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My sewing and arts and crafts projects.

Totally Toile

Toile is perhaps my favorite fabric ever. According to HSN.com, toile is defined as a design featuring a white or off-white background with a repeated, frequently pastoral-themed pattern in a single color—usually black, blue or dark red. I am not a country girl at all, but I do appreciate the look of country- surprising since I grew up in Orange County,CA where the country style of design isn’t exactly embraced as well as in other states (ahem-utah & idaho).  Toile is mostly associated with the French Country style- another favorite which I am planing on incorporating (along with shabby chic) to whatever home Ry and I buy in the future. But back to the main topic- the toile curtains.

I got the fabric for a steal at $3 a yard-making my total $14- the last half yard was free since I bought the whole bolt. I originally wanted puddling on the floor, but with only a limited amount of fabric I decided to add more focus on the top. The top has a 4” flange that gives it a relaxed ruffled appearance thanks to the tighter pole casing. I opted out of lining these curtains since I was on a pretty tight budget for the room. Also, I don’t know if I will be able to use these curtains again wherever we move to next. As for now, I will enjoy them where we are 🙂

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Making a box

When Ry and I were at home in Cali we made garden boxes for my family to plant veggies.

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Decorating Practice

Before leaving on her trip- Mom left me in charge of starting the decorating…scary for me? Kinda yea. There is a lot to do. No way everything is going to get done by the time they get back, but I hope to have chipped away at it a little bit.

To-Do’s

1. Clean out my room and living room.

2. Have Ryan build a planter for the backyard

3. Have Ryan install more towel rods in kid’s bathroom

4. Change my bedroom theme to a more “Beach Cottage” theme to incorporate all of mom’s pretty shells

5. Put together portfolio for design ideas

6. Sell these decorative books:

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On the Fringe

Made two pillows the other day. One with fringe and another with coordinating fabrics. Pretty exciting eh?

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The Console

I got a free console from my lovely friend Erin last week. It was a plain black Target console that had some chips here and there, but was still pretty sturdy. With some red paint and a grocery bag, I was able to create a more shabby chic look. Not too bad, but I kinda forgot something important- PRIMER! Haha. I am such a newbie to DIYing.

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Modern to Traditional

I am not a huge fan of contemporary styles unless its combined well with more traditional or shabby chic pieces. When Ry and I first got married we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on decor (still don’t 🙂 ) and so we bought the cheapest nightstands that Wal-Mart could offer. They are not terrible but they didn’t match anything else. After a trip to DI, I found a king size dark brown flat sheet for $3 which I turned into nightstand covers!

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