cutting edge stencils - winner

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thank you to everyone who entered the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway!!!

The winner of their choice of any stencil up to $50 is....

Congratulations Julie!!!  Now go get that that stencil you've been after!

dining room updates + sheets as drapes

Thursday, September 15, 2016

In this previous post I told you about some of the changes that were brewing in the dining room.  It was only a couple of small changes, but I'm loving how it turned out!

The mirror that I scored at Homegoods started it all.  I got over my initial hang up about there being too many different wood tones in here and just went for it.  I then decided to switch the gray drapes out to white.  While I loved the contrast of the gray drapes, the white really opened up the space and made it flow with the rest of the house.  It no longer feels like a separate dark cave.



Ok, so I want to talk to you about these "drapes" because I'm really excited about them!  They are the same hack I used in the living room and kitchen nook.  Plain white flat sheets from Target!  These to be exact.  I purchased them on sale for $10 a piece.  BOOM.  Since I needed longer curtains in this room, I did have to add length to the bottom of each using a fifth sheet, but the seam down low isn't noticeable.  You'd have to inspect them to see it.  I'm a really picky person, and it doesn't bother me at all.

I also used a different technique for hanging these.  In the living room and kitchen there was no sewing involved.  I simply gathered pleats by hand and used the clip from the ring to hold the pleats in place.  You can see that in detail here.  For these, I ran and needle and thread through the back of the pleats about 4-5 times and used that to hang them from the little hook that was attached to the curtain rings.

Here's what it looks like from the back.  The top of the flat sheet is folded towards the back, and the pleats are hand stitched in place.

View from the front after stitched.

The stitch is used to hang the drape from the rings.  These rings are from IKEA.

They really do hang beautifully and no one would know they were sheets.


Another change I made in here was simply hanging the bamboo shades up higher.  They used to hang as an inside mount at the top of the window, but I just switched them to an outside mount (where the brackets screw into the wall instead of the window header) and placed them up higher on the wall.  We don't pull these blinds shut so the loss of length won't affect us.  Looking back, if I had known I was going to hang drapes up so much higher, I would have just ordered the blinds longer and hung the up higher from the beginning.  Live and learn.

Look at the difference.

And since before and after photos are so fun, here are some more!  Ol' girl has come a long way in just a couple of years.


Also, don't forget to enter yourself into my latest giveaway!  Click here to check it out!

cutting edge stencil giveaway

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I feel like it has been long time no see!  I'm struggling getting into the rhythm of the kids being back at school.  Give me a little bit of free time and I suddenly think I have all the time in the world.  Then, before I know it, it's time to pick them up and I realize nothing has been accomplished.  Well, I guess that's not entirely true.  I did get my new mirror hung up that I mentioned in my last post, and made new drapes for the dining room.  I'm going to get that photographed today so I can share the dining room changes before the end of the week.  Thursday is my goal.  We shall see!

No more talk, I have a giveaway for you guys!!!

You may already know that I love the stencils over at Cutting Edge Stencils.  They're absolutely beautiful, don't look like your typical stencils, and are incredibly easy to use and reuse.  

Cutting Edge stencils now has a bunch of new stencils out that I thought you guys would love!

Check out these beauties from their mandala line:

I think my favorite use of the mandala stencils are the ones on planked wood.  You could even use them on a round table or mirror to give it the inlayed bone look I love so much.

And here are some of my favorites from the rest of their new stencil line:

Now for the giveaway!  The folks at Cutting Edge Stencils are offering one lucky reader their choice of ANY STENCIL from their site up to $50!!!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.  One winner will be announced Thursday, September 22nd.  Good luck!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter entry form below!


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