So yeah, I promise.
Secondly, let me say thank-you, Jack!
I wasn't feeling so great this morning, even wondering if I was coming down with the flu or had Flu Lite or something but I figured that I could definitely do something about the bathroom where Jack shredded the curtain. This would involve taking down the old curtain which was no big deal due to the fact that, like I said, was only thumbtacked up there in the first place.
So I did that.
Then I took down the BLACK MINI BLINDS that have been there since we moved in and which we have never once used. I mean, the window in that bathroom does offer a very fine view from where people walk to enter the house but I just used that thumbtacked up old piece of bark cloth.
This all led to the removal of many, many generations of spider webs. I should be ashamed to admit this but fuck it- whatever was behind that bark cloth just got ignored.
So I cleaned the window and scrubbed the mildew and spider webs and black Lloyd dirt and cleaned the panes themselves and then I started going through my fabric to see what I could find to make a new curtain. I found a piece of lovely blue eyelet that I thought I'd use and then I stumbled upon a set of lace valances which I have no memory of buying.
Well, that could work.
But before I got out my trusty Singer, I opened up the cabinet where I keep tablecloths and found a small, beautiful one made of butter yellow linen with lace in the center and at the corners (again- having no memory of where or when I got it) and my heart jumped a little.
Now this- this could work.
The yellow tablecloth was not quite large enough to fill the space I wanted filled so I found another linen tablecloth, this one white, and sewed the yellow one to that, making a deep bottom hem and a top hem to put the curtain rod through.
It was so easy, so quick, and it's so imperfect, but I am so thrilled with what it looks like now.
I feel like Martha Fucking Stewart!
Honestly, it was just fun and the best part was that I used some of my thrift treasures that I buy for no reason other than that they are lovely or made of good materials or have handwork on them or...
Well. You know.
And then I stash them away and never use them but today I did use some and now that bathroom is light and airy.
And that's what I did today. Something that I have thought about doing for so long now and which I probably never would have gotten around to if Jack hadn't gotten in his claws in that curtain.
Cautionary note: When you have a very old piece of bark cloth and it's been hanging in a window for fourteen years and you take it down and decide to wash it because hell, maybe you could make a pillow or something out of it, that might be a very bad idea because your washing machine may end up looking like a large animal ate the bark cloth and partially digested it and then vomited it up.
Maybe. It could happen.
Let's just say that there will be no bark cloth pillows happening around here any time soon.
Happy Friday, y'all.
What a gorgeous bathroom curtain!ReplyDelete
I think it is very pretty.Delete
That is one beautiful curtain! Kudo's to you!!!!!!!!!! Isn't it so rewarding when you find a use for something you have been *keeping* for so long....without a previously intended purpose? I love it, love it, love it!ReplyDelete
YES! It is SO rewarding. What took me so long?Delete
Glorious with that sun shining through...ReplyDelete
It is like a completely different room. I swear.Delete
I'm very pleased at how it came out.Delete
Imperfect is glorious Maggi xReplyDelete
Perfection is highly overrated.Delete
The curtain is beautiful but you know what? The fact that you had a curtain thumb tacked up for all those years makes me love you even more. If I ever was at your house and saw that it would bring a tear to my eye because obviously people are the most important part of your life and things are just that. Things. Being in clean and tidy fancy homes make me feel out of place and somewhat nervous. My favourite client is a hoarder and we sit and have a grand old time when I see her. She is so happy to see me and damn the mess!ReplyDelete
I try to keep a halfway tidy house but you know- things just go unnoticed after a certain amount of time.Delete
I think you would absolutely feel at home in my home, Birdie.
Love the yellow curtain with lace. You are multi-talented! I like neat, orderly homes with gobs of unique collectibles - from the garden to antique and thrift stores to homemade gifts. However, I have stuff and I am trying to purge to my most favorites.my Gibson feel well and let it stop there. JoanneReplyDelete
Lily reports that no one is horribly sick at her house today, which is wonderful, compared to what it's been like over there.Delete
I am trying to purge as well but god, I get so damn attached to my stuff. But so much of it- hell, I can't begin to remember why I got in the first place.
It is lovely, though, when something can be made useful again.
Well, sorry about the bark cloth, but the replacement is GREAT! That yellow looks so sunny and cheerful and perfect for a window. We also have an old blind in our bathroom that we have never used. I ought to take it down, I suppose. (Although it's technically our landlord's.)ReplyDelete
If the blind isn't bothering you, leave it up. This one was just so butt ugly. Who in their right mind would use black mini blinds in a tiny bathroom?Delete
Brava! I have sat in bed this morning watching lovely mosaic work on youtube and thinking about all my grandmother's glass that's sitting in my shed and how I should learn to do something about it. And how I probably won't. So beautiful result aside, I applaud you on *doing* it in the first place. Now... how to make sure Jack doesn't shred it too??ReplyDelete
My friend Lynn wanted so badly to do mosaics if she ever got the chance to retire. She never got the chance and I mourn that. I think of her every time I see a beautiful mosaic. Such a lovely way to use old glass and china and, and, and...Delete
Jack won't do it again. He was shut up in that bathroom with his worm-medicine food. We though perhaps if he got hungry enough he would eat it. However, he managed to get the sliding pocket door open on his own and that's when we decided to just shove the mess down his throat. We won't be shutting him in any small enclosed spaces again. He probably has PTSD from when he was accidentally shut in the upstairs bedroom for almost three weeks. Remember that? Oh god.
I do! Poor Jack!Delete
The new curtain is lovely. I love yellow.ReplyDelete
I love yellow too! How can you not?Delete
That's beautiful Martha Fucking Stewart . The yellow color makes it perfect .ReplyDelete
And you should have seen the soup and focaccia I made last night! I tell you, next thing I know, Snoop Dogg is gonna want to do a series with me.Delete
(In my dreams.)
Thank you! I am inappropriately proud of such a small thing.Delete
Very nice, you could be on your way to outshine Martha Stewart.ReplyDelete
As a card I got once said about Martha, "That bitch can do anything!"Delete
It's lovely to look at - like stained glass, and so bright and cheery. Well done! I love finding uses for the things I have squirreled away. Sadly, sewing is not on my talent list....ReplyDelete
Well, thank goodness for Home Ec in Jr. High and for my beloved little Singer. The reasons I CAN sew.Delete
ya done good!ReplyDelete
I should send you my groovy vintage light fixtures...Delete