Rainbowtized Sewing Studio Tour

If you would have told me 5 years ago that someday I would have a sewing studio like this, I never would have believed you.

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My Sewing Studio

When we bought our first home in Pennsylvania, a 900 sq. ft. townhouse, I took up half of the unfinished basement with craft supplies and an old metal desk they were throwing away at work.

When we moved into our 2500 sq. ft. home in Texas (everything is bigger in Texas) I was thrilled to have a spare bedroom/craft room combo.

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Cramped quarters

We moved into our current home a little more than a year ago. The first room that was unpacked and decorated was my dedicated craft room. It was a tight fit, but it was all craft room. I no longer had to share it with a guest bed. This room was my happy place for sure and I spent so many hours in there sewing and learning and sewing some more.

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Peg Board and Shelving

My husband got dedicated space as well. A first floor office, a large gameroom upstairs and a theater room. But after a year in the house, the only thing in that huge gameroom was a game chair in front of a tv with a video game console.

Wire closet shelving
Wire closet shelving

During a casual conversation, I made an off-the-cuff comment that I should have that gameroom since I have so much more stuff. To my shock and surprise, my husband said, yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

Wait, What? I was floored. He said, we do our entertaining mainly downstairs and out back, we really don’t NEED a gameroom. We made a deal. I could move into the gameroom if I tackled painting and decorating the two existing guest rooms, or as I like to call them, the kids’ rooms. (Just in case they ever want to move back home).

That was all the inspiration I needed. I had those two rooms painted and decorated within 2 weekends, and then moved on to bigger and better crafting space. It’s so much more substantial that I started calling it my sewing studio to pay it respect. LOL.

Wanna see it?

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Gameroom turned sewing studio

When you get to the top of the stairs, you are face to face with the sewing studio. It’s important that I keep this presentable since there are no doors. Although we’re considering adding a barn door on a slider just to have the option of closing it off. My old room had an Ikea table for a cutting table. It worked well, but it wasn’t big enough to lay out quilt tops or larger projects on it. This room takes advantage of the space by adding 3 more of the original table pushed together to make a 12′ X 5′ cutting table. It’s magical, y’all.

I also added more of the Martha Stewart brand organizers that I had in the other room. I had two of the 9-cubes stacked in the old room. This room adds one 6-cube and two more 9-cubes. It provides a lot of vertical storage that’s still low profile. I ordered them at Home Depot online, and just swung by to pick them up. I love that Home Depot offers that little perk.

My Kangaroo Cabinet sewing table and gallery wall
My Kangaroo Kabinet sewing table and gallery wall

My sewing cabinet was an over-the-top gift from my husband a couple of years ago. He assures me he got a great deal on it. When I decided I wanted to learn how to quilt, it fast became evident that my tiny sewing table couldn’t support more than a doll quilt. My amazing husband surprised me with this on Christmas morning. I was stunned.

I love a good peg board organizer and have used them in my last three craft rooms.Not only do I store oft-used tools here, I also keep some blank space so I can hang things up for taking photos of works in progress. Like my first Vintage Farm Girl block. Isn’t it so cute?

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Rooster Quilt Block from Vintage Farm Girl
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My Work From Home area.

The game room already had two built in desk areas with shelving on either side of the entryway. I use one as a desk for when I work from home (my full time gig is as a Marketing Director). I’m lucky that my current job is very flexible and allows me to work from home a couple days a week.

Crochet Corner
Crochet Corner

Tucked in a corner by the windows, I have another piece of peg board that holds my knitting looms, embroidery hoops and floos and yarn, crochet hooks and all the trimmings that go along with hand-work. I like the floor lamp for hand work. It has a clamp to hold patterns and a magnifying glass for my aging eyeballs. :) I’m on the lookout for a cozy chair to fit where the old sewing table now rests.

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Ikea cart

Last but certainly not least, I finally bought myself this adorable Ikea Raskog Kitchen Cart. I have wanted one since the first time I laid eyes on it, but I didn’t have the space. Now that I do, I love it. I house all my sewing necessities and ironing acoutrements in here and it’s always within an arms’ reach. I love the color and the wheels. It literally makes me giddy. And LOOK HOW MUCH it holds! You should totally get one.

So what do you think? I’d love to see pictures of your crafty space. Share them on Instagram with #mycraftspace.

Exploring my quilty side

I am a very new quilter. I feel funny even calling myself a quilter. I’m very intimidated by those precision-piecing, accurate seaming, perfectionists. :) But I do love browsing for hours in fabric shops…like my local quilt store. It was there, hanging on a wall, that I first saw the Vintage Farm Girl sampler quilt (designed by Lori Holt from Bee In My Bonnet) and I was obsessed. I asked the nice lady behind the counter if there was a class for that. After she laughed at me, she said, no, it’s a year-long club and you can’t sign up for it–the deadline was 2 days ago. :(

She did however tell me that the club is following along with the book, Vintage Farm Girl. Great! I’ll buy the book. Alas, they were sold out. She said she could order it for me, but I couldn’t wait. I left the store (with a bunch of fabric of course) went home and immediate bought the book from Amazon. The book came 9 days ago. So far, I have made 9 of the blocks, and I am totally smitten. This book makes me want to be a better quilter.

