Monday, January 19, 2015

Drop Cloth Pillow covers Personalized

I have made a drop cloth pillow in the past that really turned out well.  You can read about it here Drop Cloth Pillow
This project is a little more personalized and makes fun Decor.

For this Project here are the tools that you will need:

Iron and Ruler

 Die Cutting Machine with mat and scraper

Paint and (if you want) fabric medium and sponge or stencil brush.  I used Annie Sloan Graphite and Martha Stewart fabric medium.  ..stored in a mustard jar.

It helps if your machine is hooked to a computer

Sewing Machine

Pillow Forms and  Washed drop cloth

Freezer Paper

This is a simple technique that you can make look fantastic and the sky is the limit.
The materials are all ready available at the craft store or grocery store.

The first thing that I did was determine how large a cover I wanted and what type.  I chose a envelope cover. (one with the overlapping opening in the back for easy removal).  I  chose this design because I am too lazy,cheap and challenged to put in a hidden zipper  You measure the width of your insert .  Measure from seam to seam.  Then I added  roughly an inch to allow for my seam allowance on the left and right side.  and then added 6 inches to the top to bottom measurement to allow for fold over on the back of the pillow.  
Here is a quick note on finishing drop cloth.  This fabric unravels.  I made these with the ease of removing and washing them so I finished all of the edges with a hem...

Using the Iron I pressed in a rolled hem..

Then took it to the machine..

I Love the rustic stitching on the edge of drop cloth and if it were a nice tight stitch I left it rustic.also this is a great hem to show on your back opening....

Once you have established the size you want for your cover it is time to press it.  used a hot setting and steam to get the pre-washed drop cloth as smooth as possible.  Hint..This is a good time to line up the side seams in the fashion that you are going to sew them and press folds on the top and bottom edge.  This will help you determine where to place the design.  Make sure you are putting it on the right side of the fabric so that your desired hem is showing on the back. 

I strongly recommend you used the software provided and use your computer to make your designs.
If you are using a Cricut you can load all of your cartridges to the (here is the link) "craft Room" and design on your lap much better than on a tiny screen.  If you have an Silhouette then you are all ready using a computer...However if not here is a link to get you started: Silhouette America.

I used the Silhouette for this project.
You can make most fonts stencils using the knife tool in this software.  If you have a Silhouette and are having problems with the cutting tool and erase tool call customer service to get the add on to your software to make this correction.(I had to)  They are very nice and helpful and will walk you through it. 
   I used a stencil design that I found on line.  Opened it in the software , traced the cutting area and tweaked the bypass filter to make sure that I got solid letters.  Now that  I have you lost I will admit it took some trial and error and a few YouTube videos to figure this out...Go Grasshopper and Learn...I have really started to enjoy my machine now that I have taken the time to Learn to use it.
After you have your design it is time to get your mat ready .
I used a mat that has been used a lot and is not as tacky as a new mat. 
If you are using an older mat then you can put your Freezer paper shiny side down. 
and if your mat has seen tackier days I recommend running a little scotch tape on the edge to help hold it.

If you are using a new mat or a cricut mat that is still pretty tacky then mirror the  image so your design  cuts backwards and put the shiny side up on your mat to make it easier to peel.  

And Do not panic if a glitch this.....(due to old mat)

You are working with very forgiving material.....Just cut it to make the correction .  I also had the center of a letter "O" fall out of the stencil I just positioned it where I needed it and ironed it down on the fabric.  

I set my iron on the highest setting with no steam.  Once you have your design positioned on the fabric where you need it,  (shiny side down)  drop the iron down on the center working your way out.  Do not try to glide your iron back and forth like you normally iron , you may catch the edge of your design and pull it up. Once I have tacked it all down then I will glide my iron slowly on the paper giving it all a chance to adhere.  

Stencil let dry then peel your paper off....Iron again to heat set....and sew up the sides with right sides together.  Mental note make sure you have the seam edge on the bottom that you want to show once you turn your project.  ...Insert your pillow form and Walla!

