Oh well. At least we got to spend some quality time the car.

New Orleans brings me JOY!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Shop Update: Jewelry by Jenn

I recently started on my new craft room redo which I will definitely write more on later. While organizing everything, I also started digging through all of my beads and gathering more destash items to put in the shop. Let's just say there is no shortage of beads and jewelry findings in my craft room or any other room for that matter. I'm going through a crafty phase right now that, in all honesty, is completely selfish. I want to keep everything I make for myself or in the very least give to my family so that I can see it on a regular basis.  I'm still completely enamored with making jewelry but Pinterest and all my craft projects have totally taken over. That's a good thing for crafters and jewelry-makers on Etsy. You now get a shot at all my destash items. Expect lots of Swarovski crystals, glass beads, pearls, pendants, etc.

heart pendant

czech glass beads

Go to my shop Jewelry by Jenn for more items and handmade jewelry.

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