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Pinterest Challenge Winter Edition

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Beebop and I pinned some ideas for yoga mat straps and bags last week. We weren’t quickly making any decisions about which one we were actually going to make. Then, I was talking to my sister Kiki, (who made a really cute t-shirt necklace for her Pinterest Challenge B.T.W.) saying I wasn’t sure what to make to hold my mat. Kiki just bought a new yoga mat last fall, she had debated whether or not to buy a bag to hold her may but she talked to the yoga-lady and she wasn’t a big fan of her yoga bag because it was a pain to get her mat back into. Well, that helped make my decision.

I had found a tutorial, through Pinterest, on Design Sponge for a “yoga bag” that was open so we could easily roll up our mats and put them into something to hold them without having to worry about fitting them into a bag.

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The one issue I had with this bag was it didn’t have a pocket for keys and phones. Right now, I stick them in my coat pockets but in warmer months I’ll want a pocket on my yoga bag to throw them into during class. I had read this tutorial for making a yoga bag with a pocket, and used it as the inspiration for my bag. I decided I would make the Design Sponge bag but add a fun and functional pocket to the front.

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We needed two yards cotton ducking (it’s a thicker material so it will stand up to wear and tear), a coordinating fabric for the pocket, two yards webbing (strap material), and magnetic snaps to hold the pocket shut.

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Then I followed the tutorial from Design Sponge. In the tutorial she makes strap covers, it’s a great finishing detail that adds extra support to the strap as well. I didn’t add the strap covers because my pocket would be covering my straps on the one side and for the other side I can always go back and sew it down more.

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For the pocket I eye-balled how long and wide I wanted my pocket to be. Then I curled the raw edges under for a crisp look.

For the magnetic snaps I lined them up right under the straps. Then I followed the directions on the packaging for attaching the magnetic clasp. They may be too far apart but at least the pocket isn’t flapping open.

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(These are what we used)

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The pocket needed to cover my magnetic snaps and look balanced from each edge, so I pinned the bottom edge down while I added the magnetic snaps

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I started sewing the pocket down bottom first then each side, I could have done it differently but the bottom of the pocket was secure and couldn’t shift around when I sewed the sides.

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Here Is the finished bag! I am pleased with how my mat holder turned out. Beebop’s will turn out a little better just because I’m putting her’s together second and I’ve had my trial and error with my bag. This was pretty easy to make so if I’m still not pleased with the few uh-oh’s I made, or grow tired of my fabric choice, it won’t be difficult to whip up a new bag.

Once I’ve finished B’s as well I plan to update this post because her bag will be a little different from mine.

This weekend Bb and I are going to look stylin’ for our yoga class, and finally have something to keep our mats rolled up with!

-Mm

Check out the Projects from the Challenge Hosts, as well as the link party at the bottom of their posts with all the other fun projects people made! : Sherry & John at Young House Love , Katie at Bower Power, Michelle at The Remodeled Life and Megan at Decor and The Dog

It’s Pinterest Challenge Time!

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Get your thinking cap on and start browsing your Pinterest page for inspiration for a Pinterest project you want to get made or done! Maybe you want to finally make that t-shirt necklace you’ve been eyeing like my sister Kiki, or make a lampshade, or sew something, or cook something, or organize something…

The Pinterest challenge was started by Katie Bower of Bower Power and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love, to get them to stop just pinning awesome projects and start doing them. This time they have linked up with two other lovely bloggers: Megan from The Remodeled Life and Michelle from Decor & The Dog.

The deal is you have a week to take something that you pinned and put your own spin on it.  If you blog about the challenge be sure to follow the rules laid out by the host ladies.  Remember, your project has to be done by next Wednesday Morning, the 27th of February, 2013.

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Bee and I have been taking a yoga class on Sunday mornings and both of us just roll our mats and stick them under our arms like the rookie, cheap-o’s we are. Last week after class we discussed how we wish we had a yoga bag or a strap that would hold our mat. So, for the Pinterest challenge Beebop suggested that we actually pin some ideas of yoga mat straps and bags and get them made. Kind-of a “Dude get on that!”  like Sherry from Young House Love. I started to pin some ideas, and then Bb and I are going to look them over and discuss which ones we like the best and want to make. They may be the same, they may be different, guess we shall see what we end up with next week!

-Mm

DIY Lampshade Makeover

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I have been lukewarm about the lampshade in my bedroom for awhile. It has gotten pretty dinged up moving to and from college a couple times; the plain white shade with the dents is not my jam.

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Before following through on the bamboo covered shade I had considered some other options before now.

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There’s this sweet little shade that had a Sharpie taken to it over at a little glass box, or this Anthropologie inspired DIY ruffled burlap shade how-to on Tatertots & Jello

A couple nights ago I was on Pinterest and came across a tutorial on House of Fifty by Janell Beals. I was clicking around, browsing through some of her projects when I came across this post where Janell covered a basic, drum shade with bamboo she had spray painted white.

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Her tutorial seemed really doable and the texture of the bamboo on the lamp shade is really beautiful. You can see her finished shade on the pendant in the room here.

When I was out running some errands, I stopped by Michael’s craft store to pick up a bundle of bamboo. Once I read House of Fifty’s tutorial I wanted to just follow through on it.

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I laid out my pieces on the floor. I didn’t want to cut ones that were too big, or bowed. After I measured how wide I needed my bamboo pieces to be I started by cutting them to size with a saw. The saw was not my friend. I figured if bamboo is about the size of the branches on the bushes in my yard I could use garden clippers to trim the stalks.

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I cut a whole bunch of the bamboo stems, until I couldn’t cut anymore. I ran out 😦  I got as far as I could with the bamboo I had. I laid out all the pieces I cut to make sure the pieces fit together, which didn’t really help in the long run because gluing them to the lamp was different from having them laid out on a flat surface. Laying them out did help me see the different widths of stalks, or if one had a curve in part of it. It looked like House of Fifty’s bamboo was a little more uniform in shape and size which would make it a bit easier to glue all the pieces in a row next to each other, but I’m not sure where she found her’s, and I was working with what I could find in stores.

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So, this is how far I got.

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I sent my mother to grab another bundle of bamboo on her way home from work for me so I could finish my shade. So after round two of clipping bamboo and hot-gluing it onto the shade here is what we have:

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Here is how the finished shade and lamp base look.

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After seeing it on the lamp base I’m not sold. I really like the texture that the bamboo brings to the room. I don’t believe that painting it white would save this pairing either. I think the cool, modern, sleek feel of the lamp base doesn’t jive with bamboo lamp shade. I’m might look into getting a new lamp base from Target or some other store.

-MM