Ultimate Homeschool Spruce Up!

I cam across Apologia's Ultimate Homeschool Spruce Up contest on Facebook the other day and I thought 'What the heck! I'll give it a shot!'. They wanted to know what type of projects you are working on to organize and get ready for the new school year to start. The prizes are the Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell (which I'm dying to get my hands on!) and a $100 Lowe's gift card. Who doesn't like gift cards?!

All I have managed to do so far is to order the curriculum I picked out (I'll post about that later!) and set up our "homeschool area". Our "area" for now will be located in our kitchen. I think that will work out well because that seems like where I spend most of my time! I found a desk on the side of the road -believe it or not- and I picked it up! I have no problems doing that! For another desk Im buying a one from a friend. I like to keep it on the cheap! ha! the only thing I planning on  buying new is some bookcases (Unless I happen to find some used ones for less!) and a cork board, maps, and a white board. Im thinking about attaching them to a painted piece of plywood and covering up the window you see in the before picture. That window get really hot and I think that would block some of the heat and give me the wall space I need.

Take a look at the before and after pictures:



*Dont laugh! This is my first time trying anything like this in photoshop! Just kidding, you can laugh! ;)

This is just what I plan on doing, so things may change. I'll post a picture when Im done fixing it up for realz! :)

What do you think? What are you doing to get ready for the school year? Drop me a note to let me know what you think!

oodles of ruffles shower curtain

As I promised here is a tutorial for the newly named "Oodles of Ruffles" shower curtain!

I was having camera issues for a while, so I didnt get as many pictures as I would have liked, but I think it simple enough you'll get it with the few pictures I have. If you have ANY questions feel free to leave them in the comments sections and I'll do my best to answer them. :)


1- white fabric shower curtain ( got mine a walmarts for about $9.00)
3 yds. of white fabric
3 yds. of  light pink fabric
3 yds of medium pink fabric
3 yds. of dark pink fabric
(You could use any colors you want! Get creative with it!)
coordinating thread
sewing machine
ruffler attachment


The first thing I did was cut the top part with the holes off of the bought shower curtain. (If you wanted to, you could buy extra white fabric and make your own shower curtain "foundation" but you'll have to figure that one out. I dont think it would be hard, but its worth the $9 to me to skip all that mess! )


Next, I cut the white fabric in to 9in long strips and sewed them together horizontally into one loooooooog strip.


When you have the ends sewn together its time to hem the bottom edge of the ruffle. Fold and press the edge 1/4 in then do fold it again and press. Stitch it down. (Don't look at my ugly old ironing board! I'll make a new cover someday!)


The next step depends on weather or not you have a handy-dandy-ruffler attachment or not. If you do simply put it on your sewing machine and ruffle the top/raw edge of the strip. (If you want you can serge or zig-zag the raw edge first.)

If you don't have a ruffler then you will have to do a gathering stitch and hand-gather the ruffle.

*If you and your ruffler attachment dont get along I have found a great tutorial about using your ruffler! My ruffler and I were not friends for a long time until I found this! Here is the link to the tutorial: The Ruffler: Unruffled!


Now that you have you strip ruffled you will lay it out on the curtain and see how long you need it. Cut it to length allowing some room to hem the side edges. Hem the side edges and them line it up with the raw edge of the freshly cut bought shower curtain and pin it down. You can stitch it down now or go ahead and put the top you cut off (remember right-sides together!) down, pin it, and stitch it all at once.


Once its all stitched all together, take out all the pins and then fold back raw edged towards the top to the shower curtain and stitch down.


Now, lay it all flat and flip ruffle up. Measure from the seam of the first ruffle down 6in. Mark it all the way across the curtain with a fabric pencil. Line the ruffle up with the shower curtain along the markings you drew and cut to length (allow room to hem) and hem raw edges.


Pin the ruffle with hemmed sides down on your shower curtain along markings and stitch it down. (The bottom of the ruffle above will cover the top of the ruffle below it.)


And repeat steps 5 - 8 until you have four white strips sewn on to the shower curtain.

STEP 10:

Now repeat steps 2 - 8 for each of the different colors of fabric. You should have four ruffles of each color- 16 ruffles in all.

When you are done hang it proudly and enjoy!

I hope this is easy to understand! Like I said before, if you have any questions feel free to let me know in the comments section!

Happy ruffling!

Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party

The project from H-E-double-hockey-sticks!

 I did it!! Hooray, hooray! The project from hades is complete!
It wasn't that it was a HARD project. It's just that the work was tedious and repetitive. I don't like tedious and repetitive! On top of that the kids got out of school, we moved, and we had several different activities going on this summer. I just was.not.motivated to pick back up on this project!

But its done now! Yay! And now I am ready to share it with you!

Has anyone see this on the Anthropologie website?

Well, I have. Let me tell you- no way on God's beautiful green earth was I going to spend $100+ on one! I mean look. How simple. Its just strips of fabric ruffled and sewn on a shower curtain! AND it DID NOT come in pink! We HAVE to have pink around this house, with three girls and all! So I decide right then and there I was going to make one some day.

Then we found out we would be moving in about a month. I was already dreaming of all the decorating I could do and I immediately remembered this shower curtain! I thought it would be perfect in the girls bathroom! (They were getting their own! Yay for privacy!) So, I started in on this little baby and got quite a bit done before chaos and lethargy ensued! I finished it this week and Take a look! I L-O-V-E it!  I enjoy walking past their bath and taking a peek at it as I go by! It turned out so well!

I didn't take pictures of it in it's place because the toilet would have had to be in the pictures, and I don't think you want to see our toilet! he-he!

Anyways, I am planning on posting a tutorial for this soon! So keep checking back for that! You'll definitely want to make one for your little princess or princesses.....or maybe even yourself! ;o)

Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party

New home, new school, new blog design!

OK, so, I've been very busy lately. I've already shared most of it with you. I've moved, gone to camp, had a birthday party, decided to home school, and now Im smack dab in the middle of teaching music for our local VBS! Im so exhausted I could sleep for days! Any-who, I wanted to let you know that Ive been also spending some time freshening things up around here and later Im planning on posting about the project that I've been working on and talking about F-O-R-E-V-E-R! I'm finally finished! And its so.darn.cute! You will love it! Sooooooo, check back later! OK? OK! See ya then!


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