Monday, August 31, 2009

Just a few tidbits...

Here are a few things that I've sewn recently for Jess and Jolene and their upcoming cutie pies:






And here's the highlight of my weekend:



Eileen's "great" grandmother's buttons. Eileen gave me these for my birthday (yes, my bday was back in July, but we celebrated Saturday).
I cried, she cried. Things like this are so meaningful to me. They tell a story and it's almost like I can tell a new story when I use them on different things that I sew. Thanks again Eileen, they are such a treasure to me, you are such a treasure to me :).

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quick sewing project



I bought THIS tank top last week with the intentions of adding a ruffle or flowers of some sort. I've been itching to sew it ever since. So, last night we got home around 8 and I cut and hand sewed flowers while we watched a funny movie (Wild Hogs to be exact). I finished the flowers in two hours (which is an accomplishment for me) and sewed them on this morning before work. I actually made five flowers total, but when I pinned on all five they laid awkward down the front, so I applied my "less is more" theory and went with three. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and I'm REALLY happy that I used a flannel shirt that we found at "The Rummage" back in February (a store went out of business and we grabbed all the nice stuff that had been put on the curb). So total cost for this shirt, $5. Compared to THIS one at $58 (rough comparison I agree, but similarly embellished).

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Days 8-9-10: On board ship + Juneau + Skagway

I'm wwaayy too overwhelmed by the number of pictures (over 1,000) from the second part of the trip, (and I procrastinate the things that overwhelm me), so here it is....three more days now and the rest soon (rather than later).

DAY 8---ON BOARD

The boy's on vacation folks



And this is why we got a balcony....hubby+robe+camera=happy



Isn't this an amazing view?!





DAY 9---JUNEAU, ALASKA

This scarf didn't leave my neck all day long



Glacier Raft Ride




Such a beautiful (& chilly) place




DAY 10---Skagway, Alaska

Aboard the White Pass Train



The other thing I stared at most of the vacation



See....



Outside the train (yes, it was moving)



And here are some of the pics Stephen took






We ate at the local brewery and stole a sharpie



Isn't he cute?!




I know, it's a little pathetic (but we just love that place)



They're actually really small (we had a lil taste all of several of their brews)




Bye bye Skagway

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wine Bottles


Okay, I'm not in hiding, but don't have time just yet to post pics of the second part of our vacation (and nothing exciting happened this weekend:). So...I'm just going to continue to share cool things/blogs I'm finding online. Like THIS post about how to make a "wine bottle torch". I've been saving wine bottles for a while now (all green, no blue) and I've considered making a chandelier, something in between the looks of these two:

Found on Flickr


Pottery Barn


I've actually seen a cool chandelier like the top one (except with no labels on the bottles) at a local french restaurant here in Dallas:



I've been saving bottles ever since. And now, maybe I'll start taking a collection of pretty blue (Riesling?) bottles. Not sure if the torch would be as eye catching in green? Have you ever seen or done anything creative or fun with wine bottles? Do tell....

Friday, August 14, 2009

Knack


I read THIS article today about the owner of Knack Studios. It was a neat article to read, they did a very brief tour of her home and her philosophy. I love following her blog because I share in her love of renovating old things (one of my main inspirations for renovating my filing cabinet). Thought you might think she's cool too. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chic Recliner


I helped my friend Debra in her hunt for a "cute" recliner today.
I searched online and she searched on foot and crazy enough, at the end of the day, we came up with the exact same WINNER! It must be a sign ;).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Filing Cabinet, stage 1

Let me open by saying that stripping wood of it's previous stain is not for the faint hearted (or the impatient, like moi). Not at all. My original plan was to strip, stain, and finish this bad boy on my day off yesterday. Phhfftt cha right. At 8:30pm I was still finishing the last of the stripping phase. Here it went:

Apply stripping solvent (recommended by Home Depot man, who had never stripped wood before. First mistake.):




No change. Scrape scrape scrape. Repeat five times. Scrape scrape scrape scrape. Four hours later, go back to Home Depot with half used can of stripping solvent. Exchange for a new can, this one recommended by a furniture staining guru. (First success.) Vuahlah, it's coming off:



And still coming.....



Now to release the last bit of the stain, in the cracks and such, I steel wooled this baby (props again to guru man):



Break for a quick dinner.

Now wash it all down with a combo of TSP and a little bit of laundry detergent (guru man saved me $4 and 1/2 hour time here). (Notice, it's night time now):




Stage one down, only three more to go. (And I must confess, waking up to this bare cabinet made me feel slightly man-cool, you know like my muscles are big and stuff):

Friday, August 7, 2009

Lately Inspirations

In terms of color....

Anthro always manages to inspire me. I love what they did HERE with this dress:

(c) Anthropologie


Sometimes if you put the right colors together, things that might otherwise not go together seem to just "work". Which is why this dress is perfected by these shoes:

(c) Anthropologie

As seen in on page 22 of the AUG 09 catalog.

And what would a blurb on color be from me without some pastels? LOVE this shirt

(c) Anthropologie





In terms of sewing....

I was SO inspired by my sewing blogger friend (hero), Allyson Hill, in her recent post. She turned this shirt:
(c) Allyson Hill


Into this:
(c) Allyson Hill


And this:
(c) Allyson Hill


(Yes, I know what you're thinking...."she's genius". Yeah, I agree.)




In terms of HOW I'LL SPEND MY MONDAY OFF (Yes, my boss just surprised me & gave me Monday off. NICE!)....

(c) Knack


(c) Knack


I have that wooden filing cabinet begging to be transformed into something pretty. But it will take a full days work (removing stain, sanding, staining again, etc) so Monday will hopefully be perfect for that :).

And if I finish faster than expected, Amanda Johnson (a blog I stumbled upon today) has inspired me to go a thrift store or two. And find something to transform (like Alyson did:).




And finally, on a deeper note
In terms of God....

While in Seattle, Stephen and I met a little boy in the pool who had leukemia and he was on the way to his "make a wish" trip. He had sores on his lips and all of the way down his throat. We were able to hear his story from his dad and pray with them. But as soon as they left the pool, Stephen & I both cried a lot. And thirty minutes later I was praying in our room, still through many tears, and this is the scripture God led me to:

"The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart." -Psalm 34:18

That one encounter is still inspiring me to trust God today. When we suffer God is close to us, He's not removed.


And I've been rockin out to this song in my car lately:

video

Have a good weekend! Stay kewl (it's going to be 100* here tomorrow).