Saturday, March 31, 2012

We're Planning a Prom!

As we enter into the last trimester of school, things are starting to get a bit hectic, particularly because I am co-advisor for the Class of 2012. I've worked with these kiddos (who are now 'adults') since their freshman year, through fundraisers, homecoming and winter carnival events, and now as we approach graduation, there are lots of details to be taken care of and events to plan, the biggest of which is PROM!

After much debate, they decided this year's theme is 'rustic elegance', for lack of a better phrase. I designed a poster to hang around the school advertising ticket sales and to sort of 'set the mood' of this theme:
Prom at our high school is usually held at an event center or ballroom and includes dinner, so part of the planning includes centerpiece and decor ideas. I've been scouring Pinterest to find ideas that are pretty, easy to make, and cost-conscience as we have a limited budget.

The students like the idea of using Mason jars and filling them with votive candles, perhaps even wrapping some with twine.  I'd love to fill some jars with flowers, or even have the kids in the woodworking class at school make some simple boxes.  We could use a lace paper punch to DIY our own invitations and favors and make tissue paper pom-poms to hang from the ceiling to add some color. Here is more 'rustic elegance' eye candy (all sources can be found via Pinterest here & here):

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A little Boston Outing

The last two weeks have been absolutely CRAZY, thus leaving my little blog a bit neglected.  First, I've had 60 essays to grade, each of which take about 20-30 minutes to read and write extensive comments (you do the math) which means I've spent every moment of the past two weekends grading and am STILL not finished!  The trimester is ending and grades are due at the end of this week so I've been working like a madwoman! Last week I helped proctor the Math Meet at school, supervised Winter Carnival events, chaperoned the dance, and planned for a field trip to Boston, which I just got back from about 30 minutes ago.

We (two French teachers, two Spanish teachers, one history teacher (me!) and one theater guru) took 50 students to see the opening of Les Miserables at the Boston Opera House.

I got to don a cute little dress from H&M (which was only $18) for our night out at the theater!  The show was great, although it was operetta style which made it a bit difficult to understand at times. The day before we had shown the students the film so they would better understand the storyline.   As a bonus, a ton of the actors from the play were staying at our hotel so the students got to meet them and have their programs autographed!  Needless to say, I didn't get very much sleep last night after trying to corral and keep tabs on 50 teenagers, so now I'm off for a quick nap, then grading more essays!!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rolled Felt Flower Tutorial

This flower pin is deceptively simple and can easily be made in 10 minutes.  Use it as a lapel pin, a detailed touch to a home decor project, or secure it to a headband.  The original tutorial can be found at Craftiness is not Optional. Here's the process:

Cut a strip of felt about 18" x 2".  Fold in half and hot glue along the edge, then cut snips into the fabric along the folded side. The closer to the edge you cut, the easier it is for your felt to 'spread open' when you roll it later on.  Also, as you can see in the picture above, the distance between your snips changes the look of the flower. The flower on the left has less cuts, the one on the right, more.

Next, you'll start rolling, hot gluing as you go, until you've rolled up the whole strip.  Stay even along the bottom edge.

To cover the back, I used a toilet paper roll as a template to trace and cut a circle out of felt, then hot glued the circle to the back of the flower.

Finally, I glued a metal pin to the back of the flower.  In the past, I've sometimes used magnets instead of pins because I don't always like to poke holes into my clothing, but that's just personal preference.

I also made a pin using cotton fabric instead of felt for a frayed edge look.  Happy pin-making!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pillow Cover Tutorials

In my quest to infuse color into my living room, I spent a few days over winter break making covers for throw pillows in pretty vibrant prints.  I'd only made a pillow cover one other time using this really helpful tutorial from J.Caroline Creative, which has a really handy calculator to make sure your dimensions are correct!

This time around I wanted to 'grow my skills' by learning how to make and add piping...

I used this tutorial from Isabella & Max Rooms to make my first 'piped' pillow!  I definitely should have spent time making my own bias tape as opposed to simply cutting a strip of fabric and sewing it around the cording, which would've helped me perfect the corners.  However, I think it turned out swell!

Zippers scared me...until I found this simple tutorial from Design Sponge detailing how to add a zipper instead of a back flap pocket (probably not a technical term) which, after following, I became a pillow-cover making machine!

DIY Pillow Cover Sewing Tutorials

The navy blue floral fabric can be found at Warm Biscuit and all of the other fabrics used to make the pillow covers were purchased at my local Jo-Ann Fabric store.  I love the pops of navy, lime green, and teal and think they work well with my weird green-gray-khaki colored couch!  Next up, a coffee table makeover...stay tuned!

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