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Life, it is calming down

9 Aug

Thank you to those of you that reassured me that all would be well again.  You were right.  I knew you were right, but it’s hard to agree with logic when you’re in the middle of crazy land. 

The unpacking is coming along  quite nicely.  Dan has been doing stuff during the day and I did some stuff this weekend so I could say I helped, too.  We can finally walk through the front room.  The kitchen is done, unless I find yet another surprise box of kitchen items.  Bookshelves and media stuff are where they’ll go.  Couches and dressers and beds are where they will go.  Dan ordered a new desk for his office (to go with the snazzy new desk chair he purchased recently) the other day with a Tuesday delivery date.  I just got an excited text from him that it’s in Louisville.  All of my craft/office nook stuff is in the correct area I just need to spend a couple of hours sorting out where it all fits.  Our new mattress got delivered this morning.  (Oh to sleep on a real bed.  I can hardly wait.)  The only thing left is a dining room table.  Neither of us had one and we now have the space for one.  We’re exploring our options, but we probably won’t buy one until next month.  I think both of our bank accounts need a little time to recover from the shock they are in. 

Not much, but some stuff has been going on besides “moving stuff.”  Saturday we got out of the house and went to Blacksburg’s Steppin’ Out.  It was fun and crowded and we got some sun.  Next weekend we’re going to head down to Floyd.  There’s a fabric shop I want to check out.  Also, I’ve heard so much about Floyd that I have to go see it for myself.  I told you not much, but it’s stuff that gets us out and about so that’s worth something.

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Pay no attention to the boxes behind that curtain over there

3 Aug

All the moving drama is over and done, and all our stuff has been moved into the townhouse. 

{a picture of the box madness}

Now beings the unpacking.  More on that later.

I went to my neighborhood Target my first night as a new resident of Christiansburg.  I had to pick up bottled water (the Target brand was on sale for $2.99 for 24 bottles!!) and milk (which I forgot to get) and stuff.  One of the things I picked up while looking around the store was this nighshirt.  I have since fallen in love with it and need more.  It’s as comfy as it looks and I don’t feel sloppy in it like I do t-shirts.  It’s sold out on the internets, but totally in stores.

{picture of a slender chick modeling the best nightshirt ever}

Sewing: Potential Projects

18 Jun

First up we have the easy 1-2-3 tote.  I have recently discovered PurlBee.com and am in love.  She did a post about a twenty-minute tote that looks so simple I think I just might be able to pull it off.

Here’s a tote that’s a little more complicated (to me anyways) than the first one.

I have a dream.  A dream of sewing a quilt.  The problem is this: I don’t like the standard looking quilts.  They’re just not my thing.  But I could be down with doing something like this.

This dish cover is just brilliant and is making me want to hit up the thrift store for some old shirts.

I really want to make this pouf! They’re so expensive to buy, I just can’t spend that much on something I’m going to put my feet on.

I took a trip to IKEA with some friends not too long ago and bought a pack of dish towels.  Then, a few days later, I saw this DIY on Design*Sponge.  It was the IKEA dish towels sewn together to make a tablecloth.  I’ve actually linked to it before but that was pre-sewing machine.  My head exploded a little when I saw the tablecloth.

Also, if you are a lady and are thinking about starting your own business then you should read this advice.

Before I close this post out, let’s talk about knitting for a minute.  My friend Elizabeth has started a blog about her knitting skillz.  She is super talented and the one that taught me to knit*.  Check her blog out, she’s done some great stuff.

* Elizabeth’s skillz should in no way be judged by my knitting inabilities.

Summer loving

15 Jun

Because it’s summertime, Nickel had to go.  No worries, though, she’ll be back in the fall.

The bf and I were at HomeGoods and decided to see if we could agree on a summer quilt.  [insert laughter here]  Everything I picked out was too flowery or colorful or something.  Just when we were about to give up we saw what would become our new summer quilt.  Yes, there are flowers, but they are manly colored flowers.

What I love even more than our new summer quilt is our newly embroidered pillowcases.  Cristina (of recent curtain fame) has an embroidery machine because she does this and this.  She offered to embroider something for us.  I decided that the green pillows just had to have our Twitter hashtag couple name on them.  How cute!  How geeky!  How pink and green!

Curtains in the Kitchen

15 Jun

Cristina and I finished the curtains for her bathroom which meant it was time to make curtains for her kitchen.  I love the way they turned out!

Curtains are sew easy to make!

7 Jun

See what I did there with the title?  Clever.  I know. 

