Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rug Pad Corner Review!

My formal (well, not so formal) living room ... I want to talk about something in this picture today. Can you guess what it is???

I had a chance to review a couple rug pads from Rug Pad Corner. This review offer couldn't come at a better time than this; I had a couple rugs that are on my hard wood floor and they kept sliding. I was going to go to the store and buy rug pads that week!

I went to their web site to do some research, here is what I found out:

The founder and CEO Sam Kaoud worked at his father's oriental rug store as a part time job when he was a student. After that it became his full time job and passion! He saw too many rug pads in customers' homes actually sticking to the floor. After he did his research, he found out that mose of the rug pads contain inferior quality materials, commonly adhesives and chemicals.

He saw the need for genuine quality rug pads that would actually do what they are supposed to do. He states:

"I visited the mills, told them what materials to use and which not to use…told them I did not want any glue or adhesives at all…told them that the rubber must be real, solid rubber. I got what I asked for and started offering these pads to every customer in our rug store, but why stop there? For the millions of other people around the country with area rugs, I wanted them to have the right rug pad - so in 2009, I launched www.rugpadcorner.com."

I also found this statement on their site:

"We manufacture natural felt and rubber rug pads in the USA with American materials. Our mills know how strict we are about quality standards and there is never any imported material or chemical found in any of our rug pads. We also do not believe in coating our rug pads with common adhesives that others use – instead, we pay more time and money to utilize specialties, such as a heat pressing process to assure safety to your homes and floors."

RPC Heat Pressed™

Exclusive only to Rug Pad Corner, felt rug pads labeled as RPC Heat Pressed™ assure you that there are no adhesives or glues in them – Instead, we utilize a Heat Pressing Process to reinforce the material within the rug pads. Our Ultra Premium, Superior and No-Muv Rug Pads are Certified RPC Heat Pressed™. Click here for more on RPC Heat Pressed."

Wow! Sounds promising right? I have to admit, I am not the most Green minded person or anything, but as a wife and a mother, I would love to know what I am bringing into the home and if they are safe for my family. At first, I was just happy just to have a rug pad, but now, I am really excited to try them out! So, the rug pads came to our door...

The rug I had by my kitchen sink was from Target. I fell in love with the design, but there is no grip on the back of this rug. It was slipping all over and the kids hated it. I tried the Super Hold pad, which is made out of real rubber not plastic. Oh what a difference it made, the rug is staying in one place and we all love it!

I also have a larger rug in my formal living room. Because there is less traffic there, and because of it's size, it wasn't moving as much as the kitchen rug, but it was sliding more then I liked. I got to try out the Ultra Premium rug pad. It is 1/3" thick and it really stays on the floor!


Rug pads are not something we show off or decorate the house with, but knowing the product really works and it doesn't contain harsh chemicals is a great feeling as a customer. I totally recommend their products to my friends.

As a Tea Rose Home reader, you receive 15% off of your entire order. Just use REVIEW15 at checkout. I hope you enjoyed my post!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Maxi Knit Dress Fun

Hello everyone! Spring break started for my kids this week and I am in full gear of "what can we do together?" I don't believe in entertaining them all the time, I would love to spend time and have fun with them. I know I won't be spending much time in front of my sewing machine this week, but I wanted to share some pictures of the knit maxi dress I made a couple weeks ago.

I found the knit fabric at Joann's and I was so excited! I don't really find pretty knit fabric where I live, so an encounter like that is a sweet surprise. Ah! How I wish I could go to the fabric district anytime I pleased. Of course that could create some problems too.

Here is the dress,

and the side view...

I created a very simple style dress. I always loved this style; it gives me the illusion that I have longer legs...

Besides this is made out of knit, there is an elastic in the waist line. I love clothing that looks nice, but is also comfortable. If it's too restrictive I don't want to wear it. I would love to sew a couple more dresses with solid fabrics.

With cardigans and some accessories, I know I can dress this up or down. This dress will be one of the most worn clothing this spring. :)



Friday, April 3, 2015

Riley Blake Knit Love Blog Tour Skirt Giveaway Winner!


I shared my knit sewing project a while ago, with a skirt giveaway.

Are you ready to find out who won? Ok, the lucky winner is...

Suzy Roberts

Congratulations!!

