Deck the Halls!

I finished a project, people! I finished my Christmas wreath last night. Here was my inspiration:

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I’ve never done any felt flowers but before deciding to take on this project I googled a few tutorials. A friend on Facebook said it was easy, I hoped she was write! She was! I followed the tutorial here and really was surprised at how easy it was! I couldn’t find any chevron burlap, and decided just to get a basic red and white stripe… Here’s how it turned out…

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It probably won’t stay on the door. Chris likes having a live wreath from Home Depot because of the smell. I can’t argue with that… Walking in the door, first thing you smell? Yeah, I don’t mind that. So I’m probably going to put this one on our mirror in the living room, hung with some white grosgrain ribbon. That’s my plan right now at least!

What are you going to do for your holiday wreath? I’m not jumping the gun am I? I’m just excited about Christmas!! 🙂

Nana

Today I said goodbye to my grandma’s house. It was very special to me. For the first 23 years of my life I spent every Christmas afternoon there. Family reunions were spent there, Thanksgivings, I remember seeing my first scary movie with Nana (Pet Cemetery!), I stomped on groundhog holes, climbed the brick fence, searched for the old maid’s button under the carpet, and so much more. She passed away in June and it was very very hard. Luckily I did make it to the hospital in time to say goodbye (after getting pulled over for speeding), and I’ll always be happy about that. It was hard seeing her on her death bed, waiting to die, but… I’m glad I could comfort her in those last hours. She was a very very special lady to me.

Wiping tears away and moving on…

Nana was good to us. My mom got her beautiful dining room furniture which in turn meant I got my mom’s pie safe. I also got to bring home 5 dining room chairs, a dresser, chest of drawers, rocking chair, and 2 end tables.

And here is a PSA:
If this is what smoke does to furniture, imagine what it does to your lungs:

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Here’s her house… Man I sure loved it.

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And here’s a drawing someone did of her house:

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I thought about bringing it back with me but didn’t know where I’d put it. I did love it, and seeing it made me cry. My aunt and mom had thought it would be nice for the future homeowners to have. I agree!

I’ll take pics of the rest of the furniture… I looked up techniques of removing nicotine stains on wood. Good old baking soda. And I got a gallon of vinegar. Wish me luck!!

I also went around the house and grabbed 5-6 skeleton keys! And an old picture of my grandma and grandpa on their wedding day!

Have you ever received awesome family heirlooms or furniture? It’s such an amazing feeling to know it’s going to stay in the family. I can’t even begin to think about everything the furniture has witnessed!

Curtains Part 1, 2, and 3!

Ok so here’s where we started (and keep in mind, we lived in the house for a year before ANY curtains were even put up…)

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Pay attention to the curtains. Not the toddler wearing a Build-A-Bear oufit (don’t ask… if you have a toddler, you know better than to ask). Also don’t look at the pile of blankets/clothes/bag on the couch… just pay attention to the curtains. That’s where I started.

Then, I found this! Gorgeous!

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It’s from Swavelle Mill Creek, but I’ve had a really hard time pinpointing the actual name. I initially measured that I would need exactly 2.5 yards for each panel. I didn’t want to go crazy making all 4 panels because I didn’t want to invest too much time and money if it totally flopped. So I bought 5 yards. It was originally $19.99, but with a 50% off sale and 20% off coupon, got me somewhere in the $50 range for 2 panels. And here’s how they looked!

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The last picture really gives you a good idea of why I picked the fabric. Our rug! I love this rug so much. We bought it off of overstock.com for dirt cheap! Here’s the direct link to the rug.

I went back to JoAnn’s and the only had enough for one more panel, and I had to special order the last 3 yards (I wanted to get some extra for a pillow or maybe make some artwork out of it). But here we are at three curtains:

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Oh and I did add those ring clips. I figured if either baby gets over to the area, I’d much rather them just pull the curtain off the clip than pull the curtain rod out of the wall. I got the clips off Amazon here. I got 4 sets – one for each panel.

So, panel number three will be coming soon… whenever the fabric gets in. But in the mean time, I’ve been staring at the panels everynight thinking about how much I love them. Really, I do! And I’m pretty impressed with myself and the sewing machine! As I was staring at the curtains I realized how much the ikat design looks like peacock feathers. I searched etsy for a week at all the peacock artwork. People sure are amazing! Here are the two prints I decided on:

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They are from this little shop. I’m so excited! I can’t wait! I ordered them in 11×14, and plan to frame them to 16×20 and hang them on either side of the curtains. Maybe over time they’ll end up on one side, with some thing on the other side… we will see.

Crummy part… the shop is in Hong Kong. So it would be 21 business days before I see them. Bummer. I can’t wait to see them in person! What do you think? Do you see the peacock feathers in the design? I really did want something with more texture than just flat prints since I have so much 2D work all over the house. But I’m really happy and excited about these guys.