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Finding DIY Inspiration

March 13, 2014

Finding DIY Project Inspiration with Bing Rewards

I often get asked how and where I find inspiration for my DIY projects. So today I’m partnering with Bing to share a part of my inspiration process. Although some projects just pop in my head, typically first thing in the morning, many of my DIY projects start with an idea and involve some research. Bing asked me to give their search engine a try, where I can earn rewards every time I use it. Since the rewards can be used at places like Amazon, that means I can use them to purchase nearly any craft supply I may need. I decided to give it a try since I find myself searching for things several times while working on a project and I’m always in the need of more supplies.

Finding DIY Project Inspiration with Bing Rewards

To be completely honest, I’ve always kinda defaulted to using Google for searching. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how Bing immediately found relevant images and even found great, related suggested search terms too. For those of you who also aren’t used to searching with Bing, I found the layout to be really easy to navigate. I especially like the grid layout of the videos page which makes it really easy to skim through several videos at once.

Finding DIY Project Inspiration with Bing Rewards

What’s even better is that each time you use Bing Rewards you earn credits towards gift cards to places like Amazon which means you can earn rewards to buy supplies for your next DIY project. Once you sign up there are even more ways to earn rewards (and supplies!); just set your homepage to Bing or explore their search tips and tricks. The program is now also available for iOS so you can earn rewards while you’re on the go by using it on your iPhone or iPad. I always find myself searching for something on my phone while at the craft store so why not earn rewards while I’m there too.

Finding DIY Project Inspiration with Bing Rewards

Finding DIY Project Inspiration with Bing Rewards

As spring arrives, I’m excited to spruce up our home with some brighter colors and patterns. One of my favorite things to do is swap out with the seasons is our table runner. It’s just such an easy way to add some color, pattern, or texture to a space we use everyday. So I gave Bing a try and used it to search for DIY table runners. After skimming the images, I’m immediately drawn towards the kraft paper ones. I then searched for DIY paper table runners and found tons of inspiring images. The use of laying paper shapes, like doilies and circles, makes me want to try my own approach using another shape like faceted diamonds, spring flowers, or even lace. Now I have a great starting point for my next DIY project.

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Out and About Maxi Dress

March 12, 2014

Out and About Dress Pattern Perfect for Beginners

After stocking up on some great fabric in Nashville last week I just couldn’t wait to start sewing. The first project on my list was to sew another out and about dress. I just loved the style so much I wanted to give it another try this time in a maxi length and with short sleeves. The pattern has an option for long or three-quarter sleeves but I opted to alter it slightly and make them shorter.  I just love the way it came out! I think this really is going to be my out and about dress this spring.

Out and About Dress Pattern Perfect for Beginners

I also thought sewing a cute new dress would be the perfect way to share my new haircut! I’ve been missing short hair for awhile but finally decided it was time to go for it and got my locks chopped yesterday by Tally at Alchemy. I’m loving my new cut although I still keep doing a double take every time I look in the mirror! It’s been years since I’ve had short hair.

Out and About Dress Pattern Perfect for Beginners

If you’re looking for a fun sewing project this week, I suggest Sew Caroline’s out and about dress. It looks great on any body type and can be customized just for your taste. Now my next sewing project on the list is to make a short sleeve top using the Liberty of London fabric I purchased.

House Tour: Guest Bedroom

March 11, 2014

Bright painted night stand and deep teal walls in this simple guest room

Since I shared our gold polka dot guest bathroom last week, I thought I’d share the guest bedroom today. This room is the least decorated space in the entire house. That’s mostly because it’s usually the place we store random things like old iMacs and Christmas trees. Then when we have company, we just move this mess of stuff to the garage. Does anyone else have the same problem? It’s funny how infrequently used spaces tend to attract clutter. I do have a disclaimer though, I removed the said iMacs and Christmas tree before taking these photos.

Floral and white bedding pop against the deep teal walls in this simple guest room.

Since most of the wall colors in our home are pretty neutral and light, I choose a bold deep teal for the guest room. It’s totally unexpected and I just love that.

Cozy sitting area in this simple guest room

In the corner we have the arm chair that matches our living room sofa. We previously used this in the living room in our old apartment, but it’s too large for our current living room now so we moved it here. It doesn’t match perfectly but it’s a good quality leather chair and we wanted to hang on to it incase we have space for it in our next home. I’ve been wanting to sew up a white canvas slipcover for it but just haven’t found the time.

Death Cab for Cutie silkscreen print

After getting several really high quotes to custom frame this silkscreen print, I decided to make my own using balsa wood and some eye-hooks. I hung it using some orange and white twine.

