DIY Sarah

Craft, Decor, Art, Garden, and Dessert

Projects for another day

I have so many things I want to do.  There are so many fun projects to work on and I just can’t wait to see the house in ship-shape ready for fun decorating projects.  I’m going to share a few of the diy/craft/decor projects I am looking forward to working on this winter while we take a break from the construction aspect of the house work, some of you may not know this but going through a custom home construction process is exhausting.

1) Poof

I may be a year or two behind the times but I still want to make one of these beautiful simple ottomans.  I think a nice leather one would be great in the library room.  A pink linen one may be just the dose of pink the master bedroom needs.  Better Homes and Gardens has a nice pattern that should make this a quick, fun, and satisfying project.

Click on the image for a link!

2) Upholstered back dining chairs had a great idea. The talented Jenny Komenda saw this image from Style At Home and pointed out the possibility of upholstering the backs of some vintage dining chairs. The dining room needs upholstered dining chairs to offset all that wood panelling and this looks like a great, inexpensive way to make that happen. I’m thinking a round wood table, cream chairs, and a mid-tone upholstery either tan, green, or something wild like lavender. I need to keep my eyes peeled for a set of chairs with an interesting shape.

3) roman shades from mini-blinds

This trick has been seen on several blogs but I’ll link here to my favorite tutorial for this project over at

I’m planning on these roman shades in all the bedrooms, probably the den, the kitchen if necessary, and the closet/laundry room. I’ll probably do something similar but balloon-y for the bathrooms out of sheer fabric. They probably won’t be raised and lowered so the operability is not super necessary. This project is certainly on the list. We need window-covering and this is a cheap and easy way to get higher-end treatments. I’m thinking of lining the fabric with curtain liner so that the blind lines are even less visible, I also want to get gold coast curtains. I’ll let you know how that works out!

4) Family Tree woven blanket

I’ve been talking about making one of these for a while, I just haven’t gotten around to it. It would be a great quilt as well but I’m looking for a faster version.

You can get images printed into these woven throw blankets:

They cost anywhere from $75-$100 but what a great gift! This one from shutterfly is on sale for $71 which is the cheapest I’ve seen. Wouldn’t this be great with a large image of a family tree. You could do pictures or just names. The text would have to be quite large but I think it would be a very unique and tasteful way to personalize a space. Great grandparents gift as well. I am (almost) a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I can trace my lineage back to a patriot in the American revolution: Beriah Bliss. I think having that all drawn out in a detailed family tree would be so cool!

5. Hypertufa Trough

Messy, dirty, and super fun looking, I can’t wait to do this! Maybe next summer.

6. Paper doll magnets

I am so not too old to have these on my fridge!

There are so many more but I’ll share those another time. Let me know if you venture on any of these fun projects without me. I’d love to see how they turned out!