Best of Summer Sewing with Cailamade!

CoupleJones3Today I am sharing my favorite summer pattern in a review on Cailamade! I was so excited to be asked to participate in Caila’s  “Best of Summer” series! It is the first time I’ve been able to join in on the fun in a series and the group of ladies who are featured last week and this week on Caila’s blog are amazingly talented, I am so honored to be a part of it all.

To see more of my favorite dress pattern and how I added my own personal touches to a (SERIOUSLY!!) SIMPLE pattern, click the “Best of Summer” widget below and head over to Cailamade!

As I was sewing, I was thinking about how many people tell me that they would love to learn to sew but don’t think they could ever do something like this. But you CAN! I promise. The best thing about sewing is that you can make a super easy piece look like something from Anthropologie just by adding your own little details here and there.

CoupleJones1So to give you a little more inspiration and encouragement to give sewing a try, I put together a short list of tips for beginning sewers:

  • Choose an easy pattern. The pattern that I used for the dress above is from Simplicity’s New Look 6205. It has simple lines which meant the skill level wasn’t very high at all. I simplified it even more for myself by changing the pleated skirt to a gathered skirt.
  • Don’t be fooled by the design on the pattern packaging. If you look at the packaging of the pattern I used (see HERE) it is vastly different from the look I created. When I look for a pattern, I only look at the lines of the piece. I fell in love with this dress because of the neckline – it looks so vintage to me.
  • Begin with solid fabric. When you are a beginning sewer, choose fabric without a print. A piece can go from simple to complicated very quickly if you are having to worry about matching up a print when seaming fabric pieces together. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started sewing pieces together, only to realize that on one side the flowers were pointed up and on the other side the flowers were pointed down. Arg.
  • Begin with cotton, or some other fabric that doesn’t have a lot of stretch and give. It’s way easier to sew a nice solid piece of fabric. I used a linen-look fabric for my dress. Once you get basics mastered, you can move onto more complicated fabric, but stay simple to begin with.
  • Ask questions of those nice, fabric store employees. I bought my Linen Look fabric from Joanns’ and before I had my fabric cut, I asked the employee what the laundry directions were for the fabric. Personally, I don’t buy fabric that can’t be washed in a machine for my kids. It’s not practical. You might be ok with handwash, either way you should know before you buy what the care requirements are for the fabric.
  • Wash your fabric BEFORE you cut and sew! Fabrics are made to look good on the shelves which means they can have starches and other things on them. Also, it’s better to let the fabric do most of it’s shrinking before you put it together as a clothing item. Another reason I washed my linen was that I wanted to Dip Dye the skirt of this dress with Rit Dye Powder (Evening Blue color also from Joanns’) and washing any starches out prior to dying made sure that the dye would go onto the fabric evenly
  • Read the WHOLE pattern before you do anything. There is so much information and it can look overwhelming but read it all before you cut and you will be glad you did! It’s not rocket science reading, just plug on through it and you will have a better plan of how to go about starting the project.
  • Own a Seam Ripper. This little guy will be your best friend! You can rip out a seam without damaging the fabric and start over! The BEST. Any of the ladies participating in “Best of Summer Sewing” will tell you they keep theirs close at hand!
  • Be adventurous. Give yourself time to finish a project. I can’t tell you how many times I go back and forth as I’m sewing a project. After one step, I’ll love it and be so excited and after the next step I’ll think – “ugh, this isn’t going to turn out at all”….just keep going! Give yourself time so that you don’t feel pressure but finish it! It’s totally worth not giving up :)

I hope you feel inspired to try sewing if you’ve never tried it before! The schedule for Caila’s series is below and every day has featured a review of a great pattern that you can try for yourself. Browse through the posts and you will find something you would love to try! These ladies are WONDERFUL resources for all levels of sewers!

BEST OF SUMMER SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, June 4: Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Wednesday, June 5: Designs By Sessa
Thursday, June 6: SewVery
Friday, June 7: Alida Makes
Monday, June 10: Skirt As Top
Tuesday, June 11: CoupleJones
Wednesday, June 12: Elegance and Elephants
Thursday, June 13: Imagine Gnats
Friday, June 14: iCandy
Monday, June 17: BoyOhBoyOhBoy
Tuesday, June 18: Straight Grain
Wednesday, June 19: A Jennuine Life
Thursday, June 20: CailaMade
Friday, June 21: Jojo And Eloise
If you are visiting from Cailamade, Hello!! Welcome! We are so happy to have you stop by :)
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Have a great day!

Winners!

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Hello!! Happy Saturday!

So here’s the deal – because we’re such a small blog, we didn’t get that many entries. SO I decided that I would just make everyone who commented before the deadline a winner ;) Because you all are SO sweet.

So would

Kelly Giaquinto

Michelle @ this little light

Lori – (maybe I’ll switch your prize option to our session since you don’t currently need an invite, how about?)

Abbie

BenandKatrina Carlen

Jenny Sullivan

Please comment on this post BEFORE April 20th with your contact email address and your choice of which template you’d like OR if you’d like the two prints instead.

Thank you guys again for participating…I love doing little fun things like this – hopefully we can help you out a little with some fun things!

Emily

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Giveaway!

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Hello! We’ve been so busy celebrating and recovering and enjoying Spring Break. I have been wanting to do a giveaway for a while and I finally was able to get my act together this afternoon during naptime. So here’s the deal! We just hit 100 Facebook fans!  And to celebrate 3 lucky followers will win their choice of 1 of 2 options from our CoupleJones projects.

Ready?

Option #1 : Do you have a party or event coming up? You will be able to chose from the four CoupleJones invite templates below. Email me your event information, I will insert your text and send you a printable invite file that you can take to your favorite printer and print as many 5×7 invitations as you need! The invitations below were originally set up for bridal or baby showers but they can be used for birthday parties or any event you would like. (Templates will remain as they are, text will be altered by me to include your event title, name, date, address, etc.)

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Option #2 : I will mail you 2 of our favorite CoupleJones prints, printed on high quality cardstock. One of which isn’t even available for purchase yet :) Lucky you!

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To ENTER :  Choose all or one of the following ways to follow us and then comment on this post you have, a separate comment for each way that you’ve followed CoupleJones. You can leave an additional comment if you share our contest link on Facebook.

Facebook

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Twitter

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A winner will be chosen by Random.org on Friday April, 5th so check back to see if you’ve won! Have a great week and don’t forget that if you’d like to help us raise money for Compassion International, you can download our Space Kid print for $8 and 100% of your money will be added to our donation total — See our original post explaining our goal HERE. Now back to my laundry piles!

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We’re celebrating today so I’m putting this print up in it’s full size so you can grab it for free if you like it :)

Should be able to just open the image, right click and “Save” ;)

Have a wonderful day!!

Encourage to Inspire, a collaboration with CailaMade!

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When I started blogging two months ago, I wrote to my college friend Caila to tell her that I had finally decided to follow her encouraging Instagram hints that I should share some of my projects online.

Caila also happens to be an amazing blogger (you should follow her! Cailamade! ) and so I shared my heart with her a bit too. I shared that if I write, it is very important to me that I write a clear picture of real life. I am NO Martha Stewart, not anywhere close. I have 3 crazy kids and more piles of laundry than I know what to do with. I think it’s so easy to create this glossy, perfect picture online of something that life never is. I am real in person, can’t lie to save my life, SUPER bad at being cool. I want to be that person here too.

And those things are extremely important to Caila too. My sweet friend is SO good at sharing her beautiful talents in a way that is encouraging and real. Her sewing skills are far above mine, but I always feel encouraged by her projects and the new things she tries. And I always walk away feeling inspired to try something of my own.

