Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Super cute burp rags

One of my besties is having a sweet baby girl soon, so I made her these burp rags.
Very Easy!
{I got the idea from a friend of mine}
Buy: regular white clothe diapers, pretty flannel material, and ribbon or rick rack
Measure the middle panel and cut your flannel a little bit longer so that you can fold over and iron before you stitch. [My measurements were 17 1/2 inches by 5 inches. I took each side in by 1/2 inch] Pin the fabric on and sew away! Add ribbon or rick rack to make it pretty. You could also embroider a name or initial to make it EXTRA cute!

These are simple and sweet and one of a kind!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Some tips*

Perk up cut herbs! Instead of putting them in the fridge with the rest of the produce, out them in a glass of water or vase. Treat them like fresh cut flowers. They will perk right up, last longer and look pretty cute out in the kitchen. This is cilantro (I could add it to anything, and pretty much do!)

here is before:
See how it's wilted here.
To the left is some mint Ella picked too much the other day, so we just put the extra in a little bitty vase and it will stay good until we use it! {Pss...the the right is a cherry tomato from our garden, Ella picked it when it was still pretty green so I placed it in the window seal to riped}

Hang your bananas, they will last longer!

Ants in your garden?

Ants HATE  whole cloves, orange juice, & peppermint
We haven't used any pesticides on our garden, it's all organic!
To keep ants away I will place whole cloves around the perimeter of our garden or spray orange juice around the boarder or spray diluted peppermint extract around the boarder or crush peppermints and sprinkle them around the garden. None of these can harm your plants and the ants will be gone!

That's all I have for now. more to come I'm sure!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bench & stool makeover

I would like to introduce to you..

this guy:
Yes, I finally got around to redoing the bench I posted a while back. I also picked up a stool at an antique store in Corsicana last week. Take a look see...

Before:  Not cute at all but has a lot of potential. The seat rises up for storage inside! Great for shoes!!!

First: unscrew & remove the cushion

Then: I recovered the seat. This was my first ever upholstery job, it went pretty well!
Have I mentioned we don't have a garage? Well we don't so this is where I paint. Friends have stopped by and I feel like I'm a hoarder cause my house has furniture all over the place! HAH! Jessie is going to build a shop/ storage building out back soon. [I CAN'T WAIT!]

Here it is!
I am so in love with this piece!
Don't you love it too?

Here is the stool:

Before: just a plan stool that was in need of some lovin'

Take the legs off like so

recover the seat. I'm not gonna lie this was a lot more difficult that the bench seat. I seriously wrestled with it all over my living room.

Spray painted the legs, then screwed them back on.
TADA cute little stool. That I have no place to put so it's for sale! haha

Hope you enjoyed these, and I hope this inspired you in someway. If you see a piece of furniture that need some lovin, don't be afraid to buy it and make it your own. It's fun and VERY cost efficient vs buying something expensive from pottery barn [which I love love love but can't afford]
Get craftin'! Go on!!!