peach and blackberry grilled pizza. stop it. so good.

No. I have not fallen off the face of the earth. Yes. I am still here. I promise. It’s crazy. This little thing called {summer} hit and I realized that sitting in front of my computer was the last thing I wanted to do.

I am one of those who can’t get enough of summer with my babies. I think it is because there are no routines or schedules or places we HAVE to be. Needless to say, I wanted to spend the last few weeks soaking up the little moments with my little monsters before they headed off to school. I admit it. I am sad. With each year that passes I realize how quickly time is passing. Oh boo.

I am back. Well, for now. And, I just have to share our new favorite kitchen treasure. I owe it all to one of my besties who inspired the evening after we spent a weekend at their house. It all started with pizza on the grill {yumm-y!} and a pizza stone. Let me introduce you to our new weekend staple, Emilie Henry Grilling Stone.

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Seriously. I can’t even tell you how amazing this thing is. I spent a little time in Sur La Table and got this recommended to me over other pizza stones because it is durable {10 year warranty, yo.} and is easy to clean. Oh, and did I mention that you can also cook these tasty treats on it?

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No. I am not kidding. Look at everything you can make with it, albeit on the grill. That is my type of cooking. Do I think you should put one on your Christmas list? Heck ya. It is that good. Both me and my other half couldn’t stop raving about it all weekend. Sur La Table, we thank you.

Now, here is the good stuff. We tried out a few different pizzas on our new BBQ stone and found one that was a total winner. {translation:  both me and the mr. were drooling} It looks like you slaved over it, but it couldn’t be easier.

If you follow me on instragram I apologize for the repeat, but I figure the recipe will make up for the duplicate picture.



  • pizza dough
    {i use the trader joe’s dough and break in half}
  • olive oil
  • goat cheese crumbles
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • basil
  • peach
  • blackberries

{grill it up.}

  • Following stone directions, heat grill to 500° with stone on BBQ
  • Grill peaches until browned on both sides
  • Shape dough into a round circle
  • Spread 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over dough
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over base
  • Layer with blackberries, grilled peaches, goat cheese crumbles
  • Place on grill {follow stone directions} until fully cooked
  • Remove from grill and add basil
  • Voila!


Trust me. Too die for. Easy to make and easy on the eyes. What could be better? Doesn’t it make you drool just looking at it? You have my word, it will be a crowd pleaser. Give it a try. You just might fall in love too.

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my six fave kid apps. yours too?

I know. What? Favorite apps? Well, let’s be clear here. I am not one to turn down something that makes life oh, so easy. Our iPad has some serious screen time regulations, but I will be the first to admit that it is my secret weapon when:

1. We want to eat in peace at a restaurant. No lie. Total silence and complete concentration. Who can say no to that?

2. The mama needs to shop. Three kids in a double BOB stroller, an iPad and some snacks {aka the perfect recipe for a two hour shopping trip}. I know, it is so horrible, but when I dangle that amazing techy device in front of them I can get in at least two hours of uninterrupted shopping.

3. My poor little guy has to wait in line to pick up his big bro in line for school. I tried having him read books, but I caved in watching him so restless. iPad to the rescue, yet again.

4. Pure bribery. Sure you can play… once you clean your room, pick up the playroom and give mommy a back scratch. Come on. Please tell me I’m not the only one who uses it to get some serious picking up done. I know you do, too.

Needless to say, I have learned that the iPad is my friend. I was once completely opposed to such a thing, but now realize the power of such a silly, rectangular little device.

Though changed, I am a bit crazy when it comes to the games on it. In my dear husbands words, “Does everything have to be a learning opportunity?” Silly boy. Yes. Yes, it does. Poor kids. Do you see what they have to put up with? I keep telling myself they {or their future teachers} will appreciate it some day.

With that said, my six fave iPad apps.

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Why are they my top zix? Well, here it is in a nutshell.


{Endless Alphabet}
The characters are so adorable and they speak the letter sounds as you drag individual letters to spell words, Not to mention, they work on vocabulary and show animated clips that explain each word. We get lots of giggles out of this one.


Truth be told, this is addicting for all of us. We have a bit of family competition while waiting for food our tablet to be ready. The object is to collect as many dots in the same color or squares for bonus points. It works primarily on strategy and pattern finding. Be warned. A bit addicting, but a whole lot of fun.