We talked about inspiration and how we want to encourage our readers, and how we hope that encouragement leads them to feel inspired to create in their own way. We want them to be encouraged by reading about an average girl who attempted a new project. The end result is never perfect (more so in my case than Caila’s, ha!) but that doesn’t matter one bit. The joy is in creating something unique to who you are. Whether that means sewing, painting, writing, hosting a girls’ night, etc. It is our thought that when you feel encouraged, you are more confident in who you were created to be and will be inspired to pursue your own unique goals and dreams.

Isn’t it so amazing that we have the power to encourage others?

To illustrate this idea, Caila and I chose one of each other’s posts that inspired a project we created in our own way.

I was extremely inspired by the beautiful clutches that Caila made over the holidays.

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She also worked with leather to make leather card holders.

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These posts got my head spinning with possibilities and made me want to try to make a clutch AND to work with leather – two things that I have never attempted before! I wouldn’t have had the confidence to give it a try if I wouldn’t have seen someone else take it on with great results.

This is the result! My Inspired by Caila Clutch :)

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I worked with printed burlap from Joann’s that I fell in love with. Not your standard fabric for a clutch but that’s how I roll.

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With this project, I finally had the motivation (read –> BRAVERY)  I needed to check out the leather factory in town. I learned a lot from my little adventure – 1. They don’t cut leather in yards like fabric, which means the piece I initially wanted to buy was WAAAY out of my price range. And I was NOT the cool kid in the shop when I asked about yardage – MY bad for being the newbie. :)  BUT! 2. After some hunting, and not so awesome customer service, I figured out that they had a “Discontinued” table where I found a great piece that matched my fabric for $10! Sweet!

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As a result of the encouragement I got from reading about Caila’s successes, now I feel comfortable in a leather store – oh yeah, not a rookie here anymore – Sweet. I also know more about the general layout of a purse/clutch and now the possibilities are ENDLESS. Woohoo! Thank you CAILA!

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Caila Made

Caila was inspired by our project to raise money for Compassion International with our Space Kid print. She created something AMAZING.

Read her post HERE to find out just how unintentionally identical our character ended up being to her sweet son, Hudson. You can also follow her on Cailamade, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and she is @cailamade in Instagram. She is such an encouraging person to be connected with, you will really benefit from following her on some or all of her social media connects!

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Caila’s blog is beautiful and she is such an uplifting person. As we were working on our projects, I was so blessed by connecting with Caila. We discovered, on accident, that we were both in need of some encouragement and finding out that someone else was feeling the same way I was helped my heart so much. We accidentally proved our own thesis. Everyone needs encouragement. Everyone needs to hear that they are doing a good job. That they are special. That they are just who they were created to be. And if we take just the little effort needed to remind those around us of those things – inspiration can be infectious.

Please read Caila’s incredible Encourage to Inspire post. We are hoping we inspire you today to be encouraged and to encourage others around you.

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If you are looking for a quick way to encourage today, please consider joining our efforts to help children trapped in poverty by purchasing our Space Kid print. 100% of money raised from this print will be donated to Compassion International. You can purchase it in our SHOP or use paypal to send $8 to our paypal address at zac.jones (at) yahoo.com, leave a comment that you did and include your email address and I will email you a jpg.

Thank you so much for spending some time here today! If you are inspired to start your own Encourage to Inspire project in your own life – leave a comment and tell me all about it! I’d love to hear from you!

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Falling for Friday and a PREVIEW!

Hello!! Today we are linking up with JustDawnelle and Kelly Westover for Falling for Friday!

