Monday, January 30, 2012

good housy weekend

I didn't get as much done on Frederick as I was hoping because I spent most of the weekend on doing stuff for the house. I like to get at least one thing done every weekend. This weekend it was all about curtains for the kitchen and dinning room. The rooms are next to each other in my open floor house. And they both have sliding glass doors. I really debated for months on what to do because I don't like the wide vertical blinds that most people use but couldn't figure out another plan. I usually go to a big box hardware store at least at some point every weekend see what I can buy on sale (since I still need one of everything) and Saturday I went to my local Lowe's. I found some really nice shears in a warm cream color that have a contrasting plaid strip on them. I only bought one set for the dining room but when I got them up I could not believe how nice they looked. The light is as bright but so much softer. So I went back and bought four more panels for the kitchen. Then I figured I might as well work on the valances I have been planning on sewing since I moved it. So five hours later (and one more trip to the hardware store for rods) I had one slider almost finished. It still needs the brick colored gimp that I had to order online but I'm so happy with how they turned out. I'm going to raise the rod a couple of inches - I don't want to see the top of the shears. The valance is a toile in a reddish brick color on cream with a cream lining. I used Simplicity 5696. Perfect for my house.

On Sunday morning I met up with a friend at an off leash dog park about three miles from my house. It was too cold for the pugs (around 27 and snowing) but perfect for Isibeal. My friend has three big dogs and the newly formed pack ran around for an hour or so. She was wiped! Hardly stirred all day. :-)


It's much warmer today (45 right now!) and I'm working from home so I took my pack back to the park for my lunch hour. All you can hear now in the house is the sounds of pugs snoring. :-)



8 comments:

Teresa S. said...

Love the idea of sheers and a toile valance for the sliding glass doors! So much better than vertical blinds. Beautiful!

Linda said...

Great job on Frederick. I need to start this one. Love the curtains - want to come make me some?? lol

Linda

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I've been making slow progress too but at least it's progress. Sounds like a fun day at the park even though it was too cold for the pugs.

Your curtains look great!

Krista said...

Love the curtains, looks pretty with the valances. Isibeal is a real beauty.

Giovanna said...

Frederick's looking great!

Katrina said...

Sweet project!!! Love the new blog look too :-).

Cari said...

I love the sheers you selected and with the valance you made....perfection. Love the pic of Isibeal...bet she really, really, really enjoyed the park romp.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I love how the window turned out. I totally need to do that in my dinning room. We just got a new Dal pup last night so I'm thinking that task will have to wait for a while. LOL!