Monday, January 31, 2011
This wreath was created from things lying around my home.
a wire hanger
a felt heart with a clothes pin on the back
a ribbon to hang up the wreath
1. I bent a hanger into the shape of a heart.
2. I then tied knots with fabric strips and ribbon.
3. I randomly added in felt hearts with small clothes pins on the back.
3. I then wrapped a ribbon around the middle of the wreath and hung it up using a thumbtack.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
1. First cut out a variety of sizes of ribbon and fabric.
2. Cut a length of a ribbon that will cover the area you wish to string across.
3. Then you just tie a knot with each fabric or ribbon as close or as far away as you wish.
A huge thank you to Veronicca at "the adventures of miss v" blog for the inspiration of a ribbon garland.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I dragged the dresser into my house (thanks to the 'towel' method perfected by my friend Kylah).
So the transformation has begun, but I still need to figure out a way to cover up the window in the corner. Any suggestions?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Well, I believe I have definitely gone in a different direction from boring, perhaps even travelled into the realm of “gaudy”. This lamp is what I affectionately call my “tu-ruf” (tutu-ruffle) lampshade.
I found the gorgeous lamp base for a few dollars at a thrift store.
Then I found a children’s tutu at a used clothing sale. I simply placed it over the lamp shade and then sewed a ruffle out of an old rose patterned bed sheet, and then glued the ruffle on with fabric glue. To top it off, I glued on a strip of lace to hide the top of the lampshade.
Voila! A slightly gaudy, yet whimsical lampshade in full shabby chic glory!
Final Touches to a Shabby Chic Paradise (very budget-friendly)
This fall I converted my bedroom from a harsh black and white design to my airy, shabby chic, Rachael Ashwell- inspired-paradise.
My father-in-law finally pulled himself away from his little granddaughters long enough install my chandelier (thanks to a super deal at Canadian Tire), and a curtain rod.
The duvet cover was a wonderful treasure discovered at “VV” for only $12.00! It is trimmed in lace and blends in wonderfully with my exquisite Ikea ruffle blanket. The bed curtain was another find at “VV” and the accessories were collected from rummage sales and thrift stores over the last few years. *the above picture was taken pre-tu-ruf lamp*
I made a fun fur lampshade!
I found this bunny in my garden and painted it white.
I discovered this when I was walking by a church that was being converted into lofts!
I had this shutter ‘lying around’ so I placed it in front of a boring corner!
These were my ballet shoes from my very short and uneventful dancing career as a 6 yr old. The fabric painting in the background is one of my creations.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Here are a few of the essential uses of the apron for me:
1. It holds the snotty Kleenexes when my monkeys have a runny nose.
2. It holds my phone, which is one of my lifelines now that I am a stay-at-home mummy.
3. It acts as a tea towel when it seems impossible to reach for a tea towel.
4. It hides what I like to reluctantly but affectionately call my "twin belly" from turning into a "muffin top".
5. It ties me to the countless other women throughout history who have struggled through the ups and downs of motherhood.
6. Most importantly, depending on the style, it makes me feel funky, frilly, functional or festive