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{Monkey Math}
A cute little monkey helps reinforce math skills while vacationing on the beach. You build math number sentences, pop similar sets of bubbles and even get to create your own aquarium as you master math concepts. My boys would play forever, if I’d let them. A fun way to practice math skills, number recognition and patterning.


{Endless Numbers}
Clearly this brilliant group of people are onto something. A new addition to their alphabet game, this cute app helps kids with all things numbers. The best part? It speaks the number out loud as you drag it and prepares early learners with sound recognition. A fair as a backdrop provides lots of entertainment as kids learn all about numbers. Stop it. Too adorable.


{Marble Drop}
Object? Drop marbles to complete puzzles. A little addicting and a bit of a challenge. Here, you use traps to meet your goal and successfully manage to get your marble through the level. A great way to work on cause and effect, strategy, and solving a problem.

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{Toca Band}
The honest truth is that this doesn’t work on any type of counting, sequencing or writing, but it is just too darn cute. With this app you get to create your own band and make up music beats. Sometimes our little mixer will drum up some sick beats and the rest of us will dance along and add some of our words. What’s to learn? Well, I tell myself that the kids are technically working on patterning with sounds and music components. If anything, it is just plain fun.


Are these some of your favorite kid-friendly apps to? Any to add to the list. Who would have thought that there would come a day when I would get sucked in to the world of iPad apps. Kinda’ have to admit that they are pretty awesome, at times.

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summer activity. secret scrolls.

I apologize {in advance} if you don’t have kids and are bored silly with these kid posts. I assure you, summer is half way over, so you will soon have a break from these silly ideas.  Soon. But, not quite yet. Who knows, maybe you can use these with grandkids, neighborhood kids or someone else who might get a giggle out of it.

Yes, summer is in full swing. Lots of hours in the day and some sweet babies who get bored oh, so quickly. Was I like that as a kid? Probably. If you’ve been following along, you know that we are deep in the trenches of finding things to do.

We started with our summer bucket list. And, then moved on to Laser Beams. Last week, we even got crazy with some science experiments. This week? Some serious fun that cost me nothing. I love that.

Hello, secret scrolls.


Don’t you love those {in the moment} ideas that are way better than you expected? Well, this was one of those. It started with Mr. G wanting a ninja headband. Then we decided that a secret scroll was a must.

Some wrapping paper, scissors, washi tape and dowels {i seriously keep and have the weirdest things, including wooden dowels. technically for the bathroom curtain i am willing myself to finish, but this was way more fun.} helped us get the project done.


A simple project that makes for some serious imaginative play. And, the kids can do MOST of the work. Give it a try. I’m hoping it will keep your kids as busy as it did mine.

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Start your own secret scrolls. A simple, inexpensive way to entertain those kids on summer break.

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s’mores in a jar. can i get s’more please?

You’ve probably already heard the news if you follow along, but I had the opportunity to guest post on Tatertots and Jello! This girl is pretty excited to be sharing a personal favorite on such a huge blog. Here’s a look into what summer tasty treats we have up our sleeves. And, it is all about summer.

Summer in one word. S’mores. You say it and it takes you back to your younger years sitting around a campfire and roasting your marshmallows to perfection. The only thing I don’t love? The mess. Fun until the mama has to clean up all the sticky fingers.

Maybe you don’t have the campfire, but you can still have the s’mores albeit without the mess. Throw out the s’mores sticks and bring out the mason jars, a personal favorite, and you have yourself a little slice of heaven. But for the sake of pleasing others, lets call it S’mores in a Jar. Um, can you say yum?

{s’mores in a jar.}
adapted from the campfire favorite and a cake recipe of paula deen.
serves six.

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for the crust…

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt

for the cake…

  • 6 {1 ounce} squares of bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 {1 ounce} squares of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 {4 ounce} jars of marshmallow creme

{mix it up. crust.}

  • Crush graham crackers {approximately 1 1/4 packages} into fine crumbs.
    {hint: food processor is a quick way to get fine crumbs}
  • Melt butter in a separate bowl.
  • Add butter and a pinch of salt to graham cracker crumbs. Combine until mixed evenly.
  • Grease 6 small {8 ounce} mason jars.
  • Divide graham cracker mixture evenly into jars, pressing down firmly.

{mix it up. cake.}

Preheat oven to 425°.

  • Melt the chocolates and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler.
  • Add the flour and sugar to chocolate mixture.
  • Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the mason jars filled with graham cracker crumbles.

{bake it.}

  • Place in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes.
  • The key… don’t overcook! Tops will be brown and toasty, inside will be ooey, gooey. Yum.

s'mores topping

{broil it.}

  • Preheat oven to ‘broil’ settings. Place cooked jars onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Spoon marshmallow creme onto the tops of the cake, filling to edges.
    {hint: spoon the cream and wait. it will spread evenly on its own if you give it enough time.}
  • Place in oven on lower rack for 1-2 minutes, checking continuously until tops are browned to your liking.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Serve warm. yum.

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I admit not as easy as the traditional campfire s’mores, but it sure is pretty and tastes like the real thing. So gooey. So yummy. Your guest will surely be asking, ‘can i get s’more please?’

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Want the label for yourself? Well, you are in luck. For you? Three different {free} printable s’mores tags to choose from. Which one will you choose?

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It’s as easy as print, cut, attach. So adorable and so perfect.

printable labels link

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Trust me. This lil’ jar full of all the s’more fixins’ will leave nothing but smiles and happy campers. You have my word, it will be a crowd pleaser. Give it a try. You just might fall in love too.

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summer activity. science experiment. oh so fun.

If you’ve been following along, you know that we created a summer bucket list. A little something to make sure we don’t run out of things to do this summer. You can find a {free} printable summer bucket list here, if you missed it earlier.


One of the items on our bucket list was doing a {science experiment}. I have boys, yo, so science is always a crowd pleaser. Fun for us and maybe fun for you too.

For you, three experiments that are pretty simple, but provide lots of smiles. What could be better?

Experiment No. 1: blowing up a balloon with pop rocks


The boys watched in awe as a balloon inflated after adding pop rocks to some Diet Coke. What made it happen? Carbon Dioxide. So cool. Love it? Follow Steve Spangler Science as he shares the {how to} and {why’s} of this experiment. Super fun and super fizzy.

Experiment No. 2: a harry potter potion

Doesn’t anyone love a good potion? My kids don’t actually know much about Harry Potter, but the potion side of it had them hooked. A little magical lesson in how the carbon dioxide in Pop Rocks can make for some pretty cool things. Find the potion directions by visiting the pop rocks site. We got a little silly and made up some magic chants of our own. A little bit of magic for the day.

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Experiment No. 3: homemade rock candy

This one falls in to the patient category because you do have to wait for those crystals to grow, but I promise it will be worth the wait. The boys followed a recipe by a very creative mommy blogger that shared her secrets {and tips} to rock candy. You can find her scientific and delicious recipe here.

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Our rock candy experiment was a the perfect way to wrap up our science day and add a little something sweet to our summer. The boys loved it. And, I loved the smiles that followed. Isn’t that what every mama wants?

A perfect way to spend a summer day and let those kids experiment a little. Give it a try. Maybe your little ones will love it as much as mine.

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summer activity. laser beam trap. free.

You know it’s summer when you feel like you are constantly coming up with new and exciting activities for your kiddos. Our first summer checklist item to tackle that problem? Our summer bucket list. You can find a {free} printable summer bucket list here, if you missed it earlier.


This summer, I was all about finding as many free {or close to free} activities as possible. One of the items on our bucket list was creating a message using a secret code. Well, we accomplished that bucket item list last week and then decided to set a trap for the daddy to find when he got home from work.

If you follow along with me on Instagram you saw a quick snapshot of our sneaky secret trap. It was one of those spur of the moment things that turned out to be a total hit. Love those.

The next day we decided to try building some more secret traps, but with a twist. With two energetic {that’s the polite way to say it} boys this mama is always looking for crazy things to do that won’t leave the house in total shambles. But, I must admit that I may have had even more fun. I was laughing so hard I was crying. Seriously, give it a try. You just might love it more than your little ones too.

Laser Beam Activity

A super, simple task that requires a little bit of flexibility and a skein of yarn. Say what? That’s it?

