Sunday, August 21, 2011


A while back I posted an apron that I had made for one of my roommates. The plan was to do four more for the rest of my gals, but as Summer neared its end I realized I had forgotten about the project. That's why I found myself frantically fixing and sewing four aprons in my last two days here in St. George. I had the fabric and didn't want to waste it. Plus I needed to get in as much sewing on my moms machine as possible before I moved away from it (and them). ha. 

So here they are! finally. Each aprons is the colors that they wanted. I tried to fit the styles to their personality and body type. Hopefully I got it right. My new sister-in-law Laura was nice enough to model them for me. hah love you Laura. 

Here are all the girls. 

She will be the one sharing my room with me! I love her, and the colors on this one. I used the top from a fat quarter I bought for $1.25. The bottom is a 1/2 yard of fabric, along with another 1/4 yard for the belt. I didn't follow a pattern--kinda just made it up as I went. It took a couple tries and LOTS of unstitching to get it right. 

She loves orange so I tried to do an orange top that wouldn't look too much like Halloween orange. I spent $3 on the fabric for this apron. My favorite part is the added flower embellishment that I found in my moms craft room. 

Summer requested pink & yellow. This one is the most simple but is actually my favorite. I did a lighter pink for the tie in the back, and a darker pink for the top tie. I added two cute buttons to the top and voila! 

Berkface actually came with me to pick out her fabric so I can't take credit for the colar scheme(which I love). I did add the white ruffle on the bottom to give it more length because I ran out of fabric. I had to unpick this one three times! I've definitely learned that patience is a must when you sew. You can't speed. 

I have already show this one, but I would just like to add that I love the ruffles so much! Lacey and Berk are the most girly. That's why I did theirs with them. 

 I had to throw in a picture of cute Laura. Even though she didn't want me to! 

So there you have it. Super easy (if you have patience), super cheap, and super fun. You can make up your own pattern, or follow one. I found some patterns at Joannes for only $2 so If you need one to follow, go there!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Refurbished Key Frame

Pinterest has given me lots of great ideas lately. If I'm not careful, I spend way too much time on it every day. I saw this a couple weeks back and finally embarked on making it today! 

I did not have as unique of a frame or keys--but I did have them! 

1. Paint frame purple. 

I bought a fat quarter of fabric on Saturday for $1.25 and found the perfect use for it today.
 2. cut out a section of fabric and glue it to the cardboard backing of the frame. 

 It's a map of France! 
 3. glue keys on and attach the backing to the frame. 

It took me only thirty minutes! 
Mazel Tov.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Knotted Headband

Neglected. That's how our blog is feeling these days. 

Never fear: 

Since I'm moving back to Provo in 1 week, I've got about 10+ projects I've been meaning to finally post but have not gotten around to. Pillows, aprons, rugs, and a whole lot of refashioned clothes shall be shown by the end of the week. . . hopefully! 

I'll start small with the two headbands I made in about twenty minutes today. 

They were extremely easy, and I got them done in one "What Not To Wear Episode".  

Here is the tutorial I found through pinterest (I love that website). 

For the first one, I chose to make it a little more dressy (which I used out of the suggested yarn). 

The second one was made from an old green t-shirt that I'll use to keep my hair back when I go running. 

I loved how they turned out!

I promise that by the end of the week I'll have 10 more posts. 


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

keyboard. as in a board for keys, not a piano...

hooray! I'VE POSTED! it's only been like forever! it looks rather crooked (in many ways) and shiny...and colorlessly light....but i promise it's cuter in real life. it's a keyboard for our apartment! yay! and now shark week is calling my name.

-the long lost emilee

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wood-Fabric-Mod Podge-Pictures

First, I would just like to say that this is funny. And true. My Glue gun is proving to be my greatest nemesis. 

And now kids, my Sunday craft: 

I found this on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to have something like that in my apartment somewhere. I scoured my house and found some old clothespins, wood/board, hot glue, mod podge, white paint, and scraps of old fabric. I was originally going to do the whole white-on-white idea, but decided to add some fabric and keep it a little more country instead. 

Step by step: 
1. Paint the side of the board white
2. cut up fabric strips into different lengths. 
3. Organize a pattern
4. Mod Podge the fabric on over the top of the wood. Note: You don't have to put the mod podge over the top if you don't want to-just underneath.
4. measure out equal distances for the clothespins and hot glue them on. 
5. find some cute pictures to put in it! 

This project ended up taking me about a half hour. What's also great about it is that it cost me nothing. If you did go out to buy the supplies, this is an under $10 project and is quite fun to make!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This project, is what started it all.
During winter semester I worked at the BYU bookstore. Every day at work I would pass my favorite office as I did my odd jobs around the store. The only reason why it was my favorite office was because of the map trash can.

I saw it one day, and fell in love with the idea of putting a map around a trash can. Oddly enough, walking by it every day got me thinking about how I needed to start making more things since that is what I love to do.

So I've waited all summer to do this one folks.
Here you go.

1. My dad gave me one of his old Utah maps (I found using one of Utah fitting).

2. I grabbed an old bucket my mom had sitting in our living room.

3. Bought mod podge from Michael's for $4.

4. 20 minutes later, I was done.

This one is a little weird, but I cant even tell you how excited I am to walk into my room every day and throw my very own trash inside my very own map trash can.

Mazel tov