Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Made a Hat!

A couple of weeks ago, I randomly bought some yarn at JoAnn's.  It was on sale!  I ended up going home & making myself a hat in one evening.  I love crocheting, it's relaxing & quick.  I've tried knitting before, & I can knit a straight line, but that's pretty much it.


Anyway, I used this video as an instruction for my hat.


Who knew that YouTube had such great instructional videos!  There are tons!  Maybe I'm just behind the times but this discovery makes me happy.  I'll probably be doing more crochet projects now that I've found these.  If you know how to do a basic crochet, you can make this hat.


I love my new hat!  It literally only took a few hours to complete.  I love the grey color as well.  Um, ignore how I'm completely makeup-less in these photos.  I look very ghostly!


Do you know how to knit or crochet?  Which do you think is easier?

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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Headboard Debate

The next big thing on my list that I really want to build is a headboard for our bedroom.  Our bed currently is just a mattress & box spring sitting on a metal frame.  Boring yea?  We need a headboard!  Plus, our bed frame is on wheels, and our floors are not carpeted, which means whenever someone moves or jumps onto the bed (looking at the dog) it moves.  Not good.  So a headboard would help to stabilize the bed some.

So I've been obsessively looking at headboards on Pinterest to try to decide what kind of headboard we should go with.  It's a hard decision people!  I want it to be something I can build myself.  It can't be too tall of a headboard, because we have a window right over our bed that I'd rather not cover.  So I need some help!

One of the main debates I've been having is whether to do an all-wood headboard or one that has fabric.  Some all-wood ones I like include

The Little Green Bean
Headboards made from old doors can be super pretty!  Plus they are green!  And easy.

Bloom
I love barn door headboards too.  Love love love.  But with our window above our bed, I don't think this option would work for us.

House Tweaking
Of coarse this is lovely.  Obviously.  But I'm not sure it'd work for our room.

The Idea Room
I could do a framed out wood headboard.  I like how this one is painted inside the molding.

OR I could go with something completely different & do a fabric covered headboard.

From Gardners 2 Bergers
This one is square, which would be easier than something curved.  I like the stripes too, but I think she says in her post they were pretty hard to get to lay correctly.

Sawdust & Embryos
I love the teal in this headboard.  It's upholstered as well, but on multiple squares rather than one big one.  I can't decide if this looks like more work or less?

Centsational Girl
Then there's the tuffed headboard option.  Harder, but probably worth it.  Look how pretty!

BH&G
And this one is made from old shutters.  So pretty!

You see why I'm having trouble deciding?!  This is a major decision people!  So help me out a bit.  Which style do you like?  Am I missing some life-changing one that I need to get on my list?  I do think I like some more than others, and have been thinking of ways to combine my favorite things about some of the different styles.  But, let me know!  What kind of headboard do you have and/or which do you like best?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blog Exchange with Insideways - Sew a Paper Bag Purse

Today I'm doing a blog exchange with Jen from Insideways!  I'm over there today sharing a little bedside table I refinished for our master bedroom, and she's here to share her purse sewing project with you!  Take it away Jennifer!

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Hello everyone! I'm so thrilled to swap blogs with Sarah today. Sarah is one of my favorite bloggers and Renewed Upon a Dream is absolutely one of my daily reads. My name is Jen and I run the blog insideways. Today I want to share little sewing project with you - an easy-to-sew little purse inspired by paper bag lunches. This is a great project to try if you're just learning to sew, plus the little bag you'll end up with full of whimsy and nostalgia - my favorite style :)


What you'll need: pattern printout (you can download it here), 1 yard of fabric (or 1/2 yards of fabric in two different colors), matching thread, and sewing supplies such as pins and scissors. 1. Fold your fabric in half and cut out a rectangle using the pattern. (Most fabric comes folded in half already. You can just use that fold - that's what I did!) Do this twice - one piece will be the outside of your bag and the other will be the lining. You can use a different color for your lining if you'd like.


(Be sure to cut out the two little triangles of piece [B] on your lining piece.)


2. On your outer piece, pin the "right" sides of the fabric together and sew a seam down the left and right side with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


Do the same thing for your lining piece, but leave a gap in your seam between the two triangle cutouts.


3. Fold your bottom left corner of your lining piece so the seam and fabric fold are on top of one another (as pictured below). Press your new corner flat and pin on the corner pattern piece.


Sew a seam on your corner with the edge of your sewing machine's foot touching the edge of the pattern. Repeat step 3 for the bottom right corner on your lining piece and for the two bottom corners on your outer piece.


4. Pin the top edge of your lining to the top edge of your outer piece with the "right" sides of the fabric together. What you end up with should look like a bag, but with all of the raw seam edges showing. Sew the lining to the outer piece with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


7. Turn your bag right side out using the small hole between the triangle cutouts in the lining.


8. Hand stitch the hole in your lining shut.


9. Iron press the seams of your bag to make it nice and crisp. To add a few extra creases for a real paper bag look, fold your bag as if it were a grocery store paper bag and iron in all of the creases.


