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Happy 1st Birthday HFoP!

1 Dec

I can’t even believe it’s been a whole year since I started this blog.  I won’t lie…writing a blog can be quite time consuming, but also extremely gratifying, and I could not have kept it up if it weren’t for YOU!  Yes, I’m talking to YOU readers!

Thank you so much for reading, commenting, sharing your decorating and DIY ideas, and for all of your support.  I went from averaging 20 hits a day, to now over 1000 hits a week!  So thank you from the bottom of my heart… and I promise year 2 is going to BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

So I thought for today’s post it would be appropriate to take a look back to December 1, 2010 – my first official blog post on fabric.   Oh the good ol’ days…

Arhcive: December 1, 2010

I’ve been on a hunt for something to brighten up our living room walls, but didn’t want to frame yet another vacation photo. In my quest for ideas I came across some pretty great fabric websites…. some designs so damn pretty they can serve as wall art all by themselves!

I love it…

Suzani Fabric
Inspired by Uzbek Folk Art

www.calicocorners.com

suzani_pattern_dongia

www.donghia.com

Damask Fabric
Great for mixing and matching.   I personally prefer the black and white patterns over the colored ones.

warehousefabrics.com
rebekahwestover.blogspot.com

Geometric Fabric
One of my favorites right now!

www.hirondellerustique.com

Just received 2 of these off our wedding registry 🙂

Geometry 20" Pillow

crateandbarrel.com

I want it…

One of my favorite sites is http://www.fabric.com (quite the discernible domain name, huh?).  What I love about this particular site (aside from the affordable prices) is that they let you create a preview pallet so you can play around with mixing and matching colors and patterns before purchasing.

Here are some combos I’ve been playing around with:

Greens…
Green Swatches

Blues, Browns and Yellows..

Reds and Yellows…

The first swatch on this last pallet I purchased to use as a tablecloth!

If you like that “grid” look above, go ahead and pick out a multi-picture frame.

Something like…

www.outblush.com
http://www.priceinspector.co.uk

It’s as easy as placing your different fabrics in  each square (attaching it to card-stock or the backer that comes with the frame to keep the fabric sturdy).  The best thing about this DIY…. You can splurge a bit on the frame, since many sites (including fabric.com) allow you to order JUST the swatches (about $1.95/each).   Much cheaper than ordering in yardage, and less wasteful!

Here’s a little “fabric frame” project I did with a canvas tapestry that my fiance’s family got us from Ireland.

Rather than have the whole thing done at a framer ($$$), I went to Michaels and just had them cut the matte board to my specifications.  Then I purchased an inexpensive poster frame, and put it together using double sided tape.  Viola!

You want it even easier??   I thought you’d never ask.


http://decorationideas.blogliterature.org

Not only is this SUPER easy, it’s totally cheap… and now likely my next project.  Just pick up an embroidery hoop (can purchase at any craft or sewing store for about $1 each) and securely fasten in the fabric using the adjustable brackets.

Still on the easy train…

Here’s some “art” I just put in our bedroom.  I had an extra frame lying around, and this really bright and vibrant piece of fabric that I bought on a whim (a.k.a. it was cheap!).  All I did was secure the fabric right inside the frame (just like you would a photo)!  For some bolder prints I feel like you can get away without matting.

*sorry for the glare!*

Now with larger pieces of fabric, you can totally forgo the frame and make  fabric wall panels instead!


http://belladia.typepad.com

What you’ll need for this look:

  • Foam Core
  • Double sided tape
  • Fabric!

1-2-3 Instructions:

  1. Simply cut out the foam core to the size you like (you can make them all the same size for a more geometric look, or go wild with varying squares or rectangles).
  2. Using the double sided tape (or poster tape), tape along the edges of the foam core
  3. Then place the foam core onto the back side of your fabric, and fold the fabric over the sides.  Make sure you have about 1 – 2 inches to fold over

{Know of some great fabric websites?  Do share!}

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GIVEAWAY! Yeah that’s right people, free stuff!

10 Jan

What do you get when you mix creative & dedicated readers with a generous & talented fabric store?

FREEBIES BABY!

The scoop:

Help HouseFullofPretty increase it’s readership by doing any of the following:

  • Show your love by posting a link to HouseFullofPretty on your Facebook page!
  • Comment on any post (past or present) with your thoughts.
  • Email me a picture showing off  your own decorating skills!  I promise to post it!
  • If you’re a blogger, link to HouseFullofPretty on your own blog!

