The Roundabout Blog is MOVING!!

10 Apr

Hello there, my few subscribers!  Though I have not exactly posted very much to this blog, I would like you to know that I am moving it to here! The new site, A Roundabout Life, is a more comprehensive one, which will still include a blog, as well as my shop, DIY projects, and info on where to find me at shows.  I do hope you will stick with me as I figure out this internet thing!

Cast YOUR Vote!

5 May


I’m working on a little DIY post but I could use your help! Vote for your favorite grey-on-white pattern pictured. You can vote in the comments below, on Facebook, and on Instagram, and the winning pattern will be used in my next DIY project! Your only hints about the project are that it’s hand-painted, inexpensive, and perfect for Sumner! Voting ends Tuesday night at 6, so vote on all 3 sites for the best chance of seeing your preferred pattern posted later this week!

Modcloth “Make the Cut” contest

16 Mar

Hey Roundabout readers! You may or may not know this, but once upon a time, I graduated with a degree in Fashion Design. Shortly after, I decided that might not be the best career choice for me, but all these years later I still love fashion and all things design!

So when I saw that Modcloth was doing another “Make the Cut” contest, I decided to take a chance, pull out the old croquis and Prismacolors, and put those old skills to use again (at the very last minute before the deadline too.)

The rules: use the fabric swatch provided (in this case, a sort of rainbow stripe) and create a design using that fabric suitable for a spring/summer look. The reward: a cash prize and YOUR DESIGN PRODUCED AND SOLD ON MODCLOTH!

I would really appreciate your vote! Mine is the only maxi dress (can you believe it?) It’s summery, flattering, and for Pete’s sake it has pockets. Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?! fsfd3
You can vote (here) once every 24 hours until March 29th (and if you need reminding, “like” Roundabout on Facebook) You’ll need to “like” Modcloth on Facebook first too. Don’t forget to share share share! Thanks for your help! More fashion things to come on the blog in the future!

DIY: Book Page Silhouettes

25 Feb

final2Today’s DIY is another little detail I cooked up for my entry in the Wedding Day Hooray Table Decor Contest. There are so many fun options for marking the bride’s and groom’s seats at their reception. But personalized ones like this can later be framed or go into your wedding album as an artistic keepsake from your special day. Continue reading

DIY Postponed

19 Feb

To anyone looking for the paper silhouette tutorial on the blog (which I promised at Wedding Day Hooray this weekend)…I accidentally deleted the photos I shot while making them! After much swearing, I just figured I’d re-do another one tomorrow and post it then. In the meantime, please enjoy this dancing banana.

DIY: Leather Belt Table Runner

17 Feb

runner1Let’s start at the beginning. A couple of years back, I found two mismatched but similar wooden benches. While I can’t find my “before” pics, just imagine dusty old upholstered tops, one of the benches was stained dark, the other had layers of dirt and peeling light yellow paint. They needed help. So I painstakingly stripped, sanded, and refinished the legs. The whole reason I wanted to make them over was to play with the idea of weaving belts over the top. And this is how they turned out… Continue reading


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