Christmas Project {I’m Behind}

Hey all!
Trying to keep up with my promise of posting more often and I wanted to make sure that I got to this specific post before it was so long after Christmas.

Our tree has always, sadly, had a tree skirt that never quite fit. We got a larger stand that has several screws that go directly into the tree’s trunk, so it’s much bulkier than the traditional metal stands. I finally got fed up being able to see all the stand under the tree and wasn’t willing to spend lots of money on a skirt, so I found a Pinterest link that have a tutorial for an “Anthropologie like” tree skirt.

It was beautiful! Ruffles of linen? Bows to tie it in the back? Sold. So, I tried my best to follow the directions and got my supplies in order. I couldn’t find a drop cloth in the size they recommended, but I did have old IKEA curtains that were already damaged, so I used that as my base layer. I thought I had folded the curtain correctly and cut the right pieces, but of course I didn’t.

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So I put the semi circle pieces together, mended them, and continued on. I began by cutting my fabric into strips for the ruffles. I tried to make the width as uniform as I could, but there were some discrepancies. Be forewarned, this project takes A LOT of fabric and hot glue. Oh, and patience. Don’t be worried about burning your hands, either.

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I started on the outer ring of the skirt and worked my way into the center. I put the glue down onto the bottom layer first, then would fold the fabric into the glue. This way, I thought I would have more control of the fabric. It ended up being a challenge but the final product was definitely worth it.

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Once all the layers have been completed and dried, I added my bows. I used an entire roll of ribbon so I could have big bows. Because all the layers were finished, I was able to conceal the ends under the ruffles. I think that it turned out well! I wish I had better pictures. The color seems very buttery, but it was much more gold in person. Plus, I picked a fabric with a bit of sparkle (of course).

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Overall, this project cost me around $30 or $40 dollars. The fabric was the big expense, mostly because I needed more of it than the original tutorial suggested. The ribbon was only a few dollars and I already had the curtain for the base and the hot glue. Compared to the Anthropologie version, I got off easy!

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What do you think? Did you do any holiday crafts this year?

Xoxo,
Ashley

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All Tied Up {Curtain Tie Backs}

Why hello there!

If you remember, many many weeks ago, I added our bedroom curtains to our living room. There they hung, a bit forgotten and incomplete. I realized during this project that I only ever had four panels, not the six I expected. So, assuming I would quickly head back to IKEA for another set, I left them alone until today. As I was cleaning and rearranging my office, I stumbled upon the pretty tie backs that the curtain packages included. We’ve never used them because the curtains have been closed for most of their time with us. I decided that using tie backs would make them a bit more polished and at least remind me to get my behind moving in buying the other pair.

Before: Just hanging around.

Before: Just hanging around.

After: Ahhhh, it's almost like the windows frame our gorgeous greenery outside. Definitely a perk of the neighborhood.

After: Ahhhh, it’s almost like the windows frame our gorgeous greenery outside. Definitely a perk of the neighborhood.

So this project cost about $8 for the hooks and mounting materials (found them all at Bed Bath and Beyond). Now I just need to get moving and pick up that last pair of curtains! I’ll let you know when this little, never ending project, is finally complete!

XOXO,

Ashley

Well Draped {New Curtains for Rooms}

Well, I did it. I did what I drooled over for many months.

If you follow my Pinterest boards, you will have seen some beautifully colorful curtains (Jeanette) from IKEA on my wish list board. I didn’t end up getting the curtains per-say, but I did get a very generous gift card from my parents. The original intent was to use the card to buy a couple new cabinet doors for the kitchen. But in true Ashley-form, I bought two doors, spent the gift card, got home AND the doors didn’t fit. I measured horribly wrong. The doors were about an inch too short. So, they needed to go back, my hopes dashed.

And then I realized. This meant I could get my curtains! My fun, happy, colorful curtains! But wait, would they match our newer comforter? It had green and blue hues as well, but they were in a different family. Windfall (or inadvertent windfall) number two! Truman got the comforter dirty one day, and though we put it in the dryer once, it just WOULDN’T dry completely. So, without thinking, we just ran it through again. Big. Mistake. So we’ve been dealing with a cute, but shrunken comforter. So with the gift card, and a renewed want to update and perk up the bland bedroom colors, I bought a new comforter AND curtains.

 

Ta-da!

Ta-da! New comforter, old comforter as a throw, and MORE IMPORTANTLY the curtains. It’s one, big, colorful family.

 

So it looks great, in my mind. I’m so happy with how the sun comes through those curtains in the morning. I love the coordination of the colors on the bed, in the pillows, and in the curtains. Plus, we still have our bright green side tables that just adds to the happiness quotient.

But where, might you ask, did our white curtains end up? Well, my friends, S and I have always been playing around with the idea of hanging curtains in the living room. Not only for privacy, but because there was an awkward amount of negative space above our windows. So I purchased a few IKEA curtain rods and went to town hanging the old-but-new-to-the-room curtains. I measured out the correct distance on each side, as well as halfway between the window and the moulding. Only, I’m really excitable with a drill and own no stud finder. So it was a bit more difficult than expected and it resulted in several more holes in the wall than necessary.

They add a sense of grandeur, don't you think?

They add a sense of grandeur, don’t you think?

If you look really closely, you can see the tiny holes I left in the wall, yet to be filled. I also made the mistake of tricking myself into believing we already had enough to put two panels on each window. That would be six panels for three windows. I have four panels. Needless to say, I will be remedying this situation in the next few days as I am two panels short. Here’s hoping they still sell this style!

But eitherway, what do you think? I love the curtains and how they just slightly puddle on the floor. It makes the ceilings seem higher and the rooms, oddly enough, seem brighter. I am currently choosing a coordinating fabric for the bedroom to make a better sized piece of wall art for above our huge bed. We’ll see if I ever settle on anything!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

Showing a Little Leg {$20 update}

Well, if you saw my first ever Vine post, you saw that I’m adding new legs to our favorite seating, big and little Karl. We purchased them during a different time, with different covers, so the light wood legs didn’t really bother me.

It wasn’t until I saw the legs, and by saw I mean starred at them for several months, next to the stained furniture and darker tones that I realized how awful it looks. And you know how I get when I have an idea. Needless to say, $20 for the sofa, $20 for the chair, and many hours of frustration at the hands of an ikea wrench, we have new legs.

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The new legs.

Even after all the heartache and frustration (there may have even been a hammer involved), I’m so happy with the outcome. Simple update to make our furniture a little more in touch with each other.

XOXO,
Ashley