I've been looking for an inexpensive tablecloth for the table in my entryway for a long time now. I've had a few that I rotate through the seasons, but I wanted something different. The daisy one I use in the summer time is starting to look a bit faded and tired from the sun. I also have one that I use during the winter that is a bit stained, hidden by carefully placed decorations.
Suddenly an idea came to me- burlap. Simple, inexpensive and will fit in with my decor nicely. It was very easy to do. My awesome mom picked up a few yards for me at Joanns and I went right to work. Once I decided on the size I wanted, I used a seam ripper to pull a thread out all the way down the side. I then cut down the line where the thread was missing to get a nice straight line. It will fray a bit. If you want to you could easily fold a bit over and run a seam down the line, but I like the rustic look.
I love how it turned out! I would recommend letting the fabric sit outside for a while before using. It seems to have a distinct smell that is taking over. It's not practical for an actual table, but great for decorative purposes. I also have a few yards of a off white burlap so I can switch it up. Now I just have to figure out what to use the extra pieces for :)
While wandering the clearance section at Meijer- a dangerous place for me- I stumbled across some bingo markers on sale. I thought they might be a fun alternative to our typical finger paint. Emma was thrilled to get home and try them out.
We still took a few precautions, such as newspaper spread across the table and a paint shirt over our clothes. Once she got started it was hard to make her stop. She loved it! I even went back to buy some more colors :)
I have all kinds of ideas in mind for these in the future, besides playing an occasional game. I want to write out the letters of the alphabet and have Emma use the markers to follow the outline by dabbing around it with markers. I also have a large roll of plain white paper that Emma may have to turn into customized wrapping paper. If you have any other great ideas, please share!
I was recently selected to review some awesome products from Fruit of the Loom. This really excited me, since pregnancy leaves my body in a constantly changing and some what uncomfy state. I'm always looking for 'umentionalbles' that don't bind, pinch, ride up or break the bank!
Right from the beginning I was impressed while working with this company. It took a couple of tries to get the right fit and they worked diligently to find something that would work for me. They have lots of great items to choose from and loads of fun prints available. They even have a customized bra so you can get your perfect fit. The best part- everything is totally affordable!
I received the cupcake set to start, but sadly it was the wrong size. I passed it along to my mom and eagerly awaited the arrival of my next package. Next I received a darling cherry set that I love. It is made of a soft cotton that lays nicely, avoiding all those unsightly bumps and bulges we all hate.
I also was given this great set of racer back sports bras. They are extremely comfy for everyday use while providing plenty of support for working out.
The only thing I had trouble with was the sizing. The band size seemed to run small and my tended to mom agree with me. I would just be sure to take your measurements before placing your order- they have a great guide on the website to help you out. Otherwise, they are super cute and completely comfortable for everyday wear.
Currently, you can go to here to check out their greatest styles. This awesome company is also offering all my readers a coupon code. Enter the discount code B2BFRUIT at check-out to receive $5 off your entire order (it's like getting the shipping for free!). This code expires October 31, 2011 and can not be combined with any other offer. Happy shopping!