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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Three Bags for Spring

Recently on Etsy I have been seeing a lot of handbags that I would love to have for spring. Actually, I'd like to just have spring! But for now I can just look at pretty items and pretend it's warm outside. Here are three of my favorite bags:

Orange is one of my favorite colors. Love this bag!

I love the print on this Giant Floral Large Pleated bag by Blue Planet Creations. I would love to have this for my summer vacation.

It looks this one already sold out but I wanted to share it anyway. Isn't so cute? A burlap ruffle tote. Go check out the shop and see the rest of the items!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Retro Room

When we moved into our house we knew we wanted some kind of fun family room in the basement. We chose a retro theme (we used 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s). We put a few posters up but left the pale green paint and striped curtains up. Last fall we finished the room and are very happy with the results.

It isn't very conventional, but it is super fun! We really aren't going for a room that looks like it is from that time period, but one that celebrates the past!

The pictures aren't fabulous. It is the basement so I had to use the flash. : (

The bright red paint is from Home Depot (if anyone happens to want the exact color just ask and I will go find out). The tables from Ikea matched perfectly. We also bought the entertainment center from Ikea. This is the Expedit entertainment center. You can customize it so we put in the red cupboards and blue drawers.

I also loved this piece because of all the display shelves. A lot of these items were gits. My favorite is the Rosie the Rivetor tin my grandma brought me from Washington D.C. I also have a Rosie poster given to me years ago by friends but it doesn't show in any of these pictures.

I made this mirror by attaching cut up scrapbook paper to the frame with Modge Podge. It actually represents the 20s and 30s so I guess we got a little older than the 40s.

The black curtains were really cheap at Walmart. We like the movie theater look the curtains add to the room. I love the WWII posters I have!

The black shelf is from Ikea and matches the rest of the furniture. These tin signs were given to me as gifts also.

An old fashioned Utah greeting card purchased at the capitol building and a Hershey tin.

My husband loves Star Wars. He gets to display a little of his collection here!

I had a hard time finding ideas for a retro room online so I hope that some one who is searching for ideas finds this post!

Refashion #1 (Ruffles!)

I love ruffles! In fact, I just won a contest over at SteffsFashion for suggesting that she post about ruffles. (I got a gift card to Forever 21! Thanks Steffanie!!)

I have been on the hunt for the perfect ruffle shirt for a long time. I never found what I was looking for so I decided to make my own! I used this tutorial from the Tea Rose Home and then adjusted as necessary. I found my t-shirts on clearance at Old Navy for about $2.50 each. I bought the size that would fit me and then an XXL so I had plenty of fabric to cut up.

Sachiko used 15 flowers to cover her entire shirt. I decided to do a fuller ruffle so I sewed mine pretty close together. I am not sure how many flowers I used. It was probably almost 30. I still have a lot of fabric left over. Eventually, I want to make a headband using this technique.

I LOVE how the shirt turned out. It's so fun to wear because I always get compliments on it and I get to say "Thanks! I made it myself!"

Last weekend I went shopping and found a ruffle jacket! I was in love! I love jackets and with ruffles it was so me! Of course I bought it! I went a little nuts at the mall that day actually. I have some returns to make. : )


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