Monday, March 14, 2016

A Slipcover for a Tired and Worn Ottoman

Hi All,

How are you?  All is well here!  Our family is finally recovered from a yucky virus that lingered in our home for a good couple of weeks.  Happy to report now, the virus is gone and warm weather approaching.

I have a tired and worn ottoman in our basement desperately in need of a makeover.  I should donate or toss, but I felt the need to slipcover in the hopes of bringing our family room to design completion on a budget.  I do love the look of slipcovers on chairs and ottomans.  I think it creates a comfortable and elegant look in a family room, bedroom, sitting room and I especially love that the most slipcovers can be dry-cleaned or washed.  I usually slipcover with linen for that very reason.  It is very durable and has  great texture  perfect for our family room.  I have read that some homeowners order 2 slipcovers for a couch or chair so as to rotate and also give a different look depending on season..what a great idea!   My inspiration for slipcovers come from several sources, below are some pictures  to give you an idea of the look I love so much. Aren't those  ruffled slipcovers so pretty?

3.)  2.)  1.)

1.)Amy Morris Design 2.) Home Bunch Blog

So now a look of what I have and how this ottoman was transformed with slipcovers.  I used linen, chocolate brown and a beautiful steel blue.  The rug has touches of this blue which I carry throughout the living space.  Behind the camera is a sitting room, neutrals mostly, but the pillows have this pretty blue color.  I am thinking of sewing panels for the sitting room in this color, but still on the fence since bright colors tend to loose there appeal for me over time.  So what do you think of slipcovering an ottoman and would you slipcover without the gathers?  

Thanks for reading this blog and following along with me.  Have a wonderful week, until next time.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Creating Privacy for the Sliding Doors Plus One More

Hi Friends,

 I hope you are having a great week so far.   Busy week here with the usual kiddo activity and one parent traveling. We are slowly making progress with the home and finishing up details such as backsplash and paint.   Hopefully, we will have a final decision on the that soon.

Between backsplash decisions I visited one of my favorite fabric retailers, Loomcraft.  Luckily, they still had the same fabric I used for the London Shade post, Visit here if you would like to see that tutorial.  I wanted to create a privacy for our sliding doors in the breakfast area, but since it is on the same wall as the london shade windows I opted not to use vertical blinds but follow the same fabric throughout the room.  I thought simple panels on rings that I could close would be perfect for the doors.  But since they would be functioning treatments I would need ample fabric to cover the area in order for the treatments to look full once closed.

I personally like simple treatments without  too much trim and fuss.  I like treatments just to accentuate a window rather than create a focal point.  I also like treatments to be just touching the ground by about half an inch.  I think this combination creates a room that is inviting, cozy and more put together.  I think for me, I  dislike looking at a black window at night which is generally why I feel every window needs something.

I also sewed these sweet simple cafe curtains in a day.  So easy to do and just adds that extra custom touch to a casual, neutral kitchen.

I'm looking forward to adding the backsplash soon.  So stay tuned for the updated kitchen next time.

Here are also some pretty pictures I recently saw on the web.  Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks so much for reading and following along with me


Image 1-Jeffery Alan Marks,  Image 2-Atlanta Homes, Image 3-anonymous

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Economical Box Pleat Valance

Hi Everyone,

It's winter around here, the past couple of months were mild, but now we are mostly bundled inside with brief moments outside.   Since we are indoors quite a bit I am excited to knock out a few to-do items on my list.  I have painted several rooms already and am working on completing a few more sewing projects, which I will share with you shortly.  My most recent is an easy yet elegant Economical Box-Pleat Valance.  I completed this project over the weekend, so not terribly time consuming, but I think adds a little something to our office.  So let's get started creating this together.  I apologize for the quality of some of the images, I had limited light in the basement.

The window measured 56.5inches wide and I purchased a yard and a half of fabric with matching trim.                                        
                                                          The supplies needed:
1. Approximately 1 yard of your favorite fabric and matching trim
2.Pine Wood trim piece cut to size
3.Staple Gun
5.Needles, Sewing Machine, Iron for Pressing



Sew the Lining to the Decorative Fabric.

