and decided it was really time to get rid of the curtains in my living room and replace them with some fantastic roman shades via my pin-spiration: 365 Days to Simplicity. So on Saturday, after painting the ceilings in the apartment, I went searching for the mini-blinds I had stored in the attic. Please confess to yourself (and the computer) that you DESPISE mini-blinds as much as I do. I truly hate them... the only reason we have them in our house at all is because they were left behind by our old roommates.
Anyway, I found two (perfect) that were the right size and brought them down to my craft room. Then I read the instructions (I know, I can't believe it either!) from 365, and decided I would prep as much as I could on Saturday, and do the meat of the work on Sunday.
Here's the thing though: I know how to sew... and I know that by saying that, I have sent my mother and grandmother into a hysterical fit of laughter, but it's true, I can sew. I can't make anything from pattern, but that's because of my whole stigma with directions, not because I don't know how to use a sewing machine. Sewing is easy, and it's fast. As far as I can tell, the hardest thing about sewing is loading a bobbin and pushing a flexible piece of thread through an impossible small needle hole. Once you've done those two things, the sewing is the easy part. I don't understand the great lengths that people go to in order to escape sewing. These roman shades are a perfect example of going to ridiculous lengths to not sew.
But! I had the blinds in the attic, and I didn't have a dowel, or the pulley-strings or other things you need for sewing roman shades, so I figured I would give "no sew" the old college try. I began by cutting the strings that needed to be cut.
Unfortunately, I also cut the string that wasn't to be cut (palm to forehead).
"Oh cuss!" I said to Aero and Bruno, who were watching me. "Cuss, cuss, cuss." And then I looked around the room hoping a solution would present itself. It didn't. "Well I'm not going to go out and buy a replacement blind!" I told them. So as the wheels turned I thought about what I had said to Dan (the Mr.) earlier when he asked why I was measuring the windows.
"Are you going to waste money again?" he asked, in the world's most supportive tone.
"I'm not even going to leave the house" I bragged.
Yet there I was in my craft room trying to figure out how I could sneak out to JoAnns to get some dowels and pulley cords to make real roman shades. "Cuss it" I said to the dogs (literally, I have been saying "cuss" instead of real swears, like the Fantastic Mr. Fox, because it's funnier and the dogs really appreciate my humor). And I decided that the shades didn't need pulleys, because on the odd-chance that we ever opened them we would only open them about half-way, at which place I could sew in a hook/eye, thus avoiding sneaking out and lying. Besides, we will probably move soon anyway, and when we get into a new house I'll make all new curtains.
I did not explain the rational to the dogs, that part is for you, dear reader.
I'm a huge fan of this kind of "trim" if that it what it should be called. Granted, it was a huge pain to make all of those little pleats and folds, but it's worth it, the windows look pretty now. I especially like the filtering effect they have with the sun.
Don't you think it is a VAST improvement?
Granted, I never really liked the dark panels I made, and I hung them in the worst possible way (on the trim instead of above it)... but the new shades make the room feel bigger and brighter. Agreed?
So, did I copy my pin? No. I got crafty with it instead. Sometimes, when I don't follow directions, I call that being crafty, or better yet, "creative". Makes me sound artsy instead of impatient...
Thanks again, for reading my blog. I know I get all story-teller on you about my projects, but I think it's more amusing that way. My next post will be more photos and less blabbing, I promise.
ps - don't worry, I will get around to taking the old hardware down one of these days...