Navy Pantry Door

I’m starting to get in to the swing of all things Christmas but I’m taking a break from holiday prepping today to update everyone on the pantry problem of 2013. Another first world issue right here.

Last year I got it into my head that I needed to paint the pantry door in the kitchen in an effort to introduce some color into what was a very beige house. Well, it was pretty beige at the time but lots has changed in the last year or so. At the time, I chose a color out of my DIY kitchen curtains (aka hand towels from Target) and painted the door the deep turquoise color from one of the spoons. I had a custom tint made up and everything.



Right from the start I struggled with it.



Mostly, it just looked completely out of place. Great color, wrong house.

So when I picked up a tester of Sherwin Williams Naval and used it on an old desk, I new I’d found the perfect color for the pantry door.



I swapped out the kitchen curtains for some fun new striped dish towels that match the mood of the rest of the house. Also from Target….



Seriously. Curtains from kitchen towels might be my favorite thrifty find. What’s cooler than a window treatment for under $10? I always intend to switch them out seasonally but I’m still really digging these stripes so they’re still here.



Maybe it’s because I’ve been introducing a lot more navy into the house. Or maybe it has to do with painting the main floor and kitchen gray, but the navy door just looks so much better to me.





I still love that green and I’m going to find another use for the extra paint but I heart navy big time. Anyone else on the navy train these days?



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Super Easy DIY Faux Roman Shades

Before I start telling y’all about this project, I should share how much I hate sewing.  HATE IT!  A few years ago I acknowledged defeat and gave my machine away vowing never to sew again.  Well, I caved and bought a cheap-o sewing machine from Walmart over the labor day weekend.  As usual, it was all about being thrifty.  I’d been prowling local stores Etsy looking for new throw pillows and I can’t bring myself to cough up $40 and up for a pillow.  So (sew?) here I go again with the darn sewing machine.  And here’s the latest project at Cottonwood Drive…….

We moved to our new house at the end of June and the new dining room and landing windows have been bare since then.

Not a big deal since they let in some nice light and that side of the house is pretty private but I’ve been obsessing over adding some kind of window treatment to cute them up. I had a ton of extra fabric I from re-covering my dining room chairs.  (Read all about that adventure here).  I didn’t really know how to calculate yardage so I bought way too much and it’s just been sitting in the basement since then.  I also bought an iron along with my sewing machine since I thought I lost them in the move.  Found the irons the day after I bought the new one.  I now have three irons.  Yay, me and my fabulous organization skills.

I had very little idea of what I was doing and my sewing skills are pretty basic so I thought I would just measure the windows on the inside of the frames and sew a basic square the size of the windows.  And that’s exactly what I did.

I measured 21×21 inches and ironed down the sides where I would sew the seams.  After a few miscalculations….(ummm, I may have forgotten to calculate extra measuring to accommodate the curtain rod!), I had three small squares for the dining room windows and a big one for the landing.  I sewed the hems in a (mostly) straight line on all four sides and they were ready. Easier than I thought.  If you really hate sewing as much as I do and don’t want to attempt it, iron in hemming tape would have worked just fine, too.
I used tension rods that I already had on hand.  I was planning to use them to store ribbons in my craft room at one point but I don’t’ have a craft room any longer.  Really.  They were just sitting there begging for my attention.

Pushed the rods through the fabric and mounted them on the insides of the windows.

Cute, right?
Except they bugged me a little bit.  Until I dug out a few more rods and mounted them as well and draped the fabric over them.

Perfect!  Little faux Roman shade window treatments.  Since they don’t need to close for privacy, I figured this was the perfect solution.  I used two rods for draping the large window and one for the little ones. 
Love!  Cuteness factor went way up.

Hello, Target Canada!

Target has finally come to Canada! Oh Ehmm Geee!!!!!  So excited.  I’ve been driving by the site for weeks just waiting to see when the store would finally open.  I guess I should say “stores” since we got two of them in the city twenty minutes from where I live.  Now I’m a believer in restraint so I want it to be known right now that I did not rush right over on opening day like the rest of Southern Ontario.  I waited until Wednesday and stopped by on my lunch hour.  See? Completely in control.  Okay.  They opened on Tuesday, but whatever.

And with the exception of seasonal goodies (either I couldn’t find them or they didn’t have anything in stock) and the dollar section, I was not disappointed.  I didn’t spend a lot but I got a bunch of goodies that I haven’t seen anywhere else in town and all were reasonably priced.  Yay Target!!  Just to make it clear, this is not a sponsored post.  I just really, really love Target.

Say hello to my new treasures from my very first shopping trip to Target Canada…

1.  The most delicious smelling soy candle in lemon verbena.  I love the jar and the color and pattern of the paper.  I’m loving anything yellow at the moment so this was right up my lemon scented alley.

2.  Speaking of yellow, I nabbed two boxes of lemons to fill my vases and dining table centerpiece.  I have been using real ones but I keep using them up.  Waaayyyy cheaper than anything I’ve seen elsewhere at $9.99 a box, including Walmart.

3.  I’ve been planning to make a canvas with birds on a wire forever.  For. Ever.  Not happening anytime soon so how awesome was this little find?

As much as I’m all about DIY, you don’t need to DIY everything if you know what I mean.  Not if it means waiting years to get around to starting and finishing a project.  Can’t wait to hang this in the foyer.  The colors are perfect.

4.  Loved these dish towels and I bought two sets for $5.99 each.  There’s four towels in each set.  How fresh are these colors?

I couldn’t wait to use a set to re-place my current towels that I used as a window treatment.  So pretty for spring.

And don’t they make a lovely backdrop for this darling floral doodad?

5.  Speaking of flowers in a pretty vase….

So cute and I can think of a million ways and places to use it.  Total bargain for $9.99

6.  And my favorite score?  This shelf for $24.99 that I’m planning to use as a fake, oh excuse me, faux, mantel.

I’ve been fixing to make one for the longest time.  At this price I couldn’t resist.  I’ve seen these around town, usually priced around $40.  Ouch.  Super excited to have a “mantel” to play with in the living room.

7.  And check out this darling little bunny….

I knew my Easter vignette was missing something and he’s it.  At $9.99 I think he’s a treasure.  Can’t wait to finish the display now.

7.  I also grabbed some wrapping paper (they had tons!) to line Bubs’ dresser with.  The paper was the perfect color and the one on the right even has cars on it to suit the transportation theme of the nursery.

I heard the lunch table gossip on Tuesday about Target being more expensive than Walmart.  I don’t know about that since I’m pretty familiar with both and a good comparison shopper.  And I’m not sure I actually care if diapers or toilet paper are $1.00 more at Target, if they even are.  I’m there for the selection.  Those Target buyers have got me figured out.  The price point just makes it even better.  Enough said?  Mmm, hmm.

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