Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Shoes & New Chapter

The best part about being a buyer is you get to shop a season or two ahead. So though it's cold (well somewhere I'm sure it is), I get a peek into the spring lines. I will be excited to get new sandals and open toes, but in the meantime I found the perfect transitional shoe. These Zig Zag Flats I bought up immediately. I like these because they look great with a lot of Winter clothes, but they will easily transition into Spring...and let's be honest, into Summer and probably for a good year or two for me. When I find a winner I wear those suckers out. 
The good news is they are ready for sale on Twiggshoes.com, the bad news for some and good news for others is that Twigg is moving! Yup, we are moving to The South ya'll...Atlanta to be exact. Though we are a little nervous for the big change, I am so excited to check out all the charm and style-not to mention food, that the south has to offer. My husband lived there for awhile before and loved it. More to come on all the details!
Moving means packin' up shop! We will be moving Twigg at the end of February and closed the month of March-yikes! So those who have thought about party or buying shoes-now is the time. We will open up promptly in Atlanta at the start of April but shipping for my West Coast customers will be more. I have already had some requests for these shoes, so get your orders in. So much to do and so little time! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

DIY Headboard

Finished my first upholstery project few days ago (yes, there will be more)! I am so happy with how it turned out that I thought I would post the tutorial. Here is the finished product:
The fabric is more coral than red-my camera wasn't picking up the color very well.
 How it started. I bought this beauty on Craigslist for $50. Way better then having to cut the plywood myself and cover it with batting and I was in love with the shape!
 I bought my fabric at Joann and it was on sale for $10 a yard. A steal compared to the $50 fabric I was previously eyeing. This frame is a double bed (60 x 60) so I bought 2 yards since the fabric was an outdoor upholstery fabric it was 58 inches wide. 
I first laid the fabric out on a sheet and ironed it, then laid the frame on top making sure that there were no waves underneath. Then I cut around the shape of the frame leaving about 5 inches. 
 Using mine and my husband's muscles and smoothing skills we stapled with a staple gun about every inch starting from the bottom and working around one side. 
 This would be a cinch if the headboard were square, but with the curves it took a lot longer to pull and make it tight. Also, since I picked a fabric with a pattern it was much harder making sure the lines and squares were even and centered. Again, much easier if you pick a solid color fabric. In this picture I moved into the kitchen to see it in better light and then I trimmed the extra fabric of the back.
I could have stopped here and I do love the simplicity of it but I knew I wanted to add nailheads. You can buy the individual nailheads or what I bought the nailhead trim kits, because it was more cost effective and much easier to obtain a straight line rather than nailing in one at a time.
 I bought a nickel trim kit that was 10 yards (with shipping $25) because it was about the same cost as the 5 yard kit. So I have over 5 yards left over for my next project. With the trim kit you are to nail down every 5th one, but the nails weren't holding because the padding was too thick. So with instead I used tacky glue that I already had and then nailed down every 5th one with a longer nailhead. (Hope you don't have to face that) After measuring it out, we decided it was easier to just eyeball it bent the trim all the way around the frame. Make sure you do all of this with the headboard on a the ground (a clean ground that is).
I still need to trim and glue the edges on the bottom in this picture, but you get the idea. 
I roughly spent $90 on a double bed frame that would normally cost at least $300 and it was fun to do on my own. I can't wait to see what it looks like in my little girl's new room! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Latest Project

Here is just a sneak peek of my latest project. I am so excited about it and hope it turns out like my vision. Hope to finish it up this week and reveal it next week!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Little Obsessed

I can't stop making these bows and headbands for my girls. I found these headbands at The Dollar Tree. 8 for $1. And $.29 for a sheet of felt at Michael's. They are very girly but not over the top and too big. I am also obsessed because they are so easy. Heavy thread and a glue gun get it done. 
So adorable, like I said obsessed.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Holidays Are Over

Now that the Holidays are officially over and I now have no excuse since my baby is 4 months old it is time to kick it into high gear. While I was still pregnant I saw these classes and wanted to try them so bad.  Thanks to my mom and dad I got 10 classes for my birthday. I was so excited to try them out. Let's just said it is such a hard workout. You do not need to know ballet to do it-it is just straight up hard. My legs are dead midway through the class. It is just intense repetitions using the ballet barre, weights, bands and a ball. I highly recommend it if you need a good toning class. I am off to my 3rd class tonight, I am just praying that my legs stop shaking after a couple more classes!
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