Friday, July 20, 2012

A Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at my next big project.  (I'll give you a hint, it's not the awesome vintage shirt.)

Special thanks to Theo for being an adorable model and tester :)
Thursday, July 12, 2012


Thanks to the lovely faces from Believe Magic, I made some fun little gifts.  The first was a housewarming gift for my friend Cristina who moved across the country.  The other is a thank you gift for Meredith for all the awesome quilt stuff she's taught me and given me.

 "home is where the heart is"

"thank you"

Friday, June 22, 2012

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How To Make An Inexpensive Inspiration Board

Here is a little mini tutorial about how to make a ghetto very cheap and very light inspiration board for difficult walls.  I knew that when I actually set up my sewing space, I wanted to have a wall of things that inspire me.  Like many artists, I have binders of tear sheets, photos of work by my favorite artists, boxes of cards that have been given to me, autographed photos of Sam Waterston etc etc.  I saved all of it to one day make an inspiration board of my own.

That day had come, but I am very tight on money and was also planning on hanging it on a very difficult wall.  It has metal or something in it, which makes it impossible to drill very far into, so you cannot hang anything heavy on it (which I found out the hard way), so my go to idea of Masonite was out of the question- here is what I did instead (please note that this is not the most exact or sturdy board, the emphasis was on cost and weight and not having to go to Home Depot).

First, gather your supplies- 2 yards of (really cheap, on sale) cotton (you could probably do it with 1.5 yards), upholstery tacks, 3 packs of 12 x 12 cork titles, packing tape, a regular stapler, scissors, nails and a hammer (a level doesn't hurt either).

Lay out the cork titles and use the packing tape to tape them together (be sure to tape both sides).  You can staple on top of the tape for extra security if you'd like (industrial staples are too long for the cork and a regular staple rips right out if it's not supported).

Lay your pressed fabric face down on the floor.  It's always nice to have a friend to help.

Lay the now taped together board on top of the the fabric and staple them together (remember to pull the fabric tight and try to keep it on grain).

Once the fabric is on, lay out your photos, artwork, etc (it's a lot easier to do on the floor than on the wall).  Use the upholstery tacks to secure the inspiration to the board.  Then, using you level, nail it to the wall.  The trick is to also use the hammer on the upholstery tacks which are long and sturdy enough to help the board stay flat on the wall.  And, there you are, it's done!  Maybe not the most high tech way to do it, but it was very cheap and pretty damn easy, and I must say, doesn't look as ghetto as it actually is!

Total Cost:
Staples- Cork Titles on sale for $5 a pack
(I had a $20 coupon for recycling my ink, so basically they were free.)
Local Hardware Store- Upholstery tacks $1.50 a pack = $4.50
JoAnn's- cotton on sale for $4 a yard = $8
I already had packing tape, nails, etc so that total out of pocket cost was $12.50!

*Many more photos to come of my sewing space as soon as I get my last little pieces of the puzzle, a tin I bought on Ebay, a photos for a wall hanging, and a little quilt art I want to make.  It's sooo close!
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Project Explosion!

My mom mentioned to me that she should like a pot handle holder, so I decided to make one for her as a thank you for helping me with my apartment project (photos to come when it's complete).  It turned out to be so easy that I just kept making them!  I also think that I am going to write my very first tutorial for these- so look out for that next week.

As soon as I make matching potholders, these will be for sale on my Etsy site.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Obsession

Guys!  I'm obsessed with this blog that my friend recommended to me, you have to check it out.. 

Believe Magic

(Once I'm done swimming in apartment madness, I will use her blog to inspire some new work of my own.)
Friday, June 8, 2012

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