Courtney’s Guest House Remodel Progress Report

Guest House Remodel Bedroom Entrance Before

When my daughter Courtney and her husband Drew purchased their home last year the property came with a guest house situated at the back of their yard. Eventually this will be an “adorable little guest house” but before the remodel it barely qualified as a potential guest house.

This spring marked the beginning of the remodeling process and as with many remodeling projects it has taken much…MUCH…longer than expected.

But it’s coming along and it’s going to be SO CUTE!!! Continue Reading…

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New Paint Update for a Vintage Chest of Drawers

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This sweet little chest of drawers is the only piece of furniture remaining from the very first bedroom suite my Mother and Father-in-Law bought after they were married in 1956.

They purchased it used from a relative and the only information I can get from them is “it was old even back then”. I’m guessing it’s from the 1930’s but so far haven’t been able to find any information on what appears to be an art deco diamond ring design.

Today I’m sharing all the painting details and techniques to achieve this look using paint provided by Dixie Belle Paint. Continue Reading…

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Pillow Tutorial with Pleated Corner Flange

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Today’s tutorial is from another pillow grouping I made for Bobette. Two floral pillows with 1/4″ piping made from the same fabric and an adorable plaid pillow featuring a center fabric covered button and a pleated corner flange.

Recently I shared this same technique for a continuous pleated flange. In today’s post I’m sharing all the details for making this pillow with it’s pleated corners.  Continue Reading…

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My New Living Room Window Treatments Before & After

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With these new window treatments I did something I’ve never done before.

I have a very strong “I can make that myself” impulse. I like the challenge of creating things myself and the satisfaction of knowing “I made that!” 

And of course, in many instances, the only way something is affordable is to do it yourself.

But this time I treated myself.  Continue Reading…

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Tutorial – Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Cuff and Trim

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Several years ago I made a collection of aqua & brown animal print pillows and window treatments for Laura’s master bedroom & bathroom.

Recently she sent the remnants from that project and asked if I could make a small cafe curtain for a tiny window in her bathroom.

Today I’m going to show you how I pieced the various remnants to create a coordinating cafe curtain.  Continue Reading…

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Pillow Tutorial Playing with Stripes

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Several years ago I accidentally discovered the fact that you can create some pretty amazing designs by playing around with stripes.

I was working with a large piece of fabric that featured a big bold stripe. As I tossed it aside, I noticed it folded in on itself to form a cool pattern. I started playing around with the fabric that eventually ended up being pillows for a boy’s bedroom room and game room.

Of course, manipulating stripes is nothing new – I see it all the time in quilt patterns – but it was new to me!

Recently, I had the opportunity to play around with a bold stripe again. This time using a bright pink stripe for Bobette’s living room.  Continue Reading…

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Making Memories

Jake & Jesse - Jordan Mobley Photography My Uncle Henry was fond of saying “We’re making memories”.

And for the past few weeks that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.

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Beaded Cafe Curtain and How to Sew On Curtain Rings

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When it comes to curtain hardware – rods, brackets and rings – I have a few standards that I tend to use the most often.

This small 1″ black metal ring is available just about anywhere curtain hardware is sold. The trouble is it’s usually available as a clip ring.

What if you’d rather sew on the rings? No problem. Nothing a pair of pliers can’t fix.  Continue Reading…

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