Here’s what happened Monday: I had zero money to spend, but suddenly after 3 years I could not live with unfinished windows one second longer. Both curtains were made to be longer/taller than half-way down, making a little transom window at the top.
For the kitchen, I used a vintage sheet with gold roses on it (I know… but it looks good, I promise). I left the lace trim on the top and folded it over to make a little tube for the tension rod. Curt requested the kitchen curtains be split to allow for a view. I trimmed the bottom with some ocean blue bias tape. Someday, I will find some gorgeous green velvet ribbon and run another line of color. I also dream of finding three wire or ornamental birdies to hang from the top of the window… just for fun. But, for now, they are finished. My heart = happy.
The bathroom curtain happened much the same way, but with a vintage embroidered pillowcase. I don’t know where I found this, but I’ve been keeping it forever. It took a major Act of Courage to cut it open. I widened it by sewing strips on the sides. It’s a tad uneven and imperfect, as linens are apt to be, which only makes me love it more. I can’t decide if I’ll add ribbon to this later or not… it’s so simply happy right now. The cotton on this pillow case is baby soft, Folks. If I don’t answer the phone, it’s prolly because I am hugging the bathroom curtain.
I also covered an old mousepad because our room needed a little green. And, while experimenting with the stitches on my ancient sewing machine, I whipped up a teensy banner to hang above the dining room chalk board. I love it. I think I’ll make a few ready-made banners for the shop after the holidays. I’m in a big burlap phase right now.
We’re really trying to watch our budget around here… like, who isn’t? But, in earnest. Trying to make intentional, responsible decisions. This can put a serious snag in the ‘decorating’ category, but it doesn’t have to. All in all, these projects cost me (minus 1.5 hour’s time) $4.23 because I used materials I already had on-hand. I’m not usually so productive, but SuperKid has been pushing me to finish the details. Make it cute. Make it homey. Make it different. Make it cheap. I am so glad I didn’t give in. I made it work. I made some big changes for only five dollars. I CAN DO IT!!! Please remind me of this when these curtains go on sale.
However you are spending the next few days, Merry Christmas to you. May you find peace and comfort within your home… for free.