Monday, September 30, 2013

How to make a fabric pendant banner

Hey guys it's Jodi. I thought today I'd show you how to make some adorable double sided pendant banners out of fabric.

I chose 8 coordinating fall colored fabrics so it would work for Halloween and Thanksgiving. I did 2 green, 2 brown, 2 mustard and 2 orange. You'll also need to buy some binding.





The pennants are 7 inches wide and 9 inches long. I am doing 8 pendants on mine but you could do more or less depending on the size you want. I start by cutting my fabric into 9 inch strips. Then I cut them 7 inches across. Next you will want to use a ruler and put in on the top corner and then down to the bottom middle (which is 3.5 inches) and cut, then do the same to the other side.


Take 2 pieces of the same fabric pendant stick them wrong sides together and sew down the sides using a straight stitch. Do this to all of them.

After sewing all your pendants choose which order you want them to be in. Then stack them in that order to make it easy.



 Take your binding strip and measure down 10 inches. Stick in your first pendant and zig zag stitch until there is a 1/2 inch left and then stick in your next pennant right next to it. Do the same to all 8. Cut the rest of the binding leaving 10 inches on that side too. 

Super cute and easy and perfect for decorating with or photo shoots would be super cute with it too! 

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Make a Princess Skirt for your Cake {Tutorial}

 
Hey all! It’s Kristin D. here from Navy Bean Lane!
Today I wanted to share with you a fun cake that I made for my little girls birthday! The best thing about this cake is that it’s super quick and easy and can be customized to go with your party!
 
 
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First, you will need a cake stand. Any old cake stand will do since it will be covered with tulle (and the cake). I wanted my cake to sit up a bit higher than it would by itself so I simply found a bowl and turned it upside down. Then I took the cake stand and taped it onto the bowl with clear packing tape.
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Then it’s time to attach the tulle. I used four different colors of tulle; a light and dark pink and a light and dark creamy yellow (1/2 yard of each color), so a total of 2 yards of tulle. If you want the skirt to be fuller, simply add more tulle!
Cut your tulle into about 10 inch wide strips. The length of your piece will depend on how tall your cake stand is. Just make sure it’s long enough to hang down and hide the cake stand. My initial length before folding it over was 19 inches.
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Then, fold the top of your piece over but not quite in half. I folded about 1/3 of the way down. You want to make another layer of tulle without having to cut another piece. Make sense?
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Then you will gather the top together with you fingers. You want your sections to be bunched together at the top … this will create the “skirt look”. If you skip this step it will just look like flat pieces of tulle hanging from your cake. No bueno!
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Once you have a section gathered, you simply tape it to the top edge of your cake stand. Then start over with a new piece of tulle and keep going around the cake stand until it is full. Make sure to slightly overlap each piece to keep your skirt nice and full!
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This is what the top of your cake stand will look like once you have finished taping all the tulle on. (FYI – I used strong packing tape to be sure that curious little fingers didn’t pull the skirt off while oohing and aahhing!)
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Once all the tulle is taped on and secure your skirt is done! Instead of putting the cake directly on the tape and tulle, I placed a round cardboard cake plate down and then the cake on top. You can find pre cut round cake boards at Wal–mart or JoAnn’s or most party stores. Or you can do like I did and cut one out of a piece of cardboard.
After frosting the cake I finished it off with a crown a few wand candles! This is for sure up there as one of my all time favorite cakes! So cute and easy!!
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I thinks it’s safe to say that it was a hit with the princess! You can’t beat that smile!
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Now, go get your cake on!
Kristin














Thursday, September 26, 2013

How do you know for sure?

I don't know about you but I have commitment-phobia when it comes to picking a color to paint a piece.  My thought race, "what if it makes the piece look too big/small?  What if people think my taste is all in my mouth?  What if the piece just looks wrong?  What if, what if, what if . . .?

I didn't have this much trouble committing to marrying for the first time at the age of 48!

I envy and admire those furniture whisperers who press resolutely forward, color in mind and end up with a work and a glory.

Is bold better?


