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DIY Curtains

After many weeks of agonizing over fabric choices, I finally have curtains in my study and living room:



Study curtains were made with Deer Valley by Joel Dewberry and living room curtains were made with City Weekend by Oliver + S.  Here is my long, complicated tutorial for curtains, ready?  1 – Cut a rectangle of fabric.  2 – Hem all four sides.  3 – Hang with drapery clips.  THE END.

My coffee table and two end tables (one is in the bedroom) were a $40 craigslist find – sweet!  I’m considering staining the tops a darker color but am undecided for the following reasons:  1 – Erm, that seems like a lot of work.  (Ok, that’s the only reason).  I just purchased my clock on Sunday after visiting and re-visiting many different clocks in a variety of stores.  I found it in an antique store with a price tag of $3.50!  As I was carrying it around with me, the owner of the booth saw it and apologized because it was from a box of stuff that wasn’t for sale yet so it wasn’t priced correctly.  BUT, it was $8.50 if I wanted it.  Um, OKAY!  It works and she even put a battery in it for me.

I love it, and it goes so well with my antique-y gallery wall:

And just because, here is a picture of my second (second!!) bathroom, which is rarely used, so it is always clean and pretty!

The rug is my favorite:

The end.

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Ashley was my Christmas 2010 Craft Exchange recipient.

I made her the Creature Comforts Cardi in Berroco Vintage.

Craig was my secret santa for the craft exchange.

He made me a very cool mosaic out of all of my pictures!

And finally, the New Year’s Tragedy, my Camilla sweater.  I don’t understand – I followed the directions exactly….

I knew something was wrong when I realized that even after the yoke decreases there would be more stitches than on the hem.  I don’t even want to save the yarn.  I want to throw the whole thing in the dumpster.

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Is it weird that to me the most exciting part about moving is picking out the change of address cards?


I thought so.

Remember this couch?

It now belongs to me, even though I won’t lay eyes on it for another month (it was on sale).  The next purchase might be…..

…..this storage bench with a tray on it for a coffee table (from Target – I believe that is the same fabric that’s on the $1500 dream chair).  I asked my dad if he would build me a rustic coffee table but he says he cannot because he lacks the proper tools 😦  I think the room will need this pop of color, anyway, seeing as how the chair and ottoman I already own are brown:


When I bought the chair and ottoman a couple years ago I had planned to eventually buy the matching sofa but it is discontinued now (jerks).

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I’m moving to a new apartment in a few weeks and I would just like to thank the military for the order change that made the available apartment that I originally reserved no longer available.  Because now I’m getting an even bigger apartment for the same price.  I’ll have a whole extra bathroom and a study craft room!

Since I sold a lot of my furniture and other things before the last move I get the chance to create a cohesive look for my new home which will involve a few of my favorite things, including but not limited to, the color grey, birds, and rustic tables.

Here are a few of my inspiration photos:

This chair from Arh.aus is $1,500.  SO…I won’t be getting it.  But I found something erily similar (and much more affordable) at T.arget. 

Sofa from Ha.verty’s, with yellow throw pillow, I think.  This will probably be a purchase.  We’ll see what the end of year sales look like. 

Table and chairs from Pi.er 1. 

Room from Ar.haus.  So gray – I love it!

The poor man’s Po.ttery Ba.rn project table from Va.lue City Furn.iture of all places.  I had been planning to get this and use it as a combination project and dining table.  But did you hear about the craft room?

Tabletop mirror from An.thropologie.  Pretty.

That’s all for now, but since I now spend a significant amount of time scouring the interwebs for design ideas I’m sure there will be more soon.

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I know it’s summer now, but I want to show off the cupcakes I made for Easter:

They’re supposed to be robins’ nests.  I used a Martha Stewart recipe for vanilla cupcakes and swiss buttercream.  And guess what else?  I went to church that day AND the week before.  Crazy!

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I know I haven’t written anything here in a long while, and that is primarily due to the lack of crafting accomplishments in these quarters.  I have instead been occupied with the following things:

*Kindle – I’m in LOVE and I don’t care who knows it

*Mad Men, seasons 1-3 – fanTAStic

*Geeking out over the Pioneer Woman book signing I’ll be attending next week

*Daydreaming – I’m a pisces, it’s my job

*Photography – I’ve been using my dad’s Pentax SLR from the early 80’s so I have nothing to show for all my work yet.  You know, because I have to get the film developed.  I don’t like not having the instant feedback of digital, but I do like being able to buy lenses for $30 on ebay – woot!

I am, in fact, working on a sweater, but it’s knitted bottom-up and talking about 130 rows of stockinette stitch is quite possibly MORE boring than actually knitting it.

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