Friday, March 20, 2009

I Shoulda Stuck With the Glue Gun...


Wow, what a fast and busy couple of weeks it's been!!
As you may have read, we are moving back "home" to Chicagoland, and our house is now officially (as of today) on the market!
Whoo-hoo!
(Insert nervous feelings and lots of prayers here...)

We have been getting SO many great projects done in preparation for the sale, and doing lots of staging!!!

I'll be sharing them with you over the next week or so, but here's my most recent project and also the worst DIY mistake I've ever made...
let me warn you, it's not for the faint of heart...
and it's ok if you snicker just a little too...
I did...
just a little later after the fact! :)

To make my daughter's shared room seem more spacious from the doorway, I took down the quilt and rack that used to hang on the wall (seen in this post) and replaced it with very inexpensive white letters found at Michael's to spell "DREAM"!

Too easy, and too cute!

I also took fabric that matches the window mistreatments I had made, and made bedskirts!

The plan was to make 2 bedskirts and matching pillow shams.

NOT end up in the emergency room.

Yup, you read that right!!!


Apparently while you're sewing with a very fast sewing machine you should actually be paying attention to what you're doing, and not thinking of the millions of other things left on your getting-the-house-ready-to-sell-to-do-list.

Cause if you don't actually pay attention to what you're doing something very painful and bad can happen...

Did you know that you can actually sew that needle straight through your finger???

And that it will break into like four pieces?

With one piece left in the needle holder in the machine,
and another stuck out the bottom of your finger,
and another piece actually INSIDE your finger??

Yeah...I didn't know that either!
But trust me, after having minor surgery to get that sliver of broken metal out, I won't be making that mistake again!!!
:)

I know that I should "climb back on the horse" soon and finish hemming bedskirt #2,
but for now, I'll be waiting :)! LOL

No use feeling like a complete tool twice in one week!!!

The pillow shams will be waiting for a bit too!

So now, the one on the left is hemmed, and the one on the right isn't.
*sigh*
oh-well
and
la-dee-da!!!

I think I'll be sticking with my hot glue gun for a while :)!

37 comments:

Fran said...

OMG! That is one of my worst nightmares! I can think about this while I'm sewing and just about hyperventilate. One thing I bet though....you will never do it again! I am so sorry and hope your finger feels better fast. Oh..and the bed ruffles look great.

Frannycakes

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Ouch! Focus, girl, focus! Glad you survived the trauma!!

Yea! Excited that you are moving to the midwest! That means closer to me! :)

Amy

P.S. I'm celebrating 100 posts with some giveaways: 3 signed photos and 1 fabulous large chandelier decal from Wilson Graphics! Stop by if you get a chance!!!

Wendy said...

OMG, I did not expect you to say that. OUCH!!!!

The bedskirts do look really nice and I love the dream on the wall.

Wendy :)

Stacey said...

Oh my goodness! Decorating should not require surgery. Somehow, I can see myself doing something similar. The things we do...

Your daughters room is adorable.

Tracy said...

Ouch! Hope your finger feels better soon.

The room looks lovely though with the curtains & matching bed-skirts. I love the Dream on the wall!

Susan S. said...

OUCH!!! That HAD to have hurt. Hope your house sells quickly too.

The room looks great and no one will be any the wiser regarding the glue gun.

Tricia Anne said...

I am sorry that you hurt yourself. Your bed skirts are so pretty! They add a sweet feminine touch. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Shanda said...

The room looks darling! We are considering updating my daughters room now that she is a bit older - she's moved past all of the cute bugs, etc. So I am beginning to look for some great ideas.

So sorry for your finger!! It just sounds horribly painful! Hope it heals well & soon!

The Un-Organized Mom said...

WOW! What a painful story!! I always have that fear, when I'm sewing away, at 1AM.....

Good Luck with the rest of your projects...be careful!!

Momovthree said...

Oh no! Oh my gosh, my stomach is turning. That sounded painful, I feel so bad for you! That is one of my fears, the needle going through the finger. I've even had the adjuster for the needle come down and hit my finger a few times and I quick pulled my hand away in a panic. I can see how that could happen. I hope it heals quickly for you and for what it is worth, the room looks great!
~Michelle

Janice said...

The bedroom looks so cute. The buyers will want to keep everything that is there.

Man, I had to cringe with the finger story. I can only imagine that hurt so bad. Thank goodness for doctors. Have a great weekend.

Jenny S said...

Holy cow!!! That is why I don't sew!! heehee!! Hope you feel better quick!

Sarah said...

Ouch! I was wondering where the story was going, but didn't expect that! I hope your finger is healing quickly.

The room looks beautiful and very inviting!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh no!!! You are actually not the first person I've heard of this happening to in the past couple of weeks, if it makes you feel any better. On the bright side, the room looks FAB-U-LOUS! :) :)

Ronda said...

Wow, you do beautiful work, sorry about your finger, I've came close but never had your experience. I'm new to your blog and I just love it. I spent my entire lunch hour looking at it. I really enjoy all of your decorating ideas. Good luck on your move.
Ronda

Marge said...

Oh no! Reminds me of the time when I was little (actually I was 6) and my mom told me not to mess with the treadle sewing machine while she went downstairs to wash a load of clothes. I of course was naughty and proceeded to put the needle clear through my index finger and didn't dare holler to her because I was not supposed to touch the sewing machine.

Go to your nearest fabric store and buy a bottle of Fabritac. It's a clear glue made for fabrics. Turn up the hem, press it, then just glue it down. Save your fingers for something else!

Tina said...

Oh my dear! I did wince a bit reading this post. Heal quickly my dear. But your sacrificial staging looks incredible.
Be Blessed
T

kimmcl said...

OUCH! Not to diminish your pain - but the bedskirts sure do look great! I'm a regular in the ER myself, having fallen on my head hanging Christmas decorations among other stupid mishaps. My brain is always a few steps ahead of my poor feet :((

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness! That is awful. I sure hope you are not in pain. Their room looks really cute!

The Nester said...

AAAAAHHHHHHHH!

That makes me want to burn my sewing machine! I'm so glad it's all over for you now!

Glitter and Bliss said...

OMGoooooooossssssshhhhh!!! I am so sorry to hear about your little ...ok...large accident. I am hurting for you just reading about it. Bless your heart!!

Jackie said...

Oh, that sounds so painful. I'm sorry that happened!! I do love the room though. And can I bother you to find out where you purchased the material for the window treatment and bedskirts. I really love it and would love to know where to look for it. Blessing on you and take care of yourself! ~Jax in Alaska

Rachel said...

So glad you shared... I did not know that could happen!!!! Scary! I think I too would be staying away from the machine awile :o)

Best wishes for a speedy recovery- the room looks adorable!
~Rachel

Imperfect said...

Oh no! Glad to hear your survived the madness. I hope the rest of your staging goes without incident.

Kathy said...

I predict that your house will sell quickly, that you will love living in Chicagoland, and that you will one day laugh at the memory of your sewing accident! Thanks for sharing, Stacey. ~Kathy@ A Little Pinch of This and That

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

OUCH! I'm so sorry! That IS one of the worst DIY stories I've ever heard. Hope your finger heals quickly!!

Nancy said...

Oh Stacey....I wondered what was up with you! I hope your finger recovers quickly!

snowman hill said...

Yikes, that's scary! Good luck with the move, how exciting!!! Krista

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

Oh I hope your finger heals quick and you home sells just as quickly!

Our Complete Family said...

Oh my gosh sweetie. OUCH, I am cringing about your finger, but the room looks so cute. Any home shoppers will love it!
I hope your finger mends quickly.
Get well hugs~ Les

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Ouch, Stacy! That's not good at all. HOpe you feel better soon & happy that you are moving if that is what your heart desires. You were just getting that place all spiffed up too with the sunroom redo & all.

Anne Marie said...

ARE you seriously moving to Chicagoland?

That's my stompin ground!...in the country mud that is :)

maryanne420 said...

oh stacey, that happened to me when i was 11 while learning to sew and oooohhh i thought i was going to faint. the needle broke into two with the long piece stuck in my finger and you know what it was the same finger for me as well.

your house will sell fast as it is a very lovely home

Brenda said...

Ouch, ouch, ouch! Your poor finger. Hope you feel better.

The room is just beautiful. You did a great job.

Chicagoland is my neck of the woods, too, although, like Anne Marie, we're a little more mud, too.

Darlene said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!
how nasty horrid!

glad you are okay! (the beds look great btw)!!!

unfortunately. you have just confirmed my lack of sewing skills. haha!

Margo said...

OMG, your poor finger. Nothing will slow you down like an injury. Did you not have a feed dog in place??? I'm always afraid I'm gonna do that when I sew. Glad you got it all sorted out. I'm loving catching up on your blog. Back to Chicagoland I see, hope it's a good move for you, NC should be hard to leave, it's a beautiful place. But you'll be closer to MN for the Next JB :)

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

That my dear... is why I don't sew ;)