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Ever So Splendid - L+F Sister Site

Hope those of you that are in the midwest and northeast managed to dig yourselves out yesterday!  By the end of the week everything is supposed to melt and we are supposed to get a taste of spring here in Ohio.

Today I wanted to take a second to introduce you to something new!  I’ve had an idea brewing in my brain for awhile and last week it came to fruition.  Introducing Ever So Splendid, the new sister site to L&F that will showcase my tutorials, quilting diary and crafty side.  It features an extra wide layout for huge photos and a clean layout.  Lost & Fawned isn’t going anywhere.  It will still showcase trends, shopping and design going forward.

I’d love to invite you to follow Ever So Splendid on Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin’ so you get all the new updates.  I’m working on a fun giveaway later this week to introduce ESS to the world.

If you are wondering where this came from.  A number of factors were involved in the decision to split the blog into two.  One is my constant need for something new and challenging.  I have found myself thinking a lot about things I would have done differently if I was to start the blog over.  After 5 years with this platform I have learned a lot.  It’s been nagging at me for awhile and I’m excited to put that knowledge to use.  There are also some personal factors involved that have caused me to distance myself a little from the Lifestyle blogging community.  It’s something I have debated about getting into here on L&F.  I don’t want to get to heavy, but I also want to keep things real.  We’ll see if I can muster the courage to share a little more.

Anyways, thanks a million!  We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled posts now!

My Sweet - Free Font by Lost and Fawned

Happy early Valentines Day!  I’m giving you your gift early just in case you can use it to make your valentines this year.  I hope you don’t mind (I’m sure you won’t…).

It’s been awhile since I’ve made you a new free font.  This seemed like the perfect time.  Meet ‘My Sweet’, the newest addition to my line of free typefaces.  Heart details make this handwritten font a fun accent typeface.  And it’s yours to use!  Free of charge!  See details below for download information and usage.

John Lennon Quote in My Sweet FontDownload My Sweet by Lost and Fawned
To download this font click the button above or click here to visit the download page.  Follow the simple instructions on the page and install the font file.  It’s super easy.  If you have any trouble with the download or questions about usage feel free to contact me.

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These fonts are totally free to download and use!  Use it in your blog posts, blog and shop banners, personal crafting projects, personal wedding or baby shower invites, etc.  No need to credit me (but links are appreciated!).  If you are interested in using it on goods you plan to sell (posters, cards, invitations, etc.), please contact me first.

Free Swatch of Silky Faille from SpoonflowerQuick!  Before noon EST today you can get a free sample 8″x8″ swatch of Silky Faille in your choice of pattern from Spoonflower.  Visit this page for details and then pick out any pattern of your choosing (or design your own) and use the free sample button before noon to have it printed and shipped to you for free.  Spoonflower is a great resource for sewers, quilters and crafters.  If you haven’t tried it, today is the perfect opportunity.  But hurry!  Time is running out for this sample swatch!

I’ve always wanted to see Woodland by Lydia Meiying in person.  What swatch are you sampling?

(PS: Sorry for the short notice on this one!  I woke up and saw it and had to share.  It’s too good to pass up.  I hope you catch it in time to snag a swatch.)

 

Butcher Paper Gift Wrap - 3 Ways

One of the best purchases I have ever made was a giant roll of kraft butcher paper. I use it to cover the dining room table when I spread out to paint and it’s the easiest all-purpose wrapping paper. I dress it with floral ribbon for baby and wedding showers. It’s a great base to customize for anyone’s birthday. Brown kraft is seriously versatile.

This week I was determined to get in the holiday spirit so I unrolled my butcher paper and got wrapping. I thought it would be fun to share three ways I jazz up butcher paper for holiday wrapping. I always cut the paper to the size I need for each gift ahead of time.

Stitched Wrapping Paper - DIY - via Lost and Fawned

Stitched Wrapping Paper Steps

/ Stitch It /

Easy to do if you have a stash of embroidery floss laying around. I gridded the backside of the paper first so my stitched X’s would be laid out evenly. Use a medium sized needle (not too thick). You could do X’s like I did, chevrons, stars, boxes, etc. there are so many possibilities. And then there is color. Use one thread color or mix them up.

