Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mop It Up Mondays #14

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and party with me. It is the highlight of my bloggy week! There were so many creative and delicious things linked up last week. And whoa nelly...over 200 link ups!! I could hardly believe my eyes. Humbled and thankful to all of you.

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My friend, Meegan, over at What Meegan Makes has 7 children and 18 grandchildren...so naturally LOTS of family photos. She's found a beautiful way to display them here in her new gallery wall.

Can you tell I'm way into gallery walls? These two featured are inspiring me to get my "gallery wall" off of my dining table and actually onto the wall. Melissa from Loving this {Crazy} Life created this wonderful wall in her mom's craft room.

Nothing says summer like a delicious Orange Dreamsicle. The Better Baker has shared her recipe for Orange Dreamsicle Cake...all that wonderful taste without a popsicle stick and a sticky chin!

Genius! Mel (of The Crafty Scientist) had Priscilla do a super clever guest post about her magnetic ironing board that attaches to the top of her dryer. This *may* make me set down the wrinkle release spray that's become our normal pressing around here.

Megan, from A Lived in Home, linked up her gorgeous living room. I adore those floor to ceiling panel drapes. And that rug!! Love.

Plumberry Pie's Kim had a Texas-Inspired Hoedown Party for her daughter's seventh birthday! Yeehaw, y'all...this is straight off the ranch!

The Trophy Wife {from Tales of a Trophy Wife} shared her adorable tutorial for a Wiener Dog Skirt (with applique). This is too cute!

This Wire Hanger Chandelier would even make Joan Crawford smile. Vanessa at Nifty Thrifty Things put this together and shows us all how easy it is. I want one over my bathtub!

Two basic ingredients to happiness are M&Ms and brownies....combine them and it's my kind of party. Cindy at Everyday Insanity gave us a wonderful recipe for her Basic Brownie Mix Cookies

Easy and no bake? WooWee! Rebekah and Kandi shared this {surprisingly simple} recipe for a Strawberry Trifle over at Woven Home.

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So it's time to get this week's links up and at 'em! 

Would love for you to link up your favorite project, recipe, tip or whatever. The more the merrier: link up as many posts as you like. Let's MOP UP SOME FUN!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Inexpensive DIY Pencil Vase

There's quite a few of these roaming around Pinterest. Ours is a tin can upcycled into a great gift for your teacher or classroom aid. (Or your principal...I'm kind of partial to them since I'm married to one).

Teacher Appreciation week is the second week in May...
this would also be great for a last day of school gift!

Some sweet friends & I had a crafty morning putting these together for our school's teacher appreciation week. Crafting is even more fun with friends! We used cans (yay for my friend, Kristen, who has a sanitize feature on her dishwasher...our teachers will never know these once held Alpo!) You'll also need lots of pencils...I think the yellow #2 ones are perfect for this. Walmart had these cheaper than anyone...a box of 72 covers about two cans (with a few pencils leftover). The Walmart box was only $4.22 and the ones at Office-Something-or-Other (I can never remember which one I go to) were $7. You'll also need ribbon. And lots of hot glue.

Sometimes I think this blog should be called the House of Hot Glue.


Just start gluing your pencils to your cans. I found it easier to put a bunch of glue on the can itself and then stick 2-3 pencils on a time. Mine also ended up being the messier ones...the other girls were a little more careful than me and glued theirs one at a time.

Just keep working your way around. If you mess up, you can always pull one off and reposition it with new hot glue. Once all of your pencils are glued, take a bit of ribbon and tie it around as well. We put a dab of glue under the backside of the ribbon to make sure it wouldn't slide off. 


 Don't they look so fun? I'm planning to make one for my older son's teacher as well!

If you need another idea for teacher appreciation or an end of school gift, check out my Crayon Monogram tutorial as well:












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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

No-Sew, Faux Roman Shades


If you stop by this site regularly, you can probably tell I'm on a window kick...with this fabric! It's all been in my kitchen. It was way overdue for a window treatment makeover. 

I ADORE roman shades, but, well, you know me and sewing machines. Um, no. So, I've been tickled to run across several tutorials for roman shades that don't involve sewing. My absolute favorite is from Richella at Imparting Grace. Although mine's not 100% like hers {I decided to keep my blinds up for privacy reasons}, hers worked the absolute best for me. And her tutorial was wonderful.


Again with the curtains hung on door knobs...I liked it for not too long at all. 
I'm so happy with my new {faux} shades!

For this project, I used my fabric and three tension rods per window (so I had nine in all). I would go ahead and get the nicer tension rods (bypass the $2 ones). The cheaper ones will sag in the middle under the weight of the fabric.

I used the same method from my tutorial for cafe curtains to "hem" my fabric. And again, be warned...I don't sew...I do some insane things to fabric to hem it (no judging, please...we all want/deserve cute window treatments. I just go about creating mine a little differently.). You'll need to hem your two sides and the bottom. The top can be left raw (I even left the selvage on mine because I'm lazy like that).

For these shades, I used the valance boards from the blinds that were hanging there to measure my widths. You do have to be precise as possible on your measurements width-wise. You'll want to conceal certain hardware that's used and to do that, your fabric has to come exactly to the edges of your windows. But, you don't want any over hang, either...that would be a mess to have to deal with.

This tutorial I'm showing is designed to keep your blinds in use with the shades. There's a couple of reasons I'm keeping these up. The biggest is that when we bought this house five years ago, the realtor told us that the previous owners spent quite a fortune to have these custom blinds installed throughout the house. They're fine for blinds...kind of plain jane. Honestly, for what they spent (the realtor told us the dollar amount and we were like "Wha?!?"), I would've preferred hard wood floors or granite counters (seriously, who spends that kind of money for blinds?). But, even though I'm sounding like a whiney brat, I am grateful for these (amazing?) blinds. Kind of. So, I felt the need to keep them. And, until I also install panels over the shades, we do prefer them for the privacy. When I get the panels up, I'm having one heck of a blind sell on Craigslist. Cha-Ching. I digress.

See that green arrow up there? It's pointing to the valance on the blinds that you'll need to remove. I'm sure there's a proper tool for removing these (and their annoying little clips that hold them in place). However, my method involved yanking and pulling and tugging and yelling at them until they popped off. Very professional.

You will use the first of your three tension rods at the very top of the window, on top of the blind mechanism. Mine fit so snuggly...I was worried it wouldn't work. But, they've stayed up there and the first shade's been in place for three days now.

Drape your fabric over the rod (you may have to remove it and play with it to get it in place). You can see my unfinished part there...it won't show in the end. It tucks itself into the top fold...it can't even be seen from the outside. My fabric hung down about three quarters of the window's length from top to bottom. You don't need it to hang down over the entire window.

Install your other two tension rods. I kept the working assembly on the wrong side so I could adjust as needed....it's covered completely by fabric so that didn't matter. It's your choice how far you'd like to space your rods apart...it depends on how wide you like your folds apart from each other.

You'll pull your fabric on top of each rod to create your folds. You will have to play with them to get them just right. They were much easier to work with on my side windows. The big window in the middle was a bit difficult to work on. I finally gave up and waited on my husband to come home from work....it was definitely a two person job for such a wide window.

And they match those cafe curtains over by my kitchen sink that I showed you last week.

I'm so excited about them!! Again, I'm planning to do floor-to-ceiling panels (maybe from drop cloths?) between them and on the sides...hopefully hanging on one of those nifty bay window rods. But, for now, I kind of want to enjoy them by themselves.









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