Envelope Back Pillow & A Lovely Vintage Fabric

We’ve been working on our bedroom recently: painted the walls, hung curtains/valance, built and hung floating night stands and finally got our new duvet cover!  We bought a white duvet cover so we can display our beautiful wedding quilt that my incredibly talented cousin made, plus it’s easier to clean (‘ello bleach!).  However, I wanted some more colour/pattern on the bed and remembered that my Mom had given me some beautiful vintage fabric: thus leading to a new pillow!

The lovely fabric from my Mom is  a Greeff fabric, Tennessee Nightingale from Golden Odyssey, printed in England in the 1970’s.  I just love the colours and the sweet little birds.

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Our Lake Life has an easy tutorial on how to make an envelope back pillow (check it out here).  My pillow form was 16″x16″-speaking of pillow forms, they are incredibly expensive.  One of my girlfriends (check her out at Beautifully Contained) suggested buying the discounted ugo pillows from your favourite home-style store. So that’s what I did. Thrifty friends are the best.

It didn’t take that long to throw it all together and I just love it!

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I need to find a couple more simple patterns in the same colour scheme to round out the throw-pillows. As you can tell, I’m loving the blue/yellow/green colour scheme.  

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Easy-Peasy Curtain Valance

I always thought curtains were such a grown up thing when I was little.  Add a valance and I could swear I was headed to my Oma’s house. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate curtains and how they can transform a space.

I bought curtains from Ikea ages ago (Vivan White Sheer curtains @ $15 for two panels) and have been meaning to hang them up in our bedroom.  I had washed and ironed the curtains and then they sat in a laundry basket in one of the spare rooms for three weeks (oops), until today.  I finally decided to hang them up.

I’d done a bit of research on how to make rooms look taller (our ceilings are about 8ft-9ft or so), and if you hang your curtains as high as possible, and a little larger than the actual window, it will make your room look bigger. Sidebar: the comforter on the bed is not our normal comforter, our new devout cover is being shipped!!!

Our bedroom window, all sad.

Our bedroom window, all sad.

Our window happens to be 61.5″ wide, so I went two inches out on each side to nail in the hangers (also from Ikea $3 for two).  I only tacked up the second hanger and put the rod between them and levelled it out.  The window instantly looked taller and I was pretty content for about 45 seconds…I hated the naked curtain rod. It was just taunting me in all of its ugliness.

Curtains are up, but I'm not happy with it.

Curtains are up, but I’m not happy with it.

I decided to make a valance to cover that puppy up and take care of some of the empty wall space.  I found this fantastic post from Bibbidi Bobbidi Beautiful about making a valance…from CARDBOARD! I kid you not. I happened to have some cardboard around  the house (aka, boxes I still have yet to unpack from moving in…I knew I was saving it for a good reason!).

Soon to be a valance!

Soon to be a valance!

(On a side note, when we moved, we did a scan tracking system, hence the bar code on the top of the box, so we would know if all of our boxes arrived and were unopened.)

I measured the width of the curtain rod and added 2″ to give more than enough clearance on both sides. I took the distance from the top of the curtain rod to what I wanted to cover up (roughly 12″), then measured from the front of the rod to the wall (6″).  I added a 5″ piece on the back of the valance to tack it to the wall.

Dimensions of the valance in inches

Dimensions of the valance in inches

 

Then I got to cutting.  I opened up the box so it was totally flat. I was able to use all of the pre-bent sections as they matched my measurements, so that was super simple.  I taped on the back piece to be in the middle of the valance, because I didn’t want to worry about the wall mounts.

Just doing a test fit to make sure everything is a-okay!

Just doing a test fit to make sure everything is a-okay!

Luckily I had a plain white sheet that I was able to use to cover the cardboard. I ironed it before I started working with it and then just moved it about until I got it where I wanted it on the valance. I used duck-tape on the backside, where it wouldn’t be seen, and hot glue to secure it! The front of the valance has three layers of fabric because at two you could still see through it.  I took the curtain rod down, centred the valance and tacked it up with six 2″ nails. It was super simple and is really light weight.  All in all, it took…1.5hrs to do? And for the entire window treatment it only cost me $20!

All done!

All done!

I think it makes a world of difference in our bedroom and the Mister was even impressed! Do you have any surprising uses for cardboard?

The Red Wall

Men used to own our house.  There is nothing wrong with this, however, their decorating choices were…well not to my taste.  Thankfully, some paint, curtains and pretty pink things wipe away that masculinity. ha.

There was a red wall in our front sitting room:

Pre-us moving in: Red wall & massive black couch.

Pre-us moving in: Red wall & massive black couch.

It was so dark and overpowering, plus with the big ol’ (working YAY!) fireplace, it was just too much. I hated it.  So I set to painting it. We went with Duo Inspirational White from CIS.  It has undertones of Grey in it, which works really well with the rest of the sitting room, which are a lovely (shockingly) light grey.  As the paint was a primer/paint in one, it only took two coats to cover that horrible red.   Painting the walls white made a drastic difference.

Already looking better!

Already looking better!

Woo! Both sides painted and painters tape removed!

Woo! Both sides painted and painters tape removed!

Then, we came to all this wasted space. We searched  long and hard: we looked for pre-made bookshelves, but they were all so deep (we are working with a 9″ wide area because of how the window is situated).  We then went to pre-made shelves, but they were too expensive for what they were offering.  After that we decided to DIY it.  We attempted this shelving unit thing…needless to say, we all have projects that take a total dive bomb and this was one of them.  The  shelving unit is now tucked away in the basement and I’m using it to store crafts on.

After hemming and yawing a little longer, we decided floating shelves were the way to go.  Thank goodness for Young, House, Love and Build it with Ana, we did not have to search long! Check out the fantastic post here!

Anywho, our space was 52″ on one side and 53″ on the other (from wall to wall), so we decided to make them 48″ and centre the shelves.  There might have been some math mis-calculations on my end, which the Mister had to adjust…twice. Oops.  Good thing he loves me! 🙂

Please ignore the mess:) The TV will eventually find another place, just haven't gotten there yet! :)

Please ignore the mess:) The TV will eventually find another place, just haven’t gotten there yet! 🙂

It’s a work in progress, but I think it looks a MILLION times better! What do you think?

Halloween Wreath

Halloween is upon us and we finally have a door to decorate! Woo-hello wreaths! I was at Michael’s and they had some Halloween wreaths that were on sale for $40 (normal $80), I nearly died.  They were okay, but not worth $40, let alone $80! They must have gotten into the candy a little earlier and were on a sugar high when they did that pricing.

I decided to make my own and looked at the foam wreaths at Michael’s again-for the size I wanted it was like $12. Come onnnn! For some foam? The thrift (cheap?) side of me did a little more research and found that people were using foam pipe insulation from Home Depot! This is in bulk (50 pieces), but I only bought one piece for around $2. I was able to cut it in half, so two wreath rings for $2-take that Michael’s! You just need to stick them together (take off the yellow stripping and stick it together!).  Then you’ll need to just duck-tape your two ends.  Anyway…

I headed over to the dollar store and picked up some Halloweenie things.  Two big spiders ($1 for both), some black streamer rolls ($1 for two rolls), little spiders and their webs (12 for $1) and some orange paint ($1)- a total of $4!

Onto the construction-sorry there are no pictures of the process, I was watching M15-Spooks (BBC show) with the Mister and totally forgot, oops! I wrapped the wreath in the streamer, I went around twice.  Then I pulled out the hot glue gun, stuck on one big spider and went crazy with the spider webs and itty-bitty spiders.  I used some cardboard I had around the house and cut out the word “BOO” and painted it orange; once dry I stuck the letters on the wreath.  I just used some more of the streamers to hang it up on the wreath hanger.

For $6 (with left over pipe and Halloweenie things), I think it turned out pretty well and I didn’t waste a fortune on it!

Halloween Wreath: Property of Lemon Delights

Side view of the Halloween Wreath: Property of Lemon Delights

Yellow, neighbours!

We’ve moved in (both of us…post about the PR process coming soon)!! I am so excited to finally be a homeowner, as is the Mister.  We made a long list of things to do, but, I decided to stray from the list while he is travelling for work:)

When we first met, the Mister lived in a flat that had a bright pink front door and I forever fell in love with coloured doors.  I knew that once we finally owned a house, I’d be painting the door.  I looked all over for inspiration (‘ell pinterest) and just loved all of the colours I saw.  So I went to the local Home Depot and picked up a mess of paint chips in a range of colours (blues, greens, yellows and reds).

I taped them to the door and made the Mister and my brother (who is visiting) stand back until we figured out which way to go.  The greens I had picked out were too dark, the reds looked funny (although I do love Behr’s coral colour and hope to use it elsewhere in the house), the blues (a beautiful peacock blue) just didn’t pop enough.  I mean, if you’re going to have a colourful door, it should pop! So then came the yellow: Yellow happens to be my favourite colour, it makes me instantly happy.

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“Sundance” by CIS

We took the door off the hinges, took off the hardware and sanded it.

Brother getting his sand on

Brother getting his sand on

Then we got to painting. We had a primer/paint combo, so priming necessary. (Sorry about the limited number of pictures…getting  your brother to slow down for photos ‘your blog’ is rather difficult).

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Jasper wanted to be involved in the process

We did 3 coats of paint because it the brown was so dark, which means extra drying time.  Thankfully it is so dry and hot here that it took no time at all.

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Drying door

So here is the before:

Before

Before

And after (Please excuse the quality of this photo…took it from the iPad):

After!

What do you think? Do you have a colourful door?

Birdcage Veil

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m drawn to the vintage life.  I love (almost) all things vintage, but I adore the style the most.  When looking for a veil, there was no contest: I wanted a birdcage veil.  They are vintage and glamorous, but incredibly expensive at bridal shops and even on Etsy.  So off to Pinterest I went. I found a  couple great tutorials from: Wedding Chicks, Project Wedding, and Martha.  My MOH  and I tried to make a veil…this is also the same night we decided to try out different alcoholic drinks for the wedding. We tried to make a fabric flower to put on the veil too…we kept burning our fingers. The tutorial is really great though, check it out on The Polka Dot Closet.  Anyway, we learned that drinking and veil making do not go together…so we gave up on the veil making and continued the necessary task of trying out the drinks. I decided instead of trying to make a flower from scratch, I took a stem flower from JoAnn’s and disassemble it.  I bought a 25″ Gardenia Spray (found here).  I also bought a fancy button (sparkles and all) from JoAnn’s, it was under $5. After the flowers were disassembled, I used one of the green center pieces to the flowers and started from the largest petals on the bottom and worked up to the smallest.  I then strung the button with some thread and fed it through the green stem.  I did this back and forth a couple of times to secure the petals.

Flower: Property of LemonDelights

Thankfully my Mom is super crafty (she is also a florist and did all my flowers for the wedding!!) and helped with the veil.  We used a plain hair comb because the flower covered it up. After some adjusting the length, it was perfect! We ended up using about 14-16″ of veiling material. I think it turned out lovely and only cost $5 for the flowers/button, $2 for the hair comb, $3-5 for the netting, a total of $10-12! A savings of roughly $50-$60!

Me: Property of LemonDelights

Post nuptials :)

Post nuptials 🙂

I am so lucky to have such a beautiful MOH and best friend.

I am so lucky to have such a beautiful MOH and best friend.

Stuffed Owl-Jasper’s Toy

Jasper loves stuffed animals. We were buying them monthly because he would eat through them, ripping their stuffing out and leaving just the shell of the creature.  It was actually really sad. So, I decided to actually make him on. I had some extra duck canvas lying around from a gym bag I made the Mister and some scraps of colourful fabric too. I wanted something pretty simple to make, with NO extremities, they are too easy to rip off-so I decided on an owl. Look at this poor animal-Jasper destroyed it.  This little reindeer donated his stuffing and squeaker for the new toy.

The innards have been removed.

The innards have been removed.

I made an outline of the owl on wax paper after looking on Pinterest for some inspiration. I cut out the two pieces of the duck canvas first and then cut out all of the little pieces: the eyes, beak, wings and chest portions.

After everything was cut out, I pinned them onto one piece of the duck canvas.

All pinned up!

Then I got to sewing those parts on.  The eyes were the trickiest.  I made sure to stitch everything down really well as it was going to the dog’s mouth.

