Thursday, January 31, 2013

Craftsy Block of the Month

Recently I joined Craftsy, which is an online community for people who love to create things. They offer classes in knitting, quilting, cake decorating, and more; some of them are free and others you have to pay for. The classes are web-streamed videos, so you can access them from anywhere with your login information. And once you "enroll" in a class the videos will not expire and will always be in your library. Hooray!

Via craftsy

Right now, I am currently enrolled in two of their block of the month quilting classes (both free) and I am really excited about the projects. With how busy I am with everyday happenings, it is nice to be able to sit down in the evening and work on a simple project that allows me to learn along the way. I love learning :) I used to joke that I would be a career student if we could afford it.

The Block of the Month for January 2013 is an offset log cabin block, and I like how mine turned out. They're slightly wonky and not quite 6.5" square, but I am still really excited about the project overall.

I'm using white for the background fabric, and different scraps of polka-dot fabrics from my stash for the main fabric pieces. I'm really excited to see how all the different blocks come together over the next year!

For the 2012 Block of the month club January had two blocks, an asterisk and a wonky hash-tag. These were really fun to make because I used white for the background, and novelty fabric for the main fabric.

I used leftover Berenstain Bears fabric from William's quilt for the January blocks, and I plan on using Batman, farm animal, and Disney fabric for some of the other months :) This quilt will definitely end up being William's.

I definitely recommend checking out Craftsy and seeing what they have to offer. It is free to join (I signed up through my Facebook profile) so you really don't have anything to lose. I'll be back next month to show off my completed February blocks for both classes.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I just really enjoy the things Craftsy offers. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY Wall Clock

For Christmas Jeff and I received one of those clocks with the little frames for numbers you can personalize. At first I had no clue what to do with it. I thought about putting pictures in the little frames, but I didn't really like that idea. However after some brainstorming and a trip to Hobby Lobby, I figured out I could use scrapbook paper to personalize it for each season.

William as always is being a super helpful little boy :) 

This project was super simple and it took less than an hour to complete. All you need is a design-it yourself clock, scrapbook paper, number stickers, and scissors.  I grabbed scrapbook paper for the next three holidays; Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter.

All you need to do is use the included template to trace 12 circles onto the back of your scrapbook paper, cut them out, number them 1-12, put them in the frames. Hooray you're done! I told you it was super simple : )

Cutting out the circles took the most time out of all the steps combined. The template that was included with the kit was quite a bit larger than the actual circle frames, so I had to go back and trim the edges on most of the circles.

Now I have to make the circles for St. Patrick's Day and Easter, plus all the other holidays in the year. 

It took me a few days to figure out where to hang it, but I eventually decided to put it on the wall  by the kitchen. Now it's the first thing I see in the morning when walking down the hallway. I have to say I am pretty proud of how evenly the numbers turned out because I basically eyeballed my spacing on everything. If I stared at it consistently I could probably see the mistakes (like right now while writing this post :) but for day to day use it is perfect!

 I can't wait to make circles for all the other holidays and seasons. What would y'all do with a clock like this?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I was just immediately inspired by something I found on Etsy, and I had to write about it while it was on my mind. I found this print, and knew that I wanted it to be my inspiration for my future craft room. "Oh, What a Beautiful Morin'" from Oklahoma! was the very first solo I sang in choir. I was in the 6th grade, and I have never forgotten the lyrics to this song.
At the end of May we will be moving to wherever Jeffrey receives a job offer. With this move I am hoping for the opportunity to live somewhere that we can have a third bedroom to serve as our office/craft room. If that happens, this wonderful print will definitely be the leading lady in the room. I love the bright colors, and I think it is going to be a great starting point for the room! Now I just have to hope we actually get that third room :)

What has inspired you today?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Young House Love Book Signing

Last night I had the opportunity to go to the Young House Love booking signing at Book People in Austin, TX. It was so much fun, and I am so thankful to my dad for babysitting William for almost 4 hours! The event started at 7pm and I ended up getting there about 5:45. I was early but it was a good thing because I wouldn't have gotten a seat had I waited any longer.

John ans Sherry came out and did a 30 minute talk about how writing the book was so drastically different than writing their blog, and they were so funny in person. They were really relaxed and personable, and took all types of questions from the crowd.

After the talk they went upstairs to sign books, and Book People had divided everyone into groups based on when you purchased your book. There were easily 200 people there. It was kinda crappy that you HAD to purchase your book from them in order to have it signed, but hey that's how the store makes money from the event. There were two girls sitting behind me that had driven up from San Antonio, in the pouring rain, and they couldn't get their books signed.

 I didn't want to be creepy and take lots of pictures, so I only have these two :) For some reason they had Sherry's microphone really short, and of course my luck would be to take a picture when she is awkwardly talking into it.

I also got a picture with them when they signed my book! They were so nice :)  I've already started reading the book, and I am busy trying to decide which projects I should tackle first.