Subtle sweeter?


Pale prettier?

I finally have a method that works for me.  I let the piece tell me what color it wants to be.  I know that sounds like hoo doo, voo doo stuff but it works for me.  I look at it, spend time with it and walk away and revisit it until I know the answer and I am a more relaxed Reclaim-ologist!

Miriam

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top 5 Renovation Tools

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Hi, this is Debbi from Tattered Butterfly.  I have found some useful tools to help us through our renovation of home due to water damage.  Every room needs to be redone.  Two bathrooms and one kitchen need complete renovations while most of the other rooms need paint, flooring, and base boards redone.

It's overwhelming to think about the whole picture.  So much to do and so many decisions to make.  My husband has always had the motto "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.".  I am using this on a daily basis!  Some days I feel like I'm losing my marbles one marble at time! Below are tools to that have helped me.

Tip #1  Use your cell phone.

Take pictures of the area you are renovating.  Take pictures of colors, fabrics, faucets, tile, flooring, etc.  This way you can keep track of what you like and what store you found it in.  Another thing is you can later search on-line to see if you can buy it for less.  Texting pictures to my husband pictures has been so helpful.  It keeps him in the loop and relieves stress for both of us! 




Tip #2 Use On-line Tools.
Example:  Lowe's has a "My Lowe's Account".  Sign up is free.  You can search for an item let's say bathtubs.  You can put in the size and all the ones in that size.  We had an unusual dimension for our tub so this really helped.  Then I would add the ones I liked to my lists so all I had to do was go to my list for the one I chose.   The other thing with My Lowe's account is when ever you make a purchase it is scanned and then sent to your account.  If you chosen a paint color say Azure Blue you can find that in your on-line account or they can search for it on-line in the store.   


Tip #3  Get Samples of Items.

Get samples of tile, flooring, and paint colors.  You can purchase a few pieces of tile, a box of laminate flooring, and paint.  We loved a flooring at Lowe's we got a 3x3 square of flooring and took it home and thought it was perfect.  I had the thought to buy one box of flooring and take it home and put it together.  Boy, I'm glad we did this!  Tim put it together and it was not what we wanted.  It was blah and it was cheap flooring.  It was only 8mm and you could tell after putting it together.  We saved huge amount of money, time, and heartache!  Make sure you bring all the pieces back to the store.  If you don't you will not be able to return it. 

Get paint samples not the ones on cards but actual small paint containers.  I bought over 6 paint colors and tried them on the walls.  I did big patches and applied them to different areas of the room.  You need to do this because light bounces off walls differently which in turn can have slightly different color on the walls. Also be wise in choosing what sheen your going to use.  I've chosen a semi-gloss because it is washable and it bounces light around the room.  I've also chosen light colors which having a 11 year son who leaves fingerprints every where so I choose semi-gloss paint.  I've used satin and eggshell and they are awful to clean and very dull looking.  


Tip #4  Go to the source of expertise.

Last week I went to Standard Plumbing Supply.  Recommended by our contractor (Red Leaf Design).  I walked in and there were women customer service reps.  The construction field is still a mans world.  It was so refreshing to talk to a woman.  Elaine understood my concerns and resolved them quickly.  She was educated about the exact size tub I needed.  She recommend some optional items.  We have a very limited space to work with.  She told me about under mounting the tile on the drop in bath tub which will save space.  She then recommend a tile flange around the tub which will help in with any potential water damage and will help the water to flow in to the tub when using the shower.  I was able to sit in the tub I bought which made me know I was making the right choice. Sometimes you need to see it in person to touch, feel, and sit in.  On-line could have not answered these concerns.  Standard Plumbing had the tub in stock.  Other places in town and on-line would take 4-6 weeks because it was special order.  I saved time and money by buying locally. By having great customer service I want to go back and pick out other finishes I will need in the future.  Elaine was friendly, funny, and helpful.

Tip #5  Use On-Line Reviews.

I've used Lowe's,and Build Direct to help me make decisions especially on large purchases like flooring. Lowe's didn't have a great reviews on the Antique Hickory flooring.

