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Breakfast Room Before and After

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As promised, we wanted to share the before and after of Em’s breakfast room before and after and the finished product of our drop cloth curtain tutorial.

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Here’s where we found everything:

Drop cloth fabric – Lowes ($11)

Table – Pottery Barn Outlet (no longer available 😦 Sorry!)

Chairs – Pier 1 (No longer available, but these are pretty similar. Bargains and Buyouts also has an online option that is almost identical here)

Rug – Bargains and Buyouts ($44 … no. we’re not kidding. find a store and go today.)

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Tree – It’s real! It’s a Fiddle Leaf Fig (about $40 at our local garden center), and as the lady at the garden center told us it is also “impossible to kill.” As someone who never remembers to water, it’s perfect! It only needs water once a week at best.

Basket – Ohio Valley Antique Mall ($40)

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DIY: Drop Cloth Curtains in 10 Easy Steps


We love a good DIY project and that, we-can-do-all-things feeling we get out of making something ourselves. We may be a couple of girls, but thanks to our Dad we’re no stranger to a power tool. (Pass the drill, please.)

Em’s been kicking around the idea of hanging some sort of window treatment in her kitchen for about a year; always stopping short of buying fabric before changing her mind. Then she discovered drop cloth curtains. The perfect neutral shade, airy enough to let in lots of natural light and best of all …. they don’t cost a fortune and they’re a piece of cake.

We read a few different tutorials, combined them and then tweaked them a bit to fit the look Em was going for. The finished product is SEW worth the time behind the sewing machine (Or not, check out a “no-sew” option here  from, Thoughts from Alice.)

We’ll be sure to post before and after photos of Em’s breakfast room once we piece everything together. In the meantime, we wanted to share our own version of the Drop Cloth Curtain tutorial: 


6′ x 9′ drop cloths (We found ours for just $11 at Lowe’s!), scissors and/or pinking shears, measuring tape, thread and, of course, wine.

We also enlisted the help of our mom who tends to be the brains behind most of our projects.


Drop Cloths – $11 each at Lowe’s

White Pom Fringe trim – $6.99/yard + 50% off coupon from Joann Fabric

Total: About $25 per curtain

Let’s get started! 

Step 1: Launder your drop cloths – this removes dust and softens the fabric A LOT. It also removes that this-is-a-drop-cloth-not-a-curtain smell.

Step 2: Put any children to bed (very important. We stopped several times to restart Lion King, fetch snacks, give a bath and reset our sewing machine settings after pudgy little fingers got to them before we did.) This is where the wine comes in.

Step 3: Lay your drop cloths out on a large table (you could also use the floor, but Em has a very hairy, very high maintenance yellow Lab so, kitchen table it was for us.) If you’ll need to do any hemming, fold the top of your fabric down rather than cutting off the bottom.

***Our drop cloths did not have true 90° corners. Be careful that this doesn’t throw off your measurements. We had to rip seams and start over*** 

Step 4: Create the pocket for the curtain rod. Our curtain rod is 2″ diameter so we measured and marked 2½” from the top, then pinned our fabric.

Step 5: Start sewing! Fire up the machine and follow your pins to make a pocket.

Step 6: Refill wine glass.

Step 7: Add the trim – We decided to dress these up a bit so Em found 1¾” white pom fringe at Joann Fabric. Just pin the trim vertically down the side of the drop cloth, then head back to your sewing machine.

Step 8: Hem and trim loose threads – if necessary! We had to cut one large drop cloth in half for two smaller windows so that one needed a little extra love, but the two on the larger window did not.

Step 9: Break out your iron/steamer – we also read that this step is more effective to do when they’re damp, but we ran out of nap time so we decided to just do it while they were dry.

Step 10: Hang ’em up and let everyone ooooh and aaaah over how creative and clever you are.

This project took us about 6 hours, but that includes chasing around a toddler, wine refills and having to restart once because we’re rookies. Depending on your skill level, we’d guess it would take about 3-4 hours. Happy sewing, friends!


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Baby it’s chili outside …

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Fresh off the plane from Naples, Florida, Em came home to a cleared out refrigerator and zero motivation to drag a baby to the grocery in this cold weather. (Yes, we know it’s warmed up a bit, but when you were in flip flops on Sunday and today there’s ice on the ground, there’s definitely an adjustment period.) However, she also needed something to feed her little family tonight.

One of our favorite quick and easy recipes is our dad’s chili. We tend to keep the ingredients stocked for just such an occasion. A grey day calls for something warm to ease you back into Cincinnati weather.

We shared our dad’s chili recipe in our canning post a few months ago, but with the recent snap of chill-you-to-the-bone weather Cincinnati has had, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share it again in case you need a quick, but delicious idea for dinner tonight:


• 1 lb ground chuck, browned and drained

• 2 cans tomatoes, diced and drained

• 1 can red kidney beans (we like the low sodium option), drained

• 1 packet French’s Chili-O Chili Seasoning

• 1 box elbow macaroni (optional)

• 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

• Oyster crackers (optional)

Brown ground chuck in a skillet, then remove from pan to drain grease. Add ground chuck, tomatoes, beans and 3/4 – 1 chili seasoning packet to a large pot and stir. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over cooked elbow macaroni or by itself – topping off the chili with a handful of oyster crackers and a heap of shredded cheese and devour.


Giveaway #3: Five One Three Bagel Co.

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One of our favorite things about small businesses owners is their willingness to give back to their community. Five One Three Bagel Co. is a great little bakery in Over the Rhine with an even greater back story.

