Monday, January 27, 2014

Tunesday Tuesday Week 9: Your Car Jam

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We all need a little music in our lives. A good song can answer a question, soothe the soul and provide an escape. It can recall a memory in the most vivid detail and evoke the most intense feelings.

 “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” -Sarah Dessen

We created Tunesday Tuesday to do just that, bring people together through music.

Every Monday night at 9pm the link up will go live at The Patchwork Paisley, Drinking the Whole Bottle, Momma Candy, and MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter. We will designate a theme, and hope that you will share a song that embodies said theme for you. Post the video for the song, an audio clip, the lyrics- however you want to do it. Then, write a little something about why this song captures the week's theme and link up your post here with us! 

Visit your hosts after 9pm (EST) on Monday nights
 to find out what the theme is for the week!

Rules?
It would be awesome if you would follow your lovely hostesses (links below,) but other than that- let's have fun with this! Know a fellow music lover who should get in on the party? Let them know about it! Want to share your groove with the world? Tweet it should you feel so inclined. Want to grab a button? Go for it. It's really pretty and you'll find it down below.
Host Follow Links:


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The Patchwork Paisley


This Week's

Windows down, volume up!

What song just begs to be played while you're cruisin'? 

Are you the dance-like-no-ones-watching type?

Do you sing your heart out no matter what the dude in the next car over thinks?


**Don't forget to link up your post below & visit some participants to see what they're jamming out to!**

Can't stick around for this week's party?? 
Next week's theme will be...

Your Favorite Golden Oldie


You know that day where the sky looks like the picture above? The weather is perfect, maybe it's a Friday afternoon and it's just you and the open road. Unfortunately my version of that comes less with open road and more with lots of other cars and mini malls. Still, you will always find me windows down, surfing through my playlist for the perfect song to suit and heighten my mood. And when I find it? The volume goes up. High. 

My mood changes like the (and sometimes depending on) the weather so here's a small sample of some of my faves: James Morrison is a staple and "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You" has me bobbing my head with soul. The Civil Wars "Barton Hollow" has such a gritty sound to it with that guitar riff that kinda makes you feel a bit country-bad-ass (I swear I was meant to be born in the sticks.) And more recently, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" has such a sexy sound, I am loving the crap out of it before it's inevitably overplayed on every radio station in the tri-state area.

Enjoy! Better yet, turn it UP, then enjoy.








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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DIY Anthropologie-Style Fabric Letter

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DIY Fabric Letter

When I set out to decorate the nursery for Rue, I knew I wanted it to be eclectic and warm with a little bit of girly (but not too girly) whimsy, all within gray walls that we refused to repaint. The finished look surpassed my own expectations, here's a glimpse if you haven't seen it: Ruby's Nursery. My passion for decorating and a long, pregnant summer had me putting up wall decals, sewing a flock of fabric, birds and crocheting bumpers. You could say I was a bit ambitious, but I enjoyed each and every craft and long for the lazier days of summer and quality time with my glue gun.

The fabric letter was one of the first things I made. I had purchased a "V" for Violet's door in the clearance section at Anthro sometime in 2010. I knew I wanted one for Ruby's room before she was a twinkle in my -eye, but a nameless one- and too much time passed before I returned to by an "R" only to find out that they weren't being sold any more. I looked on ebay and the like, finding one or two, but eventually decided to give it a try by hand.






Materials:
- Foam Core (2 pieces 16 X 20in.)

- Xacto knife or box cutter

- Hot glue gun and plenty of sticks.

- Poster board (1 sheet 18x24in.)

- 2in. masking tape.

- 3 complementary fabrics.


- Ruler

- Scissors

- Pencil



Pick Your Letter n' Sketch it Out

I'm a freehand it kinda' gal so I just whipped out the ol' pencil and starting drawing an "R" - I did measure out my space to make it 8in. tall though. If you'd rather work with a template my go to is always an overhead projector (ya know, the one in your back pocket.) 

- Once you've sketched out your letter on your foam core, use an xacto knife (that's what I did)or a box cutter to cut it out. 

- Next trace your letter onto some more foam core and make another cut out of your letter.

*It will be helpful if you can keep your letter the same width all the way around (Mine was 2.5in width.)*











Get yer glue gun ready!


Next, cut about 10 (or as needed) squares of foam core to the width you desire. In this case, I made the letter about 2in. thick so the pieces I cut were 2.5in. by 2in.

