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Sewing Machine Dust Cover

I have spent the last few weeks sitting in front of my sewing machine until my eyes started crossing. I've been whipping out napkins, curtains, and pillows (which I'll post about later). Up until this summer, I haven't really used my sewing machine. So when I started using it a few weeks ago, I noticed some dust and realized I needed to make a cover. Not only will it protect my machine, but it's a great way to practice sewing!

I went to JoAnne's a couple weeks ago and saw this cute vintage sewing machine fabric and knew right away it would make such a cute cover!

After searching Pinterest, I found a really cute dust cover with pockets here.

It's a great tutorial and comes with a PDF of written instructions, as well as pictures. There is also a formula to figure out the exact measurements needed to custom make this for your machine. Because the tutorial is so great (and I forgot to take pictures) I didn't think I needed to do a tutorial here. However, if you have any questions or problems feel free to ask me and I will try to help!

Here is how it turned out!

I love the little pops of green with the mint!

I found a coordinating fabric at Hobby Lobby that had the same colors as the sewing machine fabric. I used it as the liner. I turned it up in this picture so you can see more of the pattern.

I also found this sparkly polka dot fabric at Hobby Lobby and thought it would make cute pockets!

If you are need of a sewing machine dust cover, you must make this one. It is adorable AND functional!

I'm An Etsy Shop Owner!

I have some exciting news! I have an Etsy shop!!!

Right now, I'm mainly doing some prints I've been working on, like these 50 states prints!

I'm adding them little by little but soon all 50 will be up!

I'm also considering selling some wreaths like the ones I've made and maybe even some gorgeous sunburst mirrors like mine!

What do you guys think? Would this be something you're interested in?

I definitely plan on making more prints after my 50 states series, but is there anything from my blog or even something random that you would be interested in purchasing from my shop?

Please let me know in the comments!! And come check out my shop!

From DIY Fail to DIY Win

I've got to stop taking month long hiatuses from the blog! But life (and school) just keeps getting in the way! Only a week left of summer school and then I can relax and really tackle some DIY's I've been dying to get to! Ahh! Can't wait!

Isn't she beautiful?!
I have managed to do a couple projects while being in school though! Remember that ugly, ugly chair I attempted to DIY a couple years ago? Well it was so ugly I banished it to a corner of my apartment so no one would have to lay their eyes upon it. That didn't stop my boyfriend from dragging it out to sit in though. Apparently it's pretty comfortable. But boy was it ugly! The paint was wearing off, the fabric was just not doing it for me... I could go on and on.

I decided that if I was going to have look at it, it might as well be pretty. So I once again attempted to save that pitiful little chair. This would be my 3rd attempt to save it, and if I couldn't do it this time, it had to go. Forever.

So I set out on my mission and grabbed some leftover paint from previous projects and went to work!

I loved the fabric that was already on it (since changed from my post a few years ago) but it needed some washing. I took the seat off, pried the staples out of the fabric, and threw the fabric in the washer a couple times until it was white again!

While the fabric was in the washer, I started painting my chair with Zinsser Primer. This stuff is amazing and I use it every time I paint any furniture! I recently discovered they have it in a spray can and will definitely be trying that soon!

Once that dried, I got to painting the chair with some leftover paint from previous projects. I have this light gray that I am absolutely in love with and look for ways to use all the time! I painted the main part of the chair with that color. But I wanted to do something a little different, so I painted the lattice work  blue! Remember my dresser DIY? I used the leftover blue paint from the drawers to paint the lattice on the chair! And let me tell you, it was a perfect match to the blue in the fabric on the seat!

Saying I'm in love with the paint colors of this chair is an understatement! I am IN LOVE!

After sealing the chair with Polycrylic I recovered the seat with the newly washed fabric and tada!

Isn't it gorgeous?! I never thought I would love this chair as much as I do! Now it sits proudly in my living room where everyone can see how beautiful it is! :)

The blues of the fabric and paint are identical! This DIY was meant to be!

Have you ever redone a chair or another piece of furniture and absolutely loved it? Or was your first DIY a disaster like mine? I'd love to hear your DIY stories! Leave them in the comments section below!

Paint By Numbers

For our anniversary my sweet boyfriend decided to take me to Spirited Art to paint! I have been before and loved it and have been begging him to go with me. It was so sweet for him to plan this for our anniversary!

My painting
I love classes like these. Sometimes I want to do a particular craft or project but the task seems daunting and I feel like I can't do it. Classes like the ones at Spirited Art allow me to do the work myself but with guidance from a talented and knowledgeable artist. I absolutely love painting and even took classes in high school, but I'm not the best and I'm a little rusty. Even my boyfriend, who has no painting experience whatsoever, loved the class and his painting turned out phenomenal!

His painting
We were instructed how to blend the paints to achieve the right shade, techniques for applying it to our canvas, and some helpful tips along the way to help make the paintings our own.

I loved that our paintings were 100% made by us and it was something we did together as a couple. We had so much fun and loved doing something we normally wouldn't do.

Have you ever taken a painting class, or a similar one like this? What was your experience like? Do you enjoy these types of classes?

Anniversary Shadow Box

Yesterday was mine and my boyfriend's 5th anniversary. We decided to not spend a lot on gifts because we're wanting to build a house later this year. I still wanted to get him something special though since this is a big milestone in our relationship. My mom gave me a shadow box a few weeks ago that has been sitting around so I decided to search Pinterest to find some inspiration for ways I could use it.

I finally decided to do something similar to this, however I was not willing to pay the steep price for something I could do myself.

Here's what I came up with!

