July 27, 2012

My Mother's Decor

At This Moment, I Am Working on Redoing My Daughter's Room, So Since I Don't Have Much To Share With You At This Point on My Projects, I Thought I Would Share With You My Mother's.

My Mother Has Always Been the Creative One In The Family. And Until Lately, I Wondered Why It Didn't Get Passed Down...I See Now That I Needed to Become a Stay-At-Home Mom to Tap Into What My Mother Had Given Me!

Although My Parents Have 2 Homes (their primary in the San Fransisco bay Area, and secondary in Arizona), I Will Show You The Decor of Her Primary Home Now, and Her Secondary Later Since I Have A Lot of Pictures.  Both Places Have My Mother's Creative Touch In Them and I Would Love to Share With You (with her permission).

She Got The Idea To Hang Old Suitcases & Use Them As Shelves From
2011 Flea Market Style Magazine. Great Idea!!

The Picture is Of My Grandfather & His Siblings On A Horse Carriage (sorry it's not clearer).

This Is Above The Fireplace.

The Piece In The Center Is The Music Stand From A Piano!

The Fireplace

This Wreath Is Made Out Of Brown Coffee Filters. You Just Gather Each Filter Individually, Twist the End So It Comes To a Point & Glue it Onto A Piece of Circle Styrofoam! Add Burlap or Ribbon & Hang It!

A Closer Look

Music Runs In The Blood of My Family....

A Piano Is a Must!

This Coffee Table Was My Great Grandmother's. My Mother Has Been Holding Onto it For A Long Time And Finally Refurbished It & Used It In Her Living Room (thank you Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint!)

I Love The Different Sizes of Wood & the Hinge Is A Great Touch to The Piece!

Ahhh, The Yellow & Blue Bathroom. I Did Not Mention Earlier, But My Parents Purchased This Home From My Grandfather (this is the home my father grew up in).  So, Why Did My Grandmother Choose Yellow?!?!  My Mom Found A Way To Make It Work!

A Chandelier Is A Great Touch In A Bathroom!

Notice The Magazine Rack....

Perfect For Bathrooms That Don't Have A Lot of Extra Floor Space

"It is tub tub time" Is The Song My Parents Sang to My Sister and Me When it Was Time To Take a Bath & We Have Passed That Song Onto Our Kids.  The Pictures Are of All My Mother's Grandkids During "tub tub time"! She Got the Idea From This Blog & Personalized It.

My Favorite Picture, Of Course, Is My Daughter!

The Family Photo Wall. I Love How Some Pictures Are Hung & Some Are Free Standing. The Different Shape Frames Add Texture Too!

This Door Separates The Kitchen From The Downstairs Area. It Was A Solid Door, But My Mother Replaced it With A Glass Door...Much More Decorative! The Wreath Idea She Got From This Blog.

This Sign Is For My Nephews, Both Boys, 2 Years Apart In Age & Love The Wii!!!

I Love This Piece! Who Would Have Thought Shutters Would Make A Great Wall Decor!?

This Was a Full Rocking Chair At One Point, But My Mother Thought it Would Look Better Hanging Above Her Bed, so She Cut it & Added The Hardware!

This Wreath Was Made Out Of Book Pages. She Found The Idea Here.

A Closer Look. 

My Mother Chose Cherries As The Theme to Her Kitchen. But This is My Favorite Piece In That Room.

This Song Has So Many Memories, As I'm Sure it Does for All Of Us! You Can Download This Print For Free Here.

This Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies is From My Grandmother (My Mother's Mom). This is Her Actual Recipe Written By Her & It Happens To Be One of Her Best Recipes!

My Mother is All About Personal Touch. She Says She "Decorates From The Heart," Which Means Almost Every Piece of Decor Has A Meaning & It Usually Relates To The Family. I'm Thankful That My Mother Has Not Only Inspired Me in Her Decorating, But Has Given Us Glimpses Here & There Into Our Heritage!

Thanks Mom!!!

July 17, 2012

Pinterest Test: Pass

This is Probably My Favorite Pinterest Test So Far Because It Was Such A Success! Check Out These Awesome Pillow Mattresses!!!

At First I Thought These Would Be Perfect for My Niece and Nephew. Then I Thought, My Daughter Would Love One Too! Then I Just Had To Make One For My Friend's Daughter...Let's Just Say, I Have A Lot of Kids I Would Like to Still Make These For!

It Just So Happened That My Sister-In-Law Julie Was In Town and I Came Up With The Bright Idea For Her to Make One for Our Nephew Jack and I Can Make One for Our Niece Jolie (use her as the guinea pig to see if these turn out cute or not), and They Turned Out Great!

Mine & Julie's Other Sister-In-Law Tammi, Says the Kids Love Them.....

So Comfy!!!

Here is the One I Made for My Daughter

And Of Course, I Had to Make One for My Friend's Daughter!!!

Here Is The Blog I Got The Pattern From: No Rest For The Creative. At This Time, The Pattern Is Not Available Due To Negotiations With The Blogger And The Company She Got The Pattern From, But It Looks Like She Is Going To Have The Pattern Available
Soon And With Some Upgrades. In The Meantime,
Let Me Know If You Want To Make One And I Can Help You Out With the Details.

July 10, 2012

Super Hero Cape

Well Hello. I Know It's Been A While Since I Posted Anything, But That's Because I Have Been Traveling. It Just So Happens That I Leave Town Again Today, So I Wanted To Send Out This Post Before I Disappeared Again.

I Stole This Project Idea From My Mother. She Had Made A Cape For My Nephew and Cousins and When Our Good Friend's Son Was Turning 1, I Thought It Would Be a Perfect Gift For Him (Side Note: He Started Walking At 11 Months, So I Knew He Could Run Around Wearing It!!!)

My Mother Had Purchase The Pattern From Georgia Leigh's Etsy Store Here. You Can Go Onto Her Website Here to Get More Ideas and Appliques.

Here Are the Items You Will Need:

1. Two Different Pieces of Fabric (yardage will depend on the size you want to make it)
I Chose Blue & Red Color Since They Seem to Be the Universal Colors For SuperHero's.
The Material was a Polyester/Rayon Mix, But You Can Use Whatever Material You Want.

2. Sheets of Felt. The Color Is Going to Be Determined On What Symbols/Letters/Designs You Chose. I Knew I Had To Incorporate Green On This One Since Our Friend's Son's Room is Green.

 Eh, Just Another Picture Of The Previously Mentioned Materials

3. Fusible Webbing. The Yardage on This Will Be Determined On How Much You Need.  This Will Be Used To Attach The Felt to The Cape.

JoAnn's Carries Pellon and The 725 Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under Was the Perfect Stiffness and It Is 2-Sided. Not All Fusible Webbing is 2-Sided, so Be Careful You Don't Get the Wrong One!
(Side Note: Another option to attaching the felt is to sew it on. You can use a simple Straight Stitch or even a Zig-Zag.)

Here is The Cape I Made For My Friend's Son.  'WCA' Are His Initials. I Attached The Straps With Velcro. You Can Do A Snap or Hook & Loop Closures, But This Was Much Easier to Take Off Of and Put On a Baby Who Doesn't Want to Stay Still For Very Long!

So, Since the First Cape I Sewed Didn't Turn Out Exactly How I Liked It, I Kept it For My Daughter.  She Is a Little 'Wonder Woman'!

I Printed the 'Wonder Woman' Logo Onto an Iron-On Transfer, Which Was Ironed Onto A White Piece of Felt. The Tricky Part Was Getting The Logo Onto The Black Piece of Felt Since the Iron-On Transfer Was Exposed (I Hope This Makes Sense). Basically, I Was Not Able to Use the Fusible Webbing For Any Part Of the Logo. I Used Fabric-Tac by Beacon. I Did Use the Fusible Webbing For The Silver Stars.

It's Still A Little Big For Her, But She Will Grow Into It!