Bright painted night stand and deep teal walls in this simple guest room

This night stand is pretty special to me. Kevin bought it for me from a thrift store when we were dating. I used it all throughout college and finally updated it by sanding it down and spray painting it this bright leafy green color.

Cozy sitting area in this simple guest room

Wall color: Plumage by Martha Stewart Living | Side table: thrift store spray painted in Kylon Ivy Leaf | Lamp: Target | Gold pillows: stenciled by me (tutorial) | Floral shams: Pottery Barn | White rectangular pillow: West Elm (no longer available) | Blue floral pillow: vintage | Mirror: HomeGoods (spray painted bronze) | Florida pillow: Cat Studio | Throw: West Elm (no longer available)

Our Trip to Nashville

March 10, 2014

Favorite Places to Visit in Nashville

Last week we went to Nashville to hang out with my brother and his girlfriend Sarah. He moved to Nashville nearly three years ago but we haven’t had a chance to visit him since he’s always on the road. our schedules finally aligned so we packed our bags and headed to the music city. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we spent most of our time eating. Since my family are a bunch of foodies, almost all our travel is planned around food.

Today I wanted share some of the awesome places we visited. I have to say Nashville is now one of my favorite cities! Right after we arrived we headed to Hops + Crafts in the Gulch for some delicious pretzels and beer. We then checked into our fun little airbnb which was located right on Belmont Blvd. and as the name implies, it was right next to Belmont University. We ended that day with burgers and sodas at The Pharmacy in East Nashville. I had the falafel burger and a strawberry ginger ale.

Favorite Places to Visit in Nashville

One day we met up with some family for a late breakfast at Loveless. This Nashville staple is always delicious and worth the wait. We came late on a weekday and walked right in but one the weekends it’s know to have a very long wait. I recommend the biscuits with pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes.

We walked around the 12 South neighborhood and checked out some really cool shops. I loved wandering around White’s Mercantile and Imogen + Willie. The later is famous for it’s custom tailored jeans but we went there to check out the entire Warby Parker collection. I’ve been in need of sunglasses and choose these cute frames.

Favorite Places to Visit in Nashville

Though my brother would never admit it, he’s a coffee snob but that’s ok because that meant we visited Crema. I had a sweet and salty chai topped with pistachios. After a great meal (and cheese plate!) at the Silly Goose we tried some unique flavors of ice cream at Jeni’s. I opted for the spicy cinnamon cayne chocomole.

We also visited the new location Hatch Show Print. My brother’s friend is the manager so we got to take a quick tour around the place. I could have stayed there for hours watching the presses run and exploring all their vintage wood plates and type.

Favorite Places to Visit in Nashville

We had an early happy hour and headed to Pinewood Social for cocktails and bowling. Yep, I got last place. The fried broccoli was the best appetizer we tried and I recommend trying the humble magnificent which is a cocktail with apple brandy, Pimms, lemon, cinnamon, orange and mint. We stopped at Edley’s for some bbq, which happens to be one of my brother’s favorite foods (second to beer and burritos).

Favorite Places to Visit in Nashville

Before our afternoon flight I ran over to the Textile Fabric Store and stocked up… ok splurged on some gorgeous fabric. My mother in law, who is a Nashville native, always returns with an extra suitcase full of fabric after each visit. I just can’t wait to find some time to sew up two more Out and About dresses!

My other must visit place was Marché. We grabbed breakfast there on our last day. Though I didn’t try the croissant French toast (which I hear is a must) since we shared a basket of all their croissants, I did try a savory crepe which was rich and buttery.

Would you enjoy seeing more city guides like this on the blog? I’d love your feedback!

Links to Love

March 7, 2014

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First, I have to say a huge thank you to everyone that voted for me yesterday in the first round of the Better Homes & Gardens Makeover Madness! I’m so excited to share that thanks to you I won and will be going on to the next round!

We just got back from spending the week in Nashville visiting my brother and I think it’s officially one of my favorite cities. I’ll share more about our trip next week but today I wanted to share some of my favorite links from the past couple of weeks. Will you be giving any of these DIYs a try this weekend?

1. Add gold adhesive vinyl to an umbrella for a quick, stylish DIY project, via Sewbon.

2. Put pegboard in a frame and paint it with chalkboard paint to create a jewelry organizer, via Dream Green DIY.

3. Create gold dipped concrete earrings. Yep, I said concrete, via Fall for DIY.

I’m also loving:

These berry box wreaths by Frock Files.

This fabric house door stop by Oleander + Palm.

These embroidery floss wrapped keys by Creme de la Craft.