Voila! You have a little purse!


I love how cute my new little bag is, but the best part of this project is that it's such a basic pattern. Once you feel comfortable, you can add on to this design as much as you dare; handles, buttons, velcro, different patterns - the sky is the limit to make a bag that fits your needs and style!

Thank you so so much to Sarah and all of you RUaD readers for letting me share my project with you. Don't forget to check out Sarah's post on my blog. Oh and feel free to ask any sewing questions in the comments and I'll do my best to help. Enjoy!!

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Isn't she amazing?  Once again proving that I need to get a sewing machine & learn how to sew.  This project looks like a good one to try once I get a machine!  Easy is good when you don't know what you're doing :)  Great job on the pattern too Jen!  You really should go check out some of her other projects on her site.  Some of the ones I really love are her scrabble wall art and her cute little stumpy end table.  Please go give her a visit & tell her I say "hi!"

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Treasure Hunting Thursday - Amazing Map Chest!

Ok, so I really need to start writing down how much things cost when I take pictures of them.  I always think, oh this is so amazing, I'll certainly remember how much it costs.  Then I go to write the post and.... nothin'.  So, I have this amazing find to show you today, but I do not remember how much it cost.  Sorry.  I know it was WAY more than I could pay.  Plus, it would never fit into our front door, so there's that too.

Anyway, moving on, I know you're curious... what is this big beautiful thing with all the pretty little drawers?  It's not a dresser, it's not a filing cabinet really or a card catalog.  Nope, it's a map chest!  And it is beeeeeautiful!


Oh my isn't it so lovely?!?!  I know!  It would look amazing in anyone's home.  Alas, it is HUGE and not cheep no-sir-ee.

I could only find surprisingly few examples of old map chests used in people's homes.  You'd think there'd be a bunch of them considering how beautiful they are!

Curious Details
Crisp Interiors
blissfulb

A Simple Nest originally from Make Room for Living (no longer active)
That's all I could find!  Have you seen any other beautiful map chests?  I found a couple other pictures of ones that were for sale, but no others of ones in actual homes.  Maybe because they can be so large & hard to get into homes with regular-sized doors?  The one I found seems to be much larger than these ones pictured as well.  Oh well, I still think it's beautiful.  Do you?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photobook America "Pro" Album Review!

Last week I told you about my experience with MyPublisher in making some parents albums for B & my parents for Christmas.  Well, after I ordered & received those, I was totally jealous that our parents had albums, but we didn't.  We still haven't ordered prints either.  We're lame.  But that got me going on getting our album ready & purchased!  Go me!


I ordered our album from Photobook America.  I did a lot of research on different companies, and went with them because it seemed that they would produce the most professional looking album without having to go through a photographer to get it.  Once I had chosen them, I hunted for a Groupon to purchase to get the cost down a little bit.  These books aren't super cheep my friends, but I promise they were totally worth it.  Ours would have been about $300 without the Groupon.

We ended up going with their "Pro" series.  So pretty!  We got the leather ebony cover, and it has the title stamped on the front, which you can see in the photo above.  We wanted a square book, so I got the 12 x 12.  It's huge!  I heart.


The pictures inside are beautiful.  The colors are very clear.  The pages are made of great quality 216 gsm premium silk.  They are thick!  You can also get a matching case for your book if you like (we did not).  As you can see, I went with a plain white background, so as to not take away from the photos themselves.  Also, they are actually much more clear & the colors more vibrant in real life than they look in these photos.  Photos of photos are difficult!

One of the great things about the Pro Photobooks is that you can get up to 80 pages included in the original price.  That's a lot I think.  A lot more than some others I've seen.  We ended up with 78 pages in ours.  Just enough!  They also offer a lot of different layouts for your pages.  I would figure out how many pictures I wanted on a page, choose that number, and it'd give me a bunch of layout options for a page with that number of pictures.  I liked that.  I'm not that great at figuring out good proportions for pictures, so if I didn't have preset layouts to choose from, it would have been a mess!  :-)


Ordering it, again, was kind of tricky.  I put it in my cart & paid, and thought I was done.  But then I got an email a couple of days later telling me that I hadn't uploaded my book yet for printing.  So I followed the link back in & saw that I needed to load it... which took a couple of hours for my computer to do.  I just left it running while I went to work.  When I left (about an hour after I started the load) it was about halfway done, so I'm thinking it probably took about 2 hours or so.  It took about a week and a half for our book to get to us, but I ordered it on New Years Eve, so I'm sure that probably delayed production & it might be faster at other times during the year. 


I'm very happy with the quality of our book and I would recommend the Pro series books to others who were wanting to create their own professional looking album. It is everything I hoped that our album would have, nice thick pages, nice leather cover, vibrant colors.  While I don't think I'd use this for just any photobook, I think I made a good choice for our our wedding album.  Now I just need to get on ordering some prints!

