Friday, February 24, 2012

Old Light Bulbs + Twine = Pears!

We're getting ready for Baby M's first birthday here on Lincoln Street. I can't quite believe it's already been a year since we met him. I'll report back about his birthday party next week - prepare for lots of owls!

Anyway, as I was writing a birthday message to him on a little chalkboard in the bathroom, I realized I'd never shared my twine pears with you.

I can't seem to find where the image originated from, but after seeing a picture of a trio of light bulbs wrapped in twine, I started saving my supplies right away: old light bulbs, twine from the garage, twigs & a glue gun. Free projects are my favorite kind! It was a bit time-consuming to wrap the twine around and around, but easy enough that I could just turn my brain off (it's usually fried after I get the kids to bed every evening anyway!), catch up on my favorite TV show and glue away. I'd like to make a few more, to fill a whole bowl. But for now, I'm enjoying them in this little shelf.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dining Room Curtains

When I saw these fabulous Anthropologie-inspired curtains on Pinterest a few weeks ago from a really fun blog called Besserina, I knew they would be perfect for my dining room. Bess, the author, offers a great tutorial, which I followed to a T -- be sure to go check it out! These curtain made such a splash, she is even offering them for sale on Etsy now. The only adjustment I made to her tutorial was using 70-inch wide fabric to accommodate my large window. I considered adding another ruffle to each panel, but decided to stick with just two, and I love them!

I had been looking for curtains with a slightly vintage feel, but also elegant. I've got a lot of color in my house, so I liked the idea of neutral yet dramatic drapes. Here they are, hanging in my dining room!

And I have to add that osnaburg is my new favorite fabric. It has a wonderful natural color and texture, frays beautifully, and it's quite inexpensive! I found it at for under $5/yard. I used about 10 yards for my project, so the curtains cost me less than $50. At that price, they can't be beat, even if this project was a bit time-consuming with all the pleats. They're worth it!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Back in the Saddle

I find it slightly ironic that as soon as I moved Lincoln Street Lovely over to Blogger, got everything set up and publicly declared my intention to post a minimum of once per week, I disappeared from the blogosphere for 5 months. I could chalk it up to the steeper-than-anticipated learning curve of becoming a family of 4, a case of baby blues, severe sleep deprivation and the resulting brain-fog, or maybe just plain busyness, but I give my apologies! Things are, however, looking up in my little world. We've gotten our family groove back in many ways, Baby M is turning 1 this month, I've implemented some better self-care techniques, and although we're still not sleeping as much as we would like, I'm hoping for some good 7 hour nights in the near future. I've missed being here, and I'm eager to be back. There are so many things I want to share!

Today I want to make sure you know about this fabulous website that a friend showed me. Leave it to her to find beauty everywhere she looks. She inspires me! And so does this site dedicated to color, color and more color: Design Seeds: for all who love color

Here are a two palettes that are speaking to me today:

I could post a bunch more, but I won't. You must go explore this site for yourself. It is ever-changing and ever-inspiring! Doesn't it just make you want to start a project?