Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guest Post: Two Friends, Two Cities and TWO tutorials!

I'm so excited to have Carrie & Angie guest posting today!  These ladies are some of my favorite I've met in blogger world and love that they collaborate together on their blog. 
Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you Pamela for inviting us over to your blog home for the day! We are the creative team behind Two Friends, Two Cities and our vintage shop, Lizzie + Luckett.

Carrie is a wife and mom to a 9 year old daughter and 3 year old son. I have a background in international marketing and textbook publishing, but when my precious daughter was born in 2002, I left it all behind. Now my days are filled with homework, driving to dance, playing Batman and cooking up easy family meals. When I'm not being ‘mommy’, you can usually find me taking pictures, painting something, or searching thrift stores for furniture. My love for vintage pieces has always been there, and I feel I’ve always been an old soul. Over the past few years, I’ve completely transformed my home from the ‘normal Texas home d├ęcor’ to an airy and vintage charmer that I love coming home too. Finding unique ways to refresh furniture and design crafts is my passion and somewhat of my obsession. It’s hard for me to look at something and buy it. I always tell myself “I can make that!” And in most cases, I do. My garage is is a disaster most of the time and I love it. I adore my husband, cherish my children, and love a good can of paint!

Angie just moved to San Antonio, Texas and is married to a tall handsome Mexican and mom to two fuzzy faced Havanese dogs named Oscar and Arnold. After having a successful career and owning an accounting business, I gave it all away 8 months ago for hopeful dreams of starting over in the design world. It was a scary decision but I decided life was too short to waste anymore years sitting in front of a computer 12 hours a day working on taxes and financial reports. I haven't regretted it. I now spend all my time in bliss working on furniture and crafts and looking quite sexy with paint on my face and wood chips in my hair. I couldn't be happier! I originally grew up in a tiny town that was known as the BBQ capital of Texas. I loved my little town and rural upbringing but life dramatically changed for me. Due to my husband's and my prior career, I have traveled significantly and even lived in many places including Los Angeles and Mexico. Because of that exposure I love and appreciate many different design styles including mid-century modern, Spanish, vintage, industrial and glam. My house is one big eclectic mesh of it all and it's my idea of perfect!

Two Friends Two Cities came about after a girls weekend several years ago. We began talking about things we were doing to our homes, furniture we were refinishing, and our dreams for the future. We started sharing our projects via text messages and on a random texting conversation, the idea of a blog came about. At first, the blog was mainly for us to share our ideas and projects in one place. It was really never meant for anyone else to see, let alone read. As the wheels starting spinning, Two Friends Two Cities came to life and we haven’t looked back. Sharing our projects and our lives has become one of our greatest joys. We have fun. We’ve met some amazing women who are encouraging, funny, and inspirational. And we have found ourselves along the way. This is our love, our fun, our lives and we are grateful to be able to share our different perspectives on life. We have varying design aesthetics yet we meet in the middle in the most perfect way. We think our blog is unique to the core for the simple reason: we are two friends who live in two different cities yet our love for creative and fun design brought us together. Our new project, Lizzie + Luckett, is a place to find vintage inspired pieces to fill your home. We hope you come by to say HI!

For the last minute holiday rush, here are 2 different projects that are super easy and would make great last minute gifts!

Angie's Reversible Fabric Wine Bag

Gift bags for wine bottles can be expensive so I started making my own. I discovered that it was easy and after the wine is gone, the bags can be repurposed for other things. I use one of my favorite wine bags as a cover for my flat iron when traveling. It keeps the hot iron from burning the contents of my luggage when packing in a hurry.

Making your own is not only easy but it's a great way to use up scrap fabric. This tutorial will illustrate how to make a completely reversible wine bag...

when flipped inside out, it has a completely different look.

Start with two pieces of fabric: one 15"x18" and the other 15"x14". I will refer to these two pieces as the long piece and the short piece.

I chose a piece of coffee bag for the short piece and a red printed canvas for the long piece.

Fold both pieces in half on the 15" side (with the good sides facing inside).

Sew each piece on two sides creating a pocket.

Then flip only the short piece, right side out.

Stuff the short piece inside the long piece until the raw edges meet up.

Sew the raw edges together only 2/3 of the way around the circle.

Now flip the burlap bag right side out, using the hole (the 1/3 portion of the circle that wasn't sewn together).

Then insert the long piece inside the short piece.

Blind stitch by hand the small remaining hole.

Now you have one wine bag holder with two different looks!

(If desired, a tie can be made by using a fabric strip 4.5"x 15". Sew two sides of the fabric with the good sides facing in. Then flip inside out and hand sew remaining end closed.)

Carrie's Chocolate Cookie Cutters

Who doesn't love good chocolate and a pretty cookie cutter?

Take chocolate bark, various cookie cutters, and candies:

chocolate cookie cutter treats gifts

Melt your chocolate either over a double boiler or in microwave. I chose the microwave, starting at 30 seconds, then stir, then 15 second intervals until melted:

Pour into cookie cutters that are on parchment paper:

Add your candies:

Let stand for a few minutes to set. Once set, the cookie cutters easily lift off the parchment paper. Parchment paper is God's gift to bakers!

Place in clear treat bags, add a ribbon and tag...and you have a simple yet pretty gift in literally less than 20 minutes. I made 2 dozen while my 3 year old napped.

Happy holidays everyone! We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Angie and Carrie @twofriendstwocities


I'm totally loving those wine bags and wanting some of those chocolates pronto!  Very cute!
Thanks again Angie & Carrie!  Be sure to check out their blog if you're not already a follower!

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for featuring us Pamela! I hope you had a great vacation and Christmas!!


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