Lace wall hanging and catching up!

Well hey there folks! Yes, it’s been a while. I spent a month back home, nannying and vacationing. And sleepovering, and crafting, and resting, and catching up with friends. Among other things. And now i’m back in Madison, finishing up a Summer class. AKA, I’ll be a second year graduate student in one week. What up.

So here are a few pictures from my family’s vacation in the Adirondacks. It was incredibly wonderful and beautiful!photo 1-3 photo 2-4 photo 3-2

 

So I will be moving in a little over a week, which I am ridiculously excited about. Lots of new projects running through my mind, all the time. One project being changing the look of my bedroom a little bit. I am planning on going for a very simple, clean, white look. As the look develops, i’m sure i’ll be posting more. Since i’m going for a white look, I’ve decided that I want to play a lot with texture, so it doesn’t look too much like a hospital ward :).  This wall hanging below is one way that i’m incorporating textures.
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So I took a GIANT embroidery hoop, and measured a piece of white fabric to fit the hoop. I then pinned all of my laces to the fabric, then sewed them on. Pretty easy peasy. It’s simple, and whimsical, and I really like it.

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What Summer projects have you been working on?

 

Love always,

Rachel

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Raised Garden Bed

Sitting in the library, taking a break from scoring IQ test. It’s actually a lot less fun than it sounds ;). These pictures have been patiently waiting to be posted for a few days now, as it was a project I worked on over the weekend. This past weekend my friend Josiah drove up from WV to meet the Madison gang. I took advantage of his ability to carry large bags of dirt up three flights of stairs….something i’m not proud of. But together we made a raised garden bed, which my veggies have really been needing! I have been sketching what my garden bed would look like, and it was a pretty straightforward build:

1. 2 x 4 feet in diameter. 1 foot deep. Five 1.5 foot tall legs.

2. Make sure you don’t use treated wood, because you don’t want chemicals getting into your food (and belly!). Also use outdoor screws.

3. So first we drilled the sides together.

 

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4. Then we attached the bottom to the sides

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5. Then we screwed the legs onto the bottom

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6. Next I drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom so that I could have good drainage. But I don’t have a picture of that, so i’ll just show you a picture of me demonstrating how strong the garden bed was.

 

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And here are my happy little veggies now. I’ve got kale, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, and chives currently in there. Fun, fun, fun. And yes, my back porch is weirdly sloped. Let me know if you have any questions about building one!

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Love,

Rachel

$5.00 Raw wood shelf? Yes please.

Do you ever just have epiphanies about the sort of person you’re becoming? Last Saturday I was in Home Depot, and I realized, “Oh my gosh, i’m totally turning into my parents.” Growing up, Saturday projects were their thing, building chicken coops, clearing brush, gardening.  And there I was, in Home Depot, on the hunt for materials for a raw wood shelf.  I love the look (and smell!) of raw wood, and more industrial furniture. So for this shelf I bought 2 brackets, screws, and a 6 foot piece of wood. Using a stud finder, level, and measuring tape I figured out where to put my brackets, then screwed those bad boys in, and then screwed the wood into brackets.

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I’m ridiculously pleased with the look of it, and it took only about 20 minutes. I’m slowly dipping my toes into the process of building with power tools (AMERICA!). So you get to follow me in the process of figuring out how to make things!

 

Happy Saturday,

 

Love,

Rachel

Use your words.

I love words. I’m a sucker for a good quote, and a handwritten letter is priceless. Words have such great power to soothe our souls, or cause us to step back and remember the bigger picture.  And I love having encouraging words around me. So rather than (only) covering my walls with index cards, I wanted to add words to my atmosphere in more creative ways. I won’t act like I have the best handwriting in the world, but again, better than index cards 😉IMG_20131012_213136 IMG_20131012_213027 IMG_20131012_212829What are your favorite words/quotes?

Love,

Rachel

Ombre All Day.

CAM00202I’ve had this project in my back pocket for a while. It’s kind of been daunting to permanently dye something, for some reason. Haha. So I had a canvas tote, 6 canvas napkins, and 2 kitchen towels. CAM00203CAM00204Boiled the water. Added the salt. AKA followed instructions on the dye boxes, EXCEPT, I only added half the dye for the first brief soak. I put the fabric in 2/3 of the way, let it soak. Took it out, rinsed it with cool water. Then stirred in the rest of the dye and put the fabric in only 1/2 way. So as to get the ombre look. CAM00207CAM00211

They’re currently drying on my back porch.

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For the tote I dipped the bottom purple and the top navy, leaving a little gap in the middle. I dig it.

Love,

Rachel

Whimsical ribbon hoop

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I have always been enchanted by canopies and dreamy bedroom decorations.  Yesterday was rainy, and my brain was tired of reading. So I purchased a giant cross stitching hoop from Michaels, along with ribbon. I wrapped the hoop in some extra black and white fabric that I had, then fabric glued the lace and ribbon onto the hoop. I hung the hoop using string and a hook. Super easy, and only about $15.00.

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It’s dreamy. And I like it.

Love,

Rachel