A really cool email

I was perusing my email the other day… looking over the emails on blogs I subscribe to.  Sometimes I check them daily, sometimes I get busy and I have to catch up.  I was catching up the other day..the day I was telling you about.  And to my surprise there was an email that looked a little different.  I read it, 2 times, and then wondered if it was legit or if it was some kind of spam.  I stewed on it for a day and then decided to forward it to an experienced blogger for some advice.  Then I replied and asked some questions.  Well, it turns out it was a legit email.  What was it?  RedEnvelope.  Have you heard of them?  So what came of the email?

Behold!

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How many times do you receive a gift that comes in a red velour bag?  Well this was a first for me.  And inside that bag was the most adorable pillow.  RedEnvelope offered me an item from their Mother’s Day line!!  Should I mention how excited I am about this??  I cannot wait to have my master bedroom completed so that this pillow can take it’s place on the bed.  I have been diligently working on the master bedroom.  I will have an update soon and I am so ready for this room to be done.  With a goal of having our house listed by April 1st, I am trying to put things in order as quickly as possible.  Have I mentioned that we have a walk-in closet that hates me though?  Seriously, it is large enough, but the setup is just not very functional for us, and I am not willing to put much money into it.  Hopefully once I can really tackle it I will be able to come up with something that will get it looking sale ready.DSC_2086

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I chose to put all of the kids name on the pillow in birth order.  Jeff and I became a couple in 2005… hence my est. date. Smile  The RedEnvelope mother’s day line is adorable and this little pillow is good proof.  Take a few minutes and go take a look!  If you really like the pillow that I chose, you can go get one yourself here.  The entire experience was quite simple and the site was easy to navigate.  The girl corresponding with me was so sweet and helpful.  I would definitely do business with this company again.

Disclaimer:  I was not paid for this post, Redenvelope provided me with free product, but all views are my own.  There are no affiliate links in this post.

Pinterest challenge Winter edition -DIY Coffee sleeve

Winter??? Says who?  Well, either way, this is the winter edition of the YHL and Bower Power Pinterest challenge.  If you remember I shared the news last week and hinted at what I would tackle.  Well, I decided that I needed to stop eying this cute little cup sleeve and just make one already.  I really need to do projects like these to build some sewing skills.  Did I build sewing skills?  Maybe a little…. I DID realize that I need a basic sewing class very badly.  Adding that to the list of things to get taken care of this life-time. 

 

On to the tutorial… oh but first, see where I started from!

 

I pinned this a while back

 

Pinterest challenge sleeve

Isn’t it cute!!????  Well I am an avid coffee and Starbucks lover, so this was something that I would put to good use on a regular basis.  The tutorial over at Crafty Staci is a pretty good one.  There was some impairment on my part since I really don’t know how to sew.  My mom was such a HUGE help.  She helped me get through most of it without throwing in the towel.  Here are the steps that I followed:

 

First I picked the materials that I wanted to use.  I used one piece of cotton I had just purchased and some silver stretchy material from a pair of pants that Hannah had in her dress up clothes (she was getting rid of them).  In retrospect… use all cotton! 

 

Fabric choice for coffee sleeve

 

I had printed out the template that Staci had provided and cut it out.  She was specific to state not to let it scale down to print… I didn’t think I had, but possibly did a little.  Template for coffee sleeve

Next I used a fabric marker to trace it on my materials. Be sure to flip the template over for one of your outside fabrics. 

 

draw template on the fabric

Here are all of my pieces laid out and ready to put together.  I ended up being able to get some batting that was lined with a heat resistant material from my mom (told you my mom hooked me up!).  I forget the name of it.

 

Pieces for coffee sleeve

 

Before I could get to pinning it all together though, I had to make my little “hook”.  I took the hair band cut it in half, then used some super glue to hold the ends together until I could sew them down.

hair band glued together

 

Next I layered all of my pieces together. This was actually kind of complicated for some reason.  Maybe because the tutorial I was using had used batting and ironing board material so there was extra pieces, or maybe I am a little slow… not sure on that one.  Either way, my mom and I figured it out. 

1. batting material

2. printed fabric face up

3. “hook”

4. printed fabric face down

 

Seems simple enough once it was put together.  My mom actually pinned it all down and turned it right side out to make sure it would work. 

layers of the coffee sleeve

Next it all got pinned together to get it ready for sewing

 

pin it all down

I would probably pin it in more places next time around.  Then sew an edge around it using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I had major problems with this step (hence my mention of needing a sewing class).  It kept gathering on my and was really frustrating.gathering

And using that stretchy material was exacerbating the issue for sure.  Here it is all stitched together.

