Thursday, March 17, 2011

Update a Bed Skirt or Dust Ruffle

Thanks for all of your comments and emails on the crazy car that ended up in our backyard.  I guess we were wrong about Lawrence being a quiet little town!

Now that things have calmed down around here, I have another project to share.  A few weeks ago I bought new bedding for my guest bedroom and needed a bed skirt to match.  I shopped a little online and then decided to give my current bed skirt a makeover.

I started with a basic bed skirt that I have owned for at least five years.  It had three blue lines of embroidery on it (the damask in the background is my ironing board).  I decided to cover the blue lines with grosgrain ribbon.  You can also add ribbon or trim to a plain bed skirt.

You will need to measure your bedskirt before you begin this project.  For a queen size bed skirt, I used 3 four yard rolls of ribbon.  My bed skirt had three separate pieces of fabric.  Two long pieces on either side of the bed and then the piece of fabric at the bottom of the bed.  If your bed skirt is one continuous piece, you will ideally want to use a piece of ribbon that will go all the way around your bed skirt.  If you can't find a roll of ribbon or trim that long, you might have to connect the ribbons at some point on your bed skirt.  Keep that in mind and try to connect them at a place where it is not obvious.  And if you use a patterned ribbon, you will need to match up the patterns once you run out of ribbon on one roll.

I used this ribbon from Hobby Lobby:


If you choose to sew the ribbon to the bed skirt, skip down to the next step.  If you do not sew, you can use Heat'nBond iron-on adhesive tape.  You can find it at Joann's or Hobby Lobby.  It is supposed to hold fabric and ribbon and will withstand multiple washings.  If you use Heat'nBond, follow the instructions on the package.  

If you choose to sew your ribbon, first fold over and iron the end of the ribbon at the start of your bedskirt. 

Then pin the ribbon in place.  When you get to the end of the bed skirt, fold the ribbon over and iron in place again.  

Now sew the ribbon to the bed skirt with a 1/4" inseam on both sides of the ribbon.  Or, iron the ribbon to your bed skirt using Heat'nBond.

That's all there is to it.  This is how my bed skirt looked once it was back on the bed:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's a Wrap

While watching the drama unfold on the Bachelor and browsing blogs last Monday, I came across a couple of projects made with jute rope.  I loved both of these projects instantly.  Check them out:

The jute ampersand is from Inspired Crafts.  Isn't it adorable?

And this lamp is made by the girls at Shanty2Chic.

I looked around my house for something to wrap in jute.  I found this in my guest bedroom.  My mom gave it to me a few years ago.  I think it was the centerpiece at an event she attended.  

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to hunt down some jute.  Naturally the HL in our town doesn't carry jute.  If you live in the city, don't take for granted the nice big selection you have in your HL.  I ended up buying a spool of hemp (yes, hemp) to use instead.  I only used about 1/3 of the spool, so I will be making hemp necklaces for everyone at Christmas.  You can thank me later.  

I used a glue gun and started at the bottom, then slowly worked my way up.

Doesn't it look like jute?  It also looks like a mummy.  So I added a few more things.

I glued some ribbon around it and then out of some scrap fabric, I cut out five four petal flowers.  I just traced a pattern on the back of the fabric and cut.  Then I stacked them different ways, glued them to my mummy and glued a rhinestone in the middle.  I'll be sure to pick up some jute next time I'm in the city!    

Friday, March 11, 2011

Chair Makeover

I realize my blog has gone from being all about the Hahns and our adventures in Kansas to hey, check out all of my projects.  That should tell you that the Hahns are not having many adventures in Kansas.  Maybe that will change once it warms up outside.  But for now ... hey, check out this chair makeover:



I used Rust-Oleum black enamel spray paint and found the fabric at Hancock's for $6/yard.  I'm still amazed that a little paint and fabric can completely change the look of the chair.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Anthropologie Letters

I love Anthropologie.  I love everything in the store.  But I don't always love their prices.  I came across this easy tutorial to make these Zinc Letters from Anthropologie.
The tutorial can be found on one of my favorite blogs, Isabella & Max Rooms.  This gal is crafty and so talented.  She took these paper mache letters and transformed them into the Zinc Letters.

You can pick up paper mache letters at Joann's.  I used a 12" letter that cost $3.99.  Click here for Janell's tutorial.  Here is my finished letter:

Janell recommends using black primer first (I used black spray paint), then a metallic acrylic (I used Folk Art Metallic Gunmetal Gray), and then add in a rust color (I used Joann Essentials Barn Red).  

It's cheap, easy, and so fast.  After your primer or spray paint dries, the rest of the project goes really quickly.  The acrylic paint dries in minutes and you can apply your other coats of paint immediately.  

