Friday, August 24, 2012

Ruffled Shower Curtain

I was working on another project that requires a lot of ruffles. I decided to invest in a ruffler foot that makes ruffles a pleats a breeze. Since the other project is for somebody else I figured that I should practice on something of my own first. I got the basic idea and tutorial from {Elle Apparel}.  I did end up doing things differently, but she does have a great tutorial.

Our bathroom is nice in and of itself.  But I was not a fan of our $2 white plastic shower curtain that we've had for two years.  I didn't really have any sort of decoration going on.
There was also a lot of edge finishing required for this (and my other) project, and I'm so grateful for a lady in my ward who let me borrow her serger.  It has saved me many hours.

Here is the finished project:
not bad, eh?
The liner is still in there, on the inside of the tub.  I think my next project will be doing something to that weird shelf you can see in the bottom left corner.

I also had some beachy pictures printed and put them up on the blank wall.  

Now I just need to make or find a cute clock so that I can see what time it is while I'm doing my hair so  that I'm late less often.  (I have a lot of hair right now, ok?)

Fabric: $35
Thread: already had
Curtain rings: $1
Total cost: $36

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The next project- entry sideboard

I've been searching for the perfect table to put in the entryway.  We've been leaving our junk on the chevron bench, which is a pain because I'm scared I'll accidentally damage the fabric and it makes it hard to open it up to get your shoes!  I finally found the perfect sideboard at DI for a great price-- and I'm pretty stoked about it.  It's sitting in the backyard sanded and with the first layer on primer, just waiting for a second coat. I'm excited!

Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY Glitter Nails

I have trouble finding the right nail polish colours.  I also find that glitter nail polish just doesn't get the kind of coverage I want.  I'm also all for saving money.  The solution? Buy some loose glitter from a craft store and use with some plain polish! You can get a small vile for $1-2 and it lasts a really long time.  There are also a ton of different colour options!
I have found that the finer the crystals, the easier it is to make it nice and smooth. The rougher crystals work as well, but just be aware that your nails will feel a little rough to the touch.
My other best tip is to let everything dry really well after dipping in glitter and then after the clear coat to ensure that you get a nice strong hold. 
A look that I think is cute is to paint four nails matte, and then do one nail in a glitter of the same colour.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Little Blue Dress

I bought this pattern a while ago to use for a school project.  I didn't end up using it, but while I was at the fabric store looking for another pattern I saw this one and remembered that I had it.  I found a great jersey knit, got home, and got to work.
If you're interested in the pattern, it's McCall's 6319.

My chiropractor would be ashamed of my posture.
I really like how it turned out. It's incredibly comfortable, and the advantage of jersey knit is minimal edge finishing (which given my lack of a serger is just fantastic). It's a little hard to see from the picture, but there is also a chunky gold zipper at the one shoulder, which really adds to it. Plus, the top is even lined!

Pattern: $1.99 (on sale)
Fabric and notions: $21 (thank you, stackable coupons)
Total cost: $23