Need Affordable Curtains? Do THIS!

What do you do when you need affordable curtains?  These helpful tips should keep your budget in line.

Need Affordable Curtains?

Tip #1:  Make Your Own Curtain Panels

You can make curtain panels by following some basic steps.  The process is really simple and shown in this post.

Tip #2:  Shop the Fabric Sales

After posting pictures of our kitchen last week, I was super motivated to get the curtains made and hung.  I purchased the fabric two months ago during a big sale at PHI Fabrics in Tupelo.  You can also order fabrics from them on-line.  Check them out here.

Kitchen Curtain Panels

The cost of fabric for this room was under four dollars per yard.  Not bad!

Tip #3:  Use Hardware You Have On Hand

I used the rods and curtain rings from our previous treatments, so that meant I only needed the fabric.

Tip #4:  Keep the Panel Style Simple

Keeping the panel style simple can cut the cost drastically.   With no pleating, you don’t need to add buckram.  This simple style has no fringe or trims.  Simplicity has that look of elegance.

Kitchen Curtain Panels

I wanted to block as little light as possible, so I used semi-sheer fabric.  I love the subtlety of the pattern.

Kitchen Curtain Panels

Tip #5:  Make Unlined Panels (not something I normally recommend, but it has its place)

These unlined curtain panels sew together in a snap!

The panels open fully and stack back against the wall.  These panels with the plain header offer the most versatility.  One thing is the distance of spread when closed, and another is that I can filter the lighting when needed.

Kitchen Curtain Panels

I never thought I’d put white curtains in this room!  Farm life can be dusty, dirty business.  Ha!  There’s a farm life hint hanging from the cabinet knob below the sink.  Thankfully, fly season has passed, so we’re not fighting them too much right now.  But the swatter is never far away no matter the season!

Kitchen Curtain Panels

Our kitchen gets more foot traffic than any other room.  Panels that stop at the window sills should be easier to keep clean.

Kitchen Curtain Panels

The panels over the counter will catch splatters occasionally from a mixer or food processor.  The panels are completely machine washable.  I’ll run them through a wash cycle and hang them back on the windows to dry.  Easy peasy!

Would you like to save money by making your own curtains?  If you don’t know how, would you like to learn?

Blessings~

I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.

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Unashamed

We each are gifted with different talents.  What’s your special gift?  Some of you are gifted speakers who have an amazing way with words.

Not me!

I tend to avoid speaking to crowds because when I do, I usually regret it later.  Writing gives me time to reflect and be sure of stating things in the way I intend.  Although, I occasionally manage to stick my big foot in my mouth, even when writing.

No matter the area of our particular talent, we are to use it for God’s glory.  He calls us to use our talents to share Him with others.

Are you vocal about your faith?  Do you share by speaking out?

Psalm 107.2

There are many ways we can “speak out”, and we shouldn’t all do it the same way.  How boring the world would be if we all shared in the same way!  Whatever our area of giftedness, God desires for us to use it in a way that points others to Him.

Uniquely.  Specifically.  Unashamedly.

If you are called to teach (or preach), you should teach.  Not teaching would be a sin.

Do you have the gift of serving others?  Serve them with gladness – and share.

Are you an encourager?  Encourage others.  (Yes, we should share God’s love through our good character traits!)

Do you have a pretty voice?  Lead others in singing God’s praises.

Do you have the gift of hospitality?  Invite others in – and share.

Are you a prayer warrior?  Pray for others.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

I invite you to join me in praise and worship as we thank the Lord for His gifts…His redemption…His grace…His love.

As we prepare for this coming week, let’s consider new ways we can exalt the Lord.  Use gifts and talents that we’ve not used previously to bring glory to God.

He has given us so much!  How could we not praise Him openly and share His love with others?

Do any unused talents come to mind?  Is God convicting you with thoughts of “shoulds” or “coulds” ?

Blessings~

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Refresh!

Do you sometimes wish you could escape to a place of solitude?

  You need a time for refreshment…
restoration…
clarity of life….

Please, tell me I’m not the only one!

Maybe you think of the beach as your place of refreshment.  But, what if you can’t get to the beach – or any other place that’s restful for you?  What then?

Psalm 34:8Image Source

We can sit in a quiet place today after worshiping the Lord in church this morning.  Maybe this afternoon, we can spend time with God’s word through worshipful music. (I’ll be inside because it’s too hot outside here.)  Are you in?

I hope God’s music refreshes you as you prepare for this coming week.  God refreshes!

Blessings~

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Are You Standing In His Way?

Do you love it when someone recognizes and acknowledges something good you did?  Not in a big, celebratory way like we heard in last week’s post about “Others-Centered” Living.  I’m talking about a small comment of approval – a pat on the back.

We should edify others and look for good in people – ways to build them up, not tear them down.

Too often, we look to the negative and hone in on that.  Is that really our job?  To criticize and lay blame?  Of course not.

We think it’s their fault.  We blame them.  We tell them where they went wrong – what caused their problem.  We even tell them how to fix their problem!  Sometimes problems arise from poor decisions, but things do happen that aren’t necessarily their fault.  And besides, who made us Queen and asked us to fix them (and their problems)?