Layered Kraft Paper - DIY - via Lost and Fawned

/ Layer It /

The easiest way to dress up kraft paper to layer it up with bands of patterned paper, metallic paper, ribbon, string, fabric, etc. simply wrap the gift in plain butcher paper and then pile on layers that gradually decrease in width. Try cutting the paper like a snowflake.

Potato Stamp Gift Wrap - DIY - via Lost and Fawned

Potato Stamp Gift Wrap - DIY

/ Stamp It /

This one harkens back to your childhood! I made a good old fashioned potato stamp of a simple tree shape and used black acrylic paint to stamp them across the paper. It’s not perfect, but I love the way it turned out. Add a colorful Pom or bow to polish it off.

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I put together a collection of some of the supplies I used above and some of my other favorites tools, books and supplies.  Find them all over here.

I’d love to see your creatively wrapped gifts.  Feel free to tag me on instagram @lostandfawned or use the hashtag #lostandfawned to show me how you dressed up your presents this year.  Happy wrapping!

Watch Make Drink - Lost and FawnedThe holidays can be a super busy time.  So when I get a night off to myself I try to take advantage of it.  I’ve put together a little cocktail for a perfect December night in for just you or a few close friends.  I suggest pairing it with PJ’s and wooly socks to complete the cozy atmosphere.  Bonus points for a glowing fire or christmas tree.

  • Watch  //  White Christmas – Paramount Pictures

My ultimate holiday movie.  I watch this every year and I cry every year.  Also always try and get Jared to watch it with me, but he insists he has seen it, and then I insist that he is thinking of “Holiday Inn” and then he rattles off the plot accurately and I concede.

  • Make  //  Newspaper Votives – Hey Look

I usually like to bring a project I’m working on downstairs and stitch away on the couch or spread out on the coffee table.  These votives look so easy and look great on a mantle or in a table setting.  (Side-note: My favorite tealights are the TINDRA scented tealights from Ikea.  The vanilla perfect for every season.  I have a huge stock of them and usually light one in the kitchen after I do the dishes.)

  • Drink  //  Cookie & Cocoa Butter Hot Chocolate – She Knows

Treat yourself!  There are tons of great hot chocolate hacks on pinterest and Tastespotting.  This recipe contains three of my favorite things… cookies, cocoa and rum.

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Lost and Fawned Wedding Napkin Quilt

So it’s been rough, but I’ve made some major progress on our wedding napkin quilt.  As you may recall I have finally gotten around to starting a quilt using the napkins and table linens from our wedding in 2009.  I’m a total quilting newbie.  And I’ve made loads of mistakes so far.  But I’m going to share my current progress and give you some tips I have picked up so far.

Wedding Napkin Quilt Top

As you can see, it is FAR from perfect.  My rectangles are wonky, my seams don’t line up and the scale varies.  But, overall the quilt is square and smooth.  Here is how it happened.  When I started this I had only done one small quilt, so I understood the basics, or so I thought.  I just started cutting, with a loose plan and dull blade.  My pieces weren’t all cut perfectly (first mistake) but I started piecing them together anyways.  I seam allowance wasn’t perfect either (second mistake) so my blocks were all different sizes and far from square.  I was very discouraged.  Before I started joining together the 12″ blocks, I watched a lot of videos (I’ll link to those later) and learned a ton.  So last night after dinner I turned on a crappy late 90′s teen movie on netflix and set up camp in the living room.  I spent a good 2 hours re-squaring the blocks.  The blocks still weren’t perfect, BUT they were square and all the same size.  This made constructing the final quilt top  unbelievably easier.  Lesson learned.

The quilt top came together quickly from there.  By 1 AM I had completed and decently square quilt top.  Like I said, it’s still not a work of art, but it’s a heck of a lot better than it was.  Thankfully the patterns are busy enough that is covers some of the imperfections.

Wedding Napkin Quilt from Lost and Fawned

I’m also planning to hand quilt it with a fairly busy pattern, which I’m thinking will help hide some of my dicey piecework.  I’m going to spend the rest of my morning working on the pattern I’ll be transferring to the quilt top.  I’m thinking I’ll pick one of the patterns in the fabric and replete it in a large scale across the whole quilt.

Things I have learnd so far from Quilting

So I’ve learned some things along the way.

  • I’ve tried learning how to quilt from books, and obviously it didn’t work.  But I’ve found videos helped me immensely.  I’ve watched tons of YouTube videos, but Craftsy courses have been my savior.  Two in particular have been extremely helpful.  First is Hand Quilting: Heirloom Design & Technique.  This is a paid course, but the information and hours of demonstrations are clear, complete and incredibly detailed.  The instructor even answers questions directly in the forum if you run into problems.  You keep it forever, you can re-watch steps as many times as you like and the iPad app is brilliant.  I’m only halfway through this course and it’s helped save this quilt.  The second is Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills, which is a free mini-course.  It’s a great course to get the basics down and pick up some extremely helpful tips.  It made my piecing more efficient and accurate.
  • A hot iron is your best friend.  Pressing my blocks thoroughly between each step help immensely.  I like this Niagara Non-Aerosol Spray Starch.  It smells nice and isn’t too stiff.
  • Be gentle with your pieces.  Mine got stretched a warped which led to a lot of my headache when I started piecing it together.
  • I’ve sung it’s praises before, but I will again.  When you have to do a lot of seams that have to be consistent, invest in one of these magnetic seam guides.  It will make your life so much easier.
  • If you are a beginner, pick up a kit like this Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set.  This is the one I have and for my purposes it works just fine.  As I get better I’ll invest in a better rotary cutter and mat.
  • Quilt with Netflix (or iTunes), tea and a warmly scented candle.  Take your time and enjoy the process.

Once I transfer my design, baste the quilt and start the hand quilting process, I’ll probably start my next quilt.  I’m totally hooked.  Hand quilting this will probably take most of the winter and into the spring.  I’m planning to take my time and really make this a special heirloom from our wedding day.  I’ll be sure to share more progress along the way.

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DIY Drawstring Dustbags on Lost and Fawned

I’ve been really making a sincere effort to take care of my things lately.  I have been investing in nicer pieces and my goal is to make them last as long as humanly possible.  With my shoes and purses, this means using dustbags.  Since I buy pre-loved sometimes my bags don’t come with dustbags.  So I decided to make my own.  I made a whole set in an afternoon and they turned out so cute I decided to try to put together a little DIY for you.

I’m going to try to make this as clear as I possibly can, but I am not a professional or have no real formal training.  The beauty of these bags is there is no real right way to make them.  As long as you end up with a drawstring at the top of a simple bag, you did them right!  In fact, I’m sure there are easier ways.  But this is the way I make them.  If something is unclear, please feel free to comment and I will try to clarify and adjust.

Materials - DIY Dustbags on Lost & Fawned

Materials:

  • Sewing Machine (though you could sew these by hand)
  • Fabric – Vintage sheets are perfect for this project.  They are inexpensive and come in large cuts.
  • Rope or String - I found this cotton rope in the remnants bin at the fabric store for a discount.
  • Thread
  • Basic Sewing Tools – Fabric scissors, Rotary Cutter, Snips, Cutting Mat, Straight Edge

DIY Drawstring Dustbags

  1. Collect your materials.  Lay out your fabric on a large surface (kitchen table or clean floors work fine).  If you plan to use a rotary cutter, make sure you have a cutting mat under the fabric.  Cut the fabric as indicated in the diagram (Figure 1).  You will want it double the size of the bag in length plus a little extra, also allowing for about 2″ on each end for the draw string.  In width it should be the width of the bag, plus a little extra with 1/2″ on either side for the seam.
  2. Cut with a rotary cutter and straight edge or just mark it with chalk and cut it with scissors.  This doesn’t have to be perfect.  These bags are meant to be a little rustic.
  3. Next, fold the fabric in half with the backside of the fabric facing out.  Sew one side closed.
  4. You should have the long edge now where the drawstring will go.  Cut your rope so it’s double the width of the bag plus about a foot.
  5. Fold the top edge of the bag over the rope (as shown in figure 2).  Sew the top edge down, so the drawstring is loose but contained in the little pocket.  Sew all the way across the top edge (across both sides of the bag) to create one long pocket across the top of the bag.
  6. Flip the bag inside out again and sew up the other side of the bag but stop before your reach the drawstring.

So to put it simply you will be sewing one side closed, then sewing the drawstring pocket across the top and then sewing the other side closed.  Once you finish one, the rest will go really fast.

Dustbag Diagrams on Lost and Fawned

Note:  The bag I used as an example in the diagrams is the 2-Way Tassels & Braided Leather Purse by Embi.

Drawstring Dustbag DIY on Lost and Fawned

Make your own Drawstring Dustbags

Keep in mind this is bag does not have to be done exactly this way or sewn perfectly.  They are just going to sit or hang in your closet.

Make smaller ones for shoes or even tiny ones for finer jewelry.  Anything you want to clean clean and protect while it’s not in use.  These even make great gift-wrap.  I make one when I’m wrapping a shower or wedding gift.  If you use sheets or other inexpensive material, like unbleached muslin (which would be so cute dip-dyed or tie-dyed) the materials should cost you around $1 per bag.

Again, I am open to questions!  These directions make sense to me, but not everyone reads directions the same way.  I’m more than happy to clarify in the comments.  Good luck!

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Naomi Wilkinson - Heidi

Naomi Wilkinson - Floral

Naomi Wilkinson - London MapNaomi Wilkinson - Homestead

Oh goodness!  This week I find myself head of heels for everything Naomi Wilkinson has ever done.  Her style, her color, her subject matter…  It’s all made me smile.  Check out her website for more of her portfolio or follow Naomi on Twitter.

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Last year I dabbled in quilting.  With the weather getting chilly again, I’m ready to start stitching again.  Pinterest is loaded with inspiration.  I have a pin board I’ve been filling with tutorials and inspiration for some winter projects.   Here are some of my favorites.  Some are perfect for newbies like me, and others are more of a down-the-road goal.

See Jate Sew Quilt

- Triangle Ombre Quilt from See Kate Sew -

The Purl Bee

- A Wedding Quilt on The Purl Bee -

A Crafty Fox

- Starflower Quilt from A Crafty Fox -

Mer Mag Quilt

- Black Cat Quilt by Mer Mag -

Very Truly Me

- Herringbone Quilt by Very Truly Me -

I still need to finish my Wedding Napkin Quilt.  I’m still debating if I want to try hand-quilting or if I want to have it quilted and bound professionally.  I have a few other fabric bags full of future projects.  I’m to clean and grease my sewing machine and make some tea!

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Autumn Medley on Lost & FawnedOctober will be here in no time at all.  Our heat kicked on for the first time this morning and I was inspired to do my first autumn round-up.  The leaves are starting to change and I’m caught between wanting to be bundled up inside with a cup of tea, and being outside in the brisk air with boots and my plaid coat on.

  1. Sedna Swing Trench  //  Totally not a budget pick, but goodness is it gorgeous!  I would live in this beauty all autumn if I could.
  2. Autumn Tree Print by Georgianna Lane  //  Perfectly captures one of my favorite times of year here in Ohio.  When the leaves finally turn but are still on the trees the whole town looks magical.
  3. Shelter-Co  //  Of course our camping style is far more rustic, but these rental tents from Shelter-Co are so inviting for a relaxing weekend in the woods.  I think they call this “glamping”, but I hate words like that.
  4. Pumpkin Dream Cake  //  I know.  I know.  This time of year is PUMPKIN IN ALL THE THINGS.  But there is a reason why everyone goes pumpkin crazy.  It’s delicious.  The color of this cake is utterly perfect.
  5. Stacked Wood at Ranch at Live Oak  //  Someday in our farmhouse I would love to have a fireplace with plenty of wood stocked up to get us through the winter.  This hearth is at a spa in sunny Malibu, but you get the picture.
  6. DIY Woven Rope Basket by CeciBean  //  This looks like perfect project for a chilly weekend.  It’s super cheap and the end result is practical and professional.  You could even use bright red or orange yarn for a more contemporary look.


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