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Fun Fabric Idea

January 30, 2008

Want to take fabric (or pretty paper) and give it a whole new purpose? How about applying it to the front of a dresser as shown here in 101 woonideeen magazine date November ’07? I’ve had this on my inspiration board for a few months, I’m dying to pick up a piece like this and experiment with some fabric and spray adhesive.

Fun Fabric Idea
I’d also like to try cutting out floral patterns from fabric, stitching the edges, and doing some furniture applique work… Maybe apply a floral cutout up the side of a cabinet in an entryway for instance. Imagine painting a dresser like the one shown above in red lacquer or teal and then up one side, apply a large floral motif cut from fabric? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Maybe only to me because I’m a little left of center sometimes, but I think it would look great.

I’d like to start collecting issues of 101 woonideeen but cannot find them in the states. It’s the best magazine ever, and I do mean ever. Even better than Livingetc and Elle Decoration because the things featured are so attainable, it’s packed with DIY projects that don’t involve Chex cereal boxes, pipe cleaners, or tin cans but really chic things that give you a chance to put on your pink toolbelt and have some fun. I wish we had a magazine just like it here – we really need something like this. Badly.

(image from 101 woonideeen.)






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Memories Contained {diy}

December 17, 2007

This is one of those projects that do not require instructions, you just need a jar and a photo. How’s that for simplicity and budget-friendly? Here I’ve used two jars, one vintage and one new, to 1) display my favorite photo and 2) for showing my quote of the month, usually torn from the pages of Real Simple or from a card, along these lines.

Memories Contained {diy}
I like the idea of a quote jar because I can add new ones as I please and have the vessel for also adding all of the movie tickets and fortune cookie messages that my husband and I have saved since our first date. I can’t take credit for the ‘jar as display’ idea though, I found it via Australian glossy Inside Out, given to me by one of their writers (thank you!). But I can take credit for the quote jar, that’s entirely my own but you are welcome to try it for yourself. :) Simple but cute.

Memories Contained {diy} This is my favorite photo from our family collection of vintage shots, although I never say vintage around my mom. :) This photo is from the 1950’s, of my mother (in the front) with her mom and sister behind her. This was snapped on their family farm where she grew up and I think everything about it is just too cute, especially the pom-pom ties on her coat and the little white socks. Even the car in the background. Sweet.

Memories Contained {diy} And I love seeing my grandmother this young and happy. Her name is Millie and she relocated to a New England farm in her late 20’s from Wicker Park Chicago. She was always so stylish, must be the city girl in her, I remember her wearing heels around the house, even to the grocery store. Heck, even now at 87 she still gets her hair done up and insists on wearing red lipstick and clip-on earrings. But you see, these little memories contained here in a simple jar mean little to you but so much much to me. Now it’s your turn to find a jar and place something inside that you love. Since I’m really tired of traditional picture frames crowded around on tables, this arrangement works for me. I hope you like it too.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






DIY

Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}

December 16, 2007

Snowflakes and oranges and pom-poms on branches… Oh wait. Not again, wrong lyrics! But can this idea be any sweeter? We owe Leah thanks for this one, the Bay area blogger behind More Ways to Waste Time sent in a little DIY tip because she noticed recently that I’m a big fan of using vintage doilies in new and exciting ways.

Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}
Of course I couldn’t resist posting it because this is such an easy way to pretty up your space for the winter season, something you can keep hanging around well into the new year. These photos were snapped recently at the Atomic Garden, a “green boutique” in the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, California (Atomic Garden store tour here). This is what you’d see if you walked by their pretty window. Drool. This display would certainly lure me in.

Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}
Thanks to Jamie and Erin over at Atomic Garden, because they were generous enough to send Leah complete instructions in case you’d like to try this at home. Click here for the complete recipe. :) Just don’t eat it, although it’s pretty enough to be tempted!

…These are a few of my favorite things!

(images from more ways to waste time)






DIY, Objects

Flowie {fabric + such}

December 13, 2007

I saw this fabric over at Flowie and had to blog it since so many emails arrive asking me for leads on quality fabric that is modern, inexpensive, and not “for the trade only”. Flowie is a collection of products ranging from napkins to bags (love the patterns, don’t you?), but there’s also a section on the site where a small collection of hand screen printed fabrics is offered that you can purchased for $29 USD per yard. Yippie!

Flowie {fabric + such}
Thank you so much Sarah for sending me this link, reader Sarah found this on d*s today and sent me over to check it out. Flowie appears to be a brand new shop, so support small biz and view her wares here.

Flowie {fabric + such}
TIP: I’d love to use Gerrie (yellow) in a simple way, cut into a square or rectangle, hem 3 sides, sew a rod pocket on the top, and slip it onto a lovely slim tree branch collected from outside and mount on the wall over your bed. I think it would look great for under $30, adding both pattern and something from the natural world to your sleeping space. I’m a bit of a nature freak, but if you’re not into tree branches, you can use wire or simple pins for a more relaxed look.

Thanks Sarah for the tip, and best wishes on your new shop Yaling!

(images from flowie)






Arts + Crafts, DIY

Little Tree {DIY}

December 13, 2007

Feelin’ crafty? I just discovered a free pattern download that Stephanie Barnes of Little Birds and 3191 fame so graciously put on her blog like forever ago. After finding it on Monday, I grabbed a few pieces of fabric and after a few snips here and some stitching there, this my friends is my 1st little soft tree.

Little Tree {DIY}
She’s a little imperfect, but still very cute. This is the easiest thing you’ll ever sew, so please give it a try. I made this while watching Project Runway last night (which by the way, this is such a great season, I totally see Christian, Rami, and Jillian in the final three).

Little Tree {DIY}
But back to the tree, after looking at it for awhile, I decided to give this softie a little personality with some black thread. So now the tree is a she and I’ve named her Clara. Download your pattern here, and when you finish your little baum, please post it in Stephaine’s flickr group called soft trees so we can all ooo and aaaah over it.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






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Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}

December 7, 2007

Here’s a little something to keep your candles cozy this weekend, to bring a bit of inexpensive warmth and glow to your home that looks slightly more original than the standard candle holders found in most stores.

Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}
I came up with this idea while looking at gift wrap in Target the other day. In the section where they have all of their new wrapping papers and bags, I found these knit wine holders for under $3 and had to have them. But not for giving away or even using for the intended purpose. The second I saw them I wanted to chop them in two and use them on my old jars – the ones I find at flea markets for $1 that no one wants. Then at Crate and Barrel, I came across this delicate silver leaf, I think it was $7. You can also use something to accent your jar from the outdoors, like acorns, or a tiny handmade doll or felt animal. I thought that together, these little items would make an elegant and simple display near the window overlooking the red barn that sits next door.

Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}Materials used: knit wine bag and a silver leaf to embellish a simple vintage jar.

The fun part about this little project is that it’s extremely easy and can be accomplished in less than 5 minutes once you have your little items laid out. You can use candle sticks or tea lights in your jar, it’s up to you. I was inspired by my trip to Stockholm in October and I wanted to recreate a little bit of that warmth and hygge feeling here in New Hampshire today, so this is what I came up with. (Thank you Emma for featuring one of these photos as your Flickr Friday collection today.)

Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}
Have a wonderful weekend, I’m wrapping up now as I have a Boston Globe party to attend tonight (celebrating the launch of Lola magazine) along with date night with my husband – dinner somewhere in the South End. See you Monday!

P.S. Popular LA-based artist Michelle Caplan is giving decor8 readers a 10% discount on commission pieces, the deadline for ordering these special one-of-a-kind works of art is December 11th, so place your order ASAP if you’re interested.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






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