Wall Tapestry DIY

Wall Hanging Finished

I spent a good bit of time online looking for something to hang on the blank wall above our bed.  Because I needed something quite large, I decided on a tapestry.  The only issue is that when searching for wall hangings or tapestries, the only search results were hangings of the hippy/India/mandala style. I rather like the hippy style personally but I was wanting something with a bit more flowers and a lot less tie dye.  Also, I was looking for something that didn’t just look like a square blanket hanging on a wall.  I wanted something with some shape to it.  So, as per the usual, when I can’t find what is envisioned in my head, I set out to make it myself. Below are the steps to recreate.

Materials:

2-3 yards of fabric (I got the extra wide type from the home fabric section)
Iron
Measuring tape
Fabric pencil (or a pink colored pencil)
Straight pins
Sewing macine
Adjustable curtain rod

Instructions (see pics below):

  1. Cut fabric to be evenly square or rectangle (size of your choosing – my finished product is 6′ x 4′)
  2. Find the middle of the fabric and measure 18″ from the bottom (or measurement of your choosing). Make a mark in this spot.
  3. Lay a long ruler or your measuring tape from the mark made diagonally to the corner of the fabric and make a line with your pin pencil.  Repeat on the other side as well.
  4. Cut out your triangle from the bottom middle of the fabric.
  5. Flip the fabric over and iron all edges over except for the top.  I did about 3/4 of an inch.
  6. Sew all your edges.
  7. Make a 2″ loop at the top of your fabric and pin in place.
  8. Sew the loop.
  9. Hang and enjoy

Wall Hanging Material BeforeWall Hanging Cut TriangleWall Hanging Ironing EdgesWall Hanging Pinned Top

Mid-Length Skirt DIY

Skirt Side Laughing
Skirt Hemmed Edge Skirt Elastic Pinned Seperate from Material Skirt Material Pinned to Elastic Skirt Sewn Finish Outside Skirt Sewn Finish Inside Skirt Looking Down Skirt Side View Looking Down

This past weekend was a full on craft fest.  I hadn’t dedicated any time recently to sewing, projects or crafts, so it was past due.  This skirt project cost a whopping $4.50 to make!  Below are the steps to make this easy flowy mid-length skirt.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 yard of fabric (your choice)
Elastic to match your fabric
Straight pins
Thread ripper
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Double fold one long end of your 1 yard of fabric and sew.
  2. Cut the elastic just long enough to fit around your waist, slightly stretched.
  3. Fold the elastic in half and mark the center with a pin. Then fold each half in half and mark each quarter point with a pin. Fold each segment in half again and pin for each 1/8 point.
  4. Repeat the same process along the top edge of your fabric.
  5. Match up the pins on the elastic to the fabric, gathering the excess fabric between each pin.
  6. Sew the elastic to the fabric stretching the elastic as you go.  The stretching will create a natural “gather”.
  7. Sew the two edges together.
  8. Double fold bottom of skirt and sew hem.
  9. Optional: Use thread ripper to remove pocket from a men’s button-up shirt and sew onto the front of the skirt.

Baby Moccasins DIY

Moccassins and Blanket

I am a big moccasin fan and it just doesn’t get any cuter than itty bitty baby moccasins.  I made the moccasins (along with this double-sided blanket) for a friend who’s baby is due in April. Below are the step to recreate.  Enjoy!

Materials:

Couple strips of leather (real or faux)
Suede cord
Straight pins
Thick quilting thread
Medium sewing needle
Large sewing needle

Instructions:

  1. Download and print pattern here
  2. Cut out pattern
  3. Lay pattern on top of bottom side of leather and draw around each (x2)
  4. Cut out all 4 pieces of leather
  5. Pin together as indicated in pic below
  6. Using medium sewing needle, sew around edge of each moccasin with thick quilting thread
  7. Make one large stitch about one inch above the toe to secure
  8. To make fringe, cut two pieces long enough to wrap around each shoe and attach in the front.  Make small cuts to create fringe.
  9. Thread large sewing needle with suede cord to adhere fringe and tie in the front

