Monday, April 9, 2012

It's Curtains for Us!

My MIL has graciously given me her old sewing machine so that I can learn to sew.  So far, I've made a few burp cloths, a pillow, and some liners for the cloth diapers.  My most recent accomplishment though is curtains.  Yea!  My MIL helped me to make curtains for my Craft Room and the Nursery.

Here is a picture of us cutting off the selvedge on the Craft Room fabric.

This is the south facing window.  At the bottom of the picture, you will notice my computer desk.  During the day, the sun really blazes through this window and renders it impossible to use my computer.  Because of this, I bought room darkening fabric for the curtain liner.

This is the other window in the room.

Here is a close-up of the fabric.  As you can see, it is a small, blue floral pattern with a white background.  I bought this fabric at Hobby Lobby.

The Nursery curtains were a heavier fabric, so I bought muslin for the liner.  I thought this pattern would look great in the Nursery's songbird themed room.  I was fortunate to find this fabric on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.  At the time of the picture, we hadn't bought the curtain hold-backs.  Each window now has one hold-back so that the curtain panel sweeps across the window.

This is the view out of the Nursery's East facing window.  So pretty.

This is the view out of the Nursery's South facing window in the morning.  The bright yellow of the forsythia bush really stands out against muted tones of the frost and fog covered backyard.

This was a side project that Jim and I have been working on.  We wanted to put Avonlea's name above her crib, and this is what we came up with.   I know.  I know.  That's so cookie-cutter.  How unlike me. ^_^*  We painted it using the wall and ceiling colors.  We bought the letters at Hobby Lobby and the board at Lowe's.  Jim routered the edges to give it a nice detail.
I think she likes it.  :) 


We have just been doing small projects around the house.  Jim has finished the trimwork around the hall window, and has done a few things out in the yard.  I tackled the thorns growing in the grapevine one weekend.  I only have less than a quarter left to do.  Hopefully we'll be able to salvage the grapevine.  When we bought this place, the grapes were taken over by thorn bushes and the supports for the vines had collapsed.  Jim is slowly making progress on the Nursery and Guest Room closets.  He is still in the sanding and painting phase of the individual parts, so no actual closet construction yet.  I'm looking forward to organizing Avonlea's closet.  I'm getting tired of having one small dresser for her current size and all the rest stored in boxes.  One day soon!


  1. Looks like you and your husband have your work cut out for you. It's really wonderful, what you are doing. It's also good that you are taking on such a big project while you are young. Do you plan to stay here forever? You have done a great job so far--it's looking fantastic!

  2. Thanks, Becky! We do have our work cut out for us. :)
    We plan on staying here for many years...until our kids one day make us downsize to a smaller home without stairs. LOL!

  3. Just love the blue flora fabric. The house is very charming as well. I am sure you will enjoy fixing it up for years to come.

  4. Oh I am swooning over your view. I live in an old historical house as well but I don't have your lovely view. I adore the curtains and the down home picture of you working on them together.
    Gayle from Behind teh Gate

  5. Thank you! That magnolia tree is actually the neighbor's, but I want to plant one in our yard someday too. :)