Please contact me with your shipping info, I will send your skirt right away. :)
Those of you who entered to win, thank you for playing!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Clothing Construction Book Review


When I first started to sew clothing, I had no clue where to begin. The pattern that I bought (in Japan) had instructions, but as I was making progress, there were a few areas that needed more explanation because I was new to sewing. Eventually, I bought a sewing book that covered more details of how to do things; it had lots of pictures and that helped me a ton!

The book I had the pleasure of reviewing and introducing to you today is "The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction" by Christine Haynes. The title says it all, very straight forward and the content is true to the title. When I read through the book I was very impressed with how the author paid attention to detail and explained things so well. There are over 600 colored pictures throughout the book to go with the explanations!

The author, Christine Haynes, has her own line of sewing patterns, writes regularly for many sewing magazines and teaches sewing in Los Angeles and online. Wow, no wonder this book so well organized and written from cover to cover, she is an expert!

In the book you will find the anatomy of various garments:

Introductions of all sorts of notions:

Instructions and tips on how to read patterns properly so we can get a jump start to creating quality clothes.

In addition to all the basics, she also added some beyond the basic techniques; such as French seams and rolled hems!

I look forward to returning to this book often while I sew clothing in the future, my bookshelf definitely has a spot for this gem. If you are thinking about starting to sew, still new to sewing clothing, and even somewhat advanced, you will find this book very useful. Yes, I totally recommend this book.:)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happenings...

In the last week or so Mr. TRH and I have been working on a couple projects around the house.

Project 1. Built in Bookshelf with kitchen cabinets

Ever since we moved in to this house which was over a year and a half ago, one of the things on my "to do" list was built in bookshelves in our study. We used our IKEA shelf that used to be in boys' room to hold their books and toys as a temporary shelf, but that is pretty much what you see first when you come in to our house; I REALLY wanted to tackle that. Thanks to the inspiration on a DIY post I found on Pinterest (She used kitchen cabinets to create a built in book shelf!) and with 20% off on kitchen cabinets at Home Depot one week, our project finally start rolling! Here is a picture of the progress. Mr. TRH already installed the cabinets, and I will be ready to stain the wood to cover the top. We are waiting for more material to arrive, so we can build the shelf portion and it might take us about 3 weeks to get them, grrr... I just wanted to keep working and be done, but I keep telling myself "patience, patience". I get so giddy picturing the finished bookshelf in my mind.


Projects 2. Laundry room

When we bought the house I was pretty sure that I ordered a sink hook up and cabinet for the sink and a simple shelf on the wall. When we did the walk through, the hook up was there but not the sink!? I thought "no, I ordered it, that has to be on the paper" and when I checked it, it wasn't. How did we miss that? Ugh! I guess there is always something when you are building a house. So, having a sink was one of the other things on my list. We decided to do this too, since we are already ordering the cabinets for out other project. We took down the shelf, and I patched some holes... Mr. TRH is in the process of installing the cabinets.

Home improvement projects are fun, and I feel like we are making our house into our home. I will share the finished pictures in the future! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sew Easy! 15 Minute Kitchen Towel Apron


I found this really attractive kitchen towel when I was strolling about at Crate & Barrel.

I have been needing to make a new apron for my kids for a while, the light bulb moment came to me right away. Today I will show you how easily and quickly you can make an apron with a kitchen towel.

{You will need}

1 Kitchen towel (mine was 21 1/2" x 30")
3/4" wide woven tape --- 3 yards (I am pretty sure mine is 100% cotton)
Matching thread

{How to}

1. Measure the top corner of the kitchen towel; 5" on the top edge, 9" on the side and draw a diagonal line.

2. Fold the towel in half with right sides together and make sure that the edges and corners are perfectly matched. Cut on the line.

3. Fold the diagonal lines twice(first 1/4" then 1") press with iron and sew with 1/8" seam.

4. Thread the woven tape from one side of the bottom to the top and then through the top on the other side and out the bottom. Then, treat the ends of the woven tape by folding and sewing.

That is it! Now it is ready to put to use. As you can see on my mannequin, a grown up can wear it...

as well as my 9 year old daughter. She was so eager to help in the kitchen that night wearing her new apron. :)


*Note: If the kitchen towel you are going to use is smaller than this one, you might want to change the measurement of the top corner. For example; 4" on the top edge 7 1/2" on the side.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Knit Love Blog Tour + Skirt Giveaway!

