All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DIY Maxi Skirt

Several Months ago I found a super cute Maxi Skirt tutorial  on Pinterest and I have been wanting to make one.

I was in Hancock's fabric the other night, just killing time and scoping out the new spring/summer fabric selections. I always make it a habit to check the remnant fabric bin, and to my great surprise I found something awesome! I found almost 2 yards of this super cute white & silver ruffled fabric and it was only $2.00. Woohoo..this was a steal because I checked the store and found out this was a new fabric and originally priced at $12.00 a yard. I figured someone probably bought it and changed their mind and returned it. I also found another great remnant for about the same price that I am saving for another project. The only other thing I needed to buy was some elastic for the waste band. I chose a wider width elastic (2 inch) because it seemed like it might not roll over as much and easier to work with.

I did not take a lot of pictures of the construction process because to be honest, I was so focused on not messing up I forgot. :)

During this project I stopped multiple times to review the above tutorial I mentioned and several others for reference because I really didn't know what I was doing. It's just a skirt, but I'm kind of a perfectionist and I always like to do a lot of research. Here is a list of some other great skirt tutorials.

1. Make it & Love it
2.The how to gal
3. V and CO.

To figure out how full I wanted my skirt, I wrapped the fabric around my waste and used a pin to mark the spot. I then folded the fabric and trimmed the excess off and then pinned the two sides together. The one thing I will mention about this fabric is that you have to make sure that the ruffles are flat when you do this, otherwise they might get sewn going every which way.
This is the finished skirt. I think the hardest part was the waste band. For some reason I kept messing up when I was pinning it and had to redo it several times. 
I know what your'e thinking... "White"! I know I'm just asking for something red to be splashed all over it.  LOL
My sewing on the waste band is straight for the most part, but it is a little wonky in some parts.  Overall I am very happy with the end result. The best part is the waste band will be covered up by my top.
I also wanted to show that the fabric isn't as see through as it apears. I tried it on in my house and I  couldn't see anthing. But I might have to wear a slip or I could always sew a lining if I really wanted to. This fabric is super light weight and has a little but of stretch.
I was thinking this skirt would be super cute, paired with a bright tank, Chambray shirt, wedge sandals, chunky jewelry and some cool shades. I am so glad spring is here.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

DIY Burlap Cork board

Last weekend we were in Hobby Lobby picking up some art supplies and I had no intention of buying anything else until I spotted the coolest burlap I have ever seen. I realized I had an extra 40% coupon and decided to purchase a yard to cover a cork board in our office. 

I've done several cork board projects, but never with burlap. I have to say this was the easiest project I have done in a long time. I think it might have taken 30-45 minutes. 

I apologize that the quality of the step by step photos are not that good. Our camera decided to suddenly stop working and I was forced to use my cell phone. 

This is the burlap. I love how all the different fonts and how they overlap eachother. This is nice because I can hang the cork board vertically & horizontally.
This is what the  23x35 cork board looked like before I did anything. First I took it outside and sprayed a generous layer of spray adhesive all over the cork and the frame. I then placed it faced down on the burlap and then turned it over and smoothed out all the wrinkles with glove covered hands...Spray adhesive can be very sticky & messy. 
After I smoothed the burlap over the front of the cork board, I decided to secure the burlap to the back of the cork board using a staple gun. I made sure I had enough free edge on the burlap so it could be folded over once and then over the edge of the frame, so I didn't have to worry about the burlap unraveling. 
I pulled the burlap tight and stapled it directly to the cardboard backing at the edge of the frame.
I stapled the longer sides of the cork board first.
I then focused my attention to the shorter ends of the cork boards. 
I started stapling in the middle and worked my way out to the edges.
I left a significant amount of burlap on the corners and used a scissor to trim  the excess.  Once I cut off  the extra burlap I tucked the burlap under and stapled it in place. I repeated this step on all four corners.
This is a picture of the back of the cork board after I finished stapling. I did go back and added a few more staples to make sure everything was secure. 
This is the finished cork board hung up above Alex's drawing desk.
 If you do a similar project you might want to leave the cork board in your garage or outside for a few days  before you hang it up. The combination of the burlap & the spray adhesive smelled horrible. Thankfully our weather has been nice lately and I just left a window open in our office to air it out.
This is cork board in use. We are constantly rotating and changing the pictures according to the projects Alex is working on. You can never have enough artistic inspiration. I love the black n' white photo of Alex's grandmother  aka "The Goose". This is an actual head shot photo she used for her acting career.
I hope this inspires you!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Antibes Green Vintage Telephone Table: Before & After

Have you ever been driving down the road and out of the corner of your eye you spotted something and you had to go back for a closer look? I have and that's exactly what happened to me with this table. 

I was on the last leg of an epic day of garage selling and as I drove by a house on my way home, I noticed this table sitting by its self in the grass. I immediately approached the owner and made a deal to take the table off his hands for $6. 

I don't know what it was but something about the table just spoke to me. Like most of the things I buy I had no idea how I would refinish this table, until I discovered Antibes Green Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This color is so dreamy and as soon as I saw it, I thought it would compliment the tables whimsical style. 

I tried to take as many pictures of the transformation as possible, this is something I am still working on. I just get so excited to paint and I totally forget about taking pictures.

This is the table after 2 coats of Antibes Green, if you look closely you can see that some areas are streaky. This is normal for chalk paint because it has a natural opacity to it. I thought getting the 2 coats of paint on would never end, there were so many nooks & crannies and I'm kind of a perfectionist. 

After applying the 2 coats of paint I decided to try my hand with a new technique. I've been very brave lately and trying lots of new things.  I loved the color, but lets face it this is green on CRACK....way too bright!! I needed to find a way to tone down the color. I bought a container of Valspar Antiquing Glaze from Lowes. I wasn't really sure what I was doing and I found a great tutorial online at "All Things Thrifty".  

I decided to cover my kitchen table with a drop cloth because the lighting was better. I used a foam paint brush to apply the glaze to the table and a damp rag to remove the excess. I discovered that the magic number was 8-10 minutes to let the glaze sit before wiping it off. I warn you this was time consuming, but totally worth it. I went over the entire table once and then in some areas I repeated the steps again. I really payed close attention to the corners and ridges on the spindles because I wanted the glaze to highlight the tables shape. I let the glaze dry for several days and then I sprayed it with a coat of clear varnish to protect the paint.
Here are some pictures of the finished table. It turned out even better than I imagined. The glaze really gave it an aged look and accentuated all of the tables curves. For some reason this table makes me think of Alice in Wonderland.
This is the table in action, and I haven't decided if I am going to keep it. I added a white wicker basket to the shelf for extra storage and the magazine holder on the side is perfect for all my favorite magazines. Surprisingly it goes with the decor in my living room and for some reason the green really works with my pink lamp shades. 

If you think this is wild, stay tuned. I'm working on another table with Barcelona Orange and it's going to be Amazing!
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Kc Jo