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Friday, September 19, 2014

DIY Mini Blinds to Roman Shade


A couple years ago, I turned some old cheap mini blinds into a pretty roman shade, and when I was working on my new craft area a couple months ago, I decided that roman shade needed a makeover.

I wanted to share this project again because it is such an easy way to create a roman shade that actually works and looks great.

To make the roman shade, you will have to start by taking apart the blinds. You will need to only keep a few of the blinds, which will work as the rods that lift the shade.

I just used five, spaced ten inches apart. If you space them closer together, you will get more folds, when you draw the shade.



Once you have everything measured out and lined up, you will just glue the fabric to the blinds with a permanent fabric glue like Fabri-Tac or Fabri-Fix.



Put glue on the blinds around the holes. The cord will still need to be able to move through the hole in the blinds for the shade to work.



Finally, use the glue to wrap the fabric around the ends of the blinds as well as the top and bottom.


Mount the shade to the wall using the hardware from the mini blinds, and easy peasy - new shade in your favorite fabric!

I really like the graphic black and white stripe of this Ikea fabric.



Most of the time, I'm a fan of curtains, but some windows need something a bit smaller. Since this window is framed by bookshelves, a shade works perfectly. And we mounted it close to the ceiling to mask the awkward foot or so of empty wall above the window. 

The blinds are not as sturdy as the rods of a real roman shade would be, which means I have to draw kind of slowly. However, it only took about an hour to make, is perfectly functional, and I think it looks awesome in the space, sooooo I love it. 

What do you think? What are your favorite DIY window coverings?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Makers No. 35

Hey guys! Welcome to the party! 

This past weekend I ran my fifth half marathon and got my second fastest time. It was an extra special race for me because I got to run with my husband, who completed his first half! I am one proud lady. We got to run up in the mountains in Southern Utah and enjoy some weather much cooler than what we have here in Vegas. I even got to wear a sweater!! That was way more exciting than it might sound to you all. (If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some photos of our trip.)

It made me finally get really excited for Fall, so much so that I had to make pumpkin muffins for breakfast this morning. Are you all ready for sweaters and pumpkins and coziness? 

I'm guessing some of you have some nice cozy projects to share. Let's see 'em!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est
Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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This week's featured blogger is Jamie from Anderson and Grant, who shared an amazing tutorial on how to create realistic looking stems on faux pumpkins. This is so genius and I can't wait to try it out!

how to make pumpkins with realistic looking stems from Anderson and grant

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Jamie is super talented and dabbles in all sorts of creative endeavors. Not only does she share DIY projects, clever upcycle ideas, decor inspiration and recipes, but she also takes beautiful photos AND has a shop filled with awesome vintage finds!
Here is a sampling of what you will find when you visit Anderson and Grant :
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Here are this week's party features:
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The Heathered Nest shared an absolutely beautiful headboard transformation, along with an entertaining story about picking up a hitchhiker, but don't worry it's not what you think... or is it? Head on over to find out!

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Sawdust 2 Stitches shared a tutorial on how to create a faux metal vintage sign. Don't those letters look amazing?! Stop by her blog to see how you can create your own!

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Her Tool Belt shared her incredible gallery style command center, and can you believe everything on that wall is a DIY project? Head on over to see how to create all of the fun projects! I especially love that "Things" sign.

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Glamorous Affordable Life created a super simple and pretty Book Page Fall Banner that says "Fall in Love". This is such a great way to decorate the holidays on a budget, don't you think? Head on over to see how you can make your own custom banner!

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I don't think I will ever get tired of pallet projects or antique hooks and this DIY towel rack from Lemon Thistle combines them both! Stop by to see how she created this project using items she already had!

Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured!

Upcycled Treasures
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The Makers Link Party
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
 
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Crochet Sugar Skull at The Darice Craft Blog

Hey guys! I have exciting news to share today! I am joining the blog team over at Darice, and my first post is up today.

I am sharing a free pattern for a fun crocheted sugar skull.

This little guy can be endlessly customized with different colors, embellishments, and beads. Fun, right? Head on over to Darice to get the free pattern!




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Troop Birthday Girl: A Summer Camp Party

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Today I'm sharing my daughter's fourth birthday party that we celebrated a couple weeks ago. We planned a summer camp themed party, and it ended up being a really fun time. I totally recommend a summer camp party, guys. 

I decided to give the party a little bit of Troop Beverly Hills theming because, well, I love that movie with all of my heart. The summer camp party became a "Wilderness Girl Jamboree." 

I found a lot of great inspiration online and created a pinterest board to store it all. And Shindigz, purveyor of awesome-sauce party supplies, sent me some goodies to try out and make the party extra great. 

I decided to go with a mint, forest, pink, and gold color scheme and created a "Troop Birthday Girl" logo (which I love). 


The party was held at a little park behind our church. When the guests arrived they received green fabric sashes to wear and to hold the badges they would earn for different activities.

For decorations, I hung a glittery banner across the front of the pavilion as well as God's Eyes in the party colors.


We made a couple A-frame tents in a pink and white striped fabric for the kids to play in as we waited for everyone to arrive. We used a combination of this tutorial and this tutorial to help us build the tents. They will find homes in our kids' rooms post-party. 


When everyone was there we sang songs around the campfire and roasted marshmallows.

Other activities included making jewelry and three-legged races. Everyone earned badges for each activity. The badges were one of my favorite details of the party. 

I made the "badges" (we don't need no stinkin' badges) using the Create-A-Buttons available at Shindigz.  These are so cool, guys! The kids LOVED them and couldn't wait to get the next button. The buttons were really nice quality and looked exactly like I wanted them to look. I will do another post showing how I made these, and I can share the image files too if anyone wants them.




For food, we just had snacks and desserts. My daughter wanted chocolate cake with chocolate frosting - so we had a little cake for her and cupcakes for everyone else.

I displayed the cupcakes on a piece of burl wood we got on our trip to the Redwoods last spring. I love the gold cupcake wrappers with the little pink flags.


We also had fruit, popcorn, and s'mores trail mix (made with chocolate chips, golden grahams, and mini marshmallows). 

For favors we tied pink and white bandanas onto sticks. They were filled with candy and other goodies.



I really enjoyed putting this party together - I will take any excuse to spend time looking up Troop Beverly Hills quotes and parties online - BUT the best part was that the kids really had a lot of fun too.




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Makers No. 34

Hey there, friends! Welcome to the party! Thanks for being here and sharing all of your talent with us. Let's see what you've been up to!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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And now for our features!
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Our talented featured blogger this week is Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling.

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Not only is Amy one of the nicest people you will ever e-meet, but she is all about simple crafts with a modern edge that are beautiful and elegant. If you've never been by to visit her, you are in for some inspiration overload! Go on...click over to Delineate, the party will be right here when you get back.
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I love this upcycle idea! Jamie from Anderson + Grant took an old sauce pot and turned it into a basket.

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Carrie at Carrie This Home did a fantastic job making over her deck on a budget! She has some great tips for a product that sealed in the splinters which saved them a ton of money.

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I've always wanted to try Board and Batten and love the grid pattern that Kira at Seven Town Way did in her entry. She has a great tutorial that you've got to check out if this project in on your to do list.

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Summer ain't over just yet and this corn salad with basil from Sarah at Homeology Modern Vintage, would be the perfect side for any summer meal.

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I've started decorating for fall a bit and love the texture and color of this fall wreath from Kendra at Joy in Our Home.

Be sure to grab a button if you were featured!

Tiny Sidekick
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The Makers Link Party
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
 
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