When dealing with family members or friends, do you take on the responsibility of “helping” them fix their lives?  What if it has nothing at all to do with you?  (Here’s the kicker: Most times, it doesn’t.)

It actually comes down to God’s will.  He is our Grand Fixer, and everything that happens is allowed  by God.

Your husband loses his job.
Your child has no friends.
Your mother can’t seem to stay healthy.
Your brother has a problem staying married.
Your sister has a good life but is lonely.
Your friend wants a baby but can’t seem to get pregnant.

The list goes on….

Why do we want to fix everything?  At the very least, we think we should advise others on how they should live so these things don’t happen.  Right?

Let’s look at it from God’s perspective.

At the root of it all,
He wants us to have a relationship with Him.
Him…the Almighty God!
He’s constantly drawing us to Himself…
drawing us in…
even using hard situations to cause us to look up.

Sometimes things happen.  It’s life.

As hard as it is to see sometimes, God allows the hard stuff – just as much as he allows the good stuff.  All of it.   Good and bad.  All the time.  And, He has His purpose in it.

Jeremiah 29:11 Sunday Lesson, CurtainQueenCreates.com

If we’re constantly trying to bail our family and friends out of trouble, where’s God in all that?  Did He tell you to “fix” them?  Did He tell you to bail them out?  Did you ask Him?

We should ask God what to do.  And then do as He leads.  Sometimes God allows people to be in a certain place (sometimes a very hard place!) so they’ll feel enough despair to seek Him.  Let’s step aside and get out of His way!

God uses hard times to morph us into who He wants us to be.

Think of the butterfly and how it changes over time.  There are many more aspects and layers to what I’m saying, so please hear my heart here.

Yes, we should help people.  Yes!  As long as it’s under God’s direction, we don’t stand in His way.  It’s His  will, remember?  Not ours.

Encourage others.
Pray for them.
Have compassion.
Stand with them.
D
on’t abandon them.
Be their support. 

That’s what we as God’s people should do while waiting for God to work in our midst.

Whew, this has been a little heavy today.  I want to encourage you to praise God in the hard stuff.  Yes, it’s hard not to intervene sometimes, and yes, we can praise God for what He is about to do.  He is working!  And, we can be part of that.  Hallelujah!

Blessings~

 

 

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Encouragement for “Others-Centered” Living

When I think of what impacted me, uplifted me, and refocused me most this week, it was a Focus on the Family broadcast I heard on Wednesday.  It’s rare when something hangs tighter than God’s holy word, but I believe God sometimes chooses to speak to us profoundly  through others.

Karen Ehman’s words stuck in my mind through the remainder of the week, hearing her inspiring ideas over and over in my mind.   In the broadcast, Karen talks about her book, Listen, Love, Repeat.

She speaks of changing our focus from ourselves to others.  Imagine it.  What would the world be like if we all put others first, like God tells us to do?

Mark 1231

I could think of no better way to inspire you than to share Wednesday’s Focus on the Family  broadcast with you.  Click here to listen.

Karen narrows things down beautifully.  Our purpose here on earth boils down to two things.   Have you ever questioned your purpose?  Here it is – actually two – the two most important reasons we’re here:

For relationship with God.  God offers us a place in heaven with Him through faith,

and our second purpose is to take others with us!

I hope you enjoy the broadcast, and maybe you heard it already last week.  How I’ve wasted time by NOT being more intentional to get to know others and to encourage them deeply, in meaningful and thoughtful ways, recognizing their service, and uplifting.  Always uplifting.  (Yay for Mr. Brown! I think you’ll love the Mr. Brown story.  What an awesome and fun encouragement Karen’s family gave to Mr. Brown!)

Do Karen’s words inspire you to focus more on others than on yourself?  Guess what.  She’s right!  That’s what we’re called to do!

Blessings~

PS – What an awesome book!  Thank you, Karen Ehman!

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How to Mix Fabric Prints Together in a Room – 5 Tips

As promised last Monday night, I was back again on Facebook Live on Saturday to share a little about mixing different fabric prints together when decorating a room.

Mixing Prints in Your Decor

Somehow, I forgot about introducing myself.  Stranger still, a high-school friend and former neighbor commented on the video.  He didn’t understand what I was doing, I suppose, but somehow the video popped up in his feed.

I decided to answer his comment rather than deleting it and thereby insulting him.  Facebook sure confuses me sometimes!

Five Tips for Choosing Fabrics That Mix Well Together

  1. Select a large print containing several colors that you like.
  2. Pick two to three colors to use in your room from the large print.
  3. Choose prints that are in keeping with your style – traditional, contemporary, modern, pr farmhouse, for example.
  4. Choose prints with different scale – large, medium and small.
  5. Choose prints with varying textures.

Here’s the mixture of prints with the added pop of gold I talked about in the video.

Mixing Prints in Your Decor

Would you add the gold for a bit of excitement, or would you play it safe and stay with the green and blue tones?

What other topics would you like me to discuss in future videos?

Blessings~

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