Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sewvivor - Understated - Cassie Scott

Welcome to my Sew-vivor audition! Thank you so much for taking a peek at what I have to offer. I'll introduce myself, then get right to it.

My name is Cassie Scott. I am a 31 year old mother of two, living in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. Last summer while pregnant with my second son, I suddenly had this crazy moment where I thought, "I'm going to sew every.last.thing my baby wears!" And I hastily bought a sewing machine off Amazon (not after extensive review shopping, of course). I didn't sew a single thing for that baby the rest of that year. I didn't even break the machine out until January.

Around September I came across the ever-so-popular plus quilts on Pinterest. Wow! Could quilting be this modern? I couldn't justify the price of purchasing one from some of the fabulous creators I'd come across, so I continued to swoon. Come the New Year, I finally decided to take out the sewing machine and give it a go on my own. I busted out my drawing pad and got to work on a pattern. I noted the finished sizes of the ones I'd been fond of, read up on the basics and got to work. I can't tell you how proud of that first quilt I was. I hurried through it and we've loved it to death. I look at it now compared to what I'm sharing today, and my goodness! It's awful! But that's the process of learning, right?

I have made countless quilts since January. Crib sized, mini's, a lap size I raffled to raise money for a mission trip. Each one has gotten better, and I've fallen more and more in love with quilting. I was incredibly excited to come across the opportunity of Sew-vivor through Family Ever After. Though I'm nervous to put it out there, I feel this would be a wonderful chance to expand my skills and knowlege, and meet some new friends along the way.

Meet Clementine. She's a gorgeous toddler quilt finishing at 36"x44". Machine pieced, quilted and hand bound. The top is a combination of a white 100% cotton solid and a vintage sheet I collected from an annual vintage market. The backing is a 100% cotton, modern black & white sketch print, and sandwhiched between is a medium weight cotton batting. I then straight line quilted on the diagonal with a veriegated cotton quilting thread in pastels. Finally she is bound off with a black and white stripe. It combines my love of vintage and modern elements in to one gorgeous quilt, perfect for any little girl.

Thank you again for taking the time to stop by, and good luck to the other contestants!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

the best year of my life

How did I get here? Every last mother says it. I feel like just yesterday I was right here, in this very moment, where Ryan was so new and tiny. At the same time, I just don't remember him ever being this small before.

Ryan James 10.01.11

Ryan James, September 2012

Child of mine, you are something beyond special. You change so much every day, it's hard to remember exactly how you were just yesterday. It breaks my heart knowing that in just over 24 hours, you will be 1. This whole year has been faster than any other moment in my entire life. You are the best thing that has ever happened to us. We love you.

Love, C

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In these moments

He keeps my hands busy and heart full.

Friday, January 20, 2012

IKEA Hemnes Night Stand Makeover

I found this on Pinterest and freaked out a little. I liked it so much, I thought I could try my hand at updating my four year old Hemnes night stands from IKEA.

This was a $6 makeover. $5 for a tiny can of stain and $1 for the two foam brushes. I could have used stain and foam brushes that I already had, but I'm pretty sure the stain is in the garage is either a. frozen or b. dried out because I didn't put the lid back on it all the way. And the foam brushes? I know I have some, I just figured it was easier to buy them rather than rummaging through the house. The paint I had on hand.



And now for staged photos with random props gathered from my house:

Bon Voyage Note Cards - Gift from Ashley
White Ceramic Owl - Gift from my mother
Gray & White Tray - Ikea circa 2010

And check me out. Pizazzing up the insides!

Wrapping Paper cut to size - IKEA circa 2010

You were pretty cute before little thing, but you're fitting the beach cottage chic of my bedroom even better now!

Stain: Minwax Red Oak
Paint: Martha Stewart Driftwood
Both available at Home Depot.

If you're thinking of tackling a small project like this, it's easy! You could get away with purchasing a tester bottle of the Martha Stewart paint for around $3, a small can of stain for $5 and a couple foam brushes (one for the paint, one for the stain). I applied two less than perfect coats of paint with a large foam brush and three coats of stain. I wanted a worn, shabby look, so in between coats I sanded a bit with an ultra fine sanding block I had on hand and rubbed a little stain along the edges of the drawer and door. 

And that's that! Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, January 9, 2012

diy: wine bottle lamp

I was never much of a wine drinker before. But now, quite often. Often enough to have a few empty bottles lying around. I've come across the idea on Pinterest in the past and thought it might be fun to try.

Yesterday I took down our Christmas tree. I packed up everything and had it all ready to be stored away when I realized I hadn't packed two strings of lights. Instead of opening the boxes back up and packing them away, I started furiously stripping labels from wine bottles.

I fed the lights through the top of the bottle and doctored up the back. There are other ways of doing it for a cleaner look. Battery powered lights in the bottles, drilling holes or cutting the bottoms out, etc. I took the lazy crafter's way, and I'm still happy with it.

If you're interested in more information about wine bottle lamps, here are a few links: one & two

Friday, January 6, 2012

dear ashley,

Here's a peek. Let me know when you get it.
- C

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

weekend mornings

It's my first day off after a full week back to work. We slept in until 8:00 & spent time lounging in bed. Now I sit here in the quiet on this blustery island morning, enjoying a hot cup of tea. Love lazy mornings.