Curtain Call

Lately, we’ve been working our way through the Little House one room at a time, deep cleaning, organizing, and finishing up any little projects that were left half done. As we’ve been working, I’ve realized that most of the rooms in the LH don’t feel much different than when we moved in. We’ve painted and even hung a few things on the walls, but for the most part, they still feel empty. I’ve decided the reason is a lack of curtains.

Curtains just make a room feel more finished (and the Little House could definitely use a dose of “finished”).  So I’ve decided to try and get some curtains up, even if they’re simple and temporary. First up? The kitchen.

There are two windows in our kitchen, a small one over the sink and a larger one at the end of the room.

Kitchen Before

I’m pretty sure that I want to make a faux Roman shade for the larger window (maybe something like YHL did here?), but I’m not sure what I want to do for the other window. Because it is so small, I’m worried that a Roman shade might block too much light.

Instead, I’m thinking of going with something like this (the original link is broken, so if you know where this came from let me know and I’ll link up to it).

Curtains

Oh, and I think I might use this fabric. It’s actually curtains from Ikea that I bought for another room and decided not to use. It seems a waste not to use them for something.

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I’ve got a few free nights coming up, so I hope to tackle these curtains this week!

Do you have curtains in your kitchen? What would you do on the smaller window? Is that Ikea fabric crazy or what? I’m still not sure what I think about it.

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Loving Your Little House

Good Morning, again! Kevin and I are leaving Florence this morning and making our way south to Rome! We’re so excited about this portion of our trip! We’ve both been to Rome before, but never together! And while we’re enjoying our trip, we’re really missing the Little House.
Here today to share why she loves her Little House Flat, is Annabel from Annabel Vita! On her blog, Annabel covers everything from recipes and sewing to the best places to swim in the Loire Valley, France! I love reading her blog and I hope you do, too!
PS. Annabel, your flat is almost 200 years older than the Little House! She was built in 1940 (and we think she’s old)!
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Hey Little House lovers!I’m Annabel Vita and I live in a teeny flat in small city in England with my very tall soon-to-be husband and my enormous collection of baskets. Although I often yearn for more space, there are some things I love about living small and I thought I shared them with fans of Jess and Kevin’s Little House.

1) Clean up is a breeze! I can hoover pretty much our entire flat from one socket. If people are coming over and the place is a tip, I can get it from chaos to calm in about an hour, tops, including cleaning the kitchen and bathroom.

2) Every corner of our home is filled with something we love. We still have some bits of filler/Ikea furniture, but we have a few pieces that we love love love and the fact our flat is so small means it feels just full of treasured things.

treasured things
3) Mr V and I are always close. Even if we’re at opposite ends of the flat, we can still talk. I love that. (He doesn’t love it when I follow him into the tiny kitchen and get in his way, but that’s a different story.) Having a small flat means our living room is our TV room, office, sewing room and dining room.We often spend weekend days in the same room working on different things and it’s just lovely and companionable. One day, I’d love to have a sewing room of my own but I’d miss being in the same room all the time.

favourite furniture

4) Everything is to hand. It takes a special type of kitchen ballet to make a fancy meal or bake a cake in our kitchen as there is so little counter space, but all the ingredients and all the tools are right within reach. I love getting in there with the door shut, putting the radio on and making things. It feels like my own little world!

tiny kitchen

5) I kind of love how little clothes storage we have. It means I have to ruthless edit what I keep out every season (excess is under the bed or at my mum’s house), but it makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier. I honestly think I’m better dressed now than I was when I lived on my own with a huuuuuge wardrobe crammed with all my clothes.
limited clothing storage

6) If you read my blog you’ll be bored of hearing me say this, but honestly what I love most about living small is the opportunities it gives us. Our location is so incredible it makes me want to throw privacy to the wind and hand out my postcode so you could google it! We also have large windows and incredible original features from when the property was built in 1745. These are things we couldn’t afford if we had more space, and they all add up to a home that makes us really, really happy, even if it’s pretty small.

living room desk

Thanks Jess and Kev! I hope you’re having a wonderful time away and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we can’t wait to hear all about it.

Pillow Talk

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been hitting our bedroom pretty hard lately. We’re both so tired of it being half done that we’ve decided to push through to the finish and finally get ‘er done. I mean, it’s been six months since we started with this:

Thank goodness almost all the brown is outta here.

If you were looking closely at our curtain reveal yesterday for the Pinterest Challenge, you might have noticed that I’d finished a couple other projects that were hanging around the Little House.

I finally finished all the pillows for the bed! I had made the envelope back chevron pillows here, but still needed to make two large flanged euro shams and a smaller accent pillow.