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And you notice that I stitched the whole thing?  Yea… I was supposed to leave a small section open to turn it all.  I just used my seam ripper and opened up a little spot.  Then I trimmed up all of the edges outside of my stitching.

 

trim up edges

And then turn it right side out and see how you did!  Just a couple more steps now…. take your turned piece and do a step I missed… IRON it!!  That should make things nice and flat.  Then take your whole piece and stitch as close to the edge as you can get all around it.  I had trouble with that little spot that I used to turn it but thanks to the advice given to me from Melanie over at The Crafty Cupboard, I think I can do a better job next time around.

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all turned around

 

Ok, down to the wire now…. we have to sew on that button!  I didn’t have any toothpicks, so I just used a spoon handle that seemed the appropriate thickness.  I closed up the sleeve and made a mark with my fabric marker where I should put the button.  Once I sewed it on I  wrapped the thread around underneath the button several times to add some support.

 

sew on button

And voila!! Here you have it!  One coffee/drink sleeve made to order!  Whadya think??   I am, of course, my own worst critic, so I am not 100% happy with it.  There will be repeats of this!!  I am going to try one with all cotton and see how I do.  Oh and sign up for that sewing class Smile  Notice the blooms on those trees??  Winter Sminter.  It’s spring in Virginia!!

 

Coffee sleeve

Anyone else decide to jump into the challenge??  Go link up if you did, and please share here too!

 

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Bower Power

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Hi Sugarplum!

Another Pinterest challenge – they just don’t get old!

It’s time for YHL and Bower Power’s regularly programmed Pinterest Challenge!! You know you have been pinning, you know you have a dozen projects you want to do. Well quit looking and talking and DO IT! I have a bunch of pins that are just no-brainers for getting done. I am pretty sure I have my project picked out, too. So go check out your boards and pick a project, then come back here next Wednesday, the 14th, and share what you did! Link up in the comments! Those crazy girls over there teamed up with Erin from The Great Indoors and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! for this challenge. And if you aren’t familiar with Sherry at YHL and Katie at Bower Power you need to remedy that situation right now.

I think I will do one of these… you will have to wait till next week to find out which!

And while you are at it…go check out what everyone did over at:

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Bower Power
The Great Indoors
Hi Sugarplum!

(Both Pinterest Challenge banners were found over at yhl)

Let the pinning begin!!!

Sharing the Love ~ Week 2

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It’s time once again to go check out another great blog.

 

Update:  Our Humble Abode has moved and I have updated this post with the current location as well as the current spelling of the blog title.  They have also moved since this post and have a new home to show you.  Enjoy!

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I have been following Our Humble Abode for a while now, and let me tell you…this is a blog packed with inspiration, tutorials, and just plain interesting stuff. Amanda and her husband, Dean, are currently finishing up a kitchen remodel. Amanda is incredibly talented, she designed her spaces, and also has some really neat graphic design work as well. And did I mention that her husband is like the current version of “Tim, the tool man Taylor”? Seriously, a duo like this that love to renovate AND blog about it… *sigh*…. This is why I spend so much time reading blogs. Now I know that since I told you about it, you are going to hop right on over there and check it our right?? Well, if you need further convincing….take a gander at some of her home.….

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Here is her living room now… you really should go see the before…as well as the before of her kitchen below.

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It isn’t complete, but wow, what amazing work!

 

 

everetts-side-may-2011 Abowed

 

And a corner of their kids’ room… darling!!!

 

 

All images are found at Our Humble Abode

You can check out her “to do” section here….  See what fun stuff she has done??

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DIY house numbers

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And one a DIY lamp shade

 

And her Etsy shop where she offers the cutest prints at super prices.

So take a few minutes and go see what Amanda and her family are servin’ up. And while you are at it..tell me what blogs you are reading right now… leave a comment and share the goods!

I also have a project I have been working on for, oh, 2 weeks now?  It’s taking way too long, but it should be done this week!!  I will share all the details ASAP!!

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Good morning all!  Hope you have found your way over here on a pretty, wonderful, fun-filled, productive morning… because I am about to take the productive out of that sentence for ya 😉  Starting this month, February, I am going to feature a new blog weekly for you to check out.  As I mentioned in my Blogger love post, there are so many great blogs out there.  I doubt I have the time in one day to read and get to know even half of them.  Hopefully you will go and check them out, I am sure that at least one will strike your fancy. 

