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Sometimes I ask myself if it’s worth it.
To spend so much time making stuff rather than buying it.
What’s better?  Ease or accomplishment?
Having exactly what I want, or wanting what I can have?
And then I remember I don’t really have a choice.
It’s either make it or not have it.  😉
Or buy something cheap that I don’t really like at all.

I’m learning to make it work.
Rather than sulk and spend all my time wishing I could take a wagon through Pottery Barn and load it up, I need to work with what I have.
And it’s proving to be worth it!
Oh, and God is teaching me LOTS about contentment along the way.
I thought I was done with that lesson???
Apparently that’s a life-long one.

Anyways, here are the recent changes to our bedroom.
I am always amazed how simple things like curtains can dramatically change a room.
And new shades, too!
We had these blackout shades that were both hideous and impractical.
They didn’t look pretty, and it was nearly impossible to get up in the morning since they blocked out all the sunlight.



(hideous, right?)

and After:


I replaced the blackout shades with Bamboo Roman Shades.
They are light-filtering, which is exactly what I wanted.
Not to mention, MUCH prettier.

The fabric for the curtains is from JoAnn’s. 
I picked a subtle, flower print for the main portion.
I would have used it for the entire panel, but the store did not have enough fabric for me to make 4 panels.
So I improvised!
I added a block of muslin and a block of turquoise damask print,
both of which were leftover from my bed skirt.
Yet another example of learning to make it work 😉

And sewing them was relatively easy.
I had the fabric cut in 4, 2-yard portions at the store,
(saved me lots of measuring and cutting)
attached the two fabric blocks to the bottom,
and hemmed all sides.
I made a 3-inch pocket for the curtain rods at the top.
And that’s it!
It takes time (mostly for measuring), but it’s not too complicated.
Thankfully curtain panels are RECTANGLES! 😉



And now for the bed skirt.
As I said, it is the same fabric as the bottom of the curtains.
I picked these colors because they best matched those in my bedspread.
(please ignore the junk under the bed.)


Basically, I measured the length and height that I needed,
then divided it by how many panels I wanted in the skirt.
I did not want to mess with ruffles or frills,
so I made it hang flat.
I then just sewed the panels together and hemmed the raw edges.
I made three separate sides but did NOT sew them together:
to simplify my life even more,
I just safety pinned each side of the skirt to the box spring,
making sure they were well hidden under the mattress and met properly at the corners.
So much easier than attaching it to a sheet under the mattress,
plus it makes it easy to change out at any time.
(Just a note: you could sew the corners together if you wanted,
I just didn’t feel like figuring it out so I took the easy road.)

So here’s what I ended up spending:

$45 for four 84-inch curtain panels

$20 for a King sized bed skirt

$19.98 for two curtain rods from Target ($9.99 each)

$60 for two Bamboo Roman Shades from ($28 each + shipping)

$120 for the Quilt and Shams from Target
(this was my splurge.  However, it is machine washable, which means I don’t have to get it dry-cleaned AND it’s a quilt.  To make one would be almost as expensive.)

So, that’s been my most-recent project around here!
I am now on the hunt for a fun wooden door to use as a headboard.
I have some leads but not the time right now, so we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.

Hope this encourages you all that you really can decorate on a budget!
It may take time, but it will be worth it. 🙂

Happy Wednesday!


one more room checked off!
the blank wall is blank no more.


pretty much everything is from Target.
the clock,
the shelves,
the photo collage,
and the frames.

the photographs are mine,
and the hydrangeas are from my garden.

it’s nothing elaborate,
but it feels a lot homier now.
now on to the master bedroom!

Found this gem at Target today.


It’s the first piece for my gallery wall.
Other considerations:

– a fun, retro clock
– photographs
– shelves with ?? on them

And that’s all I got.
Please.  Help me out.
I’ll be scouring Pinterest the next several days
(ok…weeks.  let’s be more realistic.)
for more ideas.
If you have any, please send them my way.
The basic goal?
To make my dining room an inviting place to be.
I want to linger over good food with good friends.

We are almost open for business.
I expect that within a month (or less??) our 3rd floor will be fully
de-cluttered, furnished and ready for housing out-of-towners. :) 
The futon and pillows are in transit as we speak and should be delivered by the middle of next week.
I found a most beautiful chair at Target.  Oh how I adore that wonderful place.
And last night I basically stole a comforter from Urban.  Get this – it was originally priced at $130.  It was marked down to $69.99.  And all of their home sale items were then 50% off of the reduced price.  So I walked out of there with this beautiful green and orange quilt (as they call it) for a measly $34.99.  (Just a note about the “quilt” – I have been spoiled by Reenie’s quilts and therefore cannot truly consider this a quilt…hence why I will refer to it as a comforter.)  But if you get the time you should def check out Urban’s clearance on home items – they had rugs and pillows for $10!!
Julia is having lots of fun helping Mommy decorate…


I still have to organize all my craft stuff (yikes!), figure out what on earth to do with this chair, and find a good lamp or two…and then I think we will be done!  Oh, and I’d be lying if I said the room didn’t need a new coat of paint but, well, I’m trying to work up the courage to paint the rest of my downstairs and possibly our bedroom, so I really cannot think about coloring this room just yet.  Fortunately it’s not a hideous color, it’s just boring. 

We are very much looking forward to being able to house visitors. :) 


DSC08563DSC08559 DSC08562 

I could have sworn I bought size 3-6 months.  Not 2T. 
She had to wear socks to hide the bunching at the feet, and they basically looked like loose white pants by noon.

Video games with daddy

DSC08580 Hey, whatever floats your boat.


DSC08463My favorite “healthy” muffin.  I’ve adapted the recipe from the Williams-Sonoma/Mayo Clinic cookbook, and I think I’ve got it right where I want it!

Banana-Oat Muffins
2 c. rolled oats
2 c. low fat vanilla yogurt (you could use plain if you wanted – it just won’t be as sweet)
1 2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
4-5 RIPE bananas, mashed (they will not taste as good if they are not ripe)

1) combine oats and yogurt in large bowl.  let soak for 15-30 minutes to moisten oats.
2) in separate bowl, combine WW flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.  set aside.
3) to the oat/yogurt mixture add eggs, canola oil, brown sugar and mashed bananas.  beat to combine.
4) add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until combined – don’t overmix!
5) fill muffin tins and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar
6) bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 
Yield 1 1/2 – 2 dozen

His/Her Side

I am decorating our “sides” of the room into His


and Hers.

greener grassAlso looking for some wall shelving to house our bedside reading (somehow there is not enough room to spare on our nightstands??  With all the glasses of water that accumulate throughout the week, Mike asks me if I think I live in the movie Signs.)
If you have any fun ideas for a His/Her theme…PLEASE let me know!   

I have found a new favorite recipe site that I LOVE:

A Bloggable Life: Recipes

Christmas Shopping

I have bought a grand total of ONE gift.
That’s right.  Uno.
I don’t believe I’ve ever been this behind.
I plan to remedy this today.  Traci and I are taking the girls to see Santa, and Jujy is going to get her picture taken with him.  After  encountering either intense joy or sheer terror, we plan to do some Christmas shopping.

Collective Reminiscings

The Smittys

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