Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Goodwill Love

Sweetwater Style is all about thrifty shopping and Goodwill is definitely one of my favorites.
In fact, I even have a tab called Goodwill Hunting that gives tips for shopping this great thrifty source.

I realized that it has been a while since I shared some of my "finds" at the thrift store.
That doesn't mean I haven't been to Goodwill on a regular basis! In fact, I try to get there at least once a week.
I usually go on Wednesdays and join all the other "seniors" for the 25% discount day!
Or...I take a load of donations and use the 25% off coupon that you get with your receipt!

My latest trip to "Boutique Bonne Volonté" (that is Goodwill for the uninitiated) was pretty successful.

That sweet Fitz and Floyd canister is a perfect addition to my growing collection.  Almost everything here is a Goodwill Goodie!

The copper pot/vase was another great find.  I am thrilled to have it to add to the baker's rack display.

Remember....Bar Keepers Friend is a wonderful copper polish that will keep all of this stuff gleaming.

Those cute little wooden hearts will soon get a coat of copper spray paint and be a "classy" addition to the display. 

I am really thrilled with these two skeleton leaf prints.  They are in perfect condition.  They are framed in the perfect frames with a taupe mat that matches our new family room paint color.
What a find!

Yup....the "Boutique Bonne Volonté" price was hefty at $14.99.....but still a deal compared to the list price from Kohl's!

I am waiting for delivery of a floating shelf for over the television in the family room....

Won't the pictures look nice leaned against the wall on the shelf?

Oh yeah....and the media cabinet that the tv sits on was a "Boutique Bonne Volonté" deal too...$20!

It is only 2 days until the next Goodwill Senior day....Can't wait to see what is "in store"!

Have a Wonderful Day!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

No Sew Tailored Bedskirt Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new comforter set for the guest bedroom. It isn't fancy schmancy...just a "bed in a bag" deal from Target.

The price was right.
So  into the cart it went.

When I got home....
I took the bedding out of the bag.

It looks great

The print is nice.
It is an update that still works with the paint color in the room.

The texture of the fabric is really soft and smooth.

I was super happy with my purchase.....until....I unfolded the bedskirt.
That is....if you can call a sleazy, lightweight piece of gray fabric a skirt!
There was no pleating or gather to the thing.
It hardly covered the edge of the bed and gapped at the corners.
I knew I would have to upgrade this in short order.

I purchased of 3 yards of this great looking gray upholstery fabric at my favorite fabric outlet store.
It cost $10 a yard.
I wanted a heavy weighted fabric so that the bed skirt would look almost like the box spring was upholstered.

If you are a regular reader, you know how much this seamstress loves a "NO SEW" project. This is a perfect example.

I started by laying the fabric on the box spring and sort of playing around with how it would "turn the corner".  I realized that if I mitered the corner, it would look like upholstery.
I measured the height of the box spring and added 6 inches.

2 inches for the hem
4 inches for the part at the top to attach to the box spring.

I cut two long pieces of fabric.....one from each side so that the finished selvage was along one side of each piece. That way it would have a clean look without having to finish it.

The two long pieces were sewn in the center with a simple seam.
*disclaimer.....somehow one seam still seems to rate as a no sew project.
If you don't have a sewing machine....you could actually use stitch witchery to adhere the two pieces together or use a simple hand baste.

I used fusible web to hem the lower edge.  This is a case where "no sew" is better than stitching.  The fused hem will stay completely flat with no stitches to show.  The important tool here is the iron.

Once the long strip was hemmed, it was time to attach it to the box spring.

I used simple straight pins.
I pinned down into the box spring every 4 inches or so.

 Straight pins aren't the best thing to use.
They tend to get pulled out over time.
I wanted to get this project done.
I didn't want to wait until I had some upholstery screws.


I have some of these nifty little guys coming from Amazon.

They were only $6

They screw into the surface and won't come out....so I will replace the pins with them when they arrive.

Getting the skirt pinned to the bed was a 10 minute project.
Mitering the corners was also simple and makes the clean wrapped look I was after.

Once this was done....we put the mattress back on the bed and made it up with the new comforter.
I think the tailored look and quality fabric on the skirt elevates the look of this typical "bed in a bag".

And the best part was....it was "ALMOST NO SEW"!

Have A Creative Day!
A Sunny Simple Life

Monday, January 16, 2017

Free Graphic Design Tool

I have always been fascinated by graphic design.
I admire people who can DIY their own beautiful graphic designs.
I am NOT one of those people!

That is why I am so in love with CANVA!
This on-line graphic design tool is free with sign up.

What Is Canva?
Canva is a free tool that is available over at Canva.com which you can use to create graphic designs.

The tool is designed to make designing simple and provides templates that are very professional looking.  

There are posters, flyers, cards, facebook headers, instagram, and so many more.

I am obsessed with the photo collage and the posters.

You can also make a custom sized graphic for almost any purpose.

Canva is a simple drag-and-drop type of software and that’s all there is to it.
There are a variety of options that are so fun to pick from.
In fact.....knowing when to stop "picking" and get on with it is probably the biggest down side.

As you can see from the images, you can select from a lot of features to help you create your design such as: text, layout grids, backgrounds and objects.

The best thing about having a CANVA account is that you can upload your own photos and images.  CANVA saves them so you can use them any time.

Here are some of my Canva designs.

Somethings just don't have to be complicated.   Creating simple blog graphic or a social media post should be simple and enjoyable.
I really recommend that you check it out. 
I bet you get hooked too!

Have A Wonderful Creative Day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Styling Shelves is SO Hard for me

Do any of you struggle with styling shelves?
I certainly do.
I always set out with great aspirations.
I always think that I will pare down and come up with a cleaner more open look.

BUT.....I sort of have THIS problem!

Case in point.....

All of these shiny objects called to me from the thrift store shelves.

I love interesting pieces of silver plate.  Especially when I can have them for around $5 a shot!

The collection is growing....

It lives on the shelves in the dining room.

I have a love hate relationship with these shelves! 
I want the pieces on display and easy to get at.
We use them all the time. 
Organizing/styling them is always a challenge.
I decided that this time I would get it right!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

My One Word: Enchantment

My ONE WORD for 2017 is.....wait for it.....

The message at our Christmas Eve service this year was focused on ways to find enchantment in a disenchanted world.