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sew a pleated pouch.

April 8, 2011

i am absolutely thrilled with Needle and Spatula’s tutorial, how to make a pleated pouch. the project was user-friendly, clearly instructed and done in a jiffy!
check out the full instructions here.

photo #1 is Needle and Spatula’s sample
photo #2 is my end project, so happy with the results!

love her fabrics!

what do you think?!

d.i.y. customized lampshade

March 25, 2011

fun, easy, quick and trendy.

perfect d.i.y. by lia fagan posted at design*sponge to dust off that old lampshade that isn’t doing anything for your decor. take it off, measure it out, make you sample and then grab a cute fabric and your favourite pair of scissors!

what have you got to loose? nothing.
what have will you gain? a eye-catching accent in your inviting space.

i am staring down the very lampshade that this d.i.y. is going to town on.
photos to come!

for now, click HERE fore the d.i.y. tutorial !

d.i.y. creative letter writing & sewing on paper

March 23, 2011


if there is one thing i love, it is assembling an envelope with a letter, tea and other bits of love to friends farther away than i wish they were. so, i’m taking the plunge and making a rather… later but better than never new year resolution:
one letter for every week of the year (or what’s left of it!)

any friends eager to be at the top my postal list?
better yet, who have you been meaning to write to. perhaps this week is the week!

one fun and easy way i’ve been sprucing up my love mail is paper sewing. why not cut a fun shape and bind it to your stationary with a few, quick stitches? instantly your letter let’s the reader know it was prepared with time and special care just for them.


easy as pie.
1. cut out a shape (such as a heart in my sample)
2. find its ideal spot on the page and hold put with a pin, a touch of glue or if you’re lazy like me – pinch in place with your finger!
3. roll on over the fabric with your sewing machine (or by hand), being sure to back stitch as per usual and allowing for roughly a 1/4 seam.

additional thoughts:
stockier paper works best (ie. cardstock or bristol board).
why not lap your border a couple times to give it an abstract, artistic look?
how about adding stitches without fabric to vary it even more? (ie the border in my sample or any other touch you think it might need!)

“a time” by author sark is just one component of this love mail to my dear friend jenna. consider writing your letter and then adding in: an inspirational card like “a time”, a few tea bags, a recipe, the options are endless! all these little add-ins transform a standard letter to a package of bliss.

oo… and don’t miss the opportunity to add your
personal touch to the exterior of the envelope…

threadess tee sale!

March 21, 2011


is having a s-a-l-e!

a favourite spot of mine to find trendy tees, threadless.com is having a march madness sale. quick! before you’re too late, headover before march 23rd to grab some
downright dirty deals. all tees are only ten dollars.

i’m getting this one.
sigh.

can't wait to sport this green tee.

homemade crafty love.

February 13, 2011

handmade love at home, in my books, is the best type of love. for last minute ideas check out design*sponge for this DIY by bbbcraft to get started on a valentine that can’t be bought at hallmark. pull out your red craft supplies and get crafting! ribbon, string, and tissue can take care of the wrapping and why not fill these treasure boxes with cookies, roses or thoughts you’ve been meaning to put to paper.

top it off with these easy, but oh-so-cute valentine cards by purlbee. and ta-da! this valentines day is original and personal to your special someone.

cut-out snowflakes.

December 20, 2010

despite the hectic flare of your holiday to-do list, don’t forget the little things that make christmas the best time of the year. check out this D.I.Y. tutorial by How About Orange to make this year’s snowflakes the best yet. hang them in your windows or use them as a trendy add-on to your gift wrap. my success with the later idea has been a hit so far this season! i’m also planning on using this tutorial to decorate the staff board at work this year.

how are you using snowflakes this christmas?

christmas baking begins.

December 20, 2010

inspired by sweet paul my christmas baking has taken off!
first round, peppermint sugar cookies for a staff secret santa exchange. there’s nothing greater than a reliable sugar cookie recipe to use your favourite cookie cutter on!

to see the source of my inspiration AND RECIPE check out: sweet paul holiday mag

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