Tuesday, September 18, 2012

fall table for 2

After months of heat and mosquitoes,
I am so ready for cooler days and pretty fall colors.
I built a simple little trough, inspired by this tutorial by Shanty 2 Chic,
with some left over wood from building the backyard fence.

To make it more interesting, I added the metallic corners like I did in my vintage French wine tray.
I filled it with candles, straw like pieces and gourds from the grocery store.
And I set up the table for the nice dinner for 2 by the fire place.

Wine inspired French table cloth and napkins serve as a beautiful background,
matching perfectly with my Provence plates.
Now I better send Mon Cheri to the kitchen to cook us for food
for dinner....he is the chef, I am the baker!

Happy day!

The Lettered Cottage

Sunday, September 16, 2012

making more crates

After making my first crate and enjoying the storage space,
I realized we needed more.
We have a small pantry, with no space for drinks.
And with the kids packing their lunch everyday,
there are a lot of milk boxes and juice pouches.
Even Mon Cheri adds to the volume with his V8.

So what's a crafter to do but built some more?

The smaller crate is the same size as my first one, I used this image from the Graphics Fairy-DIY.
I ironed the picture printed on contact paper with laser printer like on my tutorial
It is extremely fast, about 1-2 minutes on a flat surface!

For the bigger crate I kept the same depth, but made it wider.
Once again I ironed a cool pic from the Graphics Fairy-DIY.

Here is a detail of the pictures,
the transfers are pretty good, not perfect, but it gives them an antique look.

Since there is no drying time with this technique,
I stained the crates right away with early american

And here there are in "action!"
That's what I call major improvement!
It is pretty, less messy and the puppy chews way less cardboard!
Now I really need to address the top of this cart, 
we use the top for all the school papers and homework,
pencils and other random things that arrive from school or mail....
must find a way to fix this "area"...
luckily I have some scraps of wood,
I am sure I will think of something!

Happy day!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

little purple bed

Remember the little quilt I was working on last week?
I mentioned I had some building and painting to do...
well I did and finished my project:
a purple doll bed with a cute quilt!

I had made a similar bed for Miss C a couple of years ago,
but this one is for one of her friends' birthday, who is into AG
 (8 years old seems to be the time when they go crazy about that!)
The tutorial for this bed is from Ana White of course!

Here are the old bed from Miss C and her friend's version.
I made it a little less wide as suggested by Jaime from That's My Letter,
it is just the right size for a doll, like a twin size bed, while the other one is more a full.

Doesn't she look comfy in her bed?
nothing like a smoothie, a dog and a book to relax in bed!

I recovered some 1 inch foam with white kona fabric to make the mattress.
I made a simple lumbar pillow and a real pillow with a pillow case,
just like I did for the original bed.

And here is the finished quilt.
Because of the strong color of the bed, I wanted a not so colorful quilt,
I used only 2 fabrics, and a very simple quilting design,
making it possible to quilt in one continuous line!
Fast and easy.

The birthday girl was excited and very pleased with her present!

Happy day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

working on a little quilt

Now that we are back in school and that we almost used to our new routine
and schedule, I have been able to do a little sewing.
I started working on a simple little quilt.

I am only suing 2 fabrics: a white kona and this turquoise print.
I chose a irregular bow-tie pattern, not all triangles are the same size.
I cut 3.5" white squares and 1.5" print squares,
and just sewed the print in the corner on the diagonal.
Then I folded over the little corner, ironed and cut the extra layers,
then wash/rinse/repeat.

and there it is my little quilt:

I know exactly what I am going to do with it,
but it requires more building and painting,
so it will have to wait.

This week end I also sewed utilitarian, instead of just pretty,
I made Brick Master 3 pairs of PJ pants (1 flannel, 2 cottons).
Last year I had already made him some but he keeps on growing!
Well at least I have more space for new fabric,
I used over 6 yards of fabric,
if that does not sound like an excuse to get some more,
I do not know what to do!

Happy sewing!

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