Jane Not So Plain

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A Little Sneak Peek, A Little Info

It’s been very busy around my tiny apartment little home! In between Father’s Day, a wedding, a baptism and a couple birthdays, I have still somehow managed to work on some projects. So, be prepared for lots of pictures and tutorials in the very near future!

Damson Feathers from Serenade by Kate Spain for Moda

One of the projects in the works is for my niece who turns 3 this week. I found some yummy fabric at Jackmann’s, my favorite local fabric store. Keep an eye out for the finished project at the end of the week.

Without further ado, here is More About Me Mondays

1. I love Patsy Cline. My favorite song of hers is “Crazy.”

2. I have really awesome friends. They are all very talented in their respective fields, which span the spectrum. We have teachers, sales women, a hair stylist, a news anchor, and graphic designer, just to name a few. I like to think that we’re pretty cool.

3. I could spend literally all day watching marathons of Criminal Minds (I’m lookin’ at you, Shemar Moore!) and Law & Order: SVU (isn’t Mariska Hargitay just beautiful?).

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A Few More Tidbits

It’s that time again…More About Me Mondays!

1. Although I am a self-proclaimed “Domestic Diva,” I HATE doing the dishes. I prefer the trying new recipes and DIY projects side of domesticity (is that even a word?). Thankfully, my saint of a boyfriend helps in the dirty dishes department.

2. Speaking of my saint of a boyfriend… His name is Kyra, and he is a true Renaissance Man. He is a talented singer and songwriter. He is an amazing cook, a personal trainer, and is going to school for ultrasound. I honestly think he is good at anything he tries (I also may be a little biased :)). 

3. I graduated from the University of Missouri. I will forever be a Tiger fan and proud supporter of the Black & Gold. MIZ!

4. Moths freak me out, but butterflies are beautiful.

5. I am starting grad school in August. You will probably hear lots about this journey over the next couple years.

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How Do You Define Yourself?

So, I was reading through my Google Reader RSS feed, and I came across a really interesting post from Deborah of Whipstitch Fabrics. It basically discusses what to call someone who sews. Obviously, on paper, “sewer” looks like a place where waste water goes, not one who sews. Sewist is a made-up word that needs to be defined more often than not. And, seamstress seems (pun completely intended haha) not to allude to modern techniques and creativity.

I started thinking about it. People who craft are crafters, people who DIY are DIYers, the list could go on. Here’s what the Whipstitch community came up with for people who sew: Seamster. It’s a play on seamstress that is gender neutral. I like it, and I think I am going to adopt it, too.

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Pinterest Master List for Crafters

I joined the party! This is a list of over 1,000 pinners. Talk about inspiration!

You can join the party too, right here.

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More About Me Mondays

Click on the swatch to see Pantone’s many shades of purple!

I find myself being drawn more to blogs that give insight to the person (or people) behind the posts and projects. So, I would like to introduce “More About Me Mondays!” This fun little series will be full of quirky tidbits of information so that you all can get to know me a little better.

1. My favorite color is purple. It has been since I was a little girl. My almost 3-year-old niece’s favorite color is also purple, so we have lots of conversations about how much we love it.

2. I have a dog named Shanny. She is a white schnauzer, and she is the sweetest thing ever. I adopted her 2 years ago, which was a complete blessing.

3. I wear my socks inside out. Weird, I know.

4. I have tried out to be an NFL cheerleader twice. I haven’t made it yet, but I am going to keep trying. 

5. I have an affinity for bad reality TV (which reminds me there is a new episode of the Bachelorette on tonight…). I don’t know what it is that seems appealing about it, but I easily get sucked in.

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Purse Palooza 2012

Throughout the month of June, Sara from Sew Sweetness is hosting Purse Palooza 2012. This is an awesome event that features a ton of pattern reviews, giveaways and a Flickr contest. In honor of Purse Palooza 2012, I made a reusable grocery bag.

I am a regular contributor over at Totally Stitchin’, a community for sewing inspirationalists. Read more about my reusable grocery bag in my post on Totally Stitchin’.

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One Dress, Two Looks

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Jane Not So Plain Logo

Hi! I put together a logo to represent JNSP across the web. What do you think?

*As a side note, I created the image so that the background color of the blog design and the logo design were the same, but when I uploaded the JPEG to WordPress, it changed the colors. Weird.

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Clipboard Before & After

One of my many philosophies is that you are at work the same amount of time you are at home, so your office/cubicle should be a warm and welcoming place. Staying true to this philosophy, I added a little personality to some clipboards I bought at Wal Mart.



I bought clipboards for $7.50, used 12″x12″ scrapbook paper that I already had, and put them together with some rubber cement. This is a quick and easy way to add brightness to your office or cubicle.

*And, in classic Tori fashion, I used the same color scheme for my Dry-Erase Calendar and clipboards. Of course, future projects for my cubicle will match as well 🙂

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Dry Erase Calendar

I made this dry erase calendar for my office at work. I initially found a tutorial on Pinterest for a paint chip calendar, and I fell in L.O.V.E. I took a look at The Aesthetic Writer’s DIY instructions as a first step, then I put my own spin on it. Here’s how I made mine:

What You’ll Need:

  • 12″x16″ Frame (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for 50% off.)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scrapbook letters
  • Tape
  • Scissors & a ruler or a paper cutter
  • Dry erase marker (I use a thin tip marker so the letters are more legible in the boxes.)


1. Cut 30 2″ squares from your scrapbook paper.

Since I am using the calendar for work, I only wanted 6 columns (Monday-Friday and a general weekend column), which leaves room for a “To-Do” space on the right. My calendar has 6 columns and 5 rows.

2. Lay out and tape down your squares

For the white background, I used the backside of the insert that came in the frame.

Starting in the lower left corner, lay out the bottom row of squares. Once you have them spaced how you want, tape down the bottom row. Again starting with the lower left corner square, lay out your first column. Tape the squares down when you have them where you want. Continue doing this until you have all 30 squares laid out and taped down.

*Don’t forget to leave a space at the top for your “Days of the Week” letters.*

3. Add “Days of the Week” Letters

I used letter stickers that were left over from a previous project, so I had to improvise a little bit. I luckily had an M, T, two Ws, F, and an E. Since I only had one T, I used an R for Thursday. To make the backslash for the weekend column, I took a Z and cut off the top and bottom arms.

Label your calendar however you want. After all, it is your calendar!

4. Section off your “To-Do” Space

Again, since I was using letters I already had, I didn’t have the letters to spell “To-Do”, but I did have lots of Os and zeros, so I make a little design.

I wanted to have a space in the top right corner to right the month, so I sectioned of my “To-Do” space inline with the top row.

5. Put your calendar in the frame and label your month and days with your dry erase marker!

Voila! You now have a custom-made dry-erase calendar.

As a side note, the only item I bought for this project was the frame. I tried to be as resourceful as possible and use paper, stickers, etc. that I already had. The total cost of the project was about $8. What a steal!


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