Happy Birthday Colleen!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy birthday Colleen!  Colleen is in New York for her birthday today.  The trip was a gift for Corey’s birthday but Colleen worked it out so they would be there on her birthday too.  That is one smart chick.  Anywho, since today is her birthday and she is awesome, I thought it might be fun to play that game where you have to list things people may not know about you.  Except I am going to share the things about Colleen and not myself.  Cause it’s her birthday!!  Don’t worry.  I promise I won’t share anything too embarrassing.

Thing 1.  Colleen has a really good singing voice.  When she was younger, she used to gather my friends and I around when they were over and make us listen to her sing Mariah Carey songs.  Apparently all that practice paid off cause she can slay a kareoke song.  (How the heck do you spell that?  Spellcheck doesn’t like this way but I am leaving it cause this is quite obviously how it should be spelled.)

2.  Colleen is one of the most loyal people I have ever met.  Anytime I ever need a shoulder to cry on or someone to call late at night when I am upset about something, she is ALWAYS there.  Patiently offering thoughtful advice and saying all the right things and being appropriately outraged with me until I get through it.  This is invaluable, in my opinion.  Not only that, but she offers to show up with Mexican food if things ever get really bad.  Plus if she ever overhears someone saying anything bad about one of her people, they are lucky if they get to keep their head.

Which brings us to…

3.  Colleen is a tough tough little cookie.  Really…sometimes she can be scary and fierce.  But also in the most perfect way, she is very soft and gentle.

4.  If you live near Greensboro or down in some place in South Carolina, there is a chance that she is working (frequently by herself) or has worked to make sure there is no bacteria (poop?) in your drinking water.  That, my friends, may be the most important thing of all.

5.  She is a super duper environmentalist.  Don’t throw away any cans around this girl or things will get real ugly real fast.  See number 3.

6.  If any of you have seen the pictures of us when we were little, Colleen had a curly red fro.  You may already know this but it is worth repeating because it was adorable.  People would always stop us to try to talk to her and she would have none of it.  She was so over being cute.  Actually one time my parents got out of a speeding ticket cause the cop thought she was so precious.  Now she has this awesome curly red hair that also straightens like a dream with no frizz.  My hair is straight and flat and I have always been jealous.

7.  Just in case you don’t know or remember this, Colleen married her high school sweetheart.  Hi Corey.

8.  She can research an answer to something or find the best product to purchase like nobody’s business.  This lady owns google.

9.  She is exceptionally dependable.  If she says she will be there, you can bet she will be and if she says she will do something, you can always count on it to be done.

10.  She is the best sister ever.  Really, I count my lucky stars every day to have been born into the same family as her.

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colleen birthday c+c blogHave fun in New York, my dear!!  Hope you have the best birthday ever!  Love you!!!




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Grosgrain Roman Shades {DIY}

Monday, July 28, 2014

Let me start off this post by saying I had little to nothing to do with this DIY.  My lovely genius mother sewed and constructed these roman shades and made my windows look like angels.  I wasn’t even smart enough to take pictures of each of the steps, so all I can show you is the final product and some tips.  That being said, if you are thinking about making your own roman shades and have any sewing prowess whatsoever, you should do it.


So I spent a long time trying to figure out the best window treatment for the 9 (yes 9!) windows in our bedroom.  We have 3 windows in the main part of the bedroom and 6 windows in the little nook that you see in the above picture.  That is a lot of window treatments, which would have cost me a lot of money if I bought them from a store, even if they were just cheap bamboo shades like I was originally thinking.  Even more confusing was the fact that our bedroom is on the front part of the house so for the main part of the bedroom, I wanted to do treatments that would provide privacy but still be able to let in light.  I decided on normal roman shades for the nook and top down/bottom up roman shades for the main part of the bedroom.  We’ll talk about the top down/bottom up version at a later date, but even the normal roman shades can get expensive (see these Pottery Barn ones that look the exact same as mine for a cool $177 per shade) so I begged my mom to see if she could make them.  Thank god she agreed.

So I’m not going to do a step by step for you, because she mostly followed Little Green Notebook’s post.  I found this really cheap white linen ($6/yard !) and bought 10 yards, and we measured the inside of each window for her to sew the fabric for the shade.  She also sewed a lining inside for extra privacy, and then sewed a black ribbon down each side of the front of the fabric.  She used the ugly old mini-blinds that were already in the window and cut out most of the little slats and the extra cords, just like the post says.  However, instead cutting out all of the slats, she left some in, evenly spaced, to help the fabric fold as you pull up the roman shades.  She glued on the edges and center of the mini blinds but left the part with the string glue free because the strings need to be able to move freely.


Also, instead of the wooden slat Jenny used, my mom glue the same metal bottom from the mini blinds that we already had a couple of inches from the bottom of the fabric.  When we were putting up the shades, we just relooped the string through the metal piece and tied a knot at the end.


One of the most genius things she did was decide to velcro the top of the fabric to the top of the mini-blind, so it can be adjusted if you don’t line it up quite right when you are putting housing (metal piece that attaches into the window) of the mini-blind back into place.







If you’re looking for me, I’ll be in my nook reading and staring at the loveliness of my window treatments.  Oh and that chaise lounge is from One Kings Lane but they also have them at Urban Outfitters (way overpriced) and Target (for way cheaper.)

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Brooklyn Limestone Collaboration: Hidden Litter Box Side Table DIY

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hi friends!  Do you have a cat and therefore one (or several) ugly litter boxes jacking up the overall ambiance of your house?  Me too man, me too.  Luckily, we can hide our litter boxes in lovely furniture and no one will be the wiser.  Head over to Brooklyn Limestone to see my hidden litter box side table.


Not quite as good as kitten mittens.  But what is really?

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