I do hope that this wordy post has inspired you to get that die cutting machine out and have fun...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

organization does not have to be perfect

There are many bloggers that offer up beautiful pantries.  Like this one:

or this one:

I, by no means have a glamorous pantry. It is 5.5 x 6 feet and needs to be painted and the flooring did not make it to the back wall and I cannot find any more, not to mention the breaker box that is so so pretty.  It also double duties with a mud sink in the corner.

 However, I do have a very good idea of what is in it..and that is really the point of having any space organized.  It has been my experience in the past that disorganization can be a big waste. ... Of time and Money.  The amount of time you spend looking for something or the amount of money you spend buying something that you had however could not find ..really add up.  I am not sure about you but  when you start getting in my already shallow pockets I get annoyed.
Here are some basic do's and Don'ts of my pantry 101
1.  Anything that comes in a paper bag or is bulk and you will be storing, put it in an air tight container.  If you are buying bulk to save money then throwing it away because it went stale is not saving you as much money as you think.  (mental note..Consider your gas mileage to the bulk store.  Going 20 miles out of your way to save a buck or two on pasta is not that efficient)

2.  Your containers do not have to match however need to be air tight and labeled.  It does not have to be a specialty label,  One that you drug out the die cutter to make in order to be effective.  I will cut the label from the original packaging and affix it to the storage container I am using. I like to do this for several reasons, to keep up with the brand it is, and its a small effort at recycling not to mention super quick.  

3.  Be consistent with your container (the same container every time for that ingredient) and put it back in the same spot.  That large square container has all purpose flour in it. It will always have all purpose flour in it and goes on the top shelf under the bracket.  

4.  I use lazy susans in the corners that are hard to see into and reach.  I store Oils, spices, and other items that I have small quantities of, because keeping them in bulk is not that great of an idea, due to shelf life and the amount of freshness you expect from these ingredients.  I find it easier to turn the lazy susan instead of moving around what you do not need to find what you need.  I just remember if it is a spice or oil it spins.  

5.  All can goods or normally on one shelf and sorted by type.  Ie all soups...fruits , beans ect ect....are next to each other.  Also I find it very helpful to put those grab and go things closest to the entry.  Cookies, peanut butter and oh yea the lemon cookie container is empty need to add that to my list.

6.  The top shelves are used for seasonal dishes, light bulbs, Canning supplies and extra blades to the processor. On the left over the mud sink are cleaners, paper towels and more storage and seasonal items. Cereal is also kept a little higher it is light and there is no need to store this in something else it will not be here long. 

7.  Small package items like mixes or those items that are stored in pouches are in a basket, as well as the small amount of plastic ware.  Also there is a snack basket for chips. A basket for the hand held blender and a basket for cup cake papers and  baking supplies.  The blender and the supplies I just pick up the whole basket and I have everything I need ...No walking back to get the chopper base or extra baking cups.

  8.  The floor under the shelves is where the recycle bins go as well as the step stool to reach up and dog food container.

Every thing has its place and is in plain sight is the key.  If you do not see it you  may  not remember that you have it. Nothing in my pantry is uniform, nothing has chalk labels or matching containers....Heck even the walls are three different colors.  BUT... the money I save on groceries from knowing what is in it and planning my meals I hope to put towards at least a gallon of paint and possible new floors.  Maybe one day......SIGH...

So glad that you stopped over I am off to start dinner....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Coffee Bar on a budget

I did not edit or change anything when I took this photo this morning of an addition that Mr. RTI and I  made this summer.  This wall has been a modge podge of furniture and racks.  We decided that we wanted a dedicated area for coffee and tea as well as snacks and some much needed storage.

As you already know when you walk into the hardware or home improvement store prices are astronomical when it comes to cabinets.  Fortunately we are on a bit of a budget so we had to think out side of the "box" and I love the design we came up with.  

We started by building a pine base to fit the dimensions we needed....We did have to scribe the back of the shelves to fit a not so straight or flat wall....WARNING SMART PHONE PHOTO!

