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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swing into Spring - It's a Party # 164

Welcome to this week's Swing into Spring party.  
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Dixie Delights shared the before and after photos of her den renovation.  This is one of my favorite all time makeovers.  Be sure to check out the before photos to see just how far this room has come.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
A Stroll Thru Life transformed her chandelier by adding a little bling.  She found these magnetic prisms online.  What a great way to update a chandelier!

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Blissful Sewing  shared a tutorial on how to sew fabric covered buttons.

TASTY TREATS:
The Pin Junkie shared her recipe for greek salad.  Yummy!


If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Swing into Spring - It's a Party #163

Welcome to this week's Swing into Spring party.  
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration. 
 Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:

Beaux R'eves  shares some tips and tricks on how to stage the outside of your home when you are ready to sell.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:

Confessions of a Serial Diyer  shared a makeover of how she took a thrift store find and turned it into this glam table.  

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Corner House Blog  gives a great tutorial on how to create these felt ball Easter eggs.  

TASTY TREATS:

Celebrate shared a tutorial on how to create these chocolate peanut butter eggs...my favorite.


If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy


Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Fabric Checkbook Cover

This is a project that I put together out of necessity.  I still am a big checkbook user.  I know so many people do all of their business online, but for me I still write checks.  I carry my checkbook in my pocketbook.  My checkbook cover was the cheap-o plastic cover that comes with the checks.  Unfortunately over time these covers crack at the edges.  I went into my pocketbook the other day and noticed that the checkbook cover had completely pulled and frayed the lining of my bag.  Okay...that is really not cool.  It was time for a new checkbook cover.  I looked into buying a leather one but really had trouble finding one that I not only liked but was at a decent price point.  So instead, I turned my sites on making one.

I decided I should make one out of fabric.  This is an easy project that I made using scraps of fabric.  I was sure that I wasn't the first one to come up with the idea of a fabric checkbook cover, so I went onto Pinterest and found a great tutorial.   The tutorial gave step by step instructions that I followed exactly.
First I cut out all of the pieces I needed for the inside and outside of the cover and the inner pockets as well as fusible interfacing to add body.  
I sewed the two different pink fabrics together to form the inner pockets.  Then attached it to the main aqua fabric.  I then sewed the back and front together and left a few inches to turn it back to the right side.  Then I sewed all around to complete the checkbook cover.  


It took me longer to make a decision as to which fabrics I wanted to use from my stash than it took to actually sew it together.  No more sharp edges on my checkbook cover to wreak havoc in my pocketbook.  The possibilities are endless with this project depending on your fabric combinations and the best part is you need very little fabric.  

Can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Easter Basket

I got the idea for this Easter basket after my kids had some friends over and they went through a new box of donuts in a matter of minutes.  

 Something about the box shape screamed Easter basket to me.  Go figure...


It's really a quick, fun project that you can customize in so many different ways.

The supplies you will need:

rectangular box
mod podge
two sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper
foam brush
crochet or embroidery thread

 I cut off the lid and covered the outside of the box with a piece of scrapbook paper using mod podge.  I was able to cover the entire box and still have paper left to use for the handle.  I also attached the handle using mod podge.

 For the "Easter grass" I folded a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper accordion style.  Then I cut it into narrow strips and added it to the bottom of the basket.


To give it a little more style, I used a hole punch all around the basket edge and then crocheted all around.
 I just crocheted a basic scallop stitch all around.  

To finish it off I stitched using crochet thread on the handle.
I filled it with an assortment of Easter eggs including ones I decoupaged a few years ago.  
In just a few minutes I turned a donut box into a super cute Easter basket with things I already had on hand.  Can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Swing into Spring - It's a Party #162

Welcome to this week's Swing into Spring party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Attempts at Domestication revealed her living room makeover.  Be sure to stop by to check out all of the details.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Gates of Crystal gives a wonderful tutorial on how she reupholstered this chair.  She did such a professional job!

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
My friend Kathy from Creative Home Expressions  created this super cute wood tote.  Love it with the hydrangeas.  

TASTY TREATS:
The Pin Junkie shared a recipe for chocolate peanut butter bars.  Yummy!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy


Monday, March 31, 2014

$6 Powder Room Update for Spring

Spring is in the air so it's a good time to make some changes around the house.  One of my favorite rooms in our home is our first floor powder room.  It's funny because it started out as one of my least favorite rooms.  But a few years ago I embraced the white and gray tile and the grayish formica vanity.  I stopped focusing on how much I disliked it and instead used it as a jumping off point to create a space using my favorite color combination of blue, bronze, cream and gray.  

This time around the changes I made are subtle, but just enough to make it feel fresh to me.

It started by me finding these damask hand towels at Home Goods for $2.99 each.  They picked up on the damask wallpaper that I love in this bathroom.  I also loved the stripe at the bottom of the hand towels.  It gives these towels both a masculine and feminine feel. 
Then using my Silhouette machine, I transformed my plain white trash can and tissue box holder.  I used a damask design and cut it out on the machine.  To apply it I use clear contact paper which is a much more cost effective method of applying vinyl.  In minutes I completely changed the look of these accessories.

I actually used two different damask designs...one for the trash can and one for this tissue box holder.  It makes the accessories feel a bit more special.

It's funny how new hand towels and a little DIY project can make a space feel fresh and new.


How about you?  How have you been refreshing your spaces for Spring?

-Judy

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Trial and Error Pillows

I am still working on the finishing touches in my living room.  I have not yet found artwork that I love, so I thought that if I could settle on the pillows I could move this project forward.

The thing with pillows is you really have to try them in the space to see if they really work.  I saw this coral pillow at Pottery Barn, and loved it in the store,  and thought it would be a good addition to the living room.
I felt it would pick up on the same color coral-ish color in the area rug.


It does pick up the color in the rug, but it's taking the room in a direction that I don't want to go.  It's a little too harsh and I feel that it pulls your attention too much.  So I will be returning it to Pottery Barn.  
Back to the drawing board.


-Judy

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