March Recap

March has been a crazy month around here! Here’s a recap of everything we’ve had going on:

In the Condo:

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I finally got around to painting the fire alarms in my condo in a nice glossy white. It’s such an upgrade over the eyesore that the red ones were before.

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I rearranged my living room for a much more open floor plan. I also activated a cable outlet without having to call the cable company!

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

I made fully lined & grommeted curtains for my bedroom – without sewing a stitch! I can’t wait to get them hung!

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We shared our color coded floor plan so that you could see not only the colors & layout of the condo, but also the flow between the rooms.

In the Kitchen:

Apple Walnut Salad- Charleston Crafted

I shared one of my favorite salads- the apple walnut with chicken. Yum yum, it is so easy and so filling ! I make it for lunches at work at least once a month!

I shared my new years resolution of eating healthy. I shared how I keep salads (that I take for lunch at work) exciting and delicious.

Inspiration:

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I can’t wait to get a window seat in the master bedroom! I shared this moodboard of inspiration & can’t wait to get one soon!

vanity stool collage - charleston crafted

I explored a few options for a new stool to go with my vanity. Nothing says a little luxury like putting on your makeup in a princess chair!

Other Stuff:

I'm gonna pop some tags - Charleston Crafted

Sean got home! He shared a thrift shop visit inspired by his favorite song & a nautical monkey knot door stop that he made in Maryland!

Monkey Fist Doorstop - Charleston Crafted

What did you do in March?

Seeking Inspiration for a new Vanity Stool!

Even growing up, I have always had a vanity to sit at and do my hair and make up. Something about it is just so much more luxurious than getting ready in the bathroom. Right now I am using this yellow corner desk as a dressing table, but I’m thinking about dragging my old fashioned vanity back in from the guest room.

Either way, I’d love a new stool. Here’s some of the things I’ve been looking at:

vanity stool collage - charleston crafted

This Lila Chair from Urban Outfitters is an amazing shade of purple. I would call it orchid purple & I love it! Too bad for the $250 price tag, but this baby has me wanting to experiment with this color.

This accrylic stool has been all over the interwebs. I’ve seen it on many flash sale sites. Target has it for $119.99. I am really intrigued by the accrylic- I think that it has a lot of potential in a small space. I’m a little afraid of it getting scratched by the animals, though.

I really like the whimsical clover shape of this Hillsdale stool. For $78.99, its one of the better deal that I’ve seen. I also like the skinny wooden legs- too cute!

I’m digging the idea of a round, tufted, storage stool like this one from Target. I love the shape & the idea that I could store extra items like make up travel bags inside. It also inspired me to try to DIY something….

Where do you put on your makeup? Do you have a vanity chair? A favorite stool? Please share!

New Years Resolution Check In- Healthy Lunches

Mexican Taco Salads - Charleston Crafted

I’m usually not one to make resolutions- let alone keep them. But this year, as New Years coincided with Sean leaving for 10 weeks, I decided to make a concious effort to make a few “healthy lifestyle” changes. While I don’t consider … Continue reading

Color Coded Floor Plan

I was inspired by this post over at [my obsession] Young House Love to create a floor plan that shows the colors I’ve painted the various rooms of my condo. I think it does a good job of showing not only the layout of the place, but also the flow of colors that I have going on.

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From the top left corner, clockwise down:

Click here for a full tour of the condo!

How to Tie a Monkey Fist Doorstop

Monkey Fist Doorstop - Charleston Crafted

Sean here! One of my “assignments” when I left for Maryland was that Morgan had seen a great idea to make a monkey fist knot doorstop. It’s a great idea for anywhere, but especially for any nautical-themed room in your house. … Continue reading

No Sew, Fully Lined & Grommeted Window Curtain Panels!

I really believe that, second to painting the walls, the easiest way to transform a room is to add window treatments. Though I’ve been living in my condo since mid-October (wow the time has flown!) I still am seriously lacking in curtains.

Until now.

I knew that I wanted to keep the gold & grey look going in my bedroom. I wanted something bold in color but subtle in pattern. And I wanted grommets. So, after poking around the interwebs a little bit, I decided to just dive in & make my own.

One evening while Sean was out of town, I bombarded his email with about 30 fabric ideas. Once he put on his wellies & dug thru his flooded inbox, we came out with one design we both loved – this Premier Prints Small Dandelion Twill Storm in yellow/white. (It appears to be sold out… now they only have white/yellow. And teal, pink, grey, etc. Sorry!) I love the sweet little dandelions & Sean dubbed them “subtly and not too girly.” Win, win.

I ordered 6 yards. I also ordered 6 yards of white blackout fabric & two packs of white no-sew grommets. The blackout fabric ended up being on back order so I just picked that up at our local Hancock’s.

Then I set out to get going on these bad boys. I actually contemplated sewing them, then opened my craft closet, saw all the junk piled on top of my sewing machine, and ran out and bought more Hem Tape (Steam & Seam for curtain #1 (Hancocks) and Ultra Bond (Walmart) for #2).

