Thursday, February 23, 2012

One 1810s dress...DONE!

I finally finished Kate's dress and spencer jacket this weekend.  I was in need of a little added inspiration, so I put on Mansfield Park and set to work.  All in all it turned out pretty well.  The spencer gave me some headaches, but since I do not yet have a lot of practice in pattern adjustment I think it all worked out in the end.  Here is the finished product

Kate is coming to pick it up on Sunday and I can't wait to see how the spencer fits.  The last time she tried it on it was a muslin mock-up with one sleeve!

In other news, you might start seeing a little bit more decorating type DIY on Midwest Nutmeg.  We are moving into a new apartment and it needs a little bit of design to make it home.  So, expect a few DIY home projects, before and after photos, and who knows what else.  It is a new and exciting adventure! 

Have you finished any projects lately?  Or planning any life changes?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day...a little late

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and I made some really cute cards, but you'll have to see them camera doesn't want to let me dump my pictures so I don't have any to post :-(  So, instead, you are getting a post about one of my new favorite things...

I saw a post today on one of my favorite design blogs, Apartment Therapy and knew I had to share.  There is a new little toy over at Sherwin Williams called Chip It!  It lets you pick your favorite internet picture and then "chip it."  The site takes the main colors in the photo and tells you the Sherwin Williams color chips that most closely match it.  It is awesome!

I wish we had found this snazzy little tool about 3 weeks ago.  We are moving to a new place and decided that the colors in the apartment would be the same as those incorporated into our favorite art print...imagine how much easier it would have been if we could have just found the print online and chipped it!!

Any internet tools you find helpful when redecorating?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mug Rugs

Remember all that fun fabric I bought just before Christmas for making presents?  Well, now that the recipients have them, I can finally show you what I made.

I made.....MUG RUGS!  Each person's fabric coordinated with their tastes. 

Some were traditional...

Some were more modern...

But all of them let you keep your mug of toasty warm beverage right there with your snack of this case, my sister's super yummy Black-eyed Susan cookies!

It took me a little while to get it right.  I had never done machine sewing before, even in the smallest of projects, but I think they turned out all right.

Did you get any homemade Christmas presents this year?