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8.30.2011

No Sew, All Faux Roman Shade

Ever since I painted my family room and breakfast room, my windows have been sitting there, looking pretty barren.  I had an idea of what I wanted, but nothing had spoken to me, really.  I love the look of a roman shade, but don't need the functionality of one since 1) we don't have any rear neighbors and 2) light control isn't an issue in this space.

Enter Faux Roman Shade Tutorial ala Imparting Grace.  A great, no sew alternative for some fabulous roman shades.  Brilliant!

Let's start with the cheap low cost portion, shall we?  The fabric.

This is actually a DwellStudio tablecloth from Target.  How sweet is that?  Better yet, the tablecloth measured 60x84, which worked out perfectly with my window dimensions.  Plus, when my hummingbird-with-ADD tendencies kick back in, I won't feel guilty changing it out with something new.  Double score.

I put together three faux roman shades with this tablecloth (four, if you count the one I mis-measured).

So, here's a refresher on what the windows used to look like:
 And the after, with the faux roman shades.  Love. them.





 And here is the evolution of this room so far...

So many possibilities when you think outside of the box with fabric!  I have a shower curtain that may be my next victim...

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8.22.2011

Stenciled Loveliness in the Mom Cave

Hey all!

After my preliminary Mom Cave Overhaul, this room has sat, relatively untouched, as I flitted off like a hummingbird with ADD from project to project (to project).  Since it's been so long since I've touched this space, let me refresh your memory on how it looks.


Ok, if you looked at it right now it wouldn't look like this since I have scavenged some of the accessories for other places in my home and it's a total wreck right now.  But, the general look and setup still hold true. 

Then, there is this adjoing nook that has a great closet with lots of storage.  Again, total wreck.  Alas, the "Before" photo.

I painted the office area in Muslin (Sherwin Williams), but was on the fence as to do the same color in the nook area, or do something totally different.  So, I started out by painting it in the same Muslin color.

And there it sat for awhile.  I wanted to add some extra punch with a really fun stencil, and purchased one awhile back, but then agonized about what color I should use.  Do I carry forth the splashes of pink from the office area?  Add some green from the fabrics I plan on using?  Pick up on the blue?
I picked up two sample paints from Sherwin Williams in a pink and green hue.  Suffice to say, the pink did NOT work out.  So, green it is.







And to prove that the pink was not a good choice - you can see a glimmer of it here as I painted over it.   Bright.  I'll leave it at that.

But, pink paint color aside, I lovety-love, LOVE it.  It's just what this little space needed, don't you think?  It took some time (and patience), but I am thrilled with the end result  This room is a work in progress, and I'm still trying to figure out how I want it to function, but this is a step in the right direction at least. 

Have you stenciled anything lately? 

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8.16.2011

A Little Perspective

Hello All!

As many of you know, I have been a wee bit stressed out lately between work, family responsibilities and all of the house projects I have on my to-do list.  But, for five days I was fortunate enough to get away to a slice of paradise with some of my dearest friends, as we all celebrate the big 4-0(MG) this year.

Oh. my. goodness.  It never ceases to amaze me how a little time away with girlfriends recharges my batteries, rejuvenates my soul and gives you a bit of perspective.


And an atmosphere like this, certainly doesn't hurt either.
Trunk Bay, St. John

View from our hotel - St. Thomas
So, that's why I've been quiet here.  I was a crazy woman trying to get ready, but man-oh-man, it was worth it.

A few things I learned:
  • Wearing a swimsuit and maxi dresses for most of your vacation will pretty much guarantee that your regular clothes will be a bit snug upon your return.  (Especially if you stay at an all-inclusive resort)
  • Transitioning from Island Time back to Real-Life Time is like re-entering the atmosphere from outer space.
  • It's easy to get used to breakfast buffets and piƱa coladas on-demand.
  • Coming home to a room full of laundry, and clothes that have been in the washing machine since you left, isn't nearly as annoying as it would be under normal circumstances.  (Although I should mention that the rest of the house was amazingly clean!)
But most importantly, you really appreciate your family (and vice versa).

8.08.2011

No More Junk in This Trunk

Ok, so yes, technically there is still some junk in this trunk, but at least it looks better, right?



