I gave my sister and mother these fabulous photo coasters for their birthdays last month and my sister jokingly said “you should write a guest post on Tidy Tangle about how to make them”. So here I am “guest” posting. I might add that I have been studying my little heart out and working hard with my web development business and spending one more minute at the computer to blog is less than appealing so I apologize for my silence, but it’s been a necessary evil to keep my sanity. Part of the battle of learning to juggle it all is dropping a ball from time to time so you don’t drop all of them and run for shelter! But thanks to my sister for keeping the dream alive and providing some wonderful posts! (more…)
Jan 9, 2012 | Creative Inspirations, Home Decorating, Mommy Monday | Tags: decorating, diy, thrifty
I found this great post and couldn’t resist sharing. Such a simple idea, yet so beautiful. I did something similar in my daughters room with scraps left over from a quilt a friend made, but used square frames instead. I like the round hoops better.
For a great way to incorporate it into a nursery, check out this blog
Oct 1, 2011 | Everything Else, Home Decorating, Topics | Tags: photography, random thoughts
This is a random post. I just have an obsession lately with color and texture. So much so that I started a Pinterest board based on that theme, certain colors and certain textures just pull me in. So, as I whisked hurriedly through Ross Department Store recently, I stopped dead in my tracks when these spatulas caught my eye. Something about these colors, combined with the bamboo texture–it was candy to my eye. There was something nostalgic about them too, sort of old-fashioned. Like, it makes me want to put on an apron and bake, and that doesn’t happen very often. Good thing they were a steal–it’s not like I needed four spatulas. (more…)
Sep 12, 2011 | Crafts, Creative Inspirations, Home Decorating, Sewing, Topics | Tags: design, fabric, home, sewing, sewing throw pillows, thrifty design
As a follow-up to my throw pillow challenge, I have finally recovered my chocolate brown velvet Ikea throw pillows. I bought these down throw pillows for a mere $15 each five years ago. In a house with five boys, there is no denying that chocolate brown upholstery is practical, but it’s not necessarily ideal. I’ve been on the hunt for years for something lighter and brighter to recover them with, but it’s been a challenge to find something I love that’s affordable too.
I really liked all the samples I received from Premier Prints and was in the process of deciding on one of their prints when I stumbled upon something else that caught my eye, and my heart, on clearance at Hancock’s; light blue raw silk, normally $47 a yard on sale for $5 a yard! I wasted no time in having two yards of this stuff cut and for a mere $10, I now have four new throw pillows on my couch!
I’m doing a brief tutorial here on how to make your own throw pillows because I want to show people just how simple they are to make. Honestly, I got my start in sewing making a couple throw pillows on my mother-in-law’s sewing machine. There is nothing more simple to sew than basic squares and rectangles and to this day, I don’t sew anything that doesn’t consist of only 90 degree angles! A basic throw pillow can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. Ideally, I would have added zippered closures to these pillows so that I could take off the covers and have them cleaned occasionally; but at a mere $2.5o per pillow, I figured it’s not worth the extra effort. So, I kept it simple.
Jul 11, 2011 | Creative Inspirations, Home Decorating, Topics | Tags: design, fabric, home decor, premier prints, saving money, throw pillows
I’ve long been a fan of Premier Print’s fabrics, but only recently did I find out that they had their own website. Thanks to my talented designer friend, Rachel Halvorson, and her blog post tip on Nest Egg, I can now shop to my heart’s content from Premier’s full selection, which may be a good or a bad thing. The good thing is that a majority of their prints are under $10 a yard, the bad thing is that makes them all the more tempting to stock up on!
To me, Premier’s fabrics are the perfect balance between modern and traditional, which serves me well as my taste falls somewhere in between those two places. Nearly all their patterns are subtle, tasteful and understated, without being bland or boring. So, I recently ordered a shocking amount of samples from their website and am determined to choose from one of Premier’s fabrics to recover my bland, chocolate brown velvet down Ikea throw pillows (that was a lot of adjectives in one sentence). Stay tuned to see how I do!
If you’re looking for Premier’s Prints at an even better deal, try Fabric.com and just search “Premier.” And here’s another tip: their samples are cheaper than Premier’s. (:
Now, here are some highlights from their selection:
A little Southwest, handwoven influence, without the hefty pricetag…
May 5, 2011 | Creative Inspirations, Gardening, Home Decorating, Thrifty Thursday | Tags: diy, pergola, saving money
We have this rather exterior wall that faces the street and we thought it would be nice to have a Pergola adorned with Wisteria framing the window. There were a few problems with that idea. We couldn’t find a Pergola tall enough to go over the top of the window and we couldn’t find one we could afford. (more…)
Mar 23, 2011 | Creative Inspirations, Home Decorating, Topics | Tags: diy, grommets, installing grommets, no sew projects, right-brain, thrifty design, tutorial
In my last tutorial, I showed you how to turn a sheet into a shower curtain, and one of the supplies we used for that project was grommets. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install grommets on your shower curtain, or in any other project you have in mind.
Grommets, also known as eyelets, are primarily used to add reinforcement to holes in fabric. Those holes usually offer a function, such as lacing or strapping something (i.e. shoe laces or belts), or hanging something (i.e. curtains, bags or banners). However, grommets don’t always have to serve a function. (more…)
Mar 16, 2011 | Creative Inspirations, Home Decorating, Sewing, Topics | Tags: before-and-after, diy, no sew projects, repurpose, right-brain, sheet, shower curtain, thrifty design
Okay, you’ve waited patiently and I’m finally back to show you how I made my flat sheet into a shower curtain! As promised, I will offer two versions of this project: a no-sew version and a sewn version. Whenever possible, I will offer no-sew alternatives to my “sewing” projects because I really want to show you that make-it-yourself home decor projects don’t always require a sewing machine or sewing skills. There are many products available at your average craft store today that make no-sew projects more possible than ever before.
Mar 3, 2011 | Crafts, Creative Inspirations, Home Decorating, Topics | Tags: before-and-after, diy, fence, repurpose, reuse, right-brain, thrifty design
No, you are not seeing things–that is in fact a picket fence hanging on my wall. And, believe it or not, I have some surprisingly useful ideas for it in my house, and maybe even yours! Allow me to explain.