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These are the things we are LOVING this week!! A His and Hers edition! :)

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1. Everything is Jake – We WILL be ordering that map at some point. It’s so perfect. —> Everything is Jake

2. The IT Crowd. Have you seen it? It’s awesome. —> The IT Crowd

3. Thomas Hammer Coffee is our FAVORITE local coffee, you can order from their website! —> Thomas Hammer Coffee

4. Oliver Jeffers is so inspiring. His children’s books are amazing works of art. —> Oliver Jeffers

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1. I love all of the prints that Everything is Jake designs, especially the Oahu prints!  —> Everything is Jake

2. Lulu and ChaCha has BEAUTIFUL hair clips and headbands for babies and big girls. AND she has one of the most innovative ways of mixing and matching them that I’ve seen…it’s SO great because it’s cost effective too! She just added a bunch of pretty new Spring snaps! —> LuLu and ChaCha

3 PS I Adore You has SERIOUSLY beautiful products at super good prices every single day – I  want to buy EVERY SINGLE ITEM. And they donate part of their proceeds to childhood cancer research. Love! —> PS I Adore You

4. 31 Bits supports women in third world countries who would not otherwise be able to work. Their jewelry is GORGEOUS! —> 31 Bits

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On Monday, we have an exciting collaboration with Cailamade to share!! This is my little sneak peak! I am SO excited to see what she comes up with. Caila has an AMAZING blog and I love everything she posts. I have known Caila since college and it’s been so exciting and inspiring to watch her start and grow Cailamade to what it is now. You guys have to check it out and follow if you haven’t already!

Caila is a veteran in this blog world and has been kind enough to let me bounce ideas off of her as I try to figure out my way. One thing we always seem to come back to is the idea that we want so much to be real in how we write. To encourage our readers and inspire them to take on new challenges…not exactly as we present them, but in their own way. We hope that our blogs will be uplifting! So this is a peak at our collaboration : encourage to inspire. Encourage others around you in whatever way you can so that they will be uplifted and inspired to move forward on their own goals and dreams!

This is going to be fun!

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Come back Monday to see what we have planned and stop by Caila’s blog today to see her exciting preview!!

A Spin on our Child’s Skirt Tutorial for Sewing BEGINNERS! :)

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We’ve gotten so much positive feedback from our readers about the Easy Skirt Tutorial I wrote last month, I thought I’d share a new variation of that same skirt.  This is the SAME skirt, the only difference is that I’ve sewn a contrasting band of fabric on to the bottom.

To start, you will need a yard of fabric ( I recommend starting with a simple cotton blend), a strip of contrasting fabric, elastic, thread, scissors, straight pins and a sewing machine.

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Trim your two pieces of fabric so that they are the same length. In this photo, the fold in both pieces of fabric is on the far left. I’m trimming the side opposite the fold. Do NOT trim the fold.

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Now, unfold both pieces of fabric and lay the trim piece on top of the skirt fabric. Pretty sides should be facing inwards so that they touch. Pin the tops of the fabric pieces together.

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Stitch along the pinned side of the fabric.

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Once you’ve sewn the two pieces of fabric together, unfold and lay flat so that the rough edge is up as shown in the first photo below. The fold flat against the fabric and sew down again. This will give the skirt a nice finished look  once it’s done.

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Measure the child and decide how long you would like the skirt to be.

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Add two inches for the folded waist band and a half inch for the hem – I wanted my daughter’s skirt to be 11 inches long so I cut my fabric to 14 inches so that I had enough extra to fold for the waistband and the hem. Make sure that when you are measuring, you pay attention to how wide your contrasting band will be – don’t cut it all off when you’re trimming, you might need to cut some from the top and bottom like I did here.

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Once you have measured and cut your strip of fabric, click HERE to follow the original Skirt Tutorial

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And this is what my final project looks like! Easy! And perfect for a kid who MUST WEAR A SKIRT EVERY DAY OR WE HAVE A MELTDOWN. And yes, she pretty much lives life in uppercase letters right now. Someday she will mellow out, right? Right?

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I also wanted to say that if you ever give these tutorials a try and have questions or get stuck, please feel free to ask questions in the comments or on our Facebook page or Twitter page.

My goal is to make sewing easy and approachable and I would LOVE to help!

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Annnnnd, my little photobomber – is it just me or is this straight out of Flashdance? “She’s a maniac, maaaniac on the floor…” Anyone?