Bootie Cutout Bootie Pinned Bootie Sewn Moccasins Complete

2016 :: A Restart

Vision Board

In many ways, my life was on hold in 2015.  There was the tragedy of my mom’s life and death struggle and recovery from her car accident.  My daughter graduated from high school and then moved out of our house for the first time and went to college.  My 3 year long technology project at work launched (still smoothing out the details).  My son moved to a new school and started high school.  2015 was most definitely a year on hold personally as I prepared for and worked through the tragedies and milestones of life.  While there is still much investment to do in these areas, I want to be intentional about my 2016.  I want to make up for lost time.  I want to have a vision, goals and aspirations.  This is quite a strange thought for me as I have literally never done a New Year’s resolution.  I don’t really believe in them.  Instead of putting together a resolution or multiple resolutions that you forget about within the first month of the year; I decided to make a vision/goals board that fully incorporates everything that I want to do this year.  Most are not simply do and forget goals, but things that I want to do, not only in 2016, but on an ongoing basis.  These are things that I want to make into a lifestyle.

So, here it is; my 2016.  It is going to be a year of celebration.  I turn 40, my parents turn 60, my brother turns 30, I celebrate my 20 year wedding anniversary and my brother is getting married.  How can you not celebrate with this line up?  This is a year setup for celebration.

Here is the list of 2016 visions/goals that went into building the board pictured here.  Happy 2016 to you!  Seize this year.  You never know, it could be your best year yet!

Travel – Hawaii/Costa Rica/Mexico
20 year anniversary & pics
Book teaching
Making friends
Investing in marriage
Have more fun
Smile more
Peace, joy, hope
Stillness (not busy) – letting God work
One day at a time
LOVE
Crossfit
Invest more in 401K
Less confusing; simplify
Go to the ocean more (body board, sup, snorkel)
PMP (project management) certification

Dolly Shirt DIY

Nell Dolly Shirt Laughing Dolly Cut Out Dolly Shirt Pull Off

Ok, so I am definitely on a Dolly kick lately.  I’ve purchased 6 Dolly Parton vinyl’s within the last month alone.  I grew up listening to old country; Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, and of course, Dolly Parton.  Listening to these old songs especially on vinyl just feels good; it feels right and in a weird sort of way, it feels like home.

I’ve made many hand painted shirts over the past couple of years, so I thought I’d use this same technique to make a Dolly shirt.  Here are the instructions.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 cotton t-shirt
matte fabric paint
sponge paint brush
Reynolds freezer paper (plastic coated)

Instructions:

  1. Find a design online or create one of your own
  2. Either trace on design or hand draw design on matte side of freezer paper
  3. Cut your design from the freezer paper using an x-acto knife (put down padding underneath so that you do not cut the table)
  4. Iron on the cut design onto the t-shirt
  5. Let cool completely
  6. Using the sponge brush, paint in the cut areas of your design
  7. Let dry overnight and peel off

Scenes from the Weekend :: Celebrating 41

Wings are Served Steve Deep DiscussionSteve Laughng Hysterically    Nell Crab Legs Steve and Papa Watching GameNell and Nana Selfie Papa with Silly HatFull Moon before Eclipse Friday Night Lights  Dee Home Mom with crocheted Hand SockButterfly Boil Beginnings Backyard Work in Dress

 

The hubs turned 41 on the 27th.  In true Steve fashion, to celebrate, the decision was made to lay low, hang around the house with family and friends and cook his most favorite meals.  I am a busy body, always wanting to be on the go but I have to admit that the chill birthday weekend he planned was perfect. I had the best time and went into the new week nice and relaxed. Here are some of the pics from our weekend.

  1. Special homemade wings and some football watching.
  2. Good convo with he in-laws.
  3. LOVE this! A true belly laugh. This pic makes me smile every time I look at it.
  4. CRABS! Cooked my famous seafood boil.
  5. “Watching” football.
  6. Selfie with my favorite lady.
  7. Crochet experiment gone wrong.
  8. The blood moon before the eclipse.
  9. Friday night lights.  Trey’s team won 32-20!
  10. SHE CAME HOME TO VISIT! I miss her face so badly! (having grown kids is harder than I expected)
  11. The successful crochet sock for mom’s arm.
  12. Backyard butterfly. I call these the bumble bee butterflies.
  13. Seafood boil beginnings.
  14. Landscaping in a dress.  Why not?