Has anyone else gotten a Pro album through Photobook America? If you purchased your wedding album through a photobook service directly instead of through your photographer, who did you use?

Note:  All of our professional photos were done by Amy at Pure Amour.  She's awesome.  If you're a Michigan girl check her out!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to Re-Caulk a Bathtub

Remember in my declaration of Operation Love My Rental when I talked about our lovely bathtub & how I wanted to re-caulk it.  Well I did it, which means Operation Love My Rental has commenced!  *trumpets sound here*  It was so easy to do it was kinda crazy that I put it off for so long.  This is going to be the least glamous post eevvvaaaaaa!  But oh well, it's necessary folks!


So here is where we started in this little shindig.


Lovely right?  Mmmm mold.  Does this happen to everyone's caulk or just mine?  I wonder if they used the right kind of caulk?  Whatever.  I took myself to the Home Depot of amazing-ness & bought some caulk.  I don't have one of those fancy caulk canister squeezer things (what that's not what they are called?  Oh a caulk gun... I had to look that up.) so I just got a tube of caulk that you could just squeeze the caulk out of.  I think it was about $4.  Yep, a whole $4 for this project.  Make sure you get a caulk that's made for kitchens & baths!  I think that this will help it not to mold as quickly.

So first things first, I must tell you that I pretty much followed this video tutorial exactly.


Worked like a charm!  I took my razor blade to the old caulk to get it out of there.  There were a couple of places where it was kind of tricky, but I worked at it & got it all out of the little cracks.  You want to have all of the old caulk gone before applying any new caulk.


Once the old caulk was out, I took an old toothbrush & some soapy water to the cracks to clean up area & get rid of any straggler pieces of caulk.


Dry it off with a towel, then it's caulk time!  For my tube, I just had to snip the end off with some sissors.


Then lay a thin squeeze of caulk down along the lines of the tub, where the old caulk was.  Once you've done a little line, you'll want to smooth it out.  I just did this with my finger.  Wet your finger in a bowl of water, then run it along the wet caulk flattening it out so that it looks nice. 


And that's it!  Make sure you fill all of the cracks where you took out the old caulk.  Give it plenty of time to dry too.  Mine took well over a day.  If you have another shower, use that for a couple of days while the caulk dries.


I can't believe how much of a difference this made!  This picture is in the same exact spot as the "before" picture at the beginning of the post.  Such a simple fix, and it's made me feel even better about the changes I have planned to make.  The bathroom still isn't done yet, gotta tackle that window, which you notice in all of these pictures I never showed you, it's right above the pictures in all of these.  but the one change really does make me feel a little better.

So if you have some caulk in your bathroom that's bugging you, even if you're a renter, go ahead & fix it!  It's worth it for only $4 & so simple I promise you!!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

7 Pretty Things Sunday!

A few of my favorite bloggers, The Letter 4, Gussy Sews, Matchstick Molly, and Much Love Illy are hosting a "7 Pretty Things Sunday" event today, and I figured I'd play along.  Pretty much the objective is to find 7 pretty things that inspire you & share them with the bloggy community!  Fun right?  So here you go, these are 7 things that are inspiring me & making me think about future projects right. this. moment.  :-)  Check 'em out!

I'm really liking stripes in laundry rooms lately.  You know that I need to do a major overhaul of our little laundry/mud room, and I'm really thinking this could be a good option to open up the small space some.  Aren't they lovely?

Mini Manor Blog
We have this weird thing in our house that I really need to think of a way to cover up.  If I do this, you'll be the first to know... but I've been looking at chandeliers in a whole new way lately.  I like this one right now.

Urban Outfitters
I've been thinking lately about new ways to organize our tiny little closets in our home so that they are less... packed!  I'm sure you've probably seen this little bit of awesomeness around somewhere, but I love it & think it could totally be useful in my hubby's closet.  Might be making something like this soon...

Lookie What I Did
How stinkin' cute are these?!  You know how much I dig embroidery & cross stitch.  It's so relaxing & easy to me!  These are very simple & adorable little sticheries.

June Bug Weddings
 I'm currently on a mission to find a dresser to refinish into a baby changing table as a gift to some friends.  I can't wait to get to work on it!  This one inspires me.

Home-Styling
This photo just screams spring to me.  So pretty & look at all of those blooming branches!  Oh it can not come fast enough!

Room-Polish
And last but not least, I've been doing some work on the bedroom lately (you'll see some stuff soon!) & I was totally inspired when I saw this picture of this pretty little bedroom.  Again, our room is super small, so I love finding pictures of other small rooms that are beautiful.  I love the blue!

Apartment Therapy
So that's it folks!  My 7 pretty things that I've been thinking about lately.  What are some things you've been contemplating or inspired by lately?  Join in on the parties & check out some others today!

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