My friend Cristina moved into a new house.  The master bathroom in the new place was straight out of the 70s.  Baby blue tile.  Baby blue sink.  Baby blue toilet (with a lovely white seat and top).  The room was in need of some assistance.  I was called in to help.  Originally, we were going to make a skirt for the sink and put one of these dohobs on the toilet seat.  Cristina decided that the cost of replacing the offending toilet and sink with newer (non-bluer) options would be cheaper than the cost of her sanity.   That left the shower entrance and the window to deal with. 

There was a glass shower door (which I did not think to take a picture of, imagine it).  It was awkward and didn’t let in a lot of light.  It also didn’t open all the way as it hit the toilet.  The door was taken down and Cristina put up a fun, bright shower curtain was put up in its place. 

Then it was window curtain time.  We had a little shopping trip to U-Fab, Joanne’s, and Wal-Mart.  Picked up a yard of the brightest, funnest fabric U-Fab had to offer.  Then we popped over to Joanne’s (after stopping to get manicures and pedicures) to pick up the pom-poms.  We stopped at Big Lots for the curtain rod, but they did not have what we needed so over to Wal-Mart we went. 

The curtains were simple to make.  The Nicole way of making curtains requires no tape measure (well, except to make sure you get the right length curtain rod) and definitely no math.  I held the fabric up to the window and eye-balled where cuts needed to be made.  I left a little more fabric on each end than needed so as to allow for the seams.  I then cut it right down the center.  I ironed and pinned the seams and Cristina sewed them. 

When it came time to add the pom-poms we ran into an unexpected problem.  The strip above the pom-poms was too thick to feed through the machine.  Out came a needle and thread.  I sewed the pom-poms on and we carried on with our project.   We left the top for last.  Here’s why.  I wasn’t the one putting the curtain rod up so I didn’t know exactly where it was going to be and I wanted to make sure the pom-poms hit the ledge of the window.  After the rod was installed and the pom-poms were on I folded over the top until the pom-poms hit where I wanted them to.  I took my folded fabric to the sewing room, pinned it, ironed it, and cut off the excess.  Cristina sewed the top with a fun little sphere looking stitch her fancy sewing machine offered.  

All that was left to do was to clip the curtains up and admire our handy work. 

The (Very Blue) Before

The (Adorable) After

Next up, we tackle kitchen curtains.  Stay tuned!

Fluffy McFlufferson

27 May

The couch of Dan is coming to Southwest Virginia with us.  Dan bought it on Craigslist.  It’s a warrior of a couch.  It’s sturdy, it has a full-sized bed in it, but it still had the original pillows on it.

Until now.

I’m a firm believer that couch pillows should be replaced if  1) they are flat and lost their pillowy-ness; 2) no longer the color/style/look you are going for; or 3) you find something you like better.  Dan liked the pillows.  I was glad of their existence, but not really a fan of their flatness and dark colors combo.  They’ve done their time.  Couch pillows can only take so much before you just got let them go to the couch over the bridge.

I had broached the subject of replacing the pillows with Dan.  He was kind of ok with it, but was hesitant.  He liked the colors and thought they were fine.  My argument was that you had to layer two or three of them to get any sort of actual pillow feeling.

I decided not to worry about the pillow thing until we made our big move to SWVA.  In comes Target.  I was there for something non-pillow related when I came across pillow covers on an end cap.  Fabulous pillow covers that were on sale for $3.48.  !!!!!  Normally pillows run about 15 bucks each.  If you’re lucky.  I had thought about whipping up pillow covers with my new sewing machine, but didn’t know when that would actually happen.  So I was really happy when I saw these wonderfully priced pillow covers.  They had a few different colors to choose from.  I immediately snapped pictures of the two that I thought would look good on the couch and sent them to Dan.  He was skeptical, but I think he’s learned/learning to just go with my crazy ideas because they usually turn out ok.  And I reassured him that if they didn’t look good on the couch then I would just return them to the store.  He said to go for it.  And go for it I did.

I snapped up three orange and white polka dot covers and two orange, white, red and tan striped covers.  (In my dreams, we recover the couch in a tan, sand color fabric.  I can see it in my mind.  It’s perfect… in my dreams.)

While I was at my apartment packing up later that night, I had the brilliant idea of using my bed pillows (that I would no longer need because there are plenty of bed pillows at Dan’s) to stuff the covers.  Brilliant!  Sometimes it just all comes together.

{here they are, the original pillows}

{the new covers, fresh off the clearance rack}

{using stuffing from its original home in my bed pillows}

{putting the stuffing in its new home}

{the new pillows}

The new pillows cost all of $17.40.  SEVENTEEN DOLLARS AND FORTY CENTS (plus tax).  I saved at least 55 bucks on this little revamp project.