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Friday, August 18, 2017

Some Fall Essentials - Fashion & Birthday Shopping

I don't do fashion posts very often, but there are a few things that I think every woman no matter her age should have in her wardrobe.    Seems like this is the time of year when every store is having tons of sales and time to pick up a few of those essentials.


Leggings are a must have for any wardrobe.  They can layer if it is really cold, or work on their own as workout pants or just put a really great shirt over them and out the door you go.  I love these Lou & Grey Essential Leggings from the Loft .  They are on sale now from $24.50 to $9.99.  That is a steal and you will wear these every day.

We'll still have hot weather for a while, so a really cute ruffle sleeve top to slip over the leggings is one of my favorite pairings. These will work over my capri's too.  This cute top is marked down to $19.99 from $54.50.

I also think Culottes are an essential to any wardrobe.  I love these in white, so easy to wear anywhere and can be dressed up or down with your accessories. Only $17.50.

These will all go really well with my Michael Kors Tote I got for my birthday.  I think I am all set for fall.

How about you, any new must haves for fall?

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Drapery Trim Ideas

You know me, I mull things over for quite a while before I finally make a decision.  If I don't then I usually wind up changing it 15 times.  I always think over any sewing project for quite a while.  It just makes sense to have a plan finalized before I start in on yards and yards of fabric.

Drapes can be subtle and quiet, I really like that look, or they can command a little attention.  I really don't like for my drapes to command too much attention.  I like for them to blend into the background of a room and add some softness to windows, not dominate the window.

In the living room of my last house I had some really pretty beige and white plaid drapes that I loved.  They gave just enough pattern to the room, yet they didn't dictate what other pattern I was using.  These stayed with the house at the new owners request.  I think she liked them as much as I did.

See how they add just a touch of pattern and texture with a slight shimmer to the fabric.  They don't scream at you, they just add interest in a really quiet way.


 I liked that I could still use any pattern I wanted with them and they still held their own.

The family room in that house had quite a few different treatments too.  At one point I was into a little more farmhouse style, so I went with checks.  These were fun and so economical.  They are tablecloths.  How easy is that.

Then I changed my style to a little more transitional and put up some soft camel and white tiny stripe drapes with some grasscloth textured roman shades

The master bedroom got a fun diy pair of made-over Ikea drapes.  These were so easy and matched the shams on the bed.  This is just two different widths of grosgrain ribbon sewed down the side.  (You can buy great grosgrain ribbon at Walmart for $1 a spool)


I plan on using simple linen panels for our new house living room, but I think I will embellish them a little with some trim down the side of the panels.  There are scores of great pictures of trim on drapes.  I love this tone on tone.  It looks elegant to me and doesn't scream at you at all.



Ribbon trim is definitely a favorite.  Super simple and tone on tone could be used again.

 This one has a lighter trim than the drapes, but still tonal.


 This is tonal too.


  I was looking on line and found some really fun ones that I loved at a  etsy shop called shopofembellishments.    There are your normal greek key trim and lots of different ribbon treatments, but this shop had a few unusual things.

Embellished lace.  Isn't this different.



 Embroidered lace.  I like this one too.


 More embroidery in all gold.


 How about this zig-zag embroidered one in silver and gold.

All of these are 2" wide or wider and are sold by the yard anywhere from $4 to $8 per yard.  I think that is really reasonable for all this detail.


Hobby Lobby has this 2 1/4" soft beige and white greek key trim that I have used before on lamp shades.  It would be gorgeous to trim out my drapes too.
Food for thought.  Not sure if I want to go with something different, or stay with tried and true.   Guess I just need to see those really huge long drapes first (almost 10' long) and then I will know what direction I want to go.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

387th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 387th Inspire Me Tuesday.  We had tons of fabulous links last week with all kinds of ideas to spruce up the inside and outside.  Here are a few examples/

Kingsbury Brook Farm has been adding tons of fabulous farmhouse charm to her home.  Check out her living room progress.


I love a gorgeous french chair and making one over is one of the doable types of upholstery that I can do.  She Holds Dearly shared the best and most detailed step by step on how she redid this gorgeous chair.  I love the gray and how about that fabulous monogram wreath on the back of the chair.  LOVE IT.

I don't think any of us like a shed, but if it looks like this I would take it in a heartbeat. Seeking Lavender Lane gave their shed a total makeover and it is awesome.  You have to see the before to really appreciate this.

Sometimes we look at some of the old tile styles and wonder "why".  Clover House really needed to bring her entrance up to date.  Look at the fabulous wood look tile they went with and be sure to check out there easy step by step tutorial too.

P.S.  Anyone have a contact with LG Appliances.  If so email me if you would please.  Thanks tons. 


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