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8/11/17

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

So I have a small obsession with dog Instagram accounts. I follow way too many. But in the process of scrolling through infinite adorable pooches, I started noticing a trend. Bandanas. And I think they're just the cutest darn things. So I decided to make one for Charlie, and then I created a printable pattern! 

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

This bandana slides right onto an existing collar, so your pet can wear both at the same time (which was important for me because I like to make sure Charlie's always wearing his dog tags). It's also reversible, so it's actually two bandanas in one. The pattern includes three different sizes, so you can make one for your shih tzu, your puggle and your golden. Or if you're a cat person, the small size fits most cats (or can be sized down for little kitties).

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

I'm selling it on Etsy (don't worry, it only costs $4. Which is significantly less than my soy vanilla latt├ęs now cost at Starbucks... wtf is up with that?!). It's an instant download, so you'll be able to access the pattern immediately after you've purchased it. It includes step-by-step photos and written instructions, and printable patterns for sizes small, medium and large.

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

It's a simple project, definitely suitable for beginners who only have basic sewing skills. It should take under an hour if you've done a sewing project or two in your day. Check it out here!

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation



8/2/17

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

Somehow, August is already upon us and I'm starting to have that panicky feeling as I realize that I haven't spent nearly enough time outside this summer. Anybody else? So I've been working on updating our outdoor space a bit and I've been super inspired by these gorgeous spaces. 

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

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Want even more inspiration? Check out my friend Danielle's gorgeous coastal style deck.



7/28/17

A Designers' Guide To Newburyport


If you haven't been to Newburyport, Massachusetts, drop what you're doing right now and plan a trip. I went last week, and I had a blast... I can't wait to go back again! It's one of those perfect seaside towns with a great mix of culture and style that still maintains a laid-back vibe. If you're a foodie, you'll have a great time. If you're an art lover, you'll have a great time. And if you're a designer like me, you'll definitely have a great time. Here's a list of hot spots to hit:

7/18/17

A Few Highlights From Our Vermont Wedding


For those of you who have been following Design Fixation for a while, you probably know that the last few months I've spent a lot of my free time doing DIY projects for my wedding. Well, the big day finally arrived last week so I wanted to share just a few shots of the day. 

We got married at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, Vermont, which is actually the town I grew up in. Rain was forecasted for the entire day, but we lucked out and had only one passing shower. We laughed, we cried, we danced and (everyone says it, but... ) we had the best day ever. 


Our wedding cake was made by our caterer, and the fresh flowers were provided by our florist. I made the cake topper myself, and you can check out the tutorial here. 


We did a sand ceremony during which we each poured sand into one container, representing two people becoming one. We each collected our own sand from our favorite beach in Marblehead, Massachusetts the week before. Our pastor joked that it looked like dirt :)


We made our own table runners using this fabric (with tons of help from my mother-in-law... thanks Priscilla!) and collected tons of clear glass vases for the flowers from Goodwill.


My dress had a champagne-colored underlay, and I had some of the back removed by my seamstress to turn it into a keyhole style. By the end of the night it was black at the bottom... the sign of a good time!


Mike and I hand-painted the place cards and then I used my newfound hand-lettering skills to write our guests' names on the cards. And I just taped them to a couple of plain old pieces of wood from Home Depot.


And there were tissue paper tassels galore throughout the entire building. Stay tuned for more once we get our photos back from our professional photographer!



6/29/17

Beyond Booze: 10 Genius Food Bar Ideas For Your Wedding


I'm getting married in 9 days, so to say that I have weddings on the brain would be an understatement. So today I thought I'd share a few a ideas for a popular wedding trend... food bars! They're memorable, cost-effective and a great conversation starter. Here are ten of my favorites.













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