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DIY // Hide Clutter on a Budget


My aunt has quite a bit of stuff upstairs that I didn’t want to move, so I just wanted a place to tuck it away until she had a chance to go through it. Here’s a cheap, inexpensive fix for hiding the clutter away. All you need is a tension rod, a curtain panel, and a space narrow enough to hang the panel. The tension rod and curtain panel cost a grand total of $6.

Twist the tension rod til its wide enough for the space. Put the curtain panel on the rod, and hang the panel. Voila!


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DIY Tutorial // Hand Sewn Reading Nook Cushion

This project was so easy, even if you aren’t very skilled at sewing! The longest part of this was sewing by hand. If you have a sewing machine, this will be even quicker.

Here’s what you’ll need:


-poly foam

I got all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby! I scored some great fabric from their clearance section for $5, and the poly foam was on sale, too! I used my 40% off coupon on the sewing kit, but sometimes you can find those on sale for 50% off if you don’t already have one.

cushion steps

1. Measure and cut your fabric so you have an extra half inch on each side. For the size of this poly foam, you’ll need two pieces of fabric measuring 26″ x 26″.

2. Make sure that both pieces of fabric are facing inwards towards each other, so that you are looking at the back side of the pattern.

3. Sew 3 of the 4 sides together half of an inch in from the edge.

4. Turn the fabric right side out and place the foam in the fabric.


5. Stitch the last side up. Honestly, I wasn’t worried about how the last side looks because that’s the one going against the edge of the wall. Nobody will ever see that one.


6. Find the perfect spot for your cushion and enjoy!



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Reading Nook // Before and Progress


Do you have one of those spots that’s just a catch all for everything that doesn’t quite have a home? Please tell me I am not the only one! For me, it’s this little nook that catches everything- a Christmas wreath I made for my mom, pillows and blanket off the bed that just got moved downstairs, cardstock for scrapbooking that I haven’t made time to do in a while, clothes that have to be taken to donated, and if you look really close, even my aunt’s cat. (Don’t worry! She just found a quiet place to nap. haha!)

I decided I wanted to create a comfy little space to read. I cleared everything out and removed everything off the wall.


I found these feather and arrow wall decals at the Dollar Tree for $1 each.

I placed them on the wall to create a focal point. I wanted to make sure they were up high enough that when I add decorative pillows, the decals wouldn’t be covered.

Here’s the progress so far:


I made a cushion for the seat, and I’m trying to decide between making another cushion or putting up floating shelves for the books. Maybe both? What do you think?


P.S. Look for the cushion tutorial tomorrow!