It’s (almost) Fall Y’all!

Wow – we really suck at posting…so much for the once a month, right Aubrey?

FALLLLLL

Well, I’m posting today to show you some of my new Fall decor. Of course I had to make a new fall banner.

I used a technique similar to my Christmas Banner – but with a few changes (aka new shape). Husband photographed all the steps so I could do a wonderful DIY tutorial, but then he promptly deleted all the photos before he sent them to me! Grrrrr. But oh well. Check out this beauty.

Happy Fall

The whole banner says “Happy Fall” complete with a fake fall leaf as the word separator. And, because overkill is my middle name, I felt the need to line my banner with this cute orange chevron leftover from my nuptials.

Chevron lining

(wow – these iphone photos are super terrible. Can you tell I still have the regular 4?)

And because no fall banner is complete without a matching burlap pillow, here is mine:

Matching Pillow

And duh, the other side is the orange chevron.

Matching Lining

Hope you like it!

Here are the steps (without pics) to make your own:

1. cut your burlap to the desired shape

2. Paint your letters with regular old craft paint

3. Allow paint to dry (very important…)

4. Sew lining on each burlap piece with straight stitch

5. Trim edges

6. Sew on a piece of jute using your zig zag stitch in a contrasting color

7. Enjoy!

Are you making any Fall crafts?

-Megan

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Turkey Pillow Tutorial

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? Well, in the spirit of one of the greatest Holiday’s of the year, here is a Tutorial for an adorable bit of Thanksgiving decoration.

I am going to turn it over to one of my very best friends, Katie, to walk you through the Turkey Pillow making process.

(aren’t we cute! That is me and Katie last year in Chicago – remember her Santa Barbara bachelorette party?)

Without further adieu, here’s Katie!

“My mom had taken some photos of a pillow with a felt owl on it, and we both thought it was adorable. However, we wanted to do something fall-related, so we thought, why not a turkey!

We looked around the internet for some inspiration. There were some cute felt turkeys, so we used elements of the ones we liked. We liked the multi-colored tail but made it much, much bigger. We also liked the look of the blanket stitching around the edges, so we did that too.

(all images via google search)

                      We went to Joanne’s and bought some colorful felt. We already had everything else we needed: embroidery floss, small black beads for eyes, sharp scissors, and burlap for the pillowcase.

We drew a pattern for our turkey and cut it out, pinned it to the felt, and assembled all our pieces. We decided to hand-sew the turkey, so it took quite a bit of time.

 For the turkey body, we cut out two pieces, sewed on the faces, stitched most of them together, then stuffed them a little bit and finished the stitching. Then it was just a matter of sewing each layer of the tail onto the body. We used a blanket stitch in the color of the following layer on the edges.

  Then we cut our burlap (yay, another use for it!), and made our pillowcases. I decided to hand-sew my turkey on after I made the pillowcase so he wouldn’t get hurt. And voila! Turkey pillow!”

Isn’t that just the cutest! I can’t wait to make one. Thanks Katie! Happy Turkey Making everyone!

-Megan

DIY Headboard

I’ll admit it, we prematurely came back. Boy it has been busy around here! But good news! I have a real post! So a few months ago I ordered a bunch of random fabric. I seem to have this problem. I LOVE fabric and tend to hoard it. I buy it without really knowing what I am going to do with it. (Beware of dark iphone photos)

 So, Saturday morning rolls around…it’s cloudy and muggy and not great beach weather so husband and I decide we want to do some home improvement. I pull out my box of fabric. Why in the world did I order 5 yards of navy and white chevron?? What am I ever going to do with this?? Then it hits me! Our sad and bare, leave it until last to decorate, guest room is in serious need of a headboard!

The bed is just a handed down double frame and mattress where we threw miscellaneous pillows and bedding. I did some quick measuring and we were off.

Home Depot Shopping List:

Plywood

Spray Mount

Staple gun (yes, we didn’t have one…can you believe it?!)

Staple gun staples

Isn’t it great that Home Depot will cut your wood for you? We got a 4’x8’ piece of ¾” thick plywood for $29.00. It was really solid, we could have used a thinner wood, but we live by the beach and everything warps. We had good ole’ Dave (wonderful Home Depot employee) cut it to 54” wide. Leaving us with a 48” x 54” giant piece and a nice piece of scrap for another project.

Next stop, Joann’s. I usually only head to Joann’s when I am desperate. I have been spoiled with Downtown LA Fabric District prices and have a minor heart attack whenever I see Joann prices. Well, this was one of those desperate moments. Thank goodness for the app! I made sure to load up my 50% coupon (however, it didn’t stop me from experiencing heart palpitations over the price of foam).

Joann’s Shopping List:

2” Hi Density Foam (the green stuff)

Standard batting

OMG – the foam was $32 a yard!!! They came in pre-cut 2.5 yard pieces. $80 for foam? Ugh. Again, thank goodness for the coupon. The batting was $7.99 a yard and I picked up 2 yards of that. I ended up leaving for around $60.

Here we go!

First thing I did was place the board against the bed frame and traced where we would need to attach it to the frame. Then I made a line where the top of the mattress came to so I knew how far down to put the foam and batting.

Next step, lay the board down and start cutting your foam down to size (make sure you have more room than I did). I just used an exacto knife and it seemed to work fine.

Then lift each piece of foam up and spray the board with spray mount and put the foam back down.

With the foam stuck in place, I called in Husband with his trusty drill and had him make holes in the plywood to attach the headboard to the bed frame.

Now, lay your batting over the top.

I stapled my batting down on the front of the board right under where the foam ended, folded it back and sprayed the green foam with spray mount.

Then, I flipped the entire headboard over and started stapling with my shiny new staple gun!

Make sure to pull your corners tight!

After all my stapling I trimmed up the back.

Now time for the fabric! I had just planned on stapling the fabric over the headboard for a nice tight look, but as I pulled the fabric out of my fabric cache I realized it was too short!!! OH NO! I needed about 2 additional inches to cover my headboard (width). Could this be any more annoying? Of course I didn’t measure my fabric beforehand….who does that? Haha.

Well, I had gotten this far and was determined this guest room would have a headboard so I did what any other DIYer would do. I pulled out my trusty sewing machine and made the best of a bad situation. I mean, I have 5 yards of this fabric, why not make a slipcover type top and just ignore the white bit of the fabric you are not supposed to use (no clue what the technical term is). I just folded the fabric in half (right side in) and then sewed up both sides.

About 2 minutes later I slipped the cover over the headboard and voila!

It fits! It does have this on the sides:

But who cares – I sure don’t. I stapled the fabric down on the front of the headboard only. The rest just floats there. We attached the headboard and here it is!

The yellow pillows really don’t go anymore so I’ve relocated 1 to our bedroom and will be donating 2 to a friend. Since I had the sewing machine out, I decide to dig into the fabric hole and make some new pillows for the guest room to match the new headboard. Here they are!

The room is nowhere near done, but I think it looks way better than before! Next up, art above the bed. Hope you enjoyed!

-Megan

Save-the-dates and notecards

So I love a good DIY project, but sometimes you just don’t have time. That was the case for the save-the-dates for my upcoming nuptials. I had dreams of designing the cutest save-the-dates that would match the overall theme of my wedding. But who am I kidding? When would I have time to do this? I work full-time and have WAY too much tv stored on my DVR to catch up on. So, I did what any good DIYer would do. Went half-way. I ordered these adorable magnets from weddingpaperdivas.com.

But, I so wasn’t feeling the envelopes (they came standard with the order). They were plain white and oh so boring. Solution? Order paper bag envelopes from my favorite store ever, paper source!

I wanted to give them a more personal/DIY touch, so I cut out a picture of us and taped it to the inside flap. Talk about time consuming…I had a stack of pictures to cut sitting out on the table, left to lunch with a friend, and came back to find that future husband had cut them all out! LOVE!

I designed a little wrap around label, stuffed all the envelopes and popped them in the mail! Here is the final product (I emailed this to a friend who lives in Africa)

Now I bet you were wondering what I did with all those leftover plain white envelopes…..

Well, I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I made stationary! Back to Paper Source I go!! I picked up these paper bag (can you tell I like paper bag?) notecards.

I already had white cardstock, stamps, ink, hole punches and ribbon at home. So I used my 3” hole punch to punch holes in my white cardstock and then tied them with some black netting on to the notecards and stamped away.

Ta-daa! (I made this one for Aubrey-thanks for being my friend!)

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