Thursday, March 28, 2013

Master Bedroom Wall O' Curtains

Last week Eric decided that he wanted to put new hardwood floors in our bedroom so Saturday that is what he did.   Since the room was cleared out I took the time to wash our wall o' curtains and I thought it would be a good time to answer the questions we get about that wall.

Here is how our bedroom looked when we moved in. This room use to be a garage and has concrete plaster walls, hence the conduit piping. ugh
 We painted the room green and lived like this for several months until I started to want something different because this was pretty boring.  Plus having the bed in front of the window without anything else was getting on my nerves.  I thought about curtains but then I thought why don't we just cover that whole wall instead since we don't use those windows.  Don't worry we have 2 other windows in the room that let in a lot of natural light. So in January 2010 I decided to make a curtain wall to cover up the windows that were being blocked by our bed. Our room is exactly 10' wide so we used a 10' piece of skinny pvc pipe as the curtain rod and just popped it into the curtain rod brackets we already had up.

 I used "dressmaker's cloth" from Hobby Lobby to make the curtains. With my 40% off coupon it was really cheap for a whole wall of curtains. I didn't want stark white but not unbleached cotton and this fabric is a good in between not a too dark natural color. I didn't sew the sides, just kept the selvage edges but you don't see them with the flow of the curtain. **Make sure to prewash and dry your fabric because when you wash it again it WILL shrink several inches when you wash it again to remove dust.
To finish off the top and cover the pvc pipe we used a 1x6 attached with L brackets to the ceiling studs. We then put matching molding, a 1x2 to tie in with the rest of the room.

The 1x6 is just attached with L brackets.
I have a thing about all of my windows on the front of the house looking the same.  Since the windows were covered by white they stood out when you saw the front of the house.  I fixed that problem by safety pinning some old brown panels to the matchstick blinds. ha.  From the front of the house all you see is black with a few inches of white peeking out on either side, just like the rest of our windows. 
After the curtains went up the green wall didn't look too great so I repainted to match the curtains.  I ran out of paint as you can see in the above photo and didn't paint the curtain wall. You can also see the new floors in the photo above. 

 After the walls were painted this is how the room looked.  I change my bedding about twice a year so it didn't look like this for long.  I think it is so much prettier with the curtain wall.

And after the curtains had been washed, steamed and put back up on Sunday.  If you didn't want any light shining through your window you could use black out lining.

See different bedding.  The shams and duvet are from Ikea and I am probably going to add something else, the bed just looks empty.  The new lamps are from Target last fall $15 on clearance!  Having the wall painted white makes it so easy to switch out the bedding so I am really happy I went that route.

Ok hope to have some pics of the new floors soon.  We had to have an old gas connection removed yesterday so we could put up a baseboard so as soon as that is up I will snap some pics.  But people the new floors are so much better and our room is so cozy now.

Friday, March 22, 2013

3rd Trimester!

So today I am 27 weeks pregnant, which puts me in my 3rd trimester.  Not really sure how that happened already!  I am excited to meet our baby but getting him into this world has me a little nervous.   

We went yesterday to another Dr appointment.  Because of fertility treatments and some other issues I've had 11 ultrasounds so far this pregnancy.  At first I enjoyed getting another peak but now I just feel sorry for the baby always having to get another ultrasound.  We aren't going to have a 3D because I wanted his face to be a surprise and I'm not putting him through an unnecessary ultrasound but the tech switched over to 3D yesterday and he has the sweetest face.  He got annoyed and flipped so it was only for a second but long enough to make a Dr appointment enjoyable. 
From week 17 on I've felt pretty good.  Week 24 was my best week yet, I had so much energy I felt like my old self.  I also started to grow a lot.  Last week in week 26 I finally broke down and bought a pair of maternity pants.  Thankfully I've been given a lot of clothes but most were summer so I didn't have any pants.  I can still wear my regular fall/winter dresses and shirts but I've been living off of the same 3 pair of no button waist dress pants from the junior dept and they won't really stay up anymore.  I hate pants and didn't want to spend money on something I will only wear for a few more weeks before dress season (my true love) is in full force.   Plus maternity pants make you look dumpy because they sag in the crotch. 

At church a friend reminded me that Ross had a small selection of maternity clothes.  Off I went.
I found a few things, the best deal was a long maternity cami.  I have bought a black maternity cami from Target (best thing I've ever bought) but  this one at Ross was only $5!  I also bought these full panel thick knit like jeggings for only $15!  They are very comfy but have the same problem as the low panel pant, they keep falling down.  I told Eric I was going to pin them to my bra until I grow some more. ha!
The baby is up almost a pound from last week and I'm sure I'm up about two!

I was about to leave but some cute maxi dresses caught my eye.  I usually feel weird in a maxi dress but pregnant people look so cute in them.  Plus I thought they would be good for after the baby is born and I want something comfy but still look cute.  A modern moo moo if you will.  I ended up buying 3 of them.  I had 4 requirements: cheap, doesn't require an undershirt, won't get really wrinkly and not a solid dark color because I didn't want to have to lint roll. 
First I bought this stripe one for $8.  I wasn't sure about it because it is a little short but I've actually worn this dress to work with a belt and cardigan and it was really cute. 

Oh and something I wasn't ready to deal with being pregnant, my belts won't fit around my expanding rib cage.  I'm on my last notch on a few of my favs waaaaahhhhhhh.

These are the other 2 dresses I got.  One was a floral that is that slinky knit material that won't wrinkle and the other is a fun ikat print.  Both have easy access v-necks which I hope will work with nursing and look cute with cardis or a jean jacket.  Pretty good 5 pieces of maternity clothes for only $62!

I am still in search of a pair of white maternity jeans.  Have you seen any that I need to check out?!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I'm sad that this blog sat empty again for another week.  Here is my excuse.  We had company during the daylight savings time and combine that with growing a human plus a very busy week at work and it makes for a very tired Vanessa.  I think I'm about back to normal, I hope so.  I really want to be a good blogger but I'm struggling with what to post.  I do wish I had blogged more about this pregnancy but I struggle with posting too much about ME.  Everyday life seems pretty normal but maybe that is boring to read about.  It is the everyday details that I want to remember years for now so maybe I will stick to that and if it is boring to some then just don't read it? 

So now for some everyday life.
Some of our dearest couple friends (in chevron shirt) who are also having a baby are moving in a few weeks so last weekend I helped host a baby shower for them.  Their son and our son will only be a few weeks apart so that makes it even harder that they are leaving.  We had big plans for our maternity leave, but for now we will just enjoy comparing pregnancy notes and not think about how things would have been :(. 
Her shower was so cute and the building was so pretty and perfect to spread out in. 

We had a lot of great food, one of my contributions was TGI Friday's Black Eyed Pea and Corn Salsa. If you need a quick dip or side item this is your winner.

Yum so good.  This makes a ton so I should have split the recipe but the leftovers have been enjoyed. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Skirted Table

The winter blahs.  I have them.  It rained over 13" in February and today it is only in the 50's, I'm ready for summer!  When I get in blah moods usually my house is in major critique mode.  Everything is uglier in the winter. 

To help solve that problem last weekend I spent a lot of time at my sewing machine working on some updates to make it feel happier up in here.  I made Dutch's crib skirt, got most of his quilt pieced, made a new pillow for our bed, turned king pillow shams into queens, and made some new living room pillows.  I'm ready to knock down some walls but that isn't happening anytime soon.  Fabric is cheaper and me chained to a sewing machine ='s free labor.

Starting in the living room - I really want new curtains, I've had these for over 3 years which is a  really long time at my house. whine. I just don't want to make them or pay to have them made so I've made my peace and they are staying around.  One thing that is getting the ax is this little typewriter table. 

I bought it when we moved in 2009 and have enjoyed it.  I'm just looking for ways to have more hidden storage in the house and was wanting somewhere to stash kid books, toys, diapers etc.  I am sure they will start to take over my house soon.  I was going to have a piece of wood attached to the top of the typewriter table to make a little more surface space and then a slipcover made to cover the wood top and mess under the table.  Then I got to thinking and didn't want to spend the $135 on the slipcover when I've got other things to be buying right now.  While making my rounds at the thrift store last week I came upon this little jewel.

I know you wish you had a press board microwave card.  But look 2 shelves of storage and a little drawer plus I knew that I could easily staple fabric to it so I wouldn't have to have a slipcover made! 
There are tons of tutorials on skirted tables but the tutorial from Pawleys Island Posh seemed to work best for me.  I ordered 2 yards of Magnolia Home Fashions Belle Isle Stripe Pewter and was all set.  Oh and the reason my fabric looks nothing like the one on the website is I used the back side since it was a little more subtle. 

In the tutorial she didn't cover the top of her bookcases but I needed to cover the top.  I just stapled the fabric to the top first and then stapled the front and sides. 

I tried to use hem tape instead of sewing but of course it didn't work, it never does.  Besides the sewing machine is quicker- always go with your first love. 
After attaching the fabric around the top I stapled on the sides then front.  Y'all look at those professionally surged edges!

There were little gaps where the sides and front were stapled in the corners.  I did a few hidden stitches with a needle and thread and fixed those. 

The side strips were up next to fill in the flap gap.  First I made them too narrow, they were just too small and you could still see inside to the shelves.  I cut some new ones the width of the neutral stripe and they worked much better. I didn't want to tack them to the fabric pieces because I want the front panel to be able to be easily opened.  I did end up putting a few tack stitches on the side panels.  Looks fine to me.
p.s. if you want a no sew no side flap table this is a good tutorial

Add a piece of glass and call it finished, except now I think I need a new lamp. Locals- I always us J & W Glass Co. for my cut glass and mirrors.  They are quick and always about 1/2 of what the others charge. 

Total cost
Fabric $15.26 (I had a 15% off coupon)
Glass $13.04
Table $12.98
TOTAL $43.98.  Yes!  I saved $91.02 and got extra storage. 

Since the curtains are made of the same fabric as my sofa pillows I couldn't get rid of them since the curtains are the only fabric on that side of the room so I just added another set of pillows using a smaller stripe.  I must brag that I used my serger and they are so professional looking!  I would have loved to upgrade to bigger inserts but I had 2 down inserts in the closet taking up precious space.  Free pillows and more closet space ='s good enough.  

I am still planning on adding a nylon sisal look alike rug under the cowhide in a few weeks.  We are installing the carpet in a client's home so I am waiting to see if I like that color before I order.  After that this little refresh should be closing up.  Well I would love some new art above the sofa but I haven't found it yet and I have a feeling the coffee table is either going to go away or being replaced with a smaller one next year when the baby gets moving.  Baby proofing this house should be fun.

Yeah that cabinet has about 2x as many shiny glass things in it now!

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