Monday, December 26, 2011 twelve days of plaid

To make this holiday season a little more festive for myself, I pulled out all of my plaid digs and made an effort to wear one piece of plaid in the twelve days leading up to Christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2011

#428...sweater vest turned evergreen

I've had this thrifted cashmere sweater vest for a couple years. 
I think I may have wore it once....but it is pretty snug. It is so soft though that I've not been able to part with it. When I saw this knitted tree by lucky boy sunday, I decided to turn the sweater vest into a stuffed, soft evergreen of my own. 

Merry! Merry!

Monday, December 19, 2011

#427...pom-pom jewelry for deer

Last year, I made this pom-pom garland for my rosemary tree.

This year, I lent my pom-pom garland to my sister Sarah, and she used it to adorn "deer" her apartment pet. Sarah rescued deer from a local thrift store. (I think deer should wear the pom-poms year round)

Friday, December 16, 2011

#426...fall in houston

Houston is not known for brilliant fall leaves. Most things here turn from green to mucky yellow-brown and that's all we get for fall color. This week, I spied a tiny bit of pretty color on my street.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

#425...candy cane yarn

I started wrapping my gifts, trying to use this spool of tangled candy cane striped yarn that I got at the thrift store for.50 cents. 

Monday, December 12, 2011 mantelscape

A few years ago, I made these birch bottles from bark I collected in New Hampshire. This year, I used the bottles  atop my mantel. The bottles hold spray painted branches from my yard and a few vintage, thrifted ornaments.

I also made Tyler and I new stockings from some black and white southwest inspired upholstery fabric.

Friday, December 9, 2011

#423...bedroom lack shelves

I was taking a few pictures to show a client the floating wall shelves in my bedroom, and I realized that it has been since my 2008 Design*Sponge sneak peek since I have photographed that wall of my room. The shelves are the Ikea Lack, which I mounted, caulked and painted in an oil paint to match the wall color of my room. (Sea Haze by Benjamin Moore). The display on my shelves has changed over the years. I used to just use the shelves to display pictures and knick-knacks, but now they have become more functional and less decorative, as I use them to house some of my photo shoe boxes.



2008...see the shelves in the mirror reflection


Wednesday, December 7, 2011 rider

My nieces are coming for Christmas, and since this is Lyla's first Christmas...and first trip to Texas, I made her a cowgirl inspired stocking to hang up for Santa.

The fabric is called "holiday rider" by Alexander Henry. It was printed in 1997. I've be waiting a long time to use this fabric.
I also made some festive pillows for my brother and sister-in-law in Portland, OR

Monday, December 5, 2011 stool reno

I recently made new slipcovers for my client Sara's bar stools, which previously wore this brown paisley chenille fabric. 

This is a shot of how I begin to make the pieces of the slipcover. I was going to document the process, but then forgot to take pictures beyond this initial step.
The chairs got covered in a light turquoise upholstery and I added a linen center stripe to the chair backs, for some contrast and personality.

Friday, December 2, 2011

#420...sarah's room

I've previously posted about my sister Sarah's 1950's apartment here (bathroom) and here (kitchen). Today, I have some shots of her bedroom to share. The apartment is light, airy and has really lovely old floors, so it was easy to turn it into a pretty, welcoming room.