Houston, we have curtains

23 Feb

Lately, in case you haven’t noticed, my heart has just not been in the blog.  I think I hit some kind of two year wall.  I’ve been limping along with an occasional post about some music or some funny valentines or the old reliable kidspeak, but that’s mostly been about poking my head out to keep in touch with you all.  I’ve been thinking lately that maybe this blogging and writing thing really isn’t my thing—that maybe it was time to give up the blogging ghost.

But then one day last week I spent a good 30-45 minutes reading through my archives.  Yes, my OWN archives.  And you know what?  There were actually a decent number of posts where I was amused and/or touched by myself.  (Er, scratch that last part.)  So I’m not ready to give up.  Or even take an extended break.  I’m just hoping that one of these days in the not too far distant future, I’ll rediscover my blojo.  (Wow.  Um, that was supposed to be a clever blog/mojo combo, but you better just go ahead and scratch that, too.)

(A wiser woman would delete this and start over, but I think we all know me a little better than that by now.)

So obviously I have not been channeling my energy into the blog, but where has it been going?  Well, my friends, I’ve actually completed something on my to do list.  No, really, I have.  Some of you may recall my little curtain dilemma.  Well, after an exhaustive search, I finally gave up on finding the perfect curtains and decided to go with those neutral oatmealy ones.  Only since I decided this nearly three months after my purchase of the original neutral oatmealy ones, when I went to Target last week, they were clearancing out the neutral oatmealy ones and were completely out of the 84″ length ones.  They did, however, have 95″ ones, which were entirely too long for my windows, but were also on clearance for $6 a panel.  So I did the unthinkable.  I purchased them with the express intent of altering them to fit my window.  Yes, another project.  To go unfinished.  But I didn’t unfinish it, people.  I so opposite of unfinished it!  I opposite of unfinished the heck out of it.

Behold!

The living room…

The dining room (notice how the curtains match)…

I even made a valance for the kitchen with the same material as my tiebacks…

I can’t say that I LOVE the curtains.  I’m still not real crazy about the color or the tieback look (it just really seemed to need something to break up the neutrally oatmeal going on there).  And heaven knows, my home decorating skills in general leave a lot to be desired (matchy match much?).  But I think I just decided that I can’t go through life waiting around for the perfect curtains all the while lamenting my lack of perfect curtainness.  I need to be more proactive—work with what I’ve got, make the most of it, be happy, blah, blah, blah.  And I do love the kitchen valance and that I no longer have two different sets of curtains on the same wall.  But most of all, I love that I finished a project—a project which included measuring, cutting, ironing, pinning, hemming, bobbin thread loading (times 6 because my sewing machine and I have a somewhat dysfunctional relationship), sewing and curtain rod hanging, no less!  It gives me hope for the future.

What’s giving you hope for the future?

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18 Responses to “Houston, we have curtains”

  1. Susan M February 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Just knowing there are people out there who can make curtains gives me hope.

  2. foo4luv February 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I think the curtains look great. I particularly like the look of shock on BigHugs’ face in the first pic.

  3. madhousewife February 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    The perfect is the enemy of the good. I like your curtains. That you are rediscovering your blogging mojo gives me hope. (If you find it, can you ask it if it has seen mine?)

  4. flip flop mama February 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    I love them! Red is a gorgeous color.

  5. Mother of the Wild Boys February 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Ooh, I’m so proud of you! Seriously. I really like how they turned out…and the valance/tieback thing is clever.
    Is it just me, or did anyone else read a life metaphor into the line
    “But I think I just decided that I can’t go through life waiting around for the perfect curtains all the while lamenting my lack of perfect curtainness.”
    If I was crafty like you, I think I might stitch that onto a pillow.

    • Mother of the Wild Boys February 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

      PS- I’ve read ALL your archives before (every lovin’ one!) and I agree that you can’t give up the blogging ghost. Your blog is one of my very faves!!!

  6. evitafjord February 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I like them too and the valance. My windows are all matchy matchy too. Everything else is eclectic (by which I mean inherited or stolen randomly).

    I started to type out my hope for the future but then I was afraid of jinxing it and so I deleted it. I am afraid to write, talk or plan about this thing.

  7. shazbraz February 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    My hope for the future? It is closer to bedtime than it was at 4 am.

  8. tawnya February 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Holy martha, batman!

    My blo mo jo (nope…not better if you space it out…) seems to be back, so there’s hope for all!

  9. bythelbs February 23, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Susan—I am not too humble to admit that I can sew in a straightish line.

    foo—Thanks. Yes, the look of shock is perfect for the occasion.

    Mad—Your mojoless blogs are more than most people dare dream of.

    Flip—Why, thank you.

    Mother—Everything I write is a life metaphor. And thank you.

    Evita—I am now dying to know about this thing, but I will wait until it happens and you can share the good news without worry of the jinxing.

    Shaz—4 am?? Why the ungodly hour?

    Tawnya—Yeah, there’s no saving that phrase. And you are so working the blog magic right now, girl.

    • evitafjord February 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

      In lieu of the other, unmentionable thing, I found another glimmer of hope. My daughter did the dishes tonight on her own, without whining. I hadn’t even reminded her yet.nh

      • bythelbs February 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

        That. Is. Amazing. And as both a mother and loather of dishes, I’m speaking entirely without irony here.

  10. boquinha February 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    This post gives me hope! I love the post. I love the curtains. I love that you opposite of unfinished a project. THAT gives me hope. I’m trying so hard to actually DO projects I talk about doing. You know, that whole “Live Intentionally” thing. So, this inspires me. And I love that it’s totally bythelbs — uncut. 🙂

    Oh, and I love that you have both DISH soap and HAND soap by the sink. That is so me. And I love that, too.

    • bythelbs February 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

      Thanks for all the love! And doesn’t everyone have dish soap and hand soap??

      • tawnya February 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

        That was my thought, as well!

  11. boquinha February 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    I’ve been to many a house where they just wash their hands with dish soap. Which is fine, but I love when there’s BOTH.

  12. MaryAnn February 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Hooray for Blo Jo!!! (Couldn’t resist!) giggle giggle…

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