I can’t believe it’s October already. But I’m excited because Fall is my favorite season. Being that I live in Georgia, it’s still 100 degrees outside, so I’m over the heat. I’m ready to wrap up in my blankets, wear my cardigans and oversized sweaters, and drink apple cider.
September was a busy month that went by so fast. Here are a few things I created last month. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see on news and events I have coming up.
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Well, I’m back at it again with another update on my quilt I’m working on. I made some measurement errors that I just noticed after I have sown everything together (you’ll see a picture below) but the quilt is not a TOTAL lost. It can be fixed and I’m going to fix it.
Here (pictured below) is all of the patches put together, according to my pattern. But as you can see it doesn’t all line up. AND, its smaller than I imagined it to be.
So…. Now what? I have a plan.
I am going to repeat half of the pattern to make the quilt wider before sewing on the boarder. I think adding about 12 more inches will make it a nice size for a lap quilt.
Honestly, my time for quilting has been limited lately, because I’ve been busy. But I really want to get this quilt done soon. So, my goal is to complete it in the next 2 weeks. the next DIY Quilting 101 blog post I post will be the finally post to wrap up this project. FINGERS CROSSED!
So, I was cleaning out my craft closet and found a bunch of fabric I had from my quilting days. It’s been at least a year since I made a quilt and I think it’s time that I put my sewing skills back to use. I’m excited to start back creating quilts and of course I want to share this experience with y’all. I find quilting to be a very suttle hobby. It’s relaxing and fun to do in your spare time. So I will be instructing you on how to make your own simple quilt.
I sew all of my quilts by hand only using a sewing machine when necessary. Don’t worry if you’re not the world’s best sewer. I taught myself how to sew and quilt. My best advice with this skill is practice makes perfect.
What you will need to start:
Basic sewing skills
A cutting mat or a hard surface to cut on
Rotary Cutter or Fabric Scissors
Marker or fabric pencil
Patchwork shapes or Rotary Rulers
Cotton Quilting Fabric (4 to 6 different patterns)
For starters, you want to find or create a quilt pattern. If you are up for the challenge you can free hand draw/ layout your own pattern or you can find free patterns and measurements on Pinterest. For this project, I created my own pattern (shown in picture below). I used graph paper to sketch out the shapes exactly how I wanted them and mapped out which fabrics to use. I will be using 5 different cotton fabric designs for this quilt.
After you’ve selected a pattern, it’s time to layout your fabrics and start cutting. You want to make sure that you cut all your pieces in the beginning so that you don’t have to stop and cut once you’ve started sewing. For my sketched pattern I labeled each patch with a number to determine which fabric design I will be using.
Pictured in my pattern you can see that each box is labeled with a number 1 through 5. I marked my fabrics 1 through 5. Using the measurements in my pattern, I start with #1 cutting all the different sizes I will need with that fabric design then moved on to #2 and so on until all my fabric is cut. Use a marker or fabrice pencil to trace your lines for cutting. Once you have everything cut, I suggest laying it out on a flat service so you can see how your quilt will look once it’s all put together.
Now that you have all your pieces cut out, start at the top and sew everything together piece by piece according to your pattern. If you are a pro on the sewing machine, you may find it easier and faster to use a sewing machine. But I like to hand sew my pieces together (at least for this part). This may take you some time. So don’t get frustrated. Take you time and sew at your own pace.
The cutting process took me a little over an hour to do. I spent about 2 hours sewing my pieces together in one night and completed the first half of this quilting pattern. In the next blog I will be showing the finished results of sewing all the fabric pieces together for this quilt and how to add a border and the backing to complete a simple quilt.
I hope you are as excited as I am. TELL ME (in the comment section below) how it goes. Have you ever made a quilt before? Or are you just getting started with this new hobby?
Today is a you’re lucky day… another blog post! That’s 3 in one week. I’m really on a roll. I just couldn’t let this content sit until next week.
So, a few weeks ago I was in Goodwill and saw this pretty chair that I thought would look pretty in pink. I purchased the chair for $15.
Rust-oleum Chalk Paint
Spray bottle with water
Step 1: Spray the furniture fabric with water, soaking the fabric really good.
Step 2: Paint the entire piece of furniture, using the paint brush. Let it dry completely for about 24-hours.
Step 3: Use the sand paper to sand the furniture piece. This will soften up the fabric and prevent it from felling crunchy.
