Friday, April 27, 2012

Door Curtain

Goodness gracious, I do have a difficult time photographing window treatments to their best advantage.  Light problems, my friends.  Please somebody tell me the photographic secret to beautiful window pictures!

Anywho, our rental's kitchen door is old-school.  It has a window and a big one at that.  I never remember to take pictures of 'before,' but here is the 'after' photo.

When we moved in, this door was graced with mini blinds that had been notched out in an oh-so-special way around the door handle.  After we painted, my husband asked - please would I replace the blinds with "some sort of curtain or something?"

Why, yes.  Yes, I would.

I picked up sash rods for a couple of bucks and a quilting cotton for $5.37.  I purchased a length of fabric 6" longer than my window and that was almost exactly the right amount - I had an inch left over.

I used the full width of the fabric and since I'm not all that hot with measurements, I created the casing for the upper rod first, hung up the curtain, and then pinned where the lower casing and fold needed to be.

I especially love how this particular white-on-white calico makes it look like the curtain has more gathering in it than it actually does.  

The sash rod is supposed to be flush with the door, but this picture shows the mechanics of the thing.  Also, if I understand it correctly, the you are not really supposed to see the rod at all.

All in all, a door curtain is a super, uper, shmuper easy project.

And just in case you wondered, you can't see through it at night.  My husband checked.

Carrots anyone?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sewing Motivation

You know, I rarely sew "for the fun of it."  Projects I undertake for kicks and giggles tend to suffer the same terrible fate of being stuffed half-finished into the back of my sewing closet. Neglected and abandoned.

I guess I'm the kinda gal that needs a need, a challenge, a deadline, and if I'm really lucky, some accountability.  I make a lot of mistakes when I sew -- that extra bit of motivation carries me through the seam ripping!

How about you?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kitchen Curtains - The Reveal

If you recall, there was a particular set of sheets destined to become new kitchen curtains.

Well I finished them this morning and, in my humble opinion, they totally rock.  I have three windows in the kitchen of my rental house.  One big, two small.

For the larger window, I made a traditional set of panels:

The fabric looks much more stripe-y hanging up, doesn't it?

I didn't want a whole stripe-y curtained kitchen, and I realized I probably woudn't appreciate all of the light filtering into the kitchen to have a yellow tint, so I decided to have a bit of fun with the other two smaller windows...

Pretty funky, huh?  I like that they turned out kinda modern looking.  Despite the fact that I don't know anything about mitered corners other than that I LOVE them, they were a success. 

*Sigh.*  Don't you just love mitered corners, too?


For my readers who like the technical side of things, here is a view of the back:

For my readers who feel better about their lives when they see other people's messes:

And for my readers who wonder what the kitchen looked like before we painted it:

It was yucky, yucky tan!  (The whole house was - gross!) And don't get me started on the nasty unpainted trim!  Anywho, much better with gray walls and white trim, nu?

(my kitchen on a cleaner day)

Yay for gray and yellow, and new kitchen curtains.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kitchen Curtains and How Target Saved The Day

My new obsessions with gray and yellow have led me down the perilous path of kitchen redecorating.

My husband repainted the kitchen in a fabulous shade of light gray and I thought I'd get all brave and pair it with bright yellow accents.  I figured I'd tie the whole color palette together with the curtains.

Armed with nothing but enthusiasm, I hit up the local fabric store in search of a yellow and gray fabric.  (I'm not brave enough to shop fabric online yet.)  I knew I wouldn't find much, but secretly hoped to score something fabulous.

They had one yellow and gray print.  One.

Switching gears, I moved on to other stores.  Three home decorating places later, I was still empty-handed.  Apparently yellow is not in and I am sooooooo not fashionable!!!  Who knew?  And it wasn't as though I just looked at kitchen curtains.  Fabric is fabric you know -- I scoured everything made on a loom: table cloths, shower curtains, scarves.  Nothing.  That is, until I hit up Target and finally found my colors in the form of sheets & duvets.

Be still my heart.

Not sure what I liked better, I came home with this yellow and gray print sheet set:

And also, this duvet set:

My husband thinks the duvet set is a tad bit too tropical, so I'm sticking with the first print.  The curtains are already in the works.  You should know, I'm toying with mitered corners this time.  Stay tuned for pictures. 

On a side note, since the sheets only set me back $14.99, I may have also snagged this:

Really, how could I resist?