Thursday, June 26, 2014

So... it's been awhile.

So, yeah. HEY GUYS! That niece below is now two years old, and she now has a baby brother! But we all know this isn't a blog about babies, so a brief recap of the last two years: got a job in social media marketing, took a little break from crafting to work a lot, moved last week to a townhouse and am back in the arts and crafts business! I'm really excited - so excited that I've already made TWO headboards! (I didn't like the first one enough, obviously).

So the first one I made is beautiful, if I do say so myself, but I decided it wasn't tufted enough for my taste. Tutorial via - thank you!

You can't see in this picture (I may post better ones later), but I put nailhead trim along the border and it's really beautiful. Also, a lighter grey than this photo reflects. So I had this up for a few days, but really, since the beginning of my craft days, my heart had been set on this guy: I first saw this project on one of my favorite "lifestyle blogs," A Cup of Jo (, and have been dreaming about it ever since. LGN's is king-sized, and my bed is full-sized, so I decided to do a few less tufts to compensate for the difference in width. LGN did 5 rows of 9-8-9-8-9 buttons, and I did 7-6-7-6-7.

So...  I went back to my favorite hardware store (Proctor ACE in Neptune Beach - Rocky is the man!), got some pegboard, used Liquid Nail to attach the .5x4-foot piece to the 4x4 and was covered in Liquid Nail for two days, made a bunch of buttons, and got to tufting!

I originally had a gorgeous linen with very subtle metallic streaks, but they only had 1.5 yards left of it, and it turned out to not be enough. I almost solved the problem by cutting from the bottom and sewing it on the main fabric, creating two side panels (best part of this is that I don't have a desk right now so I had to use my sewing machine standing up and on an ironing board), but it still wasn't enough. Frustration nation!

I went to another Joann to find the same fabric because I had already created the buttons, but they were out of the fabric, so I decided on gray linen upholstery fabric because, you know, it's timeless. Back home I went, and here's basically what happened: I spent an hour measuring where the tufts would go, covered my hands in magic marker ink, spray-adhered the foam, put on a layer of light fleece batting, and set down my fabric. I went mostly by the book/blog with this one, using the tutorial all the way through (as well as the foam from Joann).

My main two problems were that the Liquid Nail didn't work so well this time, and the smaller piece barely stayed on (I think the spray adhesive between the foam and that part of the pegboard saved it). Also, my upholstery stapler isn't the best, so I had to hammer down every. single. staple. But point is, it was an overall success! I hung it with two picture hangers into the wall (, which hold the D-rings I had screwed into the back. 

What do you guys think?

And a view of my awesome mirror that I found on Craigslist:

The biggest adjustment I made to Jenny's version is that I used the waxed button thread suggested for the first headboard I made. It seems stronger than upholstery thread, and I only had to double-knot the buttons, and it sticks better to the back.

Room is still in progress, but let's just say, I slept like a rock last night :) Thanks again to Jenny of Little Green Notebook and Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chic for your awesome tutorials and inspiration!

More to come as my roommate moves in next weekend and we DIY, well, everything.


Monday, June 18, 2012

New Niece/Facebook

Hello all! I have two very exciting bits of news today. First and foremost, my eldest sister Natalie safely delivered her third child on Friday, June 15th, 2012! Her name is Batya Yaela, born at 9:13 PM, and her big sisters Esther Shira and Simcha are very proud and excited. This marks my fourth niece, by the way... plenty of

Secondly, I have started a Facebook page to go along with my Etsy shop. Please become a fan!
Thanks and love!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Grand Opening!

Hello everyone! I am super excited to announce the grand opening of my Etsy shop!
Please visit and shop!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Boutique Blanket

ooh Pinterest, how I love you! I found this gorgeous/shockingly soft blanket on Pinterest, and needed it ASAP. The tutorial is here and the author, Christina, was incredibly helpful with questions. I used the same fabrics (a minky and a cotton twill) as she did, so our blankets are essentially identical. Identically AMAZING! so soft and gorgeous. and BIG! It's about 5 feet by 6 feet, so much bigger/cozier than the faux chenille blanket. The minky was a bit hard to work with, so if you make this, use Christina's advice and pin, pin, pin!
blanket - minky on one side, cotton twill on the other

Snappy dress, on the blanket
Another recent project is the Snappy Toddler Dress from Prudent Baby (for Shayna, of course), who are two of my very favorite women ever. Their website is full of sewing and craft projects, as well as delicious recipes, my two favorite being the One-Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Coffee Cake in a Cup. Best of all, you don't even need to have a baby to enjoy their site! so check them out at
Coming soon: matching mother-daughter outfits for Jessica and Shayna! too cute. bye!

Monday, May 14, 2012

le pouf

Hello all! I'm back to show my newest creation: a pouf! I found this tutorial from Design*Sponge, and off I went to make a patchwork version.
side view

I had a fun time with this one, though I did mess up a bit (reversing the order of the pieces before sewing the second half together... confused me). However, I managed to figure it all out and voila, le pouf!

Also, how cute are these? I call them vests for feet. My feet stay warm, but can breathe.

Next up: finishing the gingham taffeta skirt, dress #29483 for Shayna, and a pom pom scarf. Stay tuned! xo

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

new things

Time to share more creations! #1 is something I found on Pinterest (actually, the tutorial is here). It's made with scrapbooking paper! This was fun to do and I love the way it came out.

Next is the Warhol dress from Dana! It looks blue here, but is really purple, and was sent to my niece Shayna for her 9-month birthday. This one was quick and fun and hopefully so cute on her!

Now more baby dresses, but this time, ORGANIC! I had to order fabric from Oregon, but it was well worth it because look how cute this is! Especially the trim on the bottom - bias tape for the win.

back - love the ribbon!

And finally... guess what?