Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Littlest Biggest Fan

My youngest and littlest, is one of my biggest fans!

He is continually encouraging me. :)
He recently asked me if I would paint him a picture of a MOOSE

We love moose in our house...I guess because we spend a lot of time
in both Maine and Montana 
where these funny looking creatures are frequently seen. 

I love how perfectly imperfect they are. 
I love all the bumps in their nose and head and all along their back.
It reminds me that we are all perfectly imperfect 
and that it is all our "bumps" that make us so perfectly unique! :)

As I was almost finished with the project...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Shades For The Birds

Providing some shade for the birds...

I bought these lamps from Target...
Don't you love Target?! They have the cutest things. 
Some of the housewares they have for the holiday season are adorable!!
I go in Target with the intention of buying just one thing...
it never works! 
By the time I get to the checkout my bill is quickly approaching the 100$ mark.
Sometimes I tell myself to just stay away from there! :)

Loved the lamps...I picked them up for some where around 25 or 30$
I don't really remember, I bought them a while back.
I wanted a tall slender base but, the shade was not what I was after...

So I ran into Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon
 and picked up a couple of those adhesive lamp shades they have.
I think they were around 12$ but I used my coupon so I got them for around 7$.
I had to go in 2 separate days 
because they will only let you use one coupon per day
which is kind of a pain...but I needed two shades.

Also, in case all you Hobby Lobby frequent shoppers didn't know
you can pull up your 40% off coupon on your phone and use it that way.
When I learned this, I was thrilled,
seeing as how I was always forgetting my printed coupon at home.

Back to my shades...so I cut out some birds from wool
and hand stitched them onto my fabric
 with a simple running stitch.

I used some basic embroidery stitches to create the branches
and I was ready to put them on the shades.
I am not an expert in this area, so the embroidery is far from perfect.
But sometimes I think that is the beauty of a project like this.
It makes it uniquely our own.

I had bought some really cute trim 
which was probably the part of my project that I spent the most on.

I sewed the bottom pleated ribbon on
and after turning the edges under the top edge of the shade 
I glued the top piece of trim on.

This part was all a little more difficult than I expected.
Seeing as how I should have added an extra inch to all sides of my fabric.
They were a little too small for the shades so I had to alter them a little.
But we live and learn...right?!
And I finally got them right...I love the way they turned out.

I think I probably spent a little over 120$, tops, for both lamps 
by the time I had the fabric, trim, shades and the lamp base.
But I have seen lamps like these 
in cute designer boutiques for 150$ a piece at least.
The lamps I wanted to purchase for this space were 200$ a piece.
And maybe they were prettier than mine, but mine are a close second.
So I am pleased! :)

Now I need a cute window treatment for that window! :)

This week I have been working on cleaning out some closets, drawers and the garage.

My furnace room had these 
six bags of crap (for lack of a better word) in there.  
That is a lot of stuff crammed into a small space.
Well now you could eat off the floor in there, it is so clean! :)

We have a dumpster coming to the house this next week 
for the rebuilding and remaking of our back deck.
I am taking full advantage of that dumpster while it is here!
And getting rid of more...crap. haha

Have a great weekend!

Blessings - Sara

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