Monday, July 19, 2010

Today I Made...

Pretty Privacy.
I am going to tell you something but you have to promise not to judge me.

Sometimes I walk around my house in my skivies! Gasp! I know! Also on a rare occasion [ok maybe not THAT rare] I might walk around in nothing.
Its not like I answer the door all desperate housewife in nothing but a negligee or something, but I do go get myself a cup of water in the morning or wander around after a shower.

I sometimes think I could have been a nudist in another life. In this life however my husband is intensely paranoid that someone MIGHT see me. So we keep the blinds closed always!

I hate this, its dark and gloomy and I can't see my trees.

I came up with a solution to this issue and it does not even involve a bath robe.

I made privacy blinds! These are made from two simple mini blinds that I mutilated and added fabric to.

I put them back together in such a way that allowed me to only open the top sections to get in the most light and privacy [we are in a split level, so you would have to be in the tree tops to see in the top section]

This is a close up of the wonderful burnout fabric! I bought the last 5 yards on amazing clearance and plan to use it in a few more rooms.

Here are the old blinds, they were nice but so dark and depressing.

While I made the blinds on my own I did enlist James to help install them. Such a helpful and only slightly "there was nothing wrong with the old ones" cranky hubby.

And check out this monster of a wasp I killed before we started setting them up! That stinger is deadly!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Craigslist is My Hero

So I got my HUGE tub a few months ago on the site for $125.
I also got my vanity and medicine cabinet for $50.

Most recently though I got an AMAZING couch for $100.
It looks like it is maybe a year of so old and no one ever sat on it. I have a feeling the previous owners didn't want to toss it but didn't care about making anything off it.

[sorry about the wrinkles in the middle I didn't smooth it out after I plopt my big but in the middle]

Look how perfectly it goes with my pillows.

And how lovely is this upholstery fabric?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Today I Made...

Some super cute clothes for some super cute little girls.

My sister [the older girl] and my niece are spending a couple of days at my house and I got them to help me organize and unpack some of my studio in exchange for new homemade clothes! They were ready and willing.

They picked out their fabrics from my scrap bin and I sketched up and sewed up each outfit while they did some unpacking. Both outfits I made in about 3 hours. I love how fast sewing is!

Also how awesome is my nieces pink hair? My sister in law gave me the OK to dye it yesterday.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It Didn't Feel Cheap.

So our wedding, by American standards, was very budget conscious. I hate to call myself cheap, usually opting for creative or thrifty, but I sure don't like to spend money.

I read an article over at about wedding statistics and I realized how different mine was.

Some of my favorite items:

"1. The average budget for just the wedding ceremony and reception is $28,385. And that’s down five percent from 2008! Still New York City and Long Island throw the most money away lavish weddings, with their budgets at nearly $57,000"
My total cost = $1000

"4. The average engagement ring costs $5,847. Bling-bling, cha-ching"
My custom designed wedding ring = $800

"6. Most brides have at least one DIY element, usually ceremony programs, favors, or escort cards"
The ONLY elements of my wedding that weren't DIY were my cake [made by my sister in law], my food [made by my caterer friend] and my photography [taken by a family member] which I did all the editing on myself.

"8. The average number of friends the bride will force to buy a dress that they hate is five. The average number of groomsmen squeezed into monkey suits also numbers five. Even Steven"
Our attendants = A big fat none. Although we made about 15 friends and family speak as part of our ceremony.

"11. On average, the parents of the bride usually pay 46 percent of the cost, the bride and groom absorb 40 percent, and the groom’s folks get away with a mere 12 percent contribution"
My dad bought the alcohol and all the rest was on us. Of course considering the tiny total cost it wasn't much of a burden.

The crazy thing is, I never once felt that I was missing something from my wedding. I never had the "I wish I could afford..." thought. Even our smallish [about 70 people] guest list was not really a compromise. We started with a much larger list and cut if back because, truthfully, so many of them I never even talked to much less invited to visit.
I was lucky to have talented friends and family. My food was 5 star, my photography professional and my cake truly perfect.

I LOVED making all the decorations, I adored making my dress, and my free venue was better than anything I looked at with a fee. I mean who gets a rockin' pool party reception! The tiny price tag was just a great side effect of all the crafting.

I guess the point of this post is to say, have a wedding that makes you happy. If that means top of the line, all the bells and whistles than go for it full force. If your dream wedding is crafty and quirky and completely DIY then get out the glue guns and sewing machines. The only important thing is the day represents you. Luckily for us crafty types that usually also means not having to go into dept.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Today I Made...

Some pretty frames for my pretty photos.

I found two very unattractive metal frames at a thrift store.

This is how they turned out in the end. I reused my pretty hammered metal spray paint.