Guest Post

Learning to Sew

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

I grew up watching my mom and my aunts sew clothing, pillows, and curtains for their homes.  There were no blogs to showcase their work, just their fellow community where they shared their tips and advice.  It was the late seventies, times were tough, money was tight, and the economy was in the you know what.  Ladies all across the nation were trading patterns and ideas, and sewing up a frenzy of home decor on a budget.  Sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it?

The very best way to soften a space, to add texture, pattern and personality, is with the use of great fabrics, so I believe one of the best tools for an avid DIYer is a basic sewing machine. You’ll find plenty of tutorials online for ‘no sew’ decor, and they are fantastic, in fact I’ve done several myself.  There are lots of times when fusible web, fabric glue, or safety pins have come to my rescue with a simple hem or a window treatment.  Yay for those solutions!  Yet one thing I’ve learned is that having the ability to work a sewing machine opens up an entirely new world.

Do you ever see a swatch of fabric, be it in the form of a dress, an apron, a napkin, a silk scarf, and you think to yourself, "This would make a great pillow!" or you find a great fabric and think "I want to make curtains out of this."  It happens to me all the time!  You can design an entire space around a single swatch of fabric that inspires, be it a damask, geometric, Ikat or simple stripe pattern, whatever speaks to you.  I am constantly inspired by patterns I find beyond the racks in fabric stores, and I’m a big believer in reinventing them into new things.

For example, take these inexpensive napkins I found in a local kitchen store.  Beautiful robins egg blue background with an apple green botanical pattern.  Love!  In fact, I loved them so much, I turned them into a pillow!


napkin turned pillow  

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Be My Guest: Remodelaholic

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Greetings friends, I’m on my way back from NYC today, but I’m pleased to have another special guest.  I’ve been following Cassity at Remodelaholic for awhile now.  She always has the best features and together with her husband does incredible DIY.  I love a gal who loves power tools.  Please welcome Cassity!


I am really excited to be here visiting at Centsational Girl.  Don’t you think that the best part of blogging is the new friendships you make?   It has been fun talking to Kate and I am just honored that she and I could do a little swap.  

First, let introduce myself, I am Cassity from Remodelaholic.  I have a degree in Interior Design (but get to stay home and be a mommy, which I love!).  My husband, Justin is a landscape architect- so we both LOVE design. We have been remodeling since we first got married, it started in our first apartment and moved on to our first house a year later.  It was 100 years old and in terrible shape aesthetically, scary to say the least.  Our Realtor actually tried to talk us out of buying it- it was that bad!   But I fell in love with the charm of the house, and the floor plan was awesome- so we learned as we went and remodeling on a strict budget became one of our favorite hobbies.  

We are now working on our third house, but things are a little different – we have a 14 month old daughter and another baby on the way (in February) and we are learning SLOWLY how to juggle it all. So, on Remodelaholic we share our projects as often as we can, and when we don’t have anything personally to show off, we try to feature the best of blog-land.  And there are so many wonderful projects out there – we are constantly inspired! (so send in your projects!!)


My Top Five Projects:

Headboard Made From Cabinet Doors:


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Be My Guest: Infarrantly Creative

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Greetings friends, I have a lovely friend guesting for me today:  Beckie from Infarrantly Creative!    She’s just oozing with creativity and sees things not for what they are, but for what they can be.   Friends, please kindly welcome Beckie! 


“Hello CG fans.  My name is Beckie Farrant, author of Infarrantly Creative.   I pride myself in finding curbside castaways and revamping them into usable and beautiful decor.


Take this old hutch for example…


I flipped it upside down, added some dowel rods and a little molding and created a Pottery Barn inspired book rack for my baby girl’s room.


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