Friday, September 30, 2011

Free Printable Friday Debut!

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday!  
I'm starting something new as of today.  Free Printable Friday!  Aren't you excited?  Ha!  Probably not, but I am.  If you're a big fan of freebies AND printables like myself, then you'll love it.  But if not, keep in mind, I may include other fun things into my Fridays like giveaways, inspirations, parties, announcements or fun surprises.  It's kinda go-with-the-flow at the moment as I'm just trying it out.  

So since it's October as of tomorrow, I figured I'd debut my 'Free Printables Friday' with some October printables.

If you like to be organized like me, print out a cute calendar at Anything But Perfect.  Here's October for you so you can get on the ball with jotting in any events coming up (for example:  Halloween parties).

Free printable





Here's a fabulous printable from Love.Obsess.Inspire that you can print onto iron on transfer sheets and decorate some goody bags.  Don't you just love these?

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Lastly, here is a meaningful free printable for you.  Not only is October for Halloween, and (for us Canadians) Thanksgiving, but it's also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  
I came across these amazingly sweet party printables at How Does She? but was designed by Chickabug.  It's a beautiful 44 page printable set all for free for any party or fundraising needs.  The details and pictures are worth checking out!


Enjoy!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Infinity Scarf Tutorial


Ready for an awesome 10 minute project to add to your fall wardrobe!?  In all honesty, I'm pretty sure it took me less than that.
Here we go.  An infinity scarf.  You've heard of them, right?  This is mine:



On my last trip to the fabric store, I found a clearance bolt of this.  It's a spandex/knit fabric.  I'm not an expert on fabric, but it's stretchy and soft and non-fraying.  Two dollars a metre (for those who aren't familiar with 'metre's', 1 metre equals about 1.09 yards, it's a Canadian term).  I loved the gray, so I immediately snatched it up.


Here's why it was on clearance.  Two small snag/hole areas along the fabric.  This wasn't a big deal since I wasn't planning on making a maxi skirt out of or anything.  It was the perfect fabric for those infinity scarves I've been meaning to attempt.


So, first of all, you'll need to fold your fabric in half width wise.



This should measure 45" long.


And 11.5 to 12 inches wide.


Make your cut along the fold.  The great thing about this project, you don't have to make it too perfect.  Which is good because I'm horrible at cutting straight, even with a ruler.


Pin the raw edges together, right sides in (both sides of my fabric were the same which made it SUPER easy), leaving the ends open.


 Sew it up using a 1/2 inch seam allowance (or whatever you like).


Place your tube of fabric right side out.


Meet up your two ends like this.


Fold the edge of one end under and pin.


Stick the ends together, placing one end into the pinned end.  Match up the seams and pin all layers together making sure the top fabric is folded under all the way around.


So it should look like this in the back.


Sew the pieces together carefully to be sure you're going through ALL the layers since the back will sometimes like to slip out of the sewing line.


And.. you're done.  Nice.  Put it on and you've just completed your outfit!



I really am loving gray for fall.  But have fun with your color/fabric.  And make lots... I'm sure I will!

Have fun!  See you tomorrow!

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Vintage Finds: Spooky Makeover



I love to thrift stores.  Great, vintage items for an awesome deal!  And I've been looking for some fun items for the upcoming Halloween party.  Here's what I found.


Metal candlesticks and a glass bow.  I'm in love with this bowl!  Is it not gorgeous!?


I just love all the detail.



I also found these, their makeovers will be for another time!  I haven't started them yet, but I'm pretty darn excited.  My sister recently purchased an old brass lamp for her daughter's nursery and painted it.. which totally inspired me.  The lovely curves of these lamps are itching for a fresh coat of paint, am I right?!


This wood cabinet/shelf is going in my sewing room.  It's getting a paint job too, and maybe another fun detail.     Gonna be good!!


But let's focus at the task at hand, shall we?  Like I said, everything's getting spookified for Halloween.
I gave the them both a good priming.  I promise, I didn't ruin that bowl (at least, not in my opinion).



Then it got some gloss black.  Oooh.. I love them so.


I'm definitely loving my bowl even more now.  And I can totally use it after the party.


I just LOVE the detail, I really think the gloss black makes it pop!


Of course, the candlesticks are much more ready for Halloween now, too!


That's all I got for you today.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Girls Room: New Bedding


So if you've all been kind of noticing some of my previous posts on my daughter's room 'do-over', I have a little more to show you.
I just recently finished her new duvet cover.  Phew.  It wasn't necessarily a HUGE job, but it was probably one of the biggest sewing projects I've taken on.  I'm so glad I did it, because it's so her and it is starting to tie her room together nicely!


