22 June 2013

No Sew Coffee Sack Curtains

A seamstress I am not!  

The scene of the Duck Dynasty girls in the beginning of this clip, I can relate!!  If I only had sewing skills like Si!  Ah ha ha ha ha!  He is definitely a Jack of all trades.  Cracks me up!

I've had a coffee theme in my kitchen for quite some time now.  Until now I haven't really needed curtains for my kitchen.

I scoured google and pinterest for ideas and could not find anything!  After looking at several burlap and coffee sack projects, I came up with this!!

I needed 2 full length curtains to cover the french doors that lead out to our garden.  I made some basic measurements to figure out how many sacks I would need.  I hit the internet again and found some decently priced coffee sacks to buy online and purchased 8.  I only needed 3 per curtain, totaling 6, but I know me!!!  I figured having a couple extras would be beneficial in case I messed up!

I knew these were genuine coffee sacks when raw beans were stuck in the corners and spilling all over!

I started by trimming off all the edges.  I kept them, since they are nicely stitched, figuring I could use them as tie backs or for some other project.  On all but one of the sacks, there were only 3 seams, so it made it easy to have one big panel, making up a third of each curtain.

I wanted there to be a nice flow where the sacks would be pieced together (Glued, not sewed in this case.  Remember, I'm no seamstress!).  That's when I came across a burlap table runner with fringe.  I decided it would add a nice detail at the seams.

I pulled out around 2 inches of horizontal threads and then tied about 6 vertical threads together into a knot.  This took a long time.  I usually worked on it while I was in the car waiting to pick up my kids from school.  Note, when pulling threads out, it makes a mess!!!

I then found a large space to piece them together.  Some furniture moving was necessary in my case with my small English rooms!

I'm already loving how it looks!!  You can see the one in the middle is the one that had seams on all 4 sides.  I cut 3 and left the 4th intact. 

To help keep the seams to lay over before gluing, I ran over them with my straightening iron.  I could have used my iron, I honestly don't know why I didn't.  Ha!

I put a garbage sack down under the seam and got to gluing.

I am so pleased with how they turned out!!

Now, I'm going to be real here.

See my mistake?

The seams do not match up.  Oh, the joys of working with pieces that are different lengths and widths.  I really did just eyeball it and hoped for the best. It is fixable and when I'm done with the many other projects that are awaiting me, I might just fix it.  However, I never pull them together.  It's just for added texture to the room and because this is a project where I am not a perfectionist I might just leave it that way.  We'll see!!

But hey, I didn't need those other 2 coffee sacks after all!!  I'll save them for another project!

21 June 2013

This is No Horsin' Around

Karis has had quite the love of horses for awhile now.  She had mentioned, before our move, about taking riding lessons and I just never figured we'd find it possible in our budget.  After moving into our house and meeting our neighbors, we learned from them of a lady who gives riding lessons from her country farm.  
We talked about it for a few weeks, looked at riding gear (a helmet and boots.....this ain't no Texas cowboy ridin'!  Ha!!) and when Karis offered to use some of her birthday money to help purchase boots and a helmet, I knew she was serious!
I really love the set up.  It's not a riding school, it's just a farming family in the country helping a handful of kids (girls, really) learn how to care for, groom, ride the horses and muck out their stalls.  That's exactly what we were looking for and she has loved it!!
Two hours every Saturday morning is what she looks forward to!

Brennan and Reegan love to come out and pet the horses and sometimes give them a treat!

I've always had a love for horses, enjoyed a bit of trail riding as a kid, and just being around them and giving a pat to their noses is a treat.  What a special animal!

I haven' actually been able to see her ride.  Most parents drop them off and leave.  I want to stick around soon and get some photos.  Karis is learning to trot right now.  She's a bit impatient and expects to know how it's done immediately, so it's teaching her some patience!  The owner says she is a good and quiet rider and is doing well!

13 June 2013

Drawer Organizing

Since I haven't been blogging much lately, you might be wondering what I've been doing to keep myself busy!  
Since we've done quite a bit of house hopping these last few years I feel I haven't had a chance to get our home organized or really decorated for that matter.  I'm committed to get our house looking like a home, so I've spent a lot of time scouring the internet/pinterest for decorating and organizing ideas.
The house we've moved into is somewhat smaller and just shaped differently than some of our previous homes.  I've had to be creative in storage.  
Thankfully we have a garage that has an entry into our house and it has become our pantry/coat & shoe closet/laundry/storage/garden shed room.  It is filled to the brim with bikes, scooters, coats, shoes, our dryer, shovels & brooms, craft items, pantry items, Christmas decor and the list goes on.
My favorite piece of furniture, an armoire we had made in Prague, is so huge it doesn't even fit in the house.  Luckily, it just fit in the garage and it makes a great storage cabinet.
I am terrible at organization, but I am doing my best to get better.  I am known for dumping things in a drawer to never be found again, which was driving me insane and I knew I had to do something to remedy my terrible habit.  
I have this awesome military trunk that I bought at an antique store several years ago.  I LOVE it!  

Unfortunately, it is one of those places where things get dumped and I could never quickly find what I was looking for.  
I did not want to spent a lot of money to organize my drawers or trunk space.  In my internet research I came across a diy project for drawer organizers from cereal boxes.  Hers are really cute, but I did not want to be bothered with all the cute paper.  
Placing the boxes and cutting down to the height of the drawer.

Ok, I will say that I began by covering one with some butcher type paper......the process was going to be too long and tedious for me.  I decided hardly anyone was ever going to be looking in my trunk and I didn't need cute paper to be organized.  I'm so lazy and cheap and practical!  Ha!
Even though I didn't cover the cereal boxes in paper, the top, drop in drawer of the trunk looks exceptionally better than before!!

That's just one of the little projects I've been working on.  I'll share more soon!!

Have a great weekend!!


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