Friday, April 6, 2012

Guest Tutorial: 10 Minute Buttons & Bows Frame

Hi! I’m Jelli and I’m excited to be here sharing with you and Lisa on Sew Gloried! I blog at Jellibean Journals sharing sweet treats, family life, faith walking,  and fashion attempts. Thanks, so much Lisa, for letting me share this cheerful 10 minute buttons & bows frame with you!

Buttons and bows make everything pretty.

(adding a  baby doesn’t  hurt either!)

I recently purchased a quaint, pink wooden frame  with intentions of boosting the color and charm factor straight from the craft box.  A few buttons and bows later and voila! A merry and delightful little frame to showcase my two favorite cuties.

To glam-up a basic frame, all you have to do is craft a few pretty felt bows and and glue on an array of colorful accent buttons. This cheery little project cost me a mere ¢1,600 ($3) and adds a burst of  happy color to the house.


  • Basic frame (I love the sturdy ruggedness of wood)
  • Felt bows (see tutorial)
  • Colorful buttons
  • Craft glue
  • 10 minutes (That’s 3 commercial breaks, folks.)


Arrange items on the frame to your liking. Glue those puppies in place. Finito!

What’s your favorite way to decorate a basic frame?



Jelli is a wife to one specTACular Costa Rican, mommy to a brown-eyed (almost) 6 month-old cutie girl, American ex-pat living (temporarily?) in Italy, and a missionary for Jesus via Youth with a Mission. She especially loves baking desserts often, sharing them occasionally, and eating them always, of course! Visit her and leave some comment love.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Updates & Resolutions

End of March updates:
  • A March giveaway winner has been chosen! Cynthia R. congratulations! 
  • I have 2 more sponsor spots left open for April.  Check out the sponsor page to find out what the perks of sponsoring Sew Gloried are.
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Lately I have been feeling guilty for not blogging more.  

When I started trying to grow my blog last summer/fall I really thought I could follow all the awesome advice out there and aspire to create something that could potentially be a source of income...Well then I got engaged, we bought a house, and I am still working full time and taking classes towards my master's degree.  As more people are "following" Sew Gloried I feel more and more responsible for providing entertaining content, inspiring ideas, AND reliable posting. 

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However, I feel as though I need to write this post after reading an excellent one by Kate at The Small Things Blog.  There are several other posts out there along these lines that emphasize the balance that you need when just living life.  Also, I really do enjoy blogging...but not so much when it becomes something I worry about.

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All that being said, I'm not stopping blogging.  I'm just changing how I view it.  
I am OK if I don't make money from it. 
I am OK if I don't have 1000's of followers; I really like you who are with me now;).  
I am OK with posting when I am sane'ly able to.
I am OK with allowing myself to ENJOY sharing ideas without feeling obligated to provide new content all the time.
I am OK with writing tutorials that aren't the most detailed...if you've got questions about one just ask!
and lastly...
I am OK with not feeling guilty for asking you to be understanding as you read Sew Gloried over the next few months :)     
 I hope you are OK with all these too :)

Thanks for the all the support!

I will still be coordinating sponsor swaps and have 2 more spots for April!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

House Plans

My fiance (Sgt. J.) and I just bought a house (yay!) in the country (yay!) on a gravel road (sort of yay?) with 15 acres (yay!) alot of bathrooms (like 4, which is huge YAY because 3 of them have showers which is 2 more showers than the house that I grew up in has) and opportunity for us to remodel a bit and make it the way we I want it to look :) Sgt. J reports that he wants it to look nice but that he doesn't really care exactly what it looks like which means I have free reign!

So in planning I took a few pictures and when I discovered this post from Remodelaholic about how she drew on photos to get an approximation of what her re-model might look like I decided to do a bit of altering of my own.

Here are some approximations of my plans:
Before (well, currently minus the grungy blue carpet that matched the wall color)
possible after for paint colors, the accent wall behind the stairs isn't quite the color I would like but it gives me some idea...and that's the point :)
looking from the living room into the dining-room before (P.S. that's Sgt. J, doesn't he just look so handsome and hardworking!)
Sgt. J in a new paint scheme

Before of Master Bedroom...yes it is very pink in there, but not the good kind of pink ombre that it going around
and After a paint and board and batten make-over
Here is the question  questions that I have:
I LOVE the board and batten look that is going around in the decorating world lately.  
BUT, I am unsure as to how far to carry the look through the house.  
At first I was considering carrying it throughout the entire main level and that it might unify the rooms a bit since it isn't a full open floor plan, HOWEVER I thought that might be a little much?
What do you think? 
Is it ok just to board and batten one room? 
Any ideas on how to incorporate this look more smoothly?

Would love to read any comments you might have on this!

P.S. Check out the "Wall Treatment" Pinterest board I've created corralling some of my favorite inspiration!

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