I came across Build Direct through an on-line search.  I reviewed what people said about the company.  Mostly positive.  I then ordered free laminate flooring samples which they over nighted to me.  These samples were large.  Unlike the ones I got at a local hardware store.  I was able to choose my flooring a 12 mm thickness instead of 8 mm because that was in my budget.  It has a much richer look.  By other people review products and services helped not what to buy.


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 Lowe's Antique Hickory Flooring 8 mm, $1.79 per square foot


 Provence French Grey 12 mm, $1.79 per square foot.  Regularly $12 a square foot.

I ordered it on Wednesday and it will be here by Tuesday.  Sometimes taking the time to search on-line can save you a lot of money.  The 12 mm flooring at Lowe's started at $3.49 a square foot which was way over budget for us. I'm head over heals in love with French flooring.  Our contract really liked the quality we were getting. There are deals to be had on-line but buy beware.  Can you return the item?  Do they pay for the return shipping?  What are the restrictions?

You may never be renovating an entire home but even if your renovating one room these tools can help you get things done in a timely manner with the plus of saving time and money buy using these tools.

Renovating comes with it own headaches but it has been a fun process to pick and choose the feel of our new home.  I'm trying to create an airy, calming, atmosphere in our home.  I'm calling it my French, Farm, and Beach inspired home.  Let me break it down.  French because I love the warm tones and curvy details.  The Farm because I love white and memories of my grandparents home as a child.  The Beach I grew up going to the Oregon coast often while growing up in Portland.  It's were we honeymooned 22 years ago.  I love the wind in my hair, the sound crashing of waves, and the sand under my feet.  I want our home to reflect the things we love.



Debbi
 Be Your Own Kind  of Beautiful

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not your Grandpa’s Clock

Hey, it’s Kortnie with Ioka lane Boutique. I’ve been pretty excited about this clock since I got it. Who wouldn’t?

We’ve been in our house for a year now and word has spread that I hoard furniture, collect junk, dumpster dive(there might be a picture on FB of that) paint furniture. My neighbor, Sommer sent me this picture and asked if I wanted it. FOR FREEEEEEEE!

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Um……YES!! I want it! The pendulum was missing and her whole midsection kind of swayed but it was nothing I was too discouraged by. Sommer said “I’m done with it, so I figured I’d bring it to you to work your magic on it” HA!

I looked all over for pendulums but finally decided I didn’t even want one. I was just going to add shelves and put some fun trinkets behind it. I used my kreg jig and scraps from my scrap pile to put the shelves in.

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After they were screwed in, I sanded it and calked around the edges.

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Once the shelves were in, I had to fix the sway but that was done by attaching the back panel to the shelves with a couple screws, the hardest part was really just figuring out why it was swaying.

Next up, paint! (That’s the magic!!)

I used Notre Dame (a sample I already had in my paint cabinet) by Valspar but used a recipe for homemade chalk paint. It covered like a dream but It left it pretty gritty. I sanded it smooth with a 400 grit sandpaper. After that I took my sander with 220 grit to a couple places I wanted wood to show through.  Then I glazed it with white glaze.

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For being FREE, what do you think?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fallow Field Farm for Friends and Fun!


Hi all, its Paula, the flea.o.logist once more.  I just want to share some fun I had this past weekend. Last Saturday, I hope you went, was the Fallow Field Farm market....

There were five different Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks there selling, as well as additional ROCC sightings.



There were lots of amazing items for sale, along with some of the most charming displays you will ever see.






I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the event ... as a reminder of a special day if you attended, or as boost to remember to make time to go next year ... its always held in September and it attracts some of the most talented venders in the state!
















... and I thought that this chair was the absolutely most charming item at the whole event ...
But if you missed out on the fun at Fallow Field Farm ... don't worry, an even more amazing event is coming next month with our own ROCC event at the Fall Boutique on October 25th  and 26th at the old Food 4 Less building in Spanish Fork ... We open at 10:00 A.M., don't miss it!

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