Flower Power

I am nuts about the flower applique shirts that are out there.  I am not nuts about the price.  $50 for a T-SHIRT???  Unless that thing cooks dinner for me and takes me to a movie, I can find better things to do with $50.  Especially because the odds are high that this said shirt will get some sort of child DNA on it whether that be pee, puke, blood, snot or drool…Oh the joys of motherhood.

So I set out to make my own!  And for CHEAP!

I bought (2) V-neck T’s at Wal-Mart for $2 each.  Yep that’s right TWO-DOLLA-BABY!  I bought one in my size and then bought a second in a XXL.  I am cutting it up so might get my money’s worth!

I started by cutting along the seams and separating the shirt.  I then cut it into 2″ strips and from the strips, I cut a bunch of these guys below.

Next I battled with that $#*$&^@ sewing machine for about 1 hour  (please omit this step if you try this at home!)

Then, I just did a gather stitch by hand.  Believe me, hand sewing this entire shirt was faster than the time it took me to battle the beast! I put two petals on top of each other and off centered

I gave them a good ‘ole gather stitch So I now have a bunch of these cute little guys.

I originally had a different lay out in mind but when I pinned them all on the shirt and then tried the shirt on, I just didn’t like the way they were placed.  I couldn’t get them in the right positions so that they weren’t like “HELLO!  HERE IS EXACTLY WHERE MY NIPPKES ARE!  IN CASE YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW!”  So after a couple of re-pins, I decided to steer in this direction.

I pinned them along the neckline, tried it on to verify they looked OK, took the shirt off and hand stitched them in place.

I had more of these cute little flowers just dying to be used, so I added a few to my left hip area at the bottom of the shirt.  Ryan is glued to my right hip so they found a happy place on my left hip 🙂


I didn’t get any of me actually wearing the shirt but it’s super cute!  You will just have to make your own or take my word for it!

I am pretty excited with my $4 shirt!  I have left over shirt material and flowers so I am sizing up just about everything in my wardrobe wondering what else I can add a bit of flower power to!

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Dates to Remember

I can’t take credit for this idea.  I saw it on Pinterest!   If you haven’t realized my love for Pinterest yet…let me tell you, I LOVE PINTEREST!  You can follow me and all my pins here or you can click on the “P beaker = {Follow Me on Pinterest}” button in my sidebar (more on those fun buttons later!)    If you need an invite to this awesome site, send me your email address and I will be happy to invite you!  You can leave your address in a comment below or email it to me at thatswhatchesaid {at} hotmail {dot} com.

So here is my pin from Pinterest:

source amandasteed.com via Cheryl on Pinterest

She made hers with a Silhouette, but like I talked about before, I don’t have all the fun gadgets yet, so I made mine on PSE and printed it off using a Winkflash Daily Deal.  If you don’t have access to Photoshop, you could also use Picnik, which is a free software.  You can choose which ever dates are important to you!  I love this idea.  It’s abstract but personal all at the same time.  I love multi tasking 🙂    Here is mine! 

And here is what it looks like printed, framed and hung on the wall. 

I will upgrade to a larger, matted frame soon, but for now this is what I had on hand and I love it.  Now my husband has no reason to forget our important dates!  We’ll see if it works! 

 
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Let Him Sleep…

I simply adore the wall vinyl that reads “Let Him Sleep, For When He Wakes, He Will Move Mountains”  However we are renting so I don’t want to purchase one, only to have to throw it away later on.  Most say they are repositionable but not reusable, and some say may cause damage to textured walls or not adhere to textured walls well.   Not only are we renting, we have textured walls.  So, I did as any DIY’er would do…I made my own on PSE and framed it for Ryan’s room!

You can remember how I rambled on about not having decorated a nursery and might remember me saying  I would do the best I could with the renting and budget situation.  I am happy with it!  I used a daily deal from Winkflash and got the 8×10 print for $0.75!  (I actually ordered 3 separate 8×10’s and (1) 5×7 and with shipping my total was only three dollars and some change!  Rock on!  I used a frame I already had with a matte I already had, to size it down to 8 x 10.

I am using Orange, Turquoise, Yellow and Lime Green for color inspirations for Ryan’s room.  We have a dark beige color on the walls so I chose to go bright with the background.  I also changed up the colors on a few copies, so if the colors work for you, feel free to print them out for free!!  Just click on the photos below and download away!  If you like this printable, think about subscribing to my blog or following my page on facebook!  You never know, I might have something else you will like also! 🙂

 

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Thrift Store Table

So, I have yet to decorate a nursery. That’s right, TWO babies down and ZERO nursery designs under my belt. When Michael was born we had a 3 bedroom house in Illinois, and just set up shop in one of the bedrooms. The one we used as an office to be exact and the only baby related things we did to change the room in there was add a crib, changing table and dresser. All of which we got in a box from Wal-mart…don’t get me started. When Ryan was born we lived in Minnesota, again in a 3 bedroom house. However this house was a tri-level so 1 bedroom was in the lowest level and 2 bedrooms in the 3rd level. There was no way we were moving Micheal down to the lower level bedroom so we just scooched in a crib in Michael’s room and Ryan set up camp there. The walls were already painted blue when we moved in and that was that!

Now we are renting a brand new townhouse. Renting…so no painting stripes, adding molding, installing a tree shelving unit or any of that really fun room design stuff for me still. I WANT TO DECORATE A NURSERY DAMMIT! I want to go all Sarah Richardson on the thing! I decided that I would decorate Ryan a room that is as best as I can decorate while renting. I can’t paint the walls or do anything permanent so I will focus on accessories!  They will need to be budget friendly design elements as I am trying my best to continue to STAY AT HOME and not go back to my ALL MALE PROFESSION!  Insert my thrift store table! I needed a small table for next to the glider/rocker we have. I found this cute, quirky one at a resale shop.   (I started sanding it before I thought to snap a picture so the top is already sanded)

In its previous life it was one of those 70’s lamp/table combos. It had a hole in the table top where you could clearly see where the cord and lamp base attached.

I started by sanding the entire thing with 80 grit (course) sand paper to get off the solid coat of poly that haphazardly was sloshed all over it.  I then wiped down the table to get rid of all the dust and was sure to clean the hole in the table well. I let it dry completely and then filled the hole with wood filler, filling it slightly higher than the table top so that I could sand again. I let dry overnight because it was such a deep hole. The next morning I sanded the table top again with 150 (fine) grit sand paper and again wiped clean with a damp cloth.  I decided on a bright orange table to go with my lime green room-darkening curtains I got for a STEAL at Target! I went to Lowe’s and just bought one of those new “sample” sizes they have of Valspar Pumpkin #6.

 I came home and painted about 3 coats. You can no longer tell where the hole was and I think the bright orange color makes the quirky design of the legs even more fabulous!

 It works perfectly in Ryan’s soon to be awesomely decorated nursery! (He is one year old  now…is it still called a nursery or just a room?) Best part of the entire project??? The table was only $3! Yep! Three dollars! Uno, dos, tres amigos! That makes me love it even more!!!!

(Notice the grass is green in the before pictures and burnt to a dried crisp in the finished product? Yeah…it took me a while to finish this small project because the weather here has been about 2 degrees shy of the face of the sun.)

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