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A Start to January's Embroidery Kit

I'm finally getting started on my monthly embroidery kits and since I'm totally OCD about things I started with January!  I wanted to be farther along on these by now but having three kids, a husband and trying to keep my business things in order hasn't left much time to sit and stitch.  But I wanted to share how the process is going.  Stay tuned for the rest of the months!  I'm so excited to share a few of these months because they are soooooo flippin' CUTE!

Ready for stitching!
A peek at what the back looks like.
A quick bath gets the water-soluble ink off.
Backing fabric added and trimmed and snipped in 1/2 in sections.
I hot glue the fabric to the inside of the hoop to secure it in place.
AND DONE!!  I love the way this snowflake looks against the dark fabric.  You will be able to find these DIY Embroidery kits in my Etsy shop very soon.  Visit www.etsy.com/shop/emmajanesporch

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Why my blog failed, and how I'm fixing it!

Several years ago when I started my blog I had no idea what I was doing or where I wanted it to go!  Now... three years (and two more kids) later I am finally on the right track!  I have discovered that I did this whole blog/business thing backward.  I jumped in on writing a blog without really having much content to write about and frankly I was boring myself with my posts!  I stopped checking in on it because it became a burden, and with no real followers, I felt it drift away.

Having a blog has always been a goal of mine and I often let my mind wander and daydream about what my hopes and dreams would be for it yet I have no idea what I'm doing!  But, I knew I needed a better plan than the one I currently had!  So I decided to sit doing are really analyze what my goals are and how to get this up and running without having a repeat experience.   And what I did without even knowing is--- I started things over.  Like from scratch started over!  I sat down and really reflected... fir…

How to make a pillow for less than $3 ~Plus a Giveaway~

I've been working so hard in my sewing room coming up with lots of creative ideas and I'm so excited about this one.  Why?  Because it's super economical and who doesn't love that!   Also, I am holding my first giveaway!
Click here to Enter the giveaway for a $20 gift card
So, lets get started!  Today I made this adorable green striped pillow for less than $3!  And I'm going to show you how I did it, but first, let me tell you how I made this work.
Late last summer I was wandering around Pier 1 Imports (one of my FAVS) and I noticed a few striped napkins in the clearance section.  I thought they were really cute but they didn't match my dining room.  So what happened next, was that struggle we all do in our heads.  You know you don't need it, but something inside tells you "just get it".  Of course that little voice won out, especially when I saw they were only $0.98 each!  Yes 98 cents!
So I put 6 in my basket, brought them home, and put them in my d…

Let's talk about dining rooms!

Hey Friends!  Lets talk about dining rooms today.  These spaces are often neglected, I know mine has been since we moved in.  For my family this is the room we only spend time in over the dinner hour.  We take our food to the table, we eat, and we get up.  So when I came across this Pin on Pinterest it immediately had me inspired to decorate this space!  This article was originally written by Jordan from Picklee.com.  (please visit her blog, her style and ideas are amazing)   This is an older Pin but the styles she shows are classic and timeless. 
After flipping through these I hope you are as inspired as I was to make any of your neglected spaces pretty.
 Here are just a few of my favorites from the list: This space is light and bright!  I love the simple table scape and the amazing beaded chandelier.
This eat-in kitchen/dining area is B-E-A-utiful!  I absolutely love the table and the tile on the floor.  It's just an added bonus that it opens to an outdoor space, which I'm sure,…

Check out this amazing decoration blog ~ The Shabby Nest ~

If you get a minute please check out this great blog I came across today!  I absolutely love all of her decorating ideas.  She has several homes and all of them are decorated beautifully.  
The Shabby Nest: Final Frugal Favorites~
I added a few of my favorites from her site below:
(This is a mini mudroom, what a fantastic idea)

The Shabby Nest: Final Frugal Favorites~
Thanks for stopping by! I home you come back often! ~Jamie

Harvest Bunting Banner

Today, while I was redecorating my Living Room, I decided to make this Harvest Bunting Banner to add to my Fall decorations.  It was really easy and I'll show you the steps to make it here.
Here is what you will need to complete this project:           ~ 1 yard fabric (I used an old table cloth)           ~ 1 brown paper bag (or any sturdy fabric)           ~ scissors, roatary cutter and mat           ~ letter stencil           ~ black paint and brush           ~ twine or ribbon           ~ Sewing machine
Step One:  You will need to decide how big you want your triangle to be.  I did 10 inches wide x 12 inches long.  (I chose this size to make sure my widest letter fit on the triangle)  Since 12 was my longest length I cut my fabric to a 12 inch width.  Then I cut at a diagonal every 10 inches and that is how I got my triangles.  Also cut your backing triangles.  I used a brown paper bag for this project but you can use anything sturdy.
Step Two:  Sew your front and back triangles together.…

Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy 1st day of Fall!!   Cooler nights, pumpkin spice lattes and bonfires mean the season is changing!  
So... today I decided to get my formal Living Family Room ready for fall.  If you haven't noticed, I really like redecorating my rooms!  This process has a way of making me "fall" in love with all of my knick-knacks again :)  Plus it's a great excuse to add a few new pieces to my seasonal collections.  
I got started by emptying all of the shelves to create my blank slate.  I put all of my decor on the floor so I could see what I was working with.   Here is how I got started:

Then I just followed the steps from my previous post to add my decorations back onto the shelves.  You can find those steps here. And voila...




So it took me about an hour to get this look and that included doing a little dusting!  You can totally do this!  
I also whipped up this adorable Harvest Banner shown in the last picture.  My next post will show you step by step instructions on how I made it…