29 November 2013

This Thanksgiving I'm Thankful For: Sponsors!

 Having sponsors makes such a huge difference for my blog. It means I can actually afford to do a lot of the decorating and diy projects that I think up to blog about. And I love being affiliated with brands that provide home products as beautiful and high-quality as the ones from my sponsors. 

If you are looking for anything from lighting, to decor, to home furnishings, DecoraUSA carries it all. They even carry sinks for kitchens and baths, and beautiful bathroom vanities. 

Another of my sponsors is Chandelier Warehouse, a source for stunning indoor and outdoor lighting. In all the time I've spent looking through their site, I have yet to see all the light fixtures that they offer. They carry a TON, and in lots of different and gorgeous styles. 

Thanks so much to my wonderful sponsors, and thank YOU guys for supporting them. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you who celebrate it are having a fabulous turkey day! In between bites of pie you can go check out my post at the Chandelier Warehouse blog today- it's about super pretty crystal table lamps. 
But most of all just have a really great Thanksgiving!!

27 November 2013

DIY Gold Faux Bois Design on a Bowl

 Question: Is it still considered faux bois if you traced actual wood grain to make your design??

Either way, I did it on the wooden bowl in my dining room that just about a week ago I made a taped stripe design on. 

Here is the bowl in it's original state:

Here it is with stripes (that I just made with tape so they weren't permanent). 

The stripes were fun but I got sick of them quick. So I pulled them all off and used my new gold leafing pen to trace over some of the wood grain patterns on the bowl to give it a faux bois affect. 

And here it is now.

I only did it on the outside of the bowl. I think it would be pretty if the inside was covered in a coat of gold paint, but for now I'm really happy with how it looks with just the gold design on the outside. 

It was super easy to do this since I was just tracing the most prominent wood grain markings. I didn't really have to put any thought at all into the design. 

Obviously my little pop of color for the dining room is gone, but I love this look so much more than the pink and white stripes. I think this one's a keeper! 

26 November 2013

A DIY Beetle-Print Pillow

We're in Las Vegas this week but I made sure to schedule some posts for the next few days and today I'm here with a tutorial for a pillow I made last week.  

A few months ago my favorite online fabric source Spoonflower sent me this free fabric sample:

It's of a print called Scarab Allover Acid Green and I love it a ton. The little sample that I got was just a little 8x8(ish) inch square but I knew I wanted to figure out a way to do something with it. 

At first I was just going to frame it and hang it in the playroom, but then I decided I wanted it on a pillow. Obviously the little sample was too small to make a whole pillow out of, so I decided I'd make the pillow with a different fabric and then put this little square on the front of it. 

For my main pillow fabric I used the same leftover blackout curtain fabric that I used as a backing for a framed shirt last week. I used this tutorial for making the basic pillow cover (even the measurements were the same since I was using the same pillow insert that I used for one of the covers I made in that tutorial). 

But what was different about this cover is that I had to create an opening in the front, like a window, for the beetle fabric to show through. I've never done anything like that before so I was kind of just improvising the whole time and hoping for the best. It ended up coming out pretty well; not perfect, but still super cute. 

So the way that I did it was to first find the center of the front piece of fabric (after cutting and ironing it). I marked out the center with an x (or two...my first mark was a little off). Then I measured the beetle fabric (not the white border but just the actual printed part that I wanted to show) and put a mark on my fabric where each of the corners of the beetle fabric would be. Then I used a straight edge to draw a square slightly inside of those four corner marks. That square was going to be the size of my opening so I wanted it a tiny bit smaller than the size of the beetle fabric so that I wouldn't have to worry about any of that white border peeking through on the sides. 

Are you with me so far? I should have done a better job of photographing each step instead of jamming 3 different markings into one photo. Recap- we've got three marks so far: one in the center, a box around that for the opening, and four dots just outside of the box- one at each corner. 

Next I drew a smaller box inside the first box- maybe like a quarter inch or so smaller all the way around. That was the part I was actually going to cut out. 

I cut that piece out and then made a diagonal cut in each corner of the opening, all the way up to the pencil line of the next drawn box. 

I folded all of the strips over (keep in mind my fabric has been wrong side up this whole time) and ironed them in place, that way from the front the opening would have a clean, hemmed edge. 

Then I laid the beetle fabric over the opening and pinned it in place. 

Now this is where it got kind of tricky. The beetle fabric was really slippery (just the type of fabric that sample happened to be printed on- they have a bunch of different options for it) and there wasn't room for a whole lot of pins. And I was sewing my hemmed edge that I'd just made at the same time that I was attaching the beetle fabric, so it took some effort to keep everything lined up right as I sewed. 

In the end what worked for me was to sew front-side-up and hold on to the beetle fabric from underneath while I was sewing. 

I went all the way around once with a normal stitch and got it all attached smoothly, but I completely suck at keeping my stitches going in a straight line so I wasn't thrilled with how the exposed stitches looked. 

