August 31, 2011

Spray Painters Anonymous {Sadie & Stella}

Hi! Our names are Lindsay and Lindsay from Sadie + Stella, and we are spray paint addicts. Does this sound like we are attending a support group? Because it certainly should.  We are always up to diy's around here. No project is too big or too small to incorporate a little spray paint. It is amazing how big of a transformation can ensue with a little spray paint TLC. Which is what we are sharing with you all today! 

Lindsay (Sadie's mom) wanted to give her guest room a little face lift, with a lot of style but on the cheap. She found an amazing iron headboard and footboard at a local Goodwill. It was love at first sight and we knew it had great potential to be a one of a kind piece. 

It's beginnings. Although a beautiful distressed brass, it wasn't the look we were going for. We wanted a shocking coral bed. 

Again, a before of the footboard. Get ready for this transformation.

Insert Krylon Coral Isle spray paint... 

Big transformation in process here...I wanted to spray paint a tree coral as well...Lindsay said this would be over the top and take us into a new category of spray paint addiction. I kind of agree with her, but the heart wants what the heart wants. 

Bingo, bango. Here she is. In all of her glory! We are obsessed with the results. That coral spray paint is divine. Seriously. We want to cover our entire houses in this stuff. OBSESSED! 

Thank you for accompanying us through one of our spray paint journeys. We hope you all enjoyed it thoroughly. To see more spray painting and diying and overall lifestyle design, please head over to Sadie + Stella

Thank you for having us Tiffany, you are a doll!

Thank you ladies for taking the time to show us all that there is an amazing array of colors in the spray paint world!  You all must take a trip over to Sadie & Stella 

to check out some of there amazing DIY projects and some of there amazing recipes!  Their DIY crested deer head is just fabulous.. I so want to make one myselft {if I could just get the hubs on board with having a fake deer head in the house}!!


And now let us all repeat the Spray Painters Mantra:
Friends, help me source all the items I am searching for but can not find.
Give me the vision to think outside of the box and remember the can of spray paint,
and bless me with the patience to let each of the coats dry before I move on to the next step!

Cookies and coffee are in the back! =)

If you need support for your spray painting addiction and would like to "attended" a meeting please contact me:
We always love to know other supporters, and have more inspiration for our projects!

August 30, 2011

How To: Tailored Table Skirt

 Last week I revealed my new table skirt for my entry table in my Piano room: 

You all may think I can sew... I really can't.  I can sew a real mean pillow, but something that has multiple pieces and is what I call 3D... forget about it!  Until now!  As I said before I wanted to learn to sew from a pattern, but as my mom and I search for a pattern to make this table skirt none could be found.  So we just decided to make it from scratch.  So as I say with all of my sewing projects.. if I can do it you can do it too.  

Here's is where you start:

Cut out all of your pieces.  My table was 48"Wx30"Hx18"D.  So this is what my fabric pieces figured out to be.  I wanted the accent fabric to be 3" finished on all sides so here is the math:

Front main fabric {2 will be needed}
24"wide x 30"long finished + 1 {1/2 seam allowance} = 25"W x 31"height 
subtract for side accent fabric: 25"w - 6" {2 finished accent panels} = 19" wide
subtract for bottom accent fabric: 31"height - 3" {1 finished accent panel} = 28" height

**Front Main Fabric {2}: 19"wide x 28" height**

Side main Fabric {2 will be needed}
18" wide x 30" height finished + 1 {1/2 seam allowance} = 19"w x 31"height
subtract for side accent fabric: 19"w - 6" {2 finished accent panels} = 13" wide
31" height -3" {1 finished accent panel} = 28" height

**Side Main Fabric {2}: 13"wide x 28"height**

Top Panel
48"wide x 18"deep finished + 1 {1/2 seam allowance} = 49"wide x 19"deep

Back Panel
{I didn't go to the floor on the back.  I just came down about 5" to help keep the skirt on}
48"wide x 5"height finished + 1 {1/2 seam allowance} = 49"wide x 6"height

Side Accent Fabric Panels
3"wide x 30"height finished + 1" {1/2 seam allowance} = 4"wide x 31"height

**Side Accent Panels {8} = 4"wide x 31"height**

Bottom Accent Fabric Panels for the Front
24"wide x 3"height finished + 1 {1/2 seam allowance} = 25"wide x 4" height

**Bottom Accent Fabric Panels Front {2}: 25"wide x 4"height**

Bottom Accent Fabric for the Sides 
18"wide x 3" height + 1 {1/2 seam allowance} = 19"wide x 4" height

**Bottom Accent Fabric for the Sides {2}: 19"wide x 4" height**

Inside Accent Fabric Panels:
6"wide x 30"heigh + 1 {1/2 seam allowance} = 7"wide x 31" height

**Inside Accent Fabric {3}: 7"wide x 31"height**

Once all pieces are cut it is time to start sewing.

