Monday, September 16, 2019

Using My Noodle

A couple years ago when we replaced the horsehair plaster in the living room part of the fun (and incentive to live through the mess) was that I got to pick new curtains. It was a struggle because I am not a grommet girl but I wasn't finding anything I liked or could afford that wasn't grommet top. I also have an issue with tap tops. I don't like it when the spacing is uneven! I drives me a little bonkers. The curtains in my living room are there only as decoration. We do not close them. So....how do they become uneven?


Nobody seems to know. It is one of the great mysteries of life. I am convinced that it is the same person who empties the last roll of toilet paper in the bathroom, though. For years I lived with two other children I still have yet to meet- Not Me and I Don't Know. They would eat all the cookies, drink the last soda, spill and forget to clean up... I have had conversation with other moms and they have similar children living in their homes that they have never seen.

Anyway. I lived with these curtains constantly being messed up long enough. What can a girl do to keep from going bonkers? .... And that's when I decided to use my noodle!

Yup, I purchased noodles from the dollar store.


I removed the stickers and cut the noodle lengthwise.


Next I cut each noodle into 2 inch sections making cuffs that will slip onto the curtain rod.


Armed with my noodle cuffs I slipped one behind each fold on the rod.



And, ta-da! Evenly spaced, non-squished, flat-free folds on the rods. I have not had to readjust them since I installed the noodle cuffs so apparently they are doing double duty as a repellent to the mischievous Not Me and I Don't Know. Sometimes the littlest things can make me so happy!


Two things I realized after I was finished with my little project:

1) pick noodles the color of your curtains or be prepared to paint the sides of the ones that will show a bit from the side.

2) You could probably do the same thing for free using empty paper towel rolls.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Pro.found Fall Home Decor

I love Summer.


I grumble as the calendar turns to September and I go kicking and screaming like a two year old being dragged away from the beach.  But... this year is a little different. I cannot say why for certain. I did get more than my fair share of days at the beach this year so maybe that makes it a bit easier. It does seem that Labor Day weekend brought about the end or summer as the temperatures turned immediately cooler here in New England- like 20 degrees cooler during the day. Was there a switch that was flipped? The nights turned instantly cooler and lend to open windows and a covering of sheets and a blanket. Can I smell pumpkin spice in the air?



As summer comes to a close the thoughts turn to all things home. And, surprising to me, I'm ready to decorate for Autumn! I'm trying not to go crazy. Mister took me the Brimfield Antique Show last weekend but I left empty-handed! Mister picked out some things but not me.  I was looking for a couple items in particular but didn't find exactly what I was looking for. In the back of my overwhelmed brain (if you've ever been to Brimfield you can't help but be overwhelmed) I knew my heart was waiting for something better.

The weekend of September 21-22 some of the sweetest ladies will be putting on the next Pro.found Vintage Market. I've shared our trips to this market before here and here. I went to the market in late Spring this year and brought home some treasures for our yard. Here are some of things that caught my eye while shopping.














Mister brought home these two pieces for the yard.

                                                                       The compass rose.

                                                                  The Eat Here sign.

But it is Fall (even though the calendar doesn't yet agree) and I am ready to embrace it as I prepare to shop for some fall decor. If you're local come out to the Pro.found Vintage Market in Central Massachusetts! Put on your sweater and boots, grab a spiced cider donut and a cup of apple cider and enjoy the vibe these creative women have put together. I know I'll be there...

If you can't make it out many of the vendors have online shops! You can find links to them on Pro.found's vendor pages or check out their facebook pages.



**This is not a compensated/sponsored post. Opinions are my own. Photos are my own. I just love going there and supporting the talented people in my corner of the world.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Traditional Home Makeover-Family Room (Part 8)

We have finally reached the end of this makeover! Yes, it has been a month since I showed the items that I was going to put into the family room (the final room) in this makeover. I have no excuse for the delay other than Summer happened and that means I was at the beach. You've been so patient with me... thanks for waiting.

 Our goal was to incorporate much of the old furniture into a new, fresher color scheme. Lighten and brighten and keep it liveable-that was the desire when we started. Starting at the entryway and taking you through the entire first floor space in previous posts has left us with the family room. In the last post I showed the products we used in this space and provided links to find the items we used. So, without further adieu, here is the finished product.

A reminder of what the room looked like when we began:



And without further ado, the finished product:























So, there it is-all done. The family has been enjoying this space all summer while I ran off to the beach.

If you've been following along during this whole process-bless your heart! You are a patient person and I am glad you hung in there with me. If you're new here I am so glad you stopped by and spent some time with me today. Please consider following along on Facebook or Instagram or by signing up for notifications of new posts in the column to the right.

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                                                                   Blessings, 
                                                                       Jolena 
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