December 19, 2014

DIY Pom Pom Trim Stocking Tutorial

For the last few years, I've been wanting to make some new Christmas stockings for our family, but never fully got around to it. So when I decided to finally paint my living room this fall, it gave me an incentive to bust out the sewing machine and actually do it! I've been eyeing the pom pom trimmed stockings at West Elm, (which are now sold out!) so I knew that I wanted to make something similar, but with my own special touch. I found a fabulous linen fabric with a thin metallic stripe through it and knew it would be perfect for this project!


GAH! I'm in love. 


And you know what else I love?! Just how darn easy these were to make. I read a few tutorials online, and adapted my stockings from this one on Fabric Worm. To make my version, go on over to their site and print out the pattern first. Read their tutorial too! It's perfect if you are using a lighter quilting fabric and want to add batting to your stocking.

What you need for each stocking: 
1/2 yard of fabric
1/2 yard of lining
1/2 yard of pom-pom trim
a 16" x 4 1/2" piece of minky or felt for cuff
6" piece of ribbon


After you have your stocking pattern ready to go, simply trace it onto your fabric. Make sure right sides are together and the fabric is folded in half so when you cut it out, you have 2 pieces. (I was also careful lining up my paper pattern with the stripes in my fabric so I didn't end up with any wonky looking stockings!)


December 11, 2014

Hot Pink for the Holidays

Hows the Holiday decorating going?! Are you all done? Haven't even started yet? Or does your house look like a Christmas tornado blew through it like mine does?! I'm ALMOST done and hope to share some photos and a few goodies with you next week, but in the meantime, I'm talking about decorating with non-traditional colors over at Remodelaholic! Ever think about ditching the red and green and adding, say...i don't know....some HOT PINK maybe?!


I'd love for you to pop over and read the rest of my article! I'm also sharing some inspiring pics for decorating with other non traditional colors such as blue and purple. What colors are you bringing in to your home this holiday?! Please share!!!



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November 24, 2014

How to make your own photo mats

Last week, my husband and I were down in the basement cleaning out a lot of our junk stuff, and I came across an old art project I did in college.


If you ignore the crazy sparkly birds nest in the bottom right corner, its actually a great piece of art! or it will be when I'm done with it. Just a quick background in case you are interested...if not, well you are going to hear it anyways. For this project, we had to take an image, sketch it, and create 3 renderings; one with ink, one with pencil crayon, and one with watercolor marker. Then we had to recreate the image in 3D, hence the crazy birds nest. Which has obviously seen better days.

I've been looking for art to go above the bed in my Guest Bedroom/Craft Room, and when I found this in my stash in the basement, I knew it would work perfectly. So I went about separating the 3 sketches, cut some photo mats, framed them, hung them, and then realized not all of you know how easy it is (not to mention inexpensive) to cut your own photo mats! So guess what...a tutorial was born.

Told ya it was a great piece of art. Actually 3 to be exact:)

First thing you are going to need to do this project is a large piece of mat board. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 - 40% off coupon, so it bought it down to $4.79. And the board is huge. I could probably cut 6 mats this size from one board! SO much more economical then getting someone to cut them for you!

You also need some sort of mat cutting tool. Now there are many different tools & kits out there

November 5, 2014

Decorating with Winter Whites

Hey Everybody! Todays the day I'm at Remodelaholic sharing one of my monthly mood boards! 

With the temperatures dropping and winter fast approaching, I've been dreaming up some lovely layered interiors using Winter Whites. I'd love for you to hop on over and read my article which includes great tips and tricks on how to decorate with whites and neutrals and still maintain a warm and cozy feel to your space! And theres some really fabulous inspiration photos to go along with it too:)



Have a great day!!


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October 28, 2014

Trendy Tuesday ~ Mad For Plaid

Sometimes, what we see trending in the fashion world creeps over into the world of home decor. That is particularly true for this falls must have print: PLAID. 

I'm totally loving how its paired with a pop of leopard print this season! Throw in some denim and a touch of gold and you've mastered this seasons hottest look, both for your wardrobe and your home!


What do you think? Into adding some plaid into your home decor? Or will you just stick to plaid in your closet?

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October 8, 2014

Fall Nesting ~ Decorating for Autumn

The air is definitely feeling a bit crisper around here these days, and my front porch is just begging for some fall mums and pumpkins. This weather has gotten me in the mood to decorate for fall this weekend! In the meantime, I'm sharing some inspiration over at Remodelaholic to help get you started.  





Hop over to see more inspiring photos and and read my entire post here. Have you started decorating for fall yet?! 




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September 21, 2014

Sunday Reading ~ An English Country Cottage

This house tour makes me want to go live in a cottage in the English country side. The End. 

P.S. I NEED this bedroom pendant lamp in my life!!



Happy Sunday!


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