A project that has been hanging over me for months… re-learn how to sew.
Karen gave me her old sewing machine, and it’s been in our attic since the last time it was hot outside. I decided to try out some kitchen curtains and bought fabric at Cottonwood Fabrics here in town months ago. I finally found a wide open morning in which to tackle the task.
Karen actually brought this sewing machine home from Germany on an airplane (as a carry on!) in 1984. She says it’s top of the line : ) I have a little bit of sewing experience – when I was in high school I made a few dresses, which were more like sacks with a halter top strap. They were cute, but not the easiest to get on and off! But it’s been about 13 years since I last put the pedal to the metal -
The hardest part of sewing is threading the machine. No, I take that back – measuring and figuring out a vision is harder. I did lots of math to figure out the right dimensions.
I followed the instructions for threading and 20 slow minutes later, the machine was ready to go.
I also realized I had absolutely no pins or fabric scissors – until I opened Karen’s accessories bag and found some in there!
I did a test run on some scrap fabric and found that the machine worked! (I also unthreaded it in the process and had to re-do it!)
Ironing. I never, ever iron, but it’s fun to iron things that are flat and straight. Total number of iron burns: 2. Gosh they sting like a bee sting now!
Was also too lazy to carry up our ironing board, so I just put a towel on the dining room table
This project took me a few hours, but it went pretty smoothly! My hems and corners are not perfect, but who is zooming in : )
Hung with a tension rod and some clips from one of our old house’s curtains
And the kitchen has color!
I have mixed feelings about curtains. I think they make a room much cozier, but they also darken it. I hesitated to put any in the kitchen because I need to maximize my natural light in here. However, the neighbor’s house looks right into ours, so at night, it’s a bit awkward if I want to kiss my husband while we’re making dinner! They DO darken the room just a bit, but I like them!!
Closed – which will mostly occur at night.
Note the color coordination going on!! Yellow + yellow <3
In our kitchen I went for a retro/vintage/color pop theme. Here are ways I got bold colors in:
We finally have one gorgeous day here!! Windows and doors are wide open!
At 12:30, I made lunch.
A “taco” made from a sliced No Bull Burger with cheddar, romaine and greek yogurt
It was supposed to be a burrito but it wouldn’t roll up! These tortillas rarely tear, but I left them in my car for an afternoon and they kind of stuck together.
On the side!!
Can’t get enough in the summer.
Have a lovely afternoon!