Monday, February 25, 2013
Well, I finally did it. I learned how to use my sewing machine! I had a friend come over on a Friday night to show me the basics so I could actually start sewing simple things. Now that I'm done with grad school, I've been feeling bored, so I needed something to pass the time.
My friend came over and walked me through threading the machine and all that stuff, but when we used the machine, it sounded all rickety and like it was about to fall apart. I guess that's what 5 years of non-use will do to a machine. So, we also learned how to clean the sewing machine, which will probably be helpful down the road.
Two hours after we started the process, I actually got to sewing my first project. I started with probably the most basic thing ever, these burp cloths. I wanted to make something that could be used as a gift for a friend that's having a baby. Plus, I have a lot of other friends that are in the baby making stage, so this could be a project I can repeat in the future.
I literally had to sew four lines per burp cloth. Surely I could handle this!
I'm not going to rehash the tutorial since I followed it exactly, but in the end, the they turned out really cute!
A baby is going to puke on these.
I plan to make some other baby related items like bibs, crinkly toys and door stoppers.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Since I love me some Goodwill shopping, I decided to take part in Young House Love's Thrift Shop Challenge this week.
The rules were simple.
1. Go to the thrift shop with only $20 to spend. You're supposed to take a picture of this, but I was alone and I didn't actually have a $20 bill. I just had my check card and I probably don't want that photographed.
2. Find some goodies totaling no more than $20 and share what you found.
3. BONUS! Take a picture with something referenced in the song.
So, I headed over to my second favorite Goodwill; the one in Eagan. (Minnetonka is my favorite one because it has the BEST stuff! All of the richie riches from Minnetonka drop off their name brand stuff with tags still on it!)
I browsed around and saw a few things that sparked my interest.
I thought these mirrors for $9.99 each would have been cool with a little bit of a makeover. I've been looking for a set of mirrors to put above our bed, but haven't had luck yet. If there would have been 4 of these, I may have blown my budget and bought them all.
This pillow from Target was cute and I thought it would have looked nice as an accent on our bed, but then I remembered that any pillow that we don't sleep on is never actually on the bed unless we have people over and the might see our room. So, I decided to pass on spending the $6.99.
(PS- Since Target is HQd in Minnesota, the Goodwills around here are chock full of brand new Target items from past seasons. Some Goodwills, like the one in Minnetonka, have entire sections of Target stuff! The downside is that it all has red tags and red tags are never included in the 50% off tag sale on Sundays and Mondays. I personally think most of the Target stuff is overpriced for Goodwill, but it's still cheaper than full price!)
Then I came across this guy...
It was hard to resist at just $2.99, but for some reason I couldn't think of anywhere it would go in our house. (Totally joking on wanting this!)
So what did I actually buy?!
Shockingly, I only spent $2.13 on the thrift store challenge!
It was on this little guy here. It's actually an old cologne bottle (that still smells like cologne inside), but I thought it was really cute with the gold accents. I haven't decided if I'll paint it yet because the greenish glass is cool, but I can also picture it in crisp white with the gold accents. I thought he was worth the $1.99 plus tax.
And as for the BONUS step, you're dang tootin' that I stepped up to that challenge. My take on it?
Just rockin' that Cosby sweater over my green dress.
If I would have planned ahead a little more, I definitely would have hit up the Minnetonka Goodwill to what kind of goodies they had there!
Check out my Goodwill shopping guide for crafting, too!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
My sister got married on New Year's Eve! I'm so happy for the adorable couple. My sister looked absolutely amazing and her groom looked so handsome in his tux and bow tie.
Me with my sissies.
Since it was on New Year's Eve, they went with that theme and had so many cute touches throughout the day like champagne with little tinsel skewers in it during cocktail hour, mini champagnes as the favors and meal indicators and of course, as midnight approached, they handed out all sorts of fun new years props like hats, noisemakers, leis, glasses and crowns.
They brought in McDonald's cheeseburgers and fries as a late night snack!
I helped throughout the planning process by making the save the dates, invites and most of the signage that they used throughout the day, so I thought I would share some of the goodies.
Save the date:
This is just the back side, but the front is just a photo of the couple. It was an oversized postcard in an envelope.
My sister wanted something very clean and simple for the invite. They had a calligrapher do their names and then we worked with a variety of fonts on the invitation. Everything was printed on a bright white card stock.
They circled the number of people the invitation was for.
I also made a few other things:
They had a wish tree for their guest book so this told people what they should do. My sister put one of the actual tags in the empty space on the page and framed it.
A fun sign!
I also did some other stuff like table numbers, beverage signs for the bar, one for the Oreo cookie groom's cake, etc. Simple stuff that just let people know what they should be doing :)
It was a truly magical day and a great way to spend New Year's Eve! Now if only I could have such an amazing New Year's Eve celebration every year!
My own groom and my devil eyes.
Friday, December 21, 2012
We have huge awesome windows on the front side of our house and I wanted to dress them up a bit for the holidays this year. I pinned this idea a long time ago and as soon as Thanksgiving rolled around, I was decorating the house for the holidays.
I bought two tension rods at Menards for about $4 each and
put them up made my husband figure out how a tension rod works. He put them up and I couldn't even see where they were, so that's a win in my book.
Then I used clear fishing wire type string to hang the balls at varying heights. I used 6 balls per window and tried to alternate the colors. Last year after Christmas I bought a pack of 50 plastic ornaments at Target for like $2 or something ridiculous like that so that's what I used for this project.
So, other than the new tension rods, this project was free!
Don't be alarmed, but I actually used PhotoShop on these next two pictures because they were too dark. I know, I'm surprised at my lack of laziness as well.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I hosted my sister's bachelorette party a few weeks ago and didn't really do much DIY stuff for it, but did play one game that I thought was fun.
First, everyone was greeted with this message when they came over:
(Yes, I still have that there 3 weeks later. It's totally an appropriate greeting for my guests)
I printed an 11 X 17 photo of her fiance's head and then put some brown paper behind it so we could play a kissing version of Pin the Whatever on the Fiance.
I made everyone put on lipstick and then put a sleeping mask on them. I spun them around a few times and made them try to kiss George's lips without using their hands.
Then I put the person's initials next to their lip mark so we could see who got the closest.
The bride didn't even get close, and my other sister ended up planting one right on George's lips!
I put together these little favors for the game winners.
We also took photos of everyone when we went to dinner as 'before' photos and then the next morning as 'after' pictures. I'm working on a little project with those, too.
My sister, the bachelorette. 18 days until the wedding!
Monday, December 3, 2012
Over the summer, I painted our master bathroom (hard to call it that when it's about 6' wide by 7' long) and over Thanksgiving weekend I painted our guest bathroom. So now I have two bathrooms, a front door and our shutters that are the same color but I don't care. I love the color!
It's called Impetuous Sea by Dutch Boy. I still have 1/3 gallon after painting two rooms with two coats each, our front door and our shutters. This stuff is super thick because it's primer + paint and it covers really well. A little spendy (about $35 for a gallon), but I think it was worth it. I wonder what will get painted navy next?
Guest bathroom before:
Ignore the hideous countertops..
So in love with my new shower curtain from Target.
The nice thing about having two bathrooms with the same paint is that I can use the same gray hand towels in each instead of having two different sets. Gray and navy were our wedding colors, so I obviously like the combo.
We still have one more half bath that could use some new paint, but it's in the basement and is usually only used by me and the Mr. so it will probably wait.
Oh, and since I mentioned the front door, I have a new winter wreath that I made!