Dust Ruffle Curtains

I’m so not a seamstress.  Not even close!

I can (usually) sew a straight line, but don’t expect much more than that.

I had been looking for a valance for the kitchen since we moved in a couple of years ago.  However, I couldn’t find anything I really liked and, of course, I didn’t want to spend much at all.  So, when I found a dust ruffle at Goodwill with the right colors for only $2.50, I thought “if I screw it up I’m only out $2.50, if not I’ll have a curtain for only $2.50!”

A dust ruffle already has 3 finished sides and I had expected to use the two longer sides for the kitchen windows, but ended up only using one.  To begin, I used a seam ripper and removed one of the long sides from the center panel.  It took longer than I expected and my hand was feeling a bit cramped, but it wasn’t a difficult task. (I finished separating the rest of the sides and I’m saving those pieces and the center panel to use in later projects I might find to do.)


After I finished removing the side from the center panel, I ironed the panel out smooth.


Then I turned the unfinished side over and sewed a straight hem.


I decided to hang the curtains from clips for a more casual look.  At first I only bought one set of clips, but after getting the curtain up I realized I needed two sets for such a long window.  I found the clips at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $7.99 for a packet of 7.  With the first set I used a 20% off coupon, but I really scored on the second set!  Between the weather and schedules, I didn’t get back to the store for a couple of weeks (which was driving me crazy because I wanted to finish the project!).   But it was so worth the wait!!  There was a promo for 40% off which I didn’t realize till I was checking out and I had another 20% off coupon.  I got those suckers for $2.53!!  Ok, I admit, little things thrill me these days!


The curtain rod we purchased at IKEA awhile back and it’s been hanging up there empty for I don’t remember how long.  It’s been so long that I can’t remember exactly how much we paid, but it was either $6 or $8 (rod, brackets, end caps, everything).  Have I ever mentioned how much I love IKEA?!


So, for less than $20 I ended up with the whole shebang!

Next week, I’m going to tell you about that chandelier hanging there….

Living thru faith,



The Grand Sweep: Readings for January 27 – February 2

It’s a new week of readings!  Are you enjoying this as much as I am?

I’ve never tried to read the Bible through cover to cover before and I have gotten so much out of it already.  Even though I’m not always on the right reading for the right day, it has definitely been a worthwhile venture.  Some days I’m caught up; some days I’m behind, but the Lord still has something to share with me each time.


January 27    Exodus 8-10, Psalm 29

January 28    Exodus 11 & 12, Psalm 30

January 29    Exodus 13-15

January 30   Exodus 16-18

January 31    Exodus 19 & 20, Psalm 31 & 32

February 1    Exodus 21 – 23

February 2    Exodus 24-26

You can find last week’s readings here.  Happy reading!

Living thru faith,


The Holidays in Pictures

I just realized that this was still sitting in my drafts!  So, I hope you won’t mind going back in time a little bit. 🙂

We were blessed to be able to spend two weeks with family over the holidays.

We did a lot of visiting, a lot of laughing, a lot of playing, and a whole lot of eating!


Sarah wanted Santa to bring her a real, live puppy, but she had to settle for a stuffed one instead.


Matt received the watch he picked out.


And Daniel was so happy to finally receive the temper-pedic type pillow he has been asking for a couple of Christmases now. The boy loves to sleep!


There was lots of lego building and


basketball playing.


Sarah managed to fit in some puppy lovin’


and my nephew Luke enjoyed some tree climbin’.


Matt’s girlfriend, Shelby, flew down to spend New Year’s week with all of us.  (Well, really just Matt; the rest of us were bonus!)  She spent the week experiencing all sorts of firsts.  She flew alone for the first time, visited Louisiana for the first time, and ate her first bites of duck, deer, and bbq ribs (thanks to Matt’s Uncle Andrew).  We couldn’t win her over on the fried catfish, though.

We spent a couple days at my parents’ place to celebrate Christmas and my mom’s birthday.  We had a lot of fun playing Taboo, watching football and having a girls’ outing at Charming Charlie’s (what a awesome place of girlie fun!).

…and, of course, I took the camera and never took it out of the bag!

We made it home just in time for the polar vortex.  Thankfully, our heat held out during the coldest days.  The transformer on the unit did go out toward the end of the week and we discovered that our house is really well insulated.  We were without heat (except for some space heaters) for 24 hours and the house never dropped below about 58.  We were so grateful to be able to stay fairly warm when it was so cold outside.

2014 is proving to be a cold one!

Living thru faith,


The Grand Sweep: Readings for January 20-26

Well, it seems my brain has been on vacation the last couple of days because I completely lost track of what day I was in!  These Monday holidays always seem to do it to me.

So, here are the readings for this week.  Please forgive me for being a day late.


January 20    Genesis 41 & 42, Psalms 23 & 24

January 21    Genesis 43-45

January 22    Genesis 46-48

January 23    Genesis 49 & 50, Psalm 25

January 24    Exodus 1 & 2, Psalm 26 & 27

January 25    Exodus 3 & 4, Psalm 28

January 26    Exodus 5-7

If you are still catching up (like me), you can find last week’s readings here.

Living thru faith,


The Grand Sweep: Readings for January 13-19

If you are joining us in The Grand Sweep, here are the readings for this week.


January 13    Genesis 24-25, Psalms 17 & 18

January 14    Genesis 26 & 27, Psalm 19

January 15    Genesis 28-30

January 16    Genesis 31-33

January 17    Genesis 34-36, Psalm 20

January 18    Genesis 37 & 38, Psalm 21

January 19    Genesis 39 & 40, Psalm 22

If you are still catching up (like me), you can find the previous readings here.

Living thru faith,