Calendars = Affordable Art Opportunity

Is it already time to start thinking about 2011 calendars? Really? Apparently it is, as plenty of snazzy calendars keep starring at me when I’m out shopping. So far I’ve held off the urge to bring a calendar home, but I have to admit that I’ve thought a few times about buying one of these calendars and using the photos inside as art in my dining room:

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2011 Garden Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897760

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2011 Vintage Maps Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897791

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2011 Italia Cavallini Wall Calendar

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2011 Butterflies Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897838

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2011 Botanica Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897852

These calendars all cost $21.95 and the best part about them is that the prints are plenty large enough to fit nicely into a hefty frame. And they are pretty, and printed on pretty paper too. No more searching for 2 or 4 or 6 or even 8 matching prints to decorate a wall…these calendars are a thrifty way to score beautiful art and immediately create a cohesive room feel.

I think I just sold myself…ha! Cavallini calendar, here I come.

Bathroom Cafe Curtains – complete!

Remember when I posted my no sew curtains blog? Well, stitch witchery and I have been at it again, but this time, I’ve created little cafe curtains for our bathroom. Goodbye, plastic blinds.

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I ordered the fabric from fabric.com and I was really pleased when it arrived in the mail. It was very thick and quality fabric, for only $10.98 a yard. It’s called Wavery Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice in citrine and I would absolutely order it again. Buying fabric online can be tricky, because you can’t exactly get a feel for the color or the overall texture of the fabric, but this time I lucked out, and it’s a great color for the bathroom.

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Here’s a quick before and after for you…

BEFORE

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AFTER

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And there you have it…a little quick change project that you can complete in less than an hour!

Weekend Project: Tote bag @ Modern Domestic

It sure feels like Fall around here, but this weekend we managed to see the sunshine both days, and it was Oregon at its best – bluuuueee skies, green grass and a little Fall breeze mixed in between. Sunshine usually means lots of DIY projects around the house, but on Saturday I spent nearly the entire afternoon indoors sewing this tote bag at Modern Domestic.

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I’m a very beginner sewer, so I was quite amazed that I walked out of my class with this bag in tow. This project speaks volumes about Modern Domestic – they have top of the line machines, teachers and tools.

Somehow, this fabric…

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Turned into this…

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I love how practical this bag is and also the fact that it made me actually diligently practice my sewing skills for 3 plus hours(and yes, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, the bag is reversible). Practice surely makes perfect, and I have a long ways to go before I’m even close to perfect, but I’m a heck of a lot more experienced than I was when I took my first sewing class this spring!

If you are a loyal reader of my blog, you already know how much I love Modern Domestic. But can I just tell you one more time how much I love this place?

Quick Bathroom Upgrade

And it’s FRIDAY. I’m loving that fact. Love, love, loving it.

Okay, back to blog business….I ordered a yard of fabric online from fabric.com and it finally came in the mail. I ordered it for a little bathroom quick-fix that I’m working on. The fabric is called Waverly Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice in citrine and it was only $10.98 per yard (it’s good quality fabric too – nice and thick). I’m going to sew up some cafe curtains, as the blinds we currently have are fairly bland (they look like wood, but there are plastic).

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Above is a current photo of the bathroom, and below are a few pictures of the tension rod and fabric cafe curtains that will hopefully soon replace the plastic shades.

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The fabric is darker than the walls…taking pictures at night doesn’t do the colors justice. Here’s the actual fabric swatch:

Waverly Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice Citrine

Again, the fabric can be found here, and once I sew these  little cafe curtains, I’ll certainly share the “after” photos with you all.

Happy weekend to you!