The June 30 Day Challenge Is Done!!!

Hi All,

The room is done, well almost done!!!! The 30 days is up, and it has been a challenge.  Wow, I think my biggest challenge was time.  Between traveling, entertaining company and a major storm Monday night, I really had to push myself to finish this one.

In case you’re wondering, I join Serena at Thrift Diving June 30 Day Room Challenge series to motivate myself to complete this room.  The challenge was to transform one room in your house, and I chose my daughter’s old room.  I decided to change it into a guest room/craft room. I am still embarrassed to show you guys the “before” pictures, but here it is.

“BEFORE”

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A hot mess….right!  First, I  cleared out the room, and that was a huge task.  I believe that took the longest because at some points I wanted to give up.  It was just too much.

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Clearing this space allowed me to clear my head and think about my layout instead of thinking about how messy it was.  Here is what it looks like now…..READY

“AFTER”

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This is my craft/sewing area.  I reused the bookshelf that was already in the room to anchor the desk.  Remember I found the long white board in the garage?  Well, that became my desk top.  The other white shelves came from a local thrift store and I purchased them for $10 total.  I lucked up on a 50% off sale.  Remember the frames were my mother-in-law’s collection except for the one in the middle.  I purchased that one from Blicks Art store on clearance for $9.00.

Next is the guest area….Check out the “before” pictures…..

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Again….a hot mess.

“AFTER”

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I arranged the bed similar to a day bed and added lots of pillows…..love pillows.  The pillow inserts are 26 x 26, 22 x 22 and 16 x 16.  The fabric is leftover fabric from other projects.  I think my most expensive item was the garden stool for $30 at Ross.  I just had to get it because I was in love with the color and it fits perfect in this spot.

The lamp was for my in-laws. It was the 70’s orange and I decided to paint it.  Oh, and I can’t forget the side table.  This was purchased at the Goodwill for only $5, and didn’t have to do anything with it.

I am so happy with what I’ve accomplish and it really has a peaceful feel when I walk in.

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I still have a few little items I would like to add such as a desk lamp, but I’m in love with this room. I’m so thrilled I joined this challenge because now I have a lovely room I can create in.

What do you guys think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Update

Hi All

This was a busy weekend.  The Guess room/craft room project was my priority because I only had 4 days to complete  tons of project….OMG! I  worked long hours every night and on top of this, my daughter is in town.  I got a chance to spend some time with her, but she helped out by spending time with her brother.  They had a great weekend together at the beach.  Well, today is the last day and here’s what I’ve done so far.

 

I decided to assign Friday night to painting the projects. I painted frames I found in the basement gold, white and silver, and I  think the color combination works well together.

This tray was from a gift I received at my last baby shower.  I just couldn’t toss it because I knew I could use it, so I stored it in his closet.  Well, that time has come.  I painted the sides metallic gold. Always re-purpose unused items and save some money.

The lamp was another item that was in the basement.  It was a 70’s orange and the base was brown….I’m sure it was stylish 40 years ago.  I’ve decided to paint it white to give it a fresh look and the base gold.  I’m really loving this combination because it gives a classic feel.

Well, Saturday was for sewing.  All of this fabric was leftover from other projects, so I didn’t have to spend any extra money.  I purchased 26 x 26 pillows from Hobo for only $7.00 each….not bad.

As you know, today is the last day of the June 30 day challenge and I still have a couple of small projects to complete. I’m so glad I challenged myself and tackle this room. I love how the room is coming alone and I can’t wait to show you guys.

Where Is My Creativity?

As I mentioned before, I’m in a creative funk.  I have been trying everything to get out of it…..checking out Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram to get some sort of spark of inspiration…..nothing.  I was scrolling through my emails and came across this 30-Day Challenge for the month of June.  I’ve decided to dive into the challenge by Serena at Thrift Diving to get me going.  You can check out the challenge here.  She challenge everyone to dive into transforming that space you’ve been wanting to do, but never got around to do it.  I’ve decided to take the challenge and transform my daughter’s room/guess room/sewing room.  I know a lot of slashes.

Check out the before pictures.  Now beware….this room was my daughter’s room and this is how she left it when she moved out.  I am so embarrassed to even show it because it makes me cringe when I see it.  We usually close the door and pretend it doesn’t exist.  It’s a mess, but it’s wasted space since she moved out.

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I told you….A hot mess!

My plan is to have one side of the room as my craft/sewing space and the other side would house the bed. This room gets tons of light which is perfect for my project and I must have a guess bedroom because my entire family lives in other states, so this room has to have slashes. I will post updates weekly, so you can see my progress and that will force me to stay motivated.

 

Pillow Change for Spring

Hi All!

As you may know by now, I love sewing pillows and I can change my mind often especially when the seasons change.  Since spring is creeping in, I thought about adding more color to my house.  I’m starting with this fabric I was drawn to  in the fabric store.  I love the colors in it.

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The colors just jump out at me and I like the two different prints together.  It just seems to work.

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I just made one pillow so far to see how it would look in the room.  Hopefully, I will be able to make the rest this weekend and show you the final look next week. What do you think about the fabric.

Another note, one day I will get the courage to recover this chair.  It upholstery needs to change.

 

 

WACKY HAT DAY!

Hi All!

I just had to post this picture of my little cutie.  Some of you with children may know this month is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and my son’s school has been celebrating all month-long.  Well, today was wacky hat day and I made this quick hat for him.

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This was a really quick project.  I used red and white wide ribbon, two foam top hats, spray adhesive, construction paper and hot glue.

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I cut the top part of the second hat, tilted it and glued it onto the other hat.

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Attached the red and white ribbon with spray adhesive.

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Cut out another character and glued it to the back of the hat and also made cat whisker for the front.

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He had to try It on before it was complete.

Homemade Lavender Bath Salt

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Hi Ya’ll,

I’m a big fan of bath salt and I love the aroma of lavender.  Yesterday, I went to the gym and worked out really hard.  I knew I would have to relax my muscles when I got home and what better way to relax your muscles and your mind, than with a nice hot bath and the relaxing aroma of lavender.  I actually make my own and add a couple of tablespoons to the water to relax.

It’s very easy to make:

1 cup epsom salt

8 drops of lavender essential oil

2 teaspoons dried lavender

Mix the salt and lavender oil well in a glass bowl. Spoon into a glass jar, add dried lavender and cover with a tight lid.  Simple and easy with a big benefit.  You can also add other scents like peppermint.  It depends on what you like.

Sometime I would give these as little gifts to my hard-working friends to remind them to relax.

 

Look What I Made: Travel Pouch

Happy Monday!

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I’ve been in this sewing stage lately.  I’m dabbling into learning how to sew clothing for myself……I tell you some items I’ve sewn are really funny, but I will keep practicing.  I’m getting refresher courses from YouTube videos and sewing blogs and it’s been blast….I’ve even joined a Facebook sewing group….too funny.  I can sew basics, but when it comes to reading a clothing pattern, I get a little lost with some of the terminology.  Well, the instructions for this pouch was found (here). 

I’ve decided to make a small pouch for my jewelry, since I will be traveling more this year. My jewelry usually end up in my old clear pouch, which I’ve had for years…..time to update.  I really like the way it came out, and I also made one for my Kindle Fire. It also helps me practice with sewing zippers.

Note:  As you can see, I’ve tried two different lining fabrics.  The jewelry pouch lining is the velvet from one of my pillows (here).  It was too thick, so I changed it for the Kindle pouch to satin lining and this was too thin. I would change the lining fabric or eliminate it all together because the plaid fabric is already has weight to it.