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Girl’s Room Changes

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We decided two months ago to take the set of bunk beds from my daughter’s room to the Nevada house since I’m doing a combined kid room there that will sleep two and both my daughter and son will share when we’re living there. That left me with a decision about what to do to replace the bed in her room. She loved her bunk beds but we decided to substitute with a daybed this time, one with a trundle underneath for a second mattress or for storage. 

Birch Lane contacted me several months ago and asked if I’d like to feature any of their products in our home. Great timing since they happened to carry the perfect solution for our ten year old daughter in the form of the white Hampton Daybed.

lavender and white girls room

So many of the same decorative accents from when I featured the room last year are still present: the dresser, the bedding, etc. We did swap out some of the pillows and the artwork to arrange a new gallery above her bed, and also brought in a few touches of cheerful yellow. 

I think it’s important to let a child personalize their own space so we arranged a collection of artwork that she loves in a colorful gallery for her to admire. Kittens, puppies, horses, butterflies … oh to be 10 again.

wall gallery girls room

Little Miss Coco our kitty cat took an interest in the watercolor painting I found on Etsy, perhaps she sees herself? Which is why we bought it, it reminded us of when she was little!

coco and painting

 

girls room wall gallery

The remaining artwork is from a combination of sources, two prints from Minted (animal map / wreath print),  the butterflies are from IKEA bought years ago, the horse is my daughter’s own painting, and we framed the puppy and kitten prints from her old calendar.   

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DIY Lined Shower Curtain

Monday, January 27th, 2014

I love having a cat, ours is a keeper with a great personality but the one thing I wish we didn’t have to deal with is a litter box. Ugh. So I’ve hidden it in the hall bathroom shower for over a year and I just can’t take it anymore. Besides, we needed to reclaim that shower for the kids turning 8 and 10 who have been showering in our bathroom for too long, and for guests that come stay with us.

I wanted to make a shower curtain for the space that was taller than standard 72 x 72” curtains using my new Dewdrop fabric – now a new one it hangs at 86” tall on a new higher rod in the hall bathroom.

lined shower curtain

 

This is a view of a space I’ve never shared before mostly because it wasn’t that exciting, just a toilet and shower and old curtain rod but I do love the little glass tiles set into the floor – a project we completed before I even started blogging. There’s that pesky litter box…

bathroom before

 

The process of sewing your own shower curtain is like sewing one giant pillow cover, but with a seam down the middle. I used two 88” lengths of basic lightweight cotton to line the curtain and my dewdrop fabric for the outside pattern. The first thing you do is sew together the length of the liner.

sew liner together

Repeat the same process with your pretty fabric, if it has a pattern, align the repeat and pin together for a less visible seam. Since the curtain remains gathered when not in use it’s not noticeable. 

 

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Easy Throw Pillow Zipper Enclosures

Monday, January 20th, 2014

It was as if a veil had been lifted from my eyes, as if the clouds parted and the sun shined down upon me . . .  that’s how I felt when I finally mastered how to sew a zipper enclosure for throw pillows.

In the past I’ve chosen the envelope pillow enclosure for its ease and because truth be told perfect zippers intimidated me, but now that I’ve learned how to do it, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back! Over the weekend I stitched up ten pillow covers and all of them with zippers, each one faster than the next. I figured out how to do it by studying pillow covers I’ve purchased from retailers, and in my excitement, I just had to share.

simple sew pillow cover

I use a zipper that is slightly smaller than my pillow cover. For example, I use a 18” zipper for a 20” pillow insert and a 22” zipper for a 24” pillow insert, etc. and I always sew my covers 1 inch smaller than the insert (the seams for a 20” pillow insert are actually 19” for the pillow cover) so a zipper that is two inches smaller than the size of the insert works best.

Here’s the easy peasy technique! Cut your two sides of fabric and pin the fabrics inside out like you would if you were sewing an envelope cover, with the right side of the fabrics facing each other. Pin the zipper to the edge of the fabric with the front of the zipper facing down allowing for ¾” inseam.

pin fabric together

 

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