2.29.2012

Winding Down


On our way to feed the birds!  I have the most fun with my little man.  Really nice ending to our day.





A peek at a new item listed in my Etsy store!  




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Try it!






Photo a day ideas to follow for March. It's really fun! I use Instagram @growinnc. Follow me! Comment below and let me know your Instagram name and I'll follow back! Have fun!

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2012 Garden

It has begun! The garden is bigger this year so hopefully it will be even better! The soil is tilled and enriched. Mike is planning to install posts along the back with chicken wire running across them for the climbers. Still waiting on my seeds to get here (link below). Collecting egg cartons to start my seedlings!

On a side note, I have a ton of weeding to tackle in my flower beds and have started collecting newspapers to use as weed cloth before we put down mulch this year. Hope to start on that project soon. Also going to renovate the master bathroom in the next couple months so I will try to stay focused and do some blog posts of our progress around the homestead! Check out these links for some garden ideas that helped me!

Organic Seeds
Sprout Robot-growing tips by zip code





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2.27.2012

Custom Craft Room Desk

Recently, Mike and I decided we were ready to empty our guest room and quick change it into a craft room as we prepare to grow our Etsy shop and to hold all of our crafty stuff! Here's the room full of clutter.




We decided to build a two person desk that stretches the whole length of the back wall which is 9 feet. We were thinking something simple and thrifty. So after seeing a great blog post on young house love about their desk we decided we would look for cabinets like they had and construct the top from wood boards. I really wanted to incorporate a filing cabinet too since I have paper piles all over the house that need to be better organized.

After searching for cheap cabinets there were none to be found...darn! Even the Habitat store was selling them for $40. Way over budget! So I drew up a simple plan for open shelves on each end and then we'd include a file cabinet in the middle. Looking for a file cabinet was just as hard. They were all $25-$40 on Craigslist. Then one day we randomly stopped in to a local thrift store and found a cool old wooden one for $15!! Score! Mike bought 2"x12' pine boards at Lowe's (where we get a veteran's discount). We had two from a previous project so we incorporated them into the two shelves. Once we got all the measurements, Mike cut. I stained the top three boards with stain we had from when we re-did our dining room table. We also had lacquer to give the top some shine. We used white paint that we already had to paint the shelves.
























Mike starting to install the shelves.




Shelves!








Installing the desk top! So exciting!




Finished! Return of the clutter, but in a good way! And you can see the file cabinet, which still needs to be painted white. We installed cork boards which we found and shelves from boards that were siding from an old house. We also already had the brackets!




Chill spot.

So our cost was $38 for boards, nails and a few paint supplies and $15 for the file cabinet. I'd still like to get some lamps and storage baskets so I'll be looking at thrift stores and flea markets to add to our little space!!

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2.25.2012

Love

I'm loving my handmade LOVE pillow that my sister in law gave us for a godparent gift! She's so crafty! Check out her etsy shop here.










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2.23.2012

It's A Cinch: T-shirt Scarf Tutorial

 This is so easy and anyone can do it.  The scarf is super versatile and since you can do any color combination pick your favorites!  No sewing, gluing required.  Ready?!

 To begin you will need:
3-5 cotton t-shirts to cut up
Scissors
Something heavy


  First start with a few old t-shirts (Should be cotton or a cotton blend).  Cut straight across just below armpit level.

Next trim off the bottom seam of the t-shirt.
 
 Then trim t-shirt section straight across. 

Then begin trimming 1 inch strips from one side BUT do not go all the way to the other side.  STOP about 1 inch before you get to the other side.

This is what your t-shirt section will look like.

 Carefully cut that section in the middle so you now have two pieces with strands hanging down.

 Now begin pulling on the strands to stretch them out.  The t-shirt material should be cotton so it will stretch and should not fray.

Go ahead and get all your t-shirt pieces to this point.  I used five different colors for a Spring-y combination!  You can have lots of strands or just a few, depends on your preference.

Continue stretching out the colored sections.

 Half way done!  This is so easy!

Next, lay down the sections and cut them in the middle where they are connected.  You will have strands still connected on either end.  Continue to stretch.  

Cut the other ends free of each other.

Then, secure the ends that are still attached under something really heavy and began braiding a few sections.  I only did two but you could do three or four.  This pulls the whole look together and blends your color combination.

After that, take one of the t-shirt hems and cut it so it is one long strand.  Tie it around one side to secure the ends.  Hold the whole thing around your neck in front of a mirror and started moving it around to get the strands the length you want and in place.

Then, carefully lay it down on the floor.  If you don't lay it down the way you want it to look it will get all twisted and not look all that great in the end.  Trust me!  See the awesome braided pieces??

Tie another piece of fabric to secure the other ends and trim the ends so they are even.

Bring the ends together to meet each other but be sure you have it laid out the way you still want it.

Overlap the ends and start binding them together.  This is the hardest part and takes a little patience!!

I chose a contrasting color for my binding and you can see it's just the hem of one of the t-shirts.  I had to use another long scrap to secure the wrapping so keep one handy. Begin wrapping and keep the loose ends overlapped as you wrap.  Wrap as tight as you can and go down a little past where you tied the ends.

This is what it should look like when you're done wrapping!!  Make sure you don't twist the strands or like I said it will come out twisted when you wear it.

And here is the final product!!  In love!!

Detail shot.

Double wrapped.

Modeling.
 
 And again!!!

This is so easy and requires no sewing and is really basically free if you have some t-shirts laying around to use! 

Please leave a comment if you like this idea or if you have any questions!!  I am also going to add this item to my etsy shop so check it out.  Lots of color combinations possible!

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2.16.2012

Love Will Come Set Me Free





By Brett Dennen


There ain’t no reason things are this way.
Its how they always been and they intend to stay.
I can't explain why we live this way, we do it everyday.


Preachers on the podium speakin’ to saints..
Prophet on the sidewalk beggin’ for change,
Old ladies laughing from the fire escape, cursing my name.
I got a basket full of lemons and they all taste the same,
A window and a pigeon with a broken wing,
You can spend your whole life workin’ for something
Just to have it taken away.
People walk around pushin back their debts.
Wearing pay checks like necklaces and bracelets,
Talking ‘bout nothing, not thinking ‘bout death,
Every little heartbeat, every little breath.
People walk a tight rope on a razors edge
Carrying their hurt and hatred and weapons.
It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen
Or a thought or a word or a sentence.

There Ain't no reason things are this way.
It's how they always been and they intend to stay
I don’t know why I say the things I say, but I say them anyway.
But love will come set me free
Love will come set me free, I do believe
Love will come set me free, I know it will
Love will come set me free, yes.

Prison walls still standing tall,
Some things never change at all.
Keep on buildin’ prisons, gonna fill them all,
Keep on buildin’ bombs, gonna drop them all.
Workin' your fingers bare to the bone,
Breakin' ya back, make ya sell your soul,
Like a lung thats filled with coal, suffocating slow
The wind blows wild and I may move,
The politicians lie and I am not fooled.
You don't need no reason or a three piece suit to argue the truth.
The air on my skin and the world under my toes,
Slavery stitched into the fabric of my clothes,
Chaos and commotion wherever I go, love I try to follow.

Love will come set me free
Love will come set me free, I do believe
Love will come set me free, I know it will
Love will come set me free, yes.

There ain't no reason things are this way
It’s how they always been and they intend to stay
I can't explain why we live this way, we do it everyday.


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