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!

DIY Sew + No Sew Roman Shade | Satori Design for Living

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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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Saying “Thank You!”

Although blogging is a labor of love for me, I still consider it my job. Anyone who has managed a blog for any length of time knows it requires careful planning, perseverance, and a high level of commitment to create interesting content week after week. Today, I want to take a moment to thank the people and companies who make it possible for me to keep the Satori blog rolling along!

Let’s get started…

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Pushing papers is a collection of letterpress notecards and greeting cards carefully curated by Bee Eastman. Her love of paper and the written word collide to bring you a selection to convey happy feelings, loving words, reminiscing and more.

So express yourself. Scroll through Pushing Paper’s curated stationery boutique and various packages. Discover the perfect combinations of cards, notepads, tags and whimsical products for paper lovers, featuring letterpress and handlettering from high end designers that are sure to enhance your written thoughts.

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Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti + Microplane Giveaway!

Thank you to Microplane for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share one of our favorite cookie recipes.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Do you like baking? Now that my son is away at college, I don’t do near as much as I used to. A treat for me is eating dates and nuts or a square of dark chocolate. Occasionally, I crave something with a bit of crunch to pair with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. Biscotti is that satisfying indulgence, and this lemon poppyseed recipe is a little friendlier to the waistline when compared to most cookies too.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti Recipe

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This is the time of year when I turn into a lemon fanatic. I’m not sure if it has to do with the cheery bright yellow color or my body simply craving more vitamin C from the effects of winter. To me, recipes with citrus are fresh and vibrant, kind of like spring!

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti

1 cup all-purpose flour (I used nutri-flour “tastes like white” blend)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 TB. poppyseeds
¼ tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice)
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg white
2 TB. butter, softened
1 ½ TB. grated lemon zest
1 TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, poppyseeds and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together both sugars and butter, adding the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well.

Ingredients for Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti with Walnuts

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Vintage Tiered Cake Stands

Last weekend, I was invited to a sneak peek event at a new home decor shop that specializes in vintage, collectibles and shabby chic. These types of shops tend to be my favorite because you never know what you’re going to find, and they’re different every time you go back. As some of you already know, I stopped buying anything I don’t have a dedicated purpose for a couple years ago (even if it’s a great deal). It does take a bit of the fun out of vintage decor shopping, but not having to deal with cluttered storage rooms later is worth it (not to mention the money I no longer waste)!

After exercising a lot of restraint, I left the shop at the end of the evening with one antique silver tiered cake stand. At just over $20, I think it was a steal since, from what I can tell, most sell for more than $50 on Etsy.

Ideas for Using Vintage Tiered Cake Stands | Satori Design for Living

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I’ve always loved the way these tiered plates look, and I’m not worried about what to do with mine because they’re so versatile. Take a look and see what I’m talking about…

Of course, one of the more popular ways to use any tiered cake stand is for cupcakes or treats.

2 Tier cake stand- Jolly Good Wedding

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Tiered Cake Stand- The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co

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Vintage Tiered Cake Stands- Vintage Dorset

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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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