Spoon & Thimble

Apr 26

One Architect + One Product Designer = Home Renovation

The Project : :

Master Bedroom

Details:

* Paint the walls & ceiling

* Remove the carpet

* Redesign Closet

* Install new pendant & reading lights

The Before shot of the room.

The first step was removing the carpet. It’s amazing how much dirt and grime comes out of 20 year old carpet! We became masters at removing staples and tack strips. All you need is a screwdriver, washcloth, pliers, and a crowbar. (*Tip - lay the washcloth on the floor under your crowbar and / or screwdriver so that you don’t scratch the wood while trying to pry the tack strips up)

Nope, he’s not taking a nap. He’s painting the trim. He just loved having his head that close to the nasty carpet.

We decided to create a chocolate brown feature wall to accentuate the headboard wall. For the rest of the space, we used a light blue paint.

The Reveal : :

For the bedroom design we wanted to create a serene, peaceful space to lay our heads. So, we focused on items that were modern and Asian inspired.

The bed frame, dresser, wall shelf, reading lights, pillows, and curtain panels are from Ikea.

The bird was hand carved and painted by Brian’s father.

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

My collection of artist necklaces. Check out more detail on them Here.

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

A little mid century flare…

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

Apr 18

Blue Lace Skirt

Shortly after I learned how to sew, my sister-in-law handed me a stack of blue fabric and asked me to turn it into something for their daughter. The fabric held a special meaning because it was used in their wedding. So, I decided to turn it into a skirt.

I wanted the skirt to have fullness so I purchased a soft tulle fabric to add layers inside the skirt. I didn’t want the tulle to irritate her waist so I made a short panel out of the blue fabric to attach the tulle to. This way, all of the fabric gathered at her waist would be the silky, smooth fabric.

I added a lace trim to finish the hem of the skirt.

The two layers were sewed together before the gathered tulle was attached to the short panel.

Add an elastic waistband and voila!

Apr 16

One Architect + One Product Designer = Home Renovation

The Project : :

Sun Porch

Details : :

This porch was an all around mess when we started. It was one of our most extensive renovations, but in the end, it became our favorite spot in the house.

* New roof, soffits & fascia board

* New sill plate

* Power wash wood panels

* New landscaping surrounding porch

* New beadboard ceiling & ceiling fan

* New screen…. everywhere!

* Paint all interior walls and ceiling

The Before Shot - very dark and dreadful.

Who would want to sit out here!

Our biggest, and somewhat appalling, discovery… the birds had obviously been nesting in the soffits for years! The amount of hay, feathers, scraps, etc. that fell from the soffits was absolutely disgusting!

And some more…

It just kept coming…

And for the big Reveal : :

Brian built the coffee table using wood salvaged from his father’s barn.

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

We didn’t want a traditional, off the shelf trellis, so Brian designed and built these modern ones. They turned out great!

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

We took a traditional rocker and painted it bright green to give it a modern edge.

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

(Photo by From-Me-To-You)

Apr 12

One Architect + One Product Designer = Home Renovation

The Reveal : :

Bathroom

Before:

After:

(photo by From-Me-To-You)

(photo by From-Me-To-You)

Look Here for the Before Photos and Process

Apr 10

One Architect + One Product Designer = Home Renovation

The Project : :

Bathroom

Details : :

* Paint the ceiling and walls

* Install exhaust fan

* Install new lighting

* Replace toilet

* Replace vanity

* Remove medicine cabinet and install new mirror

* Remove tri-panel mirror and tri-level make-up vanity counter

* Install new mirror and wooden vanity counter

* Install new flooring

* Change the swing of the door

The bathroom was one of our most extensive remodeling projects. The only remaining items were the wall tile, tub, and vanity base. The first step we did was somewhat uncommon, but improved the function and flow of the room tremendously. There is an existing niche in the hallway for the bathroom door. So, it seemed natural to change the swing of the door so that the door swings out into the hallway instead of into the restroom. The hallway flow of traffic was uninterrupted because of the niche and now, the bathroom floor space in front of the sink / vanity area is completely open allowing for both of us to be using the space at the same time without having to worry about getting knocked over by the door.

