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Basement Project Plan

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South WallOver the past couple of weeks, Brad and I have been putting all of our time and effort into getting this basement finished and liveable. I’ve really been neglecting my work-at-home situation to get it done, and Brad has been heading over to the new house to work every day before or after work, depending on the shift he’s on that week. Slowly but surely, it’s coming along quite nicely! It is very time consuming, and yet easier than I had expected! I’ve decided to make this brief checklist and game-plan for anyone who may be interested doing a little basement work. I hope this helps!

  • Electrical wiring
    Luckily, this step was completed before we moved in, therefore we have utility boxes along the west wall of the room. Rather than covering these up with a wall, we will be creating a floating shelf along the entire wall to encase the electrical outlets.
  • Deep cleaning
    After removing all of the debris from the room, clean every inch of the walls and floor with bleach. We also cleaned the ceiling with a toilet brush, with the intention of leaving it exposed.
  • Sealing off leaks
    This is an issue for many basements, as many conditions are required to keep a basement leak-free. This article on The Money Pit is very informative and includes a few suggestions for fixes.
  • Staining/finishing the ceiling
    There are many other options for ceilings, but we decided to tear out the insulation and leave our bare ceiling exposed for a more rustic feel. If you intend on doing this, it’s a good idea to remove any staples or nails that may have been used to attach the insulation. A flat-head screwdriver works well for this.
  • Priming & painting the walls
  • Painting the floor
    Because our room has a fireplace along one wall, we have purchased a carpet that will leave this area of the floor exposed, and have decided to paint the non-carpeted areas.
  • Laying the carpet

West Wall

To be completely honest, we are cutting some small corners here and there budget-wise. This has actually resulted in taking us more time to get everything done. Specifically, we have to stain the entire ceiling before we can lay any kind of carpeting, and it’s incredibly tedious.

We are also faced with the challenge of creatively hiding the exposed wiring and cables that run through the basement, and we have a very interesting idea planned for these as well! There happened to be a giant wood-burning stove in the middle of the floor with a chute that goes right up into the fireplace, and a week or two of firewood stacked along one wall, among other things.

Southeast Corner

At first I was worried that this room would be never be finished or fit for humankind, but now when I close my eyes I know it will be the beautiful modern yet rustic masterpiece that I’ve dreamed of. While this list certainly covers many of the basics, I have so many design ideas to put in motion! I’ve made a Pinterest board specifically for this project titled The Basement-to-Bedroom Project, so be sure to check it out to get a better idea of my design and follow along! I haven’t posted all of my ideas & inspirations just yet, and I’m sure I will continue to keep it updated with more projects that I’ve got in mind after the basement is liveable. Thanks for reading, internet!

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Featured Project: Croc Clutch

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Yeah, that’s right. I’m starting another Featured Project. Something about knowing when to fold ’em and whatnot. Truth is, I’ve put my dress off for way too long, and with Fall right around the corner, I’ve no more reason to pursue any more pretty Summer dresses. For now.

No, now I’m getting on track with this clutch that’s been giving me all sorts of trouble. I’m making it out of some thick polyvinyl-like croc material, and my sewing machine hasn’t taken to it very well. So far I’ve read that I can combat this issue in two ways.

  1. Use a sewing machine needle meant for leather while sewing with the exterior material.
  2. Use interfacing to help the material slide during machine-sewing.

I found these tips on this very helpful post by Christine  of Chris W. Designs, which has helped me learn more about sewing with thick materials such as faux-leather and vinyl.

So this week I’ll be cranking out my croc clutch version 2. This time I’ll be using the same materials from my first draft, but with the newly acquired knowledge from the aforementioned post, and basically make a little crocodile muslin. Also, my machine has been cleaned and oiled very recently, so hopefully version 2 will be a very informative rough draft with version 3 being Shubette Handmade-quality.

Tomorrow, however, my mom is taking Brad and me back to Ohio to pick up our Jeep! I’m glad it’s finally fixed. We had our little accident over a month ago now, and I’m excited to finally get our wings back. Thanks for reading, internet!

Featured Project & Dressmaking for Beginners

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Hey there! If you’re reading to check up on my progress with my featured project, then good news! That’s what I’m writing about today!

Before I talk about my plans for tackling this dress, I have to admit that I don’t know much about sewing garments. For my senior project in high school I made a great looking party dress, and while I’ve spent a bit of time sewing since then, I haven’t made a garment from a pattern in over 4 years now, so I’ve got a lot of re-learning to do. Plus, I’ve never used a Vogue pattern before! I’m actually a little ashamed of my lack of sewing expertise at this point. The good news is that I know where to find the right information.

One of the most resourceful sewing blogs I follow is that of the Coletterie. Once upon a time I was in a book store with a gift card staring down The Colette Sewing Handbook, but neglected to buy it because there were other books I needed to buy as gifts. I had truly regretted this decision to put others before myself, that is, until I realized that they have so many great tutorials and information all over www.coletterie.com and have a ridiculously useful email newsletter full of handy sewing tips. I strongly recommend visiting this website if you feel you’ve got some learning to do when it comes to sewing, and especially sewing garments. Here’s a few pages from the site that are really helping me through this tough learning period:

In the past, I always rushed into the sewing portion of my projects out of excitement and immediately messed something up for lack of planning. This is why instead of rushing into making this dress from a pattern I’m still deciphering, I’ll first get to work on a muslin. This is going to take me a little while. I won’t have my muslin fabric before next week’s featured project post, so I’m planning something extra special for that day instead! Thanks for reading!

A Very Festive 420 DIY

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Hi everyone! If you’ve visited this blog before, you’re here because I hinted at a very special post to celebrate 4-20! While I had initially planned on introducing you to my brother’s “Found Art” pipes, he has failed to perform, as lazy stoners often do. Instead, as my gift to you on this very special holiday, a free pattern for your own water-pipe-stocking, paired with an image-heavy how-to. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry