My First Post- Stocking DIY

I finally did it- I started a blog!  Blogging has been on my goal list for some time but always felt so intimidating.  What would I call it?  How would I have enough content to share?  Will anyone other than close friends read it??

In an effort to answer those questions, I gave myself the advice I offer to beginning crafters or DIYers.  Start simple.  My obsession for crafting, interior design, and DIY took on a new level when my husband and I purchased our first home on West Main St.  Hence the simple blog title- Life at West Main.  Christmas is the perfect time to start a blog as I decorate our home, make gifts, and use vacation time to finish those almost done, but never finished over the summer projects.

To answer that question of who is going to read it??  Whether you are a DIY diva, or totally intimidated by the crafting world, I hope my blog inspires beginners and opens up new ideas to those experiencing a crafter’s version of writer’s block.   Home projects do not have to be expensive or require advanced skills– Start simple!

So with that said- here is an easy way to start crafting.  Begin with a base item and add to it.  My hubby and I needed stockings, and nothing in the stores was inspiring me.  With Christmas shopping to do and a full work load, I no time to make stockings from scratch.

I came across these Pottery Barn stockings for $8 a piece in a local resale shop.  They are made so well, and thick enough to handle a full load of stocking stuffers!  I hand stitched the faux fur trim to the underside of the cuff.  My current craft obsession is making pom poms using this fun tool, and poms provide a nice pop of color.  The purple brooch came from my wedding brooch bouquet.  My husband, an avid fly fisherman, insisted on adding two flies he made himself to his stocking.

One hour sewing trim and pom pom making.  $10 in yarn and fur trim, both of which were leftovers from other projects.  New stockings with personality- Done!

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