5 Fall Fashion Trends to Add to Your Home

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Photo: Kris Atomic 

If only because they’re more difficult and expensive to change, home trends tend to move much more slowly than fashion trends. But even though you probably don’t want to update your whole house every season, you might find yourself drawn to particular fall fashion trends, and there’s no reason you can’t incorporate touches of those trends into your home decor. Here are five 2018 fall fashion trends worth checking out for home decor inspiration.        Continue Reading

You Know You Want to Cuddle Up in This DIY Flannel Throw

DIY Flannel Throw | Cozy up!

Ahh, autumn. You make me want to light bonfires in my backyard, start drinking cocoa on the daily, and cozy up in anything warm and snuggly. This fall I'm exploring my reignited love of flannel (I'm actually wearing a flannel shirt right now as I write this), and with these local Minnesota temperatures ever on the decline, a DIY flannel throw was in order. I just love blankets – you can never have too many, which makes them a wonderful gift. Continue Reading

How to Turn a Flannel Work Shirt into a Vest

Transform an everyday shirt into a chic vest.

This Old House meets Project Runway…and the outcome is fabulous!! It all started with an oversized plaid work shirt and became a fun and flirty vest, a la Marc Jacobs. To make one, you’ll need this stuff:

  • a hand needle
  • a ruler
  • a scissors
  • a seam ripper
  • a sewing machine
  • a shirt, oversized, plaid flannel with a back yoke
  • tailor’s chalk
  • thread
  • this tute from Craft Stylish

P.S. This is my 2000th post!!!!

How To: Reupholster An Ottoman With a Vintage Pleated Plaid Skirt

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Being socked in today inspired me to finish my oval ottoman. The VIBRANT plaid was gleaned from a huge vintage pleated skirt. Once the waistband and pleats were removed, there was a piece of fabric measuring 6 yards by 36″. Before the transformation, the red striped ottoman had clunky legs and the fabric had been stained.

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Excuse the terrible BEFORE photo.

Now enjoy my snowy day upholstery project.

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Now it’s all ready to put in my etsy shop. Continue Reading

Project Runway Inspired: Wraparound Swirly Tie Skirt

created on: 12/07/08

The Indianapolis Art Center had their annual Student Show with awards on Friday night.  You may remember seeing a creative fourteen year old boy in a post I did last summer. He won the Most  Creative Award for the Youth and Teen division, as well as the Art Center’s Staff Favorite Award

A Project Runway tie skirt inspired him but he chose to run the ties diagonally to get the maximum swirl fromt he bias cut ties. Continue Reading

How to mix and match patterned fabric without going nutty.

So you want to use patterned fabric but are worried about pattern overload. Domino gives three basic rules to keep in mind to keep your creative design from going just plain crazy.

1. Three's company. Keep your pattern count to three as any more might push your room over the edge.

2. When using stripes–think straight. Domino suggests that the bold stripe on the table in the picture above complements ‘the traditional ticking stripe on the bench cushion without being too matchy.’ Because of their linear nature, they recommend that stripes be used on square or rectangular things like square chair pads and table runners, both of which should run ‘vertically’, echoing the verticality of your table’s legs. Continue Reading