May 9, 2011

Yard Work

I've been learning how to take care of the yard the past few weeks (this is the first time we've had a yard in our 7 years of marriage). I have to admit, I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would. First of all, because I get to be outside in the sun! Oh how I love the sun! Second, there's just something so relaxing about mowing the grass. Third, its nice to look at it when you're done and know that it looks that good because YOU did it!!

Anyway, our yard is brand new and, therefore, is far from looking perfect. We have been having a hard time getting rid of the weeds. Something I learned this week is that it is much easier to get the weeds out (all the way to the root) when the grass is wet. I just thought I would share for those of you who are amateur yard workers like me :)

May 4, 2011

Ragg-ed Coasters

I found a super cute tutorial HERE for fabric coasters. It inspired me to make some of my own, but I decided to stick with the theme of my living room and go with the ragged/rustic/Americana style since I had lots of scraps left over. So this is what I came up with.
I cut 2 5x5 squares of fabric.
I cut 2 4x4 squares of fusible interfacing and ironed them onto each piece of fabric.
I cut 1 4x4 piece of flannel and put it in between the 2 pieces of fabric.
I pinned it all in place, and sewed and X through the square.
Then I sewed a seam around the whole square. About 3/4".
Then I ragged it by clipping around the sqaure, careful not to cut through the seam.
Wash and dry to get the full rag effect.

May 3, 2011

Earring Hanger/Display

This earring display is simply a picture frame with plastic canvas stapled to the back. I'm not sure how long it will hold up, but it works better than the shoe box :)

Project List

My list of projects keeps getting bigger and bigger every day!! *Click on the italics to see the tutorials I plan on using or adjusting to my needs :)

Earring Holder
Harddrive case for my husband's upcoming "trip"
Wall Hangings for my bedroom
Curtains for the window above the master bathtub
Shower curtain for the kids' bathroom
Paintings for my son's room
Butterflies for my daughter's room
Pillows for the couches
The kids' lightswitch covers
My daughter's lamp

Can you tell I love Make It and Love It? She has some great ideas and tutorials!!
Keep your eye out for my completed projects, coming soon!!