Craft + DIY

DIY to Try: David Stark’s Painted Fabric

how-to-paint-tablecloth-David Stark on FancyFreeMe

how-to-paint-tablecloth-David Stark on FancyFreeMe

how-to-paint-tablecloth-David Stark on FancyFreeMe

I love the idea of colorful table linens for spring and summer but buying new patterns every year can get rather pricy. David Stark, event planner extraordinaire, recently created his own colorful linens for a summer soirée and shared the DIY on Elle Decor

I instantly fell in love! It’s super easy and inexpensive and the best part is you can draw inspiration from anywhere to create the perfect pattern. Use different sized brushes for different stoke styles or even try making your own hand-blocked print and stamp the fabric. 

Layering the patterns is the perfect whimsical look for summer. I definitely plan on trying my hand at this for a festive summer tablecloth or even pillowcases for the deck. 

What DIY projects are up your sleeve for this summer?!

 

Weekend Reads + Links

The weekend is here we all made it! I’m going to be hitting up a few fall festivals and ripping up some carpet. But before I get started on that (can you tell I’m procrastinating on the carpet) I wanted to share some great links from around the web for your weekend reading list.

 

++  This week Jennifer of Brave New Home and I finished up our White Room Rally where we were both painting our bathrooms white. You can see Jennifer’s makeover here and my bathroom makeover here.

++  Do you know about Barmoires? It’s a bar inside an armoire and Albertina of Mimosa Lane is working on transforming her old armorie into a swanky chic watering hole here. It’s a fabulous idea and I can’t wait to follow along.

++  If you are in the market for some blue + white inspiration the Pink Pagoda had an amazing link up on Monday with 70+ participants. So if you need some blue + white inspiration, hop on over here.

++  Sarah from Total Basset Case shows how to paint your front door in 5 easy steps here. And with the cooler weather and lower humidity, now is the perfect time to get your paint on. She also shared the best little tip on keeping your newly painted door from sticking to your weather striping, it’s really quite brilliant.

++  The ORC one room challenge has started again on Calling It Home HOORAY! You can see who is participating this go around + what everyone is working on here. Linda has also opened up the ORC to everyone on Thursdays, just link up your project. I’m giving my stairwell a makeover you can follow along here and check out what everyone else is doing here.

++  I am swooning over JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT’s incredible Parisian designs on Domaine here. And while you are at Domaine’s site you can check out my bedside table featured here.

What are you getting into this weekend? I hope it’s festive and fall-like! Have a great one!

DIY Napkin Gifts

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House warming gifts can get a bit tricky to give sometimes. What do you get for someone who has just moved into a new home? They probably don’t have color schemes down yet and heck, you’ve probably not even been there to check things out if they do! A nice bottle of wine is always an option, but what if you want to do something more personal.

I feel that table linens are usually a great option. You can never really have too many. They are fun to change out seasonally and they are quite useful, especially in my house where sticky fingers don’t come in short supply. 

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When looking for napkin fabric I almost always go with 100% cotton. It is soft durable, washes well, and most people don’t have cotton allergies. ** Make sure you pre-wash and dry your fabric before you start sewing to keep the napkins from shrinking awkwardly.

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I embellished the napkins with a fun tag (printed on a heavier weight paper) and secured it with a coordinating ribbon for that custom hand-made feel.

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I also took the time to miter the corners of the napkins for a professional and polished look. Here is a great tutorial from Crafty Nest on how to do that if you are interested in making your own. But if sewing isn’t your thing, you can always buy linens from a store and add ribbon and tags to them for a more customized look.

What do you like to give for a house-warming gift?

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