Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Wow's

Don't know about you , but I was so inspired by furniture transformations this week. I wanted you to see why in this weeks wow's.
This is simply awesome. This beyond creative piece was done by Bliss Ranch   a piece that she calls her "kodak moment". I wish I could have a few of those!
Isn't this just a dreamy chair that Remastered Relics created, with a little help from her mom?
How about this two toned beauty from Leone Design
and this stunning Metro Paris Coffee table is sure to take your breath away from Cheltenham Road
All of these beautiful creations should inspire you to look beyond the obvious, look beyond your comfort zone and look to take a risk. Look at the outcome you could be creating if you did! 
Make it a great week.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

It's My Sister's Birthday!

It's my sisters birthday today, and I always struggle on getting her the perfect gift. 
 She's a wonderful person who just happens to love little blue boxes
      

Boxes that symbolize love and friendship
Boxes that represent the best qualities that a person can have
Boxes that contain wishes and hope for herself and those around her
And boxes that contain chocolate and lots of it!
Happy Birthday to my wonderful twin sister!

PS. sorry it's chocolate and not Tiffany Silver

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Flip Flop Gardener on Wisteria Lane

A certain  part of my garden is a lot like Wisteria Lane on Desperate Housewife's. Wild and crazy, out of control, and very colorful.
I am talking about my own Wisteria that is growing in my garden.
Wisteria is a fast growing plant which can get out of control very easily. It can grow up to 10 feet a year in zones 3-9, which is basically everywhere except Mexico, S.Florida,Hawaii and some parts of California.  My Wisteria  growing on this arbor, needs regular pruning/cutting on the bottom so that it doesn't wrap itself around surrounding plants.
 
Walk by the Wisteria this time of the year, and you will hear nothing but the sound of buzzing.
I told you wild and crazy- bee's doing their thing!
Wisteria is a very colorful plant/vine with beautiful shades of purple. It's lovely against the strong shades of green in the leaves.
Wisteria can be planted anytime and once established is not high maintenance ( unlike the other women on the lane) when it comes to soil or water. My Wisteria plant has been in this spot for 4 years .
When I am sitting  next to my Wisteria I can't help but take in all of the beauty that this plant has to offer both hanging on the vine and as cut flowers.
 
The cost of the plant is relatively cheap compared to the enormous amount of beauty you will get year after year and without all of the drama that you'll find on Wisteria Lane.
PS.If you are a Desperate Housewife fan then you know the street Wisteria Lane.But you many not know that the street located at Universal Studios Hollywood,  is actually named Colonial Street. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

No bad girls allowed!

I am attending a slumber party today - The Pillowpalooza. I told Linda the host over at It All Started With Paint that I would be there under one condition - when I am sleeping, make sure that the bad girls don't put water in my bra and put it in the freezer.  Sadly, that is a  memory of the last slumber party I ever attended. So naturally coming to Linda's, I was reluctant as I did not want a repeat occurence from the bad girls. Besides bad girls probably don't like pillows anyway so maybe they won't show up! 
The bad girls would probably like these though
What do you think bad girls, jealous of the "fun" blue that I was inspired by when I read this months Coastal Living?
Jealous of the cute bird sitting on a birdcage on top of a drop cloth pillow?
 Or, this smaller pillow with the bird chirping away?
 Tell you what bad girls, if you promise to  behave and not do the water thing then you can click here and I will show you how to make the drop cloth pillow. 
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

If you can sew a straight line, you can make these pillows

A few weeks ago I shared some pillows here that I made for my nephew
I typically don't sew. I am too impatient to use a pattern , not good enough to install a zipper and have no clue how to use a serger. But when I stated seeing all of these awesome pillow creations made out of drop cloth, thought it was time to bring out the Singer and see what I could do. I am here to tell you that If you can sew a straight line, stencil and stuff your pillows you can make these pillows too!
 Measure your pillow, allow for at least 1/2 inch on each side for your hem. This pillow is 18 inches, so I cut my piece 19 inches ( and a tad bit more). I am doing an envelope style insert, so fold your fabric over on the pillow to make sure it fits before you pin.
After pinning, I stitched up the 4 sides of my pillow using a simple straight stitch on my machine.
Remove any excess fabric so it does not create additional bulk inside your seams
 
Flip pillow to the outside and insert your pillow form
This is what the back side should look like
Front Side
And Edges
I added stenciled numbers cut from my Silhouette machine and applied with black fabric paint. Important- When applying fabric paint, be sure to place a piece of cardboard inside the middle of your pillow insert so that the paint does not bleed through the back side of your pillow.
Told you, it's as easy as counting 1,2,3!
Come back Tuesday where I bring two of my latest pillow creations to a slumber party over at Pillowpalooza.
Happy Sunday and Sewing!!
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weekly Wow's

Okay, hard to believe but two big events are right around the corner, so with that in mind I included a Mothers day and teacher gift idea this week to get you inspired.

Wow teacher idea using Burt's Bee's from the Detail Oriented Diva. How cute and easy is this?

Wow Hack job from The Painted Hive shows how to turn the ordinary piece into something extraordinary
 Wow Mother's day gift from The Creative Place  shares this little book idea that tells mom 10 things we love about her. What a thoughtful way to express your love for mom!
Wow craft idea from The Delectable Home shows us how to see the world differently with these mapped chipped board letters. Genius!
Whether your being a couch potato this weekend or out in the yard enjoying the Spring colors, make it a good one!
PS-  I am joining a few friends for a slumber party at Pillowpalooza, where I will be bringing a few pillows of my own. Your invited too!

Friday, April 20, 2012

I was on my way to the beach

It all started with our trip to Florida during Spring Break,  when I was on my way to the beach and I stopped over at  my nephews house to bring him his new pillows 
  and his table
Noticing that his place was a bit under furnished in his living space, I suggested that he take a dresser that he was not utilizing out of his bedroom and turn it into a entertainment cabinet. 
 
  He was reluctant at first , because he thought that it would look "weird" having the same looking furniture in every room of his place ( he has 1 bedroom apartment ) but when I convinced him that I could take care of painting the dresser he was all in favor of the change.
Truth be told, this was also like my "testing lab" where I could try out some ASCP in Graphite
 
I applied two coats of the paint , and roughed up the edges



 Painted the drawers
 Put the hardware back on
Accessorized with the only two things I could find in the apartment ( I need to work on that)
Then went to the beach!


ps- nephew will be applying the wax to this piece cause Graphite shows every little hand print!

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The Shabby Nest
Jennifer Rizzo 
Funky Junk Interiors 
The Rooster and The Hen 
It's Overflowing 
Simply Klassic Home
Just Us Four 
DIY Showoff 
Primitive and Proper
Domestically Speaking