I made all these pillow with envelope backs. You may have noticed that there’s a certain feline that likes to sleep on our bed and has no discretion whatsoever about where he sheds. Pillows, sofas, and work pants are all in danger of running afoul of his clingy gray fur. I needed these pillow covers to be removable and to be honest,  I’m not ready to tackle zippers. Envelopes are soooo much easier.

I sewed the large euro shams exactly like I did the chevron pillows, except instead of cutting the fabric to the exact same dimensions as the pillows, I added three inches to to each length to account for the flanges.

Once I had sewn the basic envelope pillow, I turned it right side out and ironed it.

Here’s where things get crazy.

In order to make the seam for the flange straight all the way around, I used painters tape. I know there’s such things as fabric pens and whatnot, but I was using what we had.

Then I simply sewed along the tape line. I even accidentally sewed over it a little on one corner and it still came right up. If I ever made these again, I’d definitely go with tape.

Best part is, all my flange seams are perfectly straight!

Here’s what they look like from the back. It’s nothing special, but the envelope allows the pillows to be easily taken out so that the covers can be washed.

I love how they turned out, although seeing everything on the bed, I think I might make one more chevron pillow. I think three would definitely balance it out better. Maybe.

We’ve still got to put on our new duvet (we’re waiting until we change out our summer comforter for our winter one), hang our art, and accessorize, but the bedroom is so close to being done I can almost taste it (and it tastes awesome).

Have you ever made flanged pillows? Would you add a third chevron pillow? Do your pets have no regard for where the fuzz ends up?

It’s Curtains for You

It’s Tuesday… and time to share our Pinterest Challenge project!

This time around, I made curtains for our bedroom!

I bought the fabric from fabric.com with a 20% off coupon.

I sewed four 96″ long curtain panels, leaving a 3″ seam at the bottom and a 4″ seam at the top. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the process because my SD card fell into a black hole located somewhere between the bedroom and the front door and has yet to be recovered. When it is, I’ll show you the exact sewing process.

To hang the curtains, I used House of Hepworth’s Faux Pinch Pleat method that I’d pinned a while back. It was so easy!

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There’s seven clips on each curtain panel. I’m going to add four more to each for a total of eleven clips each.

Even without enough rings though, I LOVE the look of these curtains. They really make our room feel that much closer to being finished!

I’m also going to move the clip farther down the upper hem so that the curtains are taller. I’d measured them so that they’d be exactly floor length, but where I have them clipped now they’re more of a breaking length.

And what’s any blog photo shoot with out a little cat photo bombing? Fievel tries to be in every photo and really loves the new throw at the foot of the bed.

To see what we’ve made for previous Pinterest Challenges, check here, here, here, and here.

What did you make for the Pinterest Challenge? Have you ever used clip curtain rings before? Does your cat photobomb blog photos, too?

Pushing the Envelope

I’ve finally decided I’m fed up with having our master bedroom almost done. This week, I’m trying to mark at least one project a night off my list.

And since I’ve had this gorgeous navy chevron fabric sitting in my closet for two weeks just begging to be made into throw pillows for the bed, finding my first project wasn’t very hard.

First thing I did was sacrifice two old pillows to the throw pillow gods. They’ve led a long and happy life on our spare bed, but since we’ll be tackling the spare bedroom in the not-too-distant future (and the black and tan bedding is on it’s way out) I salvaged the perfectly good feather pillow forms from these guys. A penny saved is a penny that can be spent on more fabric, right?

The pillow forms were 18×18, so I cut my first pieces of fabric to that size. I like to cut to the exact dimensions of the pillow form because I think it makes the pillow look plumper, especially with feather pillow forms (which tend to go flat easily).

Next, I cut two back flaps for each pillow. I cut them to be 18″x12″ and 18″x16″, then ironed and hemmed them along one 18″ side.

Next, I laid out the 18″x18″ square, face up.

Make sure your pattern is going in the direction you intend before you start pinning. I wanted my chevron stripes to be horizontal.

I then laid on the back flaps, placing the hemmed side in the middle of the pillow and pinned all they way around. The flaps should overlap by at least two inches.

Finally, I sewed all the way around the pillow, leaving no gaps, and then turned it right side out. I ironed them here because I wanted a nice, crisp look.

Last but not least, I added the pillow forms.

I think they turned out pretty well and I love the navy chevron with the coral floral (hah, coral floral…. I’m a poet!).

These were so easy to make! And the best part is that the covers come off easily and can be thrown in the washer, a necessity in a house with two dogs and a cat.

I still have three more pillows to sew for the bed (two flanged Euro shams and one small bolster), but it feels great to finally be checking things off the list!

Have you sewn pillows before? Have you jumped on the chevron stripe bandwagon yet? I’m a little late.