Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lady of Leisure - working with what I've got

With all the newfound time on my hands lately and no desire to bring another thing into this house,  I've been using what I've accumulated and sewing up a storm. 

I've been making pillow covers for all the inserts I already have. 
I wanted to bring in a little purple so I splurged a few months ago
and bought 1/2 yard of this soft stripe chenille.

It was $50 per yard, so I only used it on the front sides and used an ivory velvet remnant I already had for the backs.  I was able to make two big squares and the one little lumbar pillow. 
3 custom chenille/velvet pillows = $25

I also wanted to jump on the ikat bandwagon.  
I bought 2 yards of this fabric online @ $17 per yard.
I've made three pillows so far and I have more fabric. 
3 cutting edge ikat pillows = $30

I've had this stripe silk remnant for a few years. Finally put it to use by making a table skirt. 
I can't remember how much it was, I'm thinking all in it cost $12.

I think I paid $3 per yard for this fabric.

 I whipped up some curtain panels for the kitchen.

Two new curtain panels = $12

This last little stripe pillow (made with remnant piece) doesn't even really count 
because I don't think it's staying.

I was trying to "man up" Matt's chair, but he doesn't really want any pillow. 

I'm just kind of making up my patterns and plans as I go along.

Can you imagine what I could do if I actually knew how to sew?...

Next week I hope to show you my finished living room curtains w/ valances. 

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Ever since Oct 1

We've had a problem in Monkey Grass Hill.

I told Drew we would not be decorating for Halloween until October.

5:30 am October 1,  I was woken up by a VERY excited boy who was ready to decorate. 

since then we've had a spider infestation. 

He subscribes to the more is more decor philosophy

and he loves to give tours of his work. 

we've got a huge rat under glass

bare bones laying around in the kitchen

the bats are back and in just about every room of the house.

Now I'm counting the days till Nov 1.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fickeled Pink

Can you believe I've changed my mind?!

You might have already noticed that when it comes to decorating I can be a little fickle. Well now this little character flaw has sent me to the pink side in full force.  
And I'm okay with it -- for now :)

I just can't get enough of raspberry pink lately and I think it all started with this fabric I found on the remnant table!

Remember the green fabric I had nailed up as potential drapery fabric? I "lived" with it for a couple weeks. At different times of the day it looked good to me. But at others it felt off. I also kind of felt that I needed to make my bright and cheery room feel a little warmer as we head into the cold winter months.

So, I ordered 20 yards of the $6.50 per yard "raspberry blazer" fabric from my favorite online fabric source.  It has a nice weight, and soft linen look. Can't beat the price, especially if I'm going to be changing it in a few months (let's hope I don't). 

I had already used this fabric on the back side of my floral pillows, and yesterday I got to work reinventing the wheel process of making a valance.

It's been raining for weeks here, so I can't get a decently lit picture. Sorry it's so dark, hopefully when Better Homes and Gardens comes to do a layout the professional photographers will really be able to take some nice shots I can use on my blog :) 

 It's not quite right yet, but I feel like I'm headed in the right direction.  

In other pink exploits I've also been working on some jewelry for the fickle and fun girl (like myself)

(triple strand of pink jade with vintage deco style earring) 

(same necklace w/o the vintage piece)

(same necklace with the clasp showing) 

We fickle pink lovers like to have options!

And the way these pink nuggets dance around your neck is just plain fun.

So, which color curtain do you like better? Pink or Green?