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State of Art

Jennifer —  January 20, 2012

Did you know that Oklahoma has its own song?

Those who know me know that I loved growing up in Oklahoma. I even have an ongoing battle with a friend of ours about which state is better my state or his. If you want to know history about your state then get into a friendly battle with someone about which state is better. You find out all sorts of fun facts like:

  • Oklahoma is the state with the most Miss Americas
  • The first electric guitar was invented in Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state
  • The yield Traffic Sign was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa
  • The Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in Stillwater Oklahoma
  • Sonic was started and still headquartered in Oklahoma City. Enough said. Everyone thanks Oklahoma for Sonic.

The Hubs loves his state too. He loves that he grew up in Kansas City and before anyone can ask which side (Kansas, or Missouri) He makes sure that they know Missouri. Where we are from is a huge part of who we are, so I decided to include it in our “family” decor on our fabric covered shelves.

I wanted to include some state art and this is how I did it. Here is what you need:

  • Yarn
  • Foam Board ( I got mine at Wal-MArt)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Back of an old picture frame (The cardboard part) Make sure its sturdy.
  • Tape
  • Scrap book paper, fabric, contact paper, wrapping paper. I used scrap book paper.

Here is what you do

1.) Wrap the frame back in the paper of your choice.

I got two .25¢ frames at a thrift store and took out the back. I folded the corners like a present and taped it.

2.) Find a picture of your state.

I had a good sized one in a map I own so I just traced it. I am sure you could google one too.

The Census bureau of each state has printable ones. So you can even do it right!

US Census Bureau

3.) Cut your state out.

I didn’t worry about the little tiny curves of the border on each state. I made sure the main ones where there that make the state shape.

4.) Lay it on your foam board and trace it with a marker. Sharpies work best.

(I didn’t take a picture of my

state cut out, but I used the same foam board to cut out some letters. )

5.) Cut it out with an exacto knife.

I just took my time and sometimes had to repeat scoring it until it cut through. Make sure you have something underneath the foam board to protect your surface.

6.) Wrap the first layer it in yarn.

Again, it took a little bit more effort with the state so I didn’t take a picture. The Hubs was out of town too so he couldn’t help, but I will show you on the letter F that I wrapped:

Pick the direction you want your finished product to be going and do that layer second. You wrap two layers so that you can cover all the edges. Get out your hot glue gun and run a tiny bead of hot glue on the part of the state you are going to start on. I started at the top going horizantally. Lay your string on the bead of glue and start wrapping. Go slow and make sure you wrap it tightly so the edges are covered. Sometimes on funny corners or pumps I would put a tiny bead of glue to hold the string there. To end, cut the yarn and glue it down on the back

7.) Wrap the second layer

Since I went horizantal first I wrapped Oklahoma vertically to finish. Start and finish the same way. There is no way to instruct you how to do the “funny” parts, just wrap and unwrap until it looks right. This is a good one to do infront of a movie.

8.) Glue the state onto the back of your scrapbook-covered frame back.

You could also frame it in a shadow box backed by scrap book paper.

9.) Touch up white spots

I just worked with the yarn a little and moved it over. For those that wouldn’t move, I had a Sharpie that matched this color so I filled in the tiny white spots on the edges with that.

Here is my side again:

Here is the Hubs side:

Voila! Personal, custom art that cost about $7.00. I made two so $3.50 a pop! Do any of you have state love? Do you know any fun facts about your state? Come on…do tell. I know you Texas people out there have something to say. You guys love your state more than anyone I know.

Thanks for reading,



As I am writing this title I am thinking of The Wizard of Oz.  You know the part where Dorothy finally pulls back the green curtain to see that the Wizard of Oz is a normal man.   For a blast from your childhood here is what I am talking about:

As you saw last week that I have many curtains in my master bedroom.  We don’t have a lot of space so curtains make the space more functional.  It also softens the walls and make the room more inviting.  Just in case this is the first time you are visiting my master bedroom, here are all the places that a curtain is hiding something.

Today I would like to share what is behind this Curtain:

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My neighbor came over tonight while we were in our garage.  He looked around and said “I never thought you would ever fit all this in your garage!”  I was so excited how impressed he was but after he left I got to thinking…that proves how bad it was.  His  statement means that he noticed how bad it was, and probably commented on it.  Sigh…….  We have the best neighbors.  They take care of us and check on us and we are thankful for them.  I am sad if I have been an eye sore in the neighborhood, but at least you couldn”t see it unless the garage door was open. :)  Now the garage is clean and I am ready to show you the next part.  Monday I showed you the left side.  Today, you get to see the right side of the garage.  Friday I will show the major undertaking of the entire project.  I am hoping the hubs will write the post and tell ya how he did it.  Here is how the right side  turned out:  (can you see the spray paint stains…yeah, that is my fault)

The concrete is the other side of the fireplace.  We were able to hang a few items on the concrete.  The hubs built the shelves.  He used scrap plywood and some cheap 2X4s to make it happen.  You can see by the full view that there are small nooks on either side of the garage.  The left side where the trash can set was at one time not a part of the garage.  I didn”t know I would be blogging when we first moved in and I regret to say that I don”t have pictures.  So I made one of my fabulous artistic sketches for you.  Can you tell I got my degree in art?  Just kidding…sorry my sketches are so amateur.  Here is the garage layout before:

We inherited this great space that used to be part of the garage.  A previous owner turned the backside of the garage into a long room and the potential was limitless.  The problem is that the layout of the renovation was a little weird.  First of all, there was an angled wall in the garage hindering a car from being able to pull in and when you went in the angled door you found yourself in a large, unfinished, ugly, used to be part of the garage, room.  Once you had entered the room, to “On behalf of our IT staff and myself, thank you for recovering the critical hard drive recovery software that was on our dead 2TB hard drive. your left was the room and to the right was a weird angled corner.  To get in the house you entered in a french door….even weirder.  Why would someone want to have this view from their kitchen french door?

You can see the angled wall here.  The other side is the garage.

It had to change.  So this is how we changed the layout:

I will post more on this when I reveal our laundry room/craft room, but I am telling you this now that changing this allowed more room in the garage.   We now have this little nook to the left of the concrete wall.  This is perfect for our trash cans.  The attic door is above it so we didn”t want to put any storage that could hinder that entrance.  Some day That wall might be used for more wall storage, but for now its stays empty.  Behind the door was perfect storage for our cleaning tools.  They are hung by a $3.00 storage rack I found at Wal-mart.

The right side of the back of the fireplace is a little nook.  Here is a closer look at the shelves that the Hubs built.

They were super easy according to the Hubs.  He bought one big piece of plywood and used some 2X4s that we found in the pile that the previous owner left.  We made it sturdy by screwing 2X4s into all sides of the nook.  He rested the cut piece of plywood on top and screwed it in to secure it.  In case you don”t know you have to use a mason bit and mason drills to screw into concrete.

This area allows us to hold bigger things we use all the time.  See the kitty litter?  The hubs and I don”t have a cat, but we do have a box of kitty litter on hand at all times.  Weird right?  Is it more weird that I think that all DIYers should have a bag of kitty litter on hand?  Why?  Because of this:

You can”t throw away paint.  The trash man will leave it on your curb, and landfills/transfer stations will arrest you if you try to dump it.  (just kidding, they won”t arrest you but they will stop you)  What is a DIYer to do with extra paint never to be used again?  They answer….kitty litter.  Just pour it in the paint bucket and leave the lid off for a few days.  The paint dries up in about and hour and the extra days makes it come out of the bucket easier.  Once the paint is dry you can throw it away and the trash man will gladly take it.  Genius! An extra added plus is that the Kitty Litter smells good and makes the garage smell great!   Thank you to the Taney County Transfer station worker who gave me this life changing  garage changing tip!

There you have it…part two.  I am hoping the next post will be by the Hubs!  Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading


Has it been raining where you live?  Here is Missouri we are getting dumped on!  It literally has not stopped raining since Saturday morning!  The hubs and I had so many plans to work outside in our yard, but all of those plans were curbed.  The hubs continued to work on the garage and I pulled out some sewing projects that I had wanted to do for a while.  I needed to make curtains for my Master Bedroom.  There are two windows that face the front and exposed side of our house so they needed to be privacy curtains.  As I said in my last post I have a thing for stripes.  I love horizontal stripes right now and I am trying to find a way to put it in every room of my house.  I have determined it the theme of my house.

So far in what I have shown you here are the places that have stripes:

