Wednesday, April 10, 2013

CURTAIN SEARCH, A LITTLE COOKING AND SOME PAINTING


Good news...my new chairs are being delivered Saturday, my area rug was shipped, so we should be hanging curtains and putting the living room together over the weekend.  Other than the gallery wall, I still have a lot of decisions to make for that big open wall.  I think it will come to me once I see the furniture in place.  Now, I'm off to paint!

Joining Courtney for Feathered Nest Friday!  See you there!

XO,
Jane

64 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

I don't even have any curtains up. Just blinds. I see you have a pretty new banner too!
Brenda

Olive said...

I made my kitchen curtains with hemming tape. I do not sew. All done with a ruler and an iron. Just used a sheet (or fabric), an iron, a ruler, and wee curtain clips. If I can do it anybody can. I love stuffed peppers but never make them. xo, Olive

Balisha said...

I've ordered from Country Curtains many times. I have valances on all the windows in my house. Some rooms have blinds along with valances. They came from Country Curtains too.

When my dogs were sick...I fixed the same ground beef and rice mixture for them.

I didn't tell you yet that I really like your new look here on your blog. So clean and fresh looking.

I hope your husband feels better soon.
Balisha

Diane Mars said...

Oh I too love stuffed green peppers and our Mom made them often while growing up. I know what you mean about what hubby will and will not notice kinda funny! I really don't have curtains in my house just blinds! Good Luck ! Hugs, Diane

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I have to laugh about the curtains because I have nekked windows for the same reason. I knew I liked you, Janie.

The white curtains are cute, but I understand wanting something a little different. I have white one sin a cottage kitchen, but I had to put one panel in the bottom. That's all I could handle. I was eying country curtains the other day in case I have to replace this at some point.

Love the peppers. My mother used to fix those, too. And Happy Birthday to Emily!

XO,

Sheila

The Quintessential Magpie said...

white ones in not white one sin .

I have got to get a laptop. It's desperation time.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sure sounds like you've been busy Jane! Love the half and half cake and I was actually thinking about stuffed peppers for Sunday's dinner myself:@)

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... I have ordered from Country Curtains for years too, back when we had our little farm, and still do... did you know they will alter their curtains for you?... yep, that might be a way to get what you want without having to sew them yourself... that chocolate and vanilla cake looks yummy and so do your stuffed peppers, my favorite!... can't wait to see your little end table when you paint it... hope hubby is feeling better... xoxo Julie Marie

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Well that is a bummer that you didn't like the new curtains. Maybe you could sell them on Ebay or Craigslist if you wanted to get some money back? The curtains that you like that are too long, maybe you could hem them with that iron on stuff (I can't think of the name right now). That is exciting that new furniture and rug are on the way! Hope you love them! I'm looking forward to seeing your little table painted. I think you're going to give it new life. :)

The Tablescaper said...

Decisions, decisions. I'm sure you'll figure out something lovely.

- The Tablescaper

WinnibriggsHouse said...

I kinda like the windows bare, they are rather pretty!. I too am a fan of stuffed peppers, making my mouth water just thinking of them.Hope you get the table finished and show it here. Can't wait to see the result.w

Leslie said...

Mmmm! I live stuffed peppers! The end fable is nice and I think your curtains look darling;)

xxleslie

Stacey said...

You know the curtains I just put in my dining room? Country Curtains lined them for me..I just had to pay a little extra. Maybe they would hem them for you? Oh I just read Olive's idea about hem tape. That would work! I've done it lots of times and no one will know.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I do the same thing with curtains, I go crazy over them. I can't wait to see your livingroom and the chairs and rug!!!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Love your new header Jane! Do you have to hand sew the hems? Can you use iron on hem tape or something? I know all about things snowballing. Seems like once you change one thing, everything else needs changing. I think you chocolate/vanilla cake idea was brilliant. Any left? :) xoxo

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

Those green peppers are beautiful! I can only find ones half that size. The white and chocolate cake was a cute idea, too! I also can't wait to see your painted table transformation!

Melanie said...

