Remember my fall centerpiece? Those lovely yellow mums gave it their all for two weeks.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I spotted this cardigan at Banana Republic a few weeks ago.
However, I’ve been needing a new long sleeved white cardigan and I had this old H&M sweater hanging in my closet.
It didn’t take me long to spirit the sweater off to my sewing room and start reconstructing it into something more fun. I cut straight up the middle, folded the edges under, pinned, and sewed.
Next, I chose fabric for my ruffles. I like the two-tone look the original has, but I wanted to be able to wear this cardigan with a lot of different outfits, so I went for a monochromatic look.
I created my ruffles from a white t-shirt, a sheer cream scarf, and the white fabric from the inside of a necktie. I simply pinned the ruffles to the sweater and sewed them down.
I think my version is a bit fluffier than the original, but I’m pretty happy with it.
I may sew on a button closure, but for now, I love using a sweet little earing to cinch the cardigan together.
It also looks pretty cute belted.
Let me know if you make your own ruffled cardigan, I’d love to see it!
I'm linking to Wendy's party!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Since I just posted the scrapbook I made for our wonderland party, and since parties are the theme of this week’s CSI Challenge….
I decided a little recap of the wonderland tea party was in order.
It started with some tea bag inspired invites, sent by the Mad Hatter
Next, I made some fluffy flower pom-poms to add some whimsy to the party.
The day of, my sister helped me string the pom-poms from a canopy.
We set the table with vintage cloths, fiestaware tea cups, and ball jars filled with wildflowers.
Mismatched real chairs added substance, but weren’t too formal.
A flock of yard sale flamingos gave a nod to the wonderland theme.
Of course, no party is complete without food!
We enjoyed “eat me” lemon filled cupcakes.
“Drink me” flavored iced teas and lemonade.
And yummy finger sandwiches.
We wore our hats proudly.
And held onto them when things became blustery.
And ended the party with a lovely game of croquet.
It was such a fun and special party to plan and enjoy, it just might have to become a family tradition!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Confession: I love scrapbook paper, fun stickers, and all the cute scrapbooking tools – but I rarely ever scrapbook. My mom celebrated her birthday last week and she requested a book of all the pictures from our wonderland tea party. I wanted to create something more exciting than a regular photo album, but I knew a full-fledged scrapbook wasn’t in the cards. So, I created a scrapbook compromise!
Here’s how you can make your own,
Print your pictures to a standard size (I went with 4x6) but buy an album a size larger (my mom’s is for 5x7 photos). I also bought a pack of scrapbook paper with matching letter stickers and embellishments. Since the album had a cute little window on the front, I used some of the scrapbook paper and stickers to make a “celebrate Wonderland” title.
If your photos fall into different categories, use scrapbook paper and stickers to make section dividers.
A bit of pretty paper and a few simple embellishments go a long way towards turning ordinary photos into something special.
I used a paper cutter to make sure all my scrapbook rectangles had nice, clean edges.
I was able to get three 5x7 rectangles out of each sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper. If you wanted to make more of a scrapbook diary, it would be easy to glue a picture to one piece of scrapbook paper and a journal entry to the other side.
If regular scrapbooking isn’t for you – give the un-scrapbook a try!
Bonus fun wrapping idea:
Have any other non-traditional scrapbooking ideas to share? I'd love to hear about them!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Since it's been a bit of a crazy week, I thought I'd re-post one of my favorite projects from last September.
When I found these little guys at the Dollar Tree last week, I knew they would be the perfect candidates for trying out this faux mercury glass spray paint trick I found over on the DIY Show Off.
This is one of those projects that looks really simple and easy when you see it on someone else’s blog, but in reality becomes a little more complicated when 1. You don’t really know what you’re doing, and 2. You don’t have the all the supplies used in the tutorial. Considering those two little details, I’m pretty happy with the way my fake mercury glass fruit turned out.
Now, If you’d like to hear all the harrowing details of making these, including how I got brown paint in my eye ( I kid. I technically only got it in my eyelashes.) Please keep reading.
Step 1. Acquire cheap fake fruit.
Step 2. Jab a bamboo skewer into the bottom of the fruit and stick it in some old floral foam.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Over the weekend, my itch to take the roost from super summery to a hint of fall, expanded to include the living room and entry hall.
During the summer, the hall looked like this:
Anyone else change up their coffee table with the seasons?
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