*or - How My Mom Is Watching Out For Me
Well, you all know the saga of the house next door, right?
First, it went up for sale. Then, there was all the rhubarb thievery. Then came Operation Gonorrhea. And finally, something I didn't mention here, the new owner* put the house up for rent. There may have also been an incident with some activists in the garden "freeing the rhubarb roots", but everyone involved in that bit of late night, cover of darkness shovelling has been trained to deny, deny, deny. Rank and serial number only!
While I was away in New Brunswick, Mr. Happy kept me apprised of the situation next door. The "For Rent" sign was taken down and it wasn't long before a family of 5 (or is it 15 - I can't yet figure out who lives there and who doesn't) moved in next door.
Ok, so what does this have to do with my summer vacation? Well, I came home intent on doing some work around the house. The plan was to either scrape wallpaper in our bedroom OR to work on the sun porch (sigh - the project that will never get done). These plans were sidelined when we realized that we don't want to traumatize the children next door. It was time for dining room curtains. I've only had the fabric for 5 years. Ahem.
On Thursday morning I bought TWO fabulous Umbra curtain rods at Linens 'N Things** - (half price - yay!) and then I went home to try to figure out how on earth I was going to make the curtains.
After rummaging around in my craft and sewing supplies (wouldn't a craft room in the sun porch be great?), I consulted with my neighbour (source of much wisdom and knowledge). The two of us were standing in my spare room (where the sewing machine lives, for now) looking at the fabric and trying to figure out the best way to make the curtains - drapes? tab tops? just throw the fabric over the rod and be done with it? I had envisioned drapes with pleats hanging on rings. A friend of mine had given me some curtain rings years ago but I didn't know how to attach them.
This is the part where Mom was watching out for me: I reached into a drawer and pulled out a roll of what I thought was some sort of reinforcement for curtains. My neighbour said, "Oh! That's the stuff you need! That goes on the back of the curtain and then the hooks slip up into that tape, see?" And she showed me the little channels for the hooks. I reached into Mom's sewing kit (now my sewing kit) and pulled out one of the hooks she was talking about. Needless to say, I was very thankful that my mom's sewing kit is filled with extremely useful things and that she still seems to be looking out for me.
I'll skip the gory details about the sewing, the lining and the double hems (which are gorgeous, by the way) and just show you the finished product:
The fabric has a yellow threads and dark khaki green threads forming grids on it (fabric people could probably name this style) - which pull in the colour on the walls and the colour of our sofas - which are visible from the dining room. (Our house is small - everything is visible from the dining room!)
Aren't they beautiful? I think I did a pretty good job for someone who only sews about twice a year.
I also made drapes for our bedroom while I was at it. I won't be showing these to you until the bedroom walls are stripped of the ancient wallpaper and painted. At this rate, that could be next summer. I've had that fabric since 1999.
Speaking of fabric (and because this post just isn't long enough), here's the fabric I bought while Becca and I were at Mardens last Monday:
First, this pretty paisley print:
That's for new throw pillows on the couch. It goes quite nicely with the new curtains.
Next up, this vintage looking print:
Safety first people! I wish I had bought more of this- we need a couple new curtains in the kitchen and this would be perfect.
is to feed my addiction to green. And to make something fun for Christmas.
And last, but certainly not least, a little something for the knitters:
I just can't wait to use it all. In my new craft room. Sigh.
* The new owner just happens to be an old girlfriend of Mr. Happy. When I told the KOL crew about the new owner, the collective gasp in the room was so strong that a man walking by the coffee shop was sucked in through the door and had a latte in his hand before he knew what had happened.
**apparently the 'n Things refers to curtain rods and potato scrubbers.)