Step 4: Paint a 2nd coat. This project will take about 3-4 coats of paint. Be use to let each coat of paint dry completely before starting a new coat. DO NOT spray with water after the 1st coat.
Step 5: Paint or stain the furniture legs any color you’d like.
Step 6: Use a furniture wax to seal the paint.
After 3 coats of Chalk Paint & Wax
This project took 5 days to complete, because I let the paint dry for at least a day before applying another coat. I spent about $42 on the chair, paint, and supplies.
My goals was to put together a cute little sitting /reading area in my small 1 bedroom apartment. I feel really good about what I was able to put together and think it goes really good with the decor of my apartment. Someone once told me, “the way your apartment looks should reflex you as a person”. I’ve been on a journey of decorating my apartment exactly the way I want it and this area is a beautiful addition. It’s cute and chic just like me!
July was a really crafty month. I was graced with the opportunity to make so many gifts and decor pieces for clients and even a few things for myself.
On top of blogging and planning events, I also create custom gifts and decor for special orders. I think most of you know that by now. One thing that I love is working with clients for new and exciting projects. It warms my heart when I make a business connection and the client comes back to me to order more or something new. Recently, I have been working with a client for appeal and gifts for her business brand. These items can be purchased on Experienced Elegance website.
I’m interested and excited to connect with more brands and business to create customized gifts and items for their business. Honestly, I want to start a shop on my blog where I can sell some of the things I make. At first I was thinking about creating a “Passionista” line of lifestyle items. But now, I’m thinking of just creating a shop of nic nats to sell all the random stuff I make and put together. Don’t steal me idea, but tell me what you think? Would you shop with me?
The best part about being crafty is the holidays and birthdays. When my friends or family members birthdays come around I like to share my love by making them something special. Here are a few birthday gifts I made this month.
I’ve recently started learning how to make balloon garlands. I watched a few youtube videos and gave it a try, each time I make one I feel like I learn something new. Pictured, is a assorted pink balloon garland that I made for a bridal shower.
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You all know by now, I love and cherish my self care remedies. One thing I enjoy doing is taking a hot bath with bath bombs and candles to relax my mind, body, and spirit. I always purchase my bath bombs from Lush but I thought I’d try making some DIY Bath Bombs.
I discovered a company called Grow and Make, that selling DIY crafting kits for every occasion. I’m going to be using a Bath Bomb Making Kit to make some Lavender Bath Bombs for my next self care hot bath session. This kit came complete with all the items needed to make Bath Bombs at home, simple and easy.
Only additional materials needed that were not included in the kit are a mixing bowl, measuring spoons and a whisk.
My Impression of the Kit
The kit is a great idea and I highly recommend it for first timers, like myself. Bath Bombs are not hard to make and I’m pretty sure there are many YouTube videos to show you how to make them. But this kit includes everything needed to make 12 bath bombs and molds to make more later. Not only did the kit include specific instructions it also presented some tips and tricks for different ways to put a special twist on your homemade bombs. I found the instructions easy to follow and make. I was given 2 recipes (one for Rose and Calendula and another for Lavender), I choose to make a batch of 6 Lavender bath bombs. My bath bombs turn out wonderfully. I was happy to use them to relax and unwind. The experience with using them was just as rewarding and relaxing as making them.
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May was a great month and full of celebrations. For Mother’s Day my family decided to present my Grandmother with a money bouquet. I pulled out my creativity and created this flower money centerpiece for Sunday dinner with Grandmother. This was my first time making money flowers. I watched a few Youtube videos in order to creat this master piece. Safe to save my Grandmother was overjoyed and surpised for Mother’sDay.
This month, I was given the opportunity to make some cupcake toppers for a brand launch party. This was also my first time making cupcake toppers. But easy enough, I was given the brand logo to re-create in the form of a topper for some sweet treats. These specialites were made with my Circuit Explorer Air 2.
Lastly, I booked a graduation party and I made my first balloon garland. It turned out really nice. I think this thing was about 12ft long, I didn’t mean for it to be so long. But I guess I got carried away. For this project I watched some DIY Youtube videos as well. I used a balloon maching from Amazon and fishing wire to put together the balloon garland. Then I used a gold table cloth and studio stand to bring together the complete look. The graduate enjoyed taking pictures with her family and friends in celebration of her high school graduation.