Meringue Skirt Plan

     For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been sewing my own clothing pretty regularly the past year. I recently picked up the “Colette Sewing Handbook”. The Meringue skirt is the first pattern in the book. The book, much in Colette Patterns fashion, is really quite beautiful. Not to mention all five of the patterns are total classics. 

     I’m planning to do the meringue skirt in a very special navy corduroy. It’s special only because it belong to my maternal grandmother, who passed away about a decade ago. So you better believe I’ll be taking my time with it. 

     I’ve already made the muslin, which I definitely had to tweak some, so that removes a lot of the room for error. That and it’s a fairly simple skirt. So I’m hoping I don’t somehow with my knack for ruining sewing projects fudge this one up. I’ll probably cut it out sometime today, work on some other top secret Christmas sewing projects, and then get unpacked from my trip to DC to see family for Thanksgiving. I’d like to have all my gift sewing done by my cookie exchange which is on the 17th. I’m pretty much the world’s greatest procrastinator though. It wouldn’t surprise me if I was slaving away over the sewing machine at 3 am Christmas eve. 

     But enough about my horrible time management. Point being I’m super excited about this skirt, and the chance to use this fabric. Also I’ll be posting some pictures of my sewing room in the house section later today! 


lady cave update

Been working on my lady cave. So far it looks like this!

My oilcloth covered desk. Tutorial soon to come! 

Room Rundown:

Poang Chairs : IKEA (free as a hand me down)

Shag rug : UO found on craigslist for 20$

Oilcloth Desk – Free Minus 2 yard of frabric 14.00$

Lamps – Free hand me downs

Shelving Unit – Hyllis IKEA 14.99

Chair – Nordmyra IKEA 39.99

Gate Leg Table – Norden IKEA 179.99 (Former dining table in our tiny apartment)

Mirror – Hand me down

Paper laterns – IKEA 5.99

I know it’s a far cry from finished, but I felt pretty accomplished. I’m debating on whether or not to throw down some cheap IKEA click lock flooring. Plywood is such a pain to keep clean. Seeing as this is a small area, and the slatten flooring is only .65 cent a square foot, I think we can make it happen.

Now If I can just find a good weekend to do it. 

Basement Inspiration

The lady cave has been on hold since you last saw it


 . It’s been collecting lost socks and anything I can’t throw away but are’t using at this second.

It looks like my room circa 16 year old me. Which is a really really really


a good thing (right mom?). So To get myself back on track I’ve decided to get inspired. I’m looking to have a “unfinished, usable, basement”. Seeing as they’re no way in heck that I’d be able to actually get the money together anytime soon to properly finish the basement, It’s a good middle ground. Not to mention there are things with water and draining that need to be done before I invest that kind of money. But it’d be super silly not to use it in the long run right? I think the fact that my basement has high ceilings, and practically doubles the square footage of my house sure doesn’t hurt my argument either!

Here’s some amazing unfinished basements to feast your eyes upon!



Pretty Gorgeous right? Also a far cry from this:

But I’m hoping that some serious cleaning, organization, and a bit of paint will go a long way. I’m lucky because I have a million light fixtures, outlets, and central air vents. Everything already being there is going to save me a lot in making this space usable. 


The living room has changed quite a bit! When we first moved in the living room it looked like this.

Look at the doom carpet. Pretty Awful no? Luckily we had awesome floors underneath! Add a couch and some paint and it looked like this:

While I loved the slipcover for the karlstad sofa, it’s dry clean only. In reality with the dog, and being prone to spill everything I ever get into my hands, it wasn’t realistic. I still have the slipcover, but It’s been traded out for a washable one.

We added more seating! I bought a kind of broken karlstad loveseat for 60 bucks, and with 20 dollars spent in IKEA as is section, and a new slipcover, I have a cheap matching sofa! 

I scored two floor display RIBBA frames for five bucks, normally 20$. I added some photos of the city I had taken with my Dianna.  I can’t wait to add more to my own personal gallery.

Here’s a run down of everything in the room.

Rug- Hand me down from the parents (free!) 

Couches, Ottoman, Slipcovers – IKEA (350.00, built from craigslist and IKEA as is, spaced out over a long time)

 Yellow POM POM Blanket- Katie Brown for Meijer (5.99!) 

Art – Frames IKEA RIBBA (10.00) 

Art – My own! (the price of film!) 

Pillows & Covers – Gosa Aster (6.99*4= 27.96) Gäspa (4.99 * 4 = 19.96) 

Curtains – Hardware Existing (Free!) 

Sheers Meijer (4.99 * 4 =19.96) 

White Side table – Flea Market score (11.99)

 Throw – VILMIE RUND (12.99) 

Lamp – Alang (39.99)

Shade for Ceiling fan – (10.00)

Eames Shell Chair – Craigslist (40.00)

Entertainment unit – IKEA Tobo (169.99)

Totals 718.83

Most people I know payed that much for their couch. 

 It’s still only a start. But It keeps getting better! I want to get some more art and color up on the walls!