Monday, March 7, 2011

We Love Carbs

The Hahns love carbs.  I think that was pretty evident by my post about the pretzel tubs.  Because of our love of carbs, we have added a new family member.  Allow me to introduce you:

He came from Craigslist.  So far he has been used a few times ... we'll see how long that lasts.  Does it look like we live in a warehouse?  That's our unfinished basement in the background.

Speaking of pretzels ... I found some large pretzel tubs at World Market.  The pretzels didn't last long.  I'm using the empty tubs for toy storage.

I made this using scrap fabric and Mod Podge.  I talked about making these in this post.  I used cotton fabric instead of burlap and added some embroidery.  

To keep it neat, fold and iron the top and bottom of the fabric in 1/4".  Then fold and iron one of the sides.  When you wrap it around your tub, it will look much neater and you won't have any loose threads hanging off.  

They fit perfectly in this Target bookshelf.  

Since this post is about carbs, I should also mention that we tried out Sweet Paul's recipe for Strawberry Milkshakes this weekend.  The boys loved them. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Recipes for Kids

The boys are supposed to bring a snack to share with their preschool class next week.  Last time I sent pretzel crackers and string cheese--boring!  They always come home with tales of the exciting snack they had at school ... homemade pumpkin muffins and trail mix with nuts, pretzels, peanut butter chips, and raisins.  Last week somebody brought a snack that coordinated with the letter of the week (M - muffins and melon).  I decided I needed to step it up a little.

I was browsing blogs this morning for ideas and came across some great recipes for kids.  I wouldn't necessarily bring any of these for a preschool snack (well ... maybe the mini pop-tarts), but they looked delicious enough to share.

Pop-tart Pops

Aren't these tiny pop-tarts on a stick adorable?  They are made with real cherries, but you could substitute any fruit.  I can't wait to make them.   You can find the recipe on Babble

Eggs in a Cup

My kids love eggs and I think they would love this recipe.  There is even a little piece of prosciutto under the egg.  I found this recipe on my new favorite blog, Sweet Paul.

Strawberry Milkshake

This is also from Sweet Paul.  It's a strawberry milkshake with marshmallow halves stuck to the inside of the glass.  My boys would love this.  

If you have a minute, check out Paul's blog, Sweet Paul.  His photos are amazing and his latest digital magazine is completely focused on kids.   

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Recipes for Company

We had company over Sunday evening to watch the Oscars. My cooking skills are a little rusty since we haven't entertained in a while. I ended up making these easy chicken enchiladas. I found the recipe in Real Simple. I tweaked it a little bit. Here's the altered recipe:

Chicken Enchiladas Verdes 

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 16-ounce jar mild salsa verde
1 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
kosher salt and black pepper
8 6-inch flour tortillas
cilantro (optional)
rice, for serving


Heat oven to 400° F. Place the chicken in a medium pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes; remove from pot and let cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken.
Meanwhile, in a blender, puree the salsa and ½ cup of the sour cream until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and simmer until slightly thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the remaining ½ cup sour cream.
To the chicken add ½ cup of the sauce, 1 cup of the cheese, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and toss to combine. You can also add 1/2 a can of rinsed and drained black beans and 1/2 cup thawed frozen corn.
Spread 1 cup of the remaining sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Roll the chicken mixture in the tortillas (about ½ cup per tortilla) and place seam-side down in the dish. Top with the remaining sauce and cheese. Bake until bubbling and beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with cilantro, sour cream, and rice, if desired.

We are also having company over on Friday for dinner. I'm going to use a Rachel Ray recipe for spaghetti & meatballs that I love. No altering required. And you have to make the sauce ... no opening a jar of sauce for this recipe.

Spaghetti & Meatballs 

1 pound spaghetti
Salt, for pasta water

1 1/4 pounds ground sirloin
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, a couple of handfuls
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano cheese
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup beef stock, available on soup aisle in market in small paper boxes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
A handful chopped flat-leaf parsley
10 leaves fresh basil leaves, torn or thinly sliced
Grated cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano, for passing at table
Crusty bread or garlic bread, for passing at the table


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Place a large pot of water on to boil for spaghetti. When it boils, add salt and pasta and cook to al dente.
Mix beef and Worcestershire, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Roll meat into 1 1/2 inch medium-sized meatballs and place on nonstick cookie sheet or a cookie sheet greased with extra-virgin olive oil. Bake balls 10 to 12 minutes, until no longer pink.
Heat a deep skillet or medium pot over moderate heat. Add oil, crushed pepper, garlic and finely chopped onion. Saute 5 to 7 minutes, until onion bits are soft. Add beef stock, crushed tomatoes, and herbs. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.
Toss hot, drained pasta with a few ladles of the sauce and grated cheese. Turn meatballs in remaining sauce. Place pasta on dinner plates and top with meatballs and sauce and extra grated cheese. Serve with bread or garlic bread (and some good chianti!)