September 20, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {September 20, 2014}

Mother Nature has been a little confused in these parts.  We went from Snow last week to +27°C this week.  Is it Winter...is it Summer?  We don't seem to get the in between.
It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday
Meet the Hosts:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:
Fall door decor made with branches and berries.  Average But Inspired
TWIGS AND BERRIES FALL DOOR DECOR by Average But Inspired

JEN'S PICK:

Halloween Footprint Sign | Home. Made. Interest.
HALLOWEEN FOOTPRINT SIGN by Home Made Interest

MEGIN'S PICK:
Check out this amazing DIY post on creating Pumpkins with Realistic Looking Stems | www.andersonandgrant.com
DIY PUMPKINS WITH REALISTIC LOOKING STEMS by Anderson & Grant

SHELLY'S PICK:

ON DESIGNING A BOY'S ROOM {Our "Train" Of Thought} by The Heathered Nest

KATIE'S PICK:
Campaign Style Storage Crate 2
CAMPAIGN STYLE WOOD STORAGE CRATE WITH CASTERS by Houseologie

ERIN'S PICK:
Bean Pumpkin, Delineate Your Dwelling #triangles #geometric #fall
BEAN PUMPKIN by Delineate Your Dwelling

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!
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September 18, 2014

Custom Roman Shade {DIYing it}

* This post contains affiliate links. 
In August we had all of the original windows from our 1960's humble abode replaced. This had been on our Marie Must Have Wish List since 1998! We couldn't be happier with our choices and we're amazed at what a difference it made not only to the exterior of our home but the interior as well. Unfortunately our blinds no longer fit in some of the rooms and require custom window treatments. Ouch!

One of my favorite windows is the Bay above the kitchen sink.  Finally I have a spot to grow herbs in pretty pots!  The challenge was what window treatment would work best in this opening.  After weighing all of our options we decided a Custom Roman Shade would look fabulous.  Until we learned how much one would cost.  Another ouch!

So what does a DIYer living on a budget do in these circumstances?  Figure out how to make one of course!

Sewing your own Custom Roman Shades with novice sewing skills

You can see from the photo below that we haven't trimmed up the new window yet. We have granite tiles on order to run along the bottom, sides, and ledge of the bay. I can't wait!

DIY Roman Shade for Kitchen Bay Window Open

In the Spring I replaced the drapery panels in our living room for a steal of a deal.  I went back the following day and bought the last two on the shelf and hadn't a clue what I was going to do with them.  Toss cushions, a runner, and/or some place mats?   

Sewing a custom roman shade using drapery panels

Our living room, dining room, and kitchen are open to one another and so those panels were perfect to use for the roman shade.  Heck I even had enough leftover fabric to make a faux roman shade and table runner for the dining room (which will be undergoing a makeover this winter.  I'm done with the brown-on-brown-on brown).

DIY Faux Roman Shade

I'm a self-taught novice at the sewing machine with limited skills.  The thought of sewing a roman shade scared the bejesus outta me so I went to my Go To Source for online classes.  I was thrilled when I saw Craftsy offered a course on how to make custom roman shades.  Even better, as an affiliate I was offered a free course in exchange for a review.  The timing couldn't have been better!

Sewing Custom Roman Shades - $29.99
from: Craftsy

Thanks to the Instructor, Susan Woodcock's easy to follow directions I was able to successfully make one for our Bay Window.  Woot woot!

It looks a little short in this photo but I've accommodated the height of the granite tile and trim which will be installed soon.

DIY Custom Roman Shade for Kitchen Bay Window Closed

The shade is always rolled up during the day and thankfully at dusk when it's rolled down you can't see the seam in the middle.  Because the window is larger than the width of my drapery panels I had to sew both panels together, which presented a few challenges when squaring the fabric and lining up the pattern.  It didn't help that I started this project well into the evening and the wee hours of the morning.  Why do I do this to myself?

Someone with more sewing expertise would have had no problem figuring it out but my tired thick skull needed to watch the video a few times until my light bulb moment finally arrived.  That's the great thing about Crafty's classes, you can pause and type notes as you watch the lessons.  It was helpful that I was able to watch the videos from my iPad which was conveniently sitting next to me on the sewing table.

After taking the class and successfully making my own I was confident enough in my abilities to make one for my friend's kitchen window.

DIY Custom Roman Shade for Kitchen Box Window Open

She had an extra drapery panel from her dining room.  Her kitchen window is adjacent to the dining room so it was perfect.  You can see in the photo below that I had enough fabric leftover to surprise her with a table runner.

DIY Custom Roman Shade for Kitchen Box Window Closed

Thankfully her panel fit exactly to the inch the opening of her window - love when that happens!  Unlike my panels hers was lined - one less step!

Turning a lined drapery panel into a custom roman shade


I was able to cut off the tabs from the top hem and reuse the hem for the bottom of the shade.  Happy dance!

Removing tabs on a drapery panel and reusing the hem for a roman shade

For a gal who didn't have a clue how to sew a Roman Shade I don't think I did such a shabby job and the bonus is that it didn't cost an arm and a leg!

Custom Roman Shades by a novice sewer

So are you feeling inspired and motivated to make one for yourself?  If so press HERE to be taken directly to the Craftsy Sewing Custom Roman Shades class.  It's easy to follow, has straight forward instructions, and you can watch it at your own pace.  You'll amaze yourself with your talents afterwards!

But if sewing isn't your thing, then how about Cake Deceorating, Knitting, and the list goes on.

Craftsy

I'm registered to take the Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs class next. Looking forward to making a slipcover for our wing chair.

September 16, 2014

DIY Pumpkin Patch {on a dime}

As much as I don't want to accept it Fall is in the air whether I like it or not. It's one of my least favorite seasons. Why, because it reminds me of things ending and dying. If there is any time of year when I fall (pun intended) into a bit of a funk, it's this time of year. Hence the reason I haven't had many projects to share with you these days.

So it's no surprise that I don't do much for Fall decorating and I especially don't make much of a financial investment in my seasonal décor. So my DIY Pumpkin Patch on a dime is perfect because it's easy to make, I used a lot of items leftover from other projects, and everything purchased was from the Dollar Store!

DIY Pumpkins for Fall decorating

The pumpkins and gourds are those cheapies found at the Dollar Store.  I painted the pumpkins with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Old White.  The gourds are painted with Country Chic™ Chalk Paint in Luscious Lime.  The stems are painted with acrylic craft paint in Raw Umber.  Using a cotton swab and a soft cloth I rubbed dark wax into the crevices.  I love the color of the gourds because they pick up the color in our living room drapes and toss cushions.

Painting inexpensive plastic pumpkins and gourds for Fall Decorating

The little pumpkins were simply spray painted with Rustoleum Metallic Reflective Finish.  Can't get any easier than that!

Spray painted plastic pumpkins with metallic reflective paint

Next I had some fun with burlap and twine.  Burlap is all the rage these days and perfect for Fall decorating.  These burlap pumpkins are so easy to make!

DIY Burlap Pumpkins

Materials List:

  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Needle and thread
  • Batting
  • Long upholstery needle
  • Tree branch
  • Branch Clippers
  • Hot Glue gun
Kathy at A Delightsome Life has an awesome tutorial on how to make these HERE.    

DIY painted and burlap pumpkin and gourd Fall display

The Fall Sign behind my pumpkin patch is one I made last year with an old fence board.  This year I gave it a little update with decoupaged scrapbook paper and Sharpie handprinted sayings.

The tiered cake stand holding the large pumpkin is also a Dollar Store DIY that I made back in the Spring.  Using E6000 glue I inverted a bowl and glued a wooden candle stick to the bottom.  I found a matching plate and glued it to the top.  I painted the candle stick with chalk paint and Voila!  

DIY Pumpkin Patch Fall Decorating

Other than Fall Wreaths hanging on the dining room and front entry mirrors and the Pumpkin Topiaries outside our front door, this is the extent of my Fall decorating.

DIY Fall Fireplace Mantle Display

I hope I have inspired you to create your own easy peasy DIY Pumpkin Patch on a dime!

DIY Pumpkin Patch on a dime

September 13, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {September 13, 2014}

Would you believe we already had snow!  Thankfully it melted the same day but the temperatures have remained quite cool.  I think this is the earliest we've had to turn on our furnace.  To say I'm not impressed would be an understatement.

It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday
Meet the Hosts:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:
Office Supply Artwork teacher gift, Delineate Your Dwelling
OFFICE SUPPLY ARTWORK by Delineate Your Dwelling

JEN'S PICK:

Welcome fall with something a little different on your front door! This Button Pumpkin Door Sign is big, bold & fun! At littlemisscelebration.com
BUTTON PUMPKIN DOOR SIGN by Little Miss Celebration

MEGIN'S PICK:
Cabinet by Martha Leone Design
BATHROOM CABINET  by Martha Leon Design

SHELLY'S PICK:

DRESSER SIDES TURNED CHALKBOARD SIGNS by Beckwith Treasures

KATIE'S PICK:

PALLET PUMPKINS by Little house of Four

ERIN'S PICK:

DIY PATIO WATER WALL by Me The Interior Frugalista
Thanks so much Erin!

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!
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