Tuesday, May 31, 2011

good rainy day read

last week, calgary was drowning in grey skies and non stop rain!  it was a good excuse to stay inside and read a good book!



window in our family room


the book i chose was emily giffin's "heart of the matter"
i'm no book critic, but i do know she writes in a compelling manner!  a lovely tangled web of emotions from different perspectives that leaves you wondering, what you'd say, or what you'd do.....i love it!


Monday, May 30, 2011

lamp shade redo diy

here's an easy diy that came about out of necessity at first....i had a boring white shade that could use a bit of a face lift....then became more necessary when my little guy got his chocolate covered fingers all over it....making it pretty ugly!

so in order to get this cute shade....



my little guy's handy work!  mucky hands!


all you really need is some fabric and spray glue


got my fabric from ikea....i think it was $3.99/meter

i just simply traced the shade's shape by rolling it and running a pencil along the side


added about 1/2 inch to that line, and cut it out


folded the edges back and ironed them, in an attempt to keep it slightly neater



sprayed in sections, pulling the fabric around, and clipping it in place until the glue dried


and voila!  i used a bead of hot glue on the top and bottom to secure the fabric on the inside of the shade and the back seam

thinking i might add some trim to the top and bottom to cover the shadow created from the fabric on the inside



all lit up!  shows the imperfect fabric lining the inside.....so if i add the trim it'll probably fix that issue!


but even with that little shadow....i still love the shade!  it's a huge improvement, more unique than just white, and made a really inexpensive lamp - look a little more important and interesting!

i've got another lamp that i love, but that i'm not using right now, because my little guy, drew all over it!! so i think another fabric wrapped shade is in order!  i plan on doing a 'better' job on that one! :)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

guest posting!

hey friends!

today i'm fortunate enough to be featured over at....



i'll be guest hosting there and sharing my master bedroom room tour!

thanks so much cassie for letting me say hi to your readers!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

new giveaway when i hit 150 followers!

just letting everyone know as soon as my little blog reaches 150 followers, i will be hosting another giveaway!  soooo, if you read my blog, but don't "follow" it as of now, please do so!  you'll then be qualified for the pretty giveaway coming up!

:)


ikea slip covered chair diy

i was at ikea the other day searching for a little table and chair for my 2 yr old.  i wanted it for our family room, so when he wants to eat in front of the tv, he's got a place.....
i know ikea's completely affordable, but i wasn't thrilled with the idea of spending $20 - 30 for a table and another $20 ish for a little chair.  plus, i didn't love the colors.
so....my diy brain got to thinking.....how about a "lack" side table, for $7.99 and make a slipcover for a bright red ikea chair, already in my possession.  i had used it when my older two were younger.  i actually had made soft pink slip covers way back when for my daughter.  i also had fabric i had bought, but hadn't found a use for....soooo....
i grabbed the table for $8 and went home....




i say "simple" but actually, sewing is anything but simple for me!  i have a "will," to sew, not a talent!







it's a little more sloppy than i was hoping, i can't lie.  it could also stand to be a couple of inches longer!  grrrr.... i do loathe sewing!  so, if i get around to it, i might add a band in some complimentary fabric to the bottom to add length and hopefully, look like an intentional decorative detail....but we'll see how ambitious i get!


all in all, a white simple table and a royal blue slipcover....much better than bright primary colored plastics!  or at least i think so!



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

workin' it

well, it's been rainy around here the last couple of days, so my yardwork and planting of annuals has come to a bit of a halt.  however, what i really need to be doing is editing, editing, editing!  for those of you who don't know, i'm a wedding photographer and we're now in full swing of "wedding season" around here!  so, no exciting diy's, room tours, or fun projects to share today.....i'm workin'

however no post is complete without a picture, so here's a few from the past 2 saturday's weddings, that i'm working on right now!

enjoy!






pretty people hey?!  if you ever wanna check out my photography blog, head on over, by clicking HERE!!


-happy wednesday!-

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

chevron rug diy

here's an awesome diy, if i dare say so, which takes an inexpensive, generic ikea rug and makes it something a whole lot more custom and special!  the chevron (zigzags) pattern is so popular right now i thought it'd be fun to incorporate a little "on trend" item in my home right now!

 i want to say that i came up with this little gem of an idea on my own, but nope....i didn't!  i found an awesome tutorial at house of smiths.  i tweaked things a bit, as far as "how" i did it....however her's was so awesome, i basically 'copied'!  
you don't have to mess with a good idea too much, in my opinion!

so to get this, follow some easy steps....some are a smidge time consuming....but worth it, i think!


awww.....soooo beachy!


the doors leading to our backyard and deck really needed a nicer lil rug than what i had been using!  a scrap piece of our carpet!  boo!


wouldn't have been bad, had i bound the edges, but i never got around to that.....

so....


snagged this from ikea....a tough little rug, that has the non slip grip on the back of it....perfect....


was okay with the sandy colored trim, so taped it off


didn't prime.....just used some white paint i had on hand....rolled it on....took about 10 mins


took 2 coats to really get good coverage....the rug ate the paint up



because there was so much white paint, it wanted to warp a tad, so allowed it to dry, using soup cans as weights


created a template....took a little bit to figure out the math.....even stripes....hurt my brain a bit! :)
on the first tutorial i read, the creator of this diy, created vinyl templates.  i couldn't do that, so i just used cardboard....easy enough.  much better than measuring, drawing lines, and taping each line....would've taken hours!  

used a utility knife and a ruler to cut out the chevron pattern



held down the cardboard as i 'dabbed' the paint in


pulled the tape off, to see how the paint bled through.....decided it didn't matter....it's supposed to be a casual, beachy, not too fussy rug anyways!


LOVE!


think it looks so good with the white floors!





awwww, isn't it perty??!!  :)

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