Monday, July 25, 2011

Bathroom & Bedroom Curtains

Anybody wanna see some random home decorating?

You do?  Wow, how sweet of you!

While my sewing projects have been few and far between due to some early pregnancy 'morning' sickness and general tiredness, I have done a tad bit of necessary home trimming since we moved into our rental home a couple of months ago. I've hesitated to post because my pictures leave much to be desired - as does my decorating - but I thought hey, who doesn't like to see DIY home decorating?  Aren't all of us looking for cheap and easy ways to make our homes somewhat presentable?

I'm sure you could do better, but here's my stuff for kicks and giggles.

First off, there is the bathroom. I must have some subconscious need to plaster pictures of it all over the internet.

I thought we would never find a house with a smaller bathroom than our last rental, but I was wrong.  They do make smaller bathrooms!  Among our new bathroom oddities is a shelf that looks like this:

Truly, there is no hope for it.

However, there is another set of shelving that had some potential: floor to ceiling 'gingerbread' shelves.

Is it just me, or is it weird that they disappear back into the wall?  Nevertheless, they are kinda enduring in a cottage-y sort of way. And Lord knows we need the storage space in this place!  The downside of course is that they are open shelves and I prefer more privacy in the privy.  Nothing like house guests staring away at your personal bathroom stuff while they use the toilet!  I had a few presentable baskets, but further storage buying was out of the question.  A curtain was the most cost-effective option.

I think I found the only fabric in my stash that did the trick without closing in the room!  I just put a casing at the very top and hung it on a curtain rod.

I found the fabric at a charity fabric sale but I didn't know what to do with it because it smelled a little bit old even after washing.  Isn't it totally interesting?  I don't know the technical name for it, but it is some sort of cotton.

Love it.  The best part is that I didn't even cut it.  I just hemmed it and put a casing in it. I even left the selvage edges. Maybe someday I'll re-purpose it into something more fun!

Bathroom done.  Now, for my bedroom.

I resurrected some curtains from my old house.  I made them from a white shower curtain I bought on sale at TJ Maxx or something.  I split the shower curtain down the middle and trimmed it with some pretty home decorating fabric I had purchased to make a bed skirt.  Originally, I just threaded the rod back and forth through the top of the curtains using the button holes already there (because it was a shower curtain).  It didn't look that great, so this time I scrambled around to find something to tie it on with.

I learned very quickly that ties take a whole heck of a lot of yardage.  These are made with wide bias tape, but I only had enough to do half of the ties white and half of the ties a caramel-y tan color.

Tasteful or tacky?  It's a toss up!

Oh least the curtains are on the window.

I have some frilly curtains in progress for the girl's room.  And when I say frilly, I mean frilly!  Hope to finish them soon and post pictures of girly girly-ness!

Until then, happy sewing to you all.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hand-Me-Down Love

The beauty of having a couple of little girls right in a row is that nothing is ever worn just once!

Remember this skirt?

They're back and cuter than ever!

I put the apron on ZouZou to save her clothes from some mac 'n cheese, and she wouldn't take it off!

We don't wear bibs in this house.  We wear pretty aprons.

Anyway, just had to share.  Hope you have a great day!

If you need us, we'll be in the backyard playing in the hose...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sewing the Three-Year-Old Way

Since my sewing supplies are currently in the corner of our (thankfully large!) living room, they often attract the attention of my two little women.  Usually I just walk into the living room to find a spiderweb of thread originating in my thread drawer and spanning the length of the room, but sometimes the three-year-old Roo (almost four) really does want to 'sew.'  She is not at all trustworthy with a needle or machine and I can't afford her creative cutting, but we have found a fun substitute.  Yes, we play with pins.

Here's what we do.  While my youngest is napping, I let Roo pick a fabric out of my stash. She asks for some trims, so I also let her choose a bag.  I've separated my trims into bags of different colors and I let her pick a color.  Pink and yellow are rather popular around here! Then, I set up the ironing board and we throw the fabric on top of it, grab a magnet full of pins, and play.  She loves to poke the pins through the fabric and into the ironing board.

If I'm really lazy, I bring us a couple of chairs and park her on one side and myself on the other.  She likes me to participate and I've found it can be quite relaxing to pin away at random!  Eventually our creation becomes a big mess of fabric, trims, and pins.  Just the way she likes it.

When we finished this particular masterpiece, she turned to me and said, "Here Momma, your bathing suit is ready."

Sometimes the (almost) two-year-old gets in on the action.  Yesterday while I put up some curtains in my bedroom, the girls created this:

It's a dress, in case you wondered.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Oh How I Miss Thee!

Dear sewing machine, how I miss thee!!!  I was flipping through old posts tonight and realized how rarely I've been able to sew lately and how very sad that makes me.  It's summertime, after all, and summer sewing is sinfully rewarding - the projects so simple, the results so fabulous!  I dream of sun dresses (big and little), floral-y bags, and fluttery curtains.  But alas, sewing and I are at odds right now.

You see, I have another project in the works. I'm putting together something really, really, really special and it's taking up all of my energy.  I'm so preoccupied, I can hardly eat or sleep.  The thought of doing anything else makes me want to hurl (quite literally).  It's as though all things have lost their luster in comparison to this great project that I slave over night and day.  Even trims have ceased to satisfy (not to mention chocolate).  

Surely in a few more weeks my work will be far enough along that I can crawl back to my beautiful, lonely Bernina and whip up something delightful.

In the meantime, I miss you, dear sewing machine.