Decisions, Decisions: The Curtain Edition

Decisions. Basically my least favorite word in the English dictionary, aside from a few others. I am absolutely horrible at making them. Whether it be what outfit I am going to wear, whether I should buy that $200 purse, or, the worst one, picking out fabric.

To start, here’s the current December to-do list:

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

When it came to my curtains, number 3 on the list, I thought I wanted white. Long, 84″ white curtains so they’d just be hitting the floor. White would give me the opportunity to add a ton of color wherever else, and I could keep changing those colors without spending the money on curtains.

Once I decided to paint the Ikea Rast side tables white, I changed my mind on the curtains. That would make my room too white, which I never thought I’d say. My bed frame is white, my comforter, my side tables, my shelving unit, my chair, my chair’s side table are all also white. So…every piece of furniture in my room is white.

I visited JoAnn Fabrics a couple of times looking for a good pattern for the curtains. I could. not. make. a. decision. It was pure torture. It was as if I was making the biggest decision of my life (I might have been). My whole internal dilemma was what if I want to change the color scheme of my room next month? Will these curtains restrict me from doing that? What if it’s too much? You can tell I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, huh?

So, I left the store a couple of times empty handed, which I  hate because when I want to do something I want to do it at that exact moment. Once I get an idea, I hate waiting. My curtain search was going horribly.

Then, one day, my mom and I went to Ikea to get some frames for our South Carolina home. Ikea is great when buying a lot of frames, so ya know. We went to the fabric/curtain isle and I saw a really cute fabric. It was white with orange spots-ish. But, then I realized it reminded me of the Flintstones. That was a short lived vision. So I decided to just go with white, what the heck! It’s easy and It’ll give me freedom to do whatever. I left Ikea with two sets of panels for my two windows.

On the way home I saw a JoAnn fabric that I hadn’t been to before. More options…me likey. Well actually, more options for me is worse for my lack of decision making skills. So anyway, long story short I found the fabric. I was with my mom, so she helped me make the decision. Here’s a close up:

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For the two windows I needed 5 yards in order to make four panels at floor length. I chose this fabric because well, it’s beautiful, but it also has a couple of colors in it. I figured, I can work with those colors for a while. My mom actually bought the fabric for me at $50 because I had a coupon. That price really wasn’t too bad considering whenever I searched online I couldn’t find curtains for less than $30 a panel. Nevertheless, I hope to have these curtains for a long time. Once I find I need new ones I probably won’t make them, though, that was a process and not for someone like me who likes quick projects.

The curtains look great. I do not regret buying them at all. At first, they were a little bit of a culture shock. I am so used to white and bland, so having these up took an adjustment of my eyes. Now that my room is so nicely put together though, I am absolutely loving them.

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The sun shining through the windows adds such a nice touch to the curtains and to my bedroom. Take a peek through the quatrefoil mirror in the above picture, you can see the reflection of the other window which I think is really cool.

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Here’s a floor length picture. The curtains just touch the floors. The rods are white, and are hung just above the window trim.

Here’s another picture, looks kind of like a little reading nook. Maybe I should add some shelves?

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Gotta love a dwindling list!

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

Hope you enjoy the curtains. What kind of curtains do you have? Vibrant? White? I still have to return the white Ikea curtains I bought before finding this amazing pattern! Gotta be rebellious every once in a while and step out of my comfort zone. It worked out great in this case!

Xoxo,

Samantha

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Home Sweet Homemade

As we all know, this weekend is Veteran’s Day and most of us get Monday off. Well, most schools, anyways. Mine being one of them, I came home for the long weekend to spend time with my family and to celebrate my Mom’s birthday on Friday! We had a lot of fun, we went to dinner then came back for cake. There’s never a night without laughter in my family. Whether it’s at the expense of one of us or someone else, we are always laughing. Of course, it usually starts with bickering, but we love each other anyways.

For my Mom’s birthday gift, I decided I wanted to go the homemade route. Something that she would buy at a store but that I could make and it would look almost the same.

I got both of my ideas from my all time favorite bloggers, John and Sherry Petersik. They just came out with a book called Young House Love that showcases 243 different DIY crafts/ideas. Find their blog at http://www.younghouselove.com.  I used one of their ideas in full, and with the other gift I put two of the ideas together.

I made an art piece first. Just a piece of fabric, some batting, and some wood to make a canvas-type decoration that can go on a wall. Here are the materials I used:

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Pretend the wood glue isn’t there. When I went to open it, it was all dried up at the top and It was not budging. I used rubber cement instead. I didn’t have to use anything on the wood, as you can tell they just slide into place. I just did it for peace of mind.

First, I put the pieces of wood together

Then, I cut batting and stapled it onto the backside of the wood. Make sure you leave at least three inches of batting on the outer edges so you have enough to staple all around. Pull tight! Also, fold the corners like you would a present so they all have the same amount of cushion.

This probably took about 10 minutes. Now, cut the fabric the same way as the batting, leaving about 3 inches on the outer edges. Staple, and done!

This is the finished product. I really love the pattern here, especially for a summer-y, cottage-y room. I have some leftover fabric (I used an 18″ x 20″ frame, and got a yard of fabric) so I plan to make a small pillow out of it. That way, the art piece can hang in my Mom’s bedroom and she can have a pillow to match as well! Color coordination rocks!

Wood: Michaels

Batting: Michaels

Fabric: Joann Fabrics

The next project was a little bit more sentimental. My parents just bought a vacation home in South Carolina, and they are really excited about it (as am I). I saw a project in YHL that included cutting out a state’s outline with scrapbook paper and framing it. That way, you have an outline of your state on pretty paper and it makes for a cute and simple piece on the wall! Also in the book and on the blog was the idea of framing a key. One that may be important to you, or an old antique one that can be put up just for show. See where I’m going here? I cut out the state of South Carolina onto some cute scrapbook paper, got a copy of the house key, and framed it! Here’s how it went:

Printed out an outline of the state.

And…oops! I was so concentrated on doing the project that I forgot to take pictures of the process. You get the idea, though, it really is quite simple.

So, right to the finished product. (You don’t have time for all that jibber jabber anyways..)

Worst picture ever, I know. My computer is giving me a hard time. I will try and post a better one later! Underneath the state is a white place card bordered with the scrap book paper. I whited out that part because it’s the address and, well, that’s self explanatory.

The shadowbox frame I had, so that was free. The scrap book paper is from Michaels, the key was made at Home Depot for about 1.99, and I used rubber cement which I also got at Michaels. Such a cheap weekend! I probably spent about 25 dollars for everything!

So, there are my i’m-a-college-kid-and-poor homemade gifts! Hope you guys like. I love the key one the most because it is like having a slice of our vacation home here in our home state.

I cannot wait to try out more ideas from John and Sherry’s book, Young House Love. Go to their blog, like, yesterday. It is my bible now. Seriously, go now!

Hope your Veteran’s Day weekends are going good. A special thank you to all of our Veteran’s out there.

Xoxo

Samantha