Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Embroidery Hoop Décor August 1, 2011

I am so excited to finally be able to share this craft project that has been a long time in the making. 




Last fall I came across about 18 various sized embroidery hoops at Habitat Re-Store.  I did not know at the time what I was going to do with them, but knew someday I would use them.  I came home and did a few Google image searches for embroidery hoop crafts and the idea was born!  I wanted to use these hoops in Cason’s (at the time he was called Peanut) room.  Back in February, while tooling around the Blue Door Thrift Store and 9 months pregnant, I came across about 17 more hoops. I did a hoop swoop (could not help myself LOL) and grabbed them before anyone else could get them. Smile All said, I paid a total of $15 for 35 hoops, ranging in size from 3 inch – 14 inch. I wish I would have taken a picture of my huge hoop collection. Many people that came over to our house during that time would ask “what on earth are you going to do with all of those hoops???”.


I at first tried to find fabric and material that I liked at thrift stores and the remnants section of fabric stores, but was not finding exactly what I was looking for.  Prior to finding the hoops, I had purchased a quilt kit at Joann’s fabrics that I absolutely loved.  It is the Modern Collection Quilt Kit in Whimsical Dots Blue.  The regular price was $35.99 and I had a 50% coupon.  I found one on eBay today if you want to buy your own, I have no idea if Joann’s still has them in-stock.  The fabrics were all dot inspired, which went along with my theme for the baby’s room.  I was going to try my best to make a quilt for my baby boy.  LOL!  This was a huge feat considering I am a newbie seamstress.  So, after searching for various fabrics for my hoops, I decided to scrap the quilt idea and use the fabrics from the kit in my hoops.  It worked perfectly!


Here is the Quilt Kit picture:


There are many tutorials on how to put the fabric in the embroidery hoops.  I reviewed a few and in the end I cut many corners.  I popped the fabric in place, stretched the fabric as I tightened the hoops and then cut off the excess with scissors.  Most tutorials say to hot glue the fabric to the inner rim, but I was lazy and did not do that step.  Hopefully my fabric stays put.  I will let you know if any come loose. 

Over several weeks I worked on putting the fabric in place, and then this project came to a standstill.  I gave birth and any crafty projects were on the back burner.  Since Cason’s birth, I have slowly but surely trimmed the fabric and got them ready to be put on the wall.  Pete provided me with some very handy plastic shims to hang on the wall with the awesome 3m photo hanger tabs.  I will post in more detail about how I attached them to the wall later…

So last night, I finally got my tail up on the ladder and started randomly hanging the hoops.  I will more than likely tweak the layout of the hoops over time. It was hard to get on/off the ladder, try to place them, not have the same pattern next to or close to another hoop, etc.  Overall I LOVE it and more importantly, Cason cooed and gooed over them last night and this morning.  They hang right above his crib on the wall.  Way to go Mommy! 


Here are several more shots of my took-me-forever-to-complete craft project. 















Well, what do you think?  Did I mention that I LOVE it!  Every time I walk down the hall, I sneak a peak again and SMILE!  I love how it turned out!  Smile 






Bedroom Before/After July 3, 2011

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Hello!  Hello! 


We still have two days left of the long weekend!  Yea for 3-day weekends!


Is it just me or does it seem that I can normally get the house clean and tidy, except for one room…Our bedroom!  Ugh!  By leaving this room as the last one to get cleaned, it rarely gets cleaned and picked up.  Today I changed up the cleaning order!


Our bedroom just was not working for me anymore.  The bedspread was too heavy and fall-ish”…dark brown.  I was tired of looking at the same mantle stuff.  And of course there are clothes to put away.  So today I was determined to clean/update our bedroom.  I could have worked on other parts of the house – I have piles of “stuff” scattered all over the house, literally.  So after a few hours of picking up and updating the look, here are the before/afters of our bedroom. 


Before view from the bedroom door

I put anything that was on the floor onto the bed.





There is a chair under here, I promise. It is playing hide and go seek and I forgot to go seek.

The chair is so easy to pile stuff on.  I kid you not, I removed 1 bedspread, 1 down comforter, 3 pillows, my hospital bag from MARCH and a load of laundry out of this chair! 



Before view towards the bedroom door.

Anyone want/need a hospital gown?  I have one on my dresser.  Don’t ask.




Before look of the mantle

I love the painting, I am just tired of looking at it for now.  It was a great thrift store find a few years back.  $10! 

The “Listen to your Heart” sign is a favorite of mine.  It has been moved to the kitchen. 

The Love plaque is in my Valentine’s Day décor box. 

The kissing people may go in the yard sale. 

The 2 vases and plate on the left will be packed away for the time being.   





And the After pictures:

I spent $3 sprucing up the bedroom.  I bought the bedspread and two pillow shams earlier this week from Salvation Army.




I think the wrought iron piece is a little too high, but the hanging support was already there so I went with it. 

I have a weakness for buying colored glass, especially in blues, turquoises, and greens.





This bedroom set is the 1st set I bought for myself a few years back.  I am considering painting it white one day. 

Some thing needs to go above the bed.  Will work on that. And I would like new lamps, or at least new lamp shades. 






The tree covers up a hole in the plaster where we had plumbing repairs performed.  Patching it is on the to-do list, but we are waiting until we get ready to put the house on the market to make the repairs..






If we were going to live here for a few more years, a few updates I would make to this room mainly involve painting.  The ceiling and walls currently are a yellow color with a hint of green.  Depending on the lighting, the color can go more green looking, but it is not a pretty green in my opinion.  I would prefer (I think) a medium gray color for the walls that will really pop against the crown molding and trim.  Not sure what color I would paint the ceiling, but it definitely would be changed from the yellow ick color.


In the vanity area, I would remove the wall paper lickety-split.  I hate dislike the wall paper strongly.  Then I would paint, but I am not sure what color.  I would also replace the vanity top and sink vessels.  The current sinks are seashell scallop shaped…awesome!  LOL!  The mirror above the vanity is coming with me when we move.  I love it.  I want to paint the frame, but oh I love its curves.  Smile 


Ahhh, the bedroom is so refreshing now. I love how it turned out. Should make for peaceful rest tonight.

Have you made any updates to your bedroom lately?  Please share! I love before and afters! 


On the agenda for tomorrow?  Start on a terrarium and bake 2 cheesecakes.  Yum Yum! 


Good’n Tired for now.