DIY Gone Wrong – Dip-Dye Debacle

Hello there friends! I’m here to share with you the ugly truth that sometimes DIY doesn’t always go the way you planned. Sometimes you will fail. And fail is what I did this weekend. 🙁

One of the things I have been wanting to try for a while is a dip-dye ombre. I read plenty of tutorials, and honestly it looked pretty straight forward. So, I got confident and dove right in. I read the directions on the dye bottle, and proceeded with what I remembered from the tutorials I had read.

Yes, that’s right I didn’t reference those tutorials again. I guess you could say I got a little too confident. 
So, instead of ending up with a lovely ombre effect on just the bottom like this

I got this.

There is a clear ombre effect. But the top of the fabric is now dyed which I did not intend. And it’s not even a nice blue it’s some weird purpley color.

I think my main mistake in hind-sight, was two-fold, not rinsing ALL the dye out, and washing it before I let it dry. I think letting it dry and allowing the dye to really set in first before washing it and permanently setting the dye would have helped keep the dye off the top of the fabric.

Thankfully I didn’t spend a lot of this – the fabric was a dropcloth ($10) and the dye was $3. Of course I never like wasting any amount of money – but rest assured this will get used somewhere, just not where it was originally intended. Now, on to plan B for that!! 

I don’t share to scare you away from DIY, I share to encourage you. I know sometimes it seems like DIY bloggers know how to do everything and they always get it right. Well, I’m here to tell you, I mess up plenty – but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Mistakes are part of the creative process!! 

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Tips For Adding Piping Trim To Pillows

Last week I shared with you how I created my own custom piping for our patio pillows. Easy right?? So, today I’m going to share some tips on how to add it to your pillows.  

If you’ve ever added trim to pillows, you know it’s pretty basic. But, there are a few tricky spots that can be a headache – how to begin and end, and how to handle corners. So, I’ll address those issues today.

To start, hang the end of the trim off the edge of one pillow panel. Then, you will sew OVER the trim and continue on the sewn edge of the trim. It should look like this. 

I usually match up the edge of the trim with the edge of the pillow panel, regardless of the size, I don’t worry about seam allowance too much. 🙂

For the corners – stop about a seam allowance (whatever that might be for the trim you are using) away from the corner, cut a slit in the trim – up to, but not through, the sewn edge. 

This will allow you to turn the trim on the corner cleanly. Continue sewing!
To finish, hang trim over the edge and stitch through. Matching up the beginning and the end. It should look like this. 

You’ll want to trim off the excess before sewing the panels together.
After you have the trim attached, pin the pillow panels right sides together and use the seam made by attaching the trim as a guide for sewing the pillows together. 

When making our patio pillows, I chose to not make removable pillow covers so I just left an opening for stuffing the pillow in. 

I hand stitched the opening closed, and ta-da! You’re bottom edge should look like this

Barely detectable, right?? Obviously this method is for those permanent pillows you might want to make and not pillow covers. You could use this method if you were making a envelope pillow cover. If you are adding a zipper however that’s a bit trickier. Here is what my zippered pillow covers with piping look like.

There are other methods out there for sure, but this works best for me!!  Happy sewing friends!!

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Girl Time and Furniture Painting

Are you in need of a fun girls night out?? If you are local to the Oklahoma City/Edmond area I have a great idea for you!!

Last week my friend Amanda and I attended a furniture painting class at The Paint Bar in Edmond. And we had a fabulous time!! My blogger friend Allison just opened this awesome shop here in Edmond. The Paint Bar has a store front, with an attached warehouse space. In the store front she sells two types of furniture paint – Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, along with all the other necessary supplies for finishing your project. And, in the warehouse she hosts painting classes, and a once a month sale!
We attended the Intro to Furniture Painting class. A variety of sample boards, paint, and wax were provided. Alison walked us through several different processes and techniques that can be done with this chalk-type paint, along with lots of great tips!
Here are my sample boards with paint.

And, here they are with a variety of wax finishes.

The best thing I learned was that I can use this chalk-type paint to paint over all that laminate furniture that is still lingering around my house. And, you can do it without sanding!!  (The black board was a piece of laminate.) I have painted laminate in the past, but I have found that it takes several coats. This piece only took two coats to cover. (If you were to paint a lighter coat over a dark laminate it may take more.)

