Thursday, October 27, 2011

Breezeway Curtains

Last year I won a $50 gift card from Warehouse Fabrics on their blog. I grew up going to Warehouse Fabrics, but back in the day it was just called "Betty's". Even though they have exploded in growth they are still the same great small town fabric store. I had my eye on 4 different fabrics that they didn't carry. I called and asked them if they would consider ordering a bolt of just 1 of the fabrics. They said sure and ordered all 4 of them!

So now I have the dilemma of which fabric to choose. I was planning on recovering my dining room chairs, but I decided to take advantage of the $50 of free fabric and make some curtains for my breezeway. I will have to add some money, but $50 is a great start!

Here are the "windows" that the panels will be going on. I did have burlap curtains when we first moved in but took those down a few months after they went up. I am ready for some more curtains to offer some privacy for the breezeway. It is hard to get a photo of the room since there are full windows on both sides. But you get the idea.

I have samples of three out of the four fabrics I am considering. The top one is very subtle. I am thinking I may want a little more contrast since the walls are almost the same color as the fabric background, but I do love it.

Besides the color I am trying to decide on the pattern. I love them both!

Here are the fabrics with pics from the website. Colors are very accurate.

Chipper Stone

Chipper Cloud

Togo Cloud - I don't have a sample of this one but it is very subtle

Do you have a favorite? Help a sister out, I only have a few days to decide!

Warehouse Fabrics Inc didn't sponsor this post.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Weekend Finds

Eric and I went to visit my sister and her husband this weekend to watch the game (war eagle anyway!) with them and to go junktique shopping.
Angie & I went to my favorite 3 story antique mall/flea market in her town and I somehow got talked into buying this rocking chair.

It was only $5 and in good shape. I have plans to reupholster in something like a drop cloth and then maybe do a slip cover that ties on. Something like this.
but not as fussy, I like the ties.

More like this but with more of the original chair showing through.

I like the tie on of the back of this chair but with the ties showing.

It is a smallish adult size rocker so I would really like to use it in a child's room. I don't want to redo it now then have to redo it again in a few years so I think it may make itself cozy in the attic in the mean time.

I also bought this mirror.

Do you see my little orange tree in the mirror? All of the oranges are turning orange, I can't wait to pick them!

It was only $19! A pretty good deal since I saw its smaller twin for $40. It weighs a million pounds so it is going in my bathroom, the only room in the house with drywall instead of plaster. My bathroom will hopefully get a makeover this winter.

p.s. Thanks to everyone for the nice comments on my new bedding. I laughed everytime someone wrote duvon't.
I had several requests for tutorials. I am no expert, so no one needs to learn to sew from me but these
videos should teach you everything you need to know to get started. I watched them before I made my piped pillows.
I did learn to make sure your pattern runs the same way on all of your pillows. I had my pillows with the paisley vertical and the other running horizontal. Since I was sewing a square, it wasn't a big deal I just flipped them around.
For those that wanted to know more about my duvon't, it is basically a big pillow. I did the envelope backing on it. I used an old blanket for the backing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Bedding

The fall sewing bug has bitten me. Last weekend I did a lot of sewing. I made some new euro shams, throw pillow and a fake duvet for our bedroom. I even made the quilt top that has been in my to do stack since April...2010!

The photos are dark, but you get the idea...

The start of me sewing new pillows began a few weeks ago when I picked up this Thomas O'Brien quilt for $25 at Target. Even though it is king and I have a queen bed I knew I could make it work in my bedroom.

Changing bedding is something I love to do. I LOVE fabrics and adding a set of new euro shams is a easy and inexpensive way to change up bedding and get to use some of the pretty fabrics I've been drooling over. If you try really hard you can get 2 euro sham fronts out of 1 yard of decorator fabric. So depending on your cost of fabric you could get 2 new euro shams for around $15 like I did.

Usually I make my euro shams with a flange and that is it. But this time I decided to branch out and add piping.

