Where To Build A New Home On An Acreage

I’m back with exciting news…

We’re going to build a new home! We live on 16 acres of land, some of it forested. It took me forever to decide where I wanted to put the house. (What a lucky problem to have!) If you’re shopping for land to build a house, or have an acreage and want to build; I can help you. Here are some things to consider when choosing a location to build a new home.

Do you dream of building your dream home on a piece of land? Here are some tips to help you choose where to build a new home.

Visablity

Do you want your near the entrance, or further back? That’s a personal choice, and purely aesthetic. Depending on the size and landscape of your plot, you can decide whether you want your home visible from the street or not. Your choice depends on ease of access and how much privacy you want.

Electric

The further you build from the nearest electric pole, the more expensive it gets. Your electric company will charge for each square foot they have to cover. They will usually clear the area of trees from the nearest pole to the build site, so find out how much they are willing to do before you pay to take down trees. Which brings us to…

Building A House: How To Choose A Location When Building A New Home

Clearing & Prep Work

How much clearing will you have to do? I originally wanted my house a bit further back, but there’s a forested area that would be pretty expensive to clear. Price shop for bulldozer and tree removal services and add it to your cost sheet if you are hiring out. Renting the machinery is a great option if you want to do the work yourself.

Soil

Make sure an experienced builder checks the area you want to build. You don’t want to do all that planning and clearing to find out you have a sinkhole! I also reccomend having your general contractor supervise when the pad is built. It’s important that he knows if there are any soft spots.

Well & Septic

If you’re rural, you’ll likely need to dig a well and septic tank. There are specific rules for that. The well has to be a certain distance uphill from your septic, and septic must be a certain distance from your home. Make sure you have enough cleared area when you choose where you’d like to build your home.

Building A House: How To Choose A Location When Building A House

Flooding

It’s ideal for your house to sit on a bit higher ground so that water runs away from the house. If you don’t have a higher area, or want to build in a lower position, talk to your builder about what precautions you can take to protect your home against water runoff. As a side note, check if land is flood zoned when shopping for property.

Existing Features

We have a really cool retaining wall (below) that’s over 100 years old. It’s a good distance away from the front door, and sort of defines the front yard area. I think it will “frame” the house nicely. I’m imagining some potted plants there.

Building A New House: Choosing Where To Build A New Home

Look for natural features that you can integrate into your yard, like boulders or amazing trees or shrubbery. Maybe you have an existing fence or garden you could work with.

View

Funny that view is the last thing in my list! But it was almost the last thing I got to consider. Finding a spot with the privacy I wanted in a location that wouldn’t break the bank was the hardest part. (Trees grow wherever the heck they want around here, electric poles and lines really eat the budget.)

On a larger plot of land, you can face your home in any direction you like. Imagine the view from each window, and determine where you need the most natural light.

I hope some of these tips help you if you’re building a home. I’ll keep you posted each step of the way, so follow along if you’re interested in the home building process.

P.S. Hello custom sewing room!

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DIY Fizzy Bath Soak Recipe

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Here’s a fun gift or a quick pick-me-up: DIY fizzy bath soak! Relax and enjoy this easy recipe. The best part is, your fizzy bath soak looks great and can provide inexpensive bathroom decor.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Ingredients: 

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid

1/2 cup epsom salt

1 tsp water

2 tsp essential oil

3 tsp olive oil

food coloring

 

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Hint: Coordinate your scents and colors for a pleasing effect. We used a calming sea blue color with fresh linen scented essential oil for a spa-like effect.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Combine your dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix your wet ingredients into a seperate dish.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Slowly add your wet mixture into the dry ingredients, a spoonful at a time.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Whisk until color is evenly saturated and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Your DIY fizzy bath soak should stick to itself a bit, but not hold its shape.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Bath soak should be stored in an airtight container so that it doesn’t dry out.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Mason jars with colorful fizzy bath soak make cute bathroom decor, don’t you think?

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

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Custom Hair Bows: Are They Worth The Price?

Are custom hair bows worth the price tag? For some of you, the answer will be a resounding yes! Personally, I learned how to make bows because the prices made me cringe. I try to stock less expensive options in my shop, as well as taking custom hair bow orders. Occasionally I write tutorials here on the blog, for my friends who prefer to just make bows themselves.

Custom Hair Bows: Are they worth the price?

Today I’m showing off some recent custom hair bows, and talking about price differences in custom versus RTS (ready to ship) hair bows.

Custom Hair Bows

Custom hair bows are made by me, upon your request. They are one of a kind, and often designed to match a specific outfit or for a special event.

