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Archive for October, 2010

Re-Purposing Part I

 Who doesn’t love their damp clothes to dry outside in the middle of the summer sun or the autumn breeze? I do and so does my mother-in-law! Right as we moved out east one of the first things she asked me to do was to make a new clothes pin bag. The one she had was worn thin and was years old. Another task she asked of me was to help rummage through her closet and get rid of old clothes. She got rid a lot of old teacher sweaters, you know, the kind with holiday appliques all over it…that just scream “teacher?”

She knew she needed to give them away and I guess I was just the person to help. 🙂

Clothes pin bags and teacher sweaters have a correlation.

Let me continue, I found an old jean jacket that screamed “teacher” from my MIL closet. She mentioned that this would be good material for her new clothes pin bag. I agreed.

 We’re re-purposing here, people.

 

 

Isn’t it great!?

 

Here is what the old clothes pin bag looked like.

 

 

A great way to figure out how something is made is by taking it apart! That’s just what I did. I created a pattern from the old bag and used the back side of the jean jacket for the fabric.

 

 

 

I wanted to make a more unique flower but this one was quick and easy!

 

 

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Fallingwater

 

 

Monday I went traveling through western Maryland and Pennsylvania with my husband and his parents. We toured one of the most famous homes that Frank Lloyd Wright built, Fallingwater, in Mill Run, PA. If you ever get the chance to go on this tour…I’d highly reccommend it!

 

Frank Lloyd Wright built this infamous home for the Kaufmann family in 1935. The home was to be a vacation “mountain cabin” for the family. This “cabin” turned into a main house, a guest house, a 4 car port covering, and a maid/butler service living quarter. The original budget for the home was to be about $40,000 but with the growing size of the home, the budget quickly grew to about 4x that much and roughly cost $160,000 to complete. Today that’s equivelant to about a 2.5 million dollar vacation home.

 

 

 

 Frank Lloyd Wright has always been one of my favorites. He did it all:  architect, interior designer, writer, and educator. He designed either 22 or 69 pieces of furniture in this home. Ha, I know that’s a big difference between the numbers but I can’t seem to remember 🙂  Either way, there was a lot of built-in cantilever furniture throughout the home and it was beautiful.

Sorry, no pictures were allowed inside the home. However, there was this beautiful lamp located in the master bedroom that I just fell in love with.

 

 

A origianl Green Lotus Tiffany Lamp.   

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The picture above is showing a set of stairs that lead into the Bear Run River which is apart of the “fallingwater” water fall you’ll see shortly. Mrs. Kaufmann was known to walk down these steps everyday and sit at the edge with her feet dangling in the water.

 

 

 

 

This is the main entrance we used to enter the home. I love the horizontal lines.

 

These next few pictures speak for themselves.

  

 

  

    

 

We went at the most perfect time of year. The leaves were changing and the air was crisp.

 Perfect to enjoy God’s beauty.

 

 

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I’ve been Featured!

 

Two blog posts in one day! Who am I?!

 

 The other day I noticed I was getting a few more blog views and it made me smile….thank you so much for reading!

 

I really enjoy sharing my projects 🙂

 

Here are a couple of great craft blogs that I’ve been featured on…

 

 

 

 

and

 

 

A Glimpse Inside featured button 

 

 

So much fun! Thanks for featuring me and thanks again for reading!

 

 

 

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So, I was browsing over at MADE this morning and came across this picture from Our Hartbeat and I about fell off my chair. At the moment my husband and I are setting up shop at my in-laws until we can find a place of our own but once we get that place of our own this is the exact vision I have for our space. I love the colors and the simplicity, the freshness and the character. They all come together to create a unique home.

 

See for yourself:

 

 

 

 

I swear I had almost the same exact green chair in college. I got it from GoodWill. I so wish I would have kept it.

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love the aqua/teal dresser in their dinning room! It looks great up against the bright yellow walls.

 

 

 

 

This is a great idea with the frames and “thankful” banner all put together. It brings a smile to my face 🙂

 

Check our their blog Our Hartbeat.

 

Happy Friday!

 

 

 

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Vintage Mug

I don’t have a new craft but don’t sign 3125 off just yet.  They are-a-coming!

*I promise*

What I do have for you is a very cute mug I found at my in-laws.

 

 

 

 

It’s a perfect for a small cup of coffee in the early morning.

It’s fun finding vintage dishware in places you wouldn’t have thought! I wish they had a whole set of these suckers…love them! 

 Check back later in the week to see what else I’ve found 🙂

 

 

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Designer Finds

I am a designer, not an employed designer (I’m still working on that one, lol), but I hold a degree in the field. I can’t help but wish (in an non-coveting way :)) that I might own one of these pieces one day. They are not a necessity but by golly it sure would be wonderful to sit and relax in one of them!! 

  

  

Since college, I have developed a love for mid century furniture. I don’t know if I’d really want my whole home furnished with that style but I just loved that time period. Favorites like Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bauhaus movement express organic movement and shapes and helped mold that time period. Other favorites of mine were Ray & Charles Eames and Mies van der Rohe. 

  

  

Here are some pieces by a few designers that I will always have a love affair with. 

Wassily Chair

 

Barcelona Chair

 

Eames Lounge Chair

 

  

  

Stylish and timeless. 

  

  

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Before we moved out east I was crazy busy making and sewing new things. One of which was a new rose belt. Very simple and feminine.

 

Check it out:

 

 

Add it to a dress for little flair.

 

 

 

We were still in our one bedroom apartment at the time and didn’t have a great place to take this picture so my bathroom gladly stepped up.

 

 

I’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

I’m linking up to:

Get your Craft On 

I ❤ Naptime

Sugar Bee: Craft Edition

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