Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Chevron Rug Tutorial

So I finally did it! I made a chevron rug!

I have been drooling over these on pinterest for a while and was trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my home and how to do it with out spending much $$.

This is what I came up with ~

I even put a little tutorial together to show you how I did it! My first tutorial!
*Next project - paint the edge of my front door! I didn't realize how bad it looks until seeing the pic!

This is what you will need -

  • A Rug - preferably one you already own or buy a cheap one.
  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Construction paper for pattern
  • Green frog tape or Blue painters tape - or both if you are like me!
  • Paint - regular old indoor house paint is what I used.
  • Foam paint brush - the cheap kind.
  • Calculator - unless you can figure out the divisions - I can't!

I already had the rug in my entry way and it even had a few spots on it that could be covered up. Perfect! Did I mention also FREE! It's a berber style rug with very small loops. I just realized I didn't take a before picture. This is all I have.
Yes that is my Easter garden in the background...no it hardly has any grass growing. That is all I have to show since Easter!

1.  Measure your rug. Length and width. Your rug will be different than mine so use your measurements here. Mine measures 38.5 wide and 22.5 high. I divided 38.5 in half to get 19.25 (all the while drawing this on scrap paper to plan my design out). Again divide the half measurement in half again which got me 9.625 or 9 5/8. This is the width of my chevron.

2.  Take the height of rug 22.5 and divide by 8. I picked 8 because it is even number and because if I have 4 sections of chevron I wanted to double that and have four rows painted and four rows not painted. I got 2.8125. Fold your paper pattern in half sideways and measure down 2.8125 or the height of your chevron. Mark this measurement on the fold.

3. Use ruler and make line from top right corner to center fold line measurement. Do the same from top left corner to center fold measurement. This is the top of your chevron or "V". Cut along this line.

4.  Take the triangle that you just cut out and move it down your paper so the straight line meets the indent of your chevron. Mark along the bottom edge. This is now the complete shape of your chevron! Cut it out and cut out three more. This is when hubby walks in and says "Oh is that why they call the gas station chevron because it looks like that" HA!
5.  Tape four chevron pieces together in straight line. This is your pattern. You can lay it out and see what it looks like.
This is when you realize that I didn't do my measurements correctly I measured out 2.1825 instead of 2.8125. It makes a big difference! So you start over and remeasure and cut out your chevron pieces all over again. Remember the important saying "Measure twice cut once" wish I had!!

6.  Now that you have the correct measured chevron pattern pin it down to your rug and start taping off the sections you don't want painted.
Notice the wonderful graphic I have laid out for you. HA!
7.  Pinning the pattern worked out great. Easy to position reposition if needed. Now time to tape away. Start with the good green frog tape and move onto blue in case you run out! Make sure you keep the center point lined up with the center of the rug. I did use my invisible pen from my sewing stash which helped me keep it all centered.
Can you see the stain I need to cover up on the bottom stripe? Finally no more spots!

8.  Paint away. I let the foam brush get good and wet with paint and then just dabbed and dabbed away. Can't really mess up here.


This is after the first coat of paint. You can still see the tan berber underneath. I ended up doing three coats of paint.

9. After it dries remove tape carefully and put in place. Done!



I think it turned out pretty good.



What do you think?? Go and try it! And tell me about it!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day Clip Art
Mother's Day Clip Art

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.


Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.


Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.


Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her/him down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.

I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.


Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.




Hope you have a wonderul Mother's Day ♥

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Clean out that Purse!

Time to clean out that purse...



Join me and author Kathi Lipp on her blog for a chance to win her books and a cute bag that says "My husband is a hottie"!! The only thing you have to do is clean out your purse and post a comment on her blog that you did it and any thing interesting you found!

I found crayons - just in case we go out to eat and need to play tic tac toe! After cleaning mine out I really, really want to get a new bag! I have been thinking about sewing up a fun one for summer...but I usually get bored of the fabric before I finish it. I know silly, but it's the truth. I want a really fun  bright yellow or hot pink bag. Now to go shopping!!!

What did you find in your purse???

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Thanks Chick-fil-A... Mother Son Date Night!

Had my first official date with little honey tonight! I have been planning this for weeks and was so excited! Although little honey was worried if Daddy could go or if anyone would be there that we knew. I told him it was just for me and him.

I'm not sure if he really got the "date" idea, since we do so much together anyways...like errands and going out to eat for lunch. But eventually he will understand as I plan to keep up dates with him so he knows how to date/treat a girl. But that is a long time from now...

He kept asking all day...when is our date, when is our date?? I think he was just excited to be going to Chick-fil-A not the date! O-well.

When we got there they had Valet parking - free! that was nice. Tablecloths on the tables for us with flowers. Made it feel like a real restaurant and not fast food. They seated us after we ordered and the workers were so cute in their button down white shirts and ties! Made it feel special.

Little honey was so excited. We talked about what dates were and why people go them. He said "I guess you go on one date with a girl that likes you and then you get married. If the girl likes you. Or you could wait and find a girl you like. I dunno. It's so confusing. Can I go play now."

The best part of the date? He got to play. Yeah, did I mention he's only 6?

We did get some fun photobooth pictures at the end, too.


My big laugh got in the second shot. The photographer said lean over and kiss him - of course as soon as I did he pulled away and I laughed as this is what usually happens when I try to kiss him in public!

Had fun and can't wait til next year! Hopefully Chick-fil-A does it again!
Thanks Chick-fil-A for helping start my training of my son's dating life!

Have you ever read this book -


I haven't read this book but I'm thinking of getting it. I know she is a christian author and this might be a good read with your child.

Have you heard of dating your child? This is the best concept I have heard. Dad's taking their daughter's out to show them how boys should treat them and what to expect. (remember that scene in Courageous where the dad bought his daughter a ring? Great Movie!) Mom's taking their son's out to show them how to act and what to do and not do. Otherwise how will they learn? Or should I say how will they learn the right, acceptable way?

I want my son to know how to take care of a girl, how to treat her right. Yes he is picking things up from watching daddy but he may not pick everything up and know when to do it at the right time on a date. A "date night" is a specific time to show how to take charge and actually plan a date (where to eat and what to do - hubby still has a little trouble with this sometimes :) how to go to the door and pick up the girl. Open the car door for her and open the door to the movie or restaurant. (Little honey already does this and says "Ladies first" Makes a momma so proud!)  When to call it a night and what to do when you take the girl home. All things that yes, are a little premature at his young age of 6 but I am teaching him things that he can use when he is at school and at church around girls.

I will be completely honest when I say he is not dating until he is 16. I waited until I was 16 to go on my first date with a boy and he can wait to. Why rush it and let puberty get in the way and confuse him even more when he is 12 or 14? Why does he even need to have a girlfriend before 16?

Why even worry about it?

Well I don't want girls to be his only focus as he is growing up. Speaking from experience constantly worrying about the opposite sex really doesn't put your priorities in order. I think he needs to focus on God, on our family, on school, on saving money and then worry about a girl. I think teaching him these things now will make it easier in the future to deal with them. Instead of ignoring them and waiting until it is too late to correct. Isn't that what parenting is about? Whether we are talking about cleaning their room, their eating habits or getting a booboo.

We as parents need to plan these things out and be prepared BEFORE something happens.

Did I mention he is only 6? Well last month he got two, yes I said TWO notes from girls at school. They are in kindergarten! And they were notes that either the parent helped or an older sibling. Why are they pushing their little girls to have a "boyfriend"? Don't they know what that leads to? They will always be worried about having a boyfriend and if they don't then something is wrong with them. I do not want my son to go down that path. Seriously mom's of girls - get your priorities in order too! Don't let them get their heart broken too early or let them get in a situation that you don't want them to be in! Don't push boys on them! Teach them to protect their hearts and keep it for the right man - when they are older!!! Dads need to step up and tell this to their daughters instead of assuming that someone else will teach them!

Let's start dating our kids and teaching them now! I'm not talking every week but maybe once a month or every other month until they are a little older. This is especially good if you have more than one child. Every child needs some one on one time with each parent. Put it on the calendar and don't forget it.

Will you start to date your child??


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