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Stamped Throw Pillow

Stamped Throw Pillow

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Truly, it is a manifestation of a creative idea that swirled around my head, far too long. A few months ago, after five years of marinating the idea, I decided to throw (no pun intended) caution to the wind and design and manufacture art stamps that can be mixed and matched to achieve the user’s personal design aesthetic.

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First, I experimented on paper, deciding what color and which stamps to use.

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Then, I move on to the surface of choice, in this case, pre-washed black linen fabric. For this pillow and the design below, I used stamps from Flower Power. I stamped twice rotating the stamp ever so slightly, to achieve a multi-layered design using a Versacraft White stamp pad.

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For this next design, I used two different size circles from Full Circle Moments on white linen.

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I used Versacraft Sand and Memento Expresso Truffle stamp pads to get a varying tone on tone pattern. It’s fun experimenting with all the different colors available at Art Stamps and More.

However, for now, I’m just gushing over my throw pillow using the art stamps of my dreams.

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What do you think? I would love to know your thoughts and that you stopped by.

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In Time for Valentine’s Day

In Time for Valentine’s Day

The last few weeks I have been brainstorming a ways to create a Valentine’s Day display that would incorporate my lamp holiday tree that I refuse to put away. I got as far as constructing some burlap hearts.

I couldn’t find a way to display them that pleased me. I tried using lace and twine and concluded that I need a lot more of them in different sizes to perhaps cascade them from the tiers. Since time is at a premium these days, I nixed the tree and switched gears to a wall display instead.

I added burlap backs to the empty frames on the striped wall in my dining room and used double stick tape to temporarily adhere the hearts.

Initially I sewed the layers together, but a sharpie pen can be used to create faux stitching just as well.

I use strips of red burlap and slid it on a metal heart frame I had sitting around to create this luscious one.

I love the unraveling burlap texture.

Added a couple of embellishments pulled from a holiday wreath to some.


Shaped a vine into a Valentine wreath and placed it front and center along with some Love on the side.

And there you have it, an embellished wall that let’s you know Valentines Day is here!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Monday:

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Tuesday:

A Bowl Full of Lemons:One Project at a Time

Coastal Charm:Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Wednesday:

DIY by Design: Fall into Fall

Domestically Speaking:Power of Paint Party

Faded Charm:White Wednesday

Handy Man Crafty Woman:Wicked Awesome Wednesday

Primp:Primp Your Stuff Wednesday Link Party

Restore Interiors: Restored It Wednesday

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Thursday:

House of Hepworths: Hookin Up with HOH

No Minimalist Here:Open House Party

Saved by Suzy:House Party

The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday

Friday:

Finding Fabulous: Frugalicious Friday

French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday

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In Over My Head!

In Over My Head!

I have been MIA yet again. Totally overwhelmed preparing for the upcoming craft fair this Saturday. Since this is a first for me, I had no idea about the amount of hours required to produce sufficient inventory. I have been up to the wee hours of the mornings over the last three weeks and still don’t have as much as I had anticipated. Oh my goodness, everything I do seems to take twice as long as anticipated. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the things I will be selling.

I love how the footstool turned out. In the spirit of the reuse and upcycle craft fair them, I used a flannel shirt to cover it and make the pillow.

I have a thing for flannel shirts. It’s one of my favorite things to wear during the winter. I got these from the thrift store and pleased with the results.

That’s all I have for now. I sure hope I get a chance to take pics of the rest. For now, it’s back to work for me. I will be sure and let you know how it went. In the meantime, if you have any tips for me, please let me know because I am in over my head!

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Potholders, Potholders, Glorious Potholders!

Potholders, Potholders, Glorious Potholders!

I’ve been having had a difficult time finding potholders that work for me. They’re just too stiff. Either the fabric layers are too thick or the rubberized layer interferes with my gripability ability to get a good grip on hot pots. So I thought I would just make some for myself and decided to poke around for some inspiration first.

I love the vintage/retro appeal of this first design. I found it at Lark Crafts and is an exerted from the book, Stash Happy Patchwork. It’s amazing how a bunch of fabric scraps can look so lovely!

How about this two handed quilted design by Jessica over at A Little Gray.

She has a great tutorial if you would like to try one for yourself.

Or this easy design perfect for the novice sewer. It was featured on Design Sponge’s DIY Wednesdays.

I really like this next one because it offers layers of protection and an easy-to-sew quilted design.

Now my knitting skills are really limited but this cable knit potholder I found on Katy Elliot makes me want to change that. Isn’t it beautiful?

How do you feel about loops? You might remember this from summer camp or elementary school?

And this is the green version featured on re-nest is made from discarded tube socks (washed, of course:)

And just in case you don’t sew or knit, there’s always a crochet version.

And since the basket weave stitch creates extra thickness, I’m guessing that one layer square will provide ample protection. If not, layering 2 squares together should definitely work. Or how about a crochet and fabric combo. So many possibilities are running through my head.

DIY potholders are definitely in my future, now that I have my inspiration; I hope I have inspired you as well. And if you decide to make some, be sure and use cotton fabric and yarn and a heat resistant inside layer as synthetic fibers burn easily. Happy sewing, knitting, crocheting or looping, whichever way you decide to go to potholder heaven!

Fabric Row

Fabric Row

Last week Mr. DIY, No. 2 son and I spent a few days in Philadelphia visiting family and hitting some of the tourist and historical spots like The Mint, China Town, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. My sister-in-law and I have a thing for fabric so we ditched the husbands and kids went on a girls only field trip to Fabric Row, 4 blocks of fabric and trim eye candy. What a treat! It reminded me of my teen days when I would travel downtown Brooklyn, New York to purchase fabric to make my back-to-school wardrobe. Fabric, notions, trim and buttons housed in small storefronts along Bridge Street. Although those stores are long gone and are now a distant memory, it was fun to relive the experience at Fabric Row.

So, I was in heaven when I walked into this store.

With bolts and bolts of fabric

and buttons galore!

Zippers in every color and every size

and trims, so many, my oh my!

Just wanted to share a little piece of fabric heaven with you. But now it’s your turn. Where is your fabric heaven? I would sure like to know.

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Dining Room Chairs Redo-Again!

Dining Room Chairs Redo-Again!

These chairs have a long history with me. I have been working on them for quite some time now and they have remained unfinished longer than I care to admit.

First they sat in my garage stripped for at least 2+ years, then I couldn’t pick a color after I primed them (16 months ago), then I couldn’t decide on fabric so I decided to make my own fabric using art stamps (4 months ago). I covered all the seats and then decided to re-reupholster them using some fabric I had all along. I know, I know, ridiculously indecisive, I drive myself crazy! And though I attribute this indecisive madness to an overly creative mind, nonetheless, it hampers my productivity big time.

And even after all this creative drama, there’s more. I couldn’t find the right trim to finish the edges. Everything in my trim collection was either too narrow or insufficient yardage. I decided to make my own cording but I wasn’t able to manipulate it to form square corners. So I decided to buy some trim. I had no luck with that either. There are few stores and very limited selection in my area. So out of sheer frustration and desperation, I went back to making my own fabric trim. Here’s a closeup of how it turned out.

So 16 months ago they looked like this

and 4 months ago like this

And now they one of them look likes this

The other three are waiting for the their trim. But, I haven’t decided if I really like it or not. I like the seat but the back doesn’t WOW me. I’m thinking about experimenting some more; however, these dining room chairs have been sitting around way too long without a purpose. Funky Junk Interiors is hosting a slipcover theme party this Saturday so I might make a slip cover shrug for the top until I decide how to proceed. So please, let me know your thoughts. Can you relate? Any suggestions – 12 step program, creative rehab, trim store etc. would be greatly appreciated? I wasn’t kidding about needing help. It’s about time for this story to end, don’t you think?

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I Survived, How about you?

I Survived, How about you?

Halloween is over. Yeah!!! Just as I anticipated last Thursday, I pulled an all nighter (3 hours of sleep) to finish No. 2 son’s costume and baking for his class party. Thankfully, my friend, Sophia lent me a children’s sized magician’s hat I couldn’t find. Thanks Sophia! I baked chocolate chip cookies using a recipee, my friend, Vicki, gave me a loooooong time ago. It uses whole wheat flour (which I love since I’m a whole grain girl) and all the kids loved them. Thanks Vicki! Friday was his school party as well and I promised to bring cupcakes. After I dropped him off to school, I was dragging and I decided to call Mom for back up because I had visions of falling asleep with cupcakes burning in the oven. Thanks Mom!

