Monday, November 24, 2014

Recovering Roman Shades..No Sew, Just Glue.

I love the tall ceilings in our new home but they have created quite a problem when buying window treatments. You may remember the dilemma I had finding curtains for our bedroom here.   Even the glass doors are all custom sizes and nothing ready made will fit.

The previous owners had custom roman shades installed in the kitchen, though the fabric color just wasn't right for our decor. After getting quotes of $600+ for two shades I knew I had to come up with a DIY solution.

I found a great tutorial on recovering roman shades over at Home Stories A to Z and it is NO SEW! 

The only thing I did differently was to cut and remove the existing burgundy fabric. This way my new fabric was attached to the existing white lining and no worries about the dark fabric showing through.  If you have standard size windows you can also buy new shades pretty inexpensively and recover them in your choice of fabric.

Here is the new look...

View from Living room

The roman shades once looked like this...

Did you notice the old light fixture that came with the house?  It was a happy day when we got the new chandelier hung.  There are still lights waiting to be hung for the guest bath and the foyer. 

I am a sucker for anything damask and I couldn't believe this fabric was at Walmart for $6.99 yd?  I didn't even know they carried drapery weight fabric until I went looking for thread.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will visit the Open House Blog Hop starting 12/10/14.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cut And Tuck 3 Minute Pumpkins

Are you looking for a quick and easy project for your Thanksgiving table?    There is still time to make these easy, no sew pumpkins.

  Just cut and tuck!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Painful And Expensive Few Weeks

Sorry, this is not a post about pretty decor or impressive projects.  

This is real life.

You know how they say bad things come in threes? 

If the last few weeks are any indication I am dreading the third event!  

First,  I starting having terrible cramps and extreme pain in my legs.  I went to two different doctors who tested for blood clots, lack of vitamins and minerals, arthritis ect ect ect.  Nothing was found so
I was hurried out the door with nothing but a pain pill prescription and told to get rest.   Now, I am not one to accept just covering the pain with pills and I sure don't have the time to rest.  Steve suggested that next I see a Chiropractor.

Lo and behold x-rays show I had broken one of my vertebrae (no clue how) and it is pressing on my sciatic nerve causing the leg pain. OUCH! Now I go to the Chiropractor 3x per week and he is trying to move the broken bone back in place and off the nerve.  Surgery may still be required if the vertebrae does not heal. 

To add to my dismay, I lost a cap and then found out the tooth was cracked beyond repair.  The
only solution was to have it removed and place an implant.  That would be all fine and dandy but there wasn't enough bone for the implant.  The bone graft was done and now I wait 4-6 months for the bone to graft before they put in the implant.  

In the meantime I have a gaping hole where my tooth was and I am $6000 poorer!  Can you
believe one little tooth can cost that much?  

I am trying really hard to be the girl that thinks the glass is half full but the worrier in me expects
that the remaining half will evaporate by next morning!  

Please forgive me if my posting is a little sporadic until I feel better.


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