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Curtain Mishap

While my mom was here sewing our fabulous bedroom curtains, she was also working on our equally as fabulous living room curtains! They look so great…minus one small mishap. See how they don’t extend all the way across our window? Yeah…about that. When I ordered the curtain rods, I knew I needed two to fit this area. I ordered the longest one and the shortest one, which would give us plenty of extra room. It would have been perfect except for the fact that the tubes from the two different lengths wouldn’t fit inside each other. At all!

Oh, I was livid. LIVID. I wanted to scream, cry and curse. I did a little of all three while my husband, mom and brother looked at me like I lost my mind because I couldn’t express my frustrations with words. Have you ever had one of those moments? You have a plan, think it is going to work perfectly and then boom – a mishap you didn’t count on and it foils your perfect plan. That is exactly what happened at the Steen house on Sunday afternoon. I took a deep breath and calmed down….slightly…

A new curtain rod, one that is the longest length, is on its way to our house and should arrive tomorrow so we can properly dress this window. I know it will work, as that is what we did in our kitchen. (I know, I should have done it from the start but I thought it would work and save $30 at the same time.) I am happy to report that the short curtain rod will work for one of the guest bedrooms so it is not a waste or loss! I hope to have new pictures of this window for you next week…as long as it goes as planned. Hah!

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So you know those super cute Christmas ornament trees you always see? The ones with regular and mini sized ornaments? Yeah, I have too and I had the brilliant idea that I could make one! And that assumption would be absolutely wrong. Let me take you on a little journey of a Christmas craft FAIL.

Since I waited until two weeks before Christmas to attempt this project, all major stores (Target, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree & Michael’s) were out of the mini ornaments. I did pick up the Styrofoam cone from Dollar Tree, which made me very happy! Since I couldn’t find the mini ornaments, I thought I could use this silver garland instead and make a great substitute. About two seconds in, I realized this was going nowhere and it looked terrible! On to the next idea…

I went back to Michael’s (and sort of hoped the mini ornaments would pop out at me) and got these red jingle bells of all sorts of shapes and sizes instead. I thought this would be such a cute little alternative! The packages had mini, regular and large jingle bells. Perfect! I could start with the biggest and work my way up to the tiny ones.

Ummm…no. There were gaps and holes all over the place and then I thought I had enough room but didn’t have enough room at the top for more and then I tried to put a bow on it but it made it look worse. Serious, serious fail! I was so frustrated and mad by this point. I had put the bells all the way up to the top and then proceeded to rip them all out (which left huge dents in the Styrofoam since I had pushed these in as hard as I could) and just say, well…its actually not blog-land appropriate what I said but lets just say it was a word and my dog ran away because he thought he was in trouble!

Once I ripped off the bells and was left with a bumpy and uneven cone, I threw the torn off bells (note the pieces of hot glue and Styrofoam in the crevices) into a mason jar with some faux snow and called it good. What else can you do?

So, since it had worked time and time again, I got out the jute twine and wrapped it around the form to make a natural, jute Christmas tree. I’ve seen this on several other blogs and thought it was cute plus I already had the twine and it took like five minutes to wrap this around the small form.

It isn’t all blinged-out like I wanted but it works and I think balances out the shiny and glittery little bird on this Hobby Lobby tray on our ottoman. I kept one bell on top just so people would know it is a Christmas tree and not some cone with jute twine on it for no reason. Or at least I hope they will know.

So that is my tale of my two day, Christmas craft fail. At least it was salvageable, right? I hate not being perfect.

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