Thursday, April 7, 2011

What I created during Kim and Kourtney... :)

When I first moved into my apartment, I made several pillows for my living room. I bought my navy couch and it came with two questionable quilted pillows. I decided to take them apart and make my own with the stuffing inside. Once my living room started taking on a theme and colors, I made more pillows to match. Now I am wanting to change things and see what else I can create.

I am always on the lookout for fabulous fabric or finding pillows I can re-create. This is why I visit JoAnns on a regular basis just to check things out. I have collected a fun little fabric box that I pull from when I feel creative. 

My overflowing fabric box

I get most of my decorating done on Mondays since it's my day off. This past Monday I journeyed to JoAnns and heard the announcement that they would be closing in 10 minutes 2 minutes after I got there. I didn't want to leave without fabric so I made my way to the sale section and found a wonderful orange suede and a guazey stripe fabric. I made the super quick decision to get both and decide what I would do with them later. 

I got my sewing machine and set it out on the floor (since I don't currently have a table) and had a little fun.

My pillows I created a year ago

I added the guazey fabric to this piilow

I added some sweet lace to my orange pillow.
I still have a navy pillow to jazz up but not sure what to do. Any ideas?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Vintage Pattern LOVE

I love the look of old, vintage patterns like McCalls, Simplicity, etc. I once saw a basket of tons of old patterns for sale at Goodwill and started thinking of ideas and things I could create with them. 

My grandma used to design for McCalls and taught me how to sew when I was a teenager. I developed my love for creating my own clothes and decor from her. She started it all. She is also the one who gave me my first sewing machine for graduation. I LOVE it!!

I've created a few things with vintage patterns that I wanted to share:

For my first project, I used the actual pattern pieces and layered them as the background. I fell in love with this particular 1950s Simplicity pattern for sweet dresses so I used it as the main picture. It even has someone's notes on it....cute!

I created two of them and hung them in my bedroom. 

I had three random little canvases that I bought from the dollar section of Michaels one day. They were very nautical but my apartment is anything but. I decided to cover them with the patterns so I would actually use them. 

I chose the best looking, cutest colored patterns. I LOVE them but haven't decided what exactly to do with them yet. I considered selling them on Etsy but I love them too much. I have recently decided to use them in my new and improved bathroom. I am in the middle of re-decorating and am so excited them finally have a home. 

I'm happy I can share my joy in decorating with you. I hope you enjoy it.