Chevron Curtains and Burlap Tie Backs

Like most of the country, I recently had a few snow days to get things done around the house.  One of my projects that had been on my list since last summer was curtains for the kitchen eating area.  Snow day number one saw them finished.

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Snow day number two was perfect for making the burlap tie backs for the curtains:

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Love the snow in the background!

Anyway, what I love best about these tie backs is that they are easy to put on/take off, and they’re cheap and easy to make!  Here is a picture guide to make your own!

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First, cut a 24-in piece of burlap ribbon (mine was about 5 in. wide) and two 10-in pieces of floral wire.

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Second, fold the ends of the ribbon so that they overlap in the middle (this will be the back of the bow).  The length of the ribbon/bow will now be about 10 in.

Third, pinch the bow in the middle, from the BACK.  This will make a fold in the middle of the front.  Then, fold down the top and bottom edges FORWARD to meet in the middle.  It should look pleated like this…

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Take one of the 10 in. pieces of wire and wrap it tightly around the middle of the bow to hold the pleat in place.  Before winding it all the way around, add the second piece length-wise to the back and continue winding.  This second piece will be what wraps around the curtain itself.  Then, hot-glue the folds and wires in place as needed.

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And there you go!

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Decorating for Christmas

Twist six strands of cranberry bursts together for a small wreath.

Glue wood letters together to spell holiday words.

Put a beaded garland in a vase and add a bow (also works with ornaments)

Here are some other ideas I’d like to try…

Hurricane Lamps from this link.

I like just about everything about this hearth. (Find on this link)

A collage of different Christmas Carols — although I might make a smaller one (click this link)

So pretty (from this link)

And of course, I’m going to practice my snowflake-making skills because there are at least 101 great decorating ideas that are so beautiful and whimsical.

Bringing Fall Inside

With 4 school days left until Christmas vacation, a post on Fall decorations may not be timed well… but since it’s been cooking in the back of my mind for about a month, I figured it was better to post it now than never. (we actually put up Christmas decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving) :)

Idea #1  Pumpkins!

Idea #2 Charger + Paint pen + Really Good Jonathan Edwards quote

Idea #3 Bows

Idea #4 Frame for Seasonal Quotes.  This one is from the book Valley of Vision Prayers.

Friday Scheming

Confession: I like to get on Craigslist and look at the furniture and think about how I could put together a kitchen, dining room, or living room for under $900.  I haven’t been on in a while, but tonight I got on (looking for a small recliner/chair) when I saw a small oak desk and immediately started scheming.

This desk

Distressed with Grandeur Gray

With this fabric on top (and a glass top)

and these knobs from WorldMarket.

Bathroom: Take #2

Friday, since I was able to enjoy another snow day, I decided to see if I could do something different with my bathroom.  The limits I had were 1.) it shouldn’t take longer than a day, and 2.) it shouldn’t cost very much (I am in the process of getting curtains for the living room…).  I also wanted to try some paper-crafting.  It actually took me two days to finish it, but I think it was worth it.

So, here is Bathroom: Take #1

After giving a lot of thought to the matter, I decided to trade out the old pink and blue towels for yellow towels.  The WC sign was my favorite decoration in the room, so I kept it.  The other decor I traded for the following:

The frame is from the Dollar Tree and the background was from my fabric remnant collection from sales at Wal-mart.  The birds were a matter of paper cut-outs and buttons.  The ribbon came from the packaging of a blanket (I ironed the wrinkles, then cut the ribbon into two pieces: one I tied in a bow, the other I hot-glued to the back of the frame.  I folded/pinched the ribbon at the top so that it would fit on the nail and glued it.  Then, I glued the bow to the ribbon.).

This frame and mat were from Hobby Lobby.  The bird was a paper cut-out and the background a print off from my computer.  The text is Luke 12:24-32.

This is a bread basket (of all things) from Target.  It was cheaper than the other storage boxes — and the toilet paper fit perfectly.

The potpourri came from Target, but I already had the vase.  The paper came from my scrapbook paper supply.  The writing is the German translation for “and your Father knows you need them”, an excerpt from Luke 12:30.

The candles were leftover decorations (the yellow one was new from Target) and the coffee beans were off-brand that I was saving for a craft/decorating project.  The plate was a regular salad plate from Wal-mart that I had put the tissues on earlier.

I had moved my big blue cross from my bedroom to the bathroom, but I really missed having it in its old spot.  This smaller cross was 3.50 at Hobby Lobby.

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