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It’s Curtains for the Shower

I absolutely LOVE creating things for family and friends. The only bad thing about that is I over criticise ever stitch because I want it to be perfect…ok, who am I kidding, that’s with anything I make. But when making something for family I always want it to be extra special. So, when my fabulous cousin, Lisa, requested a custom shower curtain for her guest bathroom, I was nervous. That’s a lot of decorative fabric ,which means more money, so I HAD to get it right. Her color palette was simple – black and white. She had some black and white photos of cotton and family hanging that she wanted to use as the inspiration for fabric choice. After mucho searching, I found three options we both liked and Lisa made the final decision. I was nervous because I had to piece to panels of fabric together to it was wide enough, but what seemed like 100 hours of freaking out over it and much mocking from my husband for my silliness, as usual, I went for it and it turned out GORGEOUS! I’m quite proud.

When Lisa opened it, she wrote me and said she absolutely loved it and it look perfect. She sent me a picture!

And I was so inspired when I hung it up for pictures that I made a new shower curtain for myself.  (Previous post: Getting Settled and Pretty )

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Getting Settled and Pretty

WOW. HOW long has it been since I’ve posted last? Opps. See what moving across the country will do for you?

We’ve been in Nashville for six months already, which is impossible to believe. But we’ve finally settled and gotten things pretty much in working order. Now we’re working on making everything “pretty.” Since David wants to crush his head every time I mention wanting to paint (we’re renting), I’ve now moved to sewing things.

In Los Angeles, we had  a separate tub and shower – which had a glass door. So, we haven’t had a shower curtain in 8 years. And when I unpacked the one my mom made me when I graduate from college, it was stained and totally outdated. That wasn’t going to make things pretty, so of course, PORJECT!

Our bathroom is extremely tiny, but thank goodness it has a window so you don’t feel like you’re pottying in a cave. But, when a shower curtain is hanged, all the light is blocked. I can’t have that, I love natural light. I solved the problem with a split shower curtain: two panels hanging on either side of the shower, leaving the middle open for the light to shine through. After searching all over town and not seeing a fabric I loved…well, one I loved that I was willing to pay for. The price of fabric these days is crazy!…I saved a TON by using a Dwell table cloth from Target that matched perfectly! (Note: Cutting the table cloth and hemming evenly to where the pattern matches is the BIGGEST pain in the *&%^. Fair warning for those of you who want to follow suit).

The new shower panels paired with the purdy embroidered towels my mom gave us looks killer, don’t you think?

Mr. Sarge agrees; and his apporval is rarely bestowed.

 

This whole project was also inspired by the custom shower curtain I made for my cousin, Lisa. Her posting will be coming shortly.

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Christmas is in the Bag

Every year at Christmas I bake tons of Walsh Cheese Wafers for our friends. Each year I look for a new cute way to wrap them. Last year, I use personalized tags from Perideau Designs. This year we stepped it up to their personalized muslin bags and they were a HIT! 

 

I loved how I could choose a variety of colors and designs to satisfy the different holidays (Hanukkah and Christmas). I love the fact there are no tags to fall of or get lost and our friends can re-use them; perhaps to store extra light bulbs, batteries or ornament hooks for the holidays next year. 

 And get excited, Bridgett has designs for these bags for Valentine’s Day – perfect to send to school with the kids or to the office filled with treats…or just to fill for yourself. Yum.

Check out her blog for details – http://perideaudesigns.com/blog/2011/01/03/valentines-day-treat-bags/

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The Hideous Kitchen Counter is Now Consealed

It’s that time again – Sewing time with Laura S! 

So, the main thing that drives Laura S. the most crazy in her house is the most glorious funky shaped kitchen counter. I was actually kinda font of it. But I live to make my people happy, so I shall sew whatever my dear Laura S. wants.

We spent many hours shopping for the perfect fabric – something pretty, but not too much of a print to where it over powers the room. Finally, we stumbled upon a simple beige canvas at Michael Levine’s Discount Loft Store. The best fabric ever: perfect weight, easy to sew, and a dream to iron. I wish I had more for every other project, I love it.  Once we put up the curtain and I saw the difference, I now agree with Laura S. It was quite hideous.

Once we finished that project, I was in the restroom and asked Laura S. if she had thought of curtains for that window. Why, yes, of course she had, what was I thinking. Long story short, we dug through all her fabric scraps and pieced together curtains. Light and airy to light still comes through (it’s a tiny bathroom), but a little privacy on the bottom.  Easy breezy and done.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish so quickly when you : 1. Are laughing and cracking up with a close friend and 2. Put all fear and perfectionism aside and just DO and CREATE.

Satisfaction achieved.

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Treats for my Peeps

Ok, I admit it. I have a hard time accepting help and gifts without wanting to give something in return. I love giving treats. So, when my cousin, Lisa, saved me from death’s door with her cough syrup and an Etsy friend, Jennifer, helped me with marketing fonts – free of charge – you know treats were needed!

Oh, what to make? Nothing too big, but extra special to let the ladies know how much I appreciate them and their generosity. After much debate, I settled on pot holders/trivets and coasters. The next dilemma, what colors?

Well, Lisa was easy – Ole Miss colors, UGH. Now, understand, I’m a hard core LSU fan, most of our family are the same (being from Louisiana, it makes sense). But Lisa has always been the black sheep when it came to football (49ers instead of the Saints? Good Lord.) Nevertheless, I managed to suck it up and cut and piece the fabric together… Of course, playing the LSU fight song and drinking an Abita beer during the process did dull the agony a bit.  