For what it's worth, I absolutely love your white and brown ticking stripe curtains in your dining room window. You said the ticking was hard to see in the photo, but if you click on the photos in your blog, it shows a larger photo. (Did you know you can make your photos larger in blogger when you're writing your post?) I know what you mean about getting tired of things though. You know I share your curtain dilemma! ;-)

I haven't had stuffed peppers in ages. Thanks for the dinner idea! I think this is something even picky Tim would like. Do you make a tomato sauce to put over them, too? That's how my grandma always made them.

xoxo

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I have no curtains up! LOL!!! Check out curtainworks.com, they have some great looks!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I really like the original curtains. :) But I can certainly understand wanting something new. Maybe you could sell the ones that you don't like. I've heard of that hemming tape, but I don't know a single thing about sewing. I can't even sew on a button. Ha! Those peppers look delicious! I love stuffed peppers too, but I haven't made them in ages.

Kathy Moreland said...

Hi Jane,
Maybe you can sell your curtains and at least get some of your money back. The table will be cute painted.

Take Care!!
Kathy

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! I'm just a silly and make all of my curtains! :) Love your big window and the light it brings in. I love stuffed peppers! I don't eat the pepper but love the insides! ;) Cute little table too. Now you had better rest as you've been doing lots of stuff! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deserae said...

I'm sorry your new curtains did work the way you envisioned they would. Love the cake with the half and half frosting....so clever! I will have to remember that :o) I can't wait to see your little table all painted and your new chairs too!!!
~Des

Kathy@ Gone North said...

1st... really like the new look to the blog.. then if I lived closer, I would gladly hem the curtains for you, but I kind of like the windows open, no curtains... how about just a valance & blinds, if you need privacy (or roman shades )
And can't wait to see the new living room + the painted table.. what color will you do? (I personally love painted furniture)
& I would LOVE your recipe for stuffed peppers, I have never made them, yours look delicious

Jennifer O'Brien said...

HI Jane, It looks like you have some fun projects in the works:). Curtains are very hard, If you really like that fabric & style then I would try to hemm them, hire a tailor or get that seam tape. I had a window like that I just did shdes, Anyways, good luck!

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Have a great day & I hope yo continue to follow alaong:) Jen @ City Farmhouse.

Theresa said...

Love that table, can't wait to see the AFTER Pic:) I have trouble with curtains too. I am really in the mood to change out my kitchen curtains on my bay window. I made the ones that are up now and they really need a fresh new look! Have a blessed day dear friend. The weekend sounds like fun with the new chairs:) HUGS!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I bet you could have some simple curtains made in the fabric you want for not much more than it would cost to buy some and then pay to have them hemmed. If I lived closer, I could help you make some :-)

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I do like the idea of cafe curtains in the bay window as I am always struggling with what to put in my bay window in the breakfast room. I just have top valances up now since there is only woods behind us, but I don't like seeing myself in the refection at night as I am at the table eating when it is dark outside! HA.

Tricia said...

That's too bad about your curtains. Have you ever thought about shutters? You could do them just part way up the window and then have a little valance on the top. I have shutters in a few of my rooms and i love them! They're really wide ones, so if I flip them open I can still see outside really well. I like that they always look good no matter the decor too. That little table is so cute! It will look great painted :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

I am with the couple of people that mentioned iron on hem tape, if you are able to sew. I love stuffed peppers. I use red peppers and Italian sausage and grated zucchini. My recipe is on my From Harvest To Table blog.

Looking forward to seeing your living room.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I buy tab curtains from Ikea and let them fall as they may. Hilarious that your husband doesn't notice the lack of curtains and the side table in the living room. Of course, I rearranged a wall in the living room in December when my sister-in-law gifted us with a pencil drawing of her father. It was 3 days before my husband noticed I had hung it up and only then because I said "notice anything different?" :/ When it comes to decorating, I just go for it and don't think too much. :) Have a great day. Tammy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh! My ex-MIL had poodles who she cooked ground beef, rice and green peas for. They had sensitive stomachs and that's all they could eat. :)

Susie said...

