Friday, October 26, 2012

Exciting News

Hi everyone! This is just a quick post to share some exciting news with you. Today, I got my letter of acceptance for the Nursing Program at my school!!!!! It made my day! I am so excited!! This means I will start the Nursing Program in spring 2013. It will be a lot of work, but I am really excited to start all my classes for my major.

Nursing School, here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a wonderful night, everyone!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Wedding Gift

Happy Saturday everyone! A couple of weeks ago, my friend got married. The wedding was in another state, so I didn't go, but I wanted to make her something. After a lot of thinking, I finally decided on cloth napkins. They are practical, pretty, and are a perfect wedding gift. My friend's favorite colors are baby blue and baby pink, so off I went to look through my stash. I didn't find those exact colors, but I did my best.

Originally I was going to cut big squares and hem the edges, but then I thought, why not make reversible napkins? It would be like two in one! I made two napkins for each set, so four napkins all together, but since they are reversible, it is like having eight.

The first set is red on one side and has leaves/flowers on the other side. I thought it would be a good set to have for fall.
I used baby blue on one side for the second set and I used a fun print for the other side.
The first set is 18 x 18 inches and the second set is 15 x 15 inches.
I made a cute label with her favorite colors and tied the napkins with a ribbon. I found the "Everyday Napkins" saying here, from this tutorial that I had planned on using before I decided to make them reversible.
I love how these napkins turned out! They will make my friend's new home very pretty! They were so quick and easy to make and I will definitely be making more for future gifts.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Guest Post: DIY Design at Home, by Alexandra

Hello everyone! Today, I'm excited to share a guest post from Alexandra of  Alex's Journeys. She is the first guest poster on my blog, so I hope you enjoy!
Living in Brooklyn, especially a place like Williamsburg, means that the space you can afford to live in might be pretty close quarters. Luckily, there are a ton of do it yourself projects that can improve the interior design of your Williamsburg loft and add tons of elements of personality to your flat. Those bland white walls don't have to stay white or empty, and Brooklyn Flea one of the best flea markets in the area, can provide you with a ton of adorable decorating options for a really reasonable price. Do not let yourself get stuck living in a boring apartment, just get to work on some do it yourself design.

One great way to open up a small apartment or loft is an accent wall. Choose a color that compliments your taste or the main furniture pieces you already have and go to town. This kind of wall looks particularly good and opens up a room considerably more when it is at the far end of the room. Having your couch or loveseat on the opposite wall will allow you to enjoy the color all the time, not just when you first walk into the room.

Check out Brooklyn Flea and start a collection of vintage glass bottles and candle holders in a variety of colors. Arrange them in rows and clusters on your window sill, and watch as they function as sun catchers, spreading pretty patterns on the wall during the sunrise and sunset. They add a burst of color to an otherwise dull room. Vintage scarves are also great to drape around curtain rods or place over open surfaces like windowsills and shelves. They add a colorful and esoteric feel to a room.

While you are at the flea market, look for old prints that are interesting and cool. Even vintage record covers can be great for this. Matting your own artwork is really simple and cheap and requires little more effort than a trip to the art store for some mats and a jug of mod podge. You can use sticky tack to hang your new prints so that you do not do any wall damage and wind up losing your security deposit.

If you are someone who likes sewing, scour the flea market or even your mom or grandma's closet for some vintage pillowcases that you can turn into new throw pillows. Just cut the cases to your preferred size, cut them inside out, sew the hem about halfway, turn it right side out, stuff it with cotton batting, fold the hem in, and sew it the rest of the way up. These pillows do not have to coordinate to look cool and fun.

There are plenty of ways to dress up your space loft all by yourself without breaking the bank and still having a place that is unique and all your own. All you need is your sense of style, a little legwork and the willingness to make your flat your very own special space.

Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about fashion, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world.  She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere.  If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sewing and Reading

What's better than sewing and reading? A book about sewing! A fiction murder mystery, that takes place in the south and involves sewing, to be exact. What could be better than that?

I love to read. However, this summer I was having a hard time finding a book I enjoyed, other than ones I have already read. So, I went online and searched "sewing fiction books." One of the first things I found from this search was the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series, by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. Just looking at the names of the books got me interested (Sew Deadly, Death Threads, Pinned for Murder).

I am now on Book number 4, "Deadly Notions," and I plan to read all of them. They are such a fun read and I love the characters. Each book provides you with the opportunity to get to know the characters a little more. It takes place in the south and is about a group of friends who all share a love of sewing. I love the series for the sewing aspect, and also for the close knit friendships that are formed. These sewing circle women show you what true friendship is both through thick and thin.

The first book starts out when Tori Sinclair moves to Sweet Briar, North Carolina for a job at the library. Sweet Briar is a small town, and soon everyone is talking about her. Leona Elkin is one of the first friends she makes and who helps her adjust to the ways of the south. Soon, she wins over the ladies of the sewing circle and shares her new ideas for the library. Just as she seems to be settling in, a murder takes place and it doesn't look good for her, as she is new in town. Will her new friends help her or will they turn against her?

The books are suspenseful, funny, interesting, and keeps you guessing until the end. You won't be disappointed. You can read more about the books at the author's website, here.

Another thing I love about these books is the sewing tips and sewing project at the end. There are instructions for making a similar project of what Tori and her sewing group worked on in that book. In "Pinned For Murder," the Sweet Briar Sewing Circle made hats and scarves for a women's shelter. I decided to try my hand at making a hat a scarf, and it is probably one of the easiest projects I have ever made!

Here's the scarf:


Basically, you just layer four fleece rectangles, sew down the middle and make cuts every 1 inch on both sides. Then you fluff it out and you have nice warm scarf!

The hat was very simple too. You just cut one rectangle, folded the rectangle in half and sewed all but 4 inches on the side. Then turning it right side out, you cut fringes on the part you did not sew and tied it off.

They are both very warm and I know I will get a lot of use out of them this winter. I would really like to make a bunch of them for some type of  service project like Tori and her friends did in the book.

Do you have any book recommendations? Let me know what you think if you decide to read this series!