Note*  The 2 halves, per step , that were sewn together are lined exactly to the center of your pine board, as shown in the below image.

Step 4.

I hand stitched the hems on the sides. Be sure to douple-fold your hems, since it creates a cleaner more prefessional look.

Step 5.

We sewed the two halves together, therefore; this created a longer length than the actual wooden valance piece.  By trial and error,  this may take some a little time.  I folded a small tuck at the edges to create a little depth and a more custom feel to our valance.
You may need to play around with the fabric to create an even tuck on each side in the corners.

Step 6a.

Step 6b.
Make sure to securely pin the center fold before sewing the velcro, since it tends to open while sewing.

Step 7.

Step 8.

Step 9.

Now add the L-Brackets to your pine board and mount the 2x4 on the wall. Firmly place the velcro on your decorative valance to the rough velcro on the pine board.  Attach  from the center fold and  move toward the edge of the 2X4.

A simple, economical box pleat valance looks great with a roman shade or panels depending on the formality of the room.

Let me know if you have any questions.  I would be happy to help!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Polka Dots on the Walls

Hi Everyone,

Almost Christmas and we are in countdown mode in our home.  I have been in the kitchen a little,  preparing sweet treats as gifts, celebrating at a few holiday related activities, but other than that had a restful weekend.  We will be traveling this holiday weekend to South Carolina, visiting relatives and celebrating Christmas with them.  It will be a joyous time and wonderfully exciting for the girls.

Before we wrap up this year and begin a new, I wanted to share with you a polka dot wall "makeover"  This project required a little time to complete, but was an easy application.  After a little  research, I found  the best method to create a polka dot, or bubbles on the wall, so aptly named by my daughter.

Below are the supplies needed to create your polka dot wall.

1.  Stencil Paper, can be purchased at any craft store  2.  Exacto Knife, also at your local craft store 3.  Compass or a bowl of varying sizes to trace around

After tracing your circular shapes on the stencil paper cut your shapes with the exacto knife.  On my stencil paper I traced 4  differing circular shapes.  I picked 2 different paint, light blue and light green, per kiddo request.

Using painters tape I taped the stencil paper on the wall and chose the the color for each circle. Make sure that is consistent to avoid mixing paints. As an aside, the stencil paper should be laid out for a few days to straighten out, maybe weigh down the edges.  This step will make your application of polka dots that much easier.

To create a little asymmetry I changed the direction of the stencil paper and layered circles on top of each other.  Make sure your paint is dry before taping the stencil paper over previously painted circles.

To paint the circles, I applied a small amount of paint on my brush, too much paint on the brush, and the excess will seep underneath the shape.  I brushed from the outside of the circle toward the middle, as shown below.

See Easy Peasy!  A fun and easy way to create a little whimsy in your kiddos rooms, playrooms ect.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope it is a blessed time for you.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Simple changes in a girls bedroom

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far.  I love all the christmas lights in and around the stores, the christmas music and spirit.  The long christmas shopping lists not so much, however, I am almost done, so thankfully I can now enjoy the season without the panic of "too much to do and not enough time."

Today, I am going to share one of my daughter's bedroom.  My goal from the onset was to keep most of what she currently owned, from big furniture pieces to all her knick knacks she so lovingly holds onto. My budget was $100.00.  I painted the walls a very soft pink, so that her bright bedding and assessories would take the center stage. The paint color is so pretty, I especially love the room in the evening with the soft lighting, it glows so beautifully.

After painting, Danielle and I picked out this fun trendy chevron sheet set from Target.  She is in love and would very much like to continue the chevron theme on the walls and more in accessories.  We haven't started that project, yet, maybe in the future after her two other sisters get to choose a pretty wall color.

 We also picked out a tufted headboard from  They have such a wonderful variety, very well priced and easy to install.  On the opposite side of the bed, we put together a desk area.  The desk was mine in college and just repainted a bright teal color.  She stores her books and other odds ends in all the compartments. The desk at moment is great for clutter control.  Its is amazing how quickly the little things crowd a room:)  Our latest is Shopkins and Littlest Pet Shop.

The dresser was a hand me down as well.   It was painted and repurposed several years ago.  It funtions well, although it probably is need of a fresh coat of paint soon.  I love the use of trays, this one below was a steal from Hobby Lobby.  Danielle also proudly displays her artwork in her room.  At the moment she just has a few projects, which she rotates every so often.  I love the personality in this room.  It is so Danielle!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please visit again soon and follow me on Facebook or Pinterest, I would be so thankful.  Enjoy the rest of your week.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

DIY Holiday Napkins and Cutlery Holder

Hi All,

I love a super easy DIY such as the one below.  Completed in less than an hour and completely unique and quality made. Make these sweet and thoughtful napkins as gifts this year!

Informal place setting for the Holidays

Below are the measurements for the napkins and holder:

1.  Place your fabric pieces wrong side to together, Pin and Sew.  Leave a small opening to be slip        stitched closed once finished.

2.  Turn your fabrics right-side out and finsh your napkins (Cutlery Holder) with a pretty detailed                                                                            sewing stitch on your machine.

Happy Sewing Friends!

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Tutorial for a London Shade


Hi Everyone,

   Well, we are all moved into our home, barring for a few small projects we are feeling relatively settled.  The kiddos are adjusting well to their new home and surroundings, thankfully!  Building a home certainly has its challenges, but seeing the  girls happy and comfortable makes it all worth it.

 In a few of the rooms I called a professional to install blinds, but for the most part I would like to tackle each room slowly, by adding roman shade or something similar to dress the windows.  My first project was the London Shade.  It provides privacy and light control, however we will not be lifting the shade too much, which  allows for an easy application, which I will share below.
   Below are the supplies I used for my Project

Now to measure the window and fabric requirements for My project,  Yours will look different depending on your size window, but the hem allowance, ruffle allowance, and pleating will look the same.  Hopefully that is clear.

1.) Now we have determined the length and width.  Cut your fabric and lining to size and turn in        your bottom hem 6"(I recommend double turning your hems) and your side hem 2".

Double hem all sides for a total of 6" on the bottom and 2" on the sides.

2.) Measuring for the 2 pleats on each side of the london shade can be tricky and time consuming, but      once you get the hang it, it's simple and so pretty.  I think it give the shade a custom feel and helps       with the folding after its hang correctly.
              a. measure 6" from one width side to the other.  Also making sure to mark 6" 
                 throughout the length of  the panel. This will eliminate or reduce error when pleating.          
              b. fold from third 6"mark to the 5th

            c.  This is how the shade will look from the back once all the pleats are pinned into place.

3.)  Optional step: I added pre-made piping for a custom look.  Pin into place, then sew.

Premade Piping pinned into place making sure the pleats stay in place and folded evenly.  In this picture the pleats on the right-side are fused together. I made sure to keep the pleat from overlapping.

Stitch the Austrian Tape down the middle of the two pleats. Making sure to stitch from the top of the bottom hem line about 3/4 up the length of the fabric, or about 10 inches from the top.

Now screw in the 2 x 4 to the window frame (either outside or inside mount). Pictured, I stapled the rough edge of the velcro to the 2 x 4.

Add  two screw eyes  12 inches from the edge and 1 additional screw eye 2 inches from the right edge.

At the bottom of the shade pull the cords of the Austrian Tape (pictured) to ruffle the fabric. Evenly pull the cords on both sides. Now  firmly tie the cord to the bottom ring (pictured)  and thread through the all  plastic rings.  We are almost done!

3.) Pull the Roman Shade Cord through the screw eyes attached to the 2 x 4 and feed all the the cords through the screws. Do not leave any cords loose, all the cords should be pulled through the screw eyes.  Please make sure your cords are long enough before cutting.

4.) Add the cord condenser to the bottom of the cords to prevent fraying and wrap the cord around a        cleat.

It might take  a little time to adjust the folds and get the look you would want for your London Shade. My shades are pulled up about half way up the window to allow light to come in, but also create the look I wanted to achieve.  

Enjoy making your London Shade and Thanks for Reading this Tutorial!