Thursday, November 27, 2014

Oh, Goodness!

On this day full of thanks and giving, let us all remember well from Whom our blessings come.

And may we speak our praise out loud of Him Whose goodness and wonderful works we enjoy on Thanksgiving Day and every other day that we live.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

What goodness and wonderful works have you experienced lately?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Easiest Ever No-Sew Faux Roman Shade

So, my mini update in the master bathroom is almost complete with my latest project:  a no-sew faux Roman shade!  There are a lot of ways to do a faux Roman shade, including the original one I did for my bathroom here.  But, I'm telling you, I think this could be the easiest ever!  And you can use this basic method for all kinds of custom designs!

I wanted a basic white "shade" with a Greek key design and a monogram to coordinate with our bedroom.  (Click here to see how I updated our bedroom earlier this year.)

I found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby for only $4.99 per yard, plus it was 30% off, so for 2 yards, it was only $7!  

I love this fabric because it's a nice weight, and it has a nice texture.  Since I was determined to do this project without sewing, I started by just folding it onto itself to create a self-liner.  With the fold at the bottom, the bottom edge is automatically finished as well.  

Since I wanted a monogram, I decided to use my favorite freezer paper method (get the instructions for this here) with one of my favorite fonts, Bodoni (which you can download here).

Once that was done, I started on the ribbon design.  Again, instead of sewing, I went with this iron-on  hem tape like I used for my duvet cover in my master bedroom update.  

First, I ironed it in between the two sides of the fabric to seal the edges together, then, carefully measuring all the way along, I ironed on the ribbon.

I used the same method for hanging that I used on my first Roman shade, which is to staple the top edge of the "shade" to a thin strip of wood, flip the wood over so the fabric comes over the top, and then, later, screw the wood to the wall.

After attaching the wood to the top of the "shade", I laid it out on the floor and then mocked up the folds to get the look and length I wanted.

And here's the part that makes this the easiest method ever!  Very carefully, I turned the shade over, keeping the folds in place.  Then I used basic clear packaging tape to hold them!  Just place a nice long strip every 4 to 5 inches along the back side and it works like a dream!  No sewing and no fuss.  

Lastly, we hung it in place by lifting the "shade" and screwing through the wood into the wall.  And by "we", I mean my handsome helper.   (Thanks, babe!)

I may add a few more accessories in this bathroom here and there, but for now, it's got the more updated look I was hoping for.  Click on the links below for details on other projects I've recently done in this space.

Hope you like it!  Who's ready to give this a try?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pretty Preppy Party: November (Come and Link up!)

It's that time again to see what fun preppy projects you've been up to lately.  Whether it's a decorating idea or even a fashionable accessory, we want to see it!

Here is what we've been up to this month:

What's better than chocolate? Preppy chocolate! That's right, Brett from Being Bianca combined two beloved things ... chocolate AND monograms in these simple dessert toppers. Just in time for the holidays, these chocolate monograms, with a one letter and three letter option, are a great way to prep up your holiday desserts!

  chocolate 1
Brett @ Being Bianca

At 11 Magnolia Lane, Christy spent some serious "quality time" with her miter saw and created this gold Greek key pattern to upstyle an IKEA Tarva dresser:

  DIY Greek Key Overlay on IKEA Dresser | 11 Magnolia Lane

11 Magnolia Lane

Sarah updated her dining room for fall with a DIY table runner and these navy velvet and green trellis pillows.

  Tonic Living Fabrics throw pillow
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

Heather is having fun with her "30 Days in a Holiday State of Mind" series where she is sharing 30 ways to enjoy the holidays. She had some fun setting a Southern Coastal inspiration Thanksgiving table- 
using oyster shells for name cards mixed with prep classics.

Heather @ Southern State of Mind
And my mini update for our master bathroom continues with some DIY hand-lettered art.  For only a few dollars, you can create a custom piece with your favorite quote.  And it's easier than you think!

Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Now it’s your turn! Link up your Prettiest and Preppiest project from the past month. You only need to link up on one blog, and your post will show up on all five blogs. Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your prep goodness!

- Link to your specific post, not your home page.
- Your project must be pretty and preppy. If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed. We want this to be a cute and fun prep-destination! 
- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!  Use the button below, or a text link.  
– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

East hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!
Each hostess will be choosing a few favorites to feature next Friday, so be sure to stop back by! OK! 
 Let’s see those Pretty and Preppy projects: