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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

i’m here and i’m back!

i know i have been mia.  and i really am sorry.  i haven’t been doing much…  except growing a baby.

so please join me in #4’s internet debut…ta da!  #4!

 

needless to say, we are all very excited in this house.  although no one as much as big sis e.  she wakes me up each morning letting me know how happy she is to be a “triple big sister”.  she has also already begun to clear the house of any small objects.  coins, pizza pieces, baby kai lan, and mr. fluffy have all been relocated to a shoe box until baby is big enough.  that’s my e.  very proactive.  baby is due 11/5/2012.

and as if by magic as i entered the 2nd trimester i started to feel like sewing again.  i have 2 projects lined up for this week so stay tuned!

missed you girls.

 

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dwell studio bedroom, in progress

hey, where are you guys?!  i know you’re not sitting around, so please start sharing again!!

my next room decor project is focused on our master bedroom, mostly because we don’t have anything that actually matches and is functional.  i’m a firm believer in white bedding so that’s not going to change, but i needed to spruce up the place a bit.  i fell in LOVE with the new dwell studio line of fabrics, but didn’t want to pay the prices for their bedding, so i’m trying to be a little creative and find ways to incorporate the fabric into our room.  you may recall i also used dwell studio in the mudroom redo too!

dwell studio fabric samples

what you can’t see – we used to have brown curtains on the windows, only because they were left over from my previous home.  they were too short and, well, brown, so i’ve wanted to replace them forever.  i decided on white (white?!) curtains, and i actually like them more than i was expecting!

i’m definitely not done yet, but what i have finished so far is: recovering the lampshade, adding a bench from our dining room and recovering it, and making 2 pillow covers.  small changes but the impact has been big!

for the lamp, i used bella porte charcoal.  sissy and i kind of traced the lamp onto the fabric, which worked fine and all, however the pattern is a little lopsided.  we didn’t think this through enough obviously.

the bench used to sit in our dining room since it’s technically part of our dining room seating, however we never use it.  instead i brought it upstairs and recovered it in vintage blossom in grey.  actually, i can’t take credit for this project – my very talented parents did this bench and the one in the mudroom while i was visiting hubby in japan!!  how awesome is that?

after seeing the vintage blossom on the bench, i knew i needed more, so i ordered 3 more yards of fabric and made two king-sized pillow covers using this tutorial.  i love them!!  the one change i made to the tutorial is that i didn’t do the edge.

pillow pocket close-up

next up are a few euro sized pillows in the yellow & white zig-zag pattern (premier prints line).  maybe also some toss pillows for the bench in one of the other fabrics…at any rate i hope hubby likes it when he returns!!

go fish

i’m back!!  whew, the last few weeks have been a little crazy, but my house is empty again so i was able to tear up the dining room with all my sewing gear.  the day wasn’t uneventful though – about 80% of the way through this project i snapped a needle and couldn’t find the bottom half for a while…thought it was inside the machine…until low and behold i found it stitched into the back of my project!  well, happy that it wasn’t in the black hole of my machine.

anywhoo, another month of baby showers for me!  i was getting bored with the standard issue bib & burp so i decided to get a little creative with my first applique.  since this baby’s gender is unknown, i stuck with green, yellow and orange fabric scraps.  yeah, that’s right – scraps.  i bought nothing for this project, whoopie!

i did use the fish pattern from a mccalls pattern i had, but could have created something similar pretty easily.

oh, and check out the labels, copied from se!!!!

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