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3.30.2011

CARS BEDROOM….Window Treatment (almost)

Hi folks! It’s been a minute since I last talked about the cars bedroom

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The main reason for me not staying on task when it comes to this room is because I can’t figure out the direction I really want to go in to complete it…

I remembered a project that Emily worked on a while back and I decided to try it for myself.  She covered a roller shade in fabric for her bathroom and I thought it would be perfect for the boys room considering how my 2 year old pulled down the curtains in my oldest son’s room.

The breakdown

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My materials included a roller shade from Walmart ($5), some spray adhesive (already had), Fabric glue from Walmart, scissors, and a credit card (to help smooth out the fabric)

First let me say that this was my first time dealing with a roller shade.  I mean, my grandmother had them in her home when I was growing up and I knew how to let them up and pull them down, but other than that, this was my first time using one for myself

Okay…So I opened the shade and rolled it out completely

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These shades come in a larger width than my window and at the time I started this project, I didn’t realize that they can be adjusted (DON’T YOU DARE LAUGH)Confused smile

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 Once the fabric was laid out on top of the shade, I started applying the glue across the top edge to attach it to the pole(?)

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Here is where I realize (NOW) that I went wrong.  Once the fabric was glued to the top, I flip it shade over

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and applied the spray adhesive (YES, IN THE HOUSESmile with tongue out)

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That stuff is so sticky it’s ridiculous!  I don’t have a picture of this part, but when I tried to smooth out the shade on top of the fabric, it was a big mess Crying face 

I kept going though.  It was wrinkled and I didn’t care. So anyway, with my wrinkled fabric covered roller shade, I began to finish the sides

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The right side was easy to do.  I simply lined the shade up to where the pattern ended and then all I had to do was fold over the excess part and glue it down

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(ignore the fact that I need a manicure!)

For the other side, I found a point to use and it was my guide for cutting

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My “cut guide”

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Once I reached the top of the shade, I simply cut a piece from around the part where the mounting piece is (?)  I did this because the rest of it will be folded in anyway…

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What I need for you to do is go back to the top of this post and read the title…

Okay, see where it says ALMOST?  Yeah, that’s because I almost had window treatments for this room!!! This thing was so sticky and and wrinkled and ugly by the time I got to the bottom part, I threw it across the roomLaughing out loud

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Know worries though, no one was hurt during my time of rageWinking smile   I am going to attempt this project again. This time I think it will turn out a whole lot better! Hopefully I’ll have something to show you next week.

For a project so simple and inexpensive, it really gave me a run for my money.  Plus my 2 year old probably thought I was crazy afterwards!

If you want to see more on how this project should have turned out, head over to Emily’s post and Jennifer Nicole made a cute one for her daughter’s room

Have you had a hard time with a project that is just too easy to mess up?!

3.28.2011

ROOM SERVICE ATLANTA

Hi guys! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I didn’t do much other than finish painting the railings in the kitchen (if you don’t count the spindles!).  We’ll talk more about that later in the weekWinking smile

What I want to talk about today is this AMAZING organization I’m involved with

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The brain child of Dayka Robinson and Erika Ward, Room Service Atlanta is a non profit organization who’s beliefs are simple: Everyone deserves to feel good about where they live no matter what the situation is. Their current project consist of designing several rooms in a family shelter, Nicholas House in Atlanta.

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Let me say, I’m not surprised that a venture like this was developed by this duo.  I have had the pleasure of meeting and making friends with both of these ladies and I know their hearts!  I truly believe that this will be nothing short of a success!

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I’m new in the involvement with everything, but you can read more about the mission of Room Service Atlanta from Niki McNeil, Dayka’s post, and Erika’s post

But to get the nitty gritty on the organization and to find out about the other designers who have joined, PLEASE head over the Room Service Atlanta Website!

 

3.23.2011

WOW OF THE WEEK

I may make this a regular feature here on the blog (Wow of the week).  I have seen a few things around blogland that have seriously caught my attention and made me say…WOW! 

Case in point, last night while blog browsing, I saw the reveal of Rene’s dining room

Here is her before

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Goodbye beige…Hello grey!

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Seriously?! I mean the chandelier was now able to take center stage in the space

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WOW!

Has anything wow’d you lately?!

3.22.2011

GOODWILL HUNTING…

I go to my local Goodwill Stores about twice a week.  A lot of the times I don’t grab anything, but I take pictures of items that, to me, have potential.  Here are a few items that I found recently

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These two pedestal tables would make great coffee/accent tables placed in front of a settee or a small sofa…

I would paint them or even gold leaf them!

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Three chairs anyone?! For $25,  I would use them in the kitchen (now that I think about it, I should have grabbed these!).  DANG…

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for $65, I should have ran out of the store with this on my back… But, I didn’t get it.  Now if I want one, I’ll probably have to spend about $300-500 for it at an antique shop…DANG!

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Nothing says vintage like a framed “bartman” poster! Oh well, I would have taken the other piece in the middle, but I really didn’t want to spend $45 on it…Looking at it now, it probably would have been perfect over my fireplace after the framed was painted…DANG!

 

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$6 each…brass painted a funky color and BAM…, but I didn’t get them…DANG!

Oh well,  I can’t buy everything, right?! Do you think this stuff is still there? Yeah, me eitherSmile

What have you found at the thrift store lately?

3.18.2011

BLACK FRIDAY: Adrienne S. of Mustard Seed Collective

Meet Adrienne!

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She is the voice behind the very creative, and very fun blog Mustard Seed Collective!

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Adrienne has also started a new business where she create the prettiest paper goods!

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I was able to catch up with her and ask a few questions;

LD: Adrienne, tell me a little about your notecards

Adrienne: There are four different sets of notecards to choose from.  Hope Faith Love, Brush Strokes, Feather and Hearts Marbled Collections.  I like to think of these note cards as paper goods for the stylish set.  Plus, they are eco-friendly!

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LD: Why paper goods?

Adrienne: I have always had a love for paper and stationery! I had pen-pals growing up and loved sending and receiving all kinds of goodies in the mail! That seems to happen less and less these days with all of the social media, but who wouldn’t love to receive a little handwritten somethin’ something’ in the mail?!  Just knowing someone cared enough to take the time is nice!

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LD: What inspires you?

Adrienne: Color, color, and more color!  Art, paint, nature- specifically flowers and marble, which I can never get enough of.  It’s about taking those elements and making the hues bold and bright.  Some of the designs come from the need to add art to my blank walls. 

 Truth be told, inspiration can come from anything, whether it’s necessity or just the desire to create! –Adrienne

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LD: Were you afraid of starting our own business?

Adrienne: Absolutely.  The fear is still there! I do not have a background in business, but in this day and age, being your own boss and having your own project on the side is such a good and necessary thing.  I think anyone who starts his or her own business has fear.  The desire to create and do it for you is so much stronger. 

I have a lot to learn, but I’m on my way! – Adrienne

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Thank you so much Adrienne for chatting with us today!

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