Archive | November, 2011

Paisley Print Checkered Tab Top Curtains

30 Nov

Well, I did it, I finished the bathroom curtain that I was so excited about a few weeks ago.  I guess it has been done for a while, but I haven’t gotten around to showing everyone till now.  My big plan was to use these two fabrics:

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I think the plan worked  Here is what I came up with:

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I know it’s not super exciting, but it is much better than what we had before:

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I used the old curtain as a guide and made a large rectangle out of the new paisley fabric…

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I hemmed both sides as well as the top, then hung it on the rod to see how long I should make the tabs…

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I more or less eye-balled the tabs.  Basically I made a two really long tubes of the check fabric, turned them right side out and cut them into equal strips.

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I attached the tabs at equal spaces along the top (with the sewing machine)…

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Then added some iron on hem tape to the top edge so the tab would not be floppy….

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At this point I hung the curtain up and did the happy dance because it actually worked!

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After dancing, I pinned the bottom up, hemmed it, and added the final stripe with iron-on tape.

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And there you have it- Paisley Print Checkered Tab Top Curtains!  Have you made any window treatments for your home?  I think this may be my first attempt at curtains.

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I just need a few more things for this little powder room to be complete.  Hopefully I can get those completed soon =)  What is on your do-to list?

Have a fabulous Wednesday!!
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White Chocolate Peppermint Granola Bars

27 Nov

Ok, so…I was going to try to be healthy and make a granola bar…but the candy cane kisses were calling my name at the grocery store, so I made a semi-healthy alternative to a Christmas cookie for week three of Kim’s Dare to DIY link party.
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This week is “Dare to…eat cookies!”  Kim’s skillet cookie looks Ahhhmazing, so you should probably stop by and check it out.

What I have to share today is White Chocolate Peppermint Granola Bars:

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I know that sounds like a lot, and maybe kind of strange, but they are actually pretty good!  I wanted to make something I wouldn’t feel too bad eating and I have always wanted to try to make my own granola bars.  I think they are the perfect breakfast food.  I am always in a hurry in the morning, so I can grab one and go.

I found a basic recipe for granola bars on allrecipes.com (that site really has great recipes), and I substituted Craisins (left over from the turkey wrap I made last week) for raisins and added chopped up peppermint kisses.

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Here is what you need for my version:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 24 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 8 x 11 inch baking pan.
  2. Chop up the kisses.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, Craisins, kisses and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
  5. Enjoy!

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Have you done any baking yet this holiday season?  Any plans to make cookies?  I will definitely be making other cookies when it gets closer to Christmas….

I hope you had a great weekend; see you soon (hopefully)!

Also linking up at Centsational Girl’s Cookiepalooza!

Turkey Cranberry Wrap

25 Nov

Wow. I seriously think I am still full from last night! Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? How many calories do you think you consumed? I know I had way too many. Nonetheless, today I am going to write about turkey.

A few weeks ago I ate lunch at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. If you have never been there, they have quite the food court with anything you could really want. I was feeling adventurous so I picked out the turkey cranberry wrap from the deli section. It was fantastic (thank you to the chef/cook at Macy’s). I liked it so much I took a pic of it with my iPhone so I could remember what was in it for re-creating later:

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As you can see, all you need is:

  • Spinach Wrap
  • Mayo
  • Pecans
  • Smoked Turkey (or maybe just your turkey leftovers)
  • Spinach
  • Dried Cranberries
  • (they also added Lemon Zest-to the mayo, but I skipped that)

The putting together part is pretty self-explanatory…tortilla, spread mayo down the center, sprinkle some nuts, add turkey, layer of spinach, then top with dried cranberries, roll up, and enjoy! Yum!

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Mine wasn’t quite as pretty as the Macy’s one, but it tasted the same!

What are you going to do with your leftovers? Or did you eat your entire Thanksgiving feast?

Has anyone gone shopping today (or maybe you are heading out later)? Did you get any great deals? Have a fabulous weekend, and be careful at those stores!

BurlyBeard Pattern Give Away

23 Nov

Hello, I hope you are enjoying your Wednesday!

I am happy to announce that Laura from ByLaura Design has offered to give away one of her beard patterns!

You may remember a while ago I posted a picture that I found on Pinterest of a little kid wearing some sort of beard hat (I actually thought maybe this was photo shopped…not the case!):

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With the help a fellow blogger (Jennifer at Big D & Me), the mom of this cute little girl (who is the creator of BurlyBeard) found me! How random.

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Laura makes these delightful hats in all sizes, and she even has different versions (perhaps your little one wants to wear a football helmet or a Santa hat instead!).

PATTERN-- Football Helmet

This give away is for any one of the crocheting patterns only, so find someone who can help you or dust off your hook! I know I am super excited to try to make one for my nephew (or perhaps nephews…I do have 5).

