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August 25, 2014

Pretty Prudent Backyard Makeover: The Before Shots

Backyard Makeover

When we built our house 5 1/2 years ago, we fell in love with this large lot with a row of tall trees at the back. We’ve sowed a family garden, had epic sidewalk chalk sessions, eaten literally hundred of frosty treats, and conducted several rowdy Easter Egg hunts despite the flat landscape. The plan has always been to give the yard a major overhaul at some point, we are talking fantasy backyard with stunning outdoor kitchen, pool, hot tub, and that time is finally here! I’M SO EXCITED!

You know it’s going to be pretty luxe and classy since my husband is in charge of this project and not me. If it was just me, I would be pulling scrap wood and mattress springs out of my neighbor’s trash to craft lounge chairs. I might still, we can’t let him have all the fun after all. But after 20 years of moving around the world in the Navy, he is very happy to be investing in our “forever home” by creating a beautiful outdoor space for our family and pals. IMG_8252


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August 22, 2014

Fabric Friday

Fabric Friday on Pretty Prudent

For our second giveaway, we have this cute Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Feather River, Feather River Patch fabric. You could use this fabric to make yourself an easy cheater quilt and finish it with our cheat for quilt binding. I think it would also make the perfect fabric for a Super Easy DIY Tent you can prop up outside before the summer is over.

Enter for the chance to win Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Feather River, Feather River Patch, and find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…


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August 22, 2014

Giveaway: Sew a Modern Home: Quilts and More for Every Room

Sew a Modern Home
We thought today might just be the perfect day for a double giveaway, what do you think? First, we are starting with Melissa Lunden’s book, Sew a Modern Home. After that it’s Fabric Friday, which goes perfectly with today’s theme of sewing giveaways. Sew a Modern Home: Quilts and More for Every Room has sewing inspiration written all over it. Melissa literally walks you through a home and hands you creative projects for every space, even outside!

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I think I might have to start with the Birds of a Feather Table Runner you see in the first image. She made it with linen, and I have been completely obsessed with Fabricworm’s linens all summer long. Along with each project, there are templates to help you out. Don’t worry if you are new to quilting, Sew a Modern Home: Quilts and More for Every Room breaks it down so it won’t feel so overwhelming.

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Be inspired to decorate your living room, bedroom, nursery, and next picnic with these sewing projects that take the classic art of quilting and gives it a modern twist.

Find out how to enter for the chance to win an eBook copy of Sew a Modern Home: Quilts and More for Every RoomSew a Modern Home: Quilts and More for Every Room after the jump…


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