Tuesday, April 24, 2012

sew spiffy

so we're sewing today on the blog. . .

sewing a chevron skirt [inspired by crafty cupboard] !

this post is not, in fact, a tutorial. more... of just a show & tell :D

jordan, at 3of8 taught me how to properly sew a skirt!
she could have done it all herself, but she graciously and patiently taught me.

first we prepped the fabric [wet and dry]. then we read & cut the pattern, and then pinned onto the fabric and cut accordingly [easier said than done with a patterned fabric like chevron - we re-pinned many times before we cut].

we assembled and sewed a few pieces...
[heh, totally not nervous, you guys...]

i left the pleating up to the expert...

but i did iron the pleats :]
[no, not a midget ironing board. it's supposed to go on the table, but... no room at the inn]

more sewing...

more pinning...

then some hand sewing [left]... oh, did i mention - pocketses [right]!

and the finished product:

[photos of myself credit to jordan and jason... yes, jason took that last one on the right. he wanted to get a ridiculous one of me. he obviously succeeded.]
sooooo there it is! i love this skirt! and i have the satisfaction of knowing i helped make at least 30% of it :]
thanks, jordan for being so patient with me [i messed up lots, guys].

next post will be about our trip to new york, i promise! still editing the photos!

also, can i just say how awesome it is that all the colors & patterns in the post totally coordinate with the blog?!?!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

a slice of the big apple

sorry i haven't posted recently, still recovering from our wonderful trip to NYC, which i will blog about more fully soon.
[[ also been DIYing since i got back, which i will also be blogging about in the next week or so! ]]

for now, i'm going to leave you with this video, all the clips i took on our trip. i was dying to get one particular shot on the subway, but i never got it. so these will have to do. hope you get a feel of our lovely time there.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


found these on pinterest. just want you guys to know that these ^right here^ are the main theses of my blog.

also, i really enjoyed this post about 15 things you can easily give up in order to be happy so i wanted to share it with you!

just some helpful reminders to all the wives out there who are stressing about the little things. let it all go. you will have more peace when you do!

Monday, April 2, 2012

touch nothing but the lamp

today i will take you on my journey of making over another lamp. i did this over the weekend, between rain and shine. spray paint is very testy when it comes to humidity, so i was cutting it close the whole time.
meet the lamp.
it's a bankers lamp with green glass and awful brass.
as you can tell from the last lamp i re-did, i highly dislike brass.

i used saran wrap and masking tape to cover the areas i didn't want to paint [insert ominous foreshadowing music here].

left: spray paint on glass round 1
[rain was coming in, i didn't give the glass a full hour to dry, insert more ominous music]
right: saran wrap on [what i hoped was] dry grey paint, brass painted copper.

below you will view the need for ominous foreshadowing music.
pulled the saran wrap off only to find that some areas were not fully dry. i wasn't happy.
but i moved on and sanded these areas and painted again.
this also proved to be a semi-happy accident. i'm thinking of using this saran wrap on not-fully-dry paint as a crackle technique for some tables i'm going to redo.

so here i am thinking i am victorious. i have conquered over the the paint removal and this piece is finished!

project done, stick a fork in it. or a bulb. so i put a bulb in it and turn that sucker on...
*  F A C E  P A L M ! *
no, friends. this is not a pre-paint picture. as you can see, the metal is copper not brass, and the green is supposed to be grey.
the green is covered up when the lamp is OFF but it is still oh-so-green when the lamp is on. it seems my efforts to cover up the green have gone in vain.

and that... that right there is a DIY fail.
i touched nothing but the lamp, and what do i get in return? no genie of the lamp, no treasures, no magic carpet, and not even the gratification of a job well done on a DIY project. i got a green lamp with a copper base. merry christmas to me.

and now all of you know why this blog is entitled quirky wife life. because it's the story of my life. i can't have a grey and copper bankers lamp. no, it must be a green and copper lamp BECAUSE IT MUST.

this lamp reminds me that i cannot be perfect and i never will be.
in life, there will always be something that i cannot for see and cannot control
and that's how it is and how it always will be.
and that's okay.