Thursday, August 28, 2014

Craft Room Tour

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Normally, when I am sharing a full room tour with you guys I am really excited. I love it, and I just want to show you how it all came together! I feel that way today, but I also am kind of bummed out. Not because I don't love this room - more like because I love it SO much. And because we just decided that we are going to sell our home, which means my time with this lovely space is coming to an end. 

Sad face.

BUT - until then, we can enjoy some pretty pictures together. Want to come and see my new craft space? Of course you do! Come on in!

My new craft room is actually the small loft at the top of our stairs. When we first moved into our home, five years ago, we threw a couch, and a desk, and a bunch of book shelves into the room, and then pretty much never used it. Like, seriously, no one ever sat on that couch.

So - I said out with the couch! In with craft storage! 

It was such a good decision, guys. I just wish I had done it sooner! 

So, this space actually serves several functions - craft room, office, library, and kid's craft area. First off on the wall to the right I have my office/desk area, peg board, and sewing table (I have never had a sewing table before! It is so awesome not to have to constantly pull my machine out and put it away again. And I can work on a project and my family can still eat dinner! Amazing!)

I loved my quote wall! (Did you catch that? - I lovED it. We decided it better come down before we listed our house, so it is already gone. I have to stop talking about it or else I might cry.)

To make the quote wall, I just wrote out tons of quotes and phrases with my favorite fancy pen on white cardstock and stuck em to the walls with tape. It took a lot longer than I thought it was going to take. But I LOVED it.

To the right of the desk, we have our two giant printers and my Silhouette against the half wall.

(P.S. I love my new rug annnnnnd pretty much all of the Nate Berkus for Target line.)

To the left of the desk, we have my pretty little DIY marbled filing cabinet and peg board.

You can get the tutorial for the marble filing cabinet here. Ain't she purdy? 

And - guys - the pegboard is kind of a miracle worker. I mean, I always know where my scissors are! And how about this pretty little ribbon basket? 

Nice, right? I spray painted all of the hardware in the room with my favorite gold paint (Rustoleum Metallic) to give it a little more personality. I used these pegboard baskets from Home Depot.

Moving on down the wall, I have my sewing desk, with a chalkboard magnet board hanging above (plus some pretty tissue tassels leftover from my son's birthday party).

Next door, I've stolen a few shelves on the Ikea bookshelves for craft supplies. I especially love having my pretty yarn out where I can see it.

(Get the pattern for the basket here!)

I re-did my mini blind shades with some new fabric for a new look, and I think they look pretty awesome (by the way that is a really old post, so please don't judge if you click over).

On the other wall, we have more craft storage and the kids' art station.

Above a cabinet filled with craft supplies I have a shelf with more yarn, and my easy washi tape storage.

The kids' art area is made up of the kid's table that I refinished, a Ikea rail painted gold to hold craft supplies, a paper holder, and the clipboard art display wall.

It's so nice having a little spot for the kids to work close to where I am working. 

And - all done! Phew. That was a lot of photos. Thanks for sticking around for the whole thing! What do you all think? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Makers No. 32

It's Tuesday!! Party time! Let's see what you all have been up to!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

the makers link party
tinysidekick projects week 32
And now for the features...

The Makers Link Party
This week's featured blogger is Ashley from Bigger Than the Three of us and she blew me away with her Anthropologie knock off mirror! Seriously that thing is amaze balls, so head on over to her blog for the step by step tutorial on how to make your own.
Ashley is one blogger you should absolutely be following, and if you check out the sampling of her projects below, you'll see why. She is super creative and her projects and designs are always beautifully executed.
Follow Bigger Than the Three of Us on Social Media: Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter

The Makers Link Party
Don't forget to click through to the post to pin from the original source, and give these bloggers some Pinterest love!
diy brass himmeli hanging planter
If you are looking to create a new planter you've gotta see how easy it is to make this DIY Brass Hanging Planter from Nalle's House. Isn't it pretty?

Inspiration can come from anywhere and Homey of My proves that point time and time again with her super creative projects. I love how her DIY Abstract Black and White Art turned out, and you've gotta see what inspired it all!

Who doesn't love S'mores? These S'more Bars from Elizabeth Joan Designs look absolutely delish, don't they? Yummmm. This is such a fun take on the traditional version, so head on over to see how to make them.

office - guest room updates
Amy of Delineate Your Dwelling shared her Guest Room/Office Makeover Reveal and it is filled to the brim with amazing DIY projects! This is a room I would love to work or stay in! Head on over to see how she pulled it all together!

Fall is just around the corner and who doesn't love pinecones? This DIY Pinecone Garland from Maybe She Made It is such a fun {and affordable} way to include nature into your home decor, don't your think?
Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured!

Upcycled Treasures
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The Makers Link Party
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Simple Pencil Pouch Crochet Pattern

This post was originally shared by Persia Lou on Craftaholics Anonymous.

I've got a perfect little back to school crochet project for y'all today: a cutie cute little pencil pouch! You can work this guy up in a couple of hours, and it is totally simple enough for a beginner crocheter. In fact, I made up this pattern when I was teaching some 10 and 11 year old girls to crochet as a first project pattern. 

I like this pattern for a first crochet pattern because it is basically a simple rectangle but it feels a little more fun than a washcloth or scarf. Plus you get to pick out a cute button to go on top! Win win.

To make this pouch, you will need to know how to chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. And that's it!

  • worsted weight yarn (one ball or skein is more than enough. I did one in cotton and one in wool.)
  • size I crochet hook (5.50 mm)
  • 1" button
  • needle and thread


Start off by making a 30 ch st chain.

Row 1: sc in the second ch from the hook, sc in each remaining chain, chain 1, turn (29 total sc).

Row 2: sc in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (29 sc).

Rows 3 on: repeat Row 2 until the piece is about nine inches long.

Final Row (scalloped with button loop): sc in first two stitches, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, ch 10 (if using a smaller button, use fewer chain stitches to make button loop shorter), slip stitch to the top of the previous sc, sc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches. Finish off. Weave in ends.

Now you have a rectangle with scallops and and a button loop on one side. To make the pouch, fold the bottom straight edge up about 3-4 inches, and then fold the top scalloped edge down 1-2 inches, thusly:

(I feel so cool when I make GIFs even if they are kind of crappy. SO cool, guys.)

Next, crochet the edge closed by stitching through all layers. With the front of the pouch facing you, join the yarn in one corner and work single crochet stitches through the open edge of the folded fabric from front to back.

When you get to the scalloped edge, just keep working single crochet stitches through all three layers.

When you reach the end, finish off the yarn and weave in the ends. Then, close up the other side of the pouch using the same method. The single crochet stitches close the pouch up and give you a nice finished edge.

Finally, use the needle and thread to sew the button to the front of the pouch so it lines up with the button loop.

And your pouch is all finished! Yay!

To make the striped pouch, I simply alternated yarn colors every two rows. 

If you like this pattern, I would LOVE if you pinned this image on Pinterest:

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