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Our Crafty Pot Holders

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OCH Potholders

Now that the days are getting longer, the sun is giving me spring fever. Unfortunately it’s still too cold to be outside . . . so Alberto and I decided to do a little spring cleaning with the closets. We usually donate the clothes to charity, but when I saw a worn pair of jeans, I had a different idea. Why not make them into pot holders?! The thickness of the denim would help reduce the heat through the pad, and it would add a great look to the kitchen. Then Alberto suggested that we should make them into the shape of the house in our logo. What a great idea! I found some old fabric to put in the “window,” and now we have these really unique potholders that are sure to help us in the kitchen! Read more →

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Furtastic Pillows and Throw!

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Alberto and I were out Christmas shopping this weekend, and as usual, we couldn’t resist walking through a few furniture and décor stores to get some ideas for our new place. We came across some really beautiful faux fur throws and pillows. They looked and felt so luxurious — and for the price, they really should! We couldn’t justify buying them, but could we make them? Read more →

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Cargo Shorts Book Bag

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Yes, it’s still summer, but for many of our friends it’s also time to go  BACK TO SCHOOL! We don’t have kids (yet!) but the daughter of a friend is a fan of our site and asked us to make her a bag for school. We MELTED and started thinking of how we can make a bag for her…and we thought of her old cargo shorts. Why not, right?! It has pockets, and it’s totally free. We used one of her old cargo shorts to make the bag. And we also used one of our old belts for the strap.  The bag came out very cute, and it only took less than two hours! This is a great project, and you can do it for anyone going back to school! Read more →

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New Pillows for the Porch

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One of the easiest ways to add a little color to any room is by making covers for throw pillows. Now that it is warm out, we wanted to try it on the front porch. We like to do that every season! You only have to buy the fabric, and you can easily change the feel of a room or space. We made these pillows the same way we made the ones in our post A Toile Bed for the Puppies! Of course we scaled it down for the pillows that we had. Try it!!! You’ll end up changing your pillows with the seasons, just like we do!

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Kitchen Chair Cushions

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The cushions for our kitchen island chairs have seen better days. We have been wanting to change them, but it’s been one of those things that goes on the “to do at some point in the future” lists. We didn’t really give it much thought until we found this great fabric in the remnant pile of our favorite fabric store. It has everything we wanted for the kitchen:  lots of color and bright prints! They came out great, and it gave the kitchen a new look. Read more →

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Happy Holidays 2010!

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We’ve had such a good time sharing these projects, and we appreciate all of your support!  We wish you a happy, safe and crafty holiday season!

Best wishes for the New Year from Alberto, Brent, Gertie, Barney and Duff!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Our Thanskgiving table is ready! All we need now is the food (we’re not cooking this year — we’re not that crazy!). Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement over the past weeks and we hope that y’all have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Go [insert local NFL/NBA/NHL/NCAA team here]!!!

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Thanksgiving Table Runner

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After making the napkins, I wanted to add even more fall colors to our Thanksgiving table. I like table runners because they help us do this while still allowing the beauty of the table to show through. Read more →

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Striped Napkins

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We generally have everyone over to our house for the holidays.  Each year we spend about as much time on how the table will look as we do on the meal.  (Honestly, while Alberto is in the kitchen, the only only thing I care about is the table-scape. Thanks Sandra Lee!)  Read more →

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A Toile Bed for the Puppies!

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Our little mutts, Duff, Gertie and Barney, were in desperate need of a new dog bed.  We’ve been hunting for months, but nothing ever seemed right.  Honestly, they really don’t care about a new bed, but of course we do!  And it also has to match our decor!

We were doing what we always do, rummaging through the local fabric store when lightening struck….we found the perfect fabric for them!

Alberto ADORES toile fabric, but I just DON’T.  For those of you who don’t know what toile is, it’s a fabric that has scenes on it (usually pastoral or oriental).  For example, picture an old English countryside with women in hoop skirts and parasols lounging under trees.  It is usually a color such as black, red, blue or green on white.  But the toile we saw that day was different.  It was truly inspirational.  When we saw the hunting dog scene in brown with a blue background, it was kismet!  We finally found the perfect fabric for Duff, Gertie and Barney’s bed.  We also found a tan chenille fabric in the remnant pile that would serve as the backing for the bed. It was sturdy, cheap (very important), and it matched the toile (extremely important.)

Now we just have to put everything together. Read more →

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