Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Craft Channel guest appearance is LIVE!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to film an episode of My Craft Studio with Kristine McKay.  It was so fun, and makes me feel like a real life star. ;)  You can watch the entire episode here.

Actually, if I inspire just one person to bust out their dusty sewing machine, and give it one more try- then I will chalk it up as a success.

If you're here visiting from My Craft Channel- welcome!  I hope you can find inspiration and encouragement here at Ameroonie Designs.  Look around, put up your feet and enjoy.  And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

You can find more details and the full tutorial for the Pleated Layers Pillow here:

If you noticed that lovely white pillow and want to see more, you can find the tutorial for the Wavy Ruffle Pillow here:
I would love to have you follow my blog- or like my Facebook page where you'll get extra sneak peeks at what I'm up to.

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, March 25, 2013

March Point of View Reveal: Closets

Monday, March 25, 2013
Is there a closet in your life you hate to look into?  A space overrun with stuff, or a place not working for the needs you have?  We all have those kind of spaces and this month our goal was to tackle one of them in our homes.  Do any of these look like solutions you could use? :) 

For more details go check them out:

Morgan- our wonderful guest from The Style Oyster  turned a closet into a pretty pantry
Leanne- turned a coat closet into a media closet
Stephanie-created a game closet
Me- I turned our coat closet into shelved storage
Ashlee- made over her boys' closet

After seeing all this great stuff, I think I'm ready to go tackle more closets. :)  But first, I want to see what you've done to YOUR closets (because I have quite a few that need some help).  So link up!!

And don't forget our previous month's spots still have active link parties:

We'd love to have you keep adding your great ideas.

Have a Happy Monday.

Coat closet makeover

You know that one spot in your house that becomes the dumping spot for every random bit that doesn't have a real home?  Ours was this coat closet.  It's hard to take a good picture because it's at the end of a narrow hallway, and it's such a small closet, but hopefully this will give you an idea of where we started.

This closet was only wide enough to hang maybe 5 coats.  And there was so much wasted space on the top and bottom of the hanging rack.  I've been wanting to do this makeover for a few years, so I was grateful for the Closet theme for Point of View to actually give me a deadline to get it done.

After cleaning out all the stuff (coats are now on hooks in the laundry room- we'll share that update on another post), and ripping out the rail and lone shelf, we were ready to get started.

A little joint compound fixed all the holes and marks left from the demolition process.  Some sanding and it was time for paint.  I just used some we already had on hand, but I'm glad it was yellow- to add some brightness to this small space.

We decided to do rails with adjustable shelves because this closet is so close to the hub of our home- the kitchen and family room- we want to be flexible with how we use it.  Right now it is housing books, and over flow office supplies from our new homework area, in an attempt to reign in the visual clutter in the family room.

Are you ready to see the after?

This is as good as I can get of the whole thing.  But it gives you an idea of how much more storage we can fit in here.

Here is a more straight on shot.  I am so excited to finally have places for everything in here now.  After finishing the basement, we are still in "now that this can't be shoved in the basement we need to find it a real home" mode.  There are a couple more piles that need to be tackled (under the stairs in the basement is one ;) )  But this is a HUGE step in the right direction.

I have to give a shout out to my sweet husband who did the heavy stuff for me.  I appreciate his support so much, even when he'd much rather be doing just about anything else.  You're the best hon.

And now back to our regularly scheduled boutique sewing blitz.  More updates on inventory progress coming up later this week.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Two sides- a {mom}-day post

Monday, March 11, 2013
It's exhausting I tell you, being this cute.

And delightful, all at the same time.

I have been mulling over This post, and agree heartily with everything she said.  But, then I read this post- and I also think she has a point.  And today I stumbled upon the response the author of the first post wrote and I think she is brilliant.  In case you don't want to do all the clicking and reading- I'll sum it up:  the first is the "dear-mom-on-the-iphone" letter which basically said: Dear mom- get off your phone and pay attention already. (in a Much nicer and more beautifully written way).  The second post is a letter also to said i-phone mom, basically justifying why she is on the phone- definitely written much better than I can give it credit.  And the last response says that while she regrets that it may have been received in a way other than she intended it, she stands behind the premise that today's technology robs us of time that would otherwise be spent in more engaged ways.

And I agree, with all of it.

So why bring it up on my blog? 

Because I feel like the bigger problem that this whole series of internet interactions has exposed is that as women we don't feel supported and uplifted by each other.  We feel judged and criticized and attacked. 

It makes me a bit sad.
Instead of finding hope, peace, strength to make positive changes, capacity to deal with life's challenges, love, compassion and understanding- we only see competition, judgement, isolation and intimidation.

We are missing out on so much.

There are always two sides to a story.  Yours and hers.  You know your side, but more often than not,  you are only making a guess as to what her side might be. 

I'd like to help.

No matter the circumstance, no matter the words said, no matter the perceived actions: assume the best.  Assume misunderstanding, assume good intentions, assume trials or struggles unknown to you. 

And you'll be right most of the time.

Very few people are mean on purpose.  And I can pretty much guarantee that person you think "hates" you, doesn't.  And the mean things you think other people think about you- are only in your mind.  And however the situation may "look"- it very likely isn't exactly what you think.

Trust that everyone you meet is doing the very best they can, trying the very hardest they know how, and wanting to be encouraged and loved in exactly the same way you do.

Be the kind of friend you wish you had and you'll be amazed at how much light will flood your life- and the lives of the women who surround you.

Let's end the mommy-wars once and for all- one friendship at a time.

I want to be your friend.  A safe place where you see not only the fun things I truly enjoy sewing, but the reality of life with 5 kids, of my failures and shortcoming and insecurities.  It might make this blog a bit rougher around the edges than others you'll see, but I hope that it's flaws help you see that the woman behind it is flawed too. 

But I'm trying.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Pillows adding Texture

Friday, March 8, 2013
I just realized it's been a while since I've posted pillows on the blog.  I'm really sorry if it has traumatized anyone. :)  I've been cranking out wallets, and design team projects, and never really found time to make more pillows.  Well, this week that all changed.  I have a couple of boutiques coming up (I think I've mentioned that before) and I'm busy bulking up my inventory.  When I first made my Wavy Ruffle Pillow, I made a bunch of them, but all in white.  I've been wanting to make one in a different color for a while but never took the time.
ruffle, fabric, texture
I fixed that problem.

It's glorious in gray.  But that's just my opinion.

I also wanted to try the Pleated Ruffle Pillow in a solid color- to see if I would like it as a textural pillow instead of showcasing a line of prints.

texture, pillow, pleated, fabric
The emerald color was a stretch for me.  It's not something I would normally pick.  I'm glad my sister was at Joann's with me when I was buying the fabrics, it's really a lovely pillow.

ruffles, pleated, shag
While I was on a pillow kick- I had two more pillows that I had started a long time ago and finally finished them up.  I think this set would be gorgeous on a bed.  The pleated ruffle pillow was made using the Capri Collection from Adornit, and the shag pillow was inspired by this tutorial from V and Co.  although I modified it a little bit to have a shaggier look.

So now I need your help.  I bought several different solid colored fabrics- should I make Wavy Ruffle Pillows or Pleated Ruffle Pillows?  You know I trust your opinion.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Point of View Features- Organize

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I am so glad that we had organizing as one of our first themes for our year of focusing on "spots" in our home.  This month's link party was full of fabulous ideas, many of which I intend to put to use in our next "spot"- closets.
Here's the spot I intend to tackle for this month.  Our out of control, smaller than small coat closet.  I'm posting the before picture now, because as I discovered with this post, if I say it, then I'll be much more likely to do it. :)

And to help me make the most of this space, I'm using inspiration from these awesome projects:

 This basement door command center by Home Made Modern is a genius use of space.  My closet isn't big, so the back of the door is valuable real estate to use to make the most of it's potential.

 The next inspiration for my closet is this pantry by Karen at Journeys.  Not only is she my sister, but she did an amazing job packing a ton of storage into a smallish space.  AND- the pop of color in the pantry is definitely on my list of makeover projects for the closet.

If you want to see more of the amazing organizing projects, head over to the link party and check them out.  And, if you have just finished an organizing project or door themed project, or remembered one in your archives- don't forget the link parties are open all year.  We hope to collect as many awesome projects in one place as we can to create a fabulous resource for all the spots in your home. 

I better go get to work clearing out that closet- the next Point of View reveal is coming up in just a few weeks on Monday, March 25.  I hope to see your closet projects there! :)


Friday, March 1, 2013


Friday, March 1, 2013

Here are the results from my sewing day yesterday.  I actually did get all 4 wallets finished.  I have started doing 2 or 3 of the same patterns inside to help speed up the process.  I take FOREVER choosing fabrics for a wallet, I thought it would be smarter to invest that time in more than just one.  I am also staging them differently, instead of cutting out 2 or 3, then sewing them up, I am cutting out 11 or 12, then sewing in batches.  It is definitely making me more efficient. :)
 I'm also trying to build a variety of inventory for boutiques.  So I took a break from wallets and made these two mini totes.  This is one of the patterns I'm working on for my shop.  It's a super fun, simple pattern- but Oh so cute!  These just need flowers, but in my new- batch thing together to be more efficient- system, that's going to wait for another day.

It definitely helped putting into words my goal for the day.  Especially when I felt the draw of Pride and Prejudice, or a nap pulling me in.  :)  

And thanks for your input on the card holder.  I have decided that I'll probably make two versions, one for more moderate card holders and another for those who are hardcore.  In fact, that's the agenda for today.  I love playing with new ideas.  

And, it's Friday!  Could today get any better?  Oh, wait- YES it can!!  I just found out my Bestest blogging friend is coming out to join me for this amazing retreat.  September can't get here soon enough!  Maybe you'll join us too?

Happy weekend everyone!

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