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Our Valentine print as styled by Katie of My Darling Days

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Katie of My Darling Days is sharing how she found and framed one of our free Valentine’s Day prints on her blog today! We get so excited to see that something we’ve made makes someone’s day or home brighter – it made my day to see our print on her blog! Thanks so much for sharing Katie! Love it!

Pop over to her AWESOME blog today to see how she styled it!

PhotobucketOne of the free prints in our shop, see that bright red “Free Stuff” button to the right? Click it for more!CoupleJones.com Print

Vintage Dishes themed FREE Love Print

 

CoupleJones Love Print I LOVE vintage Pyrex and Fire King dishes. I have a little bit of a collection going.

I have a tutorial for a fun way to re-purpose them planned for next week and to go along with that tutorial, I made these two prints using my favorite patterns from my collection.

Our prints are SO easy – just click, download, print on your home printer or at your favorite place to print photos and share in your home or with a friend! Enjoy!

Happy FRIDAY!!

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Pretty (and FREE!) new prints

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We added some Love themed prints to our CoupleJones Print Shop today. Just in time to lovely up your home for the month of February!

(PS. They’re free! Cuz we LOVE free stuff and we know you do too.)

Our prints are SO easy…just click, download, print and SHARE!

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DIY Kindle Case

When I was in Elementary School and Jr High, we always had to cover our school books. Did you do that too? I LOVED it. I loved covering the boring design of my math books or history books with a more BEAUTIFUL design…my favorites were Lisa Frank and Mary Engelbert…did you love those too? Chances are, if you were a child of the late 80’s – early 90’s, you did. Who doesn’t love fluorescent unicorns?

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I think my past love of book covers is what prompted me to make my own case for the new Kindle Zac got me for Christmas. (AWESOME HUSBAND!!) I love my Kindle…it’s such a fun new toy! It plays music too – I’m in heaven. Books and music all at easy reach – did I mention cartoons for when I’m at the dr’s office with my three crazy talkative girls? Yes! Ok. So this awesomeness was floating around with no cover and instead of buying one that was pretty sterile and tech-y looking I decided to personalize it a bit. I started with some felt cut to a size that would wrap around the Kindle…I had every intention of getting this started real quick-like while my girls were watching a cartoon…sadly it was too close to that crazy hour we call dinnertime and the baby was NOT digging my decision. That’s her “fit stance”…sprawled on the floor, screaming.

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So while holding the baby and talking to my middlest about how dinner was ALMOST ready and how No, she could not have ANOTHER apple because dinner was ALMOST ready,  I trimmed the felt to the right size.

I decided to wait until we put the kids to bed to get this thing finished. Surprised? ;)

I used two vintage handkerchiefs I got at a garage sale this summer. I sewed them around the felt like you would a pillow case, back to back and leaving a small opening to flip the square inside out after seaming… (oh and I definitely used my seam ripper because I was going too quickly and sewed the thing the wrong direction). Then when they were right side out, I sewed around the outside again so that the square would stay crisp.

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I used a piece of paper over the lit up Kindle to trace the size of the screen so that I could cut a hole through the felt that would allow me to read while the Kindle was still in it’s case.  Don’t push very hard with your pencil- just barely line the screen, too much pressure could damage it I think.

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Then I cut a square out of felt that would hold the Kindle inside it’s case and used the traced and cut out square of paper to cut out the center of the square for reading. I sewed that square to the inside of the envelope. I forgot to document that process but it’s pretty straightforward.

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This is the finished project and I love it. My high tech toy, but still vintage and fun :) PS I’m trying SO hard to drink more water and keep my resolution going (read about that HERE)

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I snagged these handkerchiefs because I have family in both states and they are important places to me. I had some left over glitter ribbon from the Sparkle Skirt I made for my middlest girl’s birthday and some white trim left over from her quilt that I added just for fun.

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To keep the envelope closed, I hand stitched a button to one side and a long ribbon to the other side, when the envelope is closed you can wind the ribbon around the button and it stays closed perfectly. I LOVE avoiding working on things like snaps and buttonholes ;) The easier and quicker, the better!

