No Sew Teepee!

>> Monday, June 24, 2013

While cruising on Pinterest, I realized I was late to the teepee party. With Emily at the perfect "let's build a fort" age, I decided to fulfill one of my own little dreams: a girly teepee. (I also needed something to fill that space in our living room.) Everyone wins!

I got the party started by picking up six garden sticks (5 feet) at Home Depot for about $2.50 each. So cheap. I wish they were a little bit taller... I wish I was a baller. Sorry, I had to:-). But seriously, I do wish they were about a foot taller, but it's good for the girls. Emily can stand up in the teepee, and that is most important.

I then dug out some fabric from my ever growing stash. I used three yards of cream duck cloth. I was dreading the moment that came next: drilling a hole in each pole. Since every room in my house contains some sort of power tool, I went on a drill hunt. I'm still not sure I used the correct attachment, but nothing caught on fire (although there was some smoke), and I got the job done. I measured eight inches from the end of each pole and made a mark. I then went to town on drilling the holes to run the twine.

Once the holes were drilled, I strung them all together with twine. This was a little tricky, but just keep arranging the sticks until you have a teepee shape. I wanted a girly teepee, so pink ribbon came next. I brought the teepee inside and used the ribbon to secure the sticks (not through the holes).

Once the frame was set, I simply draped the duck cloth over the sticks. I was going to call it a day, but I saw a Michael Miller floral fabric screaming to be made into bows to hold it all together. I cut two slits in the cream duck cloth, cut a strip of floral fabric, and I tied a bow (repeat). I'm happy I completed this extra step as it adds a little something extra, I can make matching pillows to throw in there, and it securely holds the duck cloth in place and helps to stabilize the teepee. I also knew Emily would appreciate the bows- so cute.

The project took a total of 30 minutes! Emily loves it, and Mary hung out in there for a while too. It also fills a formerly lonely space with some personality. Poor Ryan has a floral accented teepee in his family room; I'm pretty sure he is getting used to these types of shenanigans. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!



>> Friday, June 21, 2013

Seriously winning, ya'll. I never win anything. Never. That all changed early this week when Marisa from Re-Bloom emailed me with a free consultation for our new home. Maybe I never win because I never enter "contests"... something to consider.

Re-Bloom is all about making what you already have work for you and your family. With a new house that is twice the size of our old house, I was/am struggling with how to decorate. It's a bummer because we are also still putting up trim and gearing up for a kitchen remodel. Such is life with Ryan.

Marisa was so kind and a great listener. (She even rocked Mary to sleep!) I think I talked the entire time, but I have sooo many ideas, and she was kind enough to listen patiently. It's also important to me that Ryan likes what is going on in our house, and he is opinionated; who knew? Long story short, Marisa already sent me some ideas for a table, and she had some great ideas for our long, weird bedroom. I'm looking forward to finding some temporary dividers for that space... any ideas?

So, if you want a super creative, kind, and cool person to help you with your home, wardrobe, or business, look into Re-Bloom. I just love the idea of using what you have in different ways. You can find her blog here.

Side note: Chelsea and I went to an amazing estate sale last night. I scored some potted plants and the above piece of art. I need to pick up a fern for that plant stand. Progress, people!


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