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Quick New Curtains

I whipped up a couple of new curtains yesterday for the front door and window using an ANNO LJUV sheer panel from IKEA. The fabric was a little tricky because the flower petals are stiff and the rest is a very soft mesh, but I used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine (a first for me) and that worked well. I think that slipping another café curtain rod (I use the $3 cheapies from Target) along the bottom will help the window curtain hang more smoothly.

The front entry seems to get so much more light now! Well, that’s probably also because I took the screen door off. I was feeling industrious yesterday.

Autumn Leaves Napkin Rings for BHG

This is the second craft project I’ve made for Better Homes & Gardens this fall (the first was the Halloween mask). I, along with the other three bloggers, was tasked with creating something out of real or fake autumn leaves. And just as last time, you can vote for your favorite at

Wouldn’t these be great for setting the table on Thanksgiving? Here’s how you can make your own.


  • faux fall leaves
  • faux berries on wire stems
  • felt
  • ribbon
  • pinking shears
  • hot glue gun and glue


  • For each napkin ring, cut a 3″ circle out of felt with pinking shears. I find it’s easier if you make an outline of the circle with chalk before cutting.
  • Glue a single leaf to the felt circle, leaving 1/2″ of the stem hanging down.
  • Glue a few sprigs of berries to the leaf, wrapping the end of the wires around the leaf stem to strengthen it.
  • Cut a 24″ length of ribbon, and tie it at its center to the stem of the leaf.
  • use the ribbon to wrap around a napkin and tie the ends in a bow.

And remember, you can see the other three projects made with autumn leaves and vote for your favorite at!

How to Make My Halloween Mask for BHG

I mentioned last week that I would provide you with the instructions to make the same Halloween Mask that I made for Better Homes & Gardens. Halloween will be here in just a few weeks, but there is still plenty of time for you to create your own version of this mask!


  • plain mask
  • wooden dowel rod
  • green acrylic craft paint
  • leaves and finely textured faux flowers for the main part of the mask
  • taller faux flowers for the floral pick
  • wire (preferably green florist’s wire)
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • small hole punch
  • green embroidery floss
  • small fake bird


  • Start by punching holes along one side of the mask. This is where you will eventually attach the dowel rod to support your mask.
  • Paint a base coat of green on the mask and wooden dowel rod.
  • Glue faux leaves around the eyes and nose of the mask, leaving room along the outer edges.

  • If you wish, create eyelashes out of spindly petals (faux allium work well) and glue them around the eyes of the mask.

  • Use hot glue to attach the fake bird near the top of your mask.
  • Cut your finely textured faux flora into pieces and glue these to the mask, covering as much surface area as possible and tucking under the edges of the leaves and around your bird.

  • Next, create the floral pick that will attach to the support stick for the mask. I chose three branchy faux flowers of differing textures and used hot glue to attach them to each other.

  • Once the dowel rod is dry, attach the floral pick along the top with hot glue, then wrap with wire to secure.
  • For a more finished look, wrap green embroidery floss around the dowel rod where you attached the floral pick.
  • Attach the dowel rod to the mask with wire, and you’re done.

* If you like my mask you can vote for it every day at until October 10.

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