Saturday, August 30, 2014

Little Red Dress




I have had a rough couple of weeks. Luckily for me, sewing and meditation are synonymous. So I thought today I'd actually shower and get busy doing what I love. And wouldn't you know, I already feel much better.

Depression (I'm bipolar) is a tricky thing. Sometimes I have to use my ability and desire to create to fool myself into thinking I am OKAY, everything is OKAY, now pass the scissors. Today I didn't worry about the many (to most- little) things that are bothering me, but instead I worried about construction, patterning, fitting, sewing and each step in between. All the while, finding myself more and more comforted by my powerful God, making him back to the all-knowing Father I know him to be, yet sometimes forget.

I have had this red lace fabric for 12 years.

12. 

I was actually given it by my mom's friend as she was clearing out her late mother's sewing stuff. (Turns out when you're the only person that everyone knows that sews, you get hooked up with some pretty fantastic vintage stuff when they clear out their stash from this dying hobby.)

It's had many purposes.. Even used here as party decoration for Everly's Valentine's themed party (window photo stream background):




Anywho.

As we were watching Project Runway (my favorite) and I was critiquing the awesome/God-awful dresses, my husband asked if I could just "whip a dress like them..." And I said "Ch-yeah! With a nagging toddler pulling my hair as I sew and pending dinner prep and football practice looming." (Seriously, I could be done in an hour on that show given the conditions I've taught myself to sew in.)

So I pulled out the lace I've been dying to use and made this little red/gold dress by draping on my dress form. 



 It's red chiffon underneath, the back is my favorite!
       
(So hard to take pics in my super dark closet- sorry!)

I obviously had to put a built in bra: 
I also added boning to the sides to keep the shape. 


Moral of the story: Life is short. Use the fabric.

Now I have to find an occasion to wear this dress... Not sure it would be well received at the supermarket.


Hope you're enjoying College Gameday weekend! (I know it's all that on our 4 tv's here. Football has officially begun.)

xo
Sierra

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Completed Dresser Redo Pics


I finished this beauty yesterday morning.

As I mentioned on previous posts, I got this baby for $20. I added about $10 or supplies (no hardware was needed, yay!) And spent several days sanding/staining/chalk painting/roughing up/and hand painting cherry blossom branches and finally wiping Min Wax all over it for the the final awesome look. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. 



Before:


Inspiration: (I can't find the original URL to give credit to someone for this, but I loved it!)



AFTER:


The top has several coats of stain and paint (sanded down and reapplied a couple times) to give it that super worn out look.



(Sorry for the crappy pictures, my DSLR is getting serviced)


Moral of the story, planning and just going for it paid off big time. Like I mentioned in my inspiration post, I was nervous to do the cherry blossoms, but then I thought about it and pep talked myself into knowing that "Sierra doesn't second-guess home decor decisions." (In pep talks I am obviously in 3rd person). And I am so glad I took the time to actually really think about what I wanted to do, it makes the end that much more satisfying... So make sure you have a game plan and try not to veer away from it! (Off my soapbox).

I've been working on tiny projects I have been wanting to do since we moved in and haven't really made had time to work on, so I look forward to sharing those!!

Happy Hump Day!

xo
Sierra

Gold Accents, Easier than you think!



I am LOVING the gold accent thing being so in right now. So as I just made my coffee, way before the kids are up, and I'm constantly refreshing my browser for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, let's have a chat about how awesome gold spray paint is, shall we?

I am over the mustard yellow accents in my room. I initially bought them to match the giant wall decor I had inherited in my marriage, but we recently changed the print to be more... Err.... Less single bachelor-y. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Let's try something new.

I'm trying to NOT do the typical Sierra thing... I'm trying super hard to have an actual game plan.

You see what you don't read here on the blog... Is that 99% of the time my plans are really me making a series of impulse decisions. For example, the last dresser I redid HERE I was literally standing in the Lowe's paint aisle grabbing paint and tape, not totally sure how I was going to do it. I didn't know what color I was going to paint it, until I saw some racing stripes on a car on my drive to the store.

Most of the time, these flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants decisions work out well. However, on occasion there are major flops (which I don't ever speak of again.)

So, for this dresser (since it's going to be somewhere in my great room, where everyone will see it) I want to have a real game plan.

Here is the dresser:

I love that the drawers pull by the sides, so no hardware is needed (and I don't have to worry about taking it off to paint.)
I sanded it down right after I took this picture, and it sanded so easily, it's some great wood.

I LOVE what this blogger did by removing the drawers to this piece:
(click here to read full post)

But the drawers I have are in perfect condition, so I don't think I can justify ditching them. Although I love the color/style.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE this look. I am not totally confident in my free hand painting skills, but it would be totally worth it to see if I could pull a win on this one:


(I couldn't find the address to link to the original image)

And finally, I think nothing says comfy/homey like this butter dresser as seen on this blog:


So now that I feel sufficiently inspired, I am going to see if I can get started on this project. I may do a combination of a few of the looks above. Looking forward to sharing the end result! Leave a comment of your favorite look idea!

XO
Sierra

PS! I now have an instagram account for my Blog, check it out at:
http://instagram.com/rubiesandluxe And be sure to follow! 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

I just couldn't resist...

There I was, minding my Saturday morning business, headed to Target for
nothing specific, when I drove by a yard sale held by the sweetest artsy woman. I saw this awesome solid wood dresser for $20, I just couldn't walk away from it. 


I have no idea where I'm going to put it, or what I'm going to paint it. Gold drawer faces? Cream top? Some sort of ombré effect? 

We've got a football scrimmage and a baseball game tonight so I won't be starting anytime soon. Stay tuned.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Etsy Shop: Rubies and Luxe



So, I've decided to open listings on Etsy to make alterations/create new items as I can. (After altering a few I've decided this will be the most organized and efficient way to complete orders.)


Right now, I have two listings for jersey alterations, if you're interested, check it out @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/RubiesandLuxe

Looking forward to hearing from you!

xo
Sierra

Racing Stripe Chalk Painted Dresser

I had been waiting to work on a new dresser for my son until after we got back from vacation. I ended up finding the perfect mid-century dresser to give new life at my favorite antique shop. (And they always hook me up with stellar prices.)

$30 for this piece. It was missing hardware, but the drawers were totally functional.

I decided to paint it gray with a "hulk green" racing stripes, since he has a huge Hulk fathead on his wall.