Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Spring Wreath

I love wreaths...they make everything pretty even when it's 6 degrees out. So, I especially love this new spring wreath I just made! I wanted it to have a definite spring look, so I chose a pussy willow branch, some baby's breath and a peony. It's definitely a simple wreath, but I think that just makes it more aauthentically spring-y.
Flowers: Walmart, $2 and $3
Wreath: Walmart, $4.50
Letter: Meijer, $3
FYI: I got the supplies at Walmart because it is the only craft store in my area...I usually try to avoid it at all costs due to an overall lack of quality.

And, coming very soon is this.....

...just as soon as I finish the hem and take pictures.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

The 1 Hour Skirt

Have you ever gotten that "I-must-make-something-NOW" feeling? Well, I got it today. So I made something. AND, it isn't just an apron either! It's an actual piece of clothing. Shocked? 
I wanted something super-duper fast, so I checked over at Make it Perfect and found this pattern. I didn't actually use her pattern, but I got the whole idea of the elastic waist from her. I used a heavy-weight knit (part of the ever-growing stash), and some 1 1/4" stretchrite elastic. To get the shape I wanted, I just traced a skirt that I have. Ideally, it was going to be a maxi skirt, but seeing as I had only 1 1/2 yards of fabric, if that, I settled for a midi. I sewed up the edges with a medium zigzag and then just left them - knit doesn't ravel, after all! The waistband I sewed together with a regular stitch (obviously), and then sewed down the ends as well.

For the hem, I serged the edge and then hand stitched it up. That was the time-consuming part. However, with some Bonanza cranked up, it went pretty fast.
^that picture makes it look kinda blech!??^ 

If you are looking for an easy, fast skirt, this is it!
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Garden Apron pictures coming soon....taking pictures of something garden-related in February with snow all around and no vegetables, green grass or spring-like materials at hand is a slight challenge. :|

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