October Month in Review

Happy November 1st! Was it just me, or did October fly by?

I’m doing something new today. I’m wrapping up October… in one post. Welcome to our first Month in Review.

I kicked off October by Decorating the front porch with corn stalks:

Then I revealed my Painted Secretary:

The Secretary Reveal launched us into a ton of Entryway Updates:

With that, I showed you several new tutorials. Like the DIY Skeleton Key Art:

And the DIY Stick & Twig Star:

After the star I showed you my Upholstered Thrift Store Chair:

And then moved into the kitchen with my White Kitchen Tray:

Then it was onto more fall decorating- Happy Fall: Stick Style:

With that, I started a new series and showed you my Fall Welcome Banner:

Next, it was all about the office with my Office Desk Organizer Makeover: (say that three times fast!)

And then off to the Free Mudroom Bench:

Followed by the Living Room Curtains:

After that I told you all about our Breakfast Nook Plans:

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After sharing my plans & inspiration, it was back to the mudroom with our updated Burlap Frame:

And finally, I wrapped up the month revealing my Painted Sewing Machine Table:

Whew! What a month! That was a lot! I feel so accomplished. 😉

What was your favorite project? Do tell!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with more!

Big Smiles!

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Painted Sewing Machine Table

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to know how to sew. I was in a 4-H sewing group until middle school, but by then I was too caught up in sports and raising pigs and steers for the 4-H market, that sewing took a seat on the back burner.

Honestly, I’ve always felt as if I am a little out of place for my generation. I think that I would have fit better in the 1950’s or 1970’s. Seriously. Being a housewife has always been a dream of mine. No place has even been better than being at home.

Sewing fits right into that. I haven’t ever been one to sew my own clothes, but curtains, tea towels and pillows are right up my alley.

After my husband and I got married, my grandma called and said she had picked me up a really awesome sewing machine with its own stand. I was a little apprehensive that the sewing machine wouldn’t work, but after a good servicing the thing works awesome and even managed to help me make my first big project: curtains for our breakfast nook.

The stand that it came with had definitely been used. It was sad. Stains everywhere. Scratches on the surface. But someone had really loved this machine and the table. You could see it. Heck, you could even feel it. It deserved to be loved again. I was just the person for it.

With the help of a little bit of paint and elbow grease, I brought this lovely lady back to life.

After debating for what seemed like forever on a color, I decided on Heather Gray from Benjamin Moore. It’s exactly right.

I kept the original metal decal and painted it white for a refreshing balance against the gray.

It’s such a happy pop of color against the gray.

Since the sewing machine is old, I wanted the table to have a vintage-y feel to it as well. I think they balance each other nicely.

I’m still on the hunt for a chair to go with it, but until then, it’s fine with taking all the attention. 😉

Here’s to a table and sewing machine that have many good years to come.

Big Smiles!

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Breakfast Nook Curtains

Here I am, finally revealing my breakfast nook curtains. Which I made, by the way. Sewing and all. I’m so proud of myself.

This was a huge triumph for me! I mean, I had to do quite a lot of sewing with an end result that would be visible to anyone in my home. No pressure…

It was actually a lot simpler than I thought it would be and something that I’m really glad that I did. I’m practically bursting at the seams to work on more sewing projects.

Plus, the outcome of the curtains is enough to make me want to continue. They’re lovely and just what I had been imagining for the space.

Happy dance! I just love how they turned out.

This space is coming together! Big smiles!

Lovely Fabric Finds New Home

On my recent trip to JoAnn’s Fabric I found two fabrics that I had to have. If you’ve ever shopped for fabric, you know that if you find something you love, you will completely regret not buying it. Right then. I tend to dream about it for three days before I’ve finally had enough. Then I go back to buy it, and it’s gone. HATE THAT! Aarrrgggg…..

I did a little preventative maintenance this go round and I bought a yard of each of these beauties:

Yes, I am aware that we are going into fall. And yes, I am also aware that one of these fabrics is spring/ summery. I don’t care. The little voice was telling me that I had to buy these… listen to the little voice, people. Listen. I’ve learned the hard way, ok. Let’s save each other a whole lotta heart ache and just buy it! I can’t even think about not having this fabric. I tried.  I thought about walking out, arms empty, but then regret was setting in. So I bought them. Don’t judge.

I’m thinking kitchen tea towels. Or maybe napkins. Either way, they’re going to be lovely.