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Glamping

May 5, 2010

I first heard about glamping on oneprettything about a month ago and was instantly onboard!  Glamping or “glamorous camping” is trending among the wealthy (who pay enormous fees to stay in upscaled yurts and tipis).  I’m more interested in the budget friendly DIY option.

This summer I’ll be exchanging the standard sleeping bags with more cozy bedding (air mattress included), the disposable dishes and silverware for the real deal, and adding some decor items like Japanese lanterns.  I’ve also have a couple sewing projects I’ll be working on:  a new liner for the super cute picnic basket I found at Goodwill and an oilcloth tablecloth (hoping to find a bright floral design).  Here is a collage I’ve compiled of some Glamping inspiration.

Background: oilcloth

Left filmstrip top to bottom: picnic basket, outdoor pillow, Japanese lanterns

Right filmstrip top to bottom:  pitcher, melamine plates, oilcloth

What kind of things would you bring camping to make it more comfortable?

Itty Bitty Dress

April 30, 2010
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I completed a really fun project this week!  I have been wanting to make an Itty Bitty Dress for awhile now and finally did it.  It was really easy, aside from using my seam ripper cause I wasn’t paying attention…lol. Overall it was super fun to make.  This dress is for a friend of mine who is due in less than a week now!  So exciting!  I think I’m going to make one of these for my baby girl too.
Itty Bitty Dress

A Personal Challenge

April 26, 2010

Girly Ruffled Tank by Kate

I am a huge fan of the store Anthropologie however I am not a fan of their high prices. Eek!  When I visited a store in February I fell in love with a tank top there but immediately thought, “I could make this!”  Though I brushed it off at the time, days later I found myself studying the top online and I realized I had to try it.  I was overjoyed when I found the perfect motivation: a spring top contest over at Made by Rae. Before we moved back to the States in early February I bought a shirt at a local clothing store.  It was inexpensive (4 euros) but too big for me.  I wanted to repurpose it somehow and thought it would be perfect for this spring top challenge.  Here’s what I did:

  • BeforeUsing a tank top of mine as a template I started hacking the shirt apart, cutting new arm holes and sides.
  • Next I added ruffles made from three materials: scraps from the sleeves, satin ribbon bought in Europe and vintage lace that belonged to my great grandma.
  • To finish it off I borrowed my mom’s serger to sew up the sides and hem the bottom.

I really love the way it turned out!  Even if I don’t win the challenge it’ll still be worth all my hard work.