Do 1 = you rock.
Do multiple = get multiple entries into the drawing, and you reeeeally rock.

The sweet prize:

Two pillow covers of your choice from fabricadabra!!!!
OMG, this is huge.

Not only does this site sell gorgeous stuff (remember my Ikat obsession???) but  all the fabrics sold are woven from natural, non-toxic fibers.  Beautiful and good??  C’mon now… this makes me look bad 🙂

The rules:

  • For each item you do above, you get 1 entry into the drawing pool.
  • The contest starts NOW and will run through Monday, January 17th @8pm.  I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday morning as well as send you an email with the great news!
  • Winner will just need to send me their mailing address and pillow cover choices so that fabricadabra can send you your super prize!
  • Winner will also need to invite me over for dinner so I can drool over the new goods 🙂

One little detail:

  • For comments and pictures, I can track your entries myself
  • But please email me at HouseFullofPretty@gmail.com if you:
    • Post this blog to your Facebook account
    • Post this blog to your own blog

I’ll leave you with some of my favorite fabricadabra pillow covers to get you pumped…

{And let the games begin!!!}

fabricadabra

Fun with Fabric

1 Dec

I’ve been on a hunt for something to brighten up our living room walls, but didn’t want to frame yet another vacation photo. In my previous quest for Ikat, I came across some pretty great fabric websites…. some designs so damn pretty they can serve as wall art all by themselves!

I love it…

Suzani Fabric
Inspired by Uzbek Folk Art

www.calicocorners.com

suzani_pattern_dongia

www.donghia.com

Damask Fabric
Great for mixing and matching.   I personally prefer the black and white patterns over the colored ones.

warehousefabrics.com
rebekahwestover.blogspot.com

Geometric Fabric
One of my favorites right now!

www.hirondellerustique.com

Just received 2 of these off our wedding registry 🙂

Geometry 20" Pillow

crateandbarrel.com

I want it…

One of my favorite sites is http://www.fabric.com (quite the discernible domain name, huh?).  What I love about this particular site (aside from the affordable prices) is that they let you create a preview pallet so you can play around with mixing and matching colors and patterns before purchasing.

Here are some combos I’ve been playing around with:

Greens…
Green Swatches

Blues, Browns and Yellows..

Reds and Yellows…

The first swatch on this last pallet I purchased to use as a tablecloth!

If you like that “grid” look above, go ahead and pick out a multi-picture frame.

Something like…

www.outblush.com
http://www.priceinspector.co.uk

It’s as easy as placing your different fabrics in  each square (attaching it to card-stock or the backer that comes with the frame to keep the fabric sturdy).  The best thing about this DIY…. You can splurge a bit on the frame, since many sites (including fabric.com) allow you to order JUST the swatches (about $1.95/each).   Much cheaper than ordering in yardage, and less wasteful!

Here’s a little “fabric frame” project I did with a canvas tapestry that my fiance’s family got us from Ireland.

Rather than have the whole thing done at a framer ($$$), I went to Michaels and just had them cut the matte board to my specifications.  Then I purchased an inexpensive poster frame, and put it together using double sided tape.  Viola!

You want it even easier??   I thought you’d never ask.


http://decorationideas.blogliterature.org

Not only is this SUPER easy, it’s totally cheap… and now likely my next project.  Just pick up an embroidery hoop (can purchase at any craft or sewing store for about $1 each) and securely fasten in the fabric using the adjustable brackets.

Still on the easy train…

Here’s some “art” I just put in our bedroom.  I had an extra frame lying around, and this really bright and vibrant piece of fabric that I bought on a whim (a.k.a. it was cheap!).  All I did was secure the fabric right inside the frame (just like you would a photo)!  For some bolder prints I feel like you can get away without matting.

*sorry for the glare!*

Now with larger pieces of fabric, you can totally forgo the frame and make  fabric wall panels instead!


http://belladia.typepad.com

What you’ll need for this look:

  • Foam Core
  • Double sided tape
  • Fabric!

1-2-3 Instructions:

  1. Simply cut out the foam core to the size you like (you can make them all the same size for a more geometric look, or go wild with varying squares or rectangles).
  2. Using the double sided tape (or poster tape), tape along the edges of the foam core
  3. Then place the foam core onto the back side of your fabric, and fold the fabric over the sides.  Make sure you have about 1 – 2 inches to fold over

{Know of some great fabric websites?  Do share!}

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