My Alpine Home

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sack of Potatoes

If my sweet mother or mother-in-law were alive today, I don’t know which one would ask me first.

“Jann, why on earth would you want to hang an old potato sack up to your window?”

Actually, the more I think about it; they both knew me so well I doubt that it would even surprise them.

Here’s how it all began:

I ordered this fabric to make curtains for my family room and kitchen.

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See, here’s a closer look.

It’s a really cute stripe with all my colors:  red, green, and aqua.

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And just look at all of these sweet birds.

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Then one day while shopping with a few friends I spied these:

Well, really my friend Peggy saw them first and said, “Jann, you have got to see these curtains, you are going to love them!”

Needless to say, they now hang at my family room windows.  It was the smocking that made my heart skip a beat.

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I bought a brown rod, painted it blue then sanded it to let the brown show through.

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They are really long.  My hubby (who really didn’t want me to hang anything) because we have a gorgeous view.  asked if I was going to hem them.

“Heck no, I love how they drag on the floor”.

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One of my blogging friends, who is an interior decorator says that burlap is over rated.  Guess what?  I totally agree with her.

Don’t know why I’m so ga-ga for it!

I think that it’s really trendy and will go out before too long.

But they actually cost less than my fabric did.  Oh, and don’t you worry, that fabric aint a goin to waste.  I’m still going to make a kitchen curtain using some of it.

Also, I think the stripe might work in my living room.  If not, I’ll save it for when my burlap is old and worn out just like an old sack of potatoes.

I read one ladies comment that said, “Burlap belongs in the barn”.  Hmm, maybe that’s why I love it so.  Always wished I had been raised on a farm.  Some of my older siblings were.  By the time I was born, being the youngest of eight, and my father passing away when I was only 9 months old.  The farming days were long gone.

So for now, I’m just gonna keep on a lovin my old sack of potatoes and pretend that I’m in a barnyard.

By the way, often I have cows in a field just west of my side yard.  I love watching them.  Closest thing to a farm I’ve ever had.

Love it or not, MOO-VE on over and let the burlap in.

I will be linking up with these sweet ladies:

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday

23 comments:

Marsha said...

Oh Jann,

I have that very same bird fabric featured in my last two posts!!!!!!

Pamela said...

Those are gorgeous!! Where ever did you find them? I would love for you to come on over to Treasure Hunt Thursday!

Pamela said...

Thanx for your sweet comments and joining in on the fun! You can find my Follow Button on my sidebar about half way down. I need to move it up!:)

Joanne said...

I think they are awesome!
Blessings, Joanne

Kris said...

Your curtains look fantastic! Love the rod! And I love the birdie fabric too!!!!

eileeninmd said...

I love your curtains! I especially love the fabric with the birdies. Thanks for stopping by , have a great day!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Smiled when I read you hung up the burlap curtains!! yes, I am in the "you'll never find burlap in my house" camp!! But yours look nice, and I like the blue rods too.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I love your burlap curtains! And yes, I would put burlap on my windows in a second if I were to use window treatments. I actually saw some when I was in Franklin, Tn, just like yours, and they were very costly! Gotcha back on this one, love them! I am a new follower, found you at Pam's treasure hunt party.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Burlap has an earthy charm. They look good in your house, and I like the blue rods. You should do whatever makes you happy, and not worry about anyone else.

Tammy @ Type A said...

where did you buy these? they are perfect!

Peg said...

What can I say? Love the burlap and especially that they are too long. The look is fabulous. The stripe fabric is so cute and the birds, well they scream Jann.

stefanie said...

I love them!!!!!

Darla said...

Burlap is so cool to work with...love the puddling effect on the floor.

Rhonda @ The Yellow Brick Road said...

I lurve burlap! Would you do a tutorial on how you made them? I love them! Looks fantastic.....

At The Picket Fence said...

I think they look great and the smocking is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!
Vanessa

KaraD7299 said...

PLEASE share where you found these!!! I just got a magazine in the mail for the first time this week called 'Soft Surroundings' and I saw these curtains for $118-$150 per panel! Then my friend just went to a home show and took a picture of this curtains because she loved them too! I have to have them:). Also, I have the same Nest pillow:) Love it!

Jann Olson said...

Kara, I bought them at thanksgiving point, lehi UT. In the emporium gift shop. They were 149 a panel. They gave me 30% off. I'm sure you could google them. Not to disappoint you, but they said that was their last pair. And that they were discontinued. I would still call them. Maybe they would know who else might carry them. Good luck! I hope you find them.

Jann Olson said...

Oops. They only gave me 20 off. Still good.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jann, The curtains are wonderful and I adore the smocking. I also love the striped and bird fabric so I am looking forward to seeing what you make from these. Thanks for joining the Open House party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Sherry said...

The detail on these are beautiful Jann! Thanks for linking them up at HSH!
Sherry

Rhonda @ The Yellow Brick Road said...

I'm back oogling your burlap curtains! I may try to recreate them but the smocking scares the tar out of me! LOL I need divine wisdom....FAST!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jann...

Oooh...I just adore your smocked burlap curtains, my friend! They remind me of the smoked curtains that I have been "eyeing" for the longest time at Pottery Barn.

I also love the striped fabric....ohhh, and that beautiful bird fabric too! Whatever will you do with it since you have the pretty burlap drapes now? Do tell??? Hehe!

Thanks for sharing your new pretties with us...I adore them!

Warmest summery wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I love these! Who thought to smock them? Genius! I don't believe burlap is over-rated; how can a neutral with such great texture and so many applications at such a great price be over-rated? :)