Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Clarendon Lane

You know those people who seem to ooze with style and talent? I have a friend named Katie who is that person. She has this amazing blog called Clarendon Lane. She uses it to share all sorts of useful information and ideas. One of my favorite recent posts was on how to organize all your paperwork. Some of my favorite past posts are Organization Rules, Big Hair Day (this video totally changed the way I curl my hair), and Decorating Style. Katie is so honest and true on her blog. She is funny and clever. I love her suggestion to hang the kid's towels in their bedroom instead of the bathroom. I also love all her paint suggestions and techniques.

Recently Katie started offering design services for FREE. All  you have to do is send her an email with pictures and your questions. She has a running list on the blog so you can see where you are on the list and then when it's your turn she will email you with ideas, suggestions, links to things she thinks would look good in your room or whatever design question you ask. 


I recently asked her to help me with ideas for my living room. I don't despise my living room, I just don't feel like it is ME. You know?  She gave me some awesome tips that I can't wait to try. I will definitely show you when I get things moving. Right now I'm focusing on the quilt I'm making for my bed, which honestly is taking longer than I would like. I know if I put it off for a while it will never get finished, so I have to keep on sewing. As soon as I get the bedroom done I will definitely start the living room.
If you have any questions or just need some inspiration, head on over to Clarendon Lane and check things out.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Camera Strap

I had the awesome opportunity to test a pattern for See Kate Sew. One of my favorite blogs! I love being a pattern tester because it is usually a surprise what you get to test. It is a fun challenge to do something I haven't already done or maybe even thought of doing. 

The pattern Kate sent me was for a camera strap cover. I needed one. Well, I didn't really NEED one. My camera has a strap but not a cute strap cover, so this was perfect! I love the way it turned out. You can check out all the other pattern tester's straps here

I used Michael Miller's Ellie fabric in Amber for the pleats and front and some orange striped knit for the back. I can't seem to find more yardage of the fabric, but if you really want some you should keep searching. It's bound to come up somewhere! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oh The Miss

Check this out. Yeah, you can stop laughing any time now.

I mean it. Stop.

This was an attempt at a modern art piece. Nope. It is a totally laughable miss. I am really bummed because I put a lot of time into collecting these old hand mixer beaters.

Maybe I should just stick to sewing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

SYTYC Interview


Here is my interview with Missy from So You Think You're Crafty. I thought I would post it here so you can all read it too.

Hi! I am Camilla Wilcox from Candied Apples. I am a low maintenance gal who prefers to look a little more high maintenance. I love knowing I have painstakingly chosen or made every item in my house and they are all things I love. If I don't love it, it doesn't stay. Purging my home is a hobby of mine.

My favorite color is yellow and although I don't own a lot of yellow things I hope to change that! 

Questions:
1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I was born and raised in Oregon. Once I got married we started moving east. We've lived in Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and now in the DC area. I've loved every city we have lived in! I have a wonderful husband and an adorable little boy. We are small town folks who love city living. I enjoy all things domestic. I make my own bread, jam and canned fruit. I sew our own clothes and am attempting to grow vegetables and herbs on our balcony.

I started Candied Apples as a creative outlet while I was working in Chicago at a very scientific, uncreative job. It has grown and changed to fit my life as I shifted from working wife to stay at home mom.

2.How and when did you start crafting?
I was humbly raised by two amazing parents who loved their kids and each other. I was taught about resourcefulness, creativity, recycling, hard work, patience and happiness. Through this upbringing I have been crafting since before I can remember. I didn't start sewing until I was in college, but once I tried I was hooked.

3.How often do you craft?
I craft daily. If I'm not actually sewing or creating, I am jotting down ideas while we're on our way to playgroups or museums.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?
Oh my goodness, everywhere. I think nature is probably my biggest form of inspiration. I'm very practical and I love the way many things in nature serve a dual purpose. If I can make something with more than one purpose then I am over the moon.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
Definitely fabric. But I am starting to do more with wood and paint.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?
Thrifting. I love going to a thrift store whenever we have a few minutes in our day. Thankfully my son loves it too!

7.What makes you smile?
Of course my family, sunshine, bread right out of the oven, cupcakes, fabric stores, hot cocoa with marshmallows, baking, reading and IKEA.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
I love exploring Washington DC with my son. We love going to museums, parks, memorials and just about anywhere on the Metro.