I’ll be sharing progress pictures of my quilt as I move along slowly but surely. Here’s the entire Vintage Farm Girl sampler quit that got my blood pumping.

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Have any of you worked on this quilt? I’d love to see pictures.

Crafting with a Purpose

craftingWithPurposeAnyone who knows me well can tell you that I love to make things. Cute things. And every time I share a picture of something I made on Facebook or Twitter, very nice people compliment whatever it is and some more people ask, “Do you sell your stuff?” or ask if they can order something. It’s very flattering, and I do have an Etsy shop. I’ve tried selling before and here’s what I found out about myself through that process. I like gifting, not selling.

Since I know myself well enough to know I’ll never be successful by trying to sell my wares online, I just started a blog where I could talk about crafting and share pictures with people in general.

All is well with the world, right?

Until my husband dropped this bomb on me the other day: “Why don’t you just make things and let people donate to charity in exchange for something you’ve already made?”

This man is a genius.

I have a lot of learning to do before this crafting with a purpose plan is fleshed out, but in the meantime, I’m going to start making things. Cute things. And I’m going to post them on this very blog, on my Facebook page, and on Instagram. And if you see something you like, let me know. The cost will be a donation to an established charity.

The charities I choose to support are: first and foremost, The Salvation Army, ALS Association and SafePlace.

I’ll share more about the details as I learn more from those around me who I know can help me understand more about how I can help. Thanks.

What’s Hot Wednesday – Circle Zip Earbud Pouch

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After many years of pinning DIY, sewing, recipes and pretty pictures on Pinterest, I now have what’s called a business account. What makes my business account any different than my original account? Well, the most fun thing about a business account is the analytics. (Yes, I’m a nerd) It shows me which pins get clicked and repinned the most, and that tells me what everyone wants to see. So, I thought I’d make a weekly feature out of it. Introducing “What’s Hot Wednesday”. Each week I’ll check my stats, find the most popular pin at the moment, and recreate it and share my findings with you here on the blog.

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Our inaugural “What’s Hot Wednesday” is the Circle Zip Earbud Pouch from Dog Under My Desk. You can find the pin and resulting tutorial on my Bag Tutorials Board.

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Let’s take a look at the original Earbud Pouch pin.

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch

Now, let’s check out my #rainbowtized version

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My circle zip pouch

I’ll tell you the truth. This is a tutorial I could make a day long.

  1. I love bags. Even teeny tiny circle ones like this
  2. I like instant gratification. This took 1 hour beginning to end.
  3. This is the kind of thing you can make assembly line style. Think great Christmas gifts for friends and neighbors.

I don’t use earbuds, but I will certainly use this as a little change purse. My circle isn’t perfect, and it’s nowhere near as fabulous as the inspiration pouch, but I thinks it totes adorable, and I will whip it out at work tomorrow so everyone can ooh and ahh over it.

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Mission accomplished. I’d love to see your earbud pouch if you make one. Share your link in the comments.

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My First Time With Jamberry Nails & A Giveaway

Seems like lately I can’t get online without seeing Jamberry Nails in my Facebook feed. The colorful designs were calling my name, and then like a sign from above, my good friend Stephanie (WifeMommyMe) started selling them. At first I told her I wasn’t interested, since my other good friend owns Plum Natural Nail Spa and I felt like I’d be cheating on her by doing my own nails ;). Stephanie knows my weakness for rainbows, so when she sent me the picture of the Clowning Around nail wraps, I placed my order right away.

Clowning Around Jamberry Nail Wraps

Just to be clear: I am not hosting a Jamberry party. I’ve paid full price for the wraps I’m using and reviewing, but you have a chance to win a free set from Stephanie by entering this giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. You can also request a free sample just by filling out this form.

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They were really simple to apply: You just need a hair dryer, a sheet of Jamberry Nails, a nail file, tiny scissors and an orange stick.

Rainbow nail wraps

In about 30 minutes from start to finish, I had a full set of rainbow Jamberry Nails, complete with accent nail. I can tell you it would have taken a lot longer to do these designs with polish. I laid out my hair dryer, found the right size wrap, cut it in half (my nails are short enough that I can do 2 nails from one wrap), heat it up for a few seconds, then press centered to my nail bed and press down on each side to adhere. Then, just smooth out any wrinkles to the tip of your nail and file off any excess.

Jamberry wraps

The directions are right on the package and they’re super easy to follow. One way these beat an at-home polish job; I can apply a wrap to my right hand, but I can’t paint my right hand with my left. Verdict: the Jamberry Nails are a fun, quick way to add some color and pattern to your look without waiting for polish to dry.

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Ready to win your own set:
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Box Swap Reveal

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Y’all! This was my first ever box swap and I absolutely loved it. Chasin’ Mason, The Chronicles of We and Sweet Turtle Soup organized the big ordeal and I couldn’t wait to sign up. This year was my first Mother’s Day without any kids still living with us, so I was not looking forward to it. And, then, like a bright and shiny light, I read about this box swap and I jumped at the chance to get matched up with two partners; one to give a gift to, one to get a gift from.

When I received the email from the organizers saying I was partnered with Stephanie Cox of WifeMommyMe fame, I was surprised at the coincidence, since we are, in fact, friends IRL. The punchline is that she knows me well enough to know about my aversion to shipping things, and reveled in my necessity to 1. hit a deadline and 2. visit the post office.

I had a blast making Stephanie some fun running accessories to support her new hobby in style. You can check out her post about her exchange here.

When it came to my second partner, I was matched up with Johanna from the Sirois Family Blog. I was excited to get my questionnairre from Johanna and was really looking forward to what she put together for me, and she didn’t disappoint. She embraced my love for rainbows and shared with me some of her favorite things as well. All bases are covered with a Starbucks gift card, tea packets, Godiva chocolate bar, eos lip balm and hand lotion and a rainbow of nail polilsh and post-it notes (which I love) all beautifully packaged in colorful tissue. It is always great to get mail and I can’t wait to do another exchange. Thanks again to my partner, Johanna.
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The Great Mother’s Day Weekend Update

You may recall my Mother’s Day plan to spend the entire weekend grounded to my craft room #groundedformothersday. I’d like to thank all of you who followed along with my progress from the craft room and cheered me on. While I wasn’t able to get everything on my list accomplished, I was able to churn out quite a few items.

Here’s a review of my project list:

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Saturday, May 9, 9:00 AM CST I entered my craft room full of caffeine and ambition. My task at hand: The Laura Tote. Now, while I love this tote just as it is, I wanted to try my hand at my own version of the applique which is what really brings the personality to this piece. So, I chose to create an applique of my beautiful daughter. I found a picture of her that I liked, and sketched out the pieces until I came up with this:

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About an hour later, I was ready to cut out my pattern and applique her cute little face onto my bag. 10 hours later, I had a finished, fully quilted, quite large tote bag that I’m very proud of.

The Laura Tote by Schlosser Designs and Iza Pearl Design

 

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My take on the Laura Tote

Here’s a virtual tour of the bag in action.

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Sunday, May 10th, Mother’s Day 2015, 10:30 AM CST I enter my craft room. Sunday’s project list was daunting considering I only finished one thing on Saturday. Sunday needed to be quantity without sacrificing quality. I decided to tackle the bento bag. I made two of these bags in the past, and I love them. The design of these bags is so unique and gives you a chance to use up all of those cute fat quarters you have lying around. I ended up going with some Moda Daysail fabric which I love. Anything nautical really, I can’t get enough. BUT, I had promised to make one for my friend, Tori. So, the solution was simple. Make two bags assembly line style. I can’t recall the name of the fabric I used for her bag, but I can tell you I bought it at Joann’s. If you know the name, please let me know in the comments so I can update the post. :)

Bento Box Bag by Pink Penguin
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My take on the Bento Box Bag by Pink Penguin.

By the time I finished these two bags, I was feeling pretty good about how much I had accomplished in my marathon crafting session, but I was getting hungry and it was time for my wonderful husband to serve me my Mother’s Day dinner, cornbread stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes and corn. MMMmmm starchy.

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I really wanted to finish at least one more project, so I decided to go with the Mega Credit Card wallet because, to be honest, my wallet is ripped and needs to be retired. I love the fabric used on the inspiration piece, so I wanted to be sure to put a lot of thought into my fabrics. Then I remembered this pretty ensemble I picked up from The Cloth Pocket at the Dallas Quilt Show.

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How cool would it be to have a #rainbowtized wallet. I set to work cutting out strips to make the pockets while Medium played on Netflix in the background. The clock was ticking. Mother’s day was coming to an end. Finally, at 10:59 PM CST, I descended the stairs with a completed credit card wallet.

Mega Credit Card Wallet from Infarrantly Creative.
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My take on the Mega Credit Card Wallet

And here’s a virtual tour of my fun new wallet.

I have to tell you, this was so fun for me. I really enjoyed the tutorials and patterns I followed. I look forward to tackling the one-hour weekend bag and finding out if it really only takes an hour. Rest assured I’ll let you know how it goes. Until then, I’m going to keep taking my new wallet out of my purse and flipping through the pages and stroking the fabric. I <3 handmade.

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Hope you all got everything you wished for this mother’s day. What did you do?