Above all, we had lots of laughs, learned a lot, and sparked our creativity. All of which are good to do!! So, if you are local and looking for a fun night out, you can check out upcoming classes on Allison’s website Refunk My Junk. Allison also sells her paints and tools on her website.

Thanks again Allison for such a fun time!!

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Tuition for this class was provided in exchange for this review, however all opinions here are 100% mine. 

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Spring Makes Me Want to Clean

I have to say, even as I typed that title I laughed to myself.  I’m here to admit that I am not the best at housekeeping.  Not for lack of trying mind you, it’s just not something I have ever enjoyed. I love it when it’s done, I just don’t want to do it. Can I get an amen from anyone. It’s okay, this is a safe place. 

See I would much rather be making a mess crafting or DIYing then cleaning one up.

But to my surprise the posts that get the most action on pinterest are the ones about cleaning. This post I did about cleaning baseball pants has been all over. It really is a great tip!! If you have a child who wears a white polyester uniform in the dirt you need to read about this magic soap!

Then, a while back I recreated a cleaning schedule that I thought would help take the guess work out of house work. It got a lot of attention also. I have to admit though, I haven’t been very successful with keeping up with it. :-/
I told you I don’t like to clean.

But seeing so many posts about spring cleaning gives me the itch to do my part to get things in order around our home. If you don’t know A Bowl Full of Lemons you should check her out. She is a gold mine of information on organization and housekeeping. She is currently doing a 30 day spring cleaning challenge. I follow her on instagram and I love that she posts one simple task each day. Easy peasy – I can do that. 🙂 If you don’t do instagram you can follow the link to her blog, where she posts the tasks each week.

And here are my favorite, go-to homemade cleaner recipes. I haven’t bought cleaning products from the store in forever (aside from clorox wipes, because well they are just so handy)!

Thanks for stopping in today!!  I hope you were inspired to get something tidied up!!  If you don’t hear from me for a while it’s because of this.

Over the past two years I have worked diligently to de-clutter and organize our home in an effort to make it function better for our family, and for it to be easier to keep up. The attic is a place that has been neglected. Mostly because it is either too hot or too cold to even go up there. So, I talked my hubby into taking all of it out and putting it in the garage so I can go through it and set it all straight. So, that is just what I am working on, and man have I found some treasures. I’ll share soon. After I stop crying. (Babies are almost grown.)  🙁

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Recipe Organization

I consider myself an organizing junkie.  In that, I like to try out all kinds of organization methods. In fact, I try out several different ways to organize the same thing, until, hopefully I discover a way that actually WORKS for me. Anybody else out there?
Aside from design inspiration, I love pinterest for new recipes.  When I am feeling in a bit of a rut, I will spend an hour or so printing recipes from my pinterest boards I have collected.  After a while of doing this I have quite a collection of printed recipes just floating around.  A couple of years ago I made myself a binder with pocket tabs for different types of recipes, and sheet protectors to slide the recipes into.  
Recipe notebook
Well….after a while I quit sliding the recipes back into the sheet protectors.  And then….after a while I stopped putting the recipes back into the right category.  And then….I stopped putting the recipes back into the pockets.  So, I ended up with this mess.
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I knew it was time to try something new.  I tend to organize better loosely.  Meaning, I don’t do well when I have to put things into lots of things. So, a sheet protector, into a section, into a binder was just too many things.
Folder for recipe storage
I found this cutie at walmart and decided to give it a go.
recipe organization tabs
Since I am using this mostly for main courses – for meal planning purposes – I labeled each section by the type of meat and also a “favorites” section and a “misc” section. Favorites for those meals that my family could eat everyday, and misc for a few side dishes, bread, salads, and you know, misc.  🙂
Keep recipes organized in catagorized
I re-sorted all the recipes, threw out a few that hadn’t turned out well, and filed them away.  
recipes organized by category
I’ve shared before my easy-peasy meal planning system and where I store the recipes for the planned period.  I still love this method! It’s easy to see the meals, it keeps the recipes I need handy, and the sheet protectors keeps the recipes clean while I’m cooking!
Use a clear sheet protector for a meal plan and recipe holder for easy access for the week
I’m hoping this new file sorter will be easier for me to manage when it comes to meal planning, and putting things back in the right place!  We shall see.  🙂

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