26 August 2011

Halloween Sew-Along

Is anybody else already counting the days until Halloween? I know it's early, but I have already started the decorating.  I'm currently working on a totally insane Halloween table runner that you are just going to love. I thought it would be fun to break it down, block-by-block, so you can make it too!  It's kind of like belonging to a "Block of the Month" sort of club, except this is streamlined into weeks instead. This table runner project is perfect for all those black, white, gray, and orange scraps, so get 'em ready! 
Every week, I'll add a new block! Just click on the block title to get started! If there is not a live link, I simply haven't posted the tutorial yet!
I'm sharing this tutorial with all of my favorite link parties!

18 August 2011

Distressed Chalkboard Frame

I am totally diggin' my new little chalkboard menu. It all started with a trip to Ikea, where I discovered the Ung Drill Mirror:
At the time, I had been dying to try a method I had seen at Honey Bear Lane where Heidi uses petroleum jelly to distress cull wood.
With such ornate details and crevices, I knew the Ikea frame had the potential to look awesome!! Here's what I did to get my distressed look:
  1. Sprayed a coat of Krylon-brand primer and let it dry.
  2. Painted it with a couple coats of dark brown spray paint.
  3. Using Heidi's method (after the brown paint dried), I applied petroleum jelly in the frame's cracks and crevices before spray-painting the frame white. It took a couple layers (sprayed 15 minutes apart until it was as solid white as I wanted. 
  4. After letting the white paint dry overnight, I took a clean rag and wiped over the frame. Even though the paint has dried, the petroleum jelly [underneath] has not. As a result, the white paint come off everywhere I had put petroleum jelly.  Totally awesome.
The only thing left to do was figure out what to fill it with! I used chalkboard contact paper and covered the frame's glass with it before putting it all together. For a while I used it as a menu board in the kitchen, but now it lives in Olive's room over her bed.

15 August 2011

{The Best} Chicken Salad Sandwiches

My husband and I have a serious addiction to chicken salad sandwiches. We can't get enough of the dang things! When we got married eight years ago, it was close to Thanksgiving. For the reception, we served things like pumpkin cheesecake and hot cider to fit the season. My husband's one request was to serve chicken salad sandwiches--and I am so glad that we did! Some couples have a song; we have chicken salad sandwiches.

A good chicken salad recipe can come in handy for a variety of occasions like baby showers, bridal showers, picnics, etc. Or, if you are like us, we make it for no reason at all. Here is our lovely recipe:
  • 2 C. cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 C. celery, diced
  • 2 1/2 T. yellow onion, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 C. real mayonnaise
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 C. grapes or craisins
  • Walnuts (optional)

Just throw all the ingredients into a big bowl and mix everything together with a big wooden spoon. The chicken salad filling can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until it's ready to serve.  You can use a variety of breads, though I always prefer fresh croissants from the local bakery.

01 August 2011

How to Make Crib Bumpers with Piping

It should come as no surprise that a nursery is my favorite room to decorate.  (Is there a more fun occasion to decorate?! Seriously.) 
When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2010, I decided I wanted to make her custom crib bumpers. At the time, I was working full-time and didn't really have time (or quite frankly, the knowledge) to add piping. I'm sad to say that I settled on making them simply according to basic package instructions. 
It was one of my biggest decorating regrets, so since then, I have gone back and created a free tutorial. It was created exclusively for Fairfield and uses their wonderful Poly-Fil Nu Foam Baby Bumper Pads! Just check out the link below for the free pattern: 
I have used this tutorial to make multiple sets since then, including this aqua houndstooth set for my son who was born in January!
If you make a set using my tutorial, I would absolutely LOVE to see them.  Just upload a picture to the Lella Boutique Flickr Group!
Just check out this lovely chevron set I made using some of Marcus Fabrics' PRETTY SPECIAL prints.