It's that time of year for hibernating at home and cozying up together to watch a great movie wrapped up in blanket. So why not do it in one of these amazing giant chunky knit throws. I have seen this image everywhere and I want one!! I am an amateur knitter at best but I think I could manage it myself. last year I made chunky infinity scarves so this is almost the same?! Famous last words! I found some fabulous examples that other people have made for my inspiration and then I'm going to find a pattern, enormous knitting needles and a giant ball of wool and let you know how I get on! I will post pics after (hopefully!)
Love this combination of the overscale stitches in the throw and the tough leather and soft white background. Found on littledreamhouses.blogspothttp://littledreamhouses.blogspot.com/
Dramatic black knit and warm and mellow mocha knit in these amazing vintage inspired rooms found at estmagazine
When I met my husband 22 years ago he had invested in good quality bedroom set he loved and of course over the years true to form I have managed to split it up and cut holes in it and re - use it! One thing we have never had is a headboard as the bed was a modern platform style. I knew that one day I would make one and had the idea ready in my mind however I'm afraid to say I have really been procrastinating with it. I started gathering the supplies about a month ago and with a final push from my crafting twin Lisa who has just launched a great new website by the way. ( www.dollaramadiva.com) I finally got it done!.
Step by Step
I cut the foam to size and glued it to the plywood. Then covered both with a double layer of batting and the pre-washed and ironed drop cloth. I used a staple gun to attach them, with the help of two other people to pull and tighten the fabric. I would not recommend doing this project alone unless you are an octopus! Then my son and I hammered in the nail heads to add the decorative detail. Final step hang the headboard on the wall for stability and also not to ruin the bed itself in case I change my mind! It's always possible. We used a special picture hanger designed to hold up to 200lbs which has two pieces. One part goes on the wall and the other on the back of headboard and they clip together.
On the weekend we had a bonfire with a few friends celebrating Guy Fawkes night- a British tradition I grew up with. Back in the day a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament was foiled and Guy Fawkes was punished. Each year on the 5th of November we have bonfires, fireworks and great food. I try to continue my childhood memories and find any excuse to have a get together. So as well as making a few treats I did a quick little craft. Cute cup cozy's for my mason jar glasses. I could take credit for it but I actually saw it in the latest issue of Style at Home.
You start by finding some warm woolen socks. I picked up two packs of two socks for $3 each at Dollarama. I was looking for grey like the Sock Monkey's we all know and love but in the end only found black. You could use any colour though.. Then you cut off the first 4 1/2 inches.
Finally hem the bottom (about 1/4 inch) and put over your glasses or mugs. You could also use them on travel mugs. Check out mine below!
Great Christmas gift idea! I love them! Clean socks always work best!!
Another quick project to share with you guys. I decided I wanted to jazz up my dining room chandelier by adding a hit of colour. I thought about fabric or wallpaper but then decided on a string d.i.y. I checked out the dollar store but couldn't find yellow which is my colour of choice. They had a great pink and green if you decide to try it. Only a dollar for a new light. Not bad. Eventually I found some yellow at Walmart, 225 yards for $4. I used a glue gun and wound the string around, not difficult but time consuming. It took me an hour or so while watching t.v. Then I ended up with a jazzy yellow striped shade and a sore back but it was worth it!
It's easier than you think sometimes to change it up. There are supplies and ideas everywhere. Look around and try something!
Today's D.I.Y is for me not my house. I am a scarfaholic and I admit it proudly! I love a good scarf any day. I found a quick project on Pinterest recently and thought I can do that. Making scarves out of old t-shirts in one quick step. My kind of D.I.Y! Then I realized I didn't really have any old t-shirts or anyone else in my house. I had done my usual ruthless purge recently which I do several times a year. You should try it, It's good for the soul and also makes way for new stuff! So I took a quick drive to my local Value Village and bought two XL men's shirts for $2 each. Bargain any day of the week.
T SHIRT to SCARF- STEP 1
Lay t-shirt flat and cut across at the armpits- instant infinity scarf.
Scarf modeled by yours truly.
Todays' words of wisdom- grab a shirt and go. . . . . . .
I am always on the look out for great storage pieces to make my life more organized. I found a great three tiered cart while out at one of my regular haunts, good old IKEA and we are putting it to good use for my daughters art supplies. She loves all that is artistic, we are frequent visitors to our local Wallack's and we have a lot of pencils, pens, paints and brushes. This piece is ideal for keeping all this together in her room and keeping it ready at hand when the mood strikes and the creative juices are flowing.
This colourful cart called the Raskog is labelled as a kitchen cart but it could be used anywhere as you can see from these creative examples.
Musical birthday party supply cart- via ellasinspiration.se
Clever plant holder- via ikeahackers
Bedside book table- via pinterest
Bathroom buddy - via pinterest
Feeling inspired? Get organized too, pick a cart solution for you.