Home Improvements

Every month, usually around payday when i feel ‘rich’ again, i think of things i could make for the house. Being in an army married quarter, it’s very hard to try and make it ‘Homely.’ You don’t want to spend too much as you could be gone 2weeks later, but you don’t want to look at plain magnolia walls all through the house and use the curtains that quite frankly need throwing out! Our house shows all the lovely pipes, which newer houses would not, they are also magnolia painted, so kind of blend in?

Last months idea was to make curtains for Jessicas bedroom, i finished the first curtain quite easily, but then my lack of enthusiasm left me and the 2nd is yet to be created. I also stupidly decided i was going to line them too. This being my first time making curtains! Now i am thinking i must get it done, then another idea came to my head.. from spare fabric i could do light shade too. Why? Why would i make more work for myself? I like to think i am creative and can do these things with ease, but in reality i am rubbish on the sewing machine, and my imagination picture is far from the reality product! I have looked on good’ole Google and actually i much prefer the thought of doing a light shade to finishing off the 2nd curtain, looks alot easier and quicker.

My last attempt at a big sewing project was to make a patchwork quilt for Jess, I started when i was around 4/5months pregnant (Aug/Sept 2010), it ended when she was around 10months old (Oct 2011). It was harder work than i imagined. It was hard making the squares the same shape and straight and connect together. I hand stitched most of it. My sewing machine technique isn’t  much to be desired for! I cannot do straight lines, yes there is a guide on the machine, but if the fabric is bigger than where that is and when covers it i have no idea where the straight line is, thus giving me wonky sewing lines (stupid sewing machine).
By the time the blanket was done, it wasn’t really needed, i laid it on the floor for her to play on (after a couple of photos) she just got off it and wondered off. Does she not know how much time and effort went into making that thing? It wasn’t wasted though, oh no, our male dog (Benjy) loved the pink blanket! It then became his blanket and pulling toy. Along came (May 2012) Tilly 8weeks old, also took a fancy to the blanket, but she made a hole in it. When i noticed i stood and looked in disgust, how dare she destroy MY blanket. So sadly the patchwork was no more and in the bin it went. Benjy never really missed it, as now he had a friend to play with, so i never bought or made another, nor would that thinking go back into my head to make another one ever again!

Pictures of the beloved, wonky stitched, patchwork blanket…

See the love for the blanket?

I have had a couple other ideas too along the way. Crocheting. Bought everything needed, even a book, sat down and read the book. When i say ‘read’ the book what i really mean is, i looked at it in confusion, what is all this mumble? I do what then what? I sat there for 30mins trying to start off a line. The hubby could see i was getting stressed and ask what was up. I told him the book was stupid and crocheting is far too hard! I then shot the book on the floor (toddler tantrum like) and went on the computer instead, watched a Youtube video for beginners. Sat and watched 4 times then thought, right my turn. I never got my turn. I couldn’t get past the first bit. Her fingers covered what she was doing, she was talking in crochet talk. The bag of stuff is now in the cupboard looking all sorry for itself! 6/7months on and i still don’t feel the need to try again.

So i have decided i will NOT give up on this curtain and it will be made sometime during the school holidays, watch this space! Pictures will be following!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Susie
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 14:59:19

    Ha, ha. At least you have the inclination, I don’t even have that.


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