Monday, January 7, 2013

[make] Island Runner


We finally took down (most of) our Christmas decorations this past week/weekend. The house looks so sad and empty now! But it needed to be done and I am glad it's behind me! Putting it all up is the fun part... taking it down is just the worst. Ugh. But I digress.

Once I removed my Christmas-y centerpiece/decor for our kitchen island, it looked so sad. Empty. Just blah.  It needs to be functional for setting things on during meal time or unloading groceries, but I also want it to be pretty while I'm walking by it the other 90% of the time. (And there is a red stain on it from Christmas... just ignore that. I tried a Magic Eraser... nothing. Any ideas?)

Luckily, I had some extra fabric from our entryway curtains that I had to cut down (they were waaayyyy too long). It was the perfect length for a runner! And it has the same green color that the kitchen backsplash is painted in, so double whammy. Here's what I did:

Cut. Pin. Sew. Iron. Lay out. Decorate with mason jars and tea lights! Easy and simple, yet effective. And it matches the kitchen walls! Win win. Since these photos were taken, I have also added some of our prettier cook books on the right side, along with a jar of cookies. You have to have them easily accessible! And by the way, please ignore my messy kitchen in the background :)

Happy Monday! Four more days until Friday: you can do it!

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

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  1. Omg, I love it Chrissy!! That fabric is beautiful and I love how the runner ties in with your curtains. The mason jars are the perfect touch, too! I know what you mean about the house feeling empty without Christmas decor :('ll be here again before we know it though!

  2. I'm so jealous. I totally need to learn how to sew. Did you teach yourself?

  3. Loving the table runner! Those colors are so bold and pretty:) I really like the simple tough of the mason jar with the tealight candles! Nice touch!

  4. what a great idea! I love it!

  5. SO cute! You are incredibly crafty. And the Mason jars? Perfect! I love anything that involves a Mason jar. :)

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