4th of July Tank

Can you believe that tomorrow is July?! So… happy almost 4th of July! The 4th of July is my favorite holiday because every year my family goes to our beach house where we watch the parade and see amazing fireworks shows right on the beach. This year, we are going to be in the parade! It’s definitely not a fancy parade; just people who decorate their cars and boat trailers to throw beads, but I still need a patriotic shirt to wear! I decided to make my own.

All I used for this project was a big t-shirt, packaging tape (or painter’s tape would have worked), star stickers, and spray paint. I started with a medium sized white t-shirt, then I cut off the sleeves to make it into a tank, made the neckline more open, and trimmed off the bottom hem. I also took in the sides of the shirt to make it fit a little better.

You can see the lines where I cut it the second time. It took me a couple of tries and lots of trying on to get it exactly how I wanted it to be, but this is what I ended up with.

Once the shirt fit the way I wanted it to, I taped off the part that I wanted to be blue. You can see the packaging tape going down the center and then across. The plan was originally to use painter’s tape, but I ended up not having any, so I improvised with packaging tape and it worked just fine. I bought star-shaped foam stickers at Joann’s because I thought it would be a lot easier than cutting them out of tape, plus 4th of July stuff was everywhere, so they were really easy to find. Normal stickers would work too, I’m sure.

Fold the shirt over so that the paint doesn’t get on the part that is going to be striped, then lightly spray paint it. You could make it darker or lighter if you want. I put a piece of cardboard between the layers of the shirt because I was thinking the spray paint might soak through the first layer, but it didn’t, so feel free to skip that step if you decide to make one!

After I peeled off the star stickers and tape, it looked like this! I was very excited with it! I used the tape to make the stripes on the rest of the shirt

Then covered up the blue part with cardboard and spray painted it red!

I peeled off the tape and took off the cardboard and had this! Cool, right?

Then I spray painted the whole shirt with glitter spray paint. It’s a little bit hard to see in pictures, but it’s there!

I also decided to make the bottom part fringed. To make the fringe I cut about three inches up, every inch or so, then pulled on each tab to make it curl up a little bit.

And that was it! I can’t wait to wear it in the parade on the 4th of July! Maybe it will make an appearance for the Olympics–my second favorite holiday!


Refashioned Jewelry Box

The other day at Goodwill I stumbled upon a cute little set of drawers for only $4.06 that would be a perfect jewelry box. The way it’s painted is something I would have loved when I was six, but not so much now. It was nothing a quick sanding and fresh coat of paint wouldn’t fix though! This is what it originally looked like…

Original Drawers

I sanded it.

Sanded Drawers

Then painted it a pretty blue color.

Blue Drawers

I love all the stenciled painting projects I’ve seen lately and decided to give it a try myself! I bought a small, single stencil at Joann’s, which I thought would be perfect for this piece.

Stenciled Drawers

Don’t you love it?!¬†That’s my mom’s sewing machine behind it. She was hard at work on a slipcover for my futon. Thanks Mom ūüôā But back to the drawers… The stenciling turned out so much better than I thought it was going to! It worked really well and was pretty fun too. Once I was finished, I thought it had too much of a “perfect” feel to it, so I dry brushed it with a tiny bit of white paint. To dry brush, just barely dip your paint brush (I used a big, bristly one) in the paint, then brush most of it off before actually applying it. It ended up creating a sort of distressed look, which was what I was hoping for. Here’s a close up of the top after I dry brushed it.

Top Close Up

And here is the final product! I’m completely obsessed with it and can’t wait to store my jewelry and accessories in it! Ahh so exciting! I hope you love it as much as I do! It’s quite an improvement from the original one, right?

Finished Drawers

Linking up to Savvy Southern Style’s Wow Us Wednesday,¬†Tea Rose Home’s Link Party, Thrifty Decorating’s Thrifty Thursday.

This project is also my entry to the Bloggy Olympics Event 3: Paint! It is linked up to the Paint Projects Linky at CRAPTASTIC.

Decorative Pillows

I love my new duvet cover, but it needed a couple of decorative pillows to break up all the yellow and make it look even better. Remember that fabric I bought a few weeks back that looked like this?

Well, at the time I really liked it, but then I went to Joann’s again and found another fabric I liked even more. I decided to ditch the first fabric (not completely though, I will be sure to use it for something!), then found a few other coordinating fabrics, bought some 40% off pillow forms, and made these decorative pillows!

I went with a few different styles and shapes for variety. Keep reading for the tutorials for each one!

The first pillow I made was the one with the green pom-pom trim. All I needed was fabric, the trim, and a pillow form. SuppliesI started out with a pillow form that was a long rectangle, but it was a little bit too large for my liking, so I un-stuffed it, sewed new seams so that it measured 26 x 11, and re-stuffed it. I cut two rectangles of my fabric to be 27 x 12 to allow for a little bit of wiggle room.

Then I pinned the pom-pom trim to the edges of the right side of the fabric with the pom-poms facing in.

I sewed them on, then sewed three sides of the other piece of fabric on, right side down so that it was inside-out.

Next, I turned it right-side-out, inserted the pillow form, and sewed the fourth side closed. Then I had a cute pillow with pom-pom trim! This is my favorite pillow of the bunch. I love the print and colors of the fabric and the pom-poms are so fun!

Next was the envelope style pillow with the yellow buttons. I used an 18 x 18 pillow form, fabric, and three buttons. I chose a teal fabric with a subtle paisley print because it coordinated well with the fabric of the pom-pom pillow. The yellow buttons stand out and bring a little more yellow into the pillows. After all, they do need to go with my yellow duvet! I cut the fabric into two pieces: one 18 x 18 and the other 18 x 28 (the height of the pillow + half the height + one inch for the “hem”), then placed them with their right sides together, and sewed the two sides and bottom together.

To make the envelope part, fold about an inch of the flap down, and sew to create a sort-of hem.

Next, fold the whole flap over, and sew the sides to the rest of the pillow. Don’t worry that the pillow is sewn on all four sides without the form in it! Just pull up the flap and pull the inside down and insert the pillow form that way! But before you do that… sew on some cute buttons! This is what you will end up with.

The last pillow is definitely the simplest and it was the easiest to make, but I think it’s just as cute as the others because of the bird on it! This fabric was a little bit of a splurge (it was in the upholstery section), but since I needed less than a 1/3 of a yard, it ended up not being that expensive, which was good because it was too hard to resist the little birdie!

I used a 12 x 8 pillow form, cut two pieces of fabric to be 13 x 9, sewed them on three sides with the wrong sides out, turned it right-side-out, put in the pillow form, and sewed up the fourth side. That’s it!

Now my future bed is completely done! I have the duvet cover, the shams, and the pillows–all homemade! (Except for the “smile” pillow. My mom bought that one for me.) Here’s a picture of what everything looks like together! I love it so much!!

Shams to Match the Duvet Cover

My duvet cover has been pretty lonely without shams to match it, so here they are! Let me start out by saying how hard it is to match yellow fabrics… It took me two different trips to Joann’s to get a color that was close enough. It isn’t perfect, but I’m going to have other pillows in front of them, so it won’t really matter. I decided to just do a single ruffle around the edge of the shams, that way the ruffles are incorporated, but aren’t overwhelming.

I started by measuring the pillow forms and cutting out pieces of fabric. They ended up being 26 x 18. Since the fabric was a little bit thin (and I had enough of it), I cut three pieces for each pillow to make the front double layered. I used almost all of the two yards I bought. I sewed the two front panels together, then pinned and sewed on a ruffle (left over from the duvet cover) to the edges with the ruffle facing inward. From there, I sewed three sides of the back piece on, turned it right-side-out, and put the pillow form in! I sewed the fourth side shut, then repeated everything again to make the second sham. Easy enough! Here are the steps in pictures!

Cut out rectangles big enough to fit your pillow forms. I used six, but you really only need four for two shams.

Pin a ruffle around the edges of the fabric, like this. Then sew it on.

Pin and sew on the other side. Just three edges!

Turn it right-side-out and put in the pillow form!

This is what they look like with the duvet cover!

Up next are a few decorative pillows to finish everything off! Don’t forget to come back to see how the duvet, the shams, and the pillows look together!

Roasted Pineapple Shortcakes

This is the recipe I made for Father’s Day dessert! My dad loves tropical flavors and I figured pineapple was pretty tropical, plus the recipe sounded delicious, so it is what I ended up making. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of it because I completely forgot! But it looked just as good as it sounds!

I pinned My Recipes’ Roasted Pineapple Shortcakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream¬†on Pinterest a long long time ago, which is where my idea came from. I didn’t end up following the recipe that closely, so I’ll tell you how I made my version.

I cut two pineapples into spears and arranged them in a baking dish. I melted half a stick of butter and poured it over the pineapple. Then I sprinkled brown sugar over the top. I didn’t measure it, but just be sure each piece gets some brown sugar on it! I baked it in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Instead of angel food cake, I served it with pound cake and instead of the cinnamon whipped cream, I used vanilla ice cream. I put a scoop of ice cream on top of a slice of pound cake, then poured the pineapple and sauce from the pan over the top. Delicious! It was almost like a deconstructed pineapple upside-down cake, but with ice cream. So so good! And very easy too. It serves about six to eight people.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Pizza

It’s time to switch things up a little bit and post something about food! I randomly came up with this “recipe” the other day while rummaging through the fridge and it turned out delicious!

Goat cheese is probably one of my favorite foods (after ice cream and marshmallows) and I love the combination of goat cheese and cranberry. There really is no set recipe for this pizza because I didn’t measure anything, but here’s how I made it!

The ingredients I used were:

  • multigrain pizza dough
  • olive oil
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • goat cheese
  • dried cranberries
  • cranberry chutney
  • salt and pepper

For a single serving pizza, I used a little less than half of the refrigerated, prepared pizza dough and pressed it out to make a thin crust. I drizzled it with olive oil, sprinkled it with a little bit of salt, pepper, and mozzarella cheese. Then I put quite a bit of goat cheese on it because it’s so yummy. Next went the dried cranberries! I used a lot of those too. To add even more cranberry-ness I drizzled a little bit of cranberry chutney over the top.

Toppings on Pizza

Yum! I baked it according to the directions on the pizza dough: 400 degrees for about 18 minutes. It was delicious! If you like goat cheese you will love this pizza!

Baked Pizza

Ruffled Duvet Cover

FINALLY! My ruffled duvet cover is done and I’m so excited about it! Since this project was so detailed and took me a long time, this post is going to be pretty long too, but I wanted to make sure to include the whole process.

So here’s the back story… I needed a new bedspread for my room in my apartment, since the one I used last year is twin size and my new bed is going to be full size. I searched and searched online, but didn’t find anything I liked. I’m super picky when it comes to things like that… I did, however, find quite a few images and tutorials for ruffled shower curtains, like Anthropologie’s Flamenco Shower Curtain,¬†and thought that a similar idea would be great for a duvet cover! Now, I love duvets because I can put an extra fluffy insert inside them and snuggle down into the comfy puffiness of my bed each night, but my mom pretty much hates them. She thinks they’re lumpy and annoying. Even though that is sometimes (or oftentimes) true, I loved the ruffled look so much that I decided a duvet cover was what I was going to make.

Luckily, after a quick Pinterest search, I discovered many other people had the same idea as me. And the best part? There were tons of tutorials about how to make my own! None of that frustrating trial-and-error part that comes along with figuring things out by myself. Of course, I could have just ordered the Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters, but where’s the fun in that? Plus, I had a fancy ruffler foot that I hadn’t yet had the chance to use and this seemed like the perfect project for it! I found two different inspirations for my own ruffled duvet.¬†Polka-Dotted Pearl made her Ruffled-Up Duvet in yellow, which I loved! ¬†Also, her puggle is sleeping on the bed in her pictures and since I have a puggle too, it was clearly meant to be! I sort of combined her idea with See Kate Sew’s Ruffled Up Comforter Cover¬†to create my own version. I loved the lightness of the ruffles that came from using voile instead of cotton and she had quite a few useful tips in her post, as well. So! Here’s how I made my own ruffled duvet!

First, the fabric… I decided to use voile, but the unfortunate part was that Joann’s only carries it in white… Maybe that’s the only color voile comes in..? So I decided to dye it yellow myself. The fabric was 40% off and I bought 8 yards (it was 118 inches wide, not the typical width). I got to take it out of the store rolled up on a tube because there was so much of it. I also bought a couple packages of iDye Poly dye in Yellow since voile is 100% polyester. There were much better color options for non-polyester dye, but apparently those don’t work with voile, so plain yellow it was.

Dye and Voile

I am one of those people who once an idea is in my head, I have to start working on it, so as soon as I got back from Joann’s I started my duvet. The voile I ripped (SO so so much easier and faster than cutting, plus it was kinda fun) into 5 inch wide strips. There were about 50 strips total. Smokey and Daisy couldn’t resist the pile of fabric…

Smokey on Fabric

Daisy on Fabric

After that was all figured out, it was time to dye! To dye polyester, you have to simmer the fabric in the dye on the stove. Since I had so much fabric, I had to use four of the biggest pots we had and do the strips in two batches. Definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever cooked before. I stirred them pretty much constantly for about 45 minutes until it got to the color I wanted. Then, into the washing machine and dryer (on low) they went!

