Saturday, March 26, 2011

No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains, Glue Gun Style

So, Froggers. I've been reading about drop cloth curtains and I was intrigued, especially since we've lived in this house for 5.8 yrs. and I'm JUST getting around to putting window treatments up. You see, I'm very cheap, and I wanted to make my curtains, but I wasn't inspired in the least to use my sewing machine. I was blog hopping, and I found a gal who just used a glue gun on her curtains. "Hot dang," I thought to myself. I could get excited about that! So, I got to work.
Miss Mustard Seed says to wash your drop cloth fabric several times to get it soft and pliable. Since she's practically an idol of mine, I did as she said. What I didn't read was her post about bleaching them. Bummers. I would have liked that look, but I'll save that technique for when I cover my wing backed chair. 
Anyhoo, I really didn't have a particular room in mind to adorn, but when I opened the drop cloth package, I was hit with a wave of brilliance (which happens on occasion). The cloth was put together in three identically sized panels, so I decided that this piece of *expensive* fabric was going to be used for my three windows in my bedroom. Yipee!
All I did was separate the panels with a seam ripper, cleaned up all the little threads that had a magnetic attraction to my black sweater, and went at it with my glue gun. Now, I have to be honest, it would have been quicker and easier to sew these babies, but I really wanted to empower my Froggers who don't like to sew. Notice I didn't say "can't", because everyone can learn to press their foot to the pedal and guide a piece of fabric through a little moving needle that threatens to impale your finger through the nail bed, showering your new fabric in a lovely blood-red color. 
I glued the seams back together, and turned the raw edges under that were "faced" the wrong way. You have to be careful here. Imagine the panel hanging up, and fix your raw edges accordingly. Then, I glued some trim that I purchased from Joann's, for half price, of course.
Trim on the Curtain

Once that was done, I simply clipped them to my curtain rod with those wonderful ring clips that save House Divas like us from having to use that #$()*&% sewing machine.
Now, I really wanted some more color, so HubbyDoc and I went to the Calico Corners Outlet and discovered a wonderful sale. I spent $47 on about 5 different coordinating fabrics. Now, one of the fabrics was $37/yard at the normal price. REALLY? Well, I expect Kate Middleton's wedding gown will be fashioned out of one of those fabrics. Know what I'm sayin'?
I took one of the coordinating fabrics and fashioned a plain rectangular valance that was wider than the curtain. This way, when I clipped the valance to the rod with the panel, it would be a little bit bunchy, thereby giving it the "designer look" that I so desperately desired but for which I didn't want to take out a second mortgage (how's that for excellent grammar?).

Here's the valance:

And my adorable chandelier that I bought for a little too much money. Oh, well.

I needed some sashes, so I made some small rectangular pieces out of one of the fabrics and sewed plastic sash rings to the ends. I mounted a 3M removable hook on the wall beside the window moulding. Then, I threaded a fabulous tassel (that I found at Tuesday Morning for about $5 each) on each sash. I gathered the fabric and hung the sashes onto the hook. Voila!

This chick is one happy crafter. The best thing is that the whole deal (with rods, braided trim, clips, and all the matching fabric) only cost about $100- $125. Can you say THRIFTY? Now, I know it's not as impressive as some of my Fellow Froggers, but I was pretty tickled.

Now onto the dining room.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crafting mania!

So, I had a great SAHM Homeschooling Mom Day. It was the next best thing to Mother's Day. Cooking, spending time with friends, having my Fam all at home, and working on craft projects were the order of the day. I looked a little crazy. My Happy Place (aka craft area) is in the basement, and today, I was up and down the stairs with clean paintbrushes, dirty paintbrushes, pastry bags replete with couplers and tips, a phillips screwdriver, and my Droid, newly loaded with a recipe (I e-mail myself recipes from the internet, then take my Droid into the kitchen and thus- a new cookbook!).
So, today was Multi-Tasking (aka PADD- meaning Project Attention Deficit Disorder) Day. Let me run down the list:
-Had tea with good friends from church, but I had to finish up the homemade box and card set for the hostess (pics below).
- A quick trip to AC Moore for white spray paint (with a coupon).
- Put the first coat of paint on my next bedroom project.
- Made Challah bread in the breadmaker (do you REALLY think that I made it by hand, I mean, do you really think I am a house diva???) which I procured from Freecycle. OK, I just might be a house diva after all.
- Made meringues from the leftover egg whites from the Challah bread (after doing algebra to figure out the ratios- OH YEAH!), while listening to Oldest Daughter singing "Tell Her" (by Del Amitri) and playing her acoustic guitar. I have to admit that she plays quite well and her voice is SO pretty. (Homeschool Mom Moment- I love my girls. They are the greatest. I homeschooled them from kindergarten and first grade. Now, don't go getting all "homeschooling is weird" and "all the kids I know that are homeschooled are social reprobates." Believe me, I've heard just about all the ignorant comments. I'm not anti-public school. As a matter of fact, we gave Oldest the option to go to public school in high school. She chose to stay home. Scholarships, Teen Volunteer of the Year, Phi Theta Kappa, playing violin in the world premier of Mendelsohn's Elijah in four different cities in Spain, which was accompanied with choir singing in Spanish, an offer of a classical guitar scholarship at a prestigious college, almost a full year of college credits in high school, and being told they're delightful young ladies, I think we've earned our keep in society. THIS mom is pretty proud. Sorry for the bragging). And PLEASE, when you feel like criticizing homeschooling, please get your facts straight before you judge. After all, that's how I could use algebra to figure out the ratio for the meringues. Just sayin'.
- Painted the first coat of white on a dull, dark wood picture frame that I got for *c*h*e*a*p in the clearance bin at the Pottery Barn.
-  Refurbed an architectural element (funny story to follow), which will be strategically placed in my bedroom. I'm not sure what HubbyDoc thinks of my new shabby chic style. I think he'll eventually get used to it. He wasn't sure of drop cloth curtains, but he actually likes them (btw, there will be pics of the curtains after I make the sashes, that I'm stuck on, which have to be perfect, you know).

Btw, if you don't see any more posts on my blog, it means we all died of carbon monoxide poisoning from having to prop open the oven door during the 3 hours it took to bake the meringues. Just sayin'.

The algebra for the ratios. I do love math.
Here are some of the cards I made for my friend, whose name obviously starts with "J".