The sequence started when we revamped a small clothes closet back to its original purpose of a shelved closet (DH cut some shelves and I put them on the original supports). My sewing machine and serger now have a 'home base'. Incentive. Convenience for lifting out and on to the kitchen table (which meant the laptop had to be moved and a portion of the table cleared but that was a 'good thing').
The curtains were a thrifted find last summer as were the double curtain rods. At that time I put the brown double rods up (using my little Makita drill) and because the curtains were too long I tied the bottoms into a loose knot. That was ok last year. I liked the semi sheer elegance of the curtains but, really, not too convenient for closing.
An eventful year passes. Energy this week. Why not just shorten the curtains. Got out the ironing board to use as a cutting surface, dug out my 'best scissors' (which for some reason aren't as sharp as they used to be).
Dotted white on white curtains made it easy to cut straight lines. Hemmed, hung, nice.
Left over pieces were decent width strips of curtain, wide enough maybe to make a valence/ruffle on the front of the double curtain rods. Pinned, checked to made sure the 'pocket' was deep enough. Sewed the first section, slid it on the front rod, looked fine, sewed the second and noticed that the line I was following had 'shifted 1 inch', removed the seam and was more careful sewing the last three ruffle sections.
My pincushion is circa age 16 when my Mom made bedspreads and curtains for my room. She used the scraps to make me a pincushion. Sweet memory.
Not perfect but very pretty, happy with the result. Put the curtains and valence up, took pictures. Interesting how much detail shows up in pictures that the eye ignores when looking around. Also interesting how yellow everything looks when the real curtain color is a soft white. Night lighting, indoor lighting, small room make some of the reasons.
So, white on white curtains but the rod is dark brown and the window trim is natural mixed with off white. This is where the chalk-clay paint in Simply White comes in (at 8:30 in the evening), carried on the next day with 2nd coat.
Waxed frame. Added some flowers and called this one a job well done.
Flowers were gifted from my friend's M's garden, with thanks. Evening views of flowers below with the background of the white curtains.
No additional cost for this project, used what I had on hand.
Early afternoon view of the flowers against the white curtains. Contented.
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