Learning how to sew

So, I am sure most you remember how I volunteered to make a quilt for Heidi, from some of her favorite clothes that belonged to her mom. I am sure you will also remember that I have no quilting experience, nor have I touched a sewing machine since 9th grade. LOL

Today, I decided it was time to tackle the beast. Last night I picked up a cute black and white reminent at Walmart and thought I might try to make a curtain for my new laundry room (that I still have to share with you guys). I spent quite awhile looking at curtains, pillow cases, then fabric and just didn’t see anything that caught my eye. Then I caught this pretty piece! I was a little worried about the top of it being pre-gathered, because I knew that was not wide enough to cover the window in my door leading to the backyard. I liked it enough, I figured I should take it home and give it a try.

After measuring the window I decided I was going to need to pull the gathering out in order to have enough material. I did that, washed it, dried it and ironed, then I pinned a seam of 5/8″ on the sides and the bottom.

Next, the hard part. The sewing machine. *gulp* We stared at one another for quite awhile. Don’t let a sewing machine fool you. They may seem sweet and innocent, but trust me, they are secretly very tricky! It took me about an hour, carefully following instructions in the book, but I managed to thread the bobbin, the needle, select a stitch and begin to sew.

Once I got all the technicalities worked it, it wasn’t too bad! I managed to get the thread tangled a few times, not quite sure how that happened or to prevent it from happening again. Overall, I am thrilled with the result. Granted, a curtain isn’t that hard to make, but I am pretty darn proud of myself!

What do you think? And what was the first thing you sewed on a sewing machine?


Tip Junkie handmade projects


Hutch & Dresser Love

I am so excited, I will be purchasing my first hutch on Thursday, for my first furniture redo! I have always been a little intimidated at the thought of painting furniture, but after seeing so many great redos out there, I am finally biting the bullet.

The price on this is great, they are asking $60 and I am getting it for $50. The only negative is the back part of the hutch is mdf, looks like the original back was replaced. However, I plan to cover it with either beadboard or paintable wallpaper so I am not too worried about it.

What do you think? Doesn’t it have great potential?

I also hope to be picking up this dresser at a thrift shop on Thursday. It is an ugly color of green but I fell head over heels with all of the detail in the wood. I plan to paint it black and will probably place it in my living room. So excited to see what these will look like after some love!

What color do you think I should do the hutch to match my kitchen? I have been thinking about black, because I had planned on painting my kitchen table black.

Kitchen Love

I have been itching to share my kitchen with you all for ages, but really wanted to wait until it was better organized.

My house was built in 1950 and my mom’s parents lived in it until early 2004. They moved into a retirement community and I was lucky enough to move in after them. My mom was raised here and I have many, many fond childhood memories as well.

Since it is an older home, it needed some good all around TLC, which I have slowly but surely been providing over the years. The living room, kitchen, bathroom, garage and bedrooms have all been re-done for the most part over the last couple of years and today I am going to share my kitchen with you.

I love my new floors!

It has the original green tile and wood cupboards. I am a more modern girl, so it has taken some time for me to adjust to it and make my style mesh. I repainted the kitchen a lovely color and had new vinyl put in, which I just love. It is the perfect modern mix for me, with coloring that pulls everything together. I would eventually like to get
the tile and cupboards re-done… I know, I know! I can hear you gnashing your teeth at the very thought! Maybe if I change out the hardware I will be happy, but for now, it works just fine for me and I do have great memories of this kitchen.

I don’t know if you can see the tiny tin cup sitting up on the third shelf in the first picture above the red pitcher, but that is probably one of my favorite things in this kitchen. When I was itty bitty, probably around 3 or 4, my grandma used to pour some chocolate chips in there for me to munch on. I loved that little tin cip, and it was always in the second drawer to the left of the sink. It is super old, I wouldn’t be surprised if it came from my Grandma’s parent’s household.

All right, enough rambling from me! How would you like to see my latest project in the kitchen? I warn you, I am just in heaven over it. I was inspired by another blog, which I did not bookmark so I can’t give her the proper credit! But if she happens to read this, please leave me a comment so I can link to your blog, because truly the shelves you put up in your kitchen gave me the inspiration for this!

Sunday my brother and I took a trip to Ikea, he was looking for new bedroom furniture and I was looking for the finishing touches to my office and my kitchen. I will share my office with you next week. ;o)

Heaven! I am in heaven! I love everything about these shelves. This entire wall was blank before yesterday.

As you can see, I found a lovely home for the gorgeous teal Ball Mason jars I found at a garage sale a few months ago. I love being able to display them like this!

The little tree next to them was $7.99 at TJ Maxx and the little silver pot it is sitting in was $.79 at Ikea. The tall skinny mason jar on the far left is also from Ikea, and it holds my whole wheat fettuccine perfectly. I believe this jar was $3.99.

Note: The rail is the exact same length
as the shelves. I tightened it too much so that
is why it looks short. I will eventually loosen
it and remount.

On the second shelf, the mason jar on the far left is also from Ikea. The middle is a cute fake grass plant I picked up as well, for $3.99 sitting in the $.79 pot. The jars sitting on either side of the grass plant are from the dollar tree! Such a good deal.

You might recognize the white dish on the far right as the one spray painted white for Christmas as a refurb. I love having such a great place to display it.

The two shelves are Grundtal 31.5″, one Grundtal 31.5″ rail, Grundtal S hooks and the Grundtal spice rack. The spice rack actually is supposed to be mounted to a rail that hangs from the rail above it, but when I put the spice rack together I was disappointed to discover that the spice rack rail was bent! I am not close enough to Ikea to exchange it, so I chose to mount the spice shelves directly to the wall and am very happy with how they turned out! Note to self, next time I go down I need more of the S hooks. I only bought a package of 5 and I really wish I had bought one more package.  I figured I could just purchase more from their web site if needed, but unfortunately they do not sell these online! *sniff* Eventually I will put all of my spices into the jars that are displayed on the first shelf. I have had these for several years and found them at Bed Bath and Beyond. I hope they still carry them!

Next to my stove is my little “island”, which is wall mounted. I installed the shorter Grundtal rail and hung the spice rack mounts on it. I was able to bend them enough so they looked okay and I put some of my favorite magnets on it.

The 50’s style “I used to care” one I got at the absolute cutest store when I was in West Hollywood last March. The “Chicks Rule” is from my late friend Missy, whom you have heard me talk about on many occasions.

I used two Grundtal S hooks to hold my most used whisks. The super cute cupcake potholder was a gift from my littlest little sister Katy, which is clipped onto the rail with a magnet.

The wine rack was $9.99 and I have been wanting to get it for awhile. I have eyeballed it on my last few trips and wasn’t sure where I was going to display it so I always passed it by. I am so glad I didn’t this time. I know my display is a bit sparse, but don’t worry, I plan to fill it up next time I go shopping. ;o)

The three frosted canisters are currently empty, but I plan to fill them soon. Also from Ikea.

Didn’t this all come together so wonderfully? I know I keep saying that, but seriously yesterday after all of this was installed I just sat at my kitchen table and stared it happily for at least an hour. I am just in love. This whole entire side of my kitchen was completely bare before I hung these shelves, because I just didn’t know what to do with it. I will put together some cute Eat, Drink, Bake signs and will be hanging those soon. Don’t worry, I will share these of course!

And last but not least are the shelves I hung over my portable dishwasher. My kitchen counters are so narrow I can not install a built in dishwasher. My cabinets are also not very tall or deep, so I can’t fit cereal boxes inside.  This area is no where near as pretty but it is so functional!

I still need to organize it a bit more, but I just love what it is doing so far.  Everything on these shelves were on top of my fridge, except for the knives, which were just looking ugly on my little island.

Ikea actually sells a magnetic knife holder as part of the Grundtal series and I wish I would have picked it up when I was there.

Oh well, there is always next time!

So tell me, what do you think of my kitchen redo? Thank you for reading and I am so happy to share this with you.

All of my best,

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Building my new laundry room!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! How are we all doing?

I am doing good. Still a little under the weather but feeling better every day. A little shocked that my birthday is in 6 days! It seems like it comes too fast every year.

Amanda striking a pose

My garage is coming along wonderfully! I am so excited. My cousin Darin has been doing a great job and his daughter Amanda has been a huge help. My Uncle Ron has been here to oversee and also do the electrical. Thank you, Uncle Ron!

My laundry room is going to be huge. I can’t wait for it to be done. I am going to paint it the same cheerful green as my office, since I have a can of paint left over. Well, actually Darin will be painting it. But you get my drift.

Amanda, her daddy Darin and my Uncle Ron

I have seen so many cute signs made with Cricuts and I plan to do a black laundry one. I can’t wait to decorate it. If I only had a new washer to match my new drier I would be in laundry room heaven.

I will share with you more before and after pictures soon, but I thought you might like a peek at what is going on!