Monday, January 31, 2011

Fabric, Patterns and a Party, Oh My!

I'm absolutely LOVING my job at Spool. Fabric, crafty folk and sewing all day- what more could a gal ask for? Not to mention that Jay McCarroll, (first season Project Runway winner) lives just around the corner and teaches classes as well. Pretty cool, right? Well, we just so happen to be throwing a party celebrating his new fabric line Feb. 12th. If you're in the area you should definitely drop by. I'm gearing up by making a dress to wear for the party. Dusty wants a bow tie, we'll see...

fabric from Jay's new line, Habitat- Amy Butler pattern 
{both available at Spool}

Guest Blogger Update {February}
I'm so excited to welcome, Laura from Radiator Tunes. She has a fantastic DIY project to share- and a tutorial! So stay tuned! If you're interested in sharing a cool project, recipe or tutorial EMAIL me! Barely prizes for all!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Sundress, A Sandwich, and A Guest Blogger!

Okay, so maybe I'm getting a little carried away with making baby dresses.. but they're SO cute! Here is one I made after work on Friday for Ella, my friend Jacqui's little girl. Of course you don't have to do too much when you start with gorgeous fabric! I got this apple print from Spool.

oh and this? why it's the most fabulous sandwich I've ever made!
I call it The Reckless...
delicious bread from Against The Grain in Chestertown, MD
pork loin grilled in cider and a touch of maple syrup
spinach and thinly sliced granny smith apples
goat cheese and dried cranberries
topped off with a touch of Annie's balsamic dressing

Don't forget! I'm still looking for guest bloggers! If you have an interesting project, recipe, or story to share email me. There are six spots left! Michele from Stories at my Fingertips got us off to a great start with her fabulous tutorial on diy wall art... be sure to check it out! What's in it for you? A lovely little Barely Measured goodie bag :)

Need more incentive? 
You'll also get to show off with this nifty badge! 

I know, I know, I spoil you...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

DIY: Module Art - Cardboard Tubes

Hi barelymeasured readers! I'm Michele from Stories at my fingertips. I'm a simple and laid back lady from Birmingham, AL. On my blog, I write about the daily musings of my life and in between I post about a lot of things that inspire me as well. There's not much to me because I really just love the simplicity in life, but if you would like to know more, feel free to head on over to my blog for a look-see. I love meeting new people, especially new blogger friends - so don't be shy to say HELLO!

The very sweet Heather asked me to guest post a DIY tutorial and I have an incredibly fabulous AND cheap one all laid out here for you! This is one of my absolute favorite DIY projects. It is so easy, fun, you can be as creative as you want with it, and did I mention cheap? This would probably also be a great activity for kids to do as well. I hope you enjoy!

The materials that you'll need:
  1. Cardboard tubes. [I used empty toilet paper rolls. They're so simple to collect because you'll always have them around the house.]
  2. Any color spray paint. [I used silver metallic for a chic and modern feel.]
  3. A hot glue gun or regular glue.
  4. Scissors.
Ok, let's get started!

First, flatten the cardboard tubes like shown above.

Next, cut the cardboard tubes into 3 inches wide or to your preference.

Keep cutting, cutting, cutting until you reach your heart's desire.
*Remember to try to keep all of the widths for each piece the same size so that they're all even.

Next, glue the inner edges of the cardboard tube to stick with another one.

Here is an example of where to attach the cardboard tubes.

To start off the module, I glued 5 cardboard tube pieces together, resembling a star/flower/etc like shown below.

You should glue several of these stars/flowers/etc, but make sure to keep a couple of loose pieces[or however many single pieces you prefer] to connect the whole module together.

Once you have glued your module and designed it to your wishes, you should leave it to dry. I would give it about 10-15 minutes for regular glue and for hot glue only 5 minutes or even less.

Once the glue is dry, spray paint your module outdoors and allow for it to dry.

While spray can choose to do this or not, but I spray painted the insides of my module for more coverage and color.

It looks sort of metal, doesn't it?

Ok, I should have added this item to the material list...but we all know that the module will be hung! I choose clear thumbtacks because they'll blend into what ever wall color you have. 

