I want to introduce my cousin Tricia, from home made happy. Tricia is a busy mom of six, who is SO EXTREMELY talented. Whether crafting, sewing, cooking, or decorating, she really shines. Today she is going to show us her newly remodeled studio that is SERIOUSLY drool-worthy. I can only dream.....
Hello everyone! I'm so happy to be here visiting today!
I am a crafter at heart, and I love making things. One of the most important things I believe women can make, is a home. I'm passionate about creating a home environment that inspires my family. I want everyone who passes through the front door, and especially those who reside within, to feel a beautiful peace, a refining spirit of honor and respect, and a deep sense of unity and love.
I believe that no matter what type of space we occupy, we can make it home. My hubby and I have moved our family thirteen times in our marriage of fourteen years...so I have experience to back up this claim. From a one-bedroom student lodging in Utah to an old high-rise apartment in Chicago, we have made our home in varied circumstances, and have always seemed to feel at home wherever we are. With a little creativity and ingenuity, any dwelling can be transformed into a lovely place to affectionately call home.
My most recent project is our current home in Utah, where we have lived for almost three years. I fell in love with this property as soon as I saw it. The land itself, beautiful, with tall trees and a small backyard family farm. But the home needed lots of TLC. So I set to work. And I'm still working on it!! With small spaces to house all eight of us, I have been learning how to make the most of every corner. To see photos of our many crazy home projects, come visit us over at home made happy...and make yourself at home!
Today, I'm going to share with you my brand new studio space. I finished it last week, and I'm head over heels in love with it.
Well then, come on in!
The sewing desk, from IKEA, with fabric and yarn storage above.
A room view...
I love my white bookcase...I painted an old dark-stained shelving unit with an antique white to brighten it up a bit.
Antique sewing table (below).
I've always wanted one, and I think it looks beautiful next to my modern IKEA sewing desk. It adds a sweet sense of nostalgia that I love in a room.
And as a bonus, if we have a long power outage (have you read Alas Babylon?), I just might be able to use it...it seems to be in working order!
Love the detail on the drawers...
Queen Esther (one of my heroes) and Sarah's Easter dress from a couple of years ago.
Vintage ash pail for maps, art books, and magazines.
Thrifted vintage sewing basket for sewing supplies, tools, and odds and ends.
Our second piano sits in the corner.
On top, an array of blank canvases for painting, and other pretty things.
Our piano teacher closes the french doors during lessons, to keep the household noise at bay. And I often close the doors during practice hours to keep the piano noise at bay...don't get me wrong, I love to hear the kids practice, but with six kids and two pianos going at all hours of the day, it is quite noisy!
My Mother-in-Law makes quilts for all of her grandkids for several occasions...She has 15 grandkids, so you can imagine that with making quilts for them when they're born, when they're baptized, etc, she's made a jillion! I've always loved that when she gives a quilt to someone she always puts a label on the back of it, so they know who it was from.
It's my favorite.
So, since she taught me to quilt, I've been adding labels to my quilts. I thought I'd share how we do it!
Here's that darn It's a Hoot quilt again...I think that'll be the last you see of it...maybe :)
I had a baby shower to go to yesterday...but didn't know if I was for sure going to be able to make it until the day before...I remember seeing these on my friend's blog, Lil Luna (she's adorable if you don't already follow her) and I thought, I can do that real fast! So, with only a quick trip to Wal-mart, I was able to make a unique shower gift for my sweet friend.
I love refashioning t-shirts. I kinda wish we had started this blog last year in the "embellish your tee" explosion, because I had so many ideas! (And I made a lot of them, too)
Now, with evolving trends, not as many possibilities...
Inspired by Glee's Emma Pillsbury...LOVE her style, as well as this Banana Republic Tank,
I came up with this T-shirt Redo:
I used two t-shirts, but it would also look beautiful using fabric (probably silky) as your embellishing material. You could find a similar color to your tee, or even contrast! Maybe a white tee with a navy collar/bow...
To complete the look and further disguise the plain t-shirt it was, I added this simple sleeve detail:
(Yes, I am disinfecting my pretzel, if you are wondering!)
...And if you haven't watched Glee, you wont get that at all...