Your task? String that yarn all over the place and make it as tricky as possible. This task kept my silly kids and myself busy for at least 45 minutes. String. Loop. Have some fun.

laser beam in action

My little ninjas decided that their trap was made of laser beams. After awhile, we started hiding treasures around the traps and they utilized their sneaky moves to find the golden gems. Just think of the endless possibilities.

A twist on your traditional summer activity that may just make your little ones giggle as much as mine. Give it a try.

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4th of july. our plan. are you ready?

Say what, it’s almost 4th of July? Can you believe it? That means that summer is officially in full swing, the sun is out and the kids are starting to get into the summer routine.

Now it is time to start planning the day. Who knows, maybe there will be a few ideas that you like too. I am going simple this year. Easy ideas to make the day feel extra special. And, I am enlisting in the help of a little something called the Internet. No time to come up with creative ideas on my own, so I will look to some crafty mamas and professionals.

Follow along. No need to look for your own 4th of July festivities. My friend, the work has been done for you. Hooray.

{first stop.}
Keeping the kids entertained.

The pool will only last for so long and I am in the market to make the day extra special. I think they are going to love it. Click on the links below to be linked to the creative genius behind each of these projects.

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candy bottle rockets.
patriotic rock art.
straw firework art.
washington sugar cube monuments.


{second stop.}
Keeping the kids and adults hydrated.

Fun drinks for the big and little kids. A little something to ring in the special holiday. Find recipes and the masterminds of these tasty drinks below.

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layered drinks.
{a science project for kids. awesome.}
red, white and blue sangria.
berry infused water.


{third stop.}
Keeping everyone fed and full.

Food is a must. I’m lucky and our guests are helping out with some of the yummy items on our 4th of July menu. The rule? Everyone brings their own BBQ dish and the rest will be just as delicious. Love these too? Click links below to be find the recipes and the tasty chefs who thought them up. Yum.

4th food

red, white and blue chips with salsa
patriotic fruit salad
summer crostini.
watermelon and feta orzo salad.
pesto pasta salad.
flag sandwich for the kiddos.


{fourth stop.}
Keeping the kids and adults sweetened and smiling.

  4th dessert

flag fruit pizza.
red, white and blue marshmallow pops.


There you have it. A snapshot of our 4th of July activities. Hope some of our ideas make your 4th a little easier and a whole lot more patriotic.

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chalkboard wall. summer. too much fun.

It’s officially summer. The solstice has passed and summer is in full swing. I love it. No agenda. No places to be. A chance to just do things. That’s my favorite.

Our SUMMER chalkboard wall. A place where we fill our bucket. Do you have a summer bucket list too? Ours has started and our bucket is getting fuller by the day.

The theme for this month? Our summer bucket list. Things to do. No whining about being bored.

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oh, hello bucket list.
I love bucket lists for two reasons.

{one.} If I write it down for all to see I am more likely to actually do it. I need that little bit of visual reinforcement.

{two.} My list and ideas have already been created. I just take a quick lookey-loo and a number of ideas come to mind about what we can do to fill the day. I don’t know if it is stage fright or mommy mind, but on the spot I can never come up with those brilliant ideas!

summer bucket list

I am hoping I am not the only one who a few weeks into summer starts hearing, “i’m so bored. there’s nothing to do.” My summer chalkboard wall is going to solve that problem this time around.

Bored? Pick something on the wall and we will do it. Simple. No lack of ideas here.

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Usually as summer is coming to an end I start to hear, “we didn’t do anything this summer. nothing fun.” You guessed it, my summer chalkboard wall is going to solve that problem too.

What? We didn’t do anything? Just look in that bucket and you will see all the amazing things we did to fill our summer. Not only a chance to see all we have done, but a chance to reflect on some fun memories.

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This summer, I’ve got all my bases covered and the board looks cute too. What more could a girl ask for?

Want the {summer} chalkboard for yourself? Love the fancy fonts? Download the fonts for your own space or the bucket list template. It’s as easy as print, trace, retrace. Hello, gorgeous. Forgot how to trace? Look here for a quick tutorial. So simple. So cute.

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Love the bucket list printable cards? Well, they can be yours too. The work has been done for and I had a little help along the way.

