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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Not Your Everyday Project - Pinterest Inspiration

I spend a little (too much) time on Pinterest; do you?  I found this fun project that I thought a couple of my clients might be interested in for their kids - a Fort Kit!



Each kit includes some sheets, suction cups, clothespins, plastic clips, clothesline and flashlight.  The suction cups, clothespins and plastic clips can be used to attach sheets to each other, or to other things like windows or furniture to create an extra big fort in the location of choice. The clothesline can be used to drape the sheets over in order to add height or a pitch to the tent.

I think this is a great gift idea or even a fundraising auction event donation.











One client has two adorable sons who are as creative and smart as their parents.  Their kit was combined in a camouflage fabric tote bag.



Another client has a little girl who loves manicures and pedicures, so he requested the fort kit be modified somewhat to appeal to her love of spa treatments.  Done!  I had some fabric remnants left over from her bedroom window treatment project last year, so I used that fabric to make her tote bag.

I added some bright nail polish and some color coordinated nail files to her kit, and tied the tote bag with a pink ribbon.  Adorable!

I can't wait to hear how she likes her spa kit!

Hope you enjoyed this project, which is a little different than my usual window treatment or bedding projects!

Susan




Wednesday, April 1, 2015

20 Year Anniversary - A few of our favorite things!

Spring is definitely in the air this week in Houston, Texas!  As SK Designs celebrates 20 years in business, we would like to share a few of our favorite things with you. Today's post includes 7 of our favorite things!



1)  Fantastic products and vendors with lots of wonderful options to present to my clients to enhance their windows and homes.  These are a few things presented at a recent client meeting: hardware samples in a variety of finishes, along with velvets and silks and nailheads...yummmm!







2)  Having a home based business.  This allows me to work as late or as early as I want or need to, without having to worry about traffic or a long commute.

Also, it allows me to have exciting little moments like this one, where I saw a little bunny in the back yard on the way to my office.








3) Having a business that requires lots of tools to make my job easier and with a better end result.  Also, these tools can be used for other fun things, like making this cow for my backyard.  My dad had made me two of these cows a long time ago, but time and weather had worn them out.  Luckily, dad gave me the template for one of them and I kept myself occupied making this one when my husband was out of town one weekend.

It is fun to watch kids ride their bikes past the house and then back up to point at the cow.







4) Even though I often work during the weekends or start very early in the morning, I love having the flexibility to do things like have lunch with my friend Suzie on a perfect spring afternoon so that we can celebrate our birthdays together.  Suzie gave me these gorgeous tulips which come in a clear glass vase and are almost ready to bloom.  It has been so much fun watching them grow and blossom this wee!  She got them at Kroger and they are made by BlooMaker.  I love them!










5)  Working with lots of gorgeous fabrics and trims!  Below are several fabrics and trims getting ready to be made into a lot of beautiful pillows for a lovely new construction home in Oak Forest.







6)  Participating in neighborhood events.  Last week our area mom's group hosted an outdoor movie night and SK Designs, as a Platinum Sponsor, provided the "box cars" for the kids, complete with license plates, snack trays, steering wheel and front grille.  The kids had fun watching the movie in their cars!




















7)  Working on creative projects, such as this one for a sorority house in San Marcos.  I will be creating the sorority crest on the center of the roman shade, using fusible applique techniques and with hand beaded pearl accents.  The leading edges on the drapery panels will have tuck details and pearl accents as well. I can't wait to work on that project (plus a trip to San Marcos to install will be fun too!)

Hope you enjoyed today's post! More of our Favorite Things will be posted soon!

Susan