Then I took a two hour power nap to refuel and get ready for the evening festivities. Trouble is, I didn’t turn off the ringer on the phone. The robo-election calling was ridiculous. Just as I had drifted off to sleep, the phone rang again and again. Don’t get me wrong, I take voting very seriously but when your answering machine has more candidate messages then friends and family, I find it invasive. Shouldn’t you be able to sit down to family dinner without the sound of the phone ringing repeatedly? Thank goodness for caller ID because these last few weeks would have been unbearable.

Since today is Election Day , the electioneering has come to an end and things are much more quieter at DIY Central! Yeah!!! Spoke too soon. Would you believe I just got another call and seconds later a a text “Remember to Vote”? Ughhhh! I feel like responding “been there, done that” but you know the saying, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I live by those words and repeat them in my head as I hold my toungue many a time. It helps me live a drama-free life. I won’t respond. Delete is a much better option.

Happy Election Day Night!

Ready for Halloween?

Ready for Halloween?

Aren’t these adorable? I found them in my favorite grocery store, Trader Joes.

I just thought the mini pumkins were so cute!

I threw away the cellophane wrapper without looking at the label. I have no idea what you call them. I would love to know.

As for Halloween, I am so not ready. Are you? I feel so bad because No. 2 son keeps asking about Halloween decorations. And I quickly do whatever I can to change the subject. Awful, I know. There will be no mother of the year award for me. The funny thing is I do have good intentions. In my head I have visions (no, not the delusional kind) of decorating and costume ideas.

But for some reason, the execution always seem to be postponed and as the day fast approaches, I can barely manage to finish his costume. I use to make entire costumes for both No.1 and No. 2 son, but the last couple of years, I have been embellishing and/or making accessories.

This year is real simple. A magician’s cape. Now you think, I would have had that completed by now. But NOOOOOOO! Actually, in my defense, I did start making it on Sunday but I made it a little too short so I decided to purchase some more fabric and make another one. And I went to several Halloween stores looking for a magician’s hat and have been unsuccessful. I found fedoras and mad hatter styles but no magician hats sized for children. Anyway, it all has to be done by Thursday because the Halloween parade and party at his school is on Friday. As I will probably be up late Thursday pulling it all together, I will promise myself that next year will be different. I actually try to convince myself that I will be prepared and ready. And then, I start laughing, thinking “just who do you think you’re kidding?”

Can you relate to this? I sure hope so. I will be mortified if this is only my story.

Project Runway Has Nothing on YOU!

Project Runway Has Nothing on YOU!

Can’t wait to see Project Runway tomorrow! Why? The remaining designers will be designing their own fabric which is near and dear to my heart.

Think this is just a TV thing? Guess again! You too can be your own fabric designer at budget friendly prices. Interested? Then check out Spoonflower, Fabric On Demand and Karma Kraft for their digital fabric printing services. Spoon Flower offers a choice of natural fibers, there is no minimum order and allows you to order a swatch or yard prior to placing a complete order. There are no minimums with Fabric on Demand, as well, and they include a color blanket (similar to paint chips) option that allows you to see the colors on the fabric of your choice ensuring your color expectations are met. Karma Kraft processes orders in 5-7 business days, pricing starts at $20 per square yard (as opposed to liner yard) allowing you to order the exact amount you need for your project and offers various methods of color accuracy including the use of the Sherwin Williams Color Guide. Another plus, just in case you don’t sew, they offer sewing services and can produce a finished home or fashion accessory product.

After searching on and offline and not being able to find just the right fabric for my dining room chairs that remained unfinished, I just might give this a try.In the meantime, check out the “on air” creative process of fabric designing during tomorrows episode.

Who is your favorite designer from this season – Mila, Maya, Emilio, Seth Aaron, Jay, Anthony or Jonathan? Who do you think will win?

It’s Always About Sewing

It’s Always About Sewing

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I am continuing to play with my camera and I just love this shot because it SCREAMS me! Why? Because sewing has been such a major part of my life. Just in case your are new to The DIY Spot, you can read about that here. Anyway, I purchased this Featherweight Singer machine for $25.00 at a local thrift store, well, only because I was drawn to its unique pale green color. Originally purchased on June 8, 1966 for $129.99 (the original receipt was still in the carrying case), it wasn’t running too well. I had it repaired, even though I have no intentions of really using it. Keep in mind, I already have the more popular black model, handed down to me from my mother. Like I said, I fell in love with the color and it made me smile, so I had to have it. If you’re a sewing geek enthusiast like me, you can learn all about these special machines at Singer-Featherweight.com.

Enjoy your weekend!