I found a bucket list created by U-Create Crafts that was the perfect starting point. A few modifications, but some fantastic ideas that cost little to nothing and can be done from home. Brilliant. And, one of my girlies, Melissa {aka the guru of  party planning} also put together a fabulous summer bucket list for a group of us mommies. I added a few of her amazing ideas as well so everyone could enjoy.

No, I did not have enough time in the day to also make some cute, original graphics, so I enlisted the help of an adorable lil’ gal at a blog called citrus and mint. She’s way too cute and had some adorable graphics that provided the perfect backdrop for our list of summer activities. You just might find some other treasures for yourself, so be sure to stop by her site.


And, remember a chalkboard is not needed. You can put your bucket list cards anywhere. On a wall. In a jar. On a few branches. Get creative. Have fun. Just think of it as a simple reminder of all the fun things to do this summer.

May your {july and august} have a whole lot of sunshine and smiles as you work your way through that summer bucket list. Time to play. Before we know it school will be starting again. Oh, boy.

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{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

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diy tassel ties for outdoor curtain. too cute.

It’s summer time, which means the summer projects are in full effect. My focus this summer? Working to create a space that makes me smile as I walk into our backyard.

Earlier this week I shared our backyard wish list for a little inspiration. One of those things on my wish list was none other than outdoor curtains. Much needed for a little shade when the afternoon sun rolls in. Hopefully, you followed along earlier this week as I shared the how-to of making your own outdoor curtains out of canvas drop cloths. If not, check it out here.

The curtains were adorable, but needed a little extra something. My plan? Tassel ties. Ok, seriously adorable and the perfect addition to our outdoor area. Not only do they help hold back the curtains, but they are seriously my favorite. I am so over the moon with them and they were ridiculsouly easy. Oh, and did I mention you don’t need to sew a thing? Stop it. It’s just too much.


To help get me started I found a great tutorial from these two cute girlies who have a blog called Prudent Baby. I used their tassel tutorial and attached the finished tassels to some extra fabric to create my curtain tie backs. A simple solution to add that extra little punch to any outdoor curtain.

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{step 1.}
Cut drop cloth fabric width wise, trimming ends to get rid of hemmed side.

step 1 ties

{step 2.} For ties…
mark with a pencil 3″ strips – these will be what you use to wrap around curtain to secure in place
cut into strips {i cut a total of 8}
set aside

Outdoor Tassel Ties

{step 3.} For tassels…
measure 17″ x 23″ rectangles, I cut a total of 8.
you can choose what ever size you want {if using traditional fabric, per Prudent Baby, cut a 18″ x 24″ rectangle}
set aside


{step 4.}
Fold rectangle in half with two shorter sides meeting.
Cut 1″ strips, stopping 2″-3″ from top.


{step 5.}
Unfold fabric, laying flat.


{step 6.}
Cut small strips to tie rolled tassels.
I cut a total of {8} 12″ strips to ensure I had plenty of fabric to tightly secure.


{step 7.}
Roll up fabric with uncut fabric in middle.


{step 8.}
Fold in half, tie small step around to secure, trimming if necessary.

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{step 9.}
Loop long strip you cut for the ties {step 2} through the small hole at the top of the tassel.

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{step 10.}
Knot tie and push through opposite direction to secure and hide ends.
Use a pencil eraser to help, if necessary.

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{step 11.}

Repeat steps until you have completed and attached all tassels to the tie backs.


Maybe tassel ties are just what you need for your own curtain, whether inside or out. A seriously adorable way to tie back those curtains. Are you tassel tied?


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diy outdoor patio curtains. a lot of look. a little shade.

You’ve probably figured out by now that we have been in the midst of redoing our backyard. It started as a big grassy patch and is being transformed into a little getaway. Now, I walk outside and smile instead of cringe. Pure bliss.

Not too long ago I shared a backyard wish list. It was my little bit of inspiration before diving into the final project. One of those things on my wish list was none other than outdoor curtains, which led me to summer project {one}. Outdoor patio curtains.

We quickly realized that our patio cover did not provide as much shade as we needed. Sitting on the outdoor couch and sweating while you chatted with friends was not a pretty sight. We needed curtains badly, but I also needed to do it on a budget. Solution? Canvas drop cloths from Lowes. Um, perfect.