To refresh your memory, here is the Before:

This project was really a part of my Unfinished Project Explosion that I blogged about last week.  It's another one of those projects that just sat there, mocking me.  It just took longer than I thought it would.

My plan was simple.  Spray paint it white and add a monogram.  Easy peasy, right? 

I printed off the letter "K" and a circle, thinking I could somehow make a template out of it. 
Or something.

Ok, maybe not.  Good idea in theory, falls flat on execution.

Plan B.  Use my Cricut (which I think is kind of like a prehistoric Silhouette).  But, it does the trick, and in the process I discover I can cut out some fancy {} symbols, so I'm pretty stoked, thinking this might actually turn out pretty cute.

First things first.  I need to paint this thing white, and FYI - it takes about 23 coats of spray paint to cover a wicker-ish trunk.  In between coats I go upstairs and realize it's HOT.  Check the thermostat and see this:


Seriously? 

I still don't know what I did to get it working properly again, but thank goodness it started cranking out the cool air again.  I like to keep my house about the temperature of a meat locker, and I blame it on my mother's A/C frugality.  I have many a childhood memory of laying on the floor sharing a box fan with my brother, and still remember her telling me, "lay at the foot of the bed, it's cooler."

When I finally got back around to doing the actual monogram, my vision fell way short.

Spray painting the stencil just wasn't going to fly, since the paint bled outside of the lines by the nature of the wicker.  I even used spray adhesive.  Nevermind that my cute little {} symbols weren't right (I couldn't cut the stencil like this: {K}.  It cut like this: {}K.  So, I had to piece it together, and I obviously didn't do it very well.

So, a week or two later I went back and used a little paint brush and a sponge brush to try to keep it semi-sharp.  Unfortunately, there is nothing sharp about stenciling on wicker.   So, I'm accepting it as it is.


But you know what?  My daughter loves it.  She ran up to her room behind me and immediately began putting her things in it.  At the end of the day, that's what is most important, right?

8.04.2011

Unfinished Project Explosion

Do you ever feel like you are just going, going, going - non-stop, only to get up and do it all again the next day?  That is the cycle I'm in right now.  Another spinning plates type scenario.

I have projects everywhere, partially finished, but not intentionally so.  I bought more paint to (finally) finish my family room after my mistint mishap, only to discover that my latest and greatest gallon of paint is still. NOT. RIGHT.  To say that I'm frustrated would be an understatement.  It's not as bad as the previous mistint, but it's still wrong!  So, that stands here:

On the positive side, the latest gallon I got appears to match.  Although I'm not looking forward to cutting in at the ceiling above the stairs.  Again.  At least we bought a legitimate extension ladder, so I won't be jury rigging my paint job like I did the first time.

I did some back breaking work with the fam this weekend in the yard.  Pulling weeds, sweating and feeling like an ant under a magnifying glass.  And what do I have to show for it?

But at least it's better than this, right?

And see the beautiful edging I have been slaving over?

Did I just show you a picture of grass and dirt? 

Nevermind that the work in the backyard had to be cut short because wasps kept chasing me.  As I was running toward the house like a lunatic, my son yelled, "It's on your hat!"   So, I stopped working after that.  A girl has to draw the line somewhere.




Then there is the board and batten stairway project that should be renamed Moulding for Morons because for the life of me, we could not figure out the angles and how to do it!  I admit it - there you go.  We are educated people, but were mystified when it comes to how to cut the boards for this. I mean look at the angles here.  Nightmare.

Feel free to send me your tips and tricks.  I'm all ears.  So, here is that space...

My office is in the semi-finished stage as well.  For the longest time, it's been sitting like this:

The walls are painted (although I'm not showing you yet), and I plan on doing a cool stencil on it, but have run out of time and/or energy lately.  I have been operating in Crazy Mom Mode between work, the kids' activities, laundry, maintaining some semblance of order in my home, etc.., and am lucky if I can feed my family in the middle of it all, let alone finish a project.

Did I mention we're having friends over on Friday night?  And they've never seen the new house?   And that I'm running kids all over town until about, um, 8:30 tonight?  I'm hoping an adrenaline rush will kick (like it usually does before people come over), and I'll get my house looking like my kids actually pick up after themselves halfway presentable.