Wednesday, July 07, 2010

craft spaces galore

I am in desperate need of an office/craft room/art studio/play space. Right now I have stacks and piles of STUFF in our bedroom/nursery (organized chaos i like to call it) and i'm using our dining table (that's in our living room) for a sewing table at the moment. My 8 month old is just now starting to crawl and get into my STUFF so I keep moving it out of the way, but there's really no where to put it! I know we won't be here forever, so hopefully the next place we get will offer me some space to craft to my fullest. Until then, a girl can dream, right?!

Here is some inspiration for crafting spaces…









click here to see more pictures of this amazing craft room



i know i've blogged about this one before, but i just can't get enough!!! i LOVE it!


 how beautiful is this?!


Some things I would love my craft room/studio to include are:
• a comfy chair
• desk for my computer and 'real' work space/office
• file drawers
• a table for my sewing machine
• ironing board
• cork board for inspiration and pictures
• a LARGE table for Earl (he's my rotary paper cutter) and for cutting fabric… it would be really cool to have a 'ditch' for cutting material in a straight line, like at a fabric store!
• LOTS of drawers for fabric
• LOTS of shelving/drawers for collage paper, scrapbook paper, envelopes, etc
• ribbon and thread holders
• my easel and a side table for my palette, brushes and water

Ok, I think I'm done. I could go on and on!

So, there you have it… I can't wait for the day! I realize that day might not come within the next 5, 10, 15 years, but I will REALLY appreciate it when it does! In God's time :)

Do YOU have a craft room or inspiration/ideas for a craft room? Please share!

changes!

hey there! as you can see, i've made some small changes to make my blog a little more appealing to the eye. ALSO… we now have our own home in the world of the wide web. from now on, you can just go to www.itshueilove.com to get here… exciting stuff!!

i'm trying to get more readers here, so if you know someone who likes to be inspired by pretty things or wants a good laugh at my sewing mishaps, please pass this on to them! i am always open to suggestions or contributions for posts, so send your thoughts my way!

i will leave you with this…

find this awesome print here

happy day to you all!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

happy 4th!

ok, ok, so i know i already posted some of my 4th favorites, but this one popped up today and i just HAD to share…

If you are still undecided about your dessert for today, head on over to Pepper Design for some amazing recipes. uh… YUM!



And Cake Wrecks honored some nice cakes for Sweet Suday… check em out!



Have fun and stay safe today!

Friday, July 02, 2010

may the 4th be with you…

In honor of Independence Day, here are a few goodies and DIY's for you…


This yummy dessert DIY comes from Style Me Pretty… my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

 Click HERE for the DIY


Check out these fun and FREE Printables… go HERE to download them!

They are courtesy of Tweedle Dee Designs


How about this for beautiful and delicious… 

This masterpiece comes from i am baker


Cute packaging!!
Click HERE to find out where you can get this awesome paper

I really don't think a holiday crafting post is a great one until you include Ms Martha Stewart, so here you go…
Thank you, Twig & Thistle

And last, but definitely not least… THIS blog never lets me down when I need a good laugh.
AND they gave me the title for this blog :)

Happy 4th… I hope you get to enjoy some good fireworks this weekend… I am!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

father/daughter superhero capes

i haven't been doing too good with keeping my blogs up to date, but in my next few posts, you'll see why! i've been really inspired to craft recently and i've been working on some fun projects. i've been sewing trying to sew a lot and i'm getting much better! so good that i'm not embarrassed to give gifts to friends and family that i've made. if i keep getting better, maybe i'll actually be able to sell some goods one day :)

this project was so much fun for me. if any of you know my husband, you know that he is a comic bookie, superhero guru and he is a kid at heart! he always talks about how, as a kid, he always had a towel tied around his neck and would pretend he was a superhero. that image has always stuck with me and so decided to make him his own 'real' superhero cape for his first father's day! but that wasn't really a good 'father's day' gift, so i decided to make amelie one, too. now they have official capes to wear when they fight crime. i know he's going to be a great sensei :)


i found some pretty purple and red shiny satin material at joann for the capes and then got some pink and yellow pattern fabric for the letters. i happened to stumble across the green and teal shimmery material in the clearance bin… score! i decided to use the iron-on adhesive for the first time. i got the kind that you can sew on top of because i knew i wanted to finish the edges. i will say that i am very happy with the way it turned out, but it was a very frustrating process! the directions were NOT very 'directional' if you will! on the package it says use low heat with no steam, but after about an hour of trying to iron that stuff on, i decided to crank the heat up and BAM… it finally stuck! i don't know if it was my iron, but it's not that old, so i'm guessing they say that in the instructions so you don't melt everything. better safe than sorry, i guess, but incredibly frustrating for me! after i ironed the adhesive on, i printed out the letters, transferred them over to the material with the adhesive on it and then cut it out. then i ironed that to the green/teal material and did the same thing to that so i could iron it on to the cape part.

i used a zig-zag stitch to finish the edges (which you can't see here) and then i just used satin ribbon to use as a tie. i made amelie's cape pretty big so she can use it for years to come. i can't wait to see them running around the house 'fighting crime' one day :)




i would say it was a 1st Father's Day success!