Bathroom Renovations Part I

One of the bathroom sinks was leaking into the kitchen.

I’m so glad we noticed before I repainted the bathroom. Jesse and his dad had to take out the sink, the vanity, and part of the wall behind it to repair the leak.

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And things can never be as simple as they seem. Just when they thought they fixed it, they realized that one of the previous owners had hammered a nail for the paneling through a stud and through the pipe. Then the pipe cracked.

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This leak had been many years in the making and we had no idea. The downside to home-ownership is having to use your own resources to fix anything that breaks. Out with the old…

…In with the new! On top of fixing the pipe, the Lane men replaced the vanity and faucet and installed my medicine cabinet. All it cost me was a few homemade meals.

Now that things are back in working order, I am ready to paint!

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My First Sewing Project

This weekend, I completed my first sewing project. I made a small zippered bag, as shown on Melly Sews. Since I was learning not only how to make the pouch, but also how to use my sewing machine, it took me more than 15 minutes…probably closer to 6 hours.

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The most difficult thing was learning how to thread the needle on my sewing machine. Once I got that part down, the rest was pretty simple. Sewing is very tedious work, but not too extremely challenging.

Before I put together the pouch, I embroidered my initials onto one of the outer pieces of fabric. I have hand sewn before, but was pretty rusty. I used the backstitch and found an easy to follow diagram on Sublime Stitching.

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Next, I sewed my zipper to my outer pieces of fabric. I did not have to adjust my zipper, since it was already 9 inches. Then, I sewed the zipper to the inner pieces of fabric, which would make up the lining of my bag. As you can tell, my lines were horribly crooked. I need some practice making straight lines.

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When I topstitched the outer fabric to the zipper, I accidentally stitched into the zipper and had to undo those stitches. This caused my zipper to get stuck at the end of my project. After undoing those few stitches, I handstitched them so that I wouldn’t mess up the rest of that line.

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I matched the outer pieces of fabric and the inner pieces of fabric to sew the bag together. While doing this part, the pouch is actually inside out. As the tutorial shows, you sew a border all the way around the fabric, leaving a small gap in the middle-bottom section of the inner fabric. This opening is used to turn the bag right side out. I forgot to take pictures of this part, but Melly’s blog has great photos and videos that explain it well.

The section that was left unsewn must be handstitched when the bag is right-side out. You can use a topstitch or a blindstitch to do this. I attempted the blindstitch for the first time and was pretty happy with the results. A blindstitch ensures that your stitch is not seen, hints the name.

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And the finished product…

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I really need to work on making my lines straighter, but overall I’m pretty pleased. This first project really taught me how little I know about sewing. There are so many different parts, needles, stitches, and terms that I had to look up as I worked. I definitely won’t get bored with this hobby anytime soon. Next, I’m wanting to make some headbands, similar to the trendy running headbands I’m seeing everywhere now. Hopefully, I can accomplish that in under 6 hours.

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Turning Over a New Leaf

For my birthday, my sweet husband got me a never before used 1970 sewing machine.

It’s the same one my grandma still uses!

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For years, I’ve been planning on learning to sew and now I’ve decided to quit putting it off. I know the basics, such as cross-stitching and attaching a button. I would like to be able to make clothes, blankets, stuffed animals, etc.

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Here are a few of the projects I would like to conquer:

Wish me luck!

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Making the Man Cave Manlier

Previously, this was the man cave…

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Not very manly. In our defense, it was painted this way by the previous owners. While they did a great job, it just wasn’t working for us. We use this extra room for my husband’s many instruments and some extra, “outdated” game systems. Hints why it’s the man cave.

We knew when we bought the house that we wanted to repaint this room. I never imagined it would take this long, but I finally tackled it this week.

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The first problem was choosing a color. Jesse and I liked so many of the colors that it was hard to pick just one. We liked navy blue, grey, red, brown, and the list goes on.  Ultimately, we decided on (drumroll)…

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Lyndhurst Jade. We picked this color because it went well with the drum set, one of Jesse’s prized possessions. I also really wanted a color that would match the decor we have in the other rooms because I tend to move things around.

Prepping was the hardest, and by far the most important part of the painting. Because the walls were bright pink, we had to be serious about priming. I found some primer specifically for drastic color changes from Valspar. I’m so glad I spent a little more on it because it was definitely worth every penny. It not only covered up the pink, but also covered up the stripes the previous owners had made. Our paint went on evenly and smoothly.

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Priming and taping does take a lot of time, but it made all the difference. I also waited a day between priming and painting with our new color. Then, I waited another day and painted on an additional layer.

One thing I need to watch out for next time is painting the tape to the wall. I did that on a couple of places around fixtures without realizing it. When I peeled the tape off, some of the paint went with it and now I’ll have to touch up those spots.

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s a color we both love and it’s a big change from the hot pink.

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Repurposed Bottles

Hello! I wanted to share some of my homemade decorations with y’all. Of course, they are Pinterest inspired, but I made some changes so that they would fit our home.

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The above picture was the pin I found on Pinterest. This gave me an idea for a centerpiece in our kitchen. I wanted our bottles to be blue and yellow, though, since those are the dominant colors in the room.

This project was very cheap. We already had the bottles, so all I had to do was remove the labels with Goo-Gone, then wash them. I bought the ribbon and glass beads at Walmart and I had the burlap twine and paint from a previous project.

First, I picked out which bottles I wanted and how I wanted them arranged. I chose two bottles and a vase, all of different heights and widths so that there would be some depth.

I painted the tallest bottle blue with washable acrylic paint and let it dry while I worked on the other bottles.

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The second bottle I wanted to keep as simple as possible, since the bottle was so nice, so I just layered the colored ribbons, then added a twine bow.

For the little vase, which I placed front and center, I filled it with the various blue glass beads. I took a few pieces of twine and tied it in a knot around the vase.

After the bottle that I had painted dried, I glued some yellow ribbon to it for contrast. Next, I braided a few of the twine strands, then glued the braid to the ribbon. And here is how it turned out:

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Simple, but effective.

I also used decorated bottles for the centerpieces in our wedding, but they were a little fancier. We used satin ribbon in the colors of the wedding (chocolate brown and lavender) along with some white lace. On top of all of that, we added broaches.

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I now keep the  bottle from our head table on a cabinet in our kitchen, along with our unity sand from the wedding. The glass we used for our unity sand was an old whiskey bottle. I painted the L on myself with some brown acrylic paint.

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Very simple project that can be easily personalized.

Next, I will be sharing one of my favorite comfort food recipes. In the meantime, feel free to give me some feedback or advice. Have a great week!

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