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01-22-2015

diy pinch pleat curtains

I love pinch pleat curtains.  Nothing says fancy (or custom) like a French pleat.

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Little did I know how easy it was to DIY a similar look.  If you have a sewing machine and can sew a straight line, you can totally do this.  There’s also a little bit of algebra involved but nothing crazy.Read More

10-07-2014

Slightly spooky and New England-y Halloween decor

Since our house is on the market, I didn’t want to go crazy with Halloween or fall decorations this year.  But September – December is our favorite time of year around here and obviously the kids love Halloween, so we pulled the decorations bin out of the attic. I moved some of this stuff around just for the photos because the kids have their own ideas about how this stuff should be arranged.  I’m teaching brainwashing them well.

We don’t have a fireplace so the shelf above the radiator in our dining room serves as a mantel.

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08-20-2014

vintage dresden plate quilt

Recently my mother-in-law generously gifted me a box of vintage quilt patches that were hand-sewn by her mother and grandmother, including 27 round-edge Dresden plates.  I don’t know the back story of the patches but no one had ever made anything from them over the years….and now they were mine!!!  (evil laugh)  The fabrics were still fun and fresh – obviously retro but the vintage sweetness could be balanced with more modern colors on the sashing and binding.  Charcoal and chartreuse seems like good choices to off-set the vintage patterns.

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