Me, sewing... not so great. Mom says I didn't want to learn, I'm not sure I believe that. I wish now that I knew how to sew as good as these two women, but I get by.
I'm in major "redecorate" the house mode. Mom always said I had "steak taste with a hamburger budget" and that still rings true today. But I'm slowly changing things / decorating things in the house, one $30 project at a time.
And in case you didn't know this about me, when I get an idea to do something, I want to do it IMMEDIATELY. I decided several months ago that I wanted to paint a wall in the kitchen. I drove to Lowe's that morning and bought the stuff, taped it off after lunch, and had it painted during nap time before Matt even got home.
Another wild-hair moment hit today. I wanted to do something with the windows in the family room. This is what it looked like:
This is what it has looked like for 10 years. Well, the walls were white until about 6 years ago. We actually would close these windows off and have custom built floor-to-ceiling shelves put in on each side of the fireplace if we could afford it, but we can't.
I saw in the Target ad that they had long panels on sale for $9/each, and they were wide enough (and the windows narrow enough) that I theoretically only needed two. So Hannah and I stopped at Target today. This is what the panels looked like:
I didn't think plain ol brown would look good on a brown wall, and wanted to do something to "embellish" them. I remembered this fabric that I had bought several years ago. I was going to make Roman Shades for these windows...but I didn't know how and never figured it out. So I had all of this:
I decided to do a triangle panel across the top and a section across the bottom. I cut and pinned my little heart out, dusted off the sewing machine, and got busy during nap time. When Matt got home and caught me in the midst of sewing, I simply said "I'm making curtains. In a little while you are going to hang some cafe-rods in the family room for me and you're not going to bitch about it." He followed those orders quite well today actually!
So the finished product I think turned out pretty decent. It's warmer than it was (albeit a bit darker but I don't care. The other wall has huge windows on it that I can open the blinds on). I have a lot of the fabric left so I may try to do a valance on the other window, or make some new pillows, but nonetheless, today's wild hair has been trimmed and taken care of.