A project, or two

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Just call me Martha Stewart.

Or her (non)ex-convict crafty twin.

Last night Grahm was being super grown-up and looking over insurance policies and researching a new bank. We are finally getting a joint-checking account. (Grahm's nervous about this. Mwhaha.) I've deemed myself not mature enough to participate in such conversations. More importantly, I don't really care. I mean, c'mon. Bank fees? Interest rates? Snoozefest.

If you're just now catching on, I'm not very good at being a grown-up (like who's running for President? Hmmm. Beats me! I'm a Pan-theorist... it'll all pan out in the end, baby). Don't worry though, Grahm knows enough for the both of us, and he always asks my opinion. Enough with my tangents... (Just call me Paul the Apostle. Or don't, that's slightly blasphemous. But you know what I meant; the man liked his rabbit trails.)

Despite all the organizing I still needed to do and Grahm wanting me to discuss whether or not I prefer vision or dental care packages (really?)... I decide to play with my Christmas present for the first time. It was just sitting there, beckoning my name.


With it, I decided to get my craft on with an old sweater that I was about to toss. The idea came from this fabulous BLOG. She gives an excellent tutorial, even this ol' dumb blonde can follow.


I was pretty pleased with it, since it's one of the first things I've ever sewed, but boy does my hand sewing need work! The bottom right corner looks like spaghetti, the thread is all over the place. Hopefully no one will be examining the needlework (except you, mom). I think it'll look great on our couch (once we get one!).


I love having pictures around the house. Some people (weird people) don't like having pictures of themselves hanging on their walls. I wholeheartedly disagree (no matter how unfortunate your smile may be). Frames are a fun way to spice up your decor, and provide you with a snapshot to your past. On Black Friday Target was having a steal of a deal on their frames. I was all over that like rat on a cheeto. So today (me being me) I decided I had to bedazzle them in some way. With some extra fabric and some of the paper rosettes I took from my dead wreath (remember that sad story?) I brought these boring frames to a newer and more fabulous life.


They're all a teensy bit different, but they still have a cohesiveness about them.  It took all of 30 minutes, and these cheapo deapo frames look much more decoration friendly.


Today, Martha. Tomorrow, Picasso meets Rachel Ray. I plan on painting some of the few furniture pieces we own, and finally getting to use my new kitchen to cook my man a meal.

What's your latest project? Anything fabulous you're working on?

24 comments:

Elizabeth Conwell said...

Fun! Love the way you fancied up those frames! I love pictures..frames are always surprisingly expensive. You were smart to catch some on sale!

Carrie said...

I love that pillow, it looks really nice. I'm learning how to sew too, and any time I finish a project I feel like a million bucks. :)
<3 Carrie

Melissa Pace said...

Agreed. Anything with the word "policy" or "numbers" in it causes me to shut-down. I rely on my wife to make all life decisions. Right now our bank account could have anywhere between $2 and 2 million dollars and I would have no idea (but I think it's closer to 2...). But I have become pretty handy around the house since I accidentally became a housewife. Not nearly as crafty as you though!

Ashley said...

I think the pillow looks great! And I love those frames! You are so crafty!!

Andrea said...

Send some of your craftiness my way, girl!! I unfortunately missed that train. I LOVE that pillow, so awesome!

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! Hope you stop by again :)

Andrea xoxo

Lozzz123 said...

My latest project was yesterday - I made my own bread from scratch which I've never done before (no bread maker just oven). It was quite time consuming but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I really like your frames - what a cool idea! :)

Kaitlyn said...

Such a great idea to do those frames! I have never thought of that. I am in the process of re-doing our living room and I just may be borrowing your idea. Such a great idea to brighten up a wall collage.

Jessica said...

First off, congratulations on your new home! So exciting!

Second off, I am so jealous of your craftiness (not sure if that is even a word)! Can you please send some my way?! :)

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. :)

Alma said...

love the frames!! Good job!

Chelsea L said...

Good job Jena!!!!!! Whoa!! Way to bust out your inner Marthaness! (I don't know who's running for president either...hmmm....) Also thought I should tell you that Matt was researching my insurance the other day and I just left the room saying "I don't care, just pick one!" ha. We really have to meet someday!

That Brunette One said...

So talented hun!!

british girl in norway said...

Good job on the craft work! I would die for a sewing machine right now (Okay maybe not 'die' but at least minor hurt for one,) my hand sewing is horrendous! I love the flowery things you added to the frames! How did you make them if you don't mind me asking?

Summer-Raye said...

AHH! I may do this to my plain frames. SO CUTE!

follow each other?

xo

Mary said...

Love the pillow its super cute.im a new sewer my self.thanks for checking out my blog.
the picture frames are sweet as well.

http://justthe3ofus-mary.blogspot.com/

Elle Sees said...

Y'all are so gorgeous! Like seriously...
But back to this post, I have only been doing beauty DIYs lately. I need to get back to my regular DIY self.

Jamie Leigh said...

You did an awesome job!! I am in love with those frames, what a great idea!!

Jax said...

Pshhh...who needs to be good at being a grown up??? lol It's never ever land for mee :)

Love the DIY stuff. Obviously you are craftier than me. Maybe I'll stick with the bank fees hahaha

Bea Beautiful said...

That pillow is so cute, and I LOVE the framework you did! So creative!

Erin said...

How cute! I've never thought of adding flowers to my picture frames. And I'm with you-- I LOVE pictures and LOVE having them in practically every room. I'll definitely need to add some spice to 'em now-- thanks for the idea! :)

Jayme and Mendi said...

Cute! Love what you did with the pillow and the frames!! Thanks for commenting on our blog! We are new followers! We'd love to have you visit again and follow back if you like.

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

You are too funny! It's so awesome when I pull up a new blog and find it's fun and witty and worth my time to read...your's is all of the above!

Rachel @the house redeemed said...

You are hysterical! I've never heard "all over that like a rat on a cheeto." I love your sweater pillow and your idea for the frames! They look so stinkin cute!!

marie said...

Love your attitude. Isn't that one of the reasons we get married, so the husband can deal with all the boring stuff and we can shop, cook and craft. Although I am not really crafty, but I can cook and clean really well.

Love the pillow, so very cute. Hope you get a couch soon.

prettymeggy said...

I see you just got married... congratulations!!!
You're very creative I'm sure you'll have many beautiful things at home :)
Take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala