February 29, 2012

That's Sew LA

It's been a goal of mine to one day become a skilled seamstress, effortlessly stitching together curtains, bed linens, aprons and more.  Ryan bought me a sewing machine for our anniversary last November and I've been itching to start using it ever since.  Having no sewing skills at all, I took the first step towards mastering this new hobby a few weekends ago when I took a class at Sew L.A in Silver Lake, courtesy of my dear friend David.

A 3-hour introduction to my new machine helped lay the foundation to my future Martha-worthy skills.  In small class of 8, I learned how to spool a bobbin, thread the machine and sew in a straight line using a few different stitches.  It was only as I sat there listening to the instructor that I realized this was the first class I'd taken since college...unless you count online driving school for a speeding ticket I got a few years back.

Sew L.A. teaches a ton of different classes, most of them project based.  You can learn to make pajama pants, tote bags, skirts, home goods, etc.  They also sell darling fabrics and sewing supplies like the ones below.

If you live in the LA area and have even the slightest desire to learn how to sew, I highly recommend checking out their class schedule.  Even if you don't own your own machine, you can rent theirs for only $10 an hour or even take private lessons.

So, who's up for Square Pillow Making 101?

February 27, 2012

An Event As Rare As A Solar Eclipse

If there were a Venn Diagram for 'awesome life moments' it would be one part Liz Lemon and one part crafting.  And it has happened.  Two of my favorite things have collided. 

While watching the Leap Year themed episode of 30 Rock, my ears perked up when I heard the voice of Tina Fey utter the magical words below.  

February 21, 2012

Grilled Cheese For The Kid In You

One of my all-time favorite meals is grilled cheese.  It's cheesy and warm and crispy all in one bite.  I love it so much, that Ryan bought me these special soup + sandwich trays for Christmas.  Ahhmazing.

Never a huge fan of crusts, I decided to put a different spin on this classic comfort meal tonight.  Using heart and scalloped circle shaped cookie cutters, I trimmed down the sandwiches in to cute little minis.  Then, I diced the leftovers in to little squares to float in my tomato soup.  It's so simple and yet it made dinner so much more...fun!

February 18, 2012

10 Colorful Home Items For Spring

If I had to define the decorating style I most aspire to achieve, I'd probably say the bright, coziness of Anthropologie with modern undertones.  Factor in my impulsiveness and Ryan's messiness though, and our apartment doesn't always look quite how I'd like it to.  See: Resolution for 2012.

What I do love about our place is that there is plenty of warmth and color, from wall decor to mixing bowls.  Since spring is just around the corner, I thought I'd share a handful of fun housewares that will add a pop of color to any room in your home. 

February 17, 2012

Kung Fu Inspired Birthday Invites

One of my nearest and dearest friends Celeste is harboring a deep dark secret.  She is actually Super Woman.  Case in point, the darling little Kung Fu themed birthday invitations she crafted for her equally darling, soon-to-be 3-year-old son Cole.  Or should I say, Master Cole. 

No detail was spared, from the Chinese New Year postage stamps to the bright red tassel tie that held together the scroll invitation.

 It arrived rolled up in a sheet of vintage Chinese paper and secured with layers of packing tape.
A bright red, tassel tie held together the scroll invitation...
...which she formed using two bamboo sticks and rice paper soaked in diluted coffee to give it an authentic, aged look. (seriously)
Using a Chinese-inspired font, the Empress Of The Panda Palace (Dudderar Dynasty) put the finishing touches on what's sure to go down in history as the most beautiful and creative birthday invitation ever.

February 13, 2012

Dear Baby Wipes, I Love You

I don't have a baby.  Which make me feel like an impostor when I buy baby wipes at the grocery store.  Seriously, I actually get a tad paranoid that people will see my ring-less left hand and send judging looks my way, asking themselves why on Earth I need them.  Which is funny, because I generally don't give a f--- what people think of me.  See Exhibit A: the litany of dumpy clothes I'm willing to wear while running errands.

I first started using these little gems to clean my hands when on-the-go.

Then, after spending enough weekends at my friend Celeste's house (who has not one, but two adorable little boys) I started using them to remove my makeup when too lazy to saunter in to the bathroom and wash my face. 

My latest obsession is using them to clean just about anything.  Counter tops, toilet seats, dirty hands, gym shoes, gun barrels, the interior of my car, computer keyboards, the fridge, my bathroom sink, etc.  For only a fraction of the cost of Lysol wipes and without any questionable chemicals, you can have a spic and span house...and face.

And that is why I love you baby wipes.

February 7, 2012

Spring / Valentine's Day Tissue Paper Wreath

I love wreaths.  They're festive and classic and easy to make.  Including the bright pink tissue paper wreath I made for spring slash Valentine's Day and to add a splash of color to our fireplace mantle.  You only need a handful of items to make one:  a styrofoam circle thingy, tissue, a glue gun, ribbon and scissors or similar sharp object. 

Before you get started, take your tissue paper and cut in to little 5x7 squares.  You'll need about 100 of them.

Using your scissors, poke little holes about 1/2" deep in the styrofoam.  They should be spaced fairly close together.  Then, take a sheet of your tissue paper and fold it up like you would a pocket square, with a pointed tip. 

Put a little hot glue in to one of the holes and then push the tip of the tissue paper in, holding for a few seconds until the glue sets. *that's what she said*
Do this a few dozen times and you'll have yourself a tissue wreath like the one below.  To hang it, I took about 12" of ribbon and looped it at the top of the wreath, using hot glue to attach it.