Monday, July 18, 2011

So You Think You're Crafty - Over & Out

So, as you can tell, the Anthro inspired nautical bag was mine. Honestly, I really really love this bag and use it all the time. I think that makes the fact that it is the project that made me lose So You Think You're Crafty a bit better. I mean, if I hated the project I would be frustrated that I didn't choose something better. Anyway, I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to compete in SYTYC and am excited to see what everyone else does for the rest of the themes. 

I have had a few misses (as in, the project went terribly wrong) lately that I need to photograph so you can have a good laugh. Seriously, they're laughable. So, look forward to that. 

I have some really exciting projects that I'm working on though that I think will turn out very well. I can't wait to finish them so I can show you. Right now I'm doing some pretty big things in my bedroom, so I'll probably wait until I'm done to reveal the whole room. 

In the mean time, enjoy a few more pictures of the nautical bag. 





Sunday, July 17, 2011

Anthro Inspired Bag

A few weeks ago I fell in love with this nautical bag from Anthropologie. I was determined to make it myself. Here's the original at $68.00.
 

And here's mine at just $20.
I LOVE it! It came out just the way I wanted. I hand painted the larger striped fabric because I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I added the faux leather bottom and matched the leather look on the straps. I was able to find the red and white small polka dot fabric for the lined interior. With rope and grommets it feels like I'm ready to go sailing.

Bon Voyage!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Perfect $1.50 Bag

 What is the perfect bag? Well, it must be big enough to hold the essentials, light weight and cute. Oh and if you're a mom, it should probably be washable, of course.
 This bag started out as a slightly boring placemat. Now it is a clean, modern bag with cutout handles. All from the dollar store for just $1.50. If it gets dirty, just wipe it down, it's vinyl.
 It could not be any cuter!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Kitchen (in detail)

Here's what the kitchen looked like before. Not much to look at but great with potential.

 And here is the after! I love the way it turned out. It fits right in at our house and even sits in our living room without being a massive eye sore (like a plastic one would). We get tons of questions about it when people come over. It really wasn't hard or expensive.
 I borrowed a jig saw to cut the hole for the dog bowl to sit in. Then I painted it, drew on the burners for the stove and tiled the back splash. It only took one sheet of tiling and cost about $6.00. I used caulking from a tube instead of grout because it doesn't really need to be water secure and you can't buy just a tiny amount of grout. From here I just screwed everything else in (knobs, bike hook and utensil hangers). The bike hanger was $1.00 at Ikea and the knobs were also quite cheap from there as well. That's it. Easy as pie!
I've been picking things up from the thrift store here and there to fill up the kitchen. We scored this amazing set of dishes one day and I love them! We also have a blender, mixer and pans that came from thrift store. The whole project cost about $40.00. Even cheaper than those ugly plastic kitchens.

SYTYC Week 2 - Make Believe

What do you do when your kid asks for a hideous plastic play kitchen? Make them a really cool one! This started out as a wooden microwave cart from the thrift store. It got a major facelift.
I drilled a hole for the sink, added a backsplash, faucet, oven knobs, an oven and a lot of paint.
This is now the perfect place to make a make believe dinner.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Shabby Apple Sale

I wanted to tell you that Shabby Apple is having a sale. A big one! Everything is 20% off. That's right. EVERYTHING! Just use the coupon code SUMMER20 to save 20% off Site Wide!  The only exclusion is Amalfi Coast Swim Wear.  The sale runs through July 31.


I own two Shabby Apple dresses and I could not be happier with them. They are comfortable, modest, fun and versatile. I know they're normally a little pricey but this is the perfect chance to get one!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Last of Me Made June

I had such a good time with Me Made June. I really learned where I need to add more to my handmade wardrobe. I think I need more accessories and button up shirts. Those are definitely my favorite handmade things to wear. I also love my jeans and want to make more pants. 


Here's what I've been wearing for the last little bit. I wasn't that great at taking pictures while on vacation, so this is all I have for the last week and a half. 







At this point, even though I don't have to, I am reaching for my handmade clothes first. That was one of my goals for Me Made June, so I'm glad that is how it is working.

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