We also used the same pine as the back "splash" and added a kick board so that doggy bunnies cannot hide underneath.  The two shelves are higher grade plywood...and the top is from the shelving isle it is

Clear Kiln-Dried Aspen Panel 

 Clear Kiln-Dried Aspen Panel (Common: 3/4 x 24-in x 72-in; Actual: 0.75-in x 24-in x 72-in)

After a light sanding to smooth it out....I stained it with Cabot Cove aged leather stain with poly...I applied three coats letting it dry over night.  Then I applied paste wax to add another water prof. coat on top.  It looks and feels like reclaimed lumber with out the work or the high cost.

The bottom shelves were actually stained with White floor deck stain.  And are holding up nicely.  The trim I used standard house trim paint in white.  

The top shelves are actually melamine coated garage utility shelving.  It is durable already white and cleans up like a breeze.  I used the same shelving when I removed my upper cabinets above my stove... a few years back and I am very impressed with its durability.

This area is very busy all day.  There are up to five people here on a daily basis that drink coffee or tea more than once a day.  My kitchen is  Grand Central at our home, as you can see from the mess on the table, and this made a very economical and efficient addition..
Now to talk Mr RTI into doing the rest of the kitchen........I will try to keep you posted!
Much love all Season!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tray and pedestal base Marriage...

In the course of having the cave upgraded and you can read about that here(cave Face Lift)  I have been trying to finish up some projects that have been laying around.  This is one of them.

I have had this pedestal for a few years it came with a marble round top that would not stay on.  I found this tray at the Flea market for cheap because one of the handles was missing on it.  I removed the lone handle and some primer and good spray paint later...
And you have a cute little table...
I know that it is not centered...Handy Hubby has pointed it out to me...However the table is sturdier and more balanced than I thought it would be .
Perfect for the patio, porch or Dorm room.....
Happy Junking!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Modge podge French flare ornaments

Of course any one that will modge podge a telephone will not blink an eye at ripping a Barbie Head and arms off to make bustiers....Ripping the heads and arms off was almost the most fun.  
I did not go in to this project with out watching a few google vids there are some really good ones.  My favorite you can watch it here....

I started with any doll form that has an accented waist and bust line it does not have to be Barbie.
Wrap the form in cling wrap several times you need to be able to get the modge podge paper off.  It may take a few layers ....mental note....make sure your first and last layers are the paper you want to see. once you slit the back and remove the bustier you can then trim it to what ever size and shape you want.

Once you have your form the fun starts....On my last layer while the glue was wet I sprinkled with pearlized glitter.  oh yea.. I recommend making your own glue with 2 parts Elmer's glue all and 1 part water and save the expensive modge podge for the final coat so that you get the glossy that smooth finish.  It is a money saver.

I played around and made several different styles of bodice..and laced each one of them differently.  I used a bead reamer and sharp large needle to punch holes...I also used large sewing needles with needle nose pliers to pull them through to lace the backs.  This made it a little easier on the fingers.

I wanted to be able to see the interior of these to really play off the dimensionality of them....However did not want to show where the skirt had been glued in ..a little hot glue and tulle did the trick....

I hope that you anticipating this Holiday Season with much cheer and Hope.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Good things take time....

We live in a world of instant gratification and frankly the only instant gratification that I have found is chocolate and it does not last.  We moved in to our current home a little over 21 years ago with the intention of buying an older farm house and "fixing it up".  However  God changed our plans and this is now going to be our forever home.
  IT took 20 years to go from this, warning really bad photo but you will get the point:

To This:

And this:

and this:

and finally this:

Now there is a lot of sweat in this home and Mr RTI did all of it...every brick he laid by hand, the front porch ..the pergola..the fence , the woman cave (read about it here)and the Screen porch you can read about it Here..He built . .  And the inside has also gotten a few over hauls as well, this is my department.  I can honestly say that we have new home one gallon of paint at a time.  I hope to share a few updates later on.  The moral of this post is to remind you that it takes time to create a home, especially when you do not have the money to hire a contractor.  The changes to this house took time and a lot of effort on our part.  Nothing was jumped into lightly or with out planning.  However you look at it today and would never think it was hauled down the interstate and brought in on wheels.  It is our paradise we staycation here.  This is where we want to be!  You home is the largest investment you make  ,,,Take the time to enjoy it and make it where you want to be.  If we can ....You can!

Happy planning!

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