December 18, 2014

DIY No Sew Black Out Curtains

Today I want to share a SUPER simple DIY that we did in less than 40 minutes in our master bedroom.  My husband and I both agreed we wanted black out curtains in our master.  However, we I could not find pre-made black out curtains that we I liked.  Most of them were stiff and well cheap looking even when they were super expensive.  So who ya gonna call when you have a design dilemma?  Meme Buster!  (Sorry for the cheesey joke there.)

As we were talking she mentioned just buying black out material and cutting it to match the length of the curtains I like.  Genius!  So that's what I did and let me tell you...this could not have been more cost efficient and simple!

Materials:
  • Curtains you love (number you need will depend on how many windows and how long the windows are...ours are standard size and we have 2 so I have 4 curtains total)
  • Black out material (again amount depends on number of curtains you need)
    • To calculate the amount of material per curtain you need to know the length of each curtain.  The material is already the same width so once you know the length of the curtain, multiply that number times the number of curtains you need (4 for us) then that's how much black out material you'll need to have cut from the bolt.
  • Curtain rod(s)
  • Curtain rings/clips (again depends on how many/how long your windows are)
  • Scissors
  • LARGE Flat surface for cutting
Step 1:
Purchase all your supplies.  The hardest part is finding the perfect curtains.

Step 2: 
Unroll the black out material.  Pull out enough that you think will be longer than the curtain.
Step 3:
Place your curtain on top of the black out material and match the bottom corners.  You'll see here how it's the perfect width already.
Step 4:
Cut the black out material along the edge of the curtain to make them the same length.  The scissors will just slide through the fabric like butter.  You do not need to hem the black out material because it doesn't fray.

Step 4:
Decide how far apart you want your clips and start clipping them on.  Easiest way to do this is place one clip in the center and take them out from there.  We eyeballed about 5" apart but you could use a ruler or tape measure for this part like I did in my last DIY curtain tutorial.

Step 4a:
As you notice we had 2 types of curtain rings.  One the clip was attached to the ring and you slide the whole thing on after you've clipped.  The second the clip hooks onto the ring after you have hung up the rod.  They both work well and I don't really have a preference one over the other.
Step 5:
Slide the curtain rings onto the curtain rod and hang in the brackets.

That's it!!  So simple and didn't cost me but about $60 (including the cost of the curtains!) to do all 4 curtains!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

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December 8, 2014

Our Glittery Rustic Christmas Tree

Since it is my favorite time of the year I thought I would share a little bit of the holiday season with y'all.  Last year I totally transformed our main tree (yes I said main) from having ALL of our ornaments to a themed tree and what else would I do but glam meets rustic.  Glitter runs through this country girl's veins.  :)

Hope you enjoy...I know we do!






And two with the overhead lights on (not without a fight from me for the beautiful lighting) but so you could see the details of the whole tree.  I'm seriously in love with every aspect of it. :)

We wish you all a Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
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December 1, 2014

A Personal Update...

So if you follow my on Instagram then you already know I have become an independent distributor of It Works! global.  If you don't know what that is feel free to contact me and I will explain it all but the best to do is head over to Instagram and see the before and after pictures yourself!  Our start up products was the amazing Ultimate Body Applicator aka the body wrap.  I could go on forever about the product but that's not what this post is about.  I have been getting asked a lot if I wrap and if I will share my personal results.  When I started in August, I did wrap a few times and saw some pretty significant results in my stretch marks and stomach however I decided not to share them because I was unable to finish a full treatment.  Here's why...
In November 2013, my husband and I decided to start trying to conceive baby #2.  I immediately stopped taking birth control and well you all know what happens from there.  Unfortunately over the past year we have been unable to get pregnant on our own.  In April, we got a positive pregnancy test and within a week I was bleeding heavily.  In May, I stopped having menstrual cycles altogether.  In September, I got another positive pregnancy test and scheduled an appointment with my PCM the next week.  When I went in for that appointment, I was given the news that neither my urine or blood test came back positive for a pregnancy.  At that point, my PCM (who is also my husband's PCM) asked if I would like a referral to a fertility specialist.  So many emotions immediately flooded me that I didn't know what to do or what to say.  I finally decided that I wanted to talk to my husband and see what he wanted to do.  After a pretty long discussion we decided, to go in for the appointment and just find out our options.

In October, we went in for our first appointment with the fertility specialist.  We got some answers, did lots of blood work and an ultrasound.  Luckily I have plenty of eggs, the bad news is my body is just not letting them out.  After my blood work was back and I went in for a follow up appointment, I was given my actual diagnosis.  I have mild PCOS and something to do with my insulin (my insulin is really high but the rest of my blood sugars are in the optimal range).  So she put us on a progesterone treatment cycle with lots of prescriptions and some shots.  In has definitely been a roller coaster over the last month and I couldn't imagine doing this without my husband's support and love.
Regarding the wraps, because they are not recommended for use during pregnancy, we have chosen not to use them now when we don't know if I'm pregnant or not.  Therefore, I can't show you personal results using the wraps specifically.  I have been using the defining gel on my ACL repair scar and just started using the cleanser, daytime moisturizer, toner, and exfoliating peel to replace the products I can't use during pregnancy.  Once I have a good month or two of results from these products I will share my results though for sure!

For those who have been saying things regarding us needing to have a baby, we are trying.  While I know you mean no harm and had no way of knowing we were in this limbo, I hope you understand now.  Please also know that I will find out before I will be ready to announce it to the world, so if you are family or friends and don't hear about it immediately just know we are waiting to make sure I don't miscarry again.  Thanks for your love and support through this time!

PS This is part of why I haven't been posting as much either.  I gain and lose energy quick so actually getting projects done while trying to prep for Thanksgiving has been far and few between.  I do have lots of stuff in the works and hopefully this week I'll be able to get back in the groove!
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November 20, 2014

Ashley's Christmas List 2014

So it's that time of year again...my favorite time of year!  It's Christmas time!  And more than getting gifts, I love BUYING gifts!  I am pretty stoked about my grown up Christmas list this year though so I thought I'd share with y'all in case you're having a hard time trying to figure out what to put on your own or need ideas for people on your shopping list.  

Just click on the name of the item and it will take you directly to the site!  Happy Shopping!

Tory Burch Marlene Riding Boot

Preserved Boxwood Wreath 10"

Giorno Country Rustic Chunky Wood Candle Sconce

Editing Day Mug

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


Gold Sequin Camera Strap

Photojo Sampler Phone Lens Kit

West Elm Vegetable Brush

Expandable Chrome Bathtub Caddy

Travel Undergarment Organizer-Pink

Faux Fur Throw-Tundra Swan

Rose Gold Monogram Necklace

I hope you enjoyed this shopping preparation, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

PS Some of these posts are affiliate links, but I wouldn't recommend anything I didn't love :)

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