Friday, August 26, 2011

Cute-ifying Your Bathroom {part 2}

Soooo...the next project for my bathroom was to make my bathrug look cuter, or nicer, or SOMEthing. It was just plain and white and boooring.

So after looking at a few rugs in the stores, I decided to take measures into my own hands. I bought 2 off-white towels from Wal-Mart (2.50/piece).




I started out cutting slits in the rug, 2 inches apart. I went all the way around the border of the rug.



Then I cut 2-inch wide strips out of the off-white towels (longways). I sewed the short ends together. I used about 2 or 3 strips. I then ironed the edges into the middle and then folded it in half and ironed it. I sewed down the long sides.



Then I weaved the strip of off-white towels into the slits I had cut earlier. When I had the two ends together I tied the two ends in a knot.



I then tied a bow and cut the excess towel from the ends of the bow. And there you have it...a cuter bath rug!




And there's almost always something I complain about...



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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ruffle Buns

My dear friend Becca tricked...errr...I mean convinced me to buy a super cute pattern from VeryJane. We went shopping for fabric and we both bought some super cute fabric.

The pattern is called Oodles of Ruffles Diaper Cover by Brynberlee Designs. I thought it turned out super cute and Carolina looks so dang cute in it!





How cute is she?!





Look at those ruffle buns! And those cute chub legs!




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Monday, August 15, 2011

Cute-ifying Your Bathroom {part 1}

Sorry I've been MIA for a while...my fambam was hanging at the beach! It was seriously awesome. I love sitting out on the beach and tanning :)

Today I'm starting a small series I'm calling Cute-ifying Your Bathroom.

The CHEAP way. 'Cause that's how I roll.

My first project was to make some hand towels. Because I didn't have ANY in the master bathroom. And I like to dry my hands sometimes.



I bought 2 hand towels from Wal-Mart for $2.50 a piece. I also bought a roll of lace that was on sale at Wal-Mart, too. I wanted to use the lace on my bathroom rug, but I did something else instead. That's coming up later this week.




I sewed three rows of lace on the bottom of each towel. I love them! So simple but makes the towel so much cuter.



I love me some ruffles.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Plastic Bag Beach Tote

So, a couple of days ago I shared this tutorial on how to make a beach tote out of plastic bags on i---create. I was so happy to be her guest blogger!

Wellll...now I'm gonna post the tutorial up here. Enjoy!

{Questions? Shoot me an email!}



Okay, let's get started! First off, you'll need to grab 22 of those plastic bags you have sitting in your laundry room or kitchen.

Don't worry about how small the pictures are... I'm going to walk you through all the steps! The pictures are just for reference purposes.



1. Grab one of your plastic bags and fold it so it looks like it did originally.
2. Cut off the handles and the very bottom. Then fold the bag into thirds, longways.
3. Cut out two pieces of wax paper big enough to cover the bag. Place bag in between the wax pieces. With your iron on a lower setting (mine was on 3), iron the wax/bag combo. You only have to run your iron over it about three times. Do this to both sides.
4. Once you have done this with your 22 bags, grab 5 of them and sew them together (as shown). Do this twice and you'll have the front and back panels of the bag. For the handles, sew two bags together on the short ends. Fold the sides of the into the center and then in half. Sew down the side to hold them together. Do this twice so you'll have two handles. For the sides, sew two bags together on the long side. Do this twice.
5. Fold down the tops of the front and back panels and sew for a nice, clean edge. Attach the handles to the tops. You may want to sew back and forth so the handles will be nice and sturdy.
6. Your pieces should look picture #6!
7. For the pocket, fold one of the bags in half and place on the front panel of your bag. Sew up the sides of the pocket to attach to bag. Do not sew along the top or it won't be a pocket! Do this to the back panel, also.
8. To make the bottom of your bag, sew two bags together long ways. Do this twice and then attach the sets together on the short ends. Then sew the sides you made earlier onto either end of the bottom portion you just made. It should be a long strand of 8 bags in pairs (shown).
9. Attach the right sides of one of the panels to the right side of the bottom-side portion. It should look like picture #9 once you're done. Then place the remaining panel on top of the bottom-side portion (right sides together) and sew that up.
10. Turn inside out. It should now look like picture #10.
11. To stabilize the bag so it'll stand up better, I cut a cereal box to fit the bottom of the bag.



Yay! All done! Now go use it & go to the beach!!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pantry Facelift

I am loving all the pantry inspiration going on in the blogosphere right now. Two of my favorites are these:


And she got her inspiration from here:



Now, I can't paint my pantry because I'm in apartment, and my pantry is MUCH, MUCH smaller than the ones pictured above, but I made do with what I have.





1. I got these lovely chalk labels from veryjane.com. They are seriously awesome. If you haven't signed up for their emails, you NEED to. I got 10 labels for $7.


2. I got these white wire baskets from the dollar section in Target. They were actually $2.50, but well worth the extra $1.50.


3. I made these little labels on my computer (with Smiley Monster font) and added them onto the wire baskets with twine. Super easy and now it's way easier to find something!


Now I just need to figure something out for the top shelf! How embarrassing!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Guest Post!

Happy Monday!

Today I am guest posting on my blogger friend's blog

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Go check it out to see my tutorial on how to make a Plastic Bag Beach Tote!



Have a good start to the week!!