Playing with Paper: Custom Greeting Cards

Here’s a short post where the pictures speak for themselves. I love playing around with pretty papers, and I put these together recently as a gift for a friend.

I used the same basic idea I shared in this post on quick DIY cards, but I varied the papers and added some fun washi tape as well. The other addition to these cards was using a corner rounder to add some interest. Still a straightforward project, and I love how each card turned out so unique!

Playing with Paper: Custom Greeting Cards | Jewels at Home
Playing with Paper: Custom Greeting Cards | Jewels at Home

Playing with Paper: Custom Greeting Cards | Jewels at Home
Playing with Paper: Custom Greeting Cards | Jewels at Home

Playing with Paper: Custom Greeting Cards | Jewels at Home
“Jewels”

Warm Industrial Kitchen Design

When I recently learned about Big Chill, I was inspired to design a kitchen around one of their stoves. I ended up falling head over heels for two of their stoves, so I just had to design two kitchens!

The first was a retro cottage kitchen designed around a charming blue stove.

The other stove that made me swoon was the Classic Stove in stainless and brushed brass. This is such a unique piece that sets my heart a-flutter with the mixed metallic finishes. Here’s how kitchen design #2 came together…

First, a close-up of this industrial kitchen’s superstar, the Classic Stove in stainless steel and brushed brass. Irresistible. And this is where I should state that I’m not getting paid to say any of this. I just love this stove.

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Next up in the kitchen, I tied in the brushed brass finish with the faucet and the cabinet pulls. The faucet is the Delta Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet.

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While I love this stove’s strong industrial vibe, I chose to soften the look with some warm colors and natural materials.

The shaker cabinets from Ikea have a painted grey finish that pairs smartly with the brass pulls.

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And above these sleek cabinets, I included floating shelves made from reclaimed wood. The organic material against the steel is a pairing that evokes industrial loft living.

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These carrara marble subway tiles made an appearance in the retro cottage kitchen, too. I love how versatile they are.

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The final accents in this kitchen bring in some warm color and pattern to liven up the space. Orange is a strong statement, but it works well with the warm colors in the brass, and these accent pieces will be easy to replace, if you ever want to change up the look.

This is Braemore’s Big and Bold Ikat that could be used for a valance, cushions, or tea towels.
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And finally, Tabouret Tangerine Counter Stools. These stools come in a rainbow of colors, and I love this one.

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So, another kitchen inspiration for you! Bon Appetit!

“Jewels”

 

 

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Graphic Modern Fabric

Happy New Year!

I am feel super-stoked about work this year. I have my long-time work “family,” and we have added some strong new staff as well. We are moving to new offices, and I am part of building a new clinic, which is a bit daunting but mostly exciting. To help kick off the new year at work, I decided to make myself a cute laptop sleeve.

 

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home

I was inspired by this pattern from Mandi at A Beautiful Mess. I made a few adaptations, like a velcro closure, a sewn-in name tag, and a rectangular flap.

To make your laptop sleeve, you’ll need

  • half yard of outer fabric – I used this graphic modern print
  • half yard of inner fabric – I used dark red faux suede for extra protection
  • quilt batting
  • velcro
  • scrap fabric for label and reinforcement
  • bias binding – mine matches the red on the inside

Start by cutting rectangles out of all three materials. For the width, the fabric should be 1 3/4 inches wider than your laptop on either side. For the length, wrap the fabric around your laptop and add about 6 inches for the flap. I’m lucky the print on my fabric worked out perfectly to line up… I mean I carefully planned and lined up the pattern on my fabric!

I made a label out of scrap muslin and put my name and contact information on it, in case I should ever be so unfortunate as to lose my laptop by fortunate enough to have someone host find it… I sewed this onto the lining fabric, as show below.

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home

Next, I laid all three layers together and pinned them to keep them in place. I sewed quilting lines through all three fabrics for most of the sleeve, but I did want to sew across my name tag, so for the top section, I used some scrap fabric for backing and just sewed the outside fabric and batting to the scrap fabric, also shown below (folded over).

