We recently redid out back deck. It was a much needed upgrade and it turned out fabulous! I mean look at the difference. It went from this…..
While this is gorgeous the new deck could not provide a solution for a big problem that we have in our backyard–no shade! Lucky us we just happened to have this Flex Shade Canopy purchased a few years ago and hardly ever used. It was in great shape so we popped it up on the deck and anchored it down with a few screws. Viola! Instant shade.
But still even with the added shade the coverage at times was lacking. Like later in the afternoon when Little A likes playing in his water table the sun was coming under. So I thought……why not add curtains? Better yet how about shower curtains so they can stay up and get wet? Yeah, problem solved!
So I headed to our local Dollar General and picked up 2 shower curtains. The hooks are already included. I got a great deal on them when I used the $5 off $25 on Saturday’s coupon. You can find them on the bottom of almost every receipt.
Because of the position of the tent I put a curtain on 2 sides of the canopy. Once hung I added self-stick Velcro (which I also purchased at Dollar General) to the corners to so that the edges closed around the post. I used the Velcro thinking that it would be easier to adjust curtains as I saw fit and not be stuck with a certain design if I had sewn them shut. It worked out great.
For when I didn’t want the curtains down for shade on the canopy I decided to make some tiebacks. I had some leftover fabric that I cut 24″ wide x 5″ high. I then folded over the edges and sewed them so they wouldn’t fray. You could easily make this a no sew project with some Iron on Hemming Tape. Then I added the self-stick Velcro to the ends. I did end up sewing these on to make sure they were extra secure.
I had thought about adding a bow to the tie back but I already put up this little beauty that I made from leftover deck boards and it was a little on the girly side….I didn’t want my husband to revolt if I took it up another notch.
So here it is tied back. Little A can go out and enjoy his water table and we stay cool and shaded.
The total project cost around $21 for the shower curtains and Velcro using the $5 off coupon. I still have so many more projects that I want to do for the backyard in anticipation for my 40th Birthday party at the end of the summer so stay tuned!
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy your summer!
March is National Craft Month! I want to show how easy it is to find a craft that you can start today. One of my favorites, and actually the first one that I tried, is embroidery. When I started out I used patterns that I purchased but once I got a little better at it I wanted to make my own patterns. It was a little difficult to find directions that had every step. After a lot of research, I put together a few different steps that ended up making a perfect transfer for my embroidery.
Since I had such a hard time finding the right directions I figured this would be a perfect post for Bottom Left of the Mitten. So let’s get started.
You will need to have 3 programs open and available to create the image you are going to print:
- PowerPoint or Word
- Snipping Tool
I set up my image in PowerPoint but you could use a Word Document as well.
Next you’re going to open up your ‘Snipping’ Tool
Once you snip the image it will open up in a window like this
Right click on the image and select ‘Copy’
Now you will take that image and paste it into your Paint Program
It will look like this
Now you have to flip the image so that when you iron it on it will be correct
It will now look like this
Now you will copy this image
And then paste back into your PowerPoint or Word document. I usually delete what was on there after I am done clipping the image I’m going to use so I have a clean sheet.
Once that is done you can now just print this document out. Now gather your final supplies.
You will need:
- a piece of fabric
- your printed image
- transfer pen
- embroidery needle
- embroidery thread
These are pens that I have used for my projects
Take your transfer pen and trace your image.
Cut the excess paper away from the image. You will want to iron the fabric you are using before you apply the transfer.
Flip the paper so that it is ink side down then cover with the iron. *Tip: If you have a large image make sure that you do not rub the iron back and forth since this may leave ‘streaks’ on the fabric. Just simply pick the iron up and place back down on alternating sections.
And here you are…..
Time to emboider!
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
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