Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Floral Embroidered Table Runner

I like to pick up pre-printed embroidery designs when I see them at thrift stores and garage sales  - it's the easiest way to do embroidery  (you can see a pillowcase that I did here).  That's how this table runner started out (thrifted, 50 cents).  It's basically a fill in the blanks project, kind of like coloring only with a needle and thread.  Another great lounging on the couch at night project (like this one)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Easy Cabochon Earrings


floral cabochons - I painted mine with nail polish

earring bases, small metal tags


1.)  Glue cabs to earring bases using E6000.  Glue small metal tags to lower side of cabs.
2.)  Use headpins and eyepins to attach beads to bases.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pretty Pillowcases

Want something a little more fun than a standard white pillowcase?  These are easy to make and your head will be so happy to lay on something pretty.

In order to minimize raw edges, fraying, and tangled threads, I am using an existing pillowcase and foundation piecing fabric on top.
Here's how:

I started with one plain white pillowcase.  Unpick the seam and open up.

Cut a bunch of strips of fabric, 1 1/2 to 3 inches wide and at least as long as the width of  your pillowcase.

Pin your first strip of fabric along the seam, overlapping approximately  1/2 inch toward the main part of the pillowcase, right side down.

Flip fabric over to the back side and sew along the existing seam.

Flip back to the right side and iron seam open.

Lay a second strip of fabric along the raw edge of the first strip, right sides together.  Pin and sew.

Iron seam open.  
Continue in this manner until you have covered all of the remaining white area of fabric.

Note:  I don't worry too much about cutting them to the exact right length.  I trim the excess off when I'm done.

Once your pillowcase is covered with strips of fabric, trim excess fabric off of the end, from the last piece attached.

and from the edges

You should now have a piece that looks something like this.
Re-sew the existing seams (the ones that you picked apart in step 1).


Stuff with a pillow and enjoy!

See my inspiration for this project here.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eggless Cookie Dough

It is not good that this recipe now lives in my kitchen . . . not good at all.
Now I don't even have to pretend that I'm actually baking cookies.  I can just eat a huge tub of cookie dough.  Fabulous!

Image and recipe via Fun Foods On a Budget.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Patchwork Capris

one pair of capris, fabric scraps, needle and thread, done!

see my inspiration here

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Halloween Costume Ideas

1.)  Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's

or for the little ones  (via)

2.)  Mary Poppins

with Bert (via)

3.)  Richie and Margot Tenenbaum

I'm trying to convince my husband to do this with me this year.

4.)  If You're Good With Make-up



this completely creeps me out (via)

5.)  Frida Kahlo

6.)  Easy Couple Costume (for all the 80's kids)


7.)  This lady is just begging to be a Halloween costume this year

Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games

8.)  And Do You Think My Dog Would Let Me Do This To Him?

And how pissed off would he be if I did? (via)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Little Needlepoint Pillow

I like to have a project to work on in the evenings while my husband and I relax and catch up on our favorite shows (Game of Thrones being the latest).  It has to be something I can work on while vegging on the couch; something that doesn't require too much thought.  This was my latest - trying my hand at a little needlepoint.

I started with a scrap piece of fabric which I drew my grid on using a ruler and a pencil.
Then I used a satin stitch and needlepoint yarn to fill in the design.
This is great for beginners (like me).

When your design is finished, complete like any other pillow.

joining the menagerie on the couch

Friday, September 14, 2012


Cobalt might be my favorite color right now.  
(You can see my cobalt necklace re-do's here.)