A Thoughtful Place: February 2011


A Mother Daughter Tea

The second annual mother daughter tea party was such a fun day.  My almost five year old has very clear visions of what she wants { that’s supposed to be a good thing, right?!} so she was a huge part of putting everything together. She is all about the projects just like mommy so half the fun is the preparing. Here is a look at what the party looked like.


The color scheme began with fabric we picked out. I used the stich witchery trick to make a runner for the table and the buffet. I like the idea that I can reuse the fabric for pillows in my daughter’s room.



Scrapbook paper and my Silhouette helped to make the napkin rings. The same tags were tied to the cookie wand party favors.


Cookie wand party favors. You can read more about those here.


Espresso cups were used as tiny tea cups! I wrapped a bit of the scrapbook paper around each one to give them a pop of color.



I had bookmarked this tutorial from Sew Sweet Stitches on making pom poms months ago! I knew it would come in handy.


Mini cupcakes were served up for dessert.


For the tiered dishes I just stacked white plates on top of a candlestick. With the addition of flowers they were good to go. I wrapped the same scrapbook paper around soup cans to host the daisies.  The daughters ate yogurt parfaits, fruit, tea sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and cupcakes.


We couldn’t forget the mommies! So they had their own dessert tray as well as wraps to eat {Wraps work well when you are busy walking, talking, and watching over your little one}.


Yogurt parfaits sat at each of the little girl’s places. They are easy to make {yogurt, granola, and fresh strawberries layered} and work well for all ages. We had a span of infants in the arms of moms all the way up to five year olds.


The little girls came into a room with a coloring table and a peppermint scented play-doh table.  I couldn’t resist this play-doh self portrait made by one of the little guests. Too cute.


And of course we never think to take pictures until the end of the event . . . so here is a very tired mommy and daughter looking straight into the sun {in her fancy tea party dress of course!}. 

tea  party wrap up!



I am impressed if you made it to the bottom of this post and survived all of the pictures. We had such a great day and I was anxious to share with you.

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Friday Eye Candy: Chic Kid Spaces

Wow! Is it Friday already! Today’s eye candy is inspired by my kiddos. I have been enamored with all things designed for children as we embark on making our son’s nursery a “big boy” room. I struggle with letting go of the “baby” room, but am so excited to see him enjoy a new space. In light of that, I decided to show you some very inspiring spaces for kids of various ages. I chose spaces that can be replicated without moving heaven and earth. I think it is so important for children to have a space of their own . . .no matter how small or large it may be. So without further ado, here are some chic spaces for children!
Brentwood Regency Estate  kids
Stylish Spaces :: Kids Rooms traditional kids
In the space above, I am head over heels for the railing with dress up clothes.
My daughter would go bananas. Pink bananas!
Kids Playroom contemporary kids
Sarah Richardson contemporary kids
I can’t get over the print on this chair. With the creamy white walls. Good stuff.
Nursery contemporary kids
Loving the fresh white with the turquoise. We just hung pink and white pom poms in my daughter’s room. Such a fun and inexpensive way to add some color and texture.
girls study eclectic kids
linds eclectic kids
nautical bedroom (www.home23duncanboys.blogspot.com) eclectic kids
I am just so inspired by the stripes in the closet, the headboard and the overall color scheme.
Play Haven eclectic kids
 iheartorganizing via Houzz
Loft eclectic kids
Cristi Holcombe via Houzz
Amazing what a graphic design on the wall can do.

Next Friday you will have a treat as  my girl Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! inspires us with Eye Candy from her own home.

E n j o y   y o u r    w e e k e n d !



Do it Yourself: Striped Drapes Tutorial

So here it is! You all have been so sweet about the striped drapes and I know many of you asked for a tutorial. So for those of you who are up for tackling these . . . let’s do it! Please don’t let the crazy amount of photos scare you. It is really not at all difficult. I just wanted to be sure nothing was left out!

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The hardest part of this project was figuring out how to do it. I was so afraid of messing up so the first panel was a bit time consuming and the second one flew. Hopefully, with these tips both will be manageable for you.

1.  Choose your fabric. I think choosing fabrics with some weight to them makes the project much easier. And fabrics that do not wrinkle much are an added bonus since you will be handling these a great deal. I chose cream and tan for the stripes and an off white for the lining. All are 54” fabrics from JoAnn’s. I allowed three yards of cream and the lining for each panel {so 6 yards of cream and 6 yards of lining) I bought 3 yards of the tan to make the stripes. I used the full width of both the tan and the cream so no cutting is involved on the sides. The salvaged edges will be hidden when they are lined.


2.  Measuring the Stripes:  I used a T-square to makes sure the top of my tan fabric was straight. DO NOT begin marking off stripes until knowing your fabric is perfectly straight. Once you know that it is, or have trimmed it to be straight, you can begin marking off your stripes. I wanted my finished stripes to be 11” each. Because of that I marked off every 12” {there would be 1/2” inch seam allowance on the top and bottom of each stripe}. You will get all of the stripes you need for both panels marked off here.




3. Connect The Dots:  As you measure every 12'’ place a dot along the side of the fabric. I did this on both sides of the tan fabric. Then I found a piece of scrap wood {that I knew was straight} and was 54” long. I used it as a straight edge to connect my dots on either side to make very straight lines. Mark off the amount of stripes you need for both panels!IMG_9587


This view just shows you the entire piece and the straight edge I used to make perfectly straight lines.



4. Cut out the Stripes:  Trust your pencil line. If you use a straight edge to draw the lines, then all you have to do is cut very carefully. The more care you take in each step, the straighter your stripes will be. Hint:  use good quality scissors.


5. Plan Out the Panel:  I then unrolled my three yards of cream fabric.  I allowed for a two inch seam allowance at the top. I placed my stripes on just to be sure it had the right look. I was happy with it so I then began to mark every 11” for where my stripe would be sewn. IMPORTANT: the first stripe was placed 13” inches from the top since I would have a two each seam allowance when I lined my curtain. After that, I marked off every 11”. I used the same technique in marking a dot on either side of the cream panel.


6.  Fold and Iron to Prepare to sew:  Here is where you really have to pay careful attention and be meticulous. It’s not hard! Just be precise. You need to take each tan stripe to the ironing board and fold under 1/2” along the top and the bottom. This is important as you want the end result to be exactly 11”.  I didn’t trust myself on this, so I came up with a super cool trick!!! HINT: I put a piece of drop cloth over my ironing board. I then used a straight edge and drew two perfectly straight lines. They are exactly 1/2 “ apart from each other.



This made the process so much easier. I placed the stripe even with the top line and the folded it down to the bottom line and pressed. I knew I had a perfect 1/2” seam allowance and it would keep my stripe straight.



7. Pin after you Press:  As soon as you press the edge, use straight pins to hold it in place. You don’t want to take the chance of it moving. You will repeat this for the top and bottom of each stripe. Turn on some good music and it flies. This helps as well:



8.  Pin One Stripe: Now you are ready to go back to the cream panel and pin on one stripe. Remember you already marked your dots every 11”. Just be sure you have the stripe connecting the dots so they are lined up evenly. ONLY pin one edge at a time. You don’t want room for error. This is a bit tedious but worth it. I over pinned as I didn’t want to take the chance of anything shifting.  {below you see a stripe after I had sewn one edge}. Pin one edge, go sew it on then come back and pin the other edge. That way you can smooth out the fabric each time.


10. Sew the Stripe:  My top stitch is very close to the edge. I think it looks best that way.


HINT:  Roll up the fabric to reduce wrinkles as you are sewing. {thank you to my dear friend Meghan who shared her machine with me as mine broke the night before . . . hubby thought he could fix it! Oh, boy!}

11.  Repeat Pinning & Stitching: After stitching one edge, come back and pin the other edge. Always take time to smooth out the fabric as you are working. Repeat this process for as many stripes as you have. It takes some time, but is not hard.


12. Happy Dance:  Once your stripes on sewn on your first panel, you do a serious happy dance!!!! Hardest part is over!!! It was late at night for me . . . and no one was around to snap a photo of my happy dance!

13.  Trim the Excess:  Just trim any excess material . . . you will make the edges beautiful when you line them later.


14.  Make a Carbon Copy! If your drapes are going to hang on either side of a window, this may not be as crucial for you. Because mine were going to open and close across a set of French doors it was imperative that mine line up. I unrolled the other three yards of cream fabric and placed the finished panel on top of it. I lined them up perfectly and then marked where each stripe should be.



15.  Repeat Steps 8-13 since you already cut your stripes and ironed the seam allowance, all you need to do is place them, pin them, and sew.

Before you know it you have custom striped panels!




Keeping it Real: It took me 6-7 hours to do my first panel. DO NOT PANIC. That is because I didn’t know what I was doing. Once I developed the system and had the little tips, it flew. The second panel took me 2-3 hours. I would definitely tackle them again for another space so that should tell you something.

UPDATE:I have many emails asking about the light pendant. It can be found here:

Sausolito Pendant


UPDATE #2: I have to admit I was a bad blogger and never did the post on lining the drapes. But I will tell you how I did it! First I cut the lining to match up with my drapery panel. Next I hemmed the drapes and the lining. I wanted my lining a couple of inches shorter than the drapes. Once both were hemmed, I placed them right sides together on the floor. I pinned them along the top and both sides. I simply sewed the two panels together. Once they were together I ironed open all of the seams. Then I turned them right side out and pressed the edges. I know this is not the technical way to line drapes but it worked very well and I am quite happy with how they turned out. Hope that helps for those of you who want to tackle lining your drapes {and I highly recommend it}. 


Master Bedroom Design

I was excited when a dear friend of mine contacted me to put together a mood board for her master bedroom. The cute couple recently moved and wants to start fresh. On her wish list was incorporating both green and blue, keeping it peaceful, and infusing a little bit of bling. Here is what we came up with.


A few of the sources:

Chair: West Elm

Pendant:  Troy Lighting

Mirror: Target

Botanical Prints:   Ballard

Mirrored Dresser:  Client has but similar one here

It will be fun to watch it come together.


Let There Be Stripes {The Drapes are Done!}

It’s been a long road! Those of you who have been around for my drapery drama know that I tried every which way to make my drop cloth curtains work. It just wasn’t going to happen. So I regrouped and decided to go after exactly what I wanted. Of course, I couldn’t find them anywhere nor could I find the horizontal striped fabric in any of the fifty states. I decided to make my own. It was quite the process but I am thrilled with the results. You will have to bear with me and the crazy amount of photos. 



In the above shot I tried to show you the stitching of the stripes. I basically created the cream drapery panel and then sewed the tan stripes to that.


The drapes are lined and quite heavy. I like the look of them pooling on the floor a bit. I didn’t want them to appear overly tailored in this room.


And thank you to good ole’ Target for the drapery rings. I am a huge fan of how easy they are. I also knew I wanted to be able to pull the drapes closed from time to time so I didn’t want to do anything stationery like pinched pleats.



What I am also happy about is that when we pull them closed, it creates a really cool wall of stripes. It’s a fun backdrop for the dining area.



You can read all about how to  make your own striped panels right here in a tutorial.  I still need to recover the chairs and create some more wall art. I have yet to make up my mind on the light fixture {I removed the red shades and it’s already much better!} 


For now, I am just going to sit and stare at my drapes.

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