  • My Guest Bedroom:  The yellow striped pillows, the pin striped sheets and the chevron curtains (I like chevron just as much as stripes)
  • My Hallway – the striped bins
  • My bathroom – the framed striped fabric (leftover from the striped bins)
Striped fabric is hard to come by.  I love my favorite fabric store in Springfield Missouri but they did not have the color or size of stripes that I was looking for. I wanted navy and white stripes.   I looked online.  Sellers on Etsy were selling panels of curtains for $200.00 a pair.  Nope…too much for me.  Fabric online was about $18.00 a yard and not exactly what I wanted.  I decided that I wanted to make curtains for my closet because the bi-fold door option hindered access to the storage around my bed (to be posted soon :)  So That meant I needed about 13 yards of fabric…at $18.00 a pop that”s a total of $234!  That is too much for curtains.  I didn”t even spend that much on my bed.   So, I decided to make striped curtains out of cheap Wal-mart bed sheets.  Here is how they turned out:
The window:
The closet:
I used three twin sized bed sheets for one window.  The other window (not shown) is behind my bed so the panel had to be half the size.  I used only two twin bed sheets to make and line that window.  Finally, I used to full-sized bed sheets for the closet.  I lined the window curtains but did not line the closet ones.  (there”s no sunshine or neighbors to block out there)  The total cost to curtain three windows and a 60ft closet opening: $41.00!!!  
Here is how to do it: (I am going to give you the “how to” for the tall window size but you can change your dimensions for your needs)
  • One white twin flat sheet from Wal-Mart. ($5.00)
  • Two blue (or the color you like) twin flat sheets from Wal-Mart ($5.00)
  • Invisible string.  ( I use this because you are sewing through two different colors)
  • A good ruler
  • A good pair of scissors
  • Sewing machine of course
  • Seam Ripper
Here is the type of sheets that I bought.  Target has some cheap sheets too.  Their brand is RE-style.
  1. Take the sheets out and iron.
  2. Figure out how long you want your curtains to be and how big you want your stripes to be.
    • A twin bed sheet is 96 inches long and 66 inches wide.  My window was thirty inches wide so I knew that I would just cut the sheet in half for two panels.  I wanted my curtains to be 85 inches long.
  3. Determine how you want the stripes to begin and end.  I wanted the top and bottom of the curtain to be navy.  That means I needed an odd number of total stripes with more of the navy fabric.  I did a little math and I decided that I wanted  11 – 7 .75 inch stripes. (6- Navy/ 5- White)
  4. Lay the sheet out flat.  On both white and colored sheets cut the seamed edges off the sides of the sheet. (sides only)
  5. On both sheets take a seam ripper and gently rip out the already sewn seam at what is known as the top of the bed sheet. This is the  4inch fold.  This will give you some more fabric for your curtain.  Keep the bottom seamed edge.  Iron out the folds from the seam you ripped out.
  6. Fold the width of the flat sheet in half  three times.  Be careful to make sure the edges at the top all  line up.  Pin them if you need to keep them together.  You should now have your sheet folded to about 12 inches wide.  (It should still be 100 inches long.  Don”t fold it in half where it makes the sheet shorter…you are cutting stripes along the width of the sheet not the length)  
  7. The first strip that you cut will be the curtains top.  Use the already seamed edge from the sheet…one less thing to sew.  Measure down 8inches (1/4 inch for seam to sew) from the top and mark with chalk.  Do this three times and line up the marks with your ruler and chalk.  Cut your first stripe on the line.  (This will make a 64 inch wide 8inch tall stripe)  Ignore my line above.  I was making the closet curtains when I took the pic.  Your mark should be 8 inches down.)
  8. Cut four more stripes from the blue. Since these are in the middle cut  8.25 inch stripes (this allows fourth inch on the top and bottom seam)  When you unfold these stripes you will have 64 inch stripes that are 8.25 inches tall)
  9. Cut your bottom strip the same way except it should be 9 inches tall because you will need extra inches to seam the bottom of the panel.
  10. Take your white sheet and cut the one seamed edge off the sheet.  (It now should have three side seams cut off and the top folded seam undone by your seam ripper.   Your length should be 64 inches wide and 100 inches long)
  11. Fold the white sheet the same way that you folded the colored sheet. (In half three times width wise)  Make sure the edges of the sheet are lined up.
  12. Measure with your ruler 8.25 inches from the top.  Mark three times with chalk and draw a line with your ruler.  Cut the stripe.
  13. Repeat this four more times.  You now should have 5 white stripes that are 64 inches wide and 8.25 inches tall.
  14. Stack your stripes in order from top to bottom.  The first stripe will be your 8 inch colored stripe with the sewn seam.  Alternate white and colored stripes.  End with the 9 inch colored stripe at the bottom.
  15. Start sewing your stripes together with a 1/4 inch seams.
  16. Once you have sewn all your pieces together, iron open all the seams.
  17. Iron your third flat sheet.  This sheet will line the curtain.  Cut the edges off the sides of the sheet.  Open up the 4inch seam on the top part of the sheet.
  18. To avoid ripping out another seam, at the top of the curtain panel I folded the top of the liner in 1/2 inch and heat bonded the folded edge to the top the curtain panel just under the seamed edge.
  19. Fold the sides of the curtain (panel and liner together) in 1/4 inch and then fold again 1/2 inch and pin. (ironing as you do this helps)  Sew the seams down both sides of the curtain.
  20. Lay the curtain flat.  The curtain should now be 62.5 inches wide.  Measure and mark the halfway point in the curtain panel.  (31.25 inches) all the way down.  Line up your marks with a ruler and draw a line.
  21. Cut down the middle of the curtain panel.  Now you have two curtain panels with stripes that line up!
  22. Fold both unseamed edge of the curtain in 1/4 inch and then in 1/2 inch and sew.
  23. Fold the bottom of both panels 1/4 inch and then another 1.4 inch.  Pin an sew.
Now you have two curtain panels.  I hung mine with clips.  You could buy a pillow case for $2.00 in the same color and sew tabs on the top or back of the curtain panel to slide it on a rod.
Here is how I hung my closet curtain.  (I used the same steps above with a white full sheet and a navy full sheet.  There was no lining so my closet curtains cost $16.00.   I bought a $3.00 curtain rod from Lowes like this one
I did not use the hardware it came with but screwed the curved part into the side of the  closet opening behind the piece of trip.  There was no hole.  I just made one.
I slid on the cheap clips from Wal-Mart and screwed the other side into the opposite side.  I clipped on the curtains and there you go!!!  $20.00 closet doors.
Hope this gives you an idea.  This project has many steps but literally took me about three hours while watch Pride and Prejudice.  It requires knowing how to sew a straight stitch.  Have fun!
Thanks for reading


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