Gotta Love a Front Porch

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I have always loved my front porch.  Just sitting and listening to the birds whether it be morning with coffee or evening with something else …. it is so peaceful.  I was at Ikea in the middle of this past winter with my niece and we came across their LIL curtains.  These are extra wide and extra long and and come 2 panels in a package for $4.99 (I know you just fell over)…we both said at the same time they would be perfect for a porch, so we both purchased some.  I bought five packages, 10 panels along with a couple packages of ikea curtain wire to hang them.   I have had these tucked away in a drawer in my sewing room since January-ish, often dreaming of how it may look after I hand them…but no more dreaming, today was the day to hang them! I love using the curtain wire from Ikea, it is fairly quick to install and easy peasy to use; it has so many uses.  I used this curtain wire to hang the fort curtains on the bunk bed in the Mario room I posted not long ago. You will need a drill and 6 flat top tapered screws for each curtain wire.  I don’t understand why Ikea doesn’t include the screws, it would really make life easier.

The wire is 197″ long so you can really cover a good sized area or cut it with wire snips for a smaller area. With one extra piece which is sold separately, you can go around a corner with it too.  Unfortunately, I didn’t measure right and need to go back for another wire set..ho hum.. At least it did go up easy…this is the first piece

This is my porch before the curtains and a bit of tjuzsing..(yes that’s a word)

Now after..

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It feels so cozy when I sit there now…I cannot wait to get the end curtain up…

I love the texture of the panels…they are kind of a netting look.  I hope it will reduce the hornet and mosquito activity on the porch a bit…

Oh and the entire time I was working out there I had a Momma Robin screeching at me because she built her next here:

I still have to complete the other side of the porch…but her nest in on the porch light on that side so I may just wait until her little ones hatch and learn to fly away…

 

— Deedee


When is a Bunkbed not a Bunkbed?

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When it’s a fort!  I have two guest rooms in my home and one has been officially named the “Mario” room by our grandchildren, Aiden (7) and Olivia (5).   I found and ordered some wall decals from Amazon that I used on the walls to create the Super Mario themed room as requested by Aiden.   It took me well over 6 months to finally decorate the room with them, but when I did, it was easy peasy, kids love it and they look great!  Here is how we did it:

First, we washed the walls…yes “we” (why, I asked them should Gram have all the fun?)… and they actually didn’t hate doing it.

Then we put up the decals…. and then

finished the second wall, put together the bunkbeds and added curtains from Ikea

Now, to the Fort….

I purchase a twin size duvet cover for $12.99 from Ikea and used just half of it to sew up two curtains of equal size.   We then attached them to the inside of the top bunkie boards using a handy hanging system from (yup again) Ikea. I love Ikea; can you tell? Using the duvet cover was less expensive than purchasing another set of curtains and I have so much left over I can make pillows or pillow cases or both!  The room is coming together and our grandchildren love it.  It is cozy during the day…

or night….

I purchased some wall scones with clouds on them for each bunk at Ikea and placed them at a height each child could reach as they love reading just before falling asleep.  They are such cute lights and the clouds on them remind me of the Super Mario game.  I still want to make an area rug for the floor (I have some ideas but not sure how to make them work yet) and paint with chalkboard on the wall you can’t see in the photos.  Is a room ever really done? Maybe not, but this one is good to go for now and the grandkids love their fort… Aiden suggested I think about making and hanging curtains from the ceiling for the top bunk too….yup, I was thinking the same thing!!  I might have to teach them to sew!

 

— Deedee