Monday, February 13, 2017

Very Simple Sewing Tutorial for A Pretty Sheer.

Happy Valentine's Day Friends,

Valentine's Day is a day of sharing, caring and spreading joy  I thought I would share a very easy tutorial for my fellow novice sewists. I know some might be intimidated by sewing machines, but  this simple tutorial will  be so easy  that once you get the hang of  the first panel the other two, three and four can be assembled in no time.  Usually I sew my panels from large bolts of fabric, but this tutorial requires purchasing already premade sheer  white cotton fabric from a retailer like Target, Walmart or other large chain suppliers.  The sheers I purchased are from Target, Nate Berkus line 84 inch length.  I always sew panels at least 96 inch long, since the 84 in are typically far to short and tend to make the windows appear smaller.

Supplies Needed:

Premade Cotton Sheers.  Try to purchase panels on clearance.
1 Yard (for each window) decorative fabric- I chose this striped blue and white fabric
2 yards of decorative trim
measuring tape

Step 1

Step 2

Sew these pieces of fabric together.

Step 3

Step 4

Head to the sewing machine and use a blind stitch to sew the length portion of the fabric together.

Step 5

Sew the hem with a blind stitch.

Step 6

The finished product, a sheer, with a touch of personality.

Hope this inspires you  to dust off your sewing machine and very easily sew panels for your bedrooms.

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Warmly, Sarah

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our Builder Grade Kitchen and Kitchen Trends

Hi All,

 We purchased a home a few months back in VA, closer to family and the shore. We opted to buy a home relatively new with standard builder grade finishes since it was all our budget could afford. I figured over time we would add our touches, personalize the space to our liking and probably stick to a budget since we would be up for a few DIY projects. Admittedly, we outsourced quite a bit over the past few months mostly bathroom work since I am a little uncertain of my tile and plumbing skills, but then we come to the kitchen. I wanted to restain our dark espresso cabinets, but was told over time the off white paint color that I so badly wanted would show through with normal wear and tear. Much to my initial disappointment, we decided to leave well enough alone and tackle those things that would ultimately be a better use of our finances. So the espresso cabinets are staying, but granite, backsplash, reworking an island and possibly changing out hardware will hopefully give our kitchen the updates we desire. Over on instagram and it appears much over the web the trends seem to be moving away from the all white kitchens. In my humble opinion, a white or off-white kitchen will always be a classic, but I honestly am thankful for the resurgence of dark painted cabinets and dark wood kitchens. I think the typical English Kitchen with a vintage flair might be popular here in the States for awhile. We tend to see with a modern English Kitchen, dark cabinets, unlaquered brass hardware, simple lines, shelving for knick knacks and dishes. I think it is a homey feel, comforting and a return to the basics. What are your thoughts? So you think this trend might have staying power here in the States. Below are some images I recently pulled from the Web and Instagram, mostly for researching for our kitchen, but thought I would share with you all. Take and look and let me know what you all think.

Painted Cabinets with Natural Woods

I like the copper with the stainless steel

Pretty Cottage kitchen

So pretty

Our Kitchen with that vintage edit from the iPhone.

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