So I went back over it with a heavy decorative stitch, and even though that one came out totally wavy and uneven in spots too, somehow it looks a little better in a more deliberate stitch (as opposed to just one thin one that looked like it wasn't really suppose to be there). 

I think eventually what I want to do is find some kind of trim that I can attach over the stitches with fabric glue, then there won't be any of my crappy stitches showing at all. But in the meantime, at least this pillow is just in the playroom, and where else is it more acceptable to not be perfect than in a kids' room? 

Anyways I attached the pillow front to the back using that tutorial I linked to earlier, and now the pillow is looking super cute on a chair in the corner. 

Don't mind that missing dresser drawer. It got ripped right out of the dresser so hard that it's metal track got broken and now it's sitting on the floor waiting to be fixed. This is what real life looks like. 
Who would guess this sweet looking little guy could be so destructive. 

Hopefully the new pillow survives him, because I'm really liking it!

25 November 2013

High-Style Tableware: B by Brandie

 I love Instagram. Not only does it allow me fun peeks into the lives of family, friends, and favorite bloggers, but every once in a while I also discover a great brand that I previously knew nothing about. 

One day I started seeing all these photos of gorgeous table settings popping up in my Instagram feed, and all of them featured some of the most beautiful plates I'd ever seen. I started clicking hashtags till I found my way over to the designers of those plates- B By Brandie

B By Brandie, founded by Brandie Gehan, offers everything you need to set a sophisticated and stylish table. 

They've actually just launched this month, which is really exciting. There is something so thrilling about being one of the first to own a piece from a new line. Which is why I am dying to get some of their gorgeous tableware into my newly redecorated dining room. 

I'm a huge fan of black and white so I love the Classic Contrast collection. It has gold detailing too, which I absolutely love. What is more glamorous than black, white, and gold?

I also love the Mix, Match, Magical collection. I think rotating these three colors around a table would be so pretty. Or even picking one of the blues to pair with the gray and then alternating the two around the table. Mmm, picturing it on my table now...

It's hard to choose though, because they also have the Dash of Fashion collection which is so fab. I now feel like I need that gold edged plate in the middle (find it here) like my life depends on it. 

Photos via 

My favorite part about all of their collections is that you don't have to buy the entire set of something- you can buy piece by piece, which means that you can mix and match pieces from different collections to create settings for your table that are absolutely perfect for you and your style. I've already been spending way too much time looking at all of their dinner plates and planning possible combos. 

My dining room needs this. These must happen on my new table. I'm totally determined. 

Check out B By Brandie guys. You will LOVE!

22 November 2013

Extra Seating with Poufs

Today I'm at the blog for DecoraUSA talking about poufs, and why they're good for more than just extra seating. I have been wanting a pouf FOREVER and have yet to get one. One of these days I'll be cool enough to have one, but in the mean time I at least get to blab about them, so hear what I've got to say at the DecoraUSA blog.  

By the way, I'll be in Las Vegas all of next week but I've still got posts going up for the week including a cute playroom diy involving bugs! {It's so much cuter than it sounds!!} So keep checking in! And have a great weekend! 

21 November 2013

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

I'm banging away at my to-do list today trying to get ready for a whole week in Las Vegas next week. {So excited!!:D}
That list on the bottom right is what I need to get done before we go, and it's giving me a little anxiety. I've crossed off like 3 things so far and it's been growing all week. 

One thing on my list should be to say goodbye to those two plants because they're barely surviving with me home with them; I'm positive they'll be dead by the time we get back. 
You'll never catch me writing about gardening. 

But anyway today I'm at the blog for Chandelier Warehouse with ideas for creating a gorgeous Thanksgiving table.


Confession: I never decorate the table. I've never set out so much as a pumpkin onto it to make it feel festive. Whenever I host Thanksgiving I'm always so stressed about not destroying the meal  having the food ready on time that I don't put one second's thought into what my table looks like. After writing this post though I'm super inspired to put some effort into my Thanksgiving tablescape. Maybe next year?
In the meantime, if you're better about creating a pretty Thanksgiving table than I am, then go get some inspiration for this year's table from my post at the Chandelier Warehouse blog

20 November 2013

A Framed Baby Shirt

 Yesterday I tackled a quick little project that's been on my to-do list for a while- 
figuring out a new backing for my daughter's baby shirt that's framed in the living room. 

Can't see it? Don't worry, neither could we. It's a white shirt and it was on a white backing, so it completely blended in and we had to squint to even be able to see what was in the frame. 

So yesterday I took it out and made a new backing for it out of some dark gray fabric that I already had. (It's actually the remnants of some blackout curtains.) I just used the piece of paper that the shirt had originally been backed with as my guide for cutting the fabric to the right size. 

I ironed the cut piece and then just used a glue stick to glue it right to the inside of the frame backing, that way it would stay nice and flat inside the frame. 

I love the added texture that the heavy fabric adds to this. And I love that now this sweet little shirt is so easy to see. 

No more squinting to figure out what's in the frame. 

An added bonus is that it now matches the lamps ridiculously well. I wasn't trying to make that happen, but now that it did I like it.