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Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Triangle Memo Board

After about 6 months of moving in, we finally put something up on the walls. The hubby has been wanting to put all our pictures up for ages, but for the past 7 years we've lived in 6 different places so our few pictures were meant for a standard rental look. Now that we're permanent, I wanted to change things up. However, I really am far having an eye in interior decorating, but I figured if I take my time and do one room at a time (with lots of help from pinterest) I might be able to pull something that is totally us off.
DIY Triangle Memo Board
We both missed having family pictures up, so I finally got around to making this triangle memo board. I had the idea from when I made a fabric/ribbon memo board in high school. I love how easy it was and that it actually turned out as I pictured it in my head. Here is Captain Awesome helping me hang it. Hubby felt it important to commemorate the hanging of our first thing ever on the wall.
|DIY| Triangle Memo Board

A big piece of plywood
wood stain (optional)
various color of paint
painters tape (I used blue tape, but frog tape is even better to get more crisper lines)

|1| I wanted a stained look to be the background, so I stained the wood first. (you could paint it a solid color instead)
|2| then I made a rough triangle stencil and taped around the triangle then moved the triangle upside down and repeated. Like I said it was rough and not perfect, but it was what I generally wanted. 
|3| Then I picked my color combination and painted. Because of the dark stain underneath I probably had to do 3-4 coats of each color.
|4| after everything was dried, I pulled the paint off. Then I drilled small holes (big enough for the hemp/twine) on each edge; one hole on each stain line.
|5| in no particular order (because that is just how I do things) I started stringing the hemp/twine through each hole over all the lines; from the back to the front and again. There was no rhyme or reason, i just did it until all the stained wood lines were covered string. After you get it all covered, make sure your string is pulled tot.
Anyway, I hope that makes sense.  I was worried my pictures might not hang well, but they hang really nicely and don't slip at all. I love how I can easily add or subtract pictures at will. 
DIY Triangle Memo Board
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Savvy Style: Overall Love!

I feel like it has been ages since I posted a "Savvy Style" post. But don't worry, I'm back!

I was that kid who loved their overalls, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I found out they came back in style! And to make things even better when they are more of a skinny jean style vs the usual 90's grunge style. 

Now I must say I can't wait to see the reaction of the other three sisters on this blog ;). We all have different style and I have a feeling they don't love that this trend is returning as much as I do. 

So needless to say I'm craving some right now. I've posted a few of my favorites. I found in my search for them they are a little spendy, so I found some adorable ones all under $50 and on sale! 

These are from American Eagle, and did I mention they are on sale right now :)
Guys, how can you not love these!? Found at Thread Sence, and on sale!
These are from American Eagle also. They are almost a sweats material. Can overalls get any better?!
Oh and it gets better, they also come as dresses! Found here at ASOS.
Now I've saved the best for last. I found this over at a new blog I just discovered, Deer Circus. Not only do I love these overalls but I love the whole outfit. Sadly these were sold out, but I'm crossing my fingers I can find some just like them soon! 

So tell me are you loving that they are coming back as much as I do? I wish they had never left! 

Have a great Friday!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Parisian Top - Pattern Anthology

Parisian Top - Pattern Anthology
It's me again, with a couple new home made shirts. I promise, these will be my last (for a while that is). I haven't bought a pattern since my one and only sewing class during college. Anyone whose sewn from a pattern knows how potentially annoying and vague they can be, thus I was really can't stand patterns. However, I decided to try this one pattern from Pattern Anthology the Parisian Top. Unlike typical patterns, these ones are modern and made by other pattern frustrated fellow sewist (my spell checker says that isn't a word, I say it is). 
The first one was SO easy and turned out great. The pattern was easy to follow and very detailed with great pictures. However, I changed it up a bit to fit for fun. I didn't add the shirt waistband or arm bands. Also I didn't do the peter pan collar. The main reason I got the pattern was for the peter pan collar, but after I attached it, I realized that me and peter pan collars are just not meant to be. So I took it off and did a regular neckband. sigh.
Parisian Top - Pattern Anthology
The pattern was so easy, that I had to make one more. But this time I did short sleeves. Again, I just can't say enough about Pattern Anthology. I really want to try out the children's patterns one of these days. 
Happy Thursday!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Blog Tour

Something that's been going around the blogosphere is touring through blogland. Not as exciting as Europe, but still pretty fun, none the less. I was invited by Nicole from Meet the B's. She really has some sweet decorating skills; you definitely should check out her cute home. She loves turquoise and has done beautifully at incorporating it into her home; it's pretty much how I imagine Sierra's home to be one day.
On to the blog tour. There are questions that bloggers before me have answered, so I'll try to answer them the best I can. First of all this is Havalah  #3 out of the 4 sisters (the first one in the pic). So today you get learn a little bit more about me and my creative process. 
1) What am I working on?
I think like a lot of people, there is always something I'm working on. Especially laundry, cleaning, cooking and having fun with the littles. When I'm not doing any of that  stuff, my brain is constantly going and trying to work on something fun. Whether sewing or crafting something, I have a perpetual list of projects. However, June and July were crazy summer months so I've been sort of taking it easy and just reading. Yep. Reading by myself and with my husband. He got jealous of my alone time with my books and offered to let me pick ANY of my books to read with him. Even a Jane Austen, so I picked Emma. He's such a good sport and really loves me. 

However, I do have a perpetual project I've been slowly working on for the past year. I came across the coolest world animals quiet book last year on Imagine Our Life and decided that I had to make one. Stephanie is amazing and has made tons of quiet books and templates that you can buy in her shop. The world animals she has provided for free. Because this is such a big project, I only work on it when I feel in the mood or watching something. Captain Awesome is always excited when I finish another animal. 
Another project I'll be starting soon is a triangle quilt using this awesome fabric (arizona by April Rhodes). Anjuli is going to help me with it. I've never done triangles before so hopefully they'll actually look like triangles when I'm done....
 2) How do my creative doings differ from others from its genre?
Well my mom always said that "flattery is the highest form of imitation". I like to think that occasionally I come up with a completely original idea, but let's be honest there is so much inspiration and awesome ideas out there that sometimes I just think why try to reinvent the wheel. But of course, I do feel that I add my own spin and twist on things. 
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
Well it is just part of who I am and I absolutely love it! You can read a more detail explanation that I wrote here
image found here for free download

4) How does your writing/creating process work?
I don't think I could even start to show or explain this one to you. As my husband would call it "haphazard; unfocused; disorganized; million of projects at one" And he is absolutely correct. I have so many things I want to do that I start on one project and get excited about another and soon I have a million projects I want to do. And you know, I'm totally cool with it.  And let's take a moment to thank the person who came up with list making.

Now to pass the buck to the bloggers on the tour for next week
First of all sister #4, Sierra, is going to give you a tour of her recently new blog Enjoy to the End. Her blog is not a creative blog in the crafty sense, but it's full of wonderful inspiration. 
The other blog is The Cwafty Blog by RaChil; I recently found her blog and love her style of crafting. I absolutely love this mountain necklace that she made. 
Make sure to go give them some love!
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