Sewing him up: Property of LemonDelights

Then I flipped the ‘face’ of the owl, right side down, onto the other piece of duck canvas and stitched almost all the way around, leaving an opening to put the stuffing and squeaker in.

Then I stuffed everything in and stitched up the little opening. I gave it to Jasper, and he love(d) it! I made the toy about 6 months ago, and it’s still in one piece!!

Jasper and his Owl: Property of LemonDelights

In total this revamped toy cost me NOTHING! 🙂 Have you ever made a stuffed toy?

DIY Bow Ties

I love bow ties.  Hands down, I think they are the most adorable things within a man’s wardrobe, well bow ties and suspenders.  But they really go hand-in-hand.  I knew I wanted bow ties for the gents at the wedding.  I, however, didn’t want to pony up a lot of money for them.  So I made them.

I made two pink ones for the Mister and his best man (his brother, who is fantastic), and two yellow ones for my brothers (whom I adore).  I had the yellow fabric and I bought the pink (a fabric quarter) from JoAnn’s-this was on sale, and I spent…oh…$1 or $2 on it? I also bought some interfacing (roughly $2), to keep the bow ties stiff.   This is the tutorial I used from A Beautiful Mess! I cheated and used stitch witchery to put everything together (no sewwwwwing for this lady!).  The only difference between mine and A Beautiful Mess’ is that I used interfacing to stiffen up the bow ties: you cut your interfacing the same size as your fabric, and iron it on (as per the directions).

I couldn’t find bow tie clips (gah, the horror!), but in a moment of clarity, I realized I could make it a snap on! I bought a pack of four from Wal-Mart: I think they ran me about $5 (no more than that for sure).  I measured each of their necks with fabric I attached to the back of the bow tie and stitched on the snaps.  Make sure you stitch them on the correct way or else you’ll be re-doing them. I had to do this twice.  Also, when  you measure their necks, give a little extra space for their collared shirts.  My brother said it was a little snug (as his face was turning purple 😉 )

Anyway, check them out!

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My brothers and their yellow bow ties!

The groom and his best man, Brent

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My brothers and I with their yellow bow ties!

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Groom and Best Man!

 

I think they turned out great and only cost roughly $10 (that’s $2.50 per bow tie!) to make all of them! Amazing, eh?

 

 

 

Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates!

People need to know about your wedding right? I mean, if you don’t send invitations, you’ll just be throwing a party for yourself and the hubster.  I mean, this would be pretty alright, but that’s a lot of money just to have a party for two people 🙂

So the Mister’s family is from Canada (eh!), more specifically British Columbia and Alberta (further out West) and my family and the mass majority of my friends are from the East Coast USA! We decided to have our wedding in New York for a number of different reasons.  Anyway, because people would have to travel, we wanted to give people enough time to book their necessary holiday travel.  We sent our Save-the-dates out around 6 months in advance (more than enough time to book necessary travel arrangements).

I knew I wanted something casual, so off to Pinterest I went. I found the most adorable DIY Save-the-dates. You can check them out hereThey are super adorable and exactly what I was looking for.  However, these were being mailed in the UK and their postal service allows for different items to be on the outside of their package (as does the US, but with an extra cost…we’ll get to that later).  I did away with the raffia ribbon and went with an adorable pink heart on the back.

I bought all of the paper (heavy card stock for the card: which you can’t tell from the photos, but had a white bark pattern on the inside and was a brown bag colour on the outside. for the heart, it was a cotton based pink paper with little raised gold bumps) from Joann Fabrics, with a coupon, of course.  I believe it was like a 35-50% off total purchase, so the Save-the-dates cost me…um…maybe $20 to make? My MOH and I spent an evening trying to figure out the printing configuration, but when we did, we were set! We made a template of the necessary size and got set to printing, hand writing the names, folding and  sealing with a little love (the adorable pink heart…which we cut by hand).

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This adorable picture was taken by one of my girlfriends, Jessica! Thank goodness for her, or else I wouldn’t have a photo of the save the dates!

So, how stinking cute are those? Well, I was totally prepared to pay the regular standard postage, but uh…because of those adorable little pink hearts, I had to pay a little extra because they needed to be hand processed so the hearts didn’t rip! I mean, it was totally worth it, but it was an unexpected cost.

For the invitations, I search for someone to make them for the longest time, but I simply couldn’t bring myself to actually pay someone thousands to make me invitations! So, I went to Etsy (oh, that site makes me so happy…maybe not my wallet, but my heart is happy). I searched for a bit until I found exactly what I wanted.  The shop is called SplashofSilver and were amazing to work with.  Robbie and I went back and forth maybe 4 or 5 times.  He was able to get the colours exactly right and incorporate the font (Lobster) I had used on the Save-The-Dates.  FYI-You can find some adorable FREE fonts online!  In a couple of days, I had my file of invitations (Main invitation, Thank you cards, Directions and the RSVP cards.  The total was $50, and was so worth it. Instead of bringing my files to a kinkos or another printing place, I decided to print my own out! Whoa, getting spicy here.

I have a canon printer and my ink (for both the black and colour) costs $50. I bought one pack for everything.  Then I bought the card stock, which was…um…max $10.  I also had to buy the envelopes, those cost $10 for over 100 (so now I have extra!).  I bought plain ivory envelopes, because let’s be honest, people just throw them away. So now I’m in a total of $120 for invitations (custom made invitations too boot!). It took me a day or two to print off everything.  Then my MOH and I spent a night stuffing envelopes-which was a lot of fun.

I made some detailed directions for those coming from out of town (not all the guests got them) and printed them on regular coloured paper…pink I think, that we had around the house.  I also wasn’t sure how to tell people it was okay to bring a guest, so I made a little “business card” size simply saying “Please bring a guest!” (or something similar to that).

I also got my thank you cards along with my purchase from SplashofSilver.  I bought coloured card stock ($8) and sweet little scalloped envelopes from the dollar store ($1 for 6).  I also bought cute little hearts (to play off the hearts from the Save the Dates!) for $1. I printed them off and then I trimmed them with a pair of scalloped scissors I had (uh…who’s crafty now?!). I also added in a photo or two to each Thank you Card.  I printed them off for less than .13cents a piece. So, that was…$20!

A word to the wise, our RSVP’s were postcards (adorable) that the guests were able to write a mad-lib sorts on the back.  (I’ll write a post about those later!). But, I made our RSVP cards a little too big for the standard postcard size, so I had to purchase extra postage: just be aware of your sizing, before you purchase your stamps. 🙂

Things I learned from making your own invitations and save-the-dates:

  • Stay within your budget (man, I feel like a broken record here).
  • Find something that reflects your style and how you want to present your wedding to your guests.
  • Don’t be afraid to DIY it! You CAN do it! Even if you make a couple of mistakes, it’ll still save you a TON of money to make your own.
  • Make sure to have someone proof your documents (I misspelled our website, but thankfully my MOH caught it before we printed it all).
  • Make sure you check your postage BEFORE you buy stamps. 🙂
  • If you are mailing invitations outside of the country and want your RSVP’s back, make sure you put the correct postage on them. We were able to get stamps (From Canada-shipping to the US) for our Canadian guests.
  • Don’t waste money where it’s not necessary.
  • Save your RSVP’s 🙂
  • Total cost of Invitations, Thank you cards, envelopes and Save the Dates (Sans postage): $161 for  (compared to $1000’s you COULD spend)!

Making The Move!!!

I’m making the move in so many different ways!

  • I’ve decided, after toying around with Blogspot and essentially abandoning my previous blog (http://lemoninlove.blogspot.ca), to make the move over to  Wordpress.  There are several reasons for this: I worked with WordPress at a previous job and it was super user friendly and Lemony Love left off in our pre-married life.
  • We’re married now! We were wed on June 15, 2013 in an adorable ceremony in central New York.  It was everything we’d hoped for and more! The weather was BEAUTIFUL and we were surrounded by our family and close friends.  (I’ll post more about the wedding and how we saved money!!)
  • The Mister was offered his dream job in Calgary, AB, so we’re making the move to the Great White North! We’re waiting on a couple of things to finalize, but are SO excited to start this stage in our lives.  We’ve even bought a house! 🙂

So this, will be the adventures of the newest chapter in our lives from DIY, to cooking, to anything that tickles my fancy to post about.  Enjoy the ride, I know we will! 🙂

Kiss!