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Random Rant

I have had sooo much on my mind this past week! Do you ever feel like you have so much running around in your head you aren’t even present anymore? I keep catching myself staring into space for unknown amounts of time.

So I suppose this will be a post about a jumble of things!

In the past, I’ve discussed choosing the right place to go off-grid. Now, all that is great and well, but when it comes down to it, choosing a piece of land to purchase and call home is huge.

For starters, if you are like us, you are choosing that area,  city, and state FOREVER. Forever? That’s huge. If you purchase 20 acres and start building your off-grid life, it’s pretty permanent. Not to say you couldn’t sell, but… Who has that kind of time and money to invest for fun?

We were getting overly excited about purchasing property and trying to change our ideals to fit certain tracts available, when it hit me. This is a lifetime commitment! I want to find something absolutely perfect. But what is perfect? That’s subjective. Much of land that is for sale already has a home on it. Is this good or bad? We want to be able to build our dream home, but that can be a headache.

In the end I think, the best thing to do is to wait and watch, and when the right thing comes around, we’ll know.

On another brain wave…
We are going on leave in a couple weeks, and while I’m so excited to see my family, I’m so dreading the drive. And the money spent on gas. And traveling with pets. And the disorganization/chaos that will inevitably ensue.
However, I do fully intend to show up at my in-laws’ house with 2 pieces of furniture that I am currently working on fully refurbishing for them. (They’re gonna be awesome!) Sneak peek “before”:

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On a final random note, I have recently become obsessed with the 1940s. I mean, I always have been a little bit. I adore the glamour and the music, the patriotism during the war, and that all-American mentality. I love that women were so feminine and soft and sexy, yet strong feminists at the same time. I’ve also realized that 1940s hairstyles are some of the only styles I find flattering on myself. I’ve always sort of struggled with this semi-wavy, semi-thick hair that can’t make up its mind, and an unusual shaped face that makes more modern hairdos difficult without looking like a chipmunk or giraffe or something. The soft, full waves and rounded styles of the 40s are so flattering. Our grandmothers really knew their stuff about beauty.

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Easy No-Sew Bedsheet Curtains

Hi everyone!

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Yesterday I just got tired of looking at our dining room curtains. They were too long, too red, and didn’t match the curtains in the adjoining room. Besides, I can’t stand the walls in there, and having curtains that I didn’t like either was just too much.

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Before!

I went to Walmart and saw some sheets that I liked. Bingo!

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What You’ll Need
– Bedsheet
– Scissors
– Iron-on hem tape
-Iron
-Curtain rod clip set (I used two sets for 4 curtains)

I have 4 windows I needed curtains for. Because I like mine short, I got 4 curtains from one queen sized flat sheet. You could use a king size and they would cover the whole window. Or, if you wanted floor length, you could just cut the sheet in half instead of into quarters.

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First, I folded the sheet bottom to top and cut the fold. If you want floor length, then fold it lengthwise and cut.

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Then I folded it again and cut, so the sheet was divided into four sections.

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Lay out your fabric to be hemmed. About half an inch to an inch from the cut edge, iron-on your heat-n-bond hem tape (paper side up). Just place it where you want it and iron it for a couple seconds.

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Peel the paper off.

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Fold the edge over the tape and press down lightly for 6-8 seconds.

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Repeat on both cut edges!

Now, just clip on your curtain rings. I split the packs in two because a whole pack was just too many, and evenly spaced them on the curtain. Voila!

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I made 4 curtains for $18! What do you think? Have fun with this project, and make it your own!

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Bathroom Designs That Inspire

Happy Saturday everyone!

Now that the hubby and I are back to our home in Jacksonville, my mind keeps switching back and forth between Homestead-planning mode and DIY mode. I love making plans for our future home, but I also need to work on the home we already have.

My focus right now is on our bathroom. I’ve included touches of my style in our bathroom, but I’m just not pleased with it. The wall color especially bugs me.

You’ll get a thorough rundown on it as soon as it gets its makeover, but for now it’s in the planning stages. Today, I want to post some bathroom features that inspire me!

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Lovely wash table & basin

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Farmhouse sink & wall-mounted faucet

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Large tub & relaxing view of nature

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Sweet old chair for undressing

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Asymmetrical placement of sink & distressed mirror

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Lacy shower curtain & mirrors & footstool

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Claw foot tub & vintage shower curtains

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Rolling barn door

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Dutch doors to the outside

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Shelving behind the toilet

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Vintage toiletry cart

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Black walls

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Reclaimed wood beam counter

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Weathered blue & wooden sink

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Exposed masonry & claw foot tub

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Barn wood vanity

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Sunny windows & vintage mirror

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Chippy paint door & weathered walls

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Vintage bathroom mirror

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Open industrial shelving

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Grey walls

What do you think? I’m gonna have a hard time turning all these ideas into one!

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Welcome!

Hey there!
I’m Lainie, and I’d like to welcome you to my brand new blog. I hope it can be an adventure for us both. Before I go off ranting about all my favorite topics, I’m sure you’d like to know a little bit about the beast behind the madness. So here goes:

I’m from Memphis, Tennessee– born and raised– and I’ve never been to Graceland. I’m told I’m not missing much, though some of you may be entirely offended by that. If so, I apologize.

I just got married in June to the love of my life. He’s pretty great and definitely my soul mate. After a long and
dramatic Nicholas Sparks worthy romance, we have finally made it.
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He’s even nice enough to help me out with some of my wild DIY projects and sit and throw around ideas with me for hours. And he is from a wonderful place in Mississippi that I hope to make our home someday.

Which brings me to my next point:
No, I do not own a homestead. We live in Jacksonville, Florida. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to! It’s my dream, and his too, I think. If you don’t already know, a homestead loosely defined is a home and a piece of land that you grow or farm on. For our purposes, usually when I talk about homesteading it will be with the ultimate goal of going completely off-grid.

We all know that things have gotten a little out-of-control with our government. To say the least. And especially with our economy. I don’t know about you, but for us, times are tough. And being able to make what you want instead of buying it is a skill I can’t afford not to have.
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Of all my research on simple living and going off-grid, hardly any of the answers I have found have been simple enough for someone like me, or, bluntly put, pretty enough. If I am going to take the time to build my own stuff it had better be functional AND attractive.

My goal here is to help others learn how to achieve similar goals in an easy way.
Please give me feedback! Comments & emails always welcome. Have you done any DIY (do-it-yourself) projects lately? Have you seen any DIY’s lately that you would like to try but just seem too difficult?

I am ALL about making things simple and easy. Stay tuned for an instructional on my DIY Shabby Chic Nightstands, one of the first projects I did.

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