Tuesday, July 29, 2014

One Kings Lane: Iris Apfel - A Journey in Style

I'm such a big fan of Iris Apfel!  I spent some YouTube time tonight, listening to videos of her being interviewed, and it was such a fun learning experience.  One of her famous lines is, "I don't see anything so wrong in a wrinkle!"  She is so much fun, and is not afraid to speak her mind.  Her style is undeniably iconic and daring, with no apologies.  I seriously adore her.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and if you want more, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTRQUfJZO4

In the longer interview with Nadja Swarovski, she tells about her life and how that she worked with several First Ladies in the White House that was very interesting.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

How To Make Pillows with a Scarf!

I absolutely LOVE anything Missoni, and I was searching the internet to find the perfect pillows to put on the new hanging bed in our gazebo.  (....more to come on that later...)  So, of course I fell in love with several Missoni pillows that I found.  But oh my goodness, they were all over $200 a pillow!  Yikes!

So, I'm NOT going to be paying $285 for a pillow, unless it comes with a cute young man with a silk fan in one hand and a dirty martini in the other!  (giggle)

But I'm definitely the person who's going to be on the look-out for fabric that reminds me of the Missoni chevron, and I got lucky at World Market and found this fabulous knit scarf that totally made me squeal when I found it.  Plus, it was on sale for 1/2 off so I got it for $12.50.  Score!  The scarf has all the colors in it that I was looking for.  The turquoise and coral pillows I put it with are perfect.  

As you can see by the step-out photos, I simply cut the scarf in half.  Then I folded the halves over and sewed up the sides on the sewing machine.  Next, I stuffed them with old pillows. (I never throw anything away :-)  Then I grabbed a needle and thread and sewed the opening closed.  That's it!  

Now I have to decide whether or not to add pompoms or tassels to them.  What do you think?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Blog Look on Pattiewack!

I think my biggest downfall is boredom.  (sigh) As you can see, I got bored with my blog and just had to go in and change it up.  It all started this weekend when I was browsing around and did a little test on +Home Good's blog to see what my style is.  (As if I didn't know already!) And I discovered that I'ms Sassy with a dash of Boho.  Yep, I knew it.  But my blog didn't really say that about me, so I went into blogdom and started playing with the template.  I'm still not finished, but at least I'm experimenting with it, right?

So here's my question.  What do you like when YOU go to blogs?Do you just go there for the eye candy?  Do you like a good story?  Are you searching for tutorials?  Patterns?  Free stuff?

Let me know!  Make a comment here on on my PattieWack Designs Facebook page and tell me WHAT MAKES A GOOD BLOG?

That's it for now!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

DIY Wind Chimes with Vintage Silverware - How-To Video


Upcycled Shabby Chic Wind Chime

I love to sit outside in the evenings, and it's even better if there are wind chimes rattling in the breeze.  So I made this cute one out of silverware, wire, silk flowers and a bit of ribbon.  This is a video I did several summers ago, but I think it's still pretty and it's a fun project to make that only takes a little time and it's super easy.  

The only tools you'll need are scissors and wire cutters.  You could even make it with old metal objects out of your junk drawer!

So here ya go, a cute little garden wind chime to make some sweet music in the wind.... 

I hope you like it, and it inspires you to make something fun!

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Happy Summer Everyone!

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Pompom Party!

Happy Birthday, America.  

You deserve a PARTY! 

Here it is the 4th of July, and I'm just now making my pompom decorations.  I know, I know, it's a bit late, but I was under the weather the last couple of days, so now I'm catching up.  Anyway, we certainly can't have a holiday without a cute centerpiece, now can we?  So, I ran to the Trader Joes to grab goodies for tonight, and grabbed a bundle of fresh flowers and plopped them in a vase when I got back home.  I threw a nice satin ribbon around them and tied a little bow.  But, when I stood back to check it out it was pretty much a yawn.   What to do, what to do??  Well of course, there's always PattieWack POMPOMs, right?  So here's the pics for what happened next.  I hope it inspires you to decorate your space with some fancy little pompoms, too.  I even threw some cute little swizzle sticks together so that we would feel all fancy when we have a little cocktail later.

Everybody have a happy and safe celebration.....Happy 4th!!
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How to Carve A Watermelon - DIY Video

Happy 4th of July!

Here's a fun idea for your 4th of July picnic this weekend.
All you need is a watermelon and a carving tool, and you'll have a fabulous centerpiece to decorate the table.

As you'll see, I added little plants to the watermelon, but you could also put the chunks of watermelon back in the hollowed out watermelon for a great way to serve it.  

This video is from when we lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma and LeAnne Taylor is the host on Channel Six. I was a weekly guest and we always had a blast with something crafty for the viewers to try.

So there you go....a fun food idea for the fourth!

Happy Crafting!