Blondie, I am excited for you to get your livingroom done. The bare windows makes me laugh..out here, I have few cutains. blinds to close on the road side. nothing covering the windows in the back..the curtains are pulled aside. I love sheers and lace. I guess I want the light in my house. Besides any window peepers are in for a shock.LOL.xoxo,Susie

Traci said...

I loooovvvveee stuffed peppers!!!

Vickie H said...

One thing leads to another-it makes me tired. I have so much that needs doing around here,but can't seem to get to it all.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Yes! I stress over curtains. I finally decided on some for my bedroom and bathroom. Then I had to lower the rods, make new holes, paint the previous holes, iron the stupid curtains... by the time I was finished.. they were stupid curtains lol!
Those peppers look so good! I haven't thought to make stuffed peppers in a long time.

chateau chic said...

I think bay windows are very hard when it comes to window treatments. I have one in my living room and I've lost count of the number of times I've changed the curtains.
If you have a window sill, have you thought of installing shutters to go half way up and then a valance across the top?

Melissa Skidmore said...

I have no curtains in my dining room! Good luck with your search! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Jane,
I know you will find the right curtains. Bay windows are tricky. I love this post. Pretty and Yummy you are my kind of girl!!!!
Kris

Debbie said...

You are such a busy girl!
I find the neatest curtains at Tarjay, but we are talking panels for a long window.
I hope you find what you are looking for.
The little table is cute, and I just know you will make it look even cuter once you do your magic with it, Jane.
xo

Nancy said...

Ha! My husband only notices the things I don't want him to. I have asked him before "just what DO you notice?" he says "not much, my worlds pretty small." lol

Pondside said...

Curtains are hard! Good luck with your kitchen window. Has your husband noticed yet?
You are a busy lady - that little table will be a nice addition.

Karen said...

You are a busy lady. Every time I hang curtains I think I should have gone in a different direction ha ha. I have a few packs of rejects. I keep them because I always think I'm going to do something with them ha! Good luck getting your room together at least you're making progress.

Kathleen Grace said...

Yes, curtains and rugs are the bane of my existence. Expensive enough that I feel the pressure to get it right the first time which makes me just certain I am getting it all wrong. Country curtains does have some beauties to choose from, but how to choose!
Fun to find a project in the basement, I can see it painted and I think it will be darling:>)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I love Country Curtains too...I am looking forward to seeing your living room all put together. Very exciting!

Laurie Mcknight said...

lovey curtains and I think we all need a change once in a while, I think its so funny the way husband don't notice things!Garry may notice things but not until long after the fact, I would love to paint my dining room set but he is against it, maybe I should just do it, he might not notice,

Val said...

I love Country Curtains too. I want their buffalo check in black for our bedroom, but I just haven't forked over the money yet. Their curtains are worth it, but it's a chunk of change for me, for sure.

"So the window remains curtainless and it's only a matter of days (or weeks) before The Husband notices. He's observant like that." made me snort. :) Yessssssssssss. This kind of comment is one my mom and I have made many times, like all the times she stressed for weeks about whether or not to perm (or cut or whatever) her hair, then would finally work up the nerve to do it, wait eagerly for Dad to come home from work and comment on it....And then it would become an annoyed game of "How Long Should I Let Your Dad Go Without Noticing This On His Own, Before I Just Tell Him?!" Sigh. :)

And your window and that whole area of your rooms looks really cozy. Gorgeous windows. I hope you figure out what works for you.

And the cake is adorable, like a giant New York bakery-style "black and white cookie." :)

xinex said...

Your stuffed peppers look good, Janie. I justordered drapes from JCP on line for the living room sliding doors here in Fl. It freaks me out everytime I pass by the LR at night when it is so dark outside, I always feel like someone is watching me. Funny why I don't feel that in Natchez, when it is lined with sliding doors too without curtains. Anyway, I hope Al feels better and I like your curtains. I like light curtains especially for summer.....Christine

podso said...

Well it's the weekend so it all must be coming together. I do hope you get the window hangings you want for that area. It's such a pretty window I'd almost say leave it open but I'm sure you want privacy with coverings. I used to pour over those country curtain magazines.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

I love curtains from Country Curtains, they have a beautiful selection. Love stuffed peppers, you've made me hungry!
Blessings,
Cindy

20 North Ora said...

Jane - You have gotten so much done in such a short amount of time! Congratulations!

