** Content Warning – This is not your Grandma’s crafting! **
Working as a commercial interior designer is a great profession, but it’s not as hands-on as what you see on things like HGTV. We work in AutoCAD, do Photoshop rendering and pick out materials. But we also do ceiling plans, coordinate with mechanical/electrical/plumbing, do tedious room finish schedules and even more tedious shop drawings.
So sometimes we designers want to get hands-on! Together with some of my designer friends from college, we dreamed up what was at first called “D.I.Y. Day” to be sort of politically correct but then turned quickly into a “Stitch and Bitch” (way more fun). JT preferred to absent himself (can’t blame him) and us girls took over the Thompson house for a Saturday of crafts.
I was excited to get further in my New Year’s resolution of “bringing brunch back” so I went to town on that.
I found these great napkins at Ikea that matched the “stitch” theme and also had my beloved blue in them. And yep, that’s a new rug hanging out in the kitchen — bought for under $30 online. Sweet. Ignore the horrible soffit, there’s a new light fixture going in this upcoming weekend . . . .
The girls pitched in with food (and cocktails!) and off we went . . . .
JT had set up the new Ikea Strind coffee table for us before he vanished into thin air and it came in handy having so much more free space in the living room now that the big ottoman has moved on to my brother and sister-in-law’s new house.
I didn’t get a good before picture of it but Miss K came in with a busted up mirror from Hobby Lobby she scored for $8. She had a big bag full of stuff and she took her frame to the horribly weedy front yard and made some magic with it.
She made a gorgeous little picture display for her little girl, Mila’s room. She texted me a picture after, and I think the pictures of Mila with her mommy and daddy are what make it extra cute. I love the fabric and ribbons and really, the overall pink and brown scheme they did for Mila’s room – very sophisticated but fun.
With all that she had to do, somehow Miss K even finished up first and came in to give us a hand . . .
Miss E had found some great inspiration images on Pinterest and wanted to do something spring-y for her front door. Several yards of felt and some hot glue later, her wreath came out so great.
One of the nice things is that the felt flowers are wired on individually so she can change it out for the season if she wants (red flowers for Valentines day or orange and brown hues for fall . . . )
Isn’t it sharp on their black front door? I love it!
Now to me. . . . everyone I know seems to be having a baby girl. So baby presents were in order. I saw this adorable felt bootie pattern on Purl Soho’s website and wanted to try it out.
I was the slowpoke of the group. By the time brunch had wrapped up, I had only one unadorned bootie to show for all my effort. I persisted in my hand-stitching and thanks to an extra long finale of The Bachelor, got one pair all the way done.
Now I only have two more pairs left!! All in all, the Stitch ‘n Bitch was great fun — it was nice to work on a project and be able to catch up with each other, drink really good cranberry-champagne mimosa-things and enjoy a beautifully sunny Saturday. This might end up being a recurring event, but I think next time instead of starting off on a whole new project, I need to use these D.I.Y. days as a time to finish up all the ones I have started all over the house . . . .
Thanks to Miss K and Miss E for letting me share their projects! Cheers – CT