 

This week I am going to introduce you to a blog that I frequent often.  Have you ever been over to iloverehabs ?   If not you just don’t know what you are missing!  Jennifer, her husband (coined “the hubs”) and piper (the dog), share the journey they are taking through rehabbing old items, decorating their own house, as well as helping friends with their decorating needs.  Just check out her home tour if you don’t believe me.  Here are a few shots:

 

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Pretty nice, huh?  Go check out the rest of her projects…definitely “pin” worthy stuff.  Blogs like this are what keep me going.  So glad she has taken the time to share her story and passion with the rest of the world!

 

And I thought you might be interested in what I have been working on… here is a little teaser…

More details to come!

 

 

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A little at a time…

It’s 2012, and I am in full decorate mode. I want to do it ALL – NOW!!! I want to paint the island, paint the kids’ bathroom and vanity, put in some kind of storage in the living room, create a new dining set. I could list all.day.long the ideas I have and what I want to do. But the fact of the matter is…it all takes time, and money. Both of which are running closer to “E” in my daily gas tank. So I have decided the only way that I am going to accomplish anything is to take bite size pieces. I will make a list for each room of what I want to do. Then I can figure out which items will give me the most impact for the least money to start. That should at least quell the raging decor beast inside for a while.

How to begin? I seriously have notebooks full of ideas just scribbled down as I think of them. I attempted to put them in room or project order, but that didn’t always work out. Oh and did I mention that I got a sewing machine for Christmas?? (thanks to my wonderful family!) So now I have even more projects that I need to do! Need.. not want, need. Because I need a home that is beautiful to look at, I need a home that makes me smile when I see it. So let’s start with those areas I see the most: living room, kitchen, dining room.

In no particular order:

window treatments
wall color
furniture (placement and pieces)
rugs
art/picture placement
storage (this is a big one, we hardly have any storage)

I believe that little list of big stuff handles it. I have ideas, and I have some things in the works. Sadly, any furniture work will have to wait for warmer weather since I have nowhere to paint this time of year. But there are lots more changes I can make!

In the meantime, I thought I would share some sites that keep me inspired and reaching for my pocketbook. There are lots of good deals on a variety of home decor and general items! Check them out!

Joss&Main

Open Sky

WUSLU

Groopdealz

One Kings Lane

Does anyone else have a decorating monkey on their back? Or have you started the year out with a new mojo? Maybe you have a project list of your own to tackle?

Read all about it!!

A few new goings-on for my little blog…first, I am introducing “Where Love and Family Meet” as the blog to actually keep track of my family and read about family-like topics. wherelovemeetslife is officially going to stick with home decor and DIY and all those fun topics. So head over and check it out… I will get rolling with some fun family posts and the first post will be sure to get some reactions. Thanks for keeping with me on this little journey, I hope to keep it rolling gangsta style. Well, sorta, if a Honda Pilot can be considered gangsta.

Head over to Where Love and Family Meet and take a gander! I will prettify that blog as I can… it’s not all fancy schmancy just yet.

I have also now added a Facebook page and a Twitter page. So if that’s how you stay in the know… link up and stay tuned for more!

Pinned anything today???

I have something to admit… I am addicted to Pinterest. There, I said it. I don’t think I need any recovery from it though..I love it!! Pinterest is a site where you can virtually “pin” pictures from the internet onto a “board” and save them up to reference later. The “pin” links back to the original site (usually, although it can be buggy on occasion) so you can “pin” that picute of cookie dough truffles and when your looking for a yummy recipe to make one day, you can check out your board that you saved all of the goodies to and link back to the cookie dough truffle site. Make sense? Well thanks to Pinterest, I have had lots of inspiration on things around the house. And food, and clothes, and photographs.

Here are some pins that I have tried. I will post my results on a couple of them once they are complete and I am happy with them…

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You can find info on those here and here.

You can find things like meal planning…
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Or some really neat home decor…

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It really is an awesome place to be. I have used it to plan out birthday parties, and I am going to use it as a place to collect Christmas gift ideas.

It is scary when you get in there and you just-can’t-break-away. I have to admit there are times when I am on there that I wonder what some of these people do all day long. There are some members that have thousands of pins. WOW… that takes some time! I actually envy thier ability to pin all day long… I get like 30 minutes tops. And that is generally more in the morning around 5:15ish when I am eating breakfast. If anyone is interested in joining send me a message and I will send you an invite. I promise you won’t regret it 🙂 Ok, well, maybe a little for all the lost time in the day pinning away. But it will be time well spent (I tell myself that each time I close out of the webpage).

I can promise that you will feel one thing when you leave that site… Inspired!!!