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home

Next, I added the velcro. For the velcro on the body of the bag, I sewed all the way through, since the velcro is on the outside fabric, and I didn’t mind having stitching on the inside. However, for the velcro on the inside of the flap, I didn’t want the stitching to show on the outside, so I used more scrap fabric for backing, and I sewed the velcro to the inside fabric, batting, and scrap fabric, as shown below.

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home

You can see the sleeve taking shape now! I finished one short end of the rectangle with bias binding (shown bel0w) and folded the entire piece to make the sleeve and trimmed some excess from the sides for a snug fit. I pinned the fabric in place to form the shape of the sleeve.

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home

I sewed the sides together with a zig zag stitch and then added bias binding to the sides of the sleeve and top of the flap.DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home
 This was a pretty quick and easy project, and I love how it turned out. I think Steve is eyeing the laptop sleeve, and I offered to make one for him, but he does work from home most days and so he has turned me down so far…

Here are some pictures of the finished product!

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home

DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home
DIY Padded Laptop Sleeve in Modern Graphic Fabric | Jewels at Home
Looking forward to many adventures both at work and “at home” in 2016!

“Jewels”

Rainbow Pom Pom Trim Scarf

Sometimes I get into little craft obsessions. For a while, I couldn’t stop sewing appliqués on things, and then there was felting… Ever since I made the pom-pom wreath for our retro mid-century Christmas, I’ve been obsessed with pom-poms. It feels like there isn’t anything that wouldn’t be improved by some pom-poms!

At K’s soccer game, I saw one of our friends had a cute scarf with pom-pom trim, and I thought it would be fun to make my own! Of course, it would not be a true obsession if I made just one… The first set of scarves I made were for my nieces for Christmas. These are pink wooly scarves with rainbow pom-pom trim. So cute! I have enough trim left over to make myself an infinity scarf after Christmas, if I’m feeling bold enough for these colors.

Living in California, I don’t need a lot of warm scarves, but the girls live on the East Coast, so I wanted to find them something cozy. After looking at a lot of different fabrics, I decided to buy these inexpensive solid-colored scarves to use as a base for this project.

The scarves are much bigger than I needed, and they’re also very thin, so I cut off the fringe and doubled the thickness. For the girls, the finished size is 6.5″x49″. Adding the fringe was pretty quick. I recommend using the zipper foot for your sewing machine.   

 
Off to add pom poms to something else!

 “Jewels”

De Gournay-Inspired Fabric Ideas

Now that our boys are getting bigger, I finally feel like I can reclaim a few spaces in the house that are  grown-up zones. One of these spaces is our living-dining room. Now that the toys are out of there, I am getting inspired to do more decorating.
One design feature I’ve been swooning over are fantastic wallpaper murals, epitomized by De Gournay. Let’s take a moment to swoon together…

  
    
  

I’m not ready to commit to a mural, but I’m thinking of incorporating something like this into a standing screen/ room divider. I’ve been researching fabric options, and here’s what I’ve focused in on. Let me know your favorite!

I found several gorgeous options by Nouveau Bohemian on Spoonflower, and I’m especially drawn to the Birds and Bees pattern in aqua or rose:   

The closest fabric I found to the mural wallpapers is the series Jenny Peony, Jenny Cherry Blossom, and Jenny Kumquat by Domesticate on Spoonflower.   

Another print that I love is Robert Allen Vintage Plumes for Dwell Studio.

This pattern is available in yardage in jade:
  

Or as bedding in dove from Dwell Studio:
  

Or how about Robert Allen Neo Toile? I made need to make five screens! I found this and the Vintage Plumes on fabricguru.com, one of my favorite sources for decorating fabric, because it’s easy to search and has great choices.   

 

One more idea I have is to adapt some of my mom’s old paintings and print them on Spoonflower! That would be so special, if I can get the technology worked out.

“Jewels”