Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our summer projects

What a difference paint makes!!!

 It's 60 degrees out today. A little unusual for a WI November...but I'm not complaining. I thought it would be a great day to reflect upon the projects that we got done around our house this past summer.

Usually for our anniversary DH and I buy a tree or two and have them planted in our yard. This year we bought rocks. So romantic..I know. Try not to be jealous  ;)

Many days were spent putting down landscape fabric, and spreading rocks. It
was not fun. Talk about a work out, every muscle in my body ached. Ouchie.

Look real lights...not solar powered!


DH also wired in some lights, AND finally agreed with me about painting the front door! Bye bye ugly green paint. Then end result - gorgeous! We should have done this years ago.




Freshly painted front door. I love it.

The rocks look fantastic. DH promises they will stay in place over winter and we won't have to buy more each year like we did when we had mulch.

The front door is bright & inviting. It's no longer dark & scary. Okay maybe it was never scary..but it certainly was dark.






We also poured a concrete slab next to our garage..the perfect parking spot for our trailer. That's right the entire driveway will be clear this winter! That will make plowing sooo much easier. After all when you live in WI you have to plan for winter. 
Our house, with the freshly painted entrance and landscape lights installed.




Of course we already have a long list of projects planed for 2012...stay tuned for updates.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Birthday Ribbons



My niece just turned 3, and she loves headbands. So I decided to glam some up for her. While I was at it..I jazzed up some pony tail holders too. I have to admit they are soo cute I was tempted to make some for myself.





First I wrapped the ribbons around dowels and baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 min.

The result is super fun boingy curly ribbons. 
 Zombies not included.


Next up - I cut the ribbons into 3 and 4 inch lengths. A few of them were 3 1/2 inches. I also cut up some flat ribbons and some ric rac to the same lengths. The variety in ribbons and ric rac lengths helped make the finished pom poms fuller and spikier.

Then I folded the ribbons in half (so they formed the letter V) and stitched them together at the bottom.  Some I sewed directly onto small pony tail holders...others I sewed onto a small piece of felt and then glued to the headbands. (I bought the headbands per-wrapped in ribbon. I was all about doing this project fast).

 This one is my favorite. I love the colors..and the bounciness of it.


I got extra creative and added a fabric flower and button to this headband.


The end result..fabulous headbands and pony tail holders. 
My niece is going to love them!

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/calicocalidsgns . Hugs!! – Kat

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