2.11.2009

All Gussied Up With Fabric. And Glue.

After living in our home for, oh...let's see, eight years, I finally got myself together to Do Something with our family room doors. I don't like to wait around, you know. No time like the present is obviously my motto.

Ahem.

See, I have fallen in love with The Nester. No, not like that. I have fallen in love though with her philosophy that it does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. Let's just all breathe a collective sigh of relief! Don't we feel better now? Her posts about mistreating her windows and the benefits of fabric are changing my life. Okay, not my life, per se, but definitely our home.

Monday afternoon I was finally ready to decorate my windows. Alert the media.

I pulled up my big girl decorating panties and dashed to mecca Hobby Lobby. Of course I hemmed and hawed over choices, still a tad nervous, finally deciding on this:

I also grabbed these:

Then tapped my foot impatiently for Scott to arrive home to hang the curtain rods.

Then the REAL fun began. I plugged in my trusty glue gun, yes, you read that right, my glue gun and got busy. It's AMAZING what clever folding, clipping, gluing, puffing, a dash of poofing and in my case, over tweaking can do. Oh, and fringe. Don't forget the fringe.

Here is the finished product:

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

I'm not kidding about the fringe, it was the perfect finishing touch. Plus it covered up my hot glued seam. Just keeping it real, y'all. This project did not take long either. It was all finished within a couple of hours working around supper, bits and pieces of The Bachelor, and A.'s bedtime routine. Then I sat and stared at it for a long time. And grinned. And kept asking Scott to "Look-at-it-and-tell-me-what-do-you-think-no-really-do-you-like-it-are-you-sure?" over and over. He has great patience with me, thank goodness.

Instantly our room felt cozier, warmer and just a touch fancy-pantsed up. Seriously, what WAS I waiting for?

I certainly have other things I could do, maybe even should do today, but I'm experiencing a strong pull toward the direction of Hobby Lobby to now Do Something for our kitchen windows. I'm thinking another mistreatment, this time even cheaper because I don't plan to use a curtain rod.

There I go on that wild side again.

22 comments:

  1. They are absolutely gorgeous!! I love them. Incredible.

    I know exactly what you mean about sitting back and looking at them for a long time, so happy. That is the best part. :) Way to go! Watch out, windows, here comes Holly!

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  2. OMGosh! wow- seriously impressed here! I love that nester too-

    That fabric is perfect & you really did great here!!

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  3. I'm impressed. You are a wonderful decorator. Me--we hung up sun shades and left the windows bare. But looking at your style, I'm a little envious.

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  4. Wow, wow, wow, these turned out beautifully and your room is gorgeous!!

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  5. That is where I got the ides for my curtains!!! Great mins think a like!!!!

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  6. Let's put aside my obsession with your house for a moment. Which by the way, looks absolutely fabulous with your new GLUED curtains. Totally am stealing that idea.

    But, the point of this comment is:

    "Pulled up my big girl decorating panties." Oh my gosh. BEST LINE EVER. You are a genius, with words and a glue gun.

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  7. that's beautiful! i love it.

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  8. Ok Holly, these are gorgeous and I'd give it a try myself but I'm terrible and crafts and such. I need a tutorial!

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  9. Just found your blog while searching for people's pictures of "mistreatments"- yours are gorgeous! Also, that white pitcher on your mantel is fabulous. LOVE your family room!

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  10. Love it....just love it! That Nester has changed window treatments forever, huh? It looks great! I want to marry Hobby Lobby...but seriously could they move on to the bar code scanner system already?

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  11. LOVE them!!!!

    I love that tufted fabric as well! Beautiful room!

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  12. Just beautiful. Perfect finishing touch to your doors and room. :o)

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  13. Holly, this post made me smile!!! I am not a seamstress, a few years ago I made a blind using my hot glue gun and it worked out fabulously!!! Now that I think about it, it was probably over 10 years ago and the blind is still up, looking fabulous!!

    Thanks for the memories!! xxx

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  14. Very very very classy. You are amazing.....

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  15. Just gorgeous! And you gotta love a glue gun!

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  16. You are so creative - those look great!

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  17. I love them and also think your mantle is gorgeous!!

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  18. NIIICE!! I am all about no sewing! glue guns are about as good as duct tape!! :)

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  19. Thanks everyone for your compliements. Believe me, if I could do this--so can you!

    This weekend I realized they resembled the shower curtain at the lodge we stayed at for our Ladies' Retreat, with the fringe at the top. Oh well, I still like them.

    I'll post soon about our kitchen windows...

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  20. Beautiful! Great fabric choices. The whole room is great, really.

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  21. Your home is just gorgeous. could you come tackle mine when you're done??

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