Anyways, like I said, if you haven't been following her room makeover, here's some posts that relate to her room.
Vintage vanity and dresser
Vanity Bench
Just a little heads up, there's more to come!

Anyways, you'll never guess where I found that fun fabric.  I made her duvet cover out of..(drum roll).. a tablecloth!  Yep!  Ha!  I found a cloth tablecloth on summer clearance and snatched it up.  I LOVED the colors and pattern.  Of course, it was a tablecloth, so it wasn't wide enough.  




So I added a lime green border and used a pink polka dot fabric on the back (which was also on sale for a steal).  Total cost of her new bedding:  $20!  And I still have A LOT left.



I used some of it to make a pillow sham.  It's the main print and the polka dot on the back.. that way if she wants a change, she can have pink polka dot all over bed!  How girly is that!?


I also whipped up a fun patchwork pillow (tutorial is coming!) out of the fabrics I found for her room.  (The colors in the bedspread are yellow, lime green, pink, red, and blue).


And having this finished in her room gets me excited to work on the other projects.  Can't wait for the final product!




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Monday, September 26, 2011

My Glittery Pumpkins

Glitter really does make everything better, doesn't it?

I picked up some dollar store pumpkins the other day that needed a makeover.  A bit of a tacky and odd paint job on them as is.


I'm really digging the glittered pumpkin look and wanted some of my own.  But being the cheapskate that I am, I figured I'd attempt to make my own.  I went on a search for that incredible new product Krylon Glitter Blast.  I came up no luck... and then I remembered, oh right, I live in Canada.  HA!  We never get the good stuff.  Maybe one day, fingers crossed.

Sooo.. I found this stuff instead.


It's not as lovely as the Glitter Blast, but it'll have to do.

First I sprayed them down with my silver paint.


Then sprayed a coat of glitter spray.  I probably could've done another coat, maybe it would be even MORE glittery.  But I'm happy with them.


Here's a closeup on that glitter!


I'm happy with them.  But if I ever come across that new glitter spray, these will be getting another makeover.


Fun!  If you're blessed with some Krylon Glitter Blast, have even MORE fun!
See you tomorrow!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Pumpkin Love


Seriously, my mouth was watering just going through this round up.  Now I've got to write about it.  Oh my.  I might just get up halfway through and whip up something pumpkin.
Okay, if you're in LOVE with anything pumpkin like me, you will keep this round up handy during the holiday season (and probably year round).  There are a ton of delicious pumpkin recipes out there, but these are my favorites!
So enjoy!  And try not to drool... much.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake by We Are Not Martha.  They had me at pumpkin, obviously.  Add it to a milkshake?  Wow.  I'm there!  You GOTTA try this one out.

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Are you a fan of the pumpkin scones that Starbucks makes?  Me too.  I have never thought of liking any scone, let alone the word.  But these!  SO FREAKING GOOD!!!  The recipe is here.



This recipe I've gotta try.   Under the Table and Dreaming makes a Pumpkin Roll and it looks amazing.  That cream cheese icing... could it get any better!?



I haven't made this one either.  But it's been in my holiday recipe collection since last year.  This Pumpkin Trifle looks so heavenly.. and pretty!  The recipe is at Taste of Home.
Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

Add pumpkin to your breakfast?  Yes please!!!  I CANNOT wait to try this recipe.  I have the ingredients at hand.. just gimme a minute.  Find the recipe at Laloosh.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

I can't have a proper recipe round up without cheesecake, am I right!?  Swoon!  I found this recipe at Woman's Day and I can't even think straight.  It looks so delicious!  And it's made with a gingersnap-pecan crust.  Oooh la la!

Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Have you fallen in love with Pumpkin Spice Latte's yet?  Oh I have.  Every time fall comes around, I fall in love again.  Mmm.. it tastes like fall!  Instead of spending 5 bucks every time, why not just make your own?!  I found this recipe on Cook Like a Champion.  You gotta to try it.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Want to add a little something special to your Thanksgiving or fall party?  Make a delectable Pumpkin Pie Dip for some of the snacks.  Oh it's insanely good!  Here's the recipe.


Pumpkin Pie Dip. Photo by jonesies

Okay, I'm done now, you can go and make some of this pumpkin goodness!  I know I am!  Have a great weekend!

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