Monday, May 23, 2011

waverly modern essentials

I was at Joann Fabrics the other day and spotted the new Modern Essentials collection from Waverly. Pretty sure I said "ooooo" out loud and walked over in a trance.

It's so yummy - the weave on the fabric feels great and the patterns and colors are gorgeous.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

make it pink?

today we decided to paint the front entryway. I had been toying with the idea of a dirty, sort of california in the 70s polaroid picture pink but couldn't find any colors that came close to that description - and I was nervous about painting our entryway any version of pink. I thought the idea was brilliant but there was no way to really get what I saw in my head. every sample was too girly. so, we both agreed on a soft latte type taupe color as a perfectly warm and inviting choice and went with oat cake by behr.

but guess what. it still turned out in the pink family. I think I love it but am not sure. what do you think?

(ugh, ugly blue front door. curse you.)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

DIY duvet cover

It's time to move June into a twin bed - not sure I'm ready for the transition but we're forging ahead. On the upside, I get to start hatching a plan for her bedding and was shocked to find out how expensive duvet covers are. So I decided to make my own using two flat sheets, loosely following the directions found here at Prudent Baby. The sheet design had brown, pink and orange polka dots. Pretty cute and not too girly.

Here's the breakdown....
Twin down-alternative comforter from Target
Two full size flat sheets from Walmart
Snap kit from here
Water-soluble pen from Joann Fabrics
Prayers that I don't swear too much while making this thing

Mind you, when I say loosely following the directions, I mean it. Hence the swearing. Flying by the seat of your pants and sewing often don't mix. :)

Our sheets were long enough for the finished product to have an inch of wiggle room. But we had to trim the width a little to get the right measurement, where we had a 1/2 inch seam allowance on each side, plus a little wiggle room. The double folded 4" hem at the top of the sheet is a perfect place to put the snaps. The Prudent Baby version calls for putting the snaps through only 1 layer of fabric but my husband thought 2 layers would be better. So we folded down the top hem and started marking things off with the fabric pen.

We measured in 10 inches from the edge before starting the "snap line." With the 4" hem, we measured down 2" and put the snaps in the middle, spacing them about 5 inches apart.

We did the same on the other sheet's top hem and did some serious double checking that the snaps would line up. While this project isn't rocket science, it's a little tricky if you haven't done it before. In the middle of helping with the snaps, my husband got annoyed and said I should have just bought one online. Hello, Garnet Hill!

But we persevered, matching the Right Sides of the fabric together and pinning it, starting a few inches in from the snap line on either side. Then I sewed all around, starting at one end of the snap line and going all the way around. Cut the points off the corners, flipped it inside out....Voila!

Now let's just hope Junebug stays in her new bed. I have visions of seeing her crazy curls standing next to our bed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

emersonmade ... me want to be a better person

emersonmade, once a one-woman fabric flower shop, has exploded into a clothing, home and accessory boutique of unique, handcrafted work. if it weren't for the talent, I might just hate the wife and husband team, emerson and ryan (respectively), for being so damn beautiful and successful. (she models, he photographs - yes, I did just throw up a little in my mouth.)

here are some of my favorites from their latest collection.

*love* these belts.

and if that isn't enough, take a look at photos from their new hampshire home (love the crisp whiteness of it), which they moved into two years ago after vacating manhattan, as featured on design*sponge:

I think this pantry might be one of my all-time favorites.

when I read about people like this, I sometimes wonder what it is I do with an average day? how can they have accomplished so much and I am still working on sewing a handbag from two weeks ago?