The first step is to sew all of the finished edges of the accent fabrics.  This will include all of the bottom edges of the bottom accent panel {there will be 4}, the sides and bottoms of all the side accent panels {there should be 8}, and the sides and bottoms of the inside accent panels {there should be 3}.  Also sew the bottom edge of you back panel just to finish it off.  Fold the edges 1/4" and iron and then fold that over 1/4" and iron to create a finished edge.  Pin in place.

Now it is time to add the accent fabric panels to the main fabric.  First I laid out the accent fabric panels over the main fabric to line up the bottoms of all pieces.  Then I started pinning and sewing the side panels first. I wanted to miter the corners {my mom does not think this is the right term for sewing, but you all know what I mean} so I stopped a little short of the corners when I was sewing them together.  Then I added by bottom piece making sure my bottoms still matched up.  Don't worry about the sides meeting up... 

To make the miter corners take the side and the bottom panel and fold them from the corner to make seam.  Pin as close as you can to the bottom because that will be your sewing guide.  It is ok if the corners don't meet up perfectly as long as the finished seams meet somewhere.  Sew the corners.

Once the corners are mitered cut the back excess farbric off leaving 1/2".

Remember how we didn't sew the panels all the way to the corner.  Now it is time to go back and finish the corners.

One down only 3 more panels to go!

Next step is to add all of the panels to the top.  I started with the front two panels.  I wanted to make sure the bottoms matched.  It is ok if you have to adjust a little where the panels meet the top.

Next lay the inside accent fabric panel over the center seam, alining the bottoms of all the fabric pieces.  Again, if the top of the panels don't meet up perfectly at the top that is ok.  It is more important they are even on the bottom.   

Pin all the panels in place and cut any excess fabric at the top.  After the front was all pinned I took it over to my table to do a quick check to see if it was all straight and even on the bottom.  Then sew the panels.  Once the front was done I added the side panels.  I pinned sides and then checked it on the table to see if it was even. 

After the front, and side panels were sewn on it is time to add the corner accent fabric.  The best way to do this was to put the skirt on inside out and pin the fabric to the corners.  Pin on the inside of the seam... this makes it the easiest to sew.  Sew the corners, iron, and install!

I hope this was not too confusing... I don't know if I could have done this without my mom helping me!  I can say this is my first actual sewing project that required exact measurements and sewing it just right so it all hung perfectly.  I love it!  It softens all of the wood in the room and gets rid of some of the brown.  

One project down for the piano room plan a few more to go!

If you like this table skirt but would want to customize it a little bit more check out Kathysue's post today at Good Life of Design.  She has great inspiration for all different table styles of skirts and sizes!

I am linking up to these fabulous parties:

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August 29, 2011

An Amazing Fabric Find

 Happy Monday everyone!  I literally just walked in the door and I had to come straight to my computer to share this AMAZING fabric warehouse I found when I was visiting my aunt and cousin in Modesto CA.  

Home Fabric and Rugs the best fabric outlet I have seen ever!!  This place was HUGE and had so much fabric and get this nothing was over... wait for it... $12.99 a yard!!!!  Most were $4.99 - $7.99 and they had a huge clearance area that was $2 -$3 a yard!!!  

Here are some pics of some of the fabulous fabric they had there:

Yup that is right... it is somewhat hard to see but that sign says Home Decor Fabric $5.99 - $12.99

This was $5.99 a yard!!! 
This beautiful premier print red ikat was only $6.99 a yard!!!


Can you believe I left this store and didn't buy anything!!!  I know... But my mom did find fabric for her couch and her outdoor settee for her lani.  25 yards for under $150!!!  They have two more locations in Fresno and Clovis CA... I was so hoping for a Sacramento location that I just didn't know about!!

They do have a website there are some great options but nothing like the actual store!