Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cute window shade from scraps

My sewing techniques are not for the faint of heart.  

Let's just say I'm never going to get paid for any of my sewing creations, 
but that's okay as long as I can live with them.

Here's my new window shade in our hallway upstairs.

(There used to be a paper shade here that cost me a total of $2.99,
so I didn't feel too bad about replacing it.  You can see that post here.)

This new shade is made from scraps of leftover fabric from various projects.  The brown and white print 
was leftover from a chair seat I covered at our kitchen desk years ago.  The brown trim on the edges was originally a tablecloth, and the lining is leftover Unbleached Natural Osnaburg that I've used for several projects....everything from pillows to printing on the fabric in the printer (it's great for that).

Here's how it started...

I didn't even sew a rod pocket for the shade.....the top of the shade is just tucked over a tension rod, 
so I wasn't too concerned about the finished look.

I literally tucked the ends inside the shade and sewed a straight line across the bottom to hem it.
(Like I said, not for the faint of heart when it comes to the serious seamstress...)


The "pleats" are in place with additional tension rods.

I saw this genius idea at Imparting Grace.
(This is a wonderful blog you should check out when you get a minute.)

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Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I love homemade cards ~

I celebrated another birthday yesterday! 

It was a beautiful, sunny day here in the Northwest, but my
 day was made extra special by this awesome homemade card from my daughter.

Thanks, Em!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Break Getaway

We are headed out tomorrow for a Spring Break vacation.

We'll be stopping here 1st...

The beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast

Can't wait to visit family and enjoy some of the delicacies....
gumbo, po-boys, and crawfish to name a few.

After a few days in Mississippi, we're driving to Destin, Florida for a little more coastal time.

Hope you're having some sunshine to welcome spring wherever you are!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

e.a.t. and a gallery wall

I've always wanted a little something over this doorway in our kitchen.

And, now I have it!

I purchased some inexpensive 5x5 frames, ran some burlap 
through the printer and voila!

Another quickie project this week was a gallery wall in our powder room.

 We're headed south for Spring Break and I'm hoping to find some 
other 'trinket' to replace the starfish inside the large frame.

Have you been working on any projects this week, small or large?


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Animal Print Mirror

I've had several posts  lately about my daughter's bedroom update.  

The last tweak to the room was adding duck tape to her mirror.  It needed a little something.



Easiest project ever!

What 12 yo girl doesn't like a little zebra in her bedroom?
(I do look forward to the day when her tastes are a little more subdued :) 


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Energy Bites

A friend shared this recipe with me over the weekend.  We were chaperoning our girls at their last Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sale and she thought of these because they're similar to a Samoa GS cookie in taste, but a little healthier.

Energy Bites

1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. 

 Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. 

Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!

  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

That picture makes me want a glass of milk!

Hope you'll try them ~


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Went back to my youth over the weekend!

Saturday night we went to a 40th birthday party that started out with dinner/drinks and moved onto...


If you enjoyed roller skating as a kid, I highly recommend going again...


Hope your week is off to a good start....even if you're a little
 tired like me with the time change!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pops of Pink

Not only did my daughter get a new desk over the weekend, but some "pops of pink" in the room too.   Her main request when re-doing her room, back in December, was to incorporate this teal blue color from her bedding.

The blue was done in the walls, the curtains, and many of the accessories.
(There's that newly assembled desk!)

The room was begging for a little pop of pink, similar to that in the bedding.  So, I made a cork board out of an old frame and some cork squares.

I cut the squares with an exacto knife, fit them in the frame, and added the cardboard back that came with the frame.

Next came the fun pink spray paint!

And, of course, the hot pink needed to be balanced on the other side of the room, so I tweaked some art work we had hanging.

These prints started out like this (I had previously added the small pink dots on the leaves).  They each have a word on them...inspire, create, and breathe.

More pictures of the room...


(I have to admit, the room is a little busy for me, but 12 year old girls like a lot of stuff.)


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Epic Fail (as the kids say)

In December, I was working on updating my daughter's room with a new paint color, updating some furniture, etc... see here.

The white desk above started out looking like this.  Before I could paint it, I had to fill in this crack.

Add some white paint, accessorize, and done...

Until a couple of months later and...the crack split all the way to the end of the desk...epic fail!

There's a stamp on the back of the desk that says October 1969.  I'm assuming this desk is almost as old as me....I have a few cracks too :)

We picked up this desk at Target over the weekend, and my husband and I spent Sunday afternoon assembling it.  Good times! 

Have you had any project "fails" lately?