Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Living Room Curtains

One of my February goals was to sew curtains for our living room windows. I decided to sew my own because I couldn't find any pre-made curtains that were long enough (we have pretty high ceilings).

Here is a picture of our living room before. I think the word you're looking for is BROWN. In my own defense, almost all of this was already here when I moved in after we were married. The only thing I had any say about was the picture above the mantle, the pillows on the couch, and the blanket in the basket on the hearth. Everything else was chosen by my husband.

As you can see, our living room is rather small, but it gets great natural light from those windows. I was worried that adding curtains might make the room darker, but without them, it seemed kind of unfinished.

And here is the after. Not a complete transformation, but I do think it helps add some coziness to the room. The material I used for the curtains is a linen/cotton blend so it's a little stiff, almost like burlap but not quite. Because the material is thicker, it doesn't hang quite like I would like it to on the bottom, but I think it might loosen up over time. I decided to hang them above the window frame, but not all the way to the ceiling. I think they look fine at this height.

I used this tutorial for sewing the curtains, it was easy and straight-forward, but I didn't add a liner, since the material is so thick, I didn't think it was necessary. But now that I've lived with them for a few months, I think I hemmed them a little too much. They kind of look like high-waters :) I didn't want them touching the ground because I thought they would gather dust, but now I think they would look better if they were longer.

You might have also noticed that I got a new rug for the space. I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted a rug with color, but I couldn't decide on what color I would want. So I finally decided to get a neutral rug and I can bring in more color through pillows and artwork.

I also updated the fireplace by removing that ugly brass cover, but I don't have an updated picture of the space since doing so. It only took about 3 minutes to remove, but it makes a huge difference. Thanks to The Nester for the tip!

I still have a few more things I want to do to get the living room looking how I want, but I think this is a good start. Below I've made a list of some of the things I would still like to do, including working on a space I haven't yet shared on the blog, the wall behind the couch.

  • Remove ugly brass cover on fireplace.
  • Hang curtains.
  • Get new rug.
  • Build and style bookshelves.
  • Hide loose cords under TV console.
  • Find a chair, floor lamp, and artwork for empty corner.
  • Hang gallery ledges above bookshelves.
  • Get new colorful throw pillows.
  • Find two lamps for top of bookshelves.
  • Style mantle.
  • Find another solution to keep recliner from scratching the floor (that little rug is not pretty).
  • New fan.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

101 in 1001 August Update

Taken this summer in Nantahala, NC

I feel like it's been forever since I posted anything on this blog! I was being so consistent and then work got really crazy and the blog just seemed to fall by the wayside. But I've missed it, truly, I have! Lately I've found myself feeling starved for some kind of creative outlet, so I thought I would begin blogging again.

As my first post back from my unofficial hiatus, I thought I would do an update on my 101 in 1001 list. I actually have some things to check off!

13. Do a pull-up.
No, I cannot do a pull-up.....yet. The first week of July, I started a new work out routine called Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 Week Trainer. I knew I needed to get serious about being healthier and working out on a regular basis and this program seemed like a good starting point. I am currently in Week 6 of the 12 week program and I have definitely seen a difference in my body. I haven't lost much weight (which was discouraging at first), but I have gained strength and toned up. I haven't followed the meal planning part of the program (which might be why I haven't seen much weight loss), but I have followed the work out routine, which up to now has been mostly weight training. Maybe at the end of the 12 weeks I'll be able to do a pull-up?

33. Visit 3 places that I've never been to before.
I can't cross this one off completely, but I did get to visit 1 new this summer. Last month, Geoff and I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to see a Major League Baseball Game at Camden Yards. Although the game ended after 5 innings because of rain, it still counted as a win for the Orioles against the NY Yankees. Too bad I didn't have "Attend a Major League Baseball Game" on my list!

56. Plant a vegetable garden.
Check! Although I have to admit that my garden didn't turn out quite like I was hoping. You may have seen in some of my other posts about the raised vegetable beds that I built. Those turned out great, but unfortunately, our plants weren't as pleased with them as I was. So far this summer, all we have gotten from our garden is two little tomatoes. Granted, they were really sweet and yummy, but I'm disappointed with the lack of produce. I'm not giving in just yet, I'm going to try and tweak some things and hopefully we can get a few more things before the end of the season.

59. Build something designed by Ana White.
I think I can give myself half a check for this. I've completed the building portion of the project, now I just need to paint it. I'm really excited to see the finished product and I'll definitely post pictures on here to share!

71. Make some kind of preserves.
I preserved something all by myself and they turned out pretty ok! :) I used this recipe to make homemade strawberry preserves. I was so proud of myself and kind of felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Things I want to work on in the coming months:

23. Memorize a psalm or prayer.
I know I need to work on my scripture memorization. I think a psalm would be a good place to start.

66. Make a fresh flower arrangement for every season.
I made an arrangement during the spring, but I would like to try and make one for the summer before the summer flowers are gone.

72. Bake my own bread.
Bread (and all of it's many delicious variations) may just be my favorite food. I definitely need to try and make my own. It doesn't seem too hard #famouslastwords

95. Plan and execute 5 special dates with Geoff.
My dear, sweet husband, he's so good to me. He deserves a thousand special dates, but I'm going to really try and plan a good one in the next couple of months.

I've definitely got some things to keep me busy. I'm also looking forward to posting on a more regular basis and sharing some of the projects I've been working on.
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