Thursday, March 21, 2013

moving day

Moving day has arrived!



What a cluster.

I'll be away from the blog for probably a week.  Just depends on when they arrive with all of our belongings and when we will have internet up and running.

See you guys again when we're in Houston!


Monday, March 18, 2013

banded sham - tutorial

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I know I did.  You know it's a good one when a video of yourself hula hooping after a few margaritas gets uploaded to Facebook.  Thanks again Apes!  No worries, I got one of her too ;)

And, thank you, thank you for your ubber sweet comments on my little boy's pics from last week.  I totally agree, he is quite the cutie-pa-tootie!

Ok, so here's the tutorial I promised you guys last week of the banded shams I put together for my master bedroom.  Banded, monogrammed shams have been on my radar for quite some time.  You can pick them up at places like Pottery Barn, but at $59 a piece plus extra for the monogram, I knew they could be thrown together for much cheaper.

Here's my DIY version of the banded eruo sham.


What you'll need:

  • white cotton fabric (3 yards for two eruo sized shams)
  • 1" wide black twill tape (I picked up three 2 yard packages from the fabric store)
  • thin black piping (I picked up three 2.5 yard packages from the fabric store)
  • sewing machine with regular foot and piping/zipper foot
  • black and white thread
  • pins and scissors
  • iron and board
  • black embroidery thread and stabilizer (only if you're doing the embroidery yourself)
How to do it:

STEP ONE:  Cut out your fabric.  For two euro shams you'll need two 30.5"x30.5" pieces for the fronts, two 21.5"x30.5" pieces and two 12.5"x30.5" pieces for the backs (for an envelope style closure).  This will give you 1/2" seam allowance.

STEP TWO:  Pin the twill tape to the front pieces.  I placed mine so that the outside edge of the tape was 4.5" from the edges.  Stitch in place with your black thread.


STEP THREE:  Pin the piping around the edge of the front pieces.  Cut several snips into the flange of the piping to get it to curve nicely around the corners.  Stitch in place with your black thread using a piping or zipper foot.


STEP FOUR:  If you're doing your own monogram, put it on now.  If not, take it out to be embroidered before going any further.


STEP FIVE:  Hem the two edges of the back pieces that will come together to form the envelope closure.


STEP SIX:  With the front of the sham facing up, place the two back pieces on top face side down.  I placed the larger piece down first.  Pin and stitch in place using your piping or zipper foot.


TIP:  When sewing the back pieces in place.  Turn the entire sham over so that you are sewing directly over the stitches from when you sewed on the piping.  This way you have a perfect guide to follow and don't steer away from the piping.


STEP SEVEN:  Turn the sham right side out, and press flat.  Now pin for the flange 2 inches from the outside edge (this should also be 2 inches from the outer edge of the twill tape).  Stitch in place using your regular sewing foot and white thread.


TIP:  Ensure you're stitching 2 inches from the edge by placing a piece of tape on your sewing machine to use as a guide.


Voila, you're done!!!



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Thursday, March 14, 2013

3 month baby photos - DIY

I know I told you I was going to post the tutorial for the monogrammed shams today, but I ended up waiting until the last minute and it just didn't happen.  Tutorials take me a lot of time to put together and I didn't want to half ass it.  Hopefully, you'll forgive me!

Instead, you're getting sweet-as-pie baby pictures I took yesterday.



As with everything lately, time has completely gotten away from me and I realized I never scheduled 3 month photos for Sam.  I know, I know... It's kinda silly to schedule photos to be done every 3 months, but I did it for Izzy and Mommy Guilt has taken over and I don't want him to feel like he wasn't special enough.  I mean come on, the poor guy has worn some of Izzy's hand-me-down jammies that weren't exactly gender neutral.

In true Shelley form I figured I would try to DIY it.  And you know what, they actually turned out great!  I'm certainly not calling myself a photographer, and I'm sure a real photographer would find lots of mistakes, but hey I'm pretty thrilled.

Here are my favorites.  Warning: it's hard for a mom to pick favorites of her baby, so I'm bout ready to hit you with a load of photos. 













Just try and be upset with me now.  I bet you forgot all about those pillows ;) 

If you have any questions, hit me up in the comments. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

silver leaf art - tutorial

I wanted to share with you guys a tutorial for one of the DIY art pieces I used in my master bedroom.  I originally posted this tutorial last year over at Midwestern Girl, and wanted to share it again in case you missed it.


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Supply List:

  • silver leaf
  • metal leaf adhesive spray
  • plain paper (I used a few sheets of computer paper)
  • background paper (I used a thicker paper so it wouldn't buckle)
  • pencil and object for tracing
  • scissors
  • glue stick
What I did:

STEP ONE:  Spray your plain paper with the metal leaf adhesive spray.  A light coat should be sufficient.

STEP TWO:  Start laying down the sheets of silver leaf.  Cover the entire piece of paper.


STEP THREE:  Flip the paper you just silver leafed over, and trace circles using the lip of a glass.  If you have a large circular punch it would make this much easier and save you the tracing and cutting out time.

STEP FOUR:  Cut out your traced circles.


STEP FIVE:  Use a glue stick to coat the back of your cut outs.

STEP SIX:  Arrange circles onto your backing paper.


Frame and you're done!

My favorite part about this piece is how it changes with the light at different angles.



Here it is hanging in our bathroom before it got moved to its current spot on top of the dresser.


The possibilities are endless.  I'm LOVING the idea of doing this with a child's silhouette.  What are you guys thinking of??

I'll be back Thursday with this...


I'll be linking up to these fab parties!



Thursday, March 7, 2013

master bedroom reveal

I've finished my master bedroom!

You know, just in time to pack it all up and move.  Grrrr...

And, I did get my new bed in a few weeks ago, but decided to wait to put it together until after our move.  Actually, my husband made me promise to wait.  If it was up to me I totally would have schlep that thing up the stairs and put it together myself.  Even if it was just for a few days.  None the less, I'm considering this room done!

Here's a reminder of where this room started.


And now, with a few easy updates!










And just to let you know, I showed you a photo of my nightstand that exists in my pretend I just got home from a fancy event, don't need a clock, life.  In real life I'm an asthmatic with chapped lips that keeps a close eye on the baby monitor and clock.  Fancy I tell ya!


I can't leave you with that image.  Back to my pretend life ;)


{DIY details: curtains, ceiling fan, monogrammed shams coming soon!}

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