Glue them around the letter with hot glue, spreading them out enough to create a sturdy support for the top "R" shape.












Get your quick hands ready because this step takes some pretty intense glue gun slinging.

You're going to glue the front on while racing against the quick drying nature of hot glue. 

The good part is that if certain parts don't stick, you can always glue the seam once the top is attached. 



Now you have the basic letter form made!













To close in the side of your letter, cut long strips of poster board to wrap around the outside and any interior cut- outs. 

*Don't forget to measure your letter to see how wide your strips should be*

Use 2in. masking tape to secure.

(Have I ever mentioned how much I love masking tape? My heart belongs to my glue gun, but masking tape is a close second. Led pencils are pretty cool too.)













On your main fabric, trace the letter a little bigger than you made the letter to leave room to wrap the fabric around the edges.

Use the glue gun to attach the fabric little by little. 









With a long, thin paintbrush or pencil, gradually stuff a thin layer of poly-fil stuffing in between the letter and fabric.













Once the front is finished, cut the fabric for the back and repeat step 5 without the stuffing to cover the back of your letter.

The Last Step!



Now it's time to wrap the outside edges again.

Follow the same directions as stated in step 4, but wrap the cut strips in your 3rd fabric choice. Hot glue generously as you guide the strips along the outside and interior spaces.

And you're done!



These letters make great additions to a stairway gallery, bookshelves, or hung on doors. 

To hang, just cut a slit in the back of the top, center of the fabric, then drill a hole the width of your nail or screw head. The lightweight letter will easily stay put mounted on a nail or screw!

DIY Fabric Letter

Once you've made one, the next few are pretty easy! Above are a few of the different ones I've made so far for friends and customers. The K and L I made with printed burlap, more challenging to work with, but well worth the finished look. The patchwork "S" was a fun use of all my favorite fabrics, each stuffed in small sections to create a quilted look. 

So many great possibilities! I'd love to hear about it if you give it a shot and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have along the way!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Tunesday Tuesday: Week 8- Your Wedding Song

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We all need a little music in our lives. A good song can answer a question, soothe the soul and provide an escape. It can recall a memory in the most vivid detail and evoke the most intense feelings.

 “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” -Sarah Dessen

We created Tunesday Tuesday to do just that, bring people together through music.

Every Monday night at 9pm the link up will go live at The Patchwork Paisley, Drinking the Whole Bottle, Momma Candy, and MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter. We will designate a theme, and hope that you will share a song that embodies said theme for you. Post the video for the song, an audio clip, the lyrics- however you want to do it. Then, write a little something about why this song captures the week's theme and link up your post here with us! 

Visit your hosts after 9pm (EST) on Monday nights
 to find out what the theme is for the week!

Rules?
It would be awesome if you would follow your lovely hostesses (links below,) but other than that- let's have fun with this! Know a fellow music lover who should get in on the party? Let them know about it! Want to share your groove with the world? Tweet it should you feel so inclined. Want to grab a button? Go for it. It's really pretty and you'll find it down below.
Host Follow Links:


                                   Meg                               Jen                              Shauna                        Tiffany
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The Patchwork Paisley


This Week's


Haven't tied the knot? What is "Your Song" with your hunny? 

What is the song you've always wanted to be your wedding song?

Have a least favorite one? Go ahead and post about that!

(Consider the theme a jumping off point. Go on and get crazy with it!)


**Don't forget to link up your post below & visit some participants to see what they're jamming out to!**

Can't stick around for this week's party?? 
Next week's theme will be...

Windows down, volume up...
What is your Car Jam?


John and I didn't really have "a song" for the 3 years we dated before saying "I do" in 2007. When it came time to work with the DJ to pick all the songs for the "key moments" of our wedding, we had a list of traditional songs to choose from, but it felt so wrong to try and pick our song from a list! I really wanted something that resonated or represented us in an organic way and it just felt forced. We had many conversations about it and at some point I told John how much I loved the song "Glory of Love" growing up. He was a big fan himself, mostly because you can't hear that song without immediately thinking: Karate Kid II. Any self-respecting 80's lover can appreciate the iconic image of Daniel-san getting wooped on by group of skeletons, young love blossoming with Elizabeth Shue to the sound of "Cruel Summer," and everything about the ever-lovable Mr. Miyagi for starters. Plus, who doesn't want "a man who will fight for their honor?" 

I do.



Hope you'll stop by some of the links below to check out what some other awesome bloggers are listening to this week!


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