Maybe we should all have a wedding occurring in the near future to spur us on to get things done.

I'm impressed.

Judy

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lovely curtains, I am sure you will find a place for them eventually.

I do like that cute little table.

Jen

June said...

I don't envy you Jane. I think deciding on curtains is like deciding on a paint color. It makes my head spin just thinking about it :)
Man oh man, do those stuffed peppers look good!!!!
sending hugs...

Jacqueline said...

Jane, sounds like everything is coming together. Now days the only sewing I pretty much do is curtains. I agree, it is hard to decide. Hemming tape is a great idea if you found the perfect fabric or even fabric glue.

I love your black and white cake - my hubby would love that as he loves the black and white cookies!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I like the ikea white drapes with large rings in them, I like them because they are 39.oo a pair and do not have a hem, so i just hang them and pin them while they are up and press when pins are and just baste the bottom and press into place all while the drapes are up...these ikea drapes are designers go drapes and adesigner secetet, my friend turned me on to them and the quality is a 10...love your new banner,wow it looks so beautifl and I also love the way the room is turning out and anyway I bet you would be a great sewer and I bet you would love it for sure...take care sweetie and keep paintin that furniture...lol

Maggie said...

Spending this lazy Sunday morning catching up with what my blogging pals have been up to whilst I've been sick. Sounds like there's lots going on at your place as always. Not sure how long you've had the new header but I love it.
Hope all your furniture arrived on time and looking forward to seeing the reveal soon.

bj said...

I grew up on stuffed peppers...and we still love them. Yours looks fabulous...and I am totally lovin' that black and white cake. :)) Bet it was delicious.
I am not a curtain person...none in the whole house except for sheers in the dining room.
So, for your windows, I vote for Plantation Shutters (if budget allows)...if not Plantation Blinds, which is what I have on most of my windows (if I could afford them, I'd have plantation shutters on ALL my windows)...but then, that's just me. :)))

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Too bad about those curtains because I love those in the pic!
And I love that fabric you have picked out as well.
So funny about Al not noticing although I have to say it does seem to be a guy trait!
For pete sakes do you know it's snowing again here today?
Seriously this has been the winter that won't end.
Oh by the way, love your cake and I loved stuffed peppers too.
Love ya,
Cindy

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Jane,
These stuffed peppers look soooo good. Oh I hate it when I order something and then don't like it. Looking forward to seeing what you go with.

Blessings,
Linda

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! Hope you got your chairs! Can't wait to see and hope you've had a great weekend. Thanks for popping in to see me.
be as weetie,
Shelia ;)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

We have nothing on our windows in our kitchen....we only have woods back there, so I guess it's ok. I like cafe curtains! :D

Stuffed bell peppers are my very favorite. I even saw a pan the other day for stuffed bell peppers! Please share your recipe.

LOL Poopsie is a cute name! Oh, and I think the cake looks *neat*

xo,
RJ

sandy @ french laundry 132 said...

Awww your cake is just beautiful and what a great idea to frost it special like that for the birthday. It looks good too!

I have ordered curtains from Country Curtains too, so many years ago, and now I want to order some window shades with the lace bottoms from them. I think you should just get the curtains you really want and get them hemmed. Just my thoughts though.

Mmmmmm love the green peppers too! They look so good!

The little table looks like the perfect candidate for painting! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

SmilingSally said...

Window treatments do take a great deal of thought. I have some curtainless windows ON PURPOSE! I'd rather see my view than see a piece of material. However, if you don't like others peeking in . . .

I think you should take a deep breath and order the ones you want. Pay to have them fitted. They'll last forever, and you'll be happy.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I know curtains and drapes can be so frustrating! Our current home had wooden blinds on the windows which we are grateful for, but it's hard to figure out if we want curtains or not. They just add such warmth and coziness to a room so I miss them!

I just love your cake! What a great idea. I'm often torn between vanilla and chocolate so this is such an awesome idea! :)

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Personally, I love the cafe curtains - they say Ireland to me.