OTT stands for over the top, and too much is never too much. Over the top can apply to a custom or RTS bow, and the price range varies a lot, even on the bows shown in this post. Sometimes my custom bow prices are very comparable to RTS in the shop, depending on supplies used.

Custom Hair Bow

For example, the hair bow above has almost $20 in supplies; including designer ribbon, rhinestone hardware, feathers, shabby flowers, tulle, lace, Swarvoski crystals, and other details.

Custom Hair Bow

That doesn’t include the cost of labor or shipping. Often a custom OTT bow requires a trip (or multiple trips) to the nearest supply store, or supplies must be ordered. Depending on your order and availability of supplies; there could be a wait time.

Custom Panda OTT Hair Bow

This panda hair bow has over $12 worth of materials. Designer ribbon was shipped from Australia, and the felt appliqué panda pieces were hand made. I made this bow for my daughter, but if I listed it in the shop it would be difficult to fetch $20. A $20 price tag would earn me minimum wage. That’s why I  make custom OTT bows upon request only.

Custom Panda OTT Hair Bow

Character bows are almost exclusively custom orders. I still have lots of Angry Birds (as well as other) ribbons from when they were very popular. As a result, I prefer not to shop in bulk for themed or character ribbon.

If you see a print or design that you love in the shop, you may want to buy it quickly. I usually buy small amounts, and designer ribbon is not mass produced. There is often only one place to get it, and if I have a high demand I may not be able to get more until or if there is a re-print.

Custom Hair Bow

I refuse to use sub-par materials or techniques, and shop as ethically as possible. I incorporate my leftover designer and imported ribbon scraps and into RTS hair bows. Nothing goes to waste, and I can offer better pricing in the shop.

Snowflake Hair Bow

Most of my sales are custom orders. When I have my supplies out, I try to make a few bows for the shop. They are often more affordable than the custom bows, but still have all the impact. I usually only make one or two.

Custom OTT Bows and RTS bows

Here is an example of custom hair bows versus RTS bows. The bow on the left is 6″, while the RTS bow is 5″. Size isn’t a significant factor in pricing, but the smaller size allows the “I Wake Up Fabulous” ribbon to be a focal point. It would get lost on a larger bow.

The lace fan and feathers are replaced with more glitter tulle for the RTS, and a rhinestone bottle cap centerpiece is a cute alternative to the large blingy crystal button. Instead of 2 side bows with bling hardware, the RTS rocks a single bow at the bottom of the spikes. The custom bow has more designer ribbon prints, and Swarvoski crystals. Crystals are applied with a special heat tool. It takes a little time and a steady hand!

Deciding whether custom hair bows are worth the price is up to the buyer. The customer is always right! While a hand made shop can never compete with mass produced store bought hair bows, I try to have something for everyone and have lots of price range to choose from. Stop by SewsNBows on Etsy to look at my ready to ship bows!

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New Hair Bows in the shop!

Whoa, it’s been a while! Hello friends! Here are a few new hair bows in the shop.

I Wake Up Fabulous OTT Hair Bow

This one is my favorite! The looper ribbon says, “I wake up fabulous”. It’s a 5″ bow with your choice of clip or barrette.

Personally, I wake up like a dump truck; but if you got it, flaunt it!

Gold & Black OTT Hair Bow: Perfect for hunting season!

This 6″ hair bow is perfect fall hunting season and holidays. Gold and glitter for the win!

Hair Bow with felt deer

Check out the felt deer nestled on top. The black ribbon has deer embossed in gold. It fastens with a French barrette.

OTT Panda Hair Bow

This 5″ panda bow is available on your choice of hardware. It’s inspired by a custom bow I made for my daughter. Hope to show you some of my custom bows soon!

Panda Hair Bow

Due to the high volume of local orders, I’m unable to meet a Christmas deadline for custom order bows. But if you’d like to check out these bows and see what else is in the shop, visit SewsNBows on Etsy!

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Sew Fashionable 10/13/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Fall Nails

Bows are finished, and corsages are lined up all in row. I literally just got done…but we’re ready for homecoming Saturday! A picture of nails because I can’t look at flowers for a while ;)

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

Sew Fashionable

Make

Angela’s not-poncho

Helen’s wardrobe basics

Kelli’s Blair shirt

Carolyn’s chic raincoat made from a shower curtain

Style

How To Mix Prints at Southern Curls & Pearls

Learn

Make a narrow hem on curves at Itch To Stitch /

Ideas on storing PDF patterns

Shop

IndieSew Fall Collection

The Kelly Anorek from Closet Case Files

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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