Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Using Target tablecloths to make new window treatments.

I liked my new Target tablecloth curtains so much, that I decided on Sunday to make more. I had my sights set on the kitchen, and had a fancy helper.

I swapped out the valance over the slider door. It was a quick and easy switch, with a basic valance design. Someday I would like a cornice board there, but for now, this works. 

Then I tackled the box pleat valance over the kitchen sink.

This one required math, so it took it bit longer. Oh and starch. 

I had cut the old fabric off the board and re-attached the new fabric, making certain it was centered. I stapled it in place and made sure my "L" brackets were still open for me to re-install.


I love the pattern and it has taken me a while to find affordable fabric that had the colors I was after in a pattern I liked. Tony didn't care for them as much as the old pattern, but liked them since I liked them. 

Target, always good for something in my house!

Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY curtains for an arch window - more details

 I pinned this picture of Gavin's room to Pinterest a while back, and to my surprise, it has been re-pinned several hundred times.

Because of that, I have gotten some email requests to show how I made them. It started out as a similar idea, but evolved as I walked the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics and a light bulb went off in my head. 

Originally, I had planned to put tabs on the back of the curtains and hang hooks from the arch so that I could hang them as they fit the arch. But as I strolled, I noticed that the tape to make roman shades already had rings attached in 10-12" increments, and that I could just sew that on the back of my curtains for it to hand from. It was already made and pretty cheap to buy.

So that is what we did. We had made a template of the arch, so that we could cut the fabric as close as we could to the shape. 

Then, because I am a designer and love driving my mother nuts, decided that I wanted them pleated. To look as professional as possible, but with us doing the work with discounted fabric. It's how I roll...

So we pinned the fabric into pleats and then we applied the template so that we could cut our shape and begin to hem. There may have been several curse words spoken. We also made the error of deciding to apply the black out lining after we had it cut, and pleated. DON'T DO THIS! Add your lining before you put in the pleats and sew. You can't really tell from the front, but I can sort of see it from the front yard looking up to the window, and it bugs me every time. 

I bought small white hooks to install into the wood frame of the window. I started with 1 ring in the center of the top and went down each side. 

I measured how far the rings were on my roman shade tape and used that for the distance between the rings.

Another tip that I learned the hard way is to make sure you measure how far the rings hang down so that you can place the roman shade tape accordingly on the curtain. The picture below will show that I failed to do that, and there is a gap between the arch trim and the curtains, letting in more light that I had anticipated.

Overall, we have been very happy with them. We installed inexpensive curtain hooks to keep them open should we want more light in the room, and they work great.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday - The one where we were on the Friends set

Fall of 2006, where we were on a Warner Brothers studio tour and found the saved Friends set of 
Central Perk!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Friends, here is a comprehensive list of all the Friends episodes ranked.

 I pretty much agree 100%. My personal favorite episode is "The one with the embryo's", followed closely by "The one with Joey in a box"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Not letting go of Summer

All I am seeing lately is back to school posts {guilty; see previous post}, pumpkin spice this and that, fall wish lists, football, and end of summer vacations. 

I don't want summer to end. I love summer, it's my favorite season.

 I love the long days, the hot weather, the stormy rainy days, the blazing sun, the flowers, the pool...need I wax on poetically about summer? We had the best, most fun summer, and I am a little sad to see it go. 

I suppose the cooler weather, cozy Saturdays, Football, school, and upcoming birthdays will have to suffice. Bring it on!