It wasn't as hard as I imagined. I just didn't realize I needed to move my needle over until I was finished, but you can't even notice on the front side of the pillow. I had originally planned on running the piping fabric on the bias but I didn't have enough fabric and didn't want to buy more. I think it worked out for the best because loose weave fabric on the bias moves a lot more than regular cut and with my first time making piping it could have ended in disaster.

Next time I may get brave enough to add an invisible zipper, but for now I am stuck with an envelope backing skill level. To save money I usually don't use the same fabric on the front and back of shams/duvets. In this case I used a $2 shower curtain I bought on clearance at Target last year.

The throw pillow is made with Premier Prints "Gotcha" in Summerland Yellow. I wanted to use a pillow I already had to stuff the case and I only bought 1/2 yard of fabric.

I just added a little panel in the euro sham fabric to close up my envelope since I was a few inches short of the yellow fabric. Lemonade out of lemons.

Now for the fake duvet cover, the duvon't (i just made up that word). I prefer the look of a quilt or blanket then something folded up at the bottom of the bed. I wasn't in the mood to make a full sized duvet cover but I still wanted that bulk at the bottom of the bed.

I had grand plans for this little duvon't. I was going to do the border in bias cut stripes and it was going to look awesome. The only problem is I'm not smart enough or patient enough or enough of a perfectionist to carry out that plan. I did get my bias cut stripes, but the corners don't match up like my original plan. Oh well it looks good enough for me and I'm sure this time next year I will have a new duvon't. I just stuffed our old duvet into the duvon't, again I used an envelope backing. I am hoping to find a cheapie but really fluffy comforter to stuff in there so I don't have to keep fluffing the down duvon't.

I spent only $44 on my euro shams, throw sham and duvon't. Pretty good!

Fabrics I used..

Euro Sham Fabric - Premier Prints: Henna Summerland/Natural

Rectangle Pillow Fabric - Premier Prints: Gotcha summerland/yellow natural

The piping fabric is also a Premier Prints fabric -I couldn't find it online so it may be discontinued.

I am still looking for a fabric for the little pillow between the euro shams, until then I just used a sham that matches the quilt.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jalapeno Popper Dip

This past Saturday our tailgate group got together for the first time this football season to tailgate before the Auburn / Florida football game. (War Eagle!) I wanted to try a new recipe, and something with cheese. I turned to my friend pinterest to help me out.
I chose Jalapeno Popper dip and made a few tweeks of my own. Even though it required a whole cup of mayo (I'm not a fan of solo mayo) I decided to give it a try. Delicious once everything is mixed together you don't even taste the mayo. I left out the fresh jalapenos so it wasn't too hot, just right.

2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese at room temp

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated fiesta blend cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 (7ish ounce) can sliced pickled jalapenos (the can I bought came with carrots & onions, I took those out and rechopped the peppers)
2 jalapeno peppers seeded & chopped (optional)
3 slices of bacon cooked & crumbled

1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan

-Mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, fiesta cheese, parmesan, bacon and jalapenos in a bowl. Pour into a baking dish.

-Mix the bread crumbs and parmesan and sprinkle over the dip.
- Bake at 375 until bubbly and golden. I left mine in for 15 minutes.

original recipe

ps - several months ago I won the Pampered Chef baking dish I made the dip in from Kat. This was the first time using it and I love it! If you are looking for a great non stick stoneware dish I would recommend this one. Also if you are ever wondering what to buy at those Pampered Chef parties you must buy this spatula. Best thing in my kitchen, it cuts brownies so well.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Someone in the Auburnish / LaGrange area please go buy this sofa!!!!!!!!! Only $350 for this piece of awesomeness. Look at those lines and with some 20" feather down throw pillows in amazing fabric...

I gasped out loud when I opened the ad on Craigslist and saw the photo and I have still major butterflies. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!! If I only had a place for it or my sister still had a garage to store all of my extra furniture...

Friday, October 7, 2011

House Exterior Paint Color

Along with the questions about interior paint colors I often get asked what our exterior brick is painted.

