Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Curtain Tutorial {DIY}

I have been wanting to add some color to our apartment for a while now. And I kept seeing these cute and easy curtain tutorials on Pinterest, so I gave them a try. I made some curtains for our bedroom and living room. They turned out really cute and they really brighten up the room. Here are some pictures of the finished project.

in our bedroom
in the living room

These are the two tutorials that I used to get started: Tutorial: DIY Curtains from a Bed Sheet and How to Make Curtains {DIY}. Below is my tutorial of how I made these curtains. 

{Curtain Tutorial}


  • Fabric (I used 2 & 1/3 yard of each color. The fabric was 54" wide. This made two long panels about 6 feet long)
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 1.5" wide white ribbon
  • Iron

Step One:

Fold your fabric in half longways (hot dog style) and cut it in half. This creates your two panels. 

Step Two:

Hem the long sides of the panel. Do this by folding over and ironing the long side of the panel 1/2 an inch. Sew the hem at a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat this step on both sides of the panel. 

Step Three:

Now hem the top and bottom of the panel. I did a 3 & 1/2 inch hem on the top and bottom. You can choose the width of your hem depending on how long you would like your curtains to be. 

First start by ironing your hem. 

After you have ironed you hem. Sew around all four edges of the hem, sewing a 1/4 inch seam. This will create a nice top stitch on your curtains.

Step Four: 

Next cut the ribbon into 6 strips that are 3 & 1/2 inch long. You will need 6 strips of ribbon for each panel. Evenly space the ribbon strips on the top of the curtain panel and pin them down.

Step Five:

Sew the ribbon onto your curtains. You will only be sewing the top and bottom of your ribbon, creating a loop for your curtain rod to go through. 
Begin by sewing the top of each ribbon piece to your curtain panel. Use your previous seam as a guide to sew on the ribbon. (1/4 inch seam) Sew back a forth on each ribbon piece so it is securely attached to your curtain. 

sewing the top of the ribbon
After you have sewn all the tops of the ribbons continue to the bottom. Again use your previous seem as a guide. You will create a little loop in your ribbon before you sew it down. That way there is a big enough loop for your curtain rod to go through. Again make sure to sew back a forth a few times to securely attach the ribbon.

sewing the bottom, creating a loop

Step Six:

Iron your finished curtains if needed.

Step Seven:

Hang your beautifully created curtains!!

Now you have some cute curtains to brighten up your house. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Midway Family Vacation

For Christmas my parents gave us a family vacation to Midway Utah. This last weekend we went on our family vacation and it was so much fun!

On the way to Midway with my parents. 
One of our activities was tubing at Soldier Hallow. It was a lot of fun. 

So excited to go tubing.

Tyson riding the tube up to the top

Silly Tea getting pulled around in her little tube. 

We went down the mountain with all of us connected together. It was so amazing and we went so fast!

Our other activity was going snowmobiling. Tyson kept tipping us over, silly boy. 

I love these cute nephews and niece of mine! They are always so full of energy and happy. 

Eating Grandma Lil's yummy heart cookies.
Tea riding Remy
Cute Liam
I always love being able to spend time with my mom. She is so amazing and beautiful. She has taught me so much. I am thankful for all she has done for me. While on our trip we did a swim work out together. She is doing the triathlon with me in May and I can't be more excited. It is going to be so fun doing the triathlon with her. I love you mom!

One of my many favorite things I like to do with my family is to play games. Alley, my sister in-law, brought the game Minute-To-Win-It. It was so much fun. We were on teams and you had to complete silly tasks within a minute. It was so funny. 

My parents trying to get the Oreo from their forehead to their mouth without using their hands. It was hilarious!

Mom and Parley knocking over cups with a nylon over their heads. 

Jojo and Brady getting pasta onto a spaghetti noodle. 

Tyson getting wrapped up like a mummy. 
Erica and I moving marshmallows with a straw. 
These games were so much fun. I got a very good ab work out just by laughing.

You can't have a Thomas Family vacation without yummy food! Especially dessert!

Mom's famous popcorn
Delicious virgin margaritas 
Mom's famous milkshakes

I love this amazing family of mine. Thanks mom and dad for the fun vacation. It is always so much fun to all be together. Love ya'll! 

Family picture after church

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How it All Began...

Welcome to my very first blog!
(I guess you could say that I have finally caved in and decided to join the blog world.)

My name is Bethany Jex. I have no middle name, but if you would have met my five year old self she would have told you that my middle name is Diamond. Quiet a clever name if you ask me.

Mini Me
I am the youngest of four kids. I have one sister and two brothers. I am the proud aunt of three nephews and one niece. They are the cutest kids. 

My family
Remy, Hudson, Liam, and Tea Jo
I have been married to my sweetheart for just over a year. I love him so much and love all the adventures we go on. I am so happy that I get to spend eternity with him. Tyson loves running, sports, and spending time with me (at least I hope that is one of his loves). He has ran two marathons and hopes to run a marathon in every state. He is going to school to become a sports journalist. He is one amazing man! 

Tyson after his first marathon in Bear Lake, Utah
on our wedding day
I don't think I will ever be able to run a marathon, but I do consider myself to be a triathlete. I completed my first triathlon last summer and I am signed up to do my second one this May. I had so much fun doing my first triathlon. I love to swim. My family calls me a fish because I never want to get out of the swimming pool. 

My first triathlon at Echo Reservoir, Utah
I am currently going to school to become a nurse. I start nursing school at the DATC in May. I am so excited to be a nurse. It has been my dream to become a nurse since I was a little girl. It was a challenge to get into school but I have worked hard and am getting closer everyday to achieving my goal. I had one teacher describe to me that her definition of a nurse is a compassionate stranger. I think that is one of the main reason I want to be a nurse. 

When I was 16, I moved with my parents to Charlotte North Carolina. My dad was called to serve as a mission president of The Charlotte North Carolina Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew to love the south and consider myself to be a southern bell, even though I only lived there for two years. It is my dream, hope, and greatest desire to move to North Carolina or anywhere in the south when we graduate from college. 

I hope to use this blog as a way to keep my family and friends updated on my life adventures. I will leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes. 
"Life isn't measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away"
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow"
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."