10/31/08

On the Nite of Halloween...

ETA: I've managed to complete 3 bedrooms so far...whew! My arms got a good workout...lol

In this bedroom I added matching window scarves. When I walked into this room it was flooded with amber lighting .... so relaxing.


My intent was to keep this room light, but once I put up the beige curtains, it appeared bland, so I found some brown eyelet fabric from my stash and used it as an overlay. I luv brown....hehe.


Dd's room, beige curtains under white lace, she likes the intense sunlight.

I'm looking to do window cornices, which will be a change from the window scarves, so I've been checking out DIY Kits, actually I'm thinking of doing that for the living room instead of the usual window scarves.... off to check out some more cornices...


Instead of participating in New York Village Halloween Parade, I decided to leave that to my dd and get started on window treatments.

With the temperature hoovering around the mid to high 40s, its time to add some warmth to the rooms and with that, it prompted me to start sewing up fabric for a few windows. Last week while at Wal*Mart, as I browsed the pattern rack, I over heard a customer asking the sales clerk for fabric to make curtains, which caused me to move a lil closer to them, and hoping that I appeared to be focused on something else instead of ear hustling...lol. The sales clerk showed the customer fabric on the $1.00 table and the customer stated that nothing on that table could be used for making curtains. Well after she walk away to browse other fabrics, I kindly walked over to take a closer look at what was available and came across these....

which are a crinkle cotton for a $1.00/yd. I don't know what she had in mind, but it was what I needed. For $35.00+tax, I got 35 yds of fabric to do 12 windows.

I learned early on that I could not afford to buy ready-made window treatments for my home, which has 31 windows. Yes! 31 windows, and to look at my house from the front you would not think I had that many windows. I will say having so many windows allows me to be a super peeping tom...hehe, If and when something grabs my attention my family members can find me running from one window to another being down-right nosy.

However, I do not change all of the window treatments in every room. I avoid the sunroom at all cost with its 8 windows, I just do the basic and take them down for washing and slap them back up.

But I do enjoy changing the curtains in each of the bedrooms, the dining room & livingroom. So, I ignored the ringing of the doorbell (which were most likely trick-o-treaters) and proceeded with cutting, pinning and sewing. I was able to do one bedroom, and since I love lacy curtains, I like to do an underlay of a constrasting fabric for a lil pop, but at the same time add some warmth to the room. In this bedroom I used the burnt orange fabric and went with this taupe lacy curtain for the over lay that used to be in another room.
I thought with the bedding being so dark, the burnt orange would work well.

Now if only I could find the wind0w scarves, which I need to find pronto before dh notices the holes above the window frame...lol


Also, while waiting for dh to pick me up last Thursday, I stopped at a linen store and purchased shower curtains and matching window curtains for $6.99 each, so no sewing was required for the bathroom. I usually by fabric and make the shower & window curtains for the bathroom, but the sale was too good to pass up.

Tomorrow I would like to get the livingroom done, as you can see more lace curtains...hehe. I will take the existing window treaments down, wash them and use them again, but add the brown fabric as an underlay. This room gets a tremendous amount of sunlight that during the warmer seasons, the blinds are always kept closed.

I'm interested in knowing how many of you sewist out there make your own curtains or do home dec projects and if so, what are your favorite home dec project(s).

O' shoot, its midnight and I need to find those darn window scarves before dh notices the holes.... seeya! HAPPY HALLOWEEN

17 comments:

Adrienne said...

Looks great! I have been WANTING to make a duvet cover and curtains for my bedroom since LAST year. The fabric is STILL in the same place I put it once I brought it home from hancock. Hmm maybe I can get it in before the year is out? LOL

Virtuous said...

Your house looks great with all of your personal fabric touches!!!

Cas... said...

You're on a roll! I want to make curtains for my home. I just want to paint it first. I also have material for a duvet and pillows stashed somewhere. I need to get started.

Fabulous job done so far! 31 windows! I thought I had a lot with 24 and a sliding glass door! LOL!

Amanda S. said...

Your curtains look great! I have made all the curtains currently hanging in my house, with a few rooms still to go. But it is not my favorite thing to do. Keeping track of yards and yards of fabric and simple straight lines bores me slightly. Oh well, it's gotta be done.

Lesalicious said...

That brunt orange really do looks good for your bedspread. I also don't like sunlight shinning all in. That's why I have black shades. I too need to get curtains done as well. Can't wait to see how your living room curtains turns out. Great