When I saw the beautiful line of the Cottage Garden by The Quilted Fish it was love at first sight. I was happy to join in on the fun of Riley Blake Designs knit love blog tour! Usually, I am not big into sewing with knits. To be honest with you I didn't really know how and I never had much of a desire to do so. Until I saw these gorgeous knits.

Before we start, Let me go over some tricks to sewing with knit using your regular sewing machine(tested and approved!)in case you are new to this. If you already know how, you can totally skip this part. Also, I am giving away the skirt I made with the cottage triangles! The giveaway rules will be at the end of the post. So, here are some tips and things you might need to buy if you don't already have them.

* Tip 1 / Needles

You want to use Jersey Needle(Ball Point Needle) for straight stitching, and stretch twin needles(Ball Point Twin Needle) for taking care of the area you want to top stitch for example, the neck area and hems.

* Tip 2 / Presser foot

This makes a BIG difference when you are sewing with knit as well. A walking foot will feed the top and the bottom fabrics evenly.

* Tip 3 / Stitches

Take a look at the stitch options on your sewing machine and study your manual (I know, I don't like doing that either, but you can learn what your machine can do!). Most of the knit projects can be accomplished using zigzag stitch and straight stitch but your machine might have better options. For example, one of the overcasting stitches on my machine looks almost like it is done by serger. I used that to finish my edges, but a lot of the knit doesn't fray, so you might not have to worry about it too much.

You definitely want to use zigzag stitch to sew horizontal seams. You don't need to worry about in this project but when you are sewing the neckline, armholes and hem, using zigzag stitches are vital. The finished clothing needs enough stretch so you can pull it over your body. Also, knit fabric can stretch out when you’re sewing with straight stitch and fabric may not shrink back. You can use straight stitch for vertical seams such as side seams and pockets.


Of course it would look more professional if you used Serger to sew garments but there are ways to sew knit. Don't let the fear of knit stop you from trying! It is a good idea to practice with knit scraps before you jump in to sew with really pretty fabric.


{To sew this maxi skirt you will need...}

1 1/3 yard of Riley Blake Designs knit ---- it is 58/59 Wide. My skirt is XS/S size and it was enough width to cut out front and back skirt. If you are making M size and up or tall size you will need more in length.

1" of Non-roll elastic

Matching thread

{How to}

1. Fold the fabric towards the middle to the width you need. I folded one of my maxi skirts in half and laid that on to the folded fabric. Make sure that both folded edges line up perfectly. Pin the skirt to the fabric. You can either trace around the skirt and then cut or cut right away. Don't forget to include the seam allowance for the top, sides, and the bottom. I know 1/2" seam is standard but I don't like thick seams, so I made mine with 3/8" seam for the top and sides and 3/4" for the bottom.

2. Cut out the belt as well. The measurements are:
(2 1/2" + seams) High x (width of your top of your skirt without the seam x 2 + seams on both ends) Long

3. Fold the belt in half and sew the ends together. Don't forget to leave the opening to put the elastic through later. Open the seam and press with an iron. Fold the belt loop in half horizontally and set aside.

4. Pin and sew the sides of the skirt. Press the seam with an iron.

5. pin the belt loop to the top of the skirt right sides together. Sew.

6. Put the elastic through. Sew the ends together, I used a triple decorative stitch, but you can use a zigzag or other stitch if you prefer.

7. Hand stitch the opening shut.

8. Fold the hem and press with an iron. Use starch twin needle and sew.

9. In no time I was able to whip up two skirt! :)

I went shopping in my closet and found a top that would go great with the skirt and the shoes I painted last summer. Now it is time to try it on...


Now, are you ready for the giveaway details? I got to work with two beautiful knit fabrics. I am keeping one for me, and I am giveaway one to you! I love floral design, but I also LOVE this triangle design. A bit modern huh? This is that same size as my skirt which is xs/s.

Here is the very simple giveaway rules;

1. Simply leave a comment on this post. (1st entry)

2. Follow me on Instagram. You can find my instagram on the side bar on the right. (2nd entry)

That's it! I will pick a winner on the night of April 2nd which is end of blog hop and announce the winner on the 3rd. If I can't contact the winner and get the shipping info in 48 hours, I have to pick a new winner. So make sure to come back to see if you are the lucky winner. :)

Thank you so much for visiting today I hope you enjoyed my post. Make sure to check out all the Knit Love Blog posts here.
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