Mom's Closet Redo: Part 1

My mom has desperately needed her closet redone ever since we moved to our new house almost 8 years ago. (I don't live there anymore but it's still home to me :D ) This past weekend we finally got started on it, and so far we have made great progress. Her closet has always been the dumping ground for things that don't have a home :( and that has always really upset her. I don't blame her either, I would be upset too.

 Because I am still terrible at remembering to take before pictures, most of them were taken after we had already cleared out half of the closet. That entire hanging rod was filled with clothes.

More junk. I told you it had become a dumping ground :(

 William. He is the best and worst helper all at the same time :) he likes to get into stuff and make a mess.

The good thing about all that junk, is that it made for some hilarious clearing out time. We found things that were easily older than I am! By the time we finished sorting through everything, she had given away 7 or 8 trash bags full of clothes, shoes, and other random stuff. we joked around and called it "The Purge"

The awful light fixture that looks like it belongs in a garage or mental institution. It is definitely going to be replaced by a chandelier. Every girl deserves a chandelier in her closet :)

Once we got the extra stuff out of the way, our next task was to get some of the not so wonderful shelving off of the wall. The original owner of the house had put in those wire closet systems. My dad had already taken some of them off a few months back, and now it was up to us to get rid of the last one. By the time that last shelf finally came down, I was in a terrible mood. The brackets that attach them to the wall are awful and are a pain in the butt to take down. I ended up putting holes in the wall because I had to yank out the anchors.

By the time this picture was taken, I was already thoroughly frustrated and had poked a hole in the wall. Luckily we already knew we needed to do some patching and it wasn't a big deal.

Power tools! 5 years ago I asked for a brand new set of power tools for Christmas, and I have yet to get them. All I got was a hand-me-down drill from my dad (not the one pictured, I'm using his fancy one with the light on it), but hey it was free and works like a charm. Plus now I can slowly grow my power tool collection and pick the ones that I want! Hello bright green Ryobi set from Home Depot :)

After the purge of all that extra stuff, we went out and grabbed a ClosetMaid shoe organizer and William and I put it together. Well I put it together and William sat there wondering what I was doing.

When it came time to use the hammer he kept trying to help. He ended up banging my fingers a couple of times and then got bored :)

William and grandma :)

It's starting to look like a functioning closet with no junk in it! We removed the bottom hanging bar to make space for the shoe organizer because it was mainly collecting clothes that didn't belong to my mom. She was worried she wouldn't have enough space for everything, but there's plenty of space once we cleaned out the dresser in the bedroom that she and my dad share.

The four baskets on the top shelf we grabbed at Home Goods. They are the perfect size for stowing things my mom doesn't use all the time, and they have lids so an excessive amount of dust wont collect on everything. She's using two of them for sheets and misc linens, one for purses, and one for scarves etc.

Eventually we are going to paint the closets and repaint the bathroom (shh don't tell me dad), hang a nice mirror my mom already has above the dresser, and take down the unused hanging bar on the right so random stuff wont accumulate.
We worked three days on everything and we still have a to-do list as long as our done-list. We still need to find a new light fixture, paint the dresser silver (super excited about that project!), reupholster and paint the vanity stool, and replace the shelving brackets with nicer ones. Since I live out of town, we have to divide up all the tasks into separate weekends.

The closet already looks a million times better than it did when we started though, and I can't wait till we are done with it!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Projects to Make in 2013

I probably have hundreds of things pinned that I would love to eventually make, but there are a couple that I really plan on tackling in 2013!

I have really wanted to start composting for several months now, but the composting bins you can get at the store are super expensive. So when I saw this tutorial for one made out of a storage tote, I was super stoked! This looks simple to make, and I love that it can be moved easily.

This I want to make mostly out of necessity. I have several dresses that I used to wear before having William, but now I find myself wishing they were longer. A slip like this would give me some of my wardrobe back :)

Source: via Hilary on Pinterest

This is a quilt that I really want to make for myself :) I love the H blocks and this would be the best quilt for snuggling up on the couch with.

William got a potty for Christmas and I know it is early to start potty training him, but I think these are a great idea instead of using Pull-ups. She sewed a panel of PUL on the outside of some training undies. Definitely much cheaper than most training pants.

Source: via Hilary on Pinterest

I salvage a couple windows a few months ago, and they have just been sitting up against the side of the house. I'm definitely going to finally do something with them soon. I love this idea of adding pictures to the frames.

My poor sewing machine is so naked! I really need to make it a darling cover to keep it nice and warm while I'm not using it :) This tutorial is great because it has pockets on each side of the cover.

Back to the windows I salvaged, we desperately need a coffee table and I think this would be a great addition to our living room. Luckily I am a beast at using power tools, and I'm hoping to get this one done it a weekend!

Well there you have it, some of the projects that I plan on completing during 2013. I hope to do these and more, but I can be scatterbrained at times, so if I start to get off track call me out on it :) I love a good challenge!

What projects are you planning on tackling during 2013?