Thursday, May 19, 2011

It’s Getting Hot In Here

Some of you will know that song and some of you will not… But I thought it was a good jumping off point to my post today. Our family room where we spend a lot of time has 3498208743 windows, so it gets HOT back there when the sun is up. We had blinds but they didn’t do enough so we need some curtains. I’m thrifty and I just don’t see it necessary to BUY curtains anymore. I scour fabric shops for the perfect fabric at the perfect price. I happened to be in Hobby Lobby the other day and spotted this fabric and was in love!! I called my husband to get his opinion and he didn’t LOVE them WHAT! I got them anyways =) Sorry hubs!

I think anyone with fingers can make their own curtains with a little stitch witchery. If you have not heard of stitch witchery please run to the store and grab some up and start “sewing”. This stuff I love and I do not own a sewing machine!

I had my fabric and was very excited, now I was on the hunt for curtain rods. For anyone who has shopped curtain rods before know they are not cheap. We do actually have quite a bit of windows in our house and we may have to take out a loan to buy curtain rods for all of them. So off to Home Depot I went. I thought to myself “Self, there has to be something at home depot that is long, skinny and strong enough to hold curtains!” When I walked aisle by aisle and came across the electrical department I knew found it!! There they were standing their like little soldiers. They were tall, skinny, and strong!

conduit pipe

Yep conduit pipe! Who would of thought?! And they can cut it there for you but make sure you tell them exactly how big you want it! (Yeah the cutter and myself really weren’t on the same page) Anyways. Next was curtain rod brackets.

Now I don’t remember mine being cafĂ© brackets but they are tough and I have used them through out the house with no problems!

Now on to the good stuff..
These are the before pictures when we first moved in.


Seeing them up I would like to add two more panels to fill it up some. Maybe?

I love Moroccan patterns! So simple but just enough pattern in the room.

Here is where the pipe cutter and myself weren’t on the same page. I said 9 feet and he I guess heard 8.5 feet. So either I will go get another pipe or I will add some extra long finials! That is why I haven’t spray painted the rod yet, I’m not sure its staying!

Here is where the green in the room came from. I bought two of these lamps off of craigslist for $50.00 and they had perfectly fine green lamp shades so I decided to not throw them out and embrace them! Color is weird in this picture but they are a light green.

I took some of the leftover fabric and just folded it on the end of the sofa until I turn it into a pillow cover.

I am thinking about building “built ins” for the sides of the fireplace. What do you think? I am working on another project for the space above the couch and I’m excited about that!!

And here they are in all of their glory. It looks like the lamp shade is just floating there! Do you see that? Ha!

Lets do a break down on price.

Curtains – 6 yards of fabric for 29.00
Curtain rod – 2.19 plus tax so we will round it to 3.00
Curtain rod brackets – 4.00
Stitch witchery – I think I used 1.5? So 6.00
Yeah I will take that for custom curtains and curtain rod!


P.S. On a more personal note my husband left today to go to Oklahoma City for SIX WEEKS for some extra training. I am a mess without him so I need to keep busy! Send some energy my way please. Here is my amazing husband before he left. We had a going away dinner last night and all of our lovely friends and family came out to wish him well on his journey. I love you babe more than you can ever imagine. You take my breath away every day and I am SO thankful that you saw the good in me and are ALLLLLL MIIIIIINE! Big kisses!

He loves my goofiness =)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Get Your Herb Garden On!

This year I really wanted to do an herb garden. I didn’t want anything huge just a little something.

So I got an old half wine barrel from
Southern States, of course on sale and with a coupon!

I got a great big ole bag of potting soil and figured out what herbs I wanted.

I knew I wanted sweet smelling mint. I love mint and probably won’t use it for cooking but just the smell of it on the porch! HEAVEN!

And I think I will add some oregano because I do a lot of Italian cooking and I have enough space in the barrel for one more herb.

I didn’t know a lot about growing herbs so I googled it and my type likes sun and for the soil to be misted evenly.

Sounds easy enough!


The mint will grow pretty wild and big from what I have read. I wish I had smell-o-vision on the blog because it smells so amazing.

More space for the oregano!

View of the whole porch. I think some hanging baskets are needed.

I can’t wait until its spilling over with greenery!

Some other things happening around the yard..
I didn’t know what these were. I was going to yank them out thinking they were weeds, so I put a picture on facebook asking if anyone knew what they were and a few people said they were lilies so here they are. Come on and bloom already!!

Then some random strawberries. They must have been planted by the last person in the house but I will enjoy them!

Do you have an herb garden? What do you have planted?

Peace & Love

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Calling all Virginia Bloggers!!

I am seeing all these fun blogger meet ups and I want to get together with the locals of Virginia!

We have some of the best antique and thrift stores I know we can have a good time.


All Virginia bloggers!! Depending on where everyone is we can figure out where we want to meet up!


Shoot me an e-mail!




Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Freschetta Simply Inspired Pizza Review & Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FRESCHETTA® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
First off. YUM!
My family is normally a pepperoni and cheese kind of family, but with the FRESCHETTA® Simply…Inspired™ pizzas we stepped outside of the box. I am so glad we did. The toppings were so fresh and I felt like we were dining in Sicily at a little pizza place. The have eight different flavors, but in my store I only saw two and was a little upset!


When you first pick up the pizza you will notice the packaging. This might not be a big deal to some people but I loved how easy it was to open. No peeling cardboard back and wrestling it out of the plastic saran wrap, which is why they use 30% less packaging material (good for the environment and you). You simply peeled back the top and out came the pizza. Another thing cool about the super to get into packaging is that it LOCKS in the flavor with the Fresch-Taste Seal. Catchy huh?

And now for the giveaway. Freschetta was nice enough to send me a coupon for a FREE pizza so you can try it out yourself and the cutest cheese cutting board with utensils.

So cute, right?

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If so go to their Facebook page Freschetta Simply Inspired and like them and let me know you did that.

They have lots of good things going on their Facebook page constantly, including a coupon coming soon.

You can also go to Freschetta Simply Inspired to learn more about their eight different flavors.

Thanks Freschetta for making my family feel like we were in Sicily with a fantastic pizza!



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