My Homemade Pin Cushion…

Since I will be busy the next few weeks preparing to move I thought I might share some old posts. So here goes:

I had blogged about this in the past but I had recently come upon Pin CushionGroup of Eggcup Pincushions similar to the one I had made. I wanted to share this link to this Pin Cushion.

I made mine a bit differently but the results are similar and just as cute. Just click on the pic to go to the site.

And this is my Pin Cushion and here is my old post about it (click on pic to go there).

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A New Adventure is Almost Here. Cottage Crashers the Beginning…

Last time it was Quad Crashers. What a wonderful adventure the last 2 years have been. I am not sure I ever really posted our final photos of our Quad level home finished. But now its time to move on.

Our next house will also be a renovation adventure and we will be calling it Cottage Crashers, though I don’t think we will be going that drastic as crashing the place, but the new house does need lots of updating. Its been hardly updated at all since it was built in the 70’s. Its going to take us a few years to do all the things we will want to do.

We have about 2 weeks until we start moving to our new home, our new adventure in renovation, again. The new adventure is a 2 story colonial style home. Not my favorite style of home because I am more into a contemporary open home, but my husband likes traditional, I like wide open houses with very little walls, and so I have to mingle our styles together, though my decorating style is not contemporary. My decorating style is cottage with a touch of shabby chic, and that can be tropical beach cottage, nautical cottage, farm house cottage, English cottage with lots of flowers. My dream home would be a little stone cottage surrounded with acres of beautiful flowers and veggie gardens.

My mind is swirling with ideas on what I could do. I have lists and diagrams all in a notebook I am keeping. I am designing room themes, paint schemes, furniture layouts, and what I will be keeping and what will be going.

The first thing to go is all the carpet on the second floor, then hardwood will be put down as we have time to work on it. Then the flooring will be going on the first floor in all rooms but one. Then the same hardwood will be going down. There are so many different colors of carpets, some still from the 70’s, and different hardwoods and tile. We tend to like all the flooring the same and find it except-able to have just two different flooring options. Any more than two makes it feel chaotic and not planned out. That iIMG_20150107_095426s just our preference.

The carpet in the second floor, well there are literally 5 different colors. There is a rusty orange (is this shag?), a greyish color, a dark dark brown, a dirty cream something, and in the hall way is a different color and texture.
My daughter wants to keep the orange carpet but it is so full of dust and grime I don’t think cleaning would get out decades of that out. And the padding must be really wore out because its like walking on sub-floor. (My twangy attitidude is coming out, if only you could hear me speaking lol)

The first floor this, see below, beautiful hardwood in the family room that will be staying.

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The kitchen has a beautiful dark hardwood that was not put down right so it has to be taken up, but we will be reusing it for something else later.

There is also tile in the entry and hallway but it has to come up because of some other work that has to be done. Then there is some dirty cream color in the dining and formal living room.  All the rooms but the family room with get the same hardwood as the second floor. The basement will be getting tile when it is finished out at a later date.

On to the last of my notes on this subject. The current formal living room is being converted to my craft/sewing room. I don’t particularly need 3 rooms with sofas and I don’t like to have my craft room far away in a basement or upstairs bedroom. I like my craft room to be right there on the floor I am always on. The room is big, bright, sunny, and close to my dining room for me to carry my sewing machine to if I need to or to lay fabric out on. Its just the way I like to roll. It has been suggested by someone who doesn’t live here that I put my craft room in the basement or a bedroom so no one sees it when they come over. I suggested to not let the door hit them on the bum on the way out of my house if they don’t like it. I function the way I function and its my house and that is the way I want it. OK, just a little venting there :)

 

Well, I am off to do more planning and packing. I hope I have finalized paint colors and will be able to share them soon.

Until next time…

 

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Our Newest Addition… That Darn Pig!

Ok, so my daughter has been wanting another Guinea Pig. We have had then in the past but she is ready for her own.

Now before we go on and someone, who like me, thinks these store bought cages are not big enough, and the pine bedding is horrible, and so on, continue on. I will just say this is the cage and supplies he came with from his previous owner and it is not what he will be living in.

If you want to know my thoughts on all this, please visit this site and it will explain it all:

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So drum roll… here is “?” I don’t know his name yet. We are not sure of his age since apparently he has been passed around, but that stops here. He is a little booger and a bit nippy so I would say that is why he was passed around. Its so sad. With lots of patience and love, he will be a fine boy. We are learning he is most moody towards the evening so if we want to handle him, we have to do it in the morning or day hours.

He has been eating low quality foods (from local pet stores and the big blue store that begins with a W) but that is about to change. His new diet is awesome and that comes from Small Pet Select www.smallpetselect.com and he is chowing down on his new Timothy Hay and Timothy Hay based Pellets.  His only eating issue he has has to do with not eating any real foods. We have only convinced him to eat carrots. We have offered fresh fruits and veggies but he is not interested. So we will be working on that so he will eat healthy and live a long life.