Five One Three Bagel Co. owner, Kim Hoover found her business inspiration while recovering from alcohol addiction. She wanted to create a company based on courage, transformation and philanthropy.

Kim hopes to help others who suffer from addiction by sharing her story, and her gourmet bagels. She plans to donate a portion of the company’s process to local addiction recovery services. She hopes to help others experience the gifts that a drug and alcohol free life has to offer.

Five One Three Bagel Co. operates out of Findlay Kitchen in Over-the-Rhine. Their bagels are made from scratch using a preferment dough that is hand-rolled and allowed to proof overnight.

With Specialty Flavors like Blueberry Lemon, Apricot Pistachio and their Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Bagel Bun as well as Classic Flavors, you really can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose!

One of our readers will win a Five One Three Bagel Co. t-shirt, and a gift certificate for a bakers choice dozen bagels!

All you have to do is:

  • Tag a friend who can’t pass up a great Bagel.
  • Follow Sincerely Doris Jane on Instagram and Facebook
  • Follow Five One Three Bagel on Instagram and Facebook

Interested in placing a specialty order or catering? Click here!

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SDJ’s Vintage-Inspired Gift Guide

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Let’s face it. Some people are just hard to shop for. Whether they’re the “already has everything” person, or the return/regift type – we all have at least one on our list who sends our inner Santa into a frenzy.

Fear not friends, for Sincerely, Doris Jane scoured the mall, for blog post research of course *wink wink*, in search of vintage inspired gifts that are timeless classics, an instant hit and surely to not be returned. We’ve got you covered from stocking stuffers to hardly-fits-under-your-tree gifts.

  • Remember our interview with Sara’s House?  We stopped in to do a little shopping and Sara is offering an EXCLUSIVE BOGO offer on her mercury glass ornaments for our readers only! Simply mention: SINCERELYSANTA and you’re an instant VIP. They’re gorgeous on a tree and remind us of the ornaments our grandma’s always had. The best part? They’re not made with actual mercury so they’re household safe.
  • Nothing says old school glam like a holly-berry red lip. We stopped over to the MAC counter in Macy’s and tried on a few. Our favorite? MAC Red in their satin finish ($17.50). The perfect shade for a very Marilyn Christmas. Find it online here.

  • What’s every lovely lady want for Christmas? Why, Chanel No. 5 of course! We loved the “pink bottle” version. Starting at $80 at Macy’s.

  • Get your Don Draper on with crystal barware. We love this set from Macy’s, on sale for $100 right now, but we’ve seen it for as low as $70! A staple in any MadMen loving household.

  • Gloves make a statement. They say I’m classy. They say I’m confident. They also say, I’m cold. We love these leather gloves by Charter Club at Macy’s for about $50.

  • Pearls go with everything. Faux or Authentic, they’re a must have for every lady’s jewelry box. The best part? You can literally find them EVERYWHERE.

  • Christmas music sounds best on vinyl and whether you have records that have been passed down to you or if you’ve picked them up in a local antique store like we did (for just a few dollars a piece at Ohio Valley Antique Mall), you’ll need something to play them on. We had to have this Crosley Rochester 5-in-1 Deluxe Entertainment System for just $99 at Target right now.
  • The holidays can be crazy and chaotic. We recently read “Chasing Slow” by Erin Loechner for a fresh perspective on prioritizing family and simply slowing down to enjoy the people and things we’ve been blessed with. We really related to her point of view and think our readers will love it! We found it for $14.95 at Anthropologie, but it’s also available on Amazon, and at your local library.

Happy shopping everybody! Share your vintage inspired gifts on our Facebook page or in the comments below! We’d love to see what you’ve found.


Grandma’s Slanguage

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“What a bird! … Oh, go fly a kite … Do a job big or small, do it right or not at all … Goodnight Shirt! …”

Our grandma’s had plenty of words or little sayings. Things that have become sweet memories even though they didn’t make a whole lot of sense when we were kids. That got us thinking about all the slang words and sayings we’ve seen come and go over the years and we thought we’d do some digging and unearth some long-forgotten slang terms that grew up with our grandparents…

“Oh, applesauce!” – When you overhear your friend telling someone she’s 29 when you know she turned 33 last week your response could be “Ohhh APPLESAUCE!!”

Pictured Right: Our Great-Aunt Georgianna and her cousins

“Butt me” – If your cigarette case is empty you can ask a friend to “bum a smoke” by saying “butt me.”

“Cheaters” – Let’s say you’re trying to read the newspaper and can’t quite make out the print, you might say to your sweetie, “Hand me my cheaters, would ya?”

Our Grandma Jane’s “handcuff” and wedding band. 

“Handcuff” – When your girlfriend gets engaged, you might grab her left hand and say “Let me see that handcuff!”

“Gigglewater” – When you’ve had a long day at work, you could ask your wife for a glass of giggle water.


“What’s eatin’ you?” – A friend of your’s seems to be in a sour mood and you want to know what’s wrong you can ask her, “What’s eatin’ you?”

Our Uncle Tony at about 7 years old.

“What a bird!” – A polite way to call someone a class clown or a “nut.”

“Know your onions” – In case you’re ever at a trivia contest and you meet someone who seems to know everything you could tell them they, “sure do know their onions.”  

“Wet blanket.” – If you’re referring to someone who never seems to have any fun, he would be considered a wet blanket.

Our mom, Marianne and her brother Tony

“Let’s take a powder.” – Let’s say you’re at a boring party and you want to leave, you might say to your friend, “Let’s take a powder.”

Tell us: what were your favorite phrases/words from your parents and grandparents?