This is an example of how I hung my module on the thumbtack.

A view from the side of the finished product.

TA DA!!!
Your cheap, simple, and creative module art/wall decor/fun DIY project!

I hope you all find this interesting and enjoyable. Heather will be having more guest posts, so stay tuned for more and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Custom Baby Dresses- The Next Big Thing?

Hardly. I am however, very excited to share pics of the christening gown I made for my goddaughter and niece, Leighton Annabelle. This dress took a million hours to make and required a hefty amount of hand stitching but it was totally worth it to see her in it! I will also say that little Leighton cracked up {for the FIRST time people} as her mama was putting it on her- I think she liked the satin!

I used duchess satin for the exterior and the lining. The cap sleeves were part of a wrap Ashley wore at her wedding. The beading and applique at the bottom was also from the wrap and matched her wedding gown. I was very nervous to cut the wrap so I made two prototypes of the dress to make sure everything was perfect.

Definitely the most challenging thing I've done to date.

Vintage rhinestone detail at back closure.
{Even though her little sweater covered it, I couldn't resist adding a little bling.}

I did not make these but they were really freaking adorable.

Leighton's original christening was postponed by two weeks due to snow... apparently babies can't fast for two weeks so, sadly I had to make a small cut on the back at the base of the bodice and hand stitch in a few extra snaps so it would fit. You could hardly tell though :)

Check out that sweet little fascinator Ash made for her!

I was really glad he didn't drop her. At one point he rested the bible on her head while he read.... 

Awesome Giveaway!

Michele from over at Stories at my Fingertips is celebrating the new year with an awesome giveaway. She even put together lovely ideas for winners to spend their Urban Outfitters gift cards! Enter for your chance to win here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One Lump or Two?

This year I was delighted to be included in a holiday Lady Bloggers Gift Swap hosted by Chelsey over at The Paper Mama! I really enjoy the aspect of blogging where you get to know other women all over the country, heck, all over the world. You follow their blogs and over time you get to know them, just as you would a friend you met in person. It's quite nice :) My swap buddy was Jhen from From Here to Eternity. Because of our moving only two weeks before Christmas I had to wait for my gift to be forwarded from our address in VT to Philly. I got it last week after one of those days, when finding a package at your doorstep is like Christmas morning. I ran all the way to our apartment and raced to find a pair of scissors to open it. Inside was a lovely, chic little teapot and a wonderful framed card reading "Think, Create, Enjoy!" I absolutely adore the tea pot and the framed inspiration is definitely going in my sewing room once I finish unpacking it!

Thank you Jhen! And thank you Chelsey for including me!

Don't forget, if you're interested in being a guest blogger click here for more information!

Calling All Crafty Bloggers!

I'm bursting with ideas for 2011! I'm actually working on a business plan for Barely Measured which is really exciting! I'd also like to revamp the blog and invite some creative, crafty bloggers to guest blog. Do you have a cool DIY project, secret remedy, crafty tutorial, or funny/inspiring story to share? Then by all means, shoot me an email with your idea and a link to your blog :)

If I host one guest blogger per month that would be ideal. And what's in it for you? Well, in addition to the sheer thrill of sharing your project/story- you'll get a Barely Measured goodie bag that won't disappoint! Please don't be shy- and if you need a little inspiration take some from my all time favorite lady:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 in Pictures

This year we saved all the action for the last 6 months- a move to Vermont and then a move to Philadelphia. We've been in Philly for two weeks and, while I'm kinda scared saying this might jinx things- life in PA is really falling into place. We have both been offered jobs, we have a fabulous apartment, and we're LOVING Manayunk! Everyone is super friendly and welcoming and it's great to be within walking distant of coffee shops, restaurants, shops, parks, and the train. I was reminiscing this morning as I looked at the last 12 months in iPhoto... thought I'd share a few highlights :)

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I'm feeling very fortunate and happy this morning- thanks to you all who have followed my blog and supported Barely Measured and my crafty, diy efforts!

Happy New Year! xoxo
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