Here’s what you need to do to enter (each comment is an entry and you can do all 4 if you want):

1. Visit the BurlyBeard Etsy Shop and come back here and tell me which pattern you like the most in a comment.

2. Like ByLaura Design on Facebook and come back here and make a comment.

3. Like BurlyBeards on Facebook and come back here and make a comment.

4. Link this Give Away to your Facebook page and come back here and tell me that you did.

That’s it Ladies! Good luck and Happy Crocheting!

Give away ends Friday November 25th at 11:59 PM Central. There will be one winner who will be notified via email and pattern will be send shortly thereafter!

THE GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  The winner is Kim (comment #9 via Random.org).

Decorating the Table

20 Nov

Thanksgiving is just days away.  Are you having family and/or friends over?  Kevin and I will be spending the first half of the day at my brother and sister-in-law’s and then we will head to Kevin’s mom and dad’s.  It should be a wonderful day!

Kevin and I have yet to host a holiday in our home; hopefully someday soon!  In the mean time our beautiful china, crystal, and silverware are hiding in the cabinet….

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Do you see another little peek of our new wainscoting here (I showed one pic last week)?  Kevin finished putting it up today, but we still have to patch nail holes and paint, so we will have to wait for the final reveal.  (I also have another slipcover to make for the head chairs, eek).

Even though we aren’t having family over I decided to take on the Dare to DIY challenge over at NewlyWoodards and Kate’s Table Scape Link Party at Centsational Girl, and set the table (well, kind of, I didn’t take out the silverware and napkins).   It was actually kind of fun to look at our beautiful wedding gifts!

Here is what our dining room looked like earlier this evening:

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And now here it is with a little bit of holiday sparkle:

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I purchased a $3.99 package of gold snowflake ornaments at WalMart last week (actually for another project that I hope to make soon), and I thought it might look pretty to hang them from the chandelier.  I just love how it turned out (I feel like the photos don’t do this justice, lol).

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All I did was take varying lengths of thread and attach one snowflake to each side, then in hung them over the arms of the chandelier at different heights.

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And for each place setting I set out our china and crystal with a touch of gold print ribbon.

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Now all we need is some company and a delicious meal Winking smile

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Oh and maybe some wine!

Check out all the other holiday tables at NewlyWoodwards and Centsational Girl
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Those Funny Signs on Pinterest

18 Nov

TGIF! That’s all I have to say. This was a rough week at work, so I wanted to write about something that made me laugh.

I know we have all seen them: those funny signs on Pinterest. Have you pinned any? You know what I am talking about. They look like vintage drawings and most of them are totally inappropriate, but make you chuckle anyway.

Here are some of my favorite (non-offensive) ones.

This one could not be more accurate. I love it! :

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The last time I went camping was years ago, but in all honesty it is just not for me…

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I agree with this (lol):

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Someday this might be me:

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And this already is me:

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This last one is awesome. I pinned it hoping that one day I could incorporate it into a funny gallery wall, similar to the one seen here (at Big D & Me):

Didn’t Jennifer do an amazing job? I love it. She even has printables on her blog….you should probably check it out!

The issue I had was where on earth was I going to get this funny sign? I suppose I could have just printed it off and framed it, but as luck would have it, I actually found it! When we were in New Orleans I found it printed on tin at the French Market. Here she is:

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Hopefully I can find some more funny prints to add to the collection.

Do you have a gallery wall in your house? What about art in your kitchen?

Have a beautiful weekend and keep laughing! Laughing out loud

Oh, and you definitely want to come back next week!! If all goes well, we will be having our first ever give away here at Corner of Main. Here’s a hint from one of my old blog posts….

Curtain Fabric!

16 Nov

This post totally needs an exclamation point because I am pretty darn excited about this fabric!  I actually found four that I loved in the store, but once I got home with all four (yes I bought all of them-I was very indecisive in the store) I decided right away.  Have you ever bought way too many of one thing and then returned them or just kept them all?  Keeping them all is definitely more fun.

This weekend I made my way to Hancock Fabrics with my handy dandy room color cards.

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And I came home with 1.5 yards each these four pretty prints (they were, at least, 50% off so I don’t feel too bad):

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I love them all, and I thought for sure the one on the right would be the winner of this race, but the clear winner was the one next to it.  Here are some pics of each hanging on the curtain rod (please ignore the wrinkles)…

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This print was definitely in second place, it looks almost solid from far, but when you get up close you see the tiny check print.  It looks nice with the white woodwork and the stencil wall, so I think it will make it’s way into the room one way or another.

The next one was my least favorite (too dark):

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I thought for sure I would love the one below in the room because the print is similar to the stencil, but not too matchy….I was wrong (perhaps too graphic?).

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This kind of feels like the three bears here.  One was too tiny, one was too dark, one was too graphic…and one was just right!

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Ahh…it’s so pretty.  It matches perfectly and I love the print.

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My master plan is to make a curtain with this one and the check fabric as an accent.

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Please stop back to see how the finished product looks!

What projects are you working on this week?