Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Nook Curtains

The apartment I moved into claimed to be a one-bedroom, but in reality the bedroom is a little nook off the living room. It has a frame, but no actual door. Ahhh, New York!

I wanted to bring some color into the living room and make the two rooms a little more separate, so I used some Ikea fabric that I bought for $2 a yard last summer. Originally I planned to make regular window curtains out of them, but then I moved and decided they'd be better suited as a monster curtain.

There were times I thought my sewing machine was going to catch on fire. I really overworked her for these! Here's the finished curtain:

I made a huge mess when I was making them. There could be a small child buried under here and I would never have known.

I thought sewing straight seams would only take an hour or two. Wrong! I didn't account for pinning all the hems and ironing and stopping the machine every time I had to lift the ten pounds of fabric away from me to continue stitching.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Herb Garden

Last year I bought some of those flowers in a can that Fred Flare sells. Died.

Bought a few easy-to-care-for green plants and put them in the window. Died.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I successfully grew some herbs that my friend Judith gave me.

Now comes the problem. How do I maintain them? How often can I cut them? The chives in particular are looking a little crazy.

Enlighten me, dear herb garden experts, with your advice!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sewing Party Hostess Package

The smallest little things give me a thrill these days. That's why I cried tears of joy when I opened the FedEx package that came on Friday.

A few months ago, I applied to be a Singer Sew Easy party host. Just a few months later, I was accepted and got this fabulous host package!

I've come to terms with the fact that most of these items have to be shared with my guests (Sigh. I guess I don't really need 16 duplicate skirt patterns.). But I am excited about the party project that we'll be making. Check out the awesome fabric they sent so all my guests can make a roll-up accessory case!

Just 3 weeks to go, so I better start cutting the fabric and stuffing the gift bags. Stay tuned for pics from the May 7th party!