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Once we get moved he will be getting his new home built. It will be approximately 3′ x 5′ and will be enough room for him to have a friend.

Until we can get his new home made, he will be living in a Midwest Guinea Habitat Plus which will keep him happy for a while.

Though this new little guy has some challenges, he will be happy and taken care of and won’t have to worry about a new home again. He seems to be mostly comfortable with us despite his nippy behavior. We don’t want him to be passed around any more.

 

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I did it again…

I have once again ignored my passion for writing on my blog (not to mention nature photography). But I sorta have a good excuse.

We have had our house up for sale and have been very busy. We are getting ready to move to our next fixer upper. The next one may take some work over time. It will be an adventure. We are also planning on this new house to be a long term home. A place our children can bring their children. A place I can fully let my creative side go since I won’t be doing everything for resale.

That has always been something I keep in mind while decorating, painting, remodeling… RESALE!

But not any more. So lets see where this will take us. My artsy creative side will come out, but then put back by my husband. We have different styles. He wants neutral traditional furniture and colors. I want bright colors, white furniture, a mix of contemporary and shabby chic. I am a strange cookie and I don’t mind. I like to mix things up. I like things bright. Its just me. I like every room to be a different theme so when I feel like something different, I can go to that room and chill a while.

 

Well that is all for now…

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(Photo from http://www.allthingsclipart.com)

 

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DIY: RIT Dyed Sea Shells…

I happen to have several bottles of my favorite RIT color, Aquamarine, sitting around and I did this quick dye job on some white sea shells. IMG_20141017_123711

I did this on the stove top with hot, not boiling water, with about 1/2 cup vinegar. I just threw the shells in and filled enough water to cover them about 1/2 inch and poured in some dye. I didn’t measure any of it.IMG_20141017_123752

I stirred them around until desired color and then put them on a few paper towels to dry.

It was a simple and fast project I did while bored.  I am also including a photo of my favorite mermaid sitting next to some natural sea shells.

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DIY: Autumn Door Decor…

A few weeks ago, I was preparing for my front door Autumn wreath when I discovered my wreath had gone missing.

At that point I started my quest for something simple and frugal to decorate my front door. IMG_20141017_115944

While shopping at Kroger one day I found they had Indian Corn. My mind started working on how I could use it. I was originally going to attach it to a metal hanger in a design but after laying it out several ways, I could not get satisfied with the way it looked.

I started rummaging through my craft supplies and found some old scrap fabric in a nice shade of orange. I proceeded to think how I could make this thing simple.

So I just tied the Indian Corn together and tied the “bow” around it. I did have to take a piece of brown yard to hold the corn together so it didn’t flare out, I want my corn to lay flat against each other. So this is the result. I think the colors compliment my green door.

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Rit Dyed Palatial King Duvet and Shams….

I thought I would restart my blogging off with one of my recent projects.

I have 2 Palatial King Duvet sets from Downlite. They come only in white. Since I am a color girl, I thought I would dye one of my sets a bright sunny color.

I found my self at Jo-Ann’s looking at dye. I decided on RIT Golden Yellow. I used 3 bottles of liquid dye because I had almost 6 pounds of fabric with the huge duvet and 4 shams.

Now normally they say don’t use front loaders to dye items. Being the rebel that I am, I did it any ways. I have never had a bad dye job using my front loading washing machine. At the end of this post you will find my quickly explained steps.

I found my self playing with different looks. I am ADD when it comes to home decor. I can’t seem to leave things alone because I get bored of placement after a few months so I move things around. So here are some of my looks…

This one is my typical tropical look… (ignore those non matching curtains. They are another dye project I will talk about later)

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This is one of my favorites. I laid the flannel blanket, that I made, across the bed.

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Here I placed a tye dye crocheted blanket, my mom had crocheted and sent to my kids, across the foot edge. I threw on a blue toss pillow.

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Here are the before and after colors.

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I hope you enjoyed my quick post of my dye project. I have more photos but I don’t want to bore you!

Here is how I dye things in my front loading washing machine:

  1. Gather all items: Dye, pitcher of hot water, fabric, Vinegar or Salt depending on your fabric, dye fixative, and so on..
  2. If I use salt or vinegar I will mix it in my large glass measuring cup with the dye. I also will just add them to my pitcher of hot water.
  3. I set washer to hottest and longest cycle.
  4. I throw fabric in and let it toss till soaked.
  5. I then proceed to pour, and pray it all turns out, into my soap dispenser.
  6. This last step is important. Pour your large pitcher of hot water into the dispenser to chase the rest of the dye in.
  7. I usually let my washer run its cycle then I will do a quick wash to rinse the washer and get fabric softener into the fabric so I don’t smell the dye.

Its pretty simple. I have never had a problem. Yes my washer has some staining in some areas, but I don’t care. I tend to always like the results.

I will share more projects soon.

Enjoy!

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