DIY Roman Shade Using Spoonflower Fabric

When we first moved into our current house more than 10 years ago, I had lofty ambitions to create custom window treatments for every room. I managed to sew drapery for our living room, kitchen, and dining room, and even sewed a roman shade for our bathroom. Then, the busyness of life got in the way and those plans came to a halt.

For years, I’ve wanted a patterned roman shade in my office, but paying the hefty price for a custom one was something I wasn’t willing to do. Last week, I finally tackled this long-awaited project, and I’m thrilled with the results!

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To backtrack a bit, I came up with the idea a while ago to start a new series where a small group of bloggers would be given the same medium to work with. It would then be up to each of them to decide what they wanted to create or decorate using it. The premise was:

“What can you do with…?”

To kick this series off, I asked Jamie, Jennifer, and Beckie to show what they could do with 2 yards of fabric. (You’ll get a sneak peek of their beautiful projects in a bit.)

I was thrilled when Spoonflower agreed to jump on board for the first round of this series. Each of us were able to select 2 yards of linen-cotton canvas from their amazing selection of prints. After spending way too much time on Spoonflower’s site (it’s so easy to get lost in all the goodness!), I settled on a modern trellis fabric called Claudette. When it arrived, I was very impressed with the quality.

Claudette Linen Charcoal fabric on Spoonflower

DIY Custom Roman Shade

Creating your own custom roman shade isn’t difficult, just time consuming. If you’re going to attempt it for the first time, I suggest starting with a solid color or small pattern for your fabric. Using a large-scale print like I did requires very precise measuring to get everything lined up just right. Also, if your window isn’t completely square, it’s better to forgo a large print.

The technique I use is a combination of “sew and no-sew” to give you professional results without all of the hassle. The deconstructed mini blind technique I’ve seen is great for blackout fabrics, but I’m not a fan of seeing the horizontal slats when the blind is down. The method I’m sharing today is perfect for semi-transparent fabrics when you want a bit of the light to shine through. You will only be able to see the tape slightly where the string runs through- so much better!
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Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape

Easter is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to create a new tablescape for our family gathering. After this long harsh winter, nothing makes me happier than seeing the freshness and vibrancy of green mixed with natural elements of Spring. This year’s table is all about embracing simplicity.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

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Putting a tablescape together for Easter can be cheap and cheerful. I always like to mix the old with the new in any decorating project to make it interesting and budget-friendly. It’s all about layering and using materials with different textures and tones.

I started with a basic runner that I created out of a piece of cotton canvas. Tearing the edges and putting it through the washer and dryer was all it took to get the natural feel I was going for.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots and Tulips

 

I set the table with my existing dishes and flatware, and layered some new yellow and white striped linen napkins that I wrapped in a bee-printed cotton ribbon from May Arts.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

 

I topped the napkins with simple peat pots that I filled with organic wheat grass I picked up at the grocery store. I  embellished the pots with jute string and a flag I printed out and attached to a chopstick. Here’s where you could mix it up a bit and use them as place cards instead. I plan on sending these Easter peat pots home with everyone as a small gift.

Easter Peat Pot Supplies

 

Here’s the Easter printable I created in a soft mint color. Simply click the image to get the PDF (or go here), print on cardstock, cut out, fold in half and glue to a chopstick, skewer or popsicle stick.

Printable Labels for Easter Peat Pots

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Vintage Key Art + Pot of Gold Giveaway!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and although we typically don’t do much around here to celebrate the Irish tradition, I thought it would be fun to join a group of other Canadian bloggers in hosting a “Pot of Gold” giveaway! I’m sure you’d love to get your hands on $300 worth of Paypal cash! (More on that in a bit.)

In the spirit of today’s giveaway, each of us were asked by Tara from Suburble to create something gold. Of course, I went to my old stand by, liquid gilding, as it hasn’t let me down yet! (Take a look at my gold gilded bird art and inspiration pin board to see what I’m talking about.)

This vintage key art project is super easy and will definitely add a bit of sparkle to your space.

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To make your own Vintage Key Art, you will need:

Supplies
Shadow box
Vintage keys
Sandpaper
Liquid gold gilding
Paint brush
Painter’s tape
Scrapbook paper or wallpaper
Magnets and/or glue

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Instructions

Lightly sand your shadow box frame and tape off glass portion with painter’s tape. Apply a coat of gold liquid gilding to entire box (inside and out) except for the back (which will be covered with paper).

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Once it’s dry (overnight is best), cut the paper the same size as the back and hold in place with glue or magnets (depending on if your shadow box backing is magnetized or not). Attach the vintage keys with magnets or glue. That’s it!

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Sewing Must-Haves {Fynes Designs}

I started sewing when I was very young. We’re talking pillows and blankets for my barbie beds (which I happened to construct out of shoe boxes), hair scrunchies (they were an 80′s thing in case you don’t know) and, eventually, I worked up to pillows and curtains for my own bedroom. In our previous homes, I always had my sewing machine set up, ready to make something. When we moved into this house almost 10 years ago, I sewed most of our window treatments and pillows. But, once those were all wrapped up, my sewing projects became few and far between and my sewing machine started collecting dust.

All of that changed, recently, when I decided to get back to doing some of the things I enjoyed in the past. (Add being more physically active to that list as well!) Now, I’m pulling out my sewing machine more often and putting those skills I developed from a young age to use. I guess you could say I’m back in the saddle again.

If you’ve fallen off the sewing wagon and want to hop back on or, perhaps, you’d like to give it a try for the first time, I have Virginia from Fynes Designs sharing her sewing must-have tools. Virginia’s projects are always so impressive and I knew she must have some tricks up her sleeve. Here goes…

Sewing Must-Have Tools by Fynes Designs

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Valentine’s Day Treat Bags with Iron-on Transfer Printables

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I thought it was the perfect time to make some treat bags. Around here, we keep it simple on February 14. With both of our birthdays being in January and the holidays having just passed, we forgo expensive gifts or dinner out. However, I do cook something special and I like to put a little something together to show my husband and son how much they mean to me. These little bags are perfect for holding a few of their favorite things.

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Before I get to the tutorial for these treat bags, I must thank Tara from Suburble for inviting me to participate in today’s Valentine’s Day Project Blog Hop with 9 other Canadian home bloggers. Details to follow below…

To make your own treat bags, you will need:

Supplies
Fabric- cotton canvas (each bag requires a 14″x9.5″ piece)
Thread- same color as fabric
Iron-on Transfer paper (I used Lesley Riley’s TAP)
Jute or string (22″ per bag)

Tools
Sewing machine
Scissors
Pins
Iron
Injet printer
Safety pin

Instructions:

Cut a 14″x9.5″ rectangle of fabric for each treat bag you want to make. To create a pocket for the string, turn the top edge of the longest side of the fabric under 3/8″ (towards the wrong side of the fabric) and again 3/4″. Press in place.

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