DIY Burlap Flower Curtain Tiebacks

DIY Burlap Flower Curtain Tiebacks

Ever since I made my drop cloth curtains and seeing these burlap flowers on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try my hand at making my own burlap curtain tiebacks.

How to make Burlap Flowers

Photo curtsey of aradaramadeit.com

I couldn’t find the exact directions, such as the material that was used so I decided to make a trip to Hobby Lobby and improvised the best I know how to.

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DIY Dropcloth Curtains

DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

We’ve been redoing our living room lately, can’t you tell?

We first sold our big bulky L-shaped couch that blocked our fireplace and replaced it with an extra long neutral couch.

My husband built a new coffee table from scratch! I stained the top dark espresso and painted the bottom white.

We whitewashed the fireplace.

I ordered this french yellow slipper chair.

Burke Slipper Chair with Buttons

Next up, was to change out these blah dark brown curtains that my husband bought 3 years ago before he knew me. To me, the curtains are too dark and makes our living room small. It is a small living room, but for the sake of trying to sell our house this spring, we want our living room to appear big. So I thought new curtains would help.

DIY Dropcloth Curtains

I bought one 6ft. x 9ft. drop cloth package from Home Depot for under $10. This brand is great because it’s already hemmed, it’s washable, it blocks light really well, and it the neutral color I was looking for.

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Whitewash before and after from JessiHardy.com

How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace

Ever since I came across images on Pinterest of people whitewashing their fireplace, I knew I wanted to try my hand at whitewashing our fireplace.

Here are some of my favorite inspiration images:

Whitewash brick

How to paint a brick fireplace

whitewash brick fireplace tutorial monograms n mud

Here are some of my other favorite tutorials:

Young House Love - http://www.younghouselove.com/2013/08/whitewash-in-the-hizzy/ Beneath My Heart - http://www.beneathmyheart.net/2012/08/how-to-white-wash-brick-bathroom-update/

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All the tutorials I looked at were pretty much the same.

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DIY Rustic Wall Art

It’s been super busy for us and I’m sorry I haven’t posted a new DIY project lately.

Just recently we got a new a/c unit, a new furnace, new ductwork throughout the house and had about 5 trips out of town to Dallas, to Phoenix, Vegas, Los Angeles and Dallas again. I repainted all the bedrooms and have been working hard to put together my new craft room. Oh, and we just got new carpeting and all new doors and hardware! We’ve been busy bees!

 

I can’t wait to show you the photos of our new carpeting and rooms when we get everything moved back in and put back together. Right now everything has been smushed and stacked in our living room, dining room, kitchen and garage.

 

 

Here’s something I put together during one of my very few free weekends:

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My dog is such a grump. She’s not supposed to be on the bed or in our rooms anymore since we have new carpeting.

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It took just a couple pieces of boards, some nails, wood stain, about 1-2 yards of cheap muslin fabric, a lot of hot glue and white paint. I also needed a picture hanging kit, a paint brush, and a stencil/really good free-hand.

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Paleo – Day 27

Today for breakfast I did my usual, egg and bacon. I’m still not sick of it after almost 30 days!

For lunch I had just a mix of cooked leftoever veggies we had in our fridge: green beans, zucchini, squash, broccoli and cauliflower. I also had a few slices of cold ham, a large helping of grapes and a banana to snack on.

We didn’t have anything in our fridge so we HAD to go grocery shopping.

We spent a bit much on groceries this week. It was around $125. But we got some extra things like Coconut milk, almond milk, loaded up on organic tomato sauce, organic pizza sauce, and then a lot more meat. My husband also wanted to splurge on the Paleo-friendly $13 pound of ham and get a pound of fresh shrimp ($8) for a recipe we found.

I also added a few things I would like to try with a Paleo recipe. Kumbucha (which is pretty pricy for a small bottle), Kale (so I can try to make some homemade Kale chips), eggplant and some other veggies that I’ve never had like this purple zucchini:

Purple zucchini

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Paleo – Day 24

Whoo hoo! Last Saturday on the Paleo diet!

 

To celebrate we had a big hearty breakfast.

What I mean is, instead of my husband always cooking breakfast, I decided that I would cook breakfast this morning.

I made eggs, bacon, and hash browns using shredded up sweet potatoes.

Paleo Breakfast

I sorta burned the hash browns, a little… Okay, a lot. But they were still edible.

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Paleo – Day 21

Let the count down begin!!

We’re just 9 day away from completing the 30 Day Paleo challenge.

I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long.

Just a few more days to go! I got this.

I was running late this morning so I ran out the door with a few pieces of cold ham, a banana, and some fruit to snack on. Obviously had no time for pictures, but it’s nothing impressive, trust me.

I even forgot my lunch this morning. I don’t know where my mind is anymore.

For lunch, I went out to the local store and loaded up on some strawberries, grapes, an orange, and some other fruit to snack on. That’s all that I really wanted and didn’t feel like preparing a salad.

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Paleo – Day 19

For breakfast this morning I had bacon and eggs. My husband made himself some ham and eggs, with some salsa.

For lunch I had leftover steak and broccoli.

Steak and broccoli

I pretty much didn’t need anything else the rest of the day.

I did, of course, snack on my usual grapes until it was time for bed.