Monday, January 31, 2011

Two Uses for Tea Towels

I love cute tea towels! I'm so fortunate enough that my Grandma makes me tea towels every year.  For our wedding she made us a cute set with dishes on them,  I wanted to have them displayed all the time. I decided to make curtains out of them for the kitchen.
There was no sewing involved, that way I can change them whenever I want.  I folded the towels to the desired length and then ironed a nice crease.  I used cafe curtain clips to attach them to the curtain rod.
The whole process took about 20 minutes and I get to enjoy my Grandma's work everyday!!

It is no secret that I love to be organized.  I have so many baskets around the house for different stuff.  I needed a liner for a square basket that could be easily washed.  I took my all time favorite towels and folded one over each side of the basket to get the right size, then I ironed them to keep the size.

I put grommets in each corner and tied each corner with a different ribbon bow to hold them in place.
 When the towels get dirty I just untie the bow and throw them in the washer.  I not only love how these two projects look, but I love that my Grandma's towels are used.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Love Notes

With Valentine's Day coming up I needed some decorations to put up.  I wanted to hang something up that my husband and I could leave notes on for each other.  I bought a mini clipboard that is 6x9 inches and decorated it with paper and some other pretty things.  As always I needed to add some ribbon, my favorite thing to put on everything!  This turned out so cute I might just make a couple more with different themes to keep up year round.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's Cooking?

I love to cook, I especially love to bake!  I needed a system to display my recipes and keep them clean while cooking.  I found a cheap plastic frame at my favorite store Target,  it works great because I can just slide my recipes in the side.  I made a cute paper frame for the background and just like that I had a fun recipe display.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Have a Seat!

Our house is cozy, well it's small, and I love it that way!  I'm all about getting the most out of things, including furniture.  I try to use furniture that can work double duty.  We needed more seating in our living room so I designed a bench that would work as a seating option, hold our cable box and blue ray player, and have drawers for storage.  I drew the plans, and one week later Jeremy had it made!

I used an old foam mattress for the cushion and found some pretty fabric for the cover. I made the throw pillows to add some color.  I love this bench, it fits right in our cozy home.

We also needed something in the entry way for storage, so again I designed a bench that could also be used as storage.
 I used the same foam mattress for this seat and covered it with burlap.  The bins are from Ikea, I attached chipboard letters for the labels.  My favorite part about this bench is the top lifts up for hidden storage.

I painted both benches white and made replaceable cushions and pillows so I could change colors if I wanted in the future.  Hope you can come over and have a seat in our cozy home.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Place For Everything

I love to be organized and in my mind everything has a place.  I needed a cute system for my jewelry, and I found this idea in a DIY magazine.  

I bought a piece of old wood at an antique mall in town for $1.00.  For my earrings I bought drawer pulls and hung them upside down.  This gives me a place for hanging earrings as well as an area to put things in.  The hooks for my necklaces and bracelets are key hooks from a hardware store.  I love this project because it is useful and pretty to look at!

Home Sweet Home

I have multiple signs in my house that simply say "home" I take this to mean that I really love my home.  I covered wooden letters with paper and then added other decorations to jazz it up. The H is my favorite with the little ribbon bows.  It was super simple and took no time at all.  The possibilities are endless with this project.