Archive for the '"i made this"' Category

superbowl sunday

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Thanks to all the creative ideas on oneprettything, I was able to make our Superbowl celebration super cute and super yummy.  Here are a few of the highlights…
A football field table runner:
A few coasters for our drinks:
And some yummy desserts:

Eric made homemade chili, potato skins, and a delicious enchilada casserole.  Our friends, Matt and Kristen, [...]

valentines day card swap::love bird

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m really not that great at making cards.  In the past when I’ve tried, I’ve just found myself frustrated at trying to come up with something clever and catchy.  So what did I do?  I signed up for a Valentines Day card swap hosted by the ladies [...]

colorful cushions

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Just a little something I whipped up last night while watching some evening television.  I am loving all sorts of pincushions at the moment.   I’ll never have the need for so many but they sure are fun to look at.  I’m hopefully creating some inventory to fill a table at a local craft fair someday.  [...]

sweater bag tutorial

Friday, January 9th, 2009

In the January issue of Country Living Magazine, I spotted a thrifty way to reuse those old sweaters that just don’t seem to fit into my wardrobe anymore. I’ve posted the steps that I took to transform an old blue sweater into a handy tote bag. Along with a sewing machine, here are [...]

in hopes that st. nicholas soon would be there…

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

For my favorite trio…I hope Santa fills them to the top!

black and white and read all over

Friday, December 19th, 2008

From a very young age, my mother taught me a few good habits when it came to wrapping Christmas gifts.  Growing up, she would wrap all of the gifts that went under the tree in newspaper.  She would buy a bag of red bows to top off the gifts and add some Christmas color.  As you can see, I’ve followed in my mothers’ footsteps and added [...]

while the stockings were stitched by the chimney with care…

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

While there hasn’t been much snow just yet, the rain is sprinkling just a but at the moment and threats of ice are in the forecast…so lightly speaking, “the weather outside is frightful.” I’m doing my best to stay warm and dry inside today. I’ve sewn this stocking for my Fairy Godson, Leo. [...]


Friday, December 5th, 2008

I didn’t waste much time this year getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily for me, I not only feel the nostalgia that naturally comes with celebrating Christmas, but I also I get to experience all the traditions of the Hanukkah holiday. I grew up in a small rural town in Virginia where everyone [...]

WHOO is ready for halloween?

Monday, October 27th, 2008

BOO…I mean WHOOO! I love carving pumpkins! Well…not really but I LOVE when I’m finished carving my pumpkin and I can light it up and see how it turned out. I went to a craft store just the other day and picked up one of those fake pumpkins that you can carve. [...]

sophisticated country wedding series: 4: pumpkin wine bucket

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Ah…the things you can do with a pumpkin. The possibilities are endless!! Take, for example, this fall inspired wine bottle display. Perfect for a wedding reception in a hay filled barn. I conned my brother and Eric’s best man into carving a few of these out for me the day before [...]

after school special

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

My most favorite after school activity (I am an educational Speech/Language Pathologist) is to “B-line” it in the direction of the closest craft/fabric store with my teacher/crafters annonymous friend in pull (please note that it doesn’t take much tugging on her end). Just this week, we participated in this routine with great enthusiasm. [...]

sophisticated country wedding series: 2: boutineers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

By the looks of my blog, it comes as no surprise that, well…I like birds. The idea of having a nature, bird, outdoors themed wedding only seemed suitable considering the fact that our ceremony would be held outside and on a farm. While flipping through a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, I came across the idea [...]

from drab to fab

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

For the past year, I have been shifting these pillows from one corner of the closet to the next. They have been nothing but IN THE WAY. When I purchased my very first couch about nine months ago, these came with it. While I love the couch, I’ve always hated these pillows. [...]

clutter control

Monday, September 8th, 2008

I’m always looking for fun ways to use scrap fabric. My mom used this lovely polka-dot fabric to make me a skirt when I was in college and I’ve been holding on to the remains for quite some time now just wondering what to do with it. So, I decided to make a [...]

black and white party time

Friday, September 5th, 2008

I returned home today to find a lovely flower arrangement waiting to greet me with a note that read…”I never properly thanked you for the beautiful shower and wonderful reading at the wedding. I feel so honored to have you as my cuz. Hope these add a little color to your day! [...]

not a grey area

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Do not adjust your screen…this is an actual photo. It was not taken with black and white film nor was it converted to black and white with a photo editing program. I am throwing my dear cousin, Lizzie, a bridal shower next Sunday. The theme…classic black and white. I have [...]

“chalk” this up to a great idea

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I’ve been contemplating what to do with this old windowpane for quite some time now. I’ve been dragging this thing around with me from house to dorm room, to apartment, and now to my very own home. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally make something of this flea market [...]

wee gifts

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

I’m still reflecting on my visit to Nashville. Somewhere amongst the four pairs of shoes, bathing suit, and cowboy hat, I managed so squeeze in a few goodies for the little people I was about to see. Living so far away enables a sense of distance between family members…especially in the minds of children. I [...]

sea, salt, sun, and sand

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Each season, and sometimes depending on the month, I like to delve into my yearning to decorate for the upcoming holiday or season. While I don’t particularly like to fill my house with seasonal items and knick-knacks, I do like to surround myself with reminders of the holidays and enjoy the idea of sharing [...]

a cozy find

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

My husband asked me if there was anything I needed to tell him when I brought home a $15, three quarters of a rusted, vintage, iron baby crib from my outing to Purcellville, VA this weekend. My reply…”Yes, we have a lot of work to do.”

After a little spray paint, a crib mattress from [...]