Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scrap Wreath Tutorial

I've been meaning to use up my heap of fabric scraps and turn them into something pretty for my daughter's room.  A scrap wreath seemed like an easy and fun project for both of us to create together.

I started off with a 12 inch wire florist wreath from the craft store.  These retail for $2 and you're using scraps, so this project is super cheap.


Next you'll want to cut strips of fabric into pieces that are approximately 1/2-3/4 inch in width and 5-7 inches in length.  I cut as I went so that I could see how the colors were coming together, but if you have a specific color theme and are only using a few fabrics you might want to cut them all at once.  I wasn't too precise for this project.

I wanted the wreath to be whimsical with a mix of soft colors and some brights mixed in.  You'll notice that the wreath is divided up into eight sections.  I started by picking one fabric and tying a strip of it to one wire in each section, then I would move on to the next fabric and do the same.  This helped make my random choice of fabrics look symmetrical and not too bunched up visually.  You can see what I mean in the photo below.  Pardon the cell phone photo...It wasn't until I finished that I thought maybe I should blog about this and take "real" photos.  


Keep plugging along cutting and tying...I noticed that adding solids helped tone down the craziness, depending on the look you are going for.  Then you'll want to trim any pieces that seem too long.

And here's how it will look...Perfect touch of happiness and whimsy for a little girl's room!



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Portlandia

Whew...It's been a whirlwind two weeks traveling around the Pacific Northwest visiting family and friends.  We took a few day trips and explored the cutest little towns and harbors.  One area that was completely new to me is the Boise-Eliot district in Portland, Oregon.  

Uber-hip, this neighborhood has all the trends covered: vintage clothing stores on wheels, food trucks, artisinal ice cream, CSAs and modern traditional toy stores.  If you ever get to Portland, hop the MAX and spend the afternoon browsing through this unique neighborhood.  

First stop, Ruby Jewel for a scoop of chevre pine-nut brittle, honey lavender or whatever funky flavor is the ice cream du jour.


If you're into vintage clothing, be sure to pop in Lodekka or Wanderlust for treasures.  Wouldn't it be a dream owning a little mobile shop like this?




And if Lodekka is every vintage mama's dream then SpielWerk Toys is every child's.  Each toy in the shop was high quality, classic and natural.  The front of the shop features a play area, although my kids loved exploring the store too.  Any knight, pirate or cooking fans out there?  Huge assortment!



Imagine the Anthropologie home decor section on crack combined with a sweet flower stand.  That's Ink & Peat.  My favorite little shop on the street.  Yes, we braved this with three kids.  No, we did not break a single item.  


An entire store dedicated to salt and chocolate?  Of course!  This is Portland.


If you're traveling on foot like we were, you're probably ready to kick back with a beer or hard cider and let the kids run free in the garden or play area (play area in a brew pub - love!) at Hopworks Urban Brewery.  Be sure and try the warm, salty pretzels with cheese dip.  You'll be so glad you did.


Couple of other spots to check out: