The Smell of Spring

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I love Spring! My absolute favorite thing about Spring is finally being able to open the windows and let in some fresh air. Especially during Spring cleaning time.

The house has been closed up all winter long and the air inside seems stale and old.

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Spring means it’s time to put away the heavy, winter throws for some pretty, light ones.

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And exchange the warm, fuzzy pillows with bright and cheery floral pillows.

The problem is is that the weather doesn’t always know it’s Spring and it’s way too cold to be opening any windows – at least where I live.

But I discovered a new air freshener system that I love. It’s called AromaBreeze Fragrance System that’s available at WalMart. What I love about it is that’s it’s not a candle, there’s no heat, and it’s waxless! That means that it’s safe to use when my grandchildren come to visit.

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It comes with a cord to plug into an outlet OR disconnect the cord and use batteries. I used to use those plug-in types of air fresheners but my problem with those was that my outlets are hidden behind curtains and furniture so the fragrance was trapped behind those items.

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I placed my AromaBreeze on top of a speaker in the corner of my family room and the fragrance is like a gentle Spring breeze through out the entire first floor.  You have to admit that it looks very stylish – not like a fragrance dispenser at all. I love that I can just unplug and go cordless with the option for battery operation. I can take the fragrance to any room or location while the option to ‘plug in’ will allow uninterrupted fragrance over long periods of time.

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This unique warmer distributes fragrance from an innovative fragrance ‘Halo,’ for continued aroma distribution. The fragrance lasts 50% longer than wax. The patent pending fragrance halo’s innovative vortex design increases fragrance throw by maximizing exposed surface area, allowing the aroma to spiral outward – just like a Spring breeze! Just be sure to read and follow the instructions very carefully.

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WalMart* carries the AromaBreeze and has a large selection of the Halos for the system. I can’t wait to try them all!

The AromaBreeze would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. In fact, I’d love to have another one for my bedroom. Where would you put one in your home?

*AromaBreeze is only available at select Walmart stores and on Walmart.com  Hint: The AromaBreeze and Halos are in the candle section at Walmart.

Easy To Make Butterfly Wreath

Who else is decorating for Spring? I think we’re all ready to stow away the winter decor and get on with Spring! One quick way to welcome Spring is to hang an easy-to-make, new wreath. What says Spring more than a butterfly wreath!

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As I was walking into Target the other day, the dollar section called my name. Does it call your name, too? I mean it’s right there. You HAVE to stop and look, right?

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Two cute, little, white grapevine wreaths were yelling my name and said “hey! We’d make cute wreaths to hang on the doors of that armoire that you just built for your granddaughter!”

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All I did to decorate them was cut out a bunch of small butterflies with my Silhouette Cameo. I cut them in three different sizes and then adhered them to the wreath using craft tape. Hot glue would work, too.

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I have round up 18 more SUPER EASY Spring & Summer wreaths that I found on HomeTalk to give you lots of wreath-making ideas. Click on the photo below to get a close up of each wreath and see the instructions on how to make your favorites.

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 Flip flops! I love that idea – PERFECT for a summer home. What other unusual items have you used to make a wreath? I’d love to hear!

Easy Happy Easter Art

When I was in HomeGoods the other day, I spotted a Happy Easter sign that I thought was so unique. It was made with twigs and rope on a piece of wood. I thought, pfft, I can make that! Take a look at my easy Happy Easter art.

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I didn’t check the price on the sign that I saw, but it wasn’t as cheap as free!

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The piece of wood came from my scrap pile. I used paint chips and rope that I already had for the flowers. And small broken tree limbs laying on the ground are free for the taking.

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The petals of the flowers were made by attaching the ends of a short length of rope with hot glue. I cut the paint chips into small rectangle and clipped the corners.

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Next, I hot glued the paint chips to the back of the rope petals.

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I used five petals for each flower.

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Using my chop saw, I cut the tree limbs into 2-1/2 lengths to form the letters. I used twigs with curves for the P’s and the S.

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The edges of the board were covered with more of the rope using hot glue.

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The final step was to use a blow dryer to get rid of the glue globs. Now my Easter Mantle is done and I’m happy to say that it didn’t cost a cent!

Spring Decorating

The calendar says Spring! But the weatherman says otherwise : ( However, that did not stop me from starting to add a few Spring and Easter touches around the house starting with the faux mantle.

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Not a lot yet, but it’s a start. I was short on time so I ran down to the basement quick and grabbed whatever Easter decorations I could find. I still need “something” on the wall behind the shelf. I have something in mind – but I have to make it first ; )

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My local grocery store had these pretty, pink, miniature carnations on sale and I just couldn’t resist. I put them in these cute, little bottles that I frosted by adding a few drops of pink craft paint to some Martha Stewart Frost Effect paint.

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The frosted bottles pair up nicely with the glittery Easter bunny that I found at HomeGoods a few years ago.

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The bunny banner took all of about 30 minutes to make.

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To make it, I created pennant shapes in Silhouette® Studio and cut them out of pink, patterned card stock. I used a floral card stock for the bunnies.

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After all of the shapes were cut, I glued the bunnies onto the pennant pieces and strung them together with ribbon.

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After they were glued together, I decided that the bunnies needed a little definition. I rubbed some gray chalk around the edges. This would have been easier to do before the bunnies were glued onto the pennants, duh!

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If you’re in need of a pennant shape, just click on Version 3 orVersion 2 to download the file. (For personal use only)

Have you started decorating for Spring or Easter yet?

Happy First Day of Spring!

Choosing Kitchen Flooring

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It has been a while since I talked about my kitchen. If you’re new here I’ll fill you in. A couple of years ago I decided to update my kitchen. By myself. Nothing major mind you. No ripping out cabinets or walls. Just basically a “facelift”. I started by painting the cabinets white, which I still love and they’re holding up very well by the way.

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I talked about replacing the laminate counter with granite but decided against it. Why? I just didn’t think it was a wise investment for my house. I didn’t think I would see a return on that investment since I live in a condo, where all of the houses are the same. It may make my home sell faster than any others on the market in my neighborhood, but I don’t think it would increase the value. Instead, I covered the laminate counters with a granite-looking vinyl and it looks pretty good!

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Besides painting the cabinets, replacing the sink and faucet, and covering the counter, I also painted the walls, ceiling and pantry door. We also replaced the old stove.

There is still one big, old, ugly thing that needs replaced. The floor. My elephant in the room.

Now I know I talk about and love everything DIY, but there are some things that are best left to experts. Installing hardwood or tile flooring is beyond my DIY skills. Just the thought of moving the refrigerator and stove out of the room for who-knows-how long it would take little ole me to install hardwood flooring – yeah, NO! I’m going to waive my virtual white flag that says #DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself)! If I decide to go with hardwood flooring it my kitchen, it will NOT be a DIY.

I also want to explore all of the options available. Do I want wood, laminate, tile?

While I was perusing magazines, Pinterest, and home decorating sites, I thought it would be fun to put together a little “dream kitchen” board. A place to put some of my “dream kitchen” elements.

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And now that I’m looking at it, it really doesn’t seem all that unobtainable. I already have the white cabinets and a sink and faucet that I like. I’m okay with my faux granite counter – at least for now. A few things that I’d love to add at some point would be some open shelving or a cabinet or two with glass doors. Building a banquette has been on my to-do list for a quite a while – and I will get to that at some point. But for now I want to decide on flooring.

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So I set off to check out my options. I wanted to shop for flooring at a locally-owned business that has a large selection and employees that are knowledge, relatable, and are experts in design and installation. My local Carpet One fit the bill. Once in the store, I was drawn immediately to the wood flooring choices. No surprise. I like the look of tile, but wanted the warmth of wood. There were so many choices, but my salesperson really took his time explaining about all the different types of hardwood, engineered hardwood, and even vinyl that looks like wood. I  have to say that vinyl flooring sure has come a long way! I had no idea it was vinyl when I saw it. Amazing.

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Two days later the same salesperson (Alan) from Carpet One was in my kitchen to take in-home measurements – a free service by the way. He also brought along quite a few samples (and they were samples of my favorites so he was paying attention! I was able to get a better idea of how the various shades would look against the cabinets and appliances.

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I am quite smitten with this one! I love the color, the rustic look, the knots, and the grain.

Sold! (Not quite, Dan hasn’t weighed in yet ; ) But I’m sure that the Beautiful Guarantee from Carpet One: “If you’re not 100% satisfied with your new floor, we’ll replace it for free”, will pretty much seal the deal.

The next day, I received an email from Alan (my salesperson) with itemized quotes on my favorite choices. I was happily surprised that he included EVERYTHING! It’s awesome that Carpet One has everything you need in addition to the actually flooring, like the cove that covers the kick plate under the cabinets, the quarter round molding for around the baseboard, and the transition trim pieces for the doorways. So even if you are an expert DIYer, Carpet One seems to be a go-to store for home flooring and improvement projects.

The Don’t Do It Yourself (#DDIY) Flooring Sale is running now through April 19.

Easter Onesies

While I was looking for inspiration for Easter Onesies, I found myself drawn to the machine embroidered designs. They are so pretty – I love how the outline of the embroidery makes the patterned pieces of the design pop. Well, since I don’t have one of those fancy machines, I thought I’d try to get the look using patterned heat transfer vinyl and glitter heat transfer vinyl.

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easter-onesie What do you think? Not too bad? I think the glitter vinyl outline gives the bunny definition and makes the patterned HTV design pop.

Want to try it? Here’s how I did it and it’s super easy.

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First, open your design in Studio. I used (Design ID #39818) from the Silhouette online store. Then make a copy of the design. Select one bunny and open the Offset window and create an internal offset. Adjust the amount of offset using the up arrow. (I bumped mine up to 0.0100). Now select both shapes – (the original and the offset) – right click – choose “Make Compound Path”.

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You can fill the shape with color to check that you did it right ; )

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Now it’s time to cut your shapes.

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The iron them on. First the patterned bunny, then the bunny outline. Lucky me – I got a heat press for Christmas and I love it! If you’re in the market for a heat press, I really like mine and highly recommend it.

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DIY Easter Onesie with glitter outline

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As you can see I made two Easter onesies for the baby. The first one I made was before I came up with the glitter vinyl outline idea, but it’s still cute ; )

easter-onesie I had to fiddle with the design of the shape, and then wrapped it around the side of the onesie. Instead of laying the onesie down flat on the heat press, I just adjusted the onesie so that the side seam was showing. (see photo above)

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Baby Girl Nursery Makeover

My daughter told me that she smiles every time she walks into her daughter’s nursery. That’s all I needed to hear. To me that means that the baby girl nursery makeover is a success. It is a pretty room and I can’t wait for you to see it. Ready for a tour?

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When you walk through the door, this is the first corner of the room that you see. I just love the vinyl wall decal. That wall would be so bare and boring without it. Speaking of walls, they started out as painted paneling until we filled the cracks, made it smooth, then painted them the perfect shade of gray. You can just barely see on the left side of the photo above, the lined curtains that I made and how well the fabric coordinates with everything.

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To keep this room makeover on budget, we used mostly second-hand furniture picked up at either yard sales or thrift stores and gave them a makeover. I recovered the cushions on the glider and my daughter gave the chair and ottoman a couple of coats of gold metallic spray paint. Don’t you just love that pink, ruffled pillow? I found it at HomeGoods.

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We also adore the throw rug from HomeGoods. The colors are a perfect match with the pinks and golds in this room. The white, ruffled crib skirt is from Target.

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We still have to find just the “right” crib comforter, but for now the polka dot sheet and adorable pillow are in the crib.

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On the other side of room, where you first came in, is the perfectly pink painted dresser with the framed quote resting on top.

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And my biggest furniture build: the “beast”!

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Getting that armoire to my daughter’s house started out uneventful.

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Dan and my two sons carried it out to the driveway with no problem.

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Even getting it loaded into the truck – no problem.

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Not until we got to my daughter and son-in-law’s house did we hit a snag. A big snag. A snag called a bannister. Now you know by looking at the photo above why I said that my next DIY project is going to be replacing a bannister : (

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Melanie doesn’t care about the bannister ; ) She’s a happy girl because she now has a place for all of her pretty clothes. Actually, she was just happy to be crawling around inside the armoire.

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The last little detail: I cut her name out of gold metallic vinyl using my Silhouette and put it on her door.

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Sweet dreams baby girl!

Building An Armoire

I am extremely happy and excited to say that at last the armoire is done! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been working on what I lovingly refer to as the “beast”. Building an armoire for my precious granddaughter has been my biggest building project to date. I can’t wait to show it to you so I won’t!
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The armoire was built using a plan from the ever-so-talented Ana White. Shanty2Chic provided the instuctions. I made just a few modifications to my armoire.
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First, I want to say that this armoire was not hard to build. You just have to have the right tools. And time.

It takes time to build a piece of furniture of this size. I worked on the “beast” over the course of the last three months. But keep in mind that I work full time in addition to working on this blog.

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There were many, many days that I didn’t work on it at all. And other days when I spent an hour or so working on it. And there were a couple of 4 or 5 hour days as well.
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I generally try to cut wood outside, but the weather .  .  .  . well, you know! So I cut all of the wood in the basement and hauled it upstairs to a corner of my living room for assembling.
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The wood I used is PureBond birch plywood and select boards that I purchased at Home Depot. PureBond® is Columbia Forest Products’ exclusive formaldehyde-free innovation hardwood plywood.

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PureBond is made right here in the US and Canada. PureBond is cost competitive, yet delivers so much more in quality.

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The armoire was put together with pocket screws, wood glue, and finish nails.

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My Ryobi tools got quite a work out. I used my table saw, miter saw, circular saw, jig saw, finish nailer and drill.

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And I couldn’t have put it all together without my Kreg pocket hole jig and shelf pin jig. That shelf pin jig is awesome, by the way!

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The bottom shelf is attached permanently with pocket screws (they’re screwed in from underneath so you can’t see the pocket holes). But the other two shelves are resting on shelf pins which make the armoire totally customizable. Which is perfect for the baby. As she grows and her future clothes are longer, that middle shelf can be moved down. (I attached a mirror to the inside of one of the doors with Liquid Nails. The painter’s tape will come off tomorrow ; )

diy-armoire At first I thought I would install a permanent hanging rod, but then it hit me that a tension rod would work out better since that could be moved in the future, too. It’s actually a tension rod for hanging a shower curtain, but it works! And if Mommy and Nanny keep buying lots of sweet, little girl clothes, we may have to buy another rod and remove that shelf ; )

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The pretty pink baskets are from HomeGoods. I bought those before I installed that permanent bottom shelf so I would know where to place the shelf. Points for me for thinking ahead ; ) And yes, that’s a lot of shoes for a one-year old! (My daughter’s new hobby is shopping at thrift sales for baby clothes.)

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My daughter wanted the armoire to be painted.

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So when the folks at Amy Howard at Home contacted me about trying out their One Step Paint, it was perfect timing. They sent me two quarts of Bauhaus Buff, brushes, a light wax, and a dark wax.

You may be thinking what I thought: I spent countless hours and about $300 on wood building this armoire. Do I really want to use a paint I never tried before? So I tried it out on a piece of scrap wood. I followed their recommendation of applying the paint with the brushes provided. After the paint was dry I could see the brush strokes. So I tried it again with a foam roller. Perfect! I know it looks bright white in the photos, but it’s really a pretty, soft, off-white color. I applied about three coats and then brushed on two coats of the light wax, buffing between coats. The armoire now has a nice, smooth finish. Exactly what we wanted.  I love chippy, shabby furniture, but this piece was different. We wanted full coverage, with no flaking or chipping and we got it!

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After the armoire was delivered, set up, and filled, there was one last finishing touch. I used a paint market and wrote “made with love for Melanie by Nanny” on one of the shelves. I hope that this armoire lasts a lifetime and more. I hope Melanie hands it down to a daughter she may have some day.

I should have a full reveal of the entire nursery later this week. I hope you’ll come back to see it. I’ll have pictures of “moving day”. Moving the armoire was quite the challenge and my fear of it not fitting up my daughter’s staircase became a reality. Let’s just say for now that tears were almost shed and some demolition had to take place. But not to the armoire ; ) Hint: I think my next DIY project is a bannister installation ; )
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For Melanie,
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An Easy Way to Make Lined Curtains

Hey everyone! I came up with an easy way to make lined curtains. Yes, you still have to use your sewing machine, but this is super easy. If you can thread the machine and sew a (relatively) straight stitch, then you can make these curtains.

I’m probably not the first to have thought of this way of making lined curtain panels but I’ve never seen it. I am familiar with the “usual way” of making them – you know, where you’re basically making two curtains panels. One of the curtain fabric and one of the lining fabric – lots of folding, lots of ironing and lots of straight stitching. Well with this way, you still have folding, ironing and straight stitching. Just not as much.

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Basically, my method is sewing the fabric panel to the lining panel, right sides together, at the long edges and then turning it right side out. What makes this work is that I cut the lining fabric narrower than the curtain fabric. After the curtain is turned right side out and pressed, it looks just like a professionally-made curtain panel. See for yourself!

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Here’s are step-by-step instructions for how I made my lined curtains:

Supplies:

  1. curtain fabric
  2. lining fabric
  3. pins
  4. rotary cutter
  5. cutting mat
  6. straight edge
  7. measuring tape
  8. iron
  9. ironing board
  10. sewing machine
  11. thread

Step One:

Cut two curtain panels. Determine the length of the curtain fabric by adding the desired finished curtain length with the length of the header and hem plus 2″. I am making 2 curtain panels for a narrow window in the baby’s nursery, so I cut two 84″ lengths of 44″ wide fabric to make curtains that measure 77″ long.

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Cut two lining panels. Cut the lining panels 2″ narrower and 4″ shorter than the curtain panels.

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Tip for cutting long lengths of fabric: keep the fabric folded lengthwise (just as it comes off the bold) fold in half twice, keeping fold edges aligned.

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Line up the clear measuring grid (what is that thing called???) and use a rotary cutter with a sharp blade and cut to desired width. Well actually cut it to HALF of the desired width since it’s folded in half. I needed my lining to measure 42″ so I lined up the fabric on my cutting grid and cut at 21″.

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Open up your folded lining fabric and then fold down 1″ and press on both ends of the lining fabric. Fold and press again. Now line up and pin the long edges of the curtain fabric and the lining fabric right sides together and folds facing out. Stitch both sides.

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Before turning the panel right side out, press open both seam allowances.

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Turn sewn panel right sides out and press.

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Now you have a nice, clean (and wrinkle-free ; ) lined curtain panel. Now, what about those ends??? I’m glad you asked!

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Fold and press down about an inch from the end on the curtain fabric where the lining is shorter. This is going to be your bottom hemmed edge.

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Fold up again and pin. Now you can sew in the hem by hand (what!?!?) or do what I do and use the blind hem stitch on your sewing machine. Or you could sew a straight stitch.  But after going to all this trouble of making beautiful, lined curtains, you don’t really want to do that, right? Right!

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I could be wrong but don’t all sewing machines have a blind hem stitch? Ever use it? I do. Ever since I learned to sew many, many … a few decades years ago ; )

Well in case you haven’t used your blind hem stitch, here’s a little picture tutorial:

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With the lining side up, fold the hem to the back leaving a small amount peeking out on the right.

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Make sure you’re using the designated foot (my machine just requires a zig-zag foot) and your machine settings are set up correctly. Slowly lower needle into the fabric on the right. The machine will stitch a few times there and then hop over to the left to catch for one stitch.

Once you’re done, take your curtain over to the ironing once again and press. If you did it right, you won’t see the hem stitch at all!

Now for the header end of the curtain. Once you have the curtain fabric folded and pressed, mark where you want the stitching lines for the pocket for the curtain rod.

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Since I’m going to be hanging these curtains on a 1″ curtain rod, I stitched two rows 1-1/2″ apart to form the pocket.

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Insert your curtain and hang your lovely, new lined curtains!

The nursery makeover will (hopefully) be done on Saturday and I can show off the entire room here on Sunday. I can’t wait! And then it will be time to move on to other projects in my house. After all, it is March and Dan is planning his out-of-town business trip. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know what that means! If not, I’ll clue you in: Every March, Dan is sent on an out-o-town business trip for about a week. I take this as my cue to start a renovation project. The first year (pre-blog), I painted the walls and vanity in the master bathroom. The next year, I painted the kitchen cabinets, and last year I made over the staircase. I think I know what this year’s project will  be, but I like to keep this a secret from Dan. He likes surprises – NOT! ; )

Paper Flower Centerpiece

My sweet little granddaughter just had her first birthday and we celebrated this past weekend at a party in her honor. My daughter asked me to help out by making some decorations for her “cute as a button” birthday party. Did you see the invitations that I made? Since buttons were the theme of this party I made a paper flower centerpiece with button centers for the buffet table.
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I made it by first cutting out a lot (and I do mean a lot!) of flower and button shapes using my Silhouette Cameo.
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Once all of the flowers were cut and assembled, I hot-glued them onto jumbo-sized bamboo skewers.

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Then I took a leftover piece of a 1″ x 3″ board and marked 2″ increments with a dot of a marker.

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Next, I drilled holes at each mark using a drill bit close in size to the skewers.

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Once I had all of the holes drilled, I cut down 1/3 of the skewers by about 3 inches, and another 1/3 of the skewers by about 4 inches.

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I cut them to different heights so that all of the flowers could be seen. Shortest in the front row and tallest in the back row.

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After I was happy with the placement of the flowers, I took them out so that I could paint the 1 x 3 board. I used leftover lime green paint. Now how many people can say they have leftover lime green paint??? Acrylic craft paint would work well also ; )

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And here’s the birthday princess sitting in front of her colorful paper flower centerpiece. I also made her dress and fabric flower headband.

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But I can’t take credit for the cake. Isn’t it sweet!

http://createandbabble.com/fabric-flower-baby-headbands/

I had to include one more photo of the princess in her birthday dress. It’s McCalls pattern – M7037 if anyone is interested. Warning: it’s fully lined and has a zipper. But if I can make it, you can too!