Now, for Jennifer, it was a little harder. We know each other through Etsy. She designed and printed all my labels that adorn my creations – gorgeous, right? I know, she’s awesome. But Jen and I never really chatted beyond our professional messages back and forth. So, instead of guessing I just asked – What’s your favorite room in your home? What are your favorite colors? What’s the color scheme in that room? She answered as if she were my long-lost twin, “I LOVE blues and greens together…and some brown added too. My furniture is like a light olive green. Some may call it baby food/puke green. My walls are aqua-ish. 🙂 Dark brown furniture. I love natural browns, beiges, blues, greens…Does this help?” Um, YES, Jennifer, it does…and by the way, we are the same person.

It was super fun going through my scraps and making art from nothing. And both gals were super excited to get their treats. I’m just happy that I could give something in return and tell them how much I treasure them. Love you gals!

Get your very OWN custom coasters, pot holders and trivets in my Etsy shop! www.etsy.com/shop/Lilbumpkin.com

Lisa’s Response: Just got home to find my treats in the mail! I love love love them- and the Ole Miss colors are awesome ( I know that was hard for you so that makes it even more special!) I am already using them! Love you!  P.S. Great LSU game today!! So happy they beat Bama.. you know that I am a closet LSU fan ( except the weekend before Thanksgiving!)

Jen’s response: Got the treats!!! I got them on Saturday. I LOVE them! 🙂 The fabric is DEFINITELY what I would have chosen…and the labels are just awesome on them! I can’t believe I made those labels…they seem so much better than usual. LOL. THANK YOU so much!!!!!!!
Jennifer

Need labels? Visit Jen’s Etsy Shop! – http://www.etsy.com/shop/JennifersJewels

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Happy Birthday to Me!

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!

I love birthdays, but am especially obessed with my own. It’s the bestest day ever. I do a count down ever year for my loved ones starting a month ahead of time. It’s a tradition. In the past I’ve gone all out and threw crazy themed parties: Annie and 80s Roller Skating (yup, wood rink and all!) being the last few. As fate would have it, my love of the 70s made this year’s slightly different.

As you read in my Inspiration from the Past posting, while on our Pacific Coast trip, David and I found an awesome Antique Mall in Bellingham, WA where I found my birthday present – a vintage 70s light fixture. I was instantly in love and knew I would regret not getting it. So, I did what had to – bargained with the seller…and my husband.

Now, let me explain a little. David and I are EXCELLENT bargain shoppers and are major recylers and re-users.  We’ve both grown up in modest households and we were taught early on to use coupons, repourpose and make deals while shopping. When we buy clothes, we go to resale stores like Buffalo Exchange, Crossraods Trading Co. or Goodwill. We buy furniture off of Craigslist and at Swap Meets (Flea Markets for you East Coasters). We book all our travel itenraries on discount websites. In otherwords, we never pay full price for anything (’cause we’re awesome and why should we? Why should anyone?). In addition, we when we DO buy things, they’re usually not big ticket items – we have an one-bedroom apartment, we don’t have room for big ticket. So, I don’t think this light fixture was a thrill for David since it was more “big ticket” than the $30 lamp I bought at TJMax last year.  I knew in order to score my gorgeous light fixture, I had to pull out the big guns – subtracting money from somewhere else.

Understanding what a HUGE deal my birthday is in my world, I turn to David and tell him if I can talk the seller down on the price, I will sacrific my usual crazy birthday party if I could buy the light fixture as my present. I KNOW. HUGE DEAL. Of course, Mr. David is wise and knew this light was probably cheaper that throwing a huge party anyway and left it up to me to decide.

You know I got the light.

I am in love with it and it adds the most beautiful ambiance to the room. I’m happy with my bargain. To make things even sweeter, I put up a large mirror on the wall behind the light fixture. I know it wasn’t in my original bargain, but it just sort of happened.

I was at Salvation Army shopping for vintage t-shirt to make burp cloths out of for a client – that’s another post. I turn around and see a huge black bamboo frame. PERFECT. It’s 3′ x 4′ and only $20. SERIOUSLY?! You can’t get a 8 x 10 frame for that these days.  I snatched it up. Gave it a new coat of high gloss black spray paint and then had a glass guy put in mirror for me. The result – perfection. Very sassy and makes our place feel like it’s twice the size. Why we didn’t think of hanging a huge mirror 6 years ago is beyond me.

But the cherry on top of this story… I’m still having a party…it’s a Come See My Birthday Light Fixture Potluck Birthday Party. Instead of presents, friends are bringing some food to share and will join me in staring  at and oooing and ahhhing over my light fixture all night.  NICE. Everyone wins.

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Rewiring a Vintage Lamp – What a Theatre Major Will Do for You

I am a proud Theatre Arts graduate. Basically, because I have a Theatre Ars degree, I can do anything. Seriously, you name it, I can do it. And yes, brain surgery and rocket science is in that category, thanks.

When I saw an awesome vintage lime green lamp at a swap meet a few months ago, I had to have it. The only problem was that it didn’t have a harp on it and the cord was split at the plug – um, safety first! Well, since I’m an amazing Theatre Arts major and specialized in lighting, I knew I could easily dismantle the lamp, put on a harp and put on a new plug.  So, I set out to do all of that…and quickly realized how old the lamp was – new parts aren’t made to fit old parts. So, in the end, I just rewired the entire lamp. Which was fun because it was easy and I got to put in a fancy modern clear cord instead of keeping the nasty old brown cord. In decor it’s all about appearances and aesthetics.  Now all I have to do is find a shade I like. Oh, that’s another journey.

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