This is a perfect, simple DIY for an anniversary gift or would even be great for Valentine's Day! All you need is a frame or shadow box, scrapbook paper, and a hole punch or your Silhouette Machine.

My shadow box had a fabric backing to it to pin pictures or things on, so I needed a plain piece of scrapbook paper to cover it. The inspiration picture looked like the heart cut outs were from a book, but being a total bookworm, I could not cut up a book like that and still live with myself (haha!). Luckily, when looking through my scrapbook paper, I found one that had a handwritten message on it and it was perfect! Then I grabbed a red piece for one of the hearts and I was ready to go!

I thought about going to Hobby Lobby to get a heart hole punch, but decided against it and used my Silhouette Cameo. For anyone that knows me, they're probably thinking, "were you sick or something?" because I never pass up a trip to Hobby Lobby, but I can't ignore an excuse to use my Silhouette either! :)

In Silhouette Studio, I mapped out how I wanted to arrange my hearts. The cutting mat space is the exact size of the scrapbook paper so this worked really well as a template before I cut my pieces out.

I also needed one heart to have some sort of personal text so I decided to use our initials and the year we started dating.

2009 seems so long ago! We were babies still in high school!

Okay, back to business! Sometimes I just can't resist a trip down memory lane. :)

I cut out 25 hearts on the script paper, one more than I needed. I recommend going ahead and cutting out more because a couple of mine ripped or didn't cut all the way through. Also, I usually have my machine set to double cut, but I forgot this time, and I think this helps the problem of not cutting all the way through.

Then using the print and cut feature, I printed the text on the red scrapbook paper along with registration marks. Then I cut out the heart using my Silhouette machine.

Now it's time to glue them all down! I wanted the hearts to pop off the page since they're in a shadow box, so I folded all of them (except the red one!) in half and glued them down alternating sides.

TIP: Lay your script scrapbook page with the hearts cut out on top of the white page. Glue the hearts down inside the cut outs, this way they're all even and lined up perfectly! I should've taken a picture of this, but forgot! If you have any questions, just email me or comment below.

I glued the red heart near the corner. I love how it pops against the white and neutrals of the scrapbook paper and frames!

Before I got the chance to hang it up, I had to wrap it so it would be a surprise! He had no idea what it was! He loved it when he saw it and made me hang it up immediately!

With this new addition, I had to change up my gallery wall, which I was kind of thankful for because I wasn't loving how it looked. But now, I LOVE it! I can't believe I am finally satisfied with it! It only took me like 6 months! ;)

All of these pictures I found via Pinterest. You can find them on my boards: Art & Message In A Bottle. Most of them led me to Etsy.

The best part of this project (besides the fact that it is personal and for our anniversary) is that it was free!!! I had everything already at my house! Even if I didn't have any of this stuff though, I can't imagine it costing more than $15-20. Hobby Lobby has plenty of shadow boxes and you can always use their 40% off coupon and their scrapbook paper is super cheap!

And I can't finish this post without posting a picture of my beautiful flowers from my boyfriend. I love him. :)

Glitter Makes Everything Better

I love the idea of using glitter. Whether it be in an arts and crafts project or digitally to spruce up a print, I love adding glitter wherever I can.

I was playing around in Silhouette Studio the other day and made my own version of a little saying that I love. I've used fill pattern for objects before, but never words. I wasn't sure how it would look, but I love it!

It's so simple but makes such a difference! Here's how I did it!

In My Patterns window, I dragged and dropped some glittery images I found via a quick Google search (Pinterest also has lots of great options when looking for patterned backgrounds). I renamed them so they would be easier to find as my inventory grows.

I colored the other words black but left "sparkle" as is. In the Fill Pattern Window,  I tried out all of my glitter patterns before deciding on pink.

It still has the red outline around the words, so I needed to get rid of that. I tried no outline (as in the picture below) but the edges looked kind of jagged.

Using the eyedropper tool, I found a darker color within the glitter to use as the outline.

Now the edges look crisp and clean!

I love the extra special look the glitter gives to the text! And there's no mess!

I can definitely see myself using this quite a bit in future projects!


For those of you who are not from Arkansas or have not heard, the county in which I live was hit by a tornado last Sunday night. An EF4 tornado was on the ground for 41 miles and almost an hour as it tore through Mayflower and Vilonia. Both of these towns are on either side of where I live. Luckily, we were not hit, but a lot of people were.

Despite the utter devastation in parts of my state, our community has rallied together to help one another rebuild. Every day I see acts of compassion from my neighbors who volunteer their time to clean up the debris that was once a neighborhood or school. I hear of kids still in high school asking their principal if they can use the bus to take donations to relief sites. I've witnessed my community grow stronger within this past week despite losing everything. It is times like these that I can proudly say I am an Arkansan.

I had been planning on showing you guys art I had made a couple of weeks back, but I kept putting it off. Now seems like the perfect time.

A couple weeks ago, I changed up my gallery wall a little bit. When I first printed the pictures for those frames, I knew they would be temporary. I wanted a few art prints in them, but didn't feel like looking for ones right then. After seeing this pin, I knew I had to make my own version that would fit with the scheme of my living room.

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I used my Arkansas shape I already had and filled it with a watercolor pattern I found via a Google search (view this tutorial for pattern fill instructions). Then I typed out the phrase and arranged it like so.
When I first made this print, I thought of it just as an art piece. Now when I look it hanging on my wall every day, I am reminded of the strong and giving community that I live in. I am reminded of the compassion my state has shown to those who were affected. I am reminded that we are Arkanstrong.

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