In the spring we had a knock at the door and it was a sweet couple that was wanting to know what color the exterior paint was. The first thing they said was "I know this is weird" and we told them that it was normal for us. I am always stalking people's houses for ideas. I drive by my favorite house in Auburn at least once a week and just drool.

Like with the interior paint color I'm not really sure what the exterior color is. It was painted by the previous owners and they didn't leave an extra can in the shed.

We did have to have some of the paint color matched and this is what the can looks like.

Not really helpful at all, I guess it was left outside in the rain. For the couple that showed up at our house I painted a note card for them to have color matched. I would be happy to mail one to you if you are really interested!

The brick paint color is closest to these colors, which in these pictures they don't look close at all, but they are similar.
All Benjamin Moore

Gettysburg Gray HC-107

Claire's favorite Squirrel Tail 1476

For more of a green undertone I would go with Sage Mountain 1488, it is a really pretty color.

Our trim was already painted and there wasn't a paint color to be found so I had to custom mix a color. Just like real couture. I brought some samples home that looked like a close match and just mixed those until I got the perfect color. It wasn't the most fun project but it worked.

picture from last fall

The top numbers are all 0. The bottom numbers l-r are 244 232 20.

Our front door is painted black (obvs) but I wanted to do something different on the back doors. I went with Spanish Olive by Glidden.

This photo is from 2010, before I painted the back of the house trim to match the front. It was stark white, now it is a soft cream to match the rest of the house. Much better!

I hope that helps the ones of you that have asked about our exterior paint colors.

Happy weekend & War Eagle!

Monday, October 3, 2011


This past weekend I headed up to Memphis to visit some college friends, Elizabeth and her husband and their 2 kiddos.

Amos you are too fast for my camera!

JD did such a good job planning Friday night to make sure I got the run down on Memphis. We started off at Rendezvous for supper. With JD's hookups we were able to get a great table, the best server and no wait in line. That is saying something for a restaurant that serves 4 tons of ribs a week and over 3,000 customers on a typical Saturday! The ribs did not disappoint and now I can mark Memphis BBQ off of my list.
We had to make the trip across the street to the
Peabody Hotel. Unfortunately the ducks weren't swimming in the fountain, but thanks to JD I got the whole story minus the ducks. The hotel is so beautiful in that old hotel kind of way.

We left the hotel and walked down to Beale Street. There were about 354,876 people out that night. The weather was so nice and it turned out to be a perfect fall night. We also went by the Lorainne Motel/National Civil Rights Museum where Martin Luther King Jr was shot.

The next day Elvis was waiting for us at Graceland. I'm not really an Elvis fan but Graceland is something that everyone should go to if you have the chance. It is just crazy to wrap your head around how big Elvis was and still is today.

Talk about different. Graceland is perfectly preserved just as it was when Elvis lived there.

I guess the good thing to take away from this room is the sunburst mirror and I do like the lamps.

We had a guy on the tour that wanted to take our picture several times, we obliged in the dining room.

The jungle room may be the worst room, I'm not sure they were all pretty bad.

It was really disappointing because we couldn't go in Elvis' bedroom or anywhere upstairs. The house size was average by today's standards and tiny by today's celebrity standards.

Next stop my idea of graceland, a stop at the Premiere Prints fabric store. A whole store dedicated to Premiere Prints. I bought some fabric for some new euro shams in my bedroom, hope to get those sewn up this week.

Elizabeth and I were both in love with this grey/coral combo.

And just like that the weekend was over. The weekend was good for my soul, do you know how hard it is to find friends that want to drive around at 10 on a Saturday night looking for good junk on the curb? Thank you Elizabeth for being such a good hostess and for spending so much time with me even though you have 2 little chicken wings to tend to. I loved being around your family for the weekend and watching you teach Amos & Evie. And thank you for letting me put Amos to bed at night, it made me so happy! And thank you JD for making sure I had the best ribs Memphis could offer. I loved the tour around town and the history lesson on Memphis.

Until next time Memphis...
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