Dying Fabric

Next came the ruffling. And more ruffling. And more ruffling. But ruffler feet are SO cool and mine definitely made this part of the project much easier, even if it still took me hours. I ended up using the same settings as Kate at See Kate Sew: the deepest pleats (setting 18) every 6 stitches. I decided not to serge or hem the edges because ripping them made them kind of curl under and I liked the way they looked. Conveniently, that made less work for me! Once I had converted the strips into ruffles, I began laying them onto a yellow queen-sized flat sheet and pinning them into place. I used a queen-sized sheet so the completed duvet would hang over the sides of the bed more so than the full-sized sheet would. I overlapped the ruffles by about three inches. They were not long enough to reach all the way across the sheet, so I had to use another ruffle to get to the end, then continued with the rest of that ruffle on the next row, etc. Remember to work from the bottom!Pinned Ruffles

After I had pinned about five rows, I took it to my sewing machine and stitched them on! It’s a little bit tricky to maneuver that amount of fabric through the machine and a few times I accidentally sewed the sheet to itself (whoops), but with some practice it gets a little bit easier. One plus to all the ruffles though is that they are very forgiving, so my less-than-expert sewing skills were just fine!

Eventually, after lots and lots of sewing, this is what you’ll have!

Top Layer

And you will be beyond excited that you are finally done sewing ruffles.  The ruffles were really wrinkly from being folded and scrunched, so I decided to steam the whole thing and it looked so much better afterwards! Now the top layer of the duvet is done, which is also by far the hardest and most time consuming part.

For the bottom of the duvet cover, I used another yellow queen-sized sheet, pinned it, and sewed three sides shut. Along the bottom I used iron-on Velcro to make the closure. Then I put the duvet insert inside and it was finally done! And it looks so pretty and exactly how I wanted it to! So very exciting.

Ruffled Duvet Cover

Now, this is a picture of it on my bed at home, so the pillows are the ones that match my current bedspread. I’m going to make shams and new pillows that will match my new one soon! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Happy Father’s Day! And Another Canvas Picture

Since my brother and I are gone for Father’s Day tomorrow, my family celebrated Thursday night. My mom and I cooked dinner and made a delicious dessert, which I will be posting about soon! Since my last canvas photograph¬†turned out so well, my mom suggested I make one for my dad for Father’s Day.

I used a 9 x 12 canvas this time and printed the picture as big as I could on one piece of paper. The photo was a little bit smaller than the canvas, so I decided to just leave a white border around the edge. I was very careful and tried to line it up as evenly and as straight as possible. If I had been making this for a girl, I would have probably put ribbon around it or some sort of decorative border, but since it was for my dad, I didn’t want to make it too girly. I like the simplicity of the thin white border though!

Family Canvas Picture

My dad liked it so much that he took it to work before I could get a picture of it! So here it is hanging in his office. He has become quite the supporter of my blog, so thank you Daddy ūüôā

Wire Bulletin Board & Bloggy Olympics Event #1!

It’s the first week of the Bloggy Olympics over at Hating Martha. This week’s event was decorating! I decided to make a wire bulletin board to hang in my future bedroom!

Wire Bulletin Board

Once I move in to my new apartment, I’m going to have quite a few blank walls to decorate. I love the look of framed pictures, but I have so many pictures I want to display that it doesn’t make sense to frame them all. To solve this little dilemma, I came up with this wire bulletin board.

I made a smaller version of this same thing for a friend last summer and was obsessed with it. Now I have my own!  I started with a large, gold frame.  The frame used to hang on the wall somewhere in my house, but had been taken down and stored in a closet for a few years, so my mom let me use it.

Original Frame

I decided to go with a bright green color because I knew I was going to distress it a little bit, which would tone down the brightness. It took three coats of paint to cover up the gold. After the green paint dried, I applied the antiquing glaze. If you want to see how I used it, refer to my Distressed Window Mirror post.

One CoatTwo CoatsThree CoatsAntiquing Glaze

I had chicken wire leftover from this same project last year, so this particular one cost me exactly nothing. Woohoo! Anyways… Use a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the underside of one side of the frame. ¬†This sounds much easier than it actually is. Unless you have a miracle staple gun that actually staples in the spot where the staple is supposed to come out, it may take you a while. Thankfully, my mom was there to help me. And by help I might mean she did all the stapling because I got too frustrated after about five minutes and wanted to throw the gun across the room… Not kidding. So yay for Mommy! I did help her though… Or tried to. Stretch it as tight as possible and staple it to the opposite side. ¬†It is actually really helpful if you have someone else to hold the wire while you staple. ¬†That was my job. Along with providing moral support. Here’s a picture of my staple-gunning-pro mom.

Mom Stapling the Wire

Repeat the stapling and stretching on the other two sides and the hard part is done! Now you can clip pictures, cards, concert tickets, or whatever else you want, on it. I used clothespins as my “clips”.

Wire Bulletin Board

Let me know if you end up making one of your own! Hopefully your staple gun works better than mine. Despite the difficulties I think it is going to be the perfect, unique decoration for one of the walls in my bedroom and I love it!

Thanks so much to Hating Martha and Delicate Construction for hosting the Bloggy Olympics this week!