Let me take a beat to tell you about these two no-sew tapes. They were both awesome and both had a major pro and a minor con. The Steam & Seam was awesome because you peel off a layer of paper & it was sticky – but still re-positionable. This made it stay in place really well while you were waiting to iron it. However, you had to iron each spot for 20-30 seconds to fully melt it. The Ultra Bond melted in under 5 seconds, but wasn’t sticky, so it slid around a little bit, but no big deal. Both were awesome & I reccomend both!
You might of seen my no-sew tutorial here and here, but I’d be glad to reiterate it.

First, lay out your main fabric, face down. Iron it flat. I just ironed it flat on the carpet.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Then, I measured the length I wanted & cut it flat across. I used 8 feet of fabric for each panel. This resulted in curtains about 7’4″ long. I hung the grommets 2″ from the top so they ended up being able to be hung 2″ above my window that was 7′ above the ground…. but more on that later.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

I measured & marked both sides of the fabric & then used the straight edge to draw a line connecting them.

Now, go around the entire edge of the fabric and hem it 1 inch. I did the long sides first and then went back to hem the top and the bottom. To do this, first fold over the edge & iron it to make a crisp fold.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Then, place a strip of hem tape in the fold. Following the directions on your pack of tape, iron each section until the tape melts. Slowly work your way around the fabric. It takes a little while but is E-A-S-Y.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Once you have a clean edge all of the way around, lay your liner on top, good side out.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Now, starting with the long ends again, fold over the edge & hem. I folded over approximately 1 inch, same as the previous hem, on the 2 sides and the bottom.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

If you end up hemming liner-to-liner & not getting any of the outside fabric on your hem, it’s ok. That’s the beauty of hem tape! Just add more & iron again.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

To hem the top, I folded the edge over 5 inches. This allowed space for my grommets and a little wiggle room.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Iron away & remember to hem the sides of the folded part closed, too, if you’re going to use grommets. If not, you can leave it open and stick the curtain thru that fabric tube. If you’re not using grommets, ta-d-a! You’re done!

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

I, however, had to be fancy. My grommets came with a nifty circle tracer tool. So, I eyeballed where I wanted the holes to be (uniformly 2″ from the top- you want it to hang straight) then traced circles to cut out.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

I actually used a knife to stab the first holes… very theraputic.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Then I used craft scissors to cut out the hole.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Then I added the grommets. You put the edge with the lip on the good side & the edge with the teeth on the back. Use the palm of your hand to snap them closed.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

Some went easy and some were a pain in the butt. You have to make sure that you cut out the entire hole or they won’t work. If you have too many layers of fabric, you might want to trim back some of the innter layers. Once I did that, it was very easy.

No Sew Curtains DIY - Charleston Crafted

The whole thing took about 2 hours a curtain. I did it on the living room floor while watching TV. It was easy, the ironing just takes a while.

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I have to wait until Sean gets home to hang them. It is so hard to wait!

Have you been up to any projects lately?

How to “activate” a cable outlet

Last week, I showed you how we rearranged our living room. I also mentioned that we hit one snag.

What happened is that Sean swapped the placement of the TV and the couch. We are lucky enough to have a cable outlet on each of the walls in the living room. We previously had it plugged in on the left, but now we can easily plug it in on the right side. Or, so we thought.

Sean moved everything and plugged in the tv in its new spot and…. nothing happened. Ditto internet. I called Comcast (our internet/cable provider) and after being told to wait 30 minutes (nothing happened still) we finally connected to someone that informed us that that outlet wasn’t activated and that we would have to have a technician come out and activate it.

This was annoying because:

  1. We wanted to watch TV NOW!
  2. Technician visit = $$$
  3. Technicians tend to lead to an appointment “between twelve and four” meaning I’d end up having to take a half day off work.

So, I hung up angrily and we rigged up this:

long cable cord

But as I told you before, I really like this new layout. I want it to work. So I went to work on Monday and proceeded to try Googling it. Google had lots of forums with people mostly complaining about Comcast, but little actual help. So, I decided to run it by a Mr. Fix-it coworker. I explained to him that I wanted to activate an outlet. He asked me if I had seen a bundle of coaxial cables- probably with a splitter or two. He said they might be near my electric box, but I knew that it must be the big random bundle of cords in my porch closet!

So apparently, a cable cord can only hold a certain number of out wires. Mine can hold two and had two that were just… dangling. So, I randomly picked one to unscrew and screwed in the other. I then tested the internet in the new outlet… no change. I was starting to think that maybe Mr. Fix it was wrong. So, I tried the other un-attached cable, with low hopes.

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activate a cable outlet

activate a cable outlet

activate a cable outlet

Magically, I got the internet box to light up the winning combo! By some miracle, it worked!

So, no, you don’t have to pay your cable provider to activate an outlet. Find the bundle of cords, and plug in one of the loose cords into an output plug. Boom! You should have power!

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