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I love the way this turned out. It’s a little quirky but that makes sense. :) I know I could have gone out and bought a case, but this was more fun. And practically, the thick fabric will be a pretty good defense from all the fluids and sticky fingers flying around in my life right now…spilled drinks, etc.

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My attempts at action shots – real life is represented here. I had just gotten ready in real clothes (ie not sweats or pj bottoms) and we were almost walking out the door and the baby pushes through my legs but not without dragging her extremely runny nose across my pants. Corduroy is AWESOME for gathering snot…I didn’t know that. Now I do :)

I know this is a fairly nerdy DIY but I hope it inspires you to do something fun of your own, make something more personal to who you are :) emily

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New Year’s Sparkle Skirt

*UPDATE* Welcome to all of our friends from Craftgawker.com! There are a lot of you from all over the world and we are SO excited that you are stopping by! We’d love it if you followed us here and we also have a  Facebook page. Thanks for reading! :) em

It seems like glitter and sequins are everywhere this year…or maybe it’s just that after so many years of being surrounded by princesses and sparkles and glitter from our girls, I’ve finally succumbed to a love of glitter. I am most inspired by glitter that’s combined with a little bit of messiness and rawness. I like the juxtaposition of two different kinds of styles and textiles. I made this skirt for my middle girlie’s birthday this year and it ended up being perfect for Christmas and New Year’s as well.

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I used 2 yards of Tulle so the skirt has a LOT of bounce and fluff which she LOVES. Then I layered Taffeta and a sheer fabric with sparkles on it for the body of the skirt. I did a simple skirt, just sewed the ends to my fabrics together to make a circle and then stitched a fold in the top to pull elastic through. I got too into the project and didn’t take photos of my process but you can find all kind of easy skirt tutorials on Pinterest. The real awesomeness of this skirt is in the details.

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After I sewed the main body of the skirt, I added a layer of gold glitter fabric to the bottom, I cut it in a crown – like, wave shape so that it would be more of a gradual glittering and not a blocked chunk on the bottom. I left all of the edges of my sheer fabrics raw – I like the edginess it added to the super girlie feel of this skirt. It does string a little and I’m sure that if I was doing things the right way that there’s some kind of finishing something that I could use to keep them from stringing but I didn’t have a lot of time and it’s not too much of a problem for a skirt that is worn for fancy occasions only :)

I also added a strip of glitter ribbon to the bottom of the taffeta layer…I’m kind of addicted to this ribbon. I’ve made headbands for the girls, I’ve used it to design some custom invites for a friend, I’m still scheming on ways to use it because it’s gorgeous. I found it at Joann’s.

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She’s pretty happy with the skirt…

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jacket and hat from Gap, scarf from American Eagle, boots from Old Navy

Glitter just makes us happy.

DIY Twin Bed from Wood Pallets

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Our middle daughter just graduated to her big girl bed. She’s sleeping in it tonight for the first time and so far we haven’t heard a peep so I think she likes it! After looking around at cheap twin bed frames that were either boring or particle board or both, we decided to make our own out of wood pallets. I’ve seen a lot of projects like this floating around the internet but the one that inspired me the most was the pallet bed that Ashley from Under the Sycamore made a few years ago. It’s beautiful —> http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/06/29/diy-pallet-reading-bed-for-the-nursery/

So the first task to tackle for us was to FIND pallets. I really hoped we could find some pallets made with bare wood that hadn’t been treated with any chemicals. We also wanted sturdy pallets that hadn’t been beaten up by whatever they had been created to carry. So we went on a hunt to Home Depot. I love Home Depot. But this was not something that our local Home Depot guys had ever heard of. We got several looks of disbelief and had to talk to several different associates before we were able to communicate that yes, we did want to buy a pallet. Yes, we know what a pallet is. No, we don’t want to rent it…we want to own it…for, like, forever. Apparently, it’s not standard procedure to sell pallets at Home Depot. So make sure you talk to your friendly sales associates before you head out on your search. I think they sold them to us just because they were tired of talking to us about them. We got each pallet for $15. You never know if you don’t ask, right? ;)

We brought them home and laid them side by side. We decided to cut the extra lengths of the support boards off on what would be the bottom of the bed so that they were flush with the studs.

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Then we attached our studs. We used 2x4s. One attached to each side of the pallets so that there were two studs extending the length of the bed. We also put one down the center so that the bed is really solid – we’re assuming that at some point our toddler will jump on her bed. :)

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After the studs were on, we were able to flip the bed upright. We looked at several different options to use for legs on the bed but I really liked the unique look that Ashley’s bed had with the wheels she used. We were REALLY glad we used the wheels this afternoon when we moved this sucker from the garage to the house. It’s a sturdy, heavy thing and it was pretty awesome to be able to roll it halfway there!

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I thought about leaving the bed raw but I thought it would be fun to use some stain we already had…I’m kind of in love with the way it brought out the wood grain along with the labels on the pallet.

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I ended up putting two coats of stain on because the first coat was a little uneven in spots …I’m a novice wood stainer ;) But the finished look still has plenty of the wood grain showing through.

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We let the stain dry for a day or so – I think you’re supposed to let it dry for 24 hours but we’ve got a lot going on so it was a few days before we added the polyurethane coat on. I wanted to seal the stain but not have the bed be super shiny so we used a satin finish and I just brushed on a very thin coat.

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Below is when the Polyurethane is still drying – it didn’t end up quite as shiny as this but it brought out the wood grain even more and just made it look rich.

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I love the final product. It adds a little roughness and country to her girlie girl room and that’s perfect for who she is. She’s a spunky kid.  *Please* ignore my threads that need to be cut – details like those often go unnoticed when you’ve got holiday preparations in full swing along with 3 small kids bopping around.

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To finish the big girl bed, I made her a quilt based on one I’ve seen around Pinterest but I wasn’t able to find again. It was VERY easy because it doesn’t require a pattern, just horizontal strips of fabric. I added some scrap flowers to a seam I didn’t like looking at on one of the bigger prints. And the word “love” with some spare ric rac I had in my scraps box. Have you seen the Oh Deer! fabric line from Moda? I LOVE it. Love love it. I got all of my fabric (there’s some gorgeous prints from Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill collection in there too!) from FatQuarterShop.com. I love getting fabric from their site because I don’t have to take the girls into a store and browse – that’s STRESSFUL! :) Plus Fat Quarter Shop has SUCH an amazing selection.

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 I scalloped the edges of the quilt because I knew we would only have a mattress on the bed (without a box spring) and I thought it would be cute. Those scallops were kind of a pain…I’m sure there’s a better, more “correct” way to sew them, but I had one day to get the thing finished in between all our Christmas prep so I did what worked…I probably wouldn’t do it again, except it IS pretty cute. And I love details that make my things a little unusual and unique.

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The two pallets together ended up being about 8 inches longer than a standard twin mattress. We like that extra wood at the end because she can use it as a little step up to her bed…if you were making your own pallet bed, you could always saw off that extra space or buy an extra long twin mattress if it bugged you :)

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I love the way this turned out!  I also love that we tackled making our own furniture together. It was a fun adventure that didn’t cost a ton of money… the bed itself only cost us $46 (the total cost of the pallets and the wheels) because we used stain and polyurethane we already had in our garage. It always pays to look around the garage and house before you start a project to see what you already have. I am constantly using scraps from my fabric stash or paint we already have purchased for other projects and it helps keep our costs low.

I hope you try this project for yourself! These would be great guest beds or could be altered a bit for outdoor furniture too! If we can do it – you can too!

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(Print above bed is from Vol25 on Etsy)

 

Our newest DIY is almost ready to share!!

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I’m so excited about how this project has turned out! I can’t wait to share it. Just need to find some sunlight to photograph it and move it into place! Yay!

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