Keeping it Simple: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Happy Halloween!!  

I wish that I had some awesome pictures to share with you today of our costumes, but we haven't worn them yet.  Tomorrow I will though, so come back and check them out.  When I sent a picture to my sister of my costume, she just laughed at me.  Once again, I'm not going to be pretty and cute.... Someday I'm going to come up with a costume for myself that is cute and flattering.  This year is not that year :).

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HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

4x4 Pumpkins

I have a love from pumpkins, I just love how they look and it's fun to decorate them.  So I made these 4x4 pumpkins.

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This is how I made them:
I bought some 4x4 on clearance at a home improvement store.  A full piece of 4x4 wood is actually pretty expensive, so whenever I see these in the clearance section, I always get them.  These two were $.51 each.
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Using my miter saw, I cut the 4x4 to the sizes that I wanted.  12”, 8” and 4.5”.
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I then put a couple coats of spray paint on them.
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For the stems, I used a cut up branch, spray painted green wire and raffia. 
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I glued the stems, wire and raffia onto the wood using a glue gun.
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And now I have some fun pumpkins, perfect for my fall d├ęcor!
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You could easily add paper or glitter to the pumpkins to dress them up a little too.  I just went with something simple.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Motivate Me Monday #146

Hi everyone!  Sorry that there aren't any features this week, we went out of town this weekend and I wasn't back in time to go through the links.  Sorry!

Are you excited about Halloween this week?  I still don't have all of the costumes ready, I just can't get myself to sit down and finish them.  I'll probably be doing it Tuesday night.... :)

Now it's time for the party, yay!  Can't wait to see what you've been up to!


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Friday, October 26, 2012

How to do a blind hem {Melly Sews}

Hi Keeping it Simple readers! Today I'm going to show you how to do a blind hem with your sewing machine. It's really easy, and really worth it to give your garments a professional finish. First, to see if your machine can do one, look for a stitch that looks like this:
In my case it's on a fashion disc that I change out of my machine, but most newer machines will have this stitch as well. I'm going to show you this hem on a pair of pants. Start by pressing your hem, making sure that the raw edge is turned under at least 1/2". Baste the hem in place with a seam allowance 1/4" from the top of the hem.
Fold the hem to the right side, so that you can see the 1/4" seam allowance sticking out.
You're going to line the hem up in your machine so that the straight stitch part of the stitch lands on the seam allowance, and the needle will barely go onto the pants when it zig-zags to the left. Use your fly wheel to make sure you can line your needle up precisely when it goes to the left.
Sew around the hem. If you choose to backstitch make sure you do this on the straight stitch part, not the zig-zag part. Go slowly as you sew around, making sure not to zig-zag too far to the left. Your stitching will look like this inside.
Remove the basting stitches and press the hem again. This is the final result from the outside.
And a close up - you can barely see the stitches, hence, a blind hem.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

The MiniBox

Since I have been going into more depth of my craft room, I wanted to really talk about my Minibox from the Original Scrapbook, because it’s just an amazing piece of furniture!  I love how it looks but I especially love how much stuff I fit it in and how good it looks!
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Before I got my MiniBox, I just had my vinyl on the bookshelf.  I never loved how it looked and it was really bothering me.  I felt like it just didn’t fit in with the rest of my craft room.  It looks unorganized and ugly.
This is all of the stuff that I just had on top of bookshelves and it never looked good.  My paper was just everywhere and it looked tacky. 
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I think it looks so much better in the MiniBox.  Plus, it’s much more organized.  I was able to fit ALL of my 12x12 paper in the canvas totes. 
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Here is my rolled up vinyl and heat transfer.  It also looks so much better than in those crates.  I did leave my flat vinyl because I didn’t want to roll it up and it’s on a bookshelf.
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I had a whole other side of the MiniBox to fill, so I went to my closet and decided to go through these and organize them better and completely get rid of one (it was broken and horrible to move).  Now I just have one and it just has my 8x11 paper.
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This thing is seriously amazing!  I love how easily the doors open and how I can easily find what I’m looking for. 
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When I was putting it together, I was very impressed by how easy it was to put together.  It took some time, but it comes with a video that’s super easy to follow.  I was able to do it all in an afternoon while my husband was at work.  It’s on rollers so I can move it easily around the room.  Overall, it’s just an amazing piece of furniture and I just love it!

Because pictures don't do it enough justice, I added a little video of it too :)


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Shelf Curtains

When I was trying to decide on how to organize and decorate my Ikea Expedit shelves for my craft room, I needed to come up with some way to hide my supplies that weren’t super organized.  But it needed but something cute and not just a container.  So I came up with little curtains.  And I love how they look!  No one has to know what is behind them and how messy it really is. :)
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This is how I made them:
I took a strip of fabric and cut it 6” by 14”.
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I hemmed the edges and then folded it length wise and sewed it together.  This will be where the rod goes through for the curtain. 
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Now for the curtain.  I cut a piece of fabric 13” by 25”.  Then I hemmed three of the sides.
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For the top, I ruffled it by sewing a straight stitch on the top and pulling the bobbin thread through.
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Next I sewed the two pieces together.
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Using a wooden dowel, I cut it 1/4” bigger than the width of the shelf.  Since the shelf is 13” wide, I cut it 13 1/4”.
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Sometimes I was a little off on my cutting, so I used vinyl bumpers to add to the width.  And sometimes I just used a dab of hot glue to hold it into place.  All three ways work great and have stayed just fine.
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I put the dowel into the curtain and then hung it up into the shelf.
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I used a variety of fabric for my curtains and love all of them!
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