Laptop Shoulder Bag DIY

Laptop Shouder Bag On Laptop Should Bag with Supplies

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of juggling my laptop in hand back and forth from the office along with the ten other things that I tend to carry to and from work as well.  Basically, I have a crap load of stuff to carry so I decided to make a cross body laptop bag to carry my most important commodity.  Here are the materials and step by step instructions.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 yard of canvas material
1 yard of standard material (for liner)
leather belt
quilting thread
large sewing needle
button

Instructions:

  1. Measure 4 rectangle panels; 1 canvas and 1 standard material should be 6-8 inches longer than the other two (for the flap).
  2. Sew canvas on three sides.
  3. Sew liner material on three sides.
  4. Turn material on the correct sides and sew the liner into the canvas at the top edges.
  5. Fold together a 4-5 inch slender strip of material, sew together and then sew into the middle top of the flap to make a loop.
  6. Buckle belt and cut in half.
  7. Thread large sewing needle with quilting thread and sew belt on each side of the bag.
  8. Sew button on the front in the spot where the loop falls.

Reflection

Reflection

I apologize in advance for this deep post as well as for not posting here in a while.  What is reflected (no pun intended) below is the reason behind the lack of activity here on my blog.

As I lay here, I look over at the clock and its 1 am. This is quite unusual for me. See, I am never one to have trouble sleeping. This year has been different. 2015 was expected to be a monumental year for me without my moms tragic accident and without losing my precious grandmother. As we creep into the eighth month of the year, I am tired. I am worn out. I am stressed. I feel my body breaking down. I feel like I’m getting sick. And the big stuff this month hasn’t yet begun. Four days from now, I help my daughter move out of my house for the very first time and into a new college life. My son transitions in two weeks into to a brand new high school. Later this month, I launch the largest work project of my entire life (three years in the making) and definitely the largest project my company has ever seen. I am losing my boss and mentor at the end of this month which means a transition to a new boss. I am tired and there is more to come. I have worked tirelessly this year to balance my life but seem to fall short nearly every time.  All I can say is that God must be doing something pretty darn big, but I don’t know what exactly.  What I do know is that this year has been a character building year for me. Other than that, I have no idea what the future holds.  All I do know is that some things have to change.  The burdens must become lighter as I move toward the end of this year and into next.  My goal at this point is to hang in and hang on to see what God has in store.

Longchamp Le Pliage DIY

I am not one to spend a bunch of money on anything especially a purse. I have been eyeing the Longchamp Le Pliage French nylon bag for some time now. Because it seemed to be the perfect purse for me, I almost, just almost, spent over $100 for this bag. Luckily, I came to my senses, put the purse down, and decided to make one for myself. It’s not exactly like the original but close enough. The coolest thing is that I had all the supplies at home so essentially it cost me nothing. At the time the supplies were purchased, the materials probably cost less than $10. Ten dollars is much better than $125! Check on the pics below.

Longchamp Original

Longchamp Copy Side View 2

Longchamp Copy Straigh Shot

Crochet Sunflower DIY

Sunflower 2 Sunflower
With my mom now being in ICU for over a month, I really wanted to find a way to get something cheerful into her room especially now that she is starting to wake up a bit.  Unfortunately, there is a no flower and no plant rule in the ICU due to the possibility of spreading germs and aggravating allergies. (side note: apparently some hospitals are moving to this rule for all rooms)  I kept trying to come up with possibilities, then it hit me like a ton of bricks one day while trying to focus on something else – story of my life.  If she could not have a live flower, then I could make her a flower that would never die; perfect!

I’m thinking of making up a few of these and maybe bringing them to a nursing home that my church is involved with.  I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.  You cannot see if from these pics, but the “dirt” inside the flower pot is a crocheted circle as well.  Below are basic instructions to make one yourself.

Materials:
Brown and Yellow Yarn
Size “G” Crochet Hook
Green Pipe Cleaner
Small Flower Pot
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Pillow Stuffing

Instructions (all stitches are single crochet):

  1. Using the brown yarn, crochet a circle the same as you would to start a hat.  Make as large or small as you’d like.
  2. On the last row around use the yellow yarn.
  3. Once you’ve made a complete row around with the yellow yarn, start making the petals with decreasing sets for each petal. Once you’ve crocheted to the tip of the petal, single crochet down the side to get back to the base to begin the next petal.
  4. Crochet another circle using the brown yarn large enough to glue into the flower pot.
  5. Fill the flower pot 3/4 full of pillow stuffing.
  6. Glue the “dirt” circle into the pot.
  7. Twist three green pipe cleaners together and affix and glue to the flower and then feed through the middle hole in the “dirt” circle and feed the pipe cleaner out through the bottom hole in the flower pot and glue onto the bottom of the pot.