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To make sure that the canvas outdoor curtains would hold up, I added a layer of outdoor fabric to the bottom. Now I don’t have to worry about the bottoms dragging on the patio floor or a little water getting on the bottom edges. I lucked out and found outdoor fabric at JoAnn’s for less than $10 a yard. Cute, yet functional and they match the outdoor pillows I made.

  curtain with bottom panel

drop clothes

{i used 6′ x 9′ and had needed 5 to cover my space and 1 for my tie backs}
outdoor fabric
{I used approximately 2 yards}
sewing machine

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My disclaimer: The pictures are on the verge of horrible. I only had a chance to get this done while the kids were in bed and the clock was ticking towards 10pm, so lighting was not ideal. You’ve been warned…

step one curtains

{step 1.} Lay out canvas drop cloth {mine 9′ x 6′} and cut outdoor fabric to length of drop cloth.

  • I chose not to hem the edges of my drop cloths because they come with a small hem on each side. Keep in mind, drop cloths are not perfectly made, so be ready for some “wavy” fabric lines along the way.
  • Cut outdoor fabric to length of drop cloth and add 3″ {mine was 70″ wide + 3″ for hem = 73″ wide}
  • Cut panels for each outdoor curtain panel {mine was a total of 5 pieces}

step two curtains

{step 2.} Decided how wide you want at bottom and fold fabric in half, making a pocket that the drop cloth fits into.

  • I chose a bottom band width is 4.5″ wide.
  • Add 1″ for a hem {4.5″ + 1″ = 5.5″ wide} on each side, making the total width of fabric 11″ wide.

step three curtains

{step 3.} Cut additional strips of outdoor fabric.

  • Using the first piece as a template, cut additional strips of outdoor fabric {I cut five strips that were each 11″ wide}
  • Fold fabric in half so that it measures your desired width {mine was 5.5″} – the fold will become your bottom edge

step four curtains

{step 4.} Iron to crease seam.

  • Turn outdoor fabric panel inside out.
  • Fold in half and iron to create a straight crease at bottom.

step five curtains.

{step 5.} Mark hem at desired width and press with iron.

  • Mark with a pin your band width {mine = 4.5″}.
  • Fold both edges in and pin.
  • Press with iron to create a straight hem. {hint: use iron as a guide to create a straight line}

step six curtains

{step 6.} Measure width of drop cloth,

  • Mark with a pin your band width {mine = 4.5″}.
  • Fold both edges in and pin.
  • Press with iron to create a straight hem. {hint: use iron as a guide to create a straight line}

step seven curtains

{step 7.} Hem sides of outdoor fabric panel.

  • After measuring drop cloth, fold in a 1/2″ hem and iron to crease.
  • Sew hem before attaching to drop cloth curtain panel.

step eight curtains

{step 8.} Attach outdoor fabric to bottom of drop cloth.

  • Fold fabric right side out and iron on folded seam to press.
  • Lay out drop cloth, placing panel at bottom of drop cloth
  • Pin in place {I pinned mine 2″ from bottom of drop cloth}

step nine curtains

{step 9.} Sew to drop cloth panel.

  • Fold over other half of bottom panel.
  • Pin to drop cloth, being sure to remove any pins used to keep panel in place previously.
  • hem straight across and down each side
  • one panel done, four to go {well, in may case.}

My honey-do attached the curtains to our outdoor covered patio using a galvanized metal pipe, joints connecting two pipes to make one long rod and end caps to seal the ends. Lowes was our go-to place where we were able to pick up the supplies and stick to our budget. We also bought some Allen + Roth curtains rod holders that came as a double rod, so we cut them down in order to keep them from sticking out too far from the patio cover. To finish the project we added a few clip curtain rings that required me to do as little sewing as possible. Voila. Curtain rods for less than $100.

I am truly smitten each time I walk out our back door. The curtains are the perfect addition and give the patio a more casual, lived in feel. Exactly what I was looking for and budget friendly. The whole project cost me less than $125. Hooray. Do you love too? Are you ready to make some outdoor curtains of your own?

Later this week, learn how to make some tassel tiebacks to for your outdoor curtains. Truly adorable and the perfect way to add a lil’ extra to your space. Oh, and did I mention there is no sewing required? Do I have you hooked? Stay tuned…


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