Makeshift Curtain

The window over my bed faces east so on sunny weekend mornings, sleeping in is almost impossible. I am not a morning person and love to sleep in when I can so I decided to make a curtain for the window. Originally, I just grabbed some extra solid fabric and make a fast curtain.

But then I saw this beauty.

(via sotakeahike on flickr)

Aren’t these perfect?! I love the way the light coming through makes it look sort of like stained glass. I pulled down my curtain immediately and cut it in half. It took a little longer than I had expected (mainly due to being down and out for a few days due to food poisoning).

Here is mine.

And in the morning.

I put muslin on the other side of the patchwork part so it looks a little more finished from the outside. I am planning on making another for the other window in the bedroom. I think I may plan the fabrics a little more. For this one I just pulled out scraps I had and started sewing.

I made an entire quilt in 6 hours!

It was a baby quilt, but considering this is only the second one I’ve ever made, I’m pretty proud. A friend’s baby is turning one this week, so I made this for her birthday. Just a simple six inch triangle pattern, but I think it’s so sweet and pretty. I remember as a kid, we had a quilt my mom had made from old clothes when she was about thirteen. I loved looking at all of the different fabrics and patterns. I hope Clara (the baby) feels the same way about her new quilt.

Recycled Magazine Boxes

Several years ago, while I was in college, I posted this tutorial on my flickr. It’s gotten quite a few views and I’ve even seen it posted on Apartment Therapy! I thought I’d share it again here. Enjoy.

I hoard magazines. I cannot bear to throw them away even if I know I will never take the time to look at them again. Here’s a way to use those magazines I feel too guilty to throw away and create a colorful recycled magazine box for your home.

These are the (much pricier) inspiration:

(Tutorial after the jump)

Start with a page from an old magazine

Start folding the page at about a quarter inch thickness until it has a little bulk to it. I don’t suggest using the whole page, it get too thick.

Glue the edge and cut off the remaining page. You now have your first strip. Roll it into a circle like you are making the base of a coil pot.

Continue making strips and rolling them until you reach your desired diameter for your box.

Make sure it doesn’t get away. I clip mine so the glue can dry without unrolling.

Roll a strip that is about an inch thick (or whatever works best for your box). Glue it to your roll. You’ll now have what looks like a lid. To give it more support. Make thinner strips and glue them to the outside of the thicker strip until it looks kinda like this.

Here’s what the inside looks like. You can see the inner part is a thicker (about one inch) strip with the little ones glued to the outside.

Make another roll for the bottom. Be sure to make it slightly smaller so the lid will fit on the bottom. Here is my lid next to the beginning of the bottom of the box.

Do the same with the bottom as you did with the top in making a thicker strip to glue thinner strips to on the outside, but be sure your big strip makes a circle that will fit inside your lid. Do not put the thinner strips all the way to the top so it creates a little ledge for the lid to rest on.

Another view.

The top pink strip is actually tall enough that it is glued to the bottom of the box. On the outside of this piece, I glued thinner strips so it all looks the same.  Finished! Please excuse the messiness. this was my first attempt.

Enjoy! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.

Manicures I Love

I am not exactly the person to go to for manicure advice. I was a nail biter for years and as I write this now, my nails look like this:

However, I love these manicure styles.

I would probably go with something a little more subtle than black and white, but this one is gorgeous.

Maybe something like one of these.

I really love this gold, but it may be a bit flashy for me. Pretty though.

Karolin Schnoor

I have fallen madly in love with these prints from Karolin Schnoor. They’re so pretty and feminine without being overly girly. I want a set of these three.

 

 

and look at the beautiful texture from the silkscreen! I miss silkscreening so much. This really inspires me to get back to it.

(via Design*Sponge)

Rough Raw Diamonds

While I’m on the subject of jewelry, a lot of my friends (or random facebook acquaintances) have been getting engaged recently, so of course, their “ring pics” have been popping up across my facebook feed. I was talking to my boyfriend and he was telling me how a friend of his was saying you were supposed to spend like three paychecks on a ring. The idea of having something worth that much money on my finger gives me heart palpitations. Maybe I’m a simple girl, but I find raw, uncut diamonds to be so beautiful. Take a look at what I mean. Here are a few of my favorites off of Etsy.

(Click image for etsy listing)

Gray Silvery Rough Diamond Ring – One Of A Kind from louisagallery $69

Raw Natural Rough Diamond OOAK Ring from RandomJewels $295

Rough Diamond and Tiny Cut Diamond Ring from valkasinskas $130

Rough Diamond Stacker Ring from elseetee2 $80

And a ring for my not quite so simple taste

Mixed Crystal Keyhole Sterling Silver Ring from elseetee2 $145

Braided Hex Bracelets

I LOVE the hardware store. I didn’t used to seeing as how as a kid I was often dragged their by my father on Saturdays for hours on end. There was nothing PRETTY to play with. I was usually only bribed into this trips with the promise of choosing candy at the checkout. However, over the years, I learned a lot of things from my handy father, one of which was a love for the hardware store.

Now I have a whole new reason to go to the hardware store. Jewelry supplies! I cannot get over how chic and pretty these braided hex bracelets are.

To view a full (and pretty simple) tutorial, visit Honestly…WTF?

Off to the hardware store!