Renovations, Painting and Sewing

I had this week all planned out. After two six day work weeks, I was going to relax on the week nights with my husband now that he was back in town, and then on the weekend, my first three day weekend of the year, I was going to go crazy with the sewing practice. Of course, things don’t always work out as planned. Tuesday night we find out that we have until Thursday morning to completely empty all cabinets and drawers in the apartment and make everything accessible for renovations. To make things worse, I had just received the rest of our dish set from our wedding registry and had all the dishes and glasses all over the kitchen because I was checking for damages. So we spent one whole evening repackaging the new dishes and the next evening clearing out the rest of the kitchen and under our 3 sinks. Of course, we didn’t have boxes or containers to pack everything in so we moved everything to the center of our apartment. Luckily, we did have wine! So my husband and I took our apartment apart and reassembled it again between Tuesday and Thursday. I wish I had taken a before and after photo to share with you, but I didn’t think about it. I like the darker cabinets in the kitchen but most of the outlets and light switches are on crooked.

Friday, I had a date night with my best friend to do one of those wine and painting events. If you’ve never done one before, I recommend it. Though maybe not at the one we went to. This was our 5th time, I believe, and they are so much fun. This Friday we painted a version of Starry Night. We have now done enough of these that we were comfortable straying away from the artist’s version and were willing to try to do our own thing. I think they came out pretty good, if I do say so myself. We can’t take full credit though, we definitely looked up an image that was closer to the real deal and used that as our painting guide.

And these, I DID take pictures of…


Burgundy’s side-by-side comparison to the one the artist painting. Good ol’ blurry iPhone pictures.


My side-by-side comparison.

Starry Night Close up

A close up of mine. Unfortunately, it was raining after so it left spots. Maybe I’ll fix it one day… My husband likes the shooting star that resulted from the rain though.

By the time the weekend came, I was exhausted! I didn’t want to do anything, and that included sewing. Determined not to give up so easily this time, I still sat down to sew though. I did finish the bags for the girls, though I still have them for some reason. Therefore, I can’t share what is in them, but I can share the bags themselves. Just a simple design really and without measuring or patterns or anything that would have given me some consistency!

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Also, I attempted the door muffler I found on Muslin & Merlot. A fitting blog to choose from with my wine-themed week. I knew that it wouldn’t be perfect but I didn’t take into account the fact that I was so exhausted and not really willing to put a lot of effort into it. Now, I wish I had, but no one said I had to make only one! I think I will make a few more of these. I used what I had, and because I didn’t have felt, I used terry cloth as the interior, which may have something to do with it not working on all the doors in my apartment. I am getting felt this week, so hopefully, that makes a big difference and the next one will look and work perfectly!

Muslin & Merlot’s Beautiful Example

I will share with you the drama that resulted from my exhaustion and lack of focus this weekend…

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I had a good start…

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And then, not thinking it through, I cut off the wrong side of the hair band…

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And then I thought, thank goodness for seam rippers! But I took out the side I had actually done right!

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So after getting out my frustration, and then having a good laugh at myself, I sat back down and finished it up. It is not my best work, but I had given up on even getting close to that. Next time I will do better on the curving too! I was about midway through before I remembered how to do that again. I really do need a refresher course as well as a legit sewing 101 knowledge base. Maybe a good online tutorial? Know of one??

Anyway, this is how I spent my week. Tons of fun! 😉 But I am still here and I plan on being here next week. Maybe I will look up some tutorials and share my experience with those before starting my next project….

Until next week, happy sewing!

2 thoughts on “Renovations, Painting and Sewing

  1. Love the painting party!

    The door muffler looks great! Using felt in the next one should help – stiff, compact, thick material is needed to keep the door from clicking. Thank you so much for testing the tutorial out. I’m definitely going to add a couple of notes, especially about when/where to cut the elastic :-)!


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