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Delve into 2012 – DIY

When I mentioned in last week’s 2011 review that the breakfast nook was pretty much good to go, I totally forgot to mention this lovely DIY idea for our chairs.

I pinned this upholstered chair tutorial from Apartment Therapy a while back. I love the basic ivory cushions we have on them now, but a pop of green/orange/red on the top with some padding would be utterly delicious!

Constellation Light Tutorial on Offbeat Home

I would like to send out a big ‘Thank You!’ to Cat and Offbeat Home for sharing our constellation light tutorial today!

Monday, Monday

What a wonderfully busy and fun weekend was had by all. Saturday’s HCAF was much fun and I sold a few things. I mentioned to friends that I really don’t need to get attached to some of the things I make as I almost cried when this walked away with a delightful new owner. I’m busy trying to get more inventory ready for the closing weekend of the Farmers Market, coming up this weekend!

Here’s to a fabulous week! I hope to have photos of the newer pillows taken and uploaded to Etsy tomorrow.

Insert KermitOMGYay.gif badge here, please!

Oh Instagram, may I never tire of you.

Michael mostly finished my new spool and bobbin holders yesterday! I had two of these little things at the other house but I quickly outgrew them and I wasn’t happy that I couldn’t hang my bobbin with it’s matching spool. But now, I’m just one step away! Okay, two if you count mounting. I thought we had enough green spray paint left over from one of our chairs, but alas, not. I don’t know what color it will be but I will post the finished pieces tomorrow.

Fabric for the old footstools.

I LOVE vintage barkcloth. To be honest, I haven’t been actively looking for any. Instead, I have been gathering fabric samples from some of the local stores that sell fabric for home decor. I found a few that I love, one in particular. I was on the fence with it as it was a woven blood red vinyl and would have gone perfectly with the walls, but I’m waffling with red right now. The room is primarily white/black/blue/greens/wood with a touch of red. The red may be too overpowering but WOW it would be awesome. We were out picking up supplies and using coupons yesterday when I ran into this delightful vintage barkcloth feel fabric at Hancock’s and it was 50% off (it is normally $35 a yard)! We had a yard cut and I mocked up the stool with the intended hexagonal tray and new lamps


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Now I’m thinking I may still get the vinyl for just in case. I should probably check for sales as it’s $50.00 a yard currently.

One day we’ll frame the old paint-by-number paintings!

Dinner with the Mad Scientist

ETA: Many thanks to Sarah Rae at Apartment Therapy for loving our stuff so much she featured us again! ♥

I’m imagining this will be what our home looks like when were old and Michael’s laboratory is filled with amazing pieces. Well, in my fantasies it does… minus the dirty plates and glasses. ūüėČ I think what I love most is that I didn’t have to clean or polish ANYTHING! The glasses and plates are all smudged and dusty and the silver is tarnished. All of it. I would love to build on this theme next year, bringing some of Michael’s larger Tesla coils/other HV ‘toys’ down from his studio. They do have to come downstairs for the big porch scene for Halloween night so we might as well bring them down early.

Oh, in case it was missed, here is the Aged Label DIY tutorial!

The skull prints were found on BibliOdyssey {so, so much love for that site}, resized and a little Photoshopped to clean up a bit. Propped up against the skull is an antique medical slide. I had six in my studio and after this venture I now have five. Oh well!

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Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY

The dining room is finished and I’m working on a full post, but in the meantime here’s a little how-to to make these labels. I had a lot of fun and hope this tutorial is helpful.¬†I by no means fancy myself a copywriter and am completely open to suggestions for more label ideas. If I get some I will be more than happy to update the pdfs.

I found a great tutorial from The Craft Junkie and did a little tweaking. The project originally calls for printing on card/photo stock and then soaking it in coffee, but our ink will run when bathed. Hell, the humidity in the morning at the Farmers Market can make my stuff a little weepy. So I ran the ‘treatment’ and then printed. All images link to larger sizes. (more…)

Bat Garland revised and new Etsy store!

I decided to spruce up the booth last weekend and pulled out the bat garland I made last year. I like it, but to be honest, it looked sloppy. Too sloppy for my perfectionist self. So I pulled out the template and set about a new garland style that is no-sew AND no-glue! Each bat has two holes that allow the ribbon go through, making it completely adjustable. I also added black eyelets for stability. I was so happy with them that I’ve made several more and also used a second bat style. I have placed them for sale on OUR NEW ETSY¬†¬†STORE… with 13 bats per 20′ length of black satin ribbon. We’re going to try some other Halloween stuffs in the next week.

DIY price tags

I tip my hat again to the wonderfully creative Stella Maris for inspiring these. We purchased two beautiful rolls of vintage wallpaper to use for various items for the wedding. We were in hopes of making May (Day) Baskets for the ceremony chairs but it proved to be too fragile and we ran out of steam trying to make them work. I have many shapes cut out and they’ve sat for two and a half years. I needed something to do with them and wanted to have something fun for my price tags. When Stella showed me hers, which were made with origami paper, the idea clicked.

They’re incredibly easy to do and I’m not sure if they warrant a full tutorial. Just tape both sides and use a tag punch to make the shapes. I have a punch that makes three sizes of tags and I strung them with embroidery thread.

Thanks Stella!

Revisions

I decided to mock-up the box without the Leo symbol and add a few more lights. I like it much better and now we just need to make it look like this in reality. I’ll then write up the tutorial for the end of the week. Right now, I need to finish a commission!

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