Young and Crafty Sisters: May 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Purse Pattern Remix

I am so excited that Jessica invited me to be a part of her pattern remix party! Basically, she asked that we take a pattern and revamp it into something new. 

My name is Hannah and I blog over at Young and Crafty. I love all things crafty and sewing is a new addiction.

 I used a purse pattern. I had already made a purse using the pattern exactly but wanted to spruce up into something new!

Here is the pattern, I used the one in the top right or bottom left for my revamp. It is Simplicity 2750.

And here is what I came up with!

I used the same fabric that I used on the first purse I made. I didn't wash it the first time and so I went ahead a washed it. Holy Smokes that thick linen fabric is tough to iron! I used probably half a bottle of starch!

From the original pattern I used the lining and the strap pieces. I then cut 3 strips for my ruffles.

I just adore ruffles.

This fabric is perfect for a purse, It's thick enough to not need any interfacing and I didn't even line it! Whose gonna check the inside out anyway?!
It's also a wonderful shade of neutral, which means it goes with black or brown! No swapping purses for me.

If you're a new sewer this is pretty simple to tackle!

I hope you'll swing by my blog, Young and Crafty, sometime :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Free for All

Welcome to a FABULOUS 3 day weekend!! I'm headed to the lake where I will not wear make up or fix my hair for exactly 3 days. I'm so pumped to wakeboard, ski, tube and hang out with family and friends!

Here are a few fab features from last week:

I triple heart this fabric art by Wonderfully Domesticated! I want it for my bathroom redo that I've yet to start.

Dame Design Studio made her own maxi dress. I don't own one because they are all to short, what a great idea!

Miss Madison's Charmed Life gave this buffet new life with a gorgeous color!

And the coveted most viewed link this week:

It's a Hodgepodge Life made over her kitchen! It looks awesome!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Garden Update 2

So I haven't updated you guys on my tomato jungle garden lately.

This is what it looked like a little over a month ago.

And here it is now! HOLY SMOKES my tomato's are HUGE!!
Seriously, they are about 4 ft tall or taller. They are like miniature trees.

I replanted the 2 tomato plants that died, that is why they are so much smaller. I also had to buy 4 new jalapeno plants because my dogs that I just want to strangle sometimes love so much dug them all up. This time I bought already grown plants rather than planting seeds and I put tomato cages around them.

And are you wondering if they are producing anything?!

YES they are! This plant has about 6-8 tomato's clustered all together. I'm waiting on pins and needles for them to turn red!! I'm going to have tomato's out the wazoo when they all start ripening!

How is your garden coming along?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Sort-of-Kind of Surprise Party

My best friend since about Kindergarten graduated from college and will soon be moving all the way to Florida. As in 17, or so, hours away. I will miss her like crazy but couldn't be more proud of her!

So to celebrate one of my other friends and I decided to throw her a surprise party. It didn't end up being a surprise because someone snitched! That's ok, we still had a blast!

Here are a few of the decorations that I made for her party. She loves zebra (as in she has a zebra purse, dress, swimsuit, and who knows what else!) so of course I used that!

I used Martha Stewarts pom pom tutorial to make these fun pom poms!

These big bows are on each side of the banner. They were actually a pom pom OOPS! I think the zebra tissue paper was to thick. That or I just didn't know what I was doing :)

It's kind of hard to see in the pictures but I made a zebra banner with hot pink paper that says Congrats. I had to turn the right bow cock-eyed because of the door!

We had a delicious cookie cake that was supposed to be zebra. I guess that's their version.
Looks more like a cow if you ask me.

We had a pinata that busted open with ONE wack! I guess they aren't made to be hit with wooden bats...

That's my handsome hubby, Wyatt!

We played washers, such a fun game!

I guess the guys had fun becuase they passed smooth out!!

Amber, I love you and will miss you a lot. I know that you will do great things wherever life takes you.
P.S. Don't forget to wear sunscreen  :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm on Me Sew Crazy!

Today I'm over on Me Sew Crazy! I'm participating in the pattern remix with a handbag redo.

Hop on over there to check it out!!



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Entryway Window Pane Coat Rack {Tutorial}

Here is the frame I repurposed and showed off on Sugar Bee Crafts!

I found this old window pane at Canton for a steal. At $5 I was sold! It was in perfect condition. All the glass was in place and I just loved the rope detail and the rusted latch. As soon as I got home and sat it on the ground to shut the car door, a glass pane slid out and crashed on the concrete!
(If you are looking for an old window pane, check an antique store, they usually have tons!)

So much for my perfect window pane! On to plan B.

I took a hammer and knocked out the remaining panes over a trash can.

I then sanded everything down and taped the rope on each side and the latch. I know myself pretty darn well, and I would have painted all over the rope!

Now time for paint! I chose a turquoise/blue color. It absolutely does not match my entryway at all. I wanted a fun color! And a new color means a redo :)

After the paint dried, I did some distressing.

I always start questioning my distressing job when I leave the edges and start to scuff up the middle. The trick, I've figured out, is a little goes a long way. Also, do a little at a time and go back and add if you want.

Now it's time to glaze. This was my first time to glaze on color so I was a bit nervous!

Put a little glaze on a towel.

Rub it on and then wipe it off with a dry part of the towel.

The glaze really brings out the spots that are distressed.

To hang it up, I jerry rigged a little somethin', somethin'. Basically I screwed in 2 screws and wrapped wire around both of them.

I got these 3 hooks at Lowe's for around $2.50 each. I measured in the middle of the each pane for the placement of the hooks.

Hang it up and admire! I really love the fun rope detail, it makes me think the window is really old. I'm not sure if new windows are made with ropes or not.

The distressing is just enough.

Here's a close up of the latch in all it's rusted glory. Oh and the beautiful way it's hung up. Don't fret, you can't see it unless you are 6'8.

I hope my jerry rigged way of hanging it up will actually hold coats :)

I must say that I am in love with this! I see a pennant banner hanging across here in the future!

Have you ever done anything with an old window pane?