Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Old Door Love

Just wanted to make a quick post of this adorable door.  It was saved from a beautiful old farmhouse that was built in the 1800's.  It was being destroyed and a friend of mine just happened to get there in time to rescue a few of the doors.  When he found out that I was in love with old doors and would actually use them, he generously gave them to me.  You should have seen my happy dance. 

I installed 3 of these beautiful heavy wood doors in my farmhouse.   This little beauty is only 5 ft. high but I was determined to find a place for it.  It had been painted white many moons ago and as I was cleaning the grime away, the paint started to go with it.  Only a little of the white remains but I consider everything about this door a work of art.  Zoom in to check out the door knob.  It's an old wooden thread spool.  In order to maintain as much of the original appearance of this door as possible, I put a clear wax over the wood.  I'll feature my other doors at a later date. 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We are so happy with our amazing DIY Island

DIY Island 

The reason I changed my website to a blog was to allow me to share our experiences since moving to a smaller home, moving to the country, and striving to live a simple life!  We have had so many adventures over the years.  My husband and I will dream up an idea and no matter how inexperienced we are, we will give it a try.  We usually come up with an idea and when we ask a true craftsmen to do the work, they don't see our vision.  So the end result is to just do it ourselves. I feel like we are always in project mode.  Just can't turn off the ideas!  This may be our best idea, that didn't go at all as planned. 

Here's how this story began. 

When we sold our previous home, we had many items that were not going to fit or work well in our new smaller farmhouse.  However, my heart and soul had gone into making many of these pieces of junk into treasures.  One of my favorite pieces was a sideboard that I had in my dinning room.  This piece I picked up years ago for next to nothing.  I had stripped what little finish was still on the wood and the refinished piece was one of my favorite finds.  So I told my husband that I was going to save this item and maybe use it somehow in the island of our new home.   So we stored it away and began construction.  The top one is the original.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dare to be different - One of a kind style

I have been so caught up with my new house, that I've failed to post anything about my clothing designs.  I get really excited when a plan comes together and today's plan is finished.  I love layers and feel more comfortable spending my money on items that I can wear multiple ways.  So with that in mind, here is my latest creation.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Save money by making a DIY throw

Last week I decided to browse a few websites to see what was trending in fashion and home décor.  I ran across a really lovely throw from anthropologie that would be perfect for my bedroom.  The price tag ($98.00) was more than I wanted to pay so I wondered if I could make one myself.  I came up with a plan and here is the finished throw. 
I love how it matches my décor perfectly. Here's how I accomplished making this lovely throw for less than $15.00.   I purchased a drop cloth from Walmart paint department then washed and dried.  The result was a very soft fabric.  I then cut to size (50x70) and hemmed the raw edges with a top stitch on my sewing machine.  I then went to my trusty Silhouette Cameo and created two different stencils and proceeded to cut the stencils on a reusable stencil material.  I had three colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that would work great for my bedroom décor. (note: I'm not including the cost of the paint as I already had the paint left over from previous projects and it only took a tiny amount of each to stencil the whole project)   I started by stenciling the long edges of the throw and then began in the middle, working out in both directions to fill in the pattern.  I tried to keep the lines straight by measuring between each stencil as I went across.  Once I was finished with the stenciling and it was dry, I added handmade pompoms to the short edges.  I used grey yarn that I had purchased for a previous project.  The yarn was purchased from Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon so I paid approx. $3.00 for the yarn.  I used a bangle bracelet to wrap the yarn to create the pompoms.  Then I used a heavy duty thread to hand stitch them to the throw. 
Here is the $98.00 throw.  The colors are beautiful, but the more muted shade works better in my room. 
Here is my handmade throw on my bed.