So.... in talking about using handkerchief's for decorative means (see last post), my mom is just finishing her handkerchief quilt. She has just a bit more hand quilting to do and she's done. Doesn't it look amazing!
Here are my parents behind the quilt. Isn't this the cutest picture. They were laughing like crazy when I took it as I stood in the snow.
I've got the fabric and some of the padding for the headboard and footboard for my bed. I've consulted a few friends about how I should accomplish this task. I'm hoping to do it soon-ish (if it wasn't for that pesky writing deadline and the end of the semester at school.)
Monday, January 21, 2013
In a quest to reclaim some space and my life, I have decided to redo my bedroom. The first thing I did was get rid of the dark green walls. Sage green is NOT my favorite color. A nice celedon green is fine but sage is most definitely not my favorite. So the walls became a lovely Vanilla Ice Cream (Benjamin Moore paint color # 0C-90) with white trim. I used to think that white paint was for wimps but I've changed my mind. This white has just a hint of yellow and is so warm and inviting. What was once a cave is now a huge, beautiful room of my own.
The quest yesterday was the to ding the perfect beside lamps for my newly painted white bedside tables. After my friend Rosy and I went to 10 different Home Goods/T.J. Maxx/Marshall's stores in the Southern New Hampshire area, we finally found these blue green glass lamps. Belive me, I looked at EVERYTHING TWICE before deciding on these puppies. And I think they are JUST RIGHT!
The last item I did yesterday was these valances for the window:
I made them out of hankies that I've been collecting. (I am still deciding on curtains to come underneath. I did buy some sheers but they didn't look right. Back to the store for me.) These were really easy. I did a sleeve with some muslin with an extra piece hanging off about 5 inches or so. I then attached the hankies by simply sewing the top edge onto the muslin. I didn't sew anything else (like the sides or bottom) so they flow free from the fabric. I sewed a second line of hankies under the first. This is an EASY project. You just have to pin the hankies first before sewing.
I placed the next layer a bit under the first. So the valance ended up as two layers of ruffles. The reason I did it this way is that I didn't want to lose the lovely edging on all of the hankies.
Look at those scallops! And tatting! And embroidary. I just couldn't cover it up or lose a single inch of it.
I love my new valances!! And it was so much easier than I thought it would be (and believe me, I am NOT an expert sewer).
Next up: transforming a wooden bed frame into a padded headboard. I have the fabric all ready to go!