Sorry for the super crappy quality of this picture, but you get the jist of how this turned out.
I love, love, love weddings. They are sources of such contagious joy, are they not? It may come as a surprise, but my own wedding wasn’t all that crafty. Sometimes I want to kick my 20-year-old self for not using my crafty skills more but to my own credit, I was more focused on getting to marry my best friend then on what decorations I needed.
But weddings are SO much fun to use my crafty skills for and I love to make things for my friends’ wedding days that will make their day special. I had so much fun making this pennant banner for my friend Marina. We hung it at her Bridal Shower and it will go behind the dessert table at her wedding! I unfortunately can’t make it to the wedding, but I feel so honored to have something I handmade represent me.
This was so easy, and I don’t think a full out tutorial is really necessary so I’ve listed the supplies I used as well as some tips and tricks.
- Large Darning Needle
- Lightly colored Marker
- Sewing Machine (optional)
Tips & Tricks:
The perfect triangle: Fold an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in half (hamburger style if you know what I mean), and cut at an angle. Unfold and you should have a perfect triangle!
Letter Patterns: I printed out letters that I liked (these are simply “Times New Roman Bold” and used a yellow/orange marker to trace the letters on the burlap. This way, if I swayed from the pattern while embroidering, you wouldn’t really be able to tell.
The Stitch: I used the “back stitch” for outlining the letters. I think it’s commonly used with cross-stitching and I simply youtube-d how to do it. It was very easy and quick!
When I was in Minneapolis in March, we took the inevitable trip to
the best place on earth IKEA. I was planning on looking around and maybe getting some new bedroom stuff. I had been discontent with our bedroom for a while now, it just felt really dirty and cluttered and well, the opposite of a bedroom. It was basically a dusty storage room where we happened to sleep.
“Maybe” turned into definitely when I stepped into IKEA, and I’m so glad I decided to revamp. I’m extremely satisfied with the results. Here are some before and pictures:
Personally, I think my style is improving. : )
A little inspiration: I fell in love with this painting as soon as I saw it in my Elle Decor Magazine. I love the dark gray and simplicity of it. And I figured it’s just stripes, right? I can do that. I put it on my DIY list.
So when I picked up our FREE kitchen table last week (thanks again Andy & Laura Lynn!), I knew the perfect spot for my inspiration to take form, and I knew I wanted to make our kitchen cute and home-y. I’m also going to take the time here to put in a plug for Art Night at my house every other Monday. The next one is February 15th! You should come!
Anyway, here’s the before shot:
and here are the after shots:
Much improved? I think so!
So maybe you didn’t play my game, but I still wanted to brag about the awesome prices I got! : )
Small Storage Chest: $9.00
Retro Yellow Chair: $10.00
GRAND TOTAL: $44.00
I got some GREAT pieces of furniture to finish off our living room at the Junk Refunkery. Can you guess how much each of these cost?
(It fits ALL of our board games and serves as a coffee table! Amazing!)
Small Storage Chest
Retro Yellow Chair