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Valance for Every Room in the House

Valance MaterialWe have several boxed windows in our home.  The latest and greatest thing of the ’80’s.  I was looking on Pinterest for a simple window treatment and came across a pin to use styrofoam panels to create a valance.

Over on Down Home Inspiration are the instructions on how to create this window treatment.  I’m not going to reiterate the instructions she does an awesome job.




Extended Piece

Because my Boxed Window is approximately 48″ wide I had to figure out how to extend my length since the panel didn’t measure that long.  Simple enough just cut it in half and used another sheet to reinforce the middle.






Test FitSince my window is boxed (and I did a good job of measuring) I didn’t have to attach it to anything it fit very snuggle in the window.  No holes in the drywall…………..sweet!






Measure MaterialFound my material at JoAnn’s (used coupon of course) measured, cut and wrapped the styrofoam piece and I did end up using pins to secure the fabric.  I was going to use staples but the pins were so simple.






FinishedI love it!  I found the styrofoam panels at Lowe’s and they were about $14.00 for a pkg that contains 4 panels.  I have a few more rooms I am going to use this window treatment in so this will be very cost effective.






I love the simplicity of the window treatment the clean lines.  My style is Farmhouse Glam and this window treatment transitions well with my style.


What is your style? Do you have a favorite window treatment?  I would love to see and hear from you!

“Howdy”- Pillow Talk

Pillow - Invisible ZipperOne more pillow post.  I took the little pillow I made to see if I could put an invisible zipper in right and decided to add a little stenciling to it.

 I won’t bore you with the instructions you can  find how to do this with Freezer paper all over Pinterest and You Tube.  I use a Silhouette and one of their files……so cute!

I pressed down the stencil, used Modge Podge to seal the stencil so the ink would not bleed.  I used a Faber- Castell Big Brush PITT artist pen to fill in the stencil instead of paint.  It came out very nice.


Howdy Pillow


This came out so cute, and goes perfect with the new covered pillows.

It adds that touch of whimsy to den.  Totally fun!

Sewing Box

IMG_0161.JPG (2)I have sewed for a number of years and have always struggled with the conventional sewing box or basket or whatever you want to call it.

During Christmas my #1 Daughter found a Snapware Container for $1.  I know great deal, and I told her I would take one because I can always find something to put in them.

I had an “aha” moment and decided I would use it as my sewing box and it works perfectly.


Because there are several containers that snap together you can separate out your pins from your bobbins.  I used each container for a specific item.  The larger container on the bottom holds my various scissors.  The top container holds the items I am always using and then I have a container for my crochet hooks.

Sometimes you have to think and work outside the box.  I don’t have to dig through an entire box/basket or container to find what I am looking for and an added bonus is the plastic is clear so I can see which container holds what I am needing and go directly to it.

Sweeeeeeeet!  Now I need to get back to finishing my shower curtain.

Leggings and Ruffles

Ok, I showed you this cutie with her outfit on, today I’m going to show you a little about the construction.


You can see the construction of the pillow case dress here.









This attachment runs about $50.00 for the particular brand of sewing machine I own (baby lock).  My #2 Daughter is the one that owns this “awesome” little attachment.





This looks like a complicated tool but basically all you have to do is attach it and then run your material or ribbon through it and it automatically ruffles it for you.  It does have some settings that you can adjust for different depths and sizes of ruffles but that’s about it.





I decided to use ribbon to add the detail to her leggings.






I cut the ribbon twice as long as I needed to wrap around each leg.  Then I ran each piece through the ruffler and I was done.





I started layering the ruffled ribbon.  I pinned it on then sewed it on each leg, that way I wasn’t having to re-thread my machine with various colors of thread.





Oh my goodness, I love the way this came out and so did Rylan.






I got her the little jacket that matched the leggings so she would have something to put on in case she got cold at church or when we go out to eat.  Here in Texas the air conditioning gets turned up!

I rolled the sleeves up to make it a little more fashionable.





I took 2 yards of satin ribbon (not as scratchy) and actually found the exact color I needed for her dress.  It takes a yard of ribbon for each side to have plenty to tie in a bow.





Too cute and oh so easy!












Apr 6, 2011 - Sewing Projects    1 Comment

Pillow Case or Dress

For just $5.oo I picked up this piece which I think it is a table cloth not a pillow case.






It also had a nice little edge.






Picked up some leggings and a little jacket at Target.  My plans here is to add some ribbon and ruffles to dress these up to wear with the pillow case dress.





I followed a YouTube video on how to do a pillow case dress and the next one I do I’ll do a little different (like the arm holes).  But I think it came out pretty cute.


Now I need to get the ruffles and ribbon done.




Mar 24, 2011 - Sewing Projects    2 Comments

It is All About the Right Tool!

This is my Christmas/Birthday present.  This is a Tempo – Baby Lock sewing machine, given to me by my daughters (Thank you, Thank you, Thank you)!





I’ve been working on some curtains for our Mother’s Room at our new church and this beautiful machine sews like “butter”!

I whipped the curtains out in a couple of hours.  The awesome table helps too.  A large work surface to lay the material out on as you are sewing ….sweet!



This is a 60 x 84 Tablecloth from Target.  Love the gray and mustard yellow together.






Found a couple of 18″ x 21″ pieces of mustard yellow fabric that I plan on making a pillow.  Nice compliment I think.





All sewn, ironed and ready to hang.  Oh yeah, pardon my shoes in the picture.  Got to take them off when I sew.  Ok, I take them off most of the time anyway.





Capri’s for Babies?

IMG_2795.JPGI started this little sewing project a while back and got side tracked.  I was bound and determined to get my first sewing project for my DGD (Rylan who is a little over 1 year old) done.

The problem is, if I don’t get this done she is going to out grow what I’m trying to get sewn.  You know children grow like little weeds.

I loved sewing for my children and now I have the honor of sewing for my grandchildren.  .

IMG_2794.JPGThe back is even cuter, with the criss-cross straps.  She’ll be all decked out for her play time in this little Hawaiian print.





img_1768Remember, my “Woman Cave”.  The magazine racks that are hanging on the far wall came in very handy with this little sewing project.

I refinished my cabinet that my sewing machine sits in (I have a 36 year old Necchi sewing machine) and it now sits right at the base of these magazine racks.


IMG_2793.JPGIf you look closely, you can see where I took two clips and hung up the instructions on the lower part of the magazine racks.

This is perfect while you’ll trying to sew and follow directions.  I love it when things work out to provide form and function. I also love it when you have an “aha” moment that ends up meeting the need.  I use to just take straight pins and hang the instructions on the wall.


IMG_2796.JPGHere it is completely finished.  The top and little capri’s.  Rylan’s legs are so short that it may be hard to tell that these are capri’s and not pants.

I can’t wait to see her in it, now all she needs are some P.F. Flyers or Keds to make this little outfit complete.  Oops! I’m showing my age.  Maybe I should say she needs some “Yellow Shoe Box” flip flops to complete the outfit.


IMG_2797.JPGThis is a shot of the back.  Now I think if I add 3 buttons I could have the PaperCutz #3 challenge done…..let’s see 1 ribbon (rick rack), 2 colors (shades of blue and white), 3 buttons…hmmmm, where could I put 3 buttons.



With this project completed, I’m gearing up to make the costumes I promised my DGS.  They are a Cowboy, Magician, Handyman and a Safari Guide.  I bought the hats at Michaels and now I just need to make some clothes to go with them so he can dress up.

Oh by the way, Gareth loved the mini-album.  I picked him up from daycare and took him to Chick-fil-A.  We ate chicken nuggets together and looked through the pictures.  He liked pulling the tags out of the sleeves and didn’t want to put them back in.  But more importantly, he needed to know how many pictures he had.  Once we counted them he was done. 

Thread Holder …sweet

I’ve been looking at this thread holder at JoAnn’s and decided now was the time to get it.  I had a 50% off coupon that would make it more affordable.  Oh not that it was expensive, but it was one of those items that would be nice to have but not always what I wanted to spend my money on.  It cost $6.99 and with that 50% off coupon I thought it was a still at $3.49.

Thread & Bobbin Holder

One of the nice things about this thread holder is that it will hold 30 spools of thread or a mixture of thread and bobbins.  It also stands up rather than needing to be attached to the wall.  That makes it easy to move it to my sewing machine.


Spray Painted it Black

Of course it needed a little sprucing up to match the rest of my craft studio, so out comes the can of black spray paint.




Sulky Threads & Bobbins

Here it is in all of it’s organzational glory.  It’s perfect for the Sulky threads my #1 Daughter gave me (love the vibrant colors) and it also is a great place for the bobbins.  Now all I have to do is figure out how to keep the ends of the threads wrapped around the bobbins.

You know I’m going to have to fill every peg up on this thread holder.  It looks too lonely with those little spool holders not holding a great color.  Hmm, maybe the Sulky threads will be on sale soon.


Thanks for looking and as always just click on the picture to see a closer view.  Leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.  By the way Irishlady, thank you for the words of encouragement and may the God we serve fill you with hope today!

Jun 1, 2009 - Sewing Projects    1 Comment

More than Cards, NaeNae

First let me explain about my name, NaeNae.  When my GS was little he named me NaeNae. That is pronouced nay, nay.  My #1 Daughter has been giving me a hard time about how I’m spelling it, but if I spell it Nana, people will think it is nanna.  I tried spelling it NayNay, but she didn’t care for that either so here we are NaeNae.  I originally told her I wanted to be called “Diva” or “Goddess” as a grandmother, but she didn’t like that either.  While they were taking a much needed trip to Italy, Gareth started calling me NaeNae and it stuck.  Besides there is nothing sweeter than your own GC giving you the name he thinks you should have.

 My DGS’s B-day is coming up and I bought him several of the foam hats that M’s has been carrying.

Gareth's Hats for His B-DayThere is a cowboy hat, that I’m going to make him chaps and a vest to wear with it.  I found some black vinyl that will be durable and look like leather.

Then there is the pith helmet that I’m going to make a short sleeve vest with pockets and we have a butterfly net to use with that. 

There is a top hat and I’m planning on making him a black cape so he can do magic tricks like Greg on the Wiggles. 

Finally, there is the hard hat and I’m making a tool belt so he can have something to put his tools in for when he is making his “contraption”.  That’s a mighty big word for a 4 year old.  I also have to get his B-Card made, whew, I’m going to be busy.

I have found some of the patterns for his costumes to go along with his hats.  I’m watching the pattern sales because I don’t want to pay $15.00 for a pattern that I will using one time.  On second thought….I don’t want to pay $15.00 for any pattern.

Patterns for the DGCThen as you can see we can’t leave baby Rylan (that is what he calls his sister) out.  She might be 29″ tall but I think she is fudging on her height.  We are making some little carpi’s and a criss-cross top out of some Hawaiian material and some ric-rack.  I also heard that we might need to make her another criss-cross top out of her favorite Sesame Street character “Elmo” and wouldn’t that be cute with some little ruffled blue denim shorts.



 I need to make a get well card for another friend who is in the hospital.  Oh and by the way I picked up Quilling papers and a kit so I’m going to be playing around with that too.  I also told my #1 Daughter I would help her make some cards for an area Children’s Hospital.

So what does all that mean?  Stay tuned, you are going to be seeing some pretty creative stuff if I don’t get too tired just thinking about it.