Before pic of the sink area. The feel of the space was very outdated and generic.

The flooring was peel n’ stick tile. This had to go. Notice a theme to the house with the flesh tone wall color that appears again in this room!

The mirror and make-up vanity were about 30 years out of date. The fastener heads on the mirror had plastic flower embellishments… yikes!

In this area we removed the mirror, counter top and light fixture.

Laying the tile backer.

We rented a wet saw from Home Depot for the day.

Brian laid out all the tiles to create his pattern before installing them.

Time for the tough work.. . climbing into the attic to remove one light fixture, install two smaller ones, and install an exhaust fan.

Unfortunately, this is the area of the roof where the slope terminates so he had to do all this work on his stomach (hence the hard hat).

New light are installed!

The patching and prep work for this wall are done. We decided to modernize the diffusers and light switches (laying on the make-up counter). A small step with a nice impact.

The amount of patching needed was absurd!

Brian installing the new sink and vanity.

Check out the Reveal photos Here!

Apr 02

Forest & Branch Necklace Behind The Scenes

EVRT Studio’s Forest and Branch necklaces made their debut this week. The timing seems perfect as we are in the midst of a beautifully blooming spring. The bold, vibrant, pops of color pay tribute the beauty that is spring.

The idea for this series of necklaces was conceived last fall on a walk in the park. The green hues of summer were giving way to the bright oranges, golds, and reds of the fall. The contrast of color against the subdued tree bark was beautiful and inspiring.

It reminded us of why we love the Spring and Fall in the Midwest. The landscape is magic.

The necklaces can be purchased here:

EVRT Studio Shop

The inspiration…

We went through a few rounds of prototypes to come up with the perfect material, size, and placement of branches.

Some light sanding and they are ready to be wrapped!

This project reminded me of why I love embroidery floss and all of its wonderful colors!

The final touch, stringing the necklaces with sterling silver chains.

The photo shoot was a lot of fun. We had a beautiful model, beautiful weather, and a beautiful setting.

Mar 28

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Mar 01

Embroidery Love

Cupcake Embroidery

Embroidery For Beginners, A Tutorial

Embroidered Geography Love Pillow

Baby Name Embroidery

Anniversary Love Hoop

Typographic Stitching

Vacation Route


Sewing Machine

Vintage Car

Airstream

Birdies

Typewriter

Wedding Date

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Embroider Your Child’s Artwork

Feb 28

Organizing A Craft Room: Inspiration

Compact Storage

Built In Shelving With A Pop Of Color

Make Your Own Fabric Bolts

Card Catalog Craft Storage

Button Pins

Make Your Own Saw Horse Table

Knitting Needle Storage

Embroidery Hoop Storage Pockets

Canning Jar Yarn Storage

Glass Jar Yarn Storage

Organize Embroidery Floss

Picture Frame Thread Storage

Jar Storage and Pin Cushion

Chalkboard Wall Calendar

Repurpose Soup Cans

Card Catalog Storage

Dress Fabric Storage

Fabric Scrap Storage In A Cute Bowl

Ikea Storage Unit

Fabric Storage

Fabric Storage

Store Fabric In A Vintage Suitcase

Jar Storage

Make Your Own Fabric Bolts

Feb 21

Fancy Nancy Inspired Dress

I made this dress as a Christmas gift for a special little girly girl that loves Fancy Nancy books. I did some research to better understand Nancy and her fancy ways and came across this beautiful purple dress. I have never worked with ruffles before but I figured, why not just jump right in! This dress is actually quite simple. The base fabric is a rectangle turned into a tube with an elastic band at the top to create an A-line appearance.

So…. drum roll please….. Here comes the tutorial!

Supplies:

1 to 2 yards of base fabric (varies based on chest measurement)

1 roll of 6” tulle (I found mine in the wedding section of JoAnn’s)

1” elastic

Small scrap of felt

Hair clip

1. Take the chest measurement and double it. This will be the width of your dress.

2. Take the length measurement from under the armpits to the ankles (or wherever you would like the dress to fall). Add approximately 2” for seam allowances. I based the final length of the dress on the tulle layers. I wanted the tulle to cover the entire dress, only leaving 1 1/2” at the top for the elastic. I would recommend planning this out before making your final cut, working in tulle height increments.

3. Cut your base fabric into a rectangle based on the measurements you’ve taken.

4. Sew a zigzag stitch (or serge) the bottom and top edges of your rectangle.

5. Take the bottom edge and fold over 1/2”, press, and sew to create your bottom hem.

6. Take the measurement for the width of the dress and double it. This is the measurement for the tulle strips. Note: you may wish to triple the measurement of the tulle to get even more ruffles.

7. Cut your strips of tulle to the length you’ve just determined. You will need to lay the tulle on the rectangle dress piece and estimate how many strips you will need to cover the dress. I allowed for about a 1/2” overlap between my strips. You will also need to allow space for the 1 1/2” casing at the top of the dress.

8. Ruffle time! Use a ruffle foot on your machine OR place your machine on the longest stitch length. Create the ruffles by running the fabric through the machine on a straight stitch (do NOT do a backstitch at the beginning or end of your work). Now, take your fabric and pull on the bottom thread. This will begin to pull the ruffle. Some feel that it is best to do two sewn lines spaced closely together, allowing you to pull from two places to get a more even ruffle. Practice this on spare fabric and choose whichever method works for you.

9. Once you have the first ruffle layer complete (ruffled to match the width of the dress), pin the ruffle in place and sew it onto the base fabric.

10. Continue this step until you have all of your layers sewn onto the rectangle.

11. Pin the two ends of the dress together (width of the dress), with the wrong side facing out (the ruffles are all hidden inside). Sew a 1/2” seam. Now you have a tube!

12. Now you will create a casing for your elastic. Fold over the top edge 1 1/2”, press, and sew next to your zigzagged (serged) edge leaving a 1” to 2” opening at the back of the dress for the elastic. The seam for your dress will be centered at the back. Create the opening at this spot.

Next it’s time to create the straps. Cut a strip from the base fabric that is 4” wide by the desired strap length. Allow plenty of room to tie a bow. Cut the ends off at a diagonal to create the angled tips of the straps. Fold the fabric over, right sides together. Pin, press, and sew to create a 1/4” seam. Leave a 1” to 2” gap. Pull the fabric right side out through the gap that you’ve created. You will need to use a pointer of some sort to get smooth, crisp edges (a knitting needle or chopstick will work great). Hand sew the gap closed.

Pin the strap to the inside of the dress as shown above to the front side of the dress (The seam of the dress should be in the back), aligning the bottom of the strap with the bottom edge of the casing.  Sew the strap onto the dress along the same line used to the casing.

Cut your elastic to fit snugly around the chest. Attach safety pins to both ends and pull it through the gap of the casing. Now pull the elastic ends tight and push the fabric back away from the elastic ends. Pin the elastic ends together (I like to overlap the elastic) and sew to create a tube.

Now, it’s time to close up the casing opening. You can use your machine to top stitch or, for a cleaner look, hand sew this closed.

The dress is finished!!

Birdcage Veil

The first step is deciding how large you want the flower. Use scrap fabric from the dress that is slightly larger than the desired circle circumference.

There are many great tutorials out there for creating fabric flowers.

Try this one here

Use the base of a cup, dish, lid, etc. to ease the process of tracing the circles.

The next step is completing the veil. Take excess tulle from the dress cut to your desired length. Run a gathering stitch along one long end. Pull to gather and shape into a circle. Hand stitch the tulle onto a felt circle sized slightly smaller than your fabric circle. Gather the two short ends of the tulle and take a few stitches to secure the ends discretely under the felt circle.

Now, take a hair clip and attach to felt circle (I stitched mine onto the felt). Lastly, attach your fabric flower on top of the tulle.

That’s it!

Below shows a picture of how a traditional birdcage veil is supposed to be worn, tilted to one side.

(image from fashpages.com)