And then all of a sudden it is August 11th.
I have been away for a little while mostly because I was on a surprise birthday road trip with my boyfriend (who planned AND manged to keep it a secret) to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado…and then I had to recover from my road trip, I will be posting more on that later on…hopefully the day after my birthday which is tomorrow…..wooohoooo
In the meantime I’m here to share a little photo shoot I did with my handmade skirt after a work meeting the other day. The office I “work out of” is at the LA River Center and Gardens so it’s a pretty lush green place in the middle of a very urban landscape. If this skirt seems familiar to you then you get an A+ for paying attention because it is made from the same fabric as this handmade shirt, what can I say…I like a bold black and white polka dot.
I became best friends with this plant.
The necklace I wear almost 24/7.
These shoes have become a fast favorite (after I broke them in and bandaged my wounds) they are comfortable flats that immediately class up an outfit.
I was feeling down on myself so I sewed a new shirt.
My neighbors probably think I’m a crazy person jumping around in heels in the back yard.
I am VERY proud of my brand new shirt.
Here in Southern California we are experiencing “Sinter”, spring going by the name of winter. The weather doesn’t know what it is doing half of the time, one days it’s cold the next its almost hot…now I’m not complaining because I’d rather this than snow any day (sorry everyone else in the country) but regardless I want to wear my cute boots because the calendar says February and it is my right to wear cute boots in “winter” (even is it is too warm).
The idea for this DIY was sparked by my boots spooning each other in my closet, now spooning may be appropriate in some situations but never when it comes to my boots.
I have been scoping out boot shapers for some time now and I have been unable to bring myself to spend $10 (or more) on things that I knew I could make. Today inspiration came to me while I was pondering my spooning boots, I could use the packing pillows from all of my amazon purchases which I just didn’t have the hear to throw out!
With that spark this DIY was born, enjoy!
You will need:
A Sewing Machine
Side note about the fabric: It was on sale at Ikea for $25 for an ENTIRE bolt of fabric…so now I will probably use this fabric for every functional sewing DIY I make (my kitchen curtains are already made from it).
Steps 1 and 2: Fold your packing pillows in half (if you have the individual perforated kind) and duct tape one end.
Steps 3 and 4: Put the untaped ends together and tape around the middle.
Your stuffers are done, you can stop here if you don’t feel like sewing…but it will be quick I promise.
Step 5: Cut 2 strips of fabric about 28 inches long and 6 inches across.
I kind of guesstimated these measurements based on the size of my stuffers…it’s not exact but it works.
Step 6: Sew up the two long ends of your covers.
Now you may be thinking that you are making long skinny pillows…and you would be right.
Steps 7 and 8: Admire your freshly sewn covers and flip them right side out.
Steps 9 and 10: Put your stuffers into the cover and sew the ends.
Now your boots won’t be caught spooning in your closet!
My favorite advent calendar is a a small tree that sits on a music box with 24 tiny drawers. In each little drawer there is a little holiday related ornament…I remember when my mom brought this tree home and let my brother and I set the tree up. We were both extremely excited to have our turn to put an ornament on the tree (and sometimes we would try to steal eachothers turns)…this tree has been the subject of a number of sibling spats I shared with my brother (all in the spirit of Christmas of course)…but nevertheless…I still love it…and look forward to it every year.
It was this advent tree, my current obsession with making some kind of holiday bunting (I don’t even know where it came from…it’s weird), and the amazing inspiration Advent Calendars (posted yesterday) that helped inspire my DIY Bunting and Ornament Advent Calendar…I am more than excited about how well it turned out and I hope you enjoy it too!
You will need:
–7 1/2 inch wide strips of felt
(or one long one whatever floats your boat)
–About 10 ft of ribbon, or lace, or string
(in your colors of choice)
– A few pins
–Holiday Packing Labels
(I got 130 labels at the Dollar Store for $1)
–24 Ornaments or knickknacks you have
–24 ornament hooks
(If your ornaments or knickknacks don’t have a way to hang on a tree)
–A tree or something to hang your ornaments on
As I am just starting out on my “big girl” adventures I do not have an established set of ornaments so instead of going out and buying a bunch of matching ones that don’t mean anything to me I searched through my jars and tins of knickknacks and lo and behold I was able to scrounge up an eclectic bunch of ornaments. I think this makes this Advent Calendar more special because I have a story for every ornament I have.
(I am also using a 2ft tall fake tree so I needed small things.)
Let the tutorial commence!
Step 1. Measure out your desired triangle…there is no real science to it…I just tried to make a relatively even triangle…it does not need to be perfect…especially if you use felt.
Step 2. Mark out 24 (or more to be safe) triangles on your felt with a similar color.
Step 3. Cut out all of your triangles and find the best 24.
(some of my triangles are finished because I bought two large santa bags from the Dollar Tree and opened them for fabric)
Step 4. Plan out your pattern…in my case I had more green fabric so I doubled the green triangles.
Step 5. Pin your first triangle to your lace or ribbon.
Step 6. Turn on some music and start sewing. I found it was easiest to start with the pinned triangle and then just add the triangles along the way instead of pinning all of them…this also made dealing with the other 8 ft of lace much easier.
To finish the lace edges I flipped them under and made a loop at either end so it would be easier to hang in the future.
Step 7. Step back and marvel at how good your bunting looks.
Step 8. Bust out those labels and markers.
Step 9. Number 24 of the labels to your hearts desire…I like the look of hand drawn (and I didn’t have any extra printer labels) but you can print out your numbers if you so desire.
Step 10. Stick those bad boys on your bunting.
(If you are using Dollar Store labels I suggest being extra careful when you pull them off of the sheet because they are in fact cheap and I did tear number 1…now it has character.)
Step 11. Plan out where your different ornaments will go…in my case I put the heaviest at the front of the line because I was worried that I would wake up to a advent calendar bunting disaster.
Step 12. Tape the bajeezuz out of those ornaments and make sure that they aren’t going anywhere until you get to put them on your tree.
(I ended up not taping my first two ornaments to the bunting because they were too heavy).
I am overjoyed at the result…it came out exactly as I imagined! I am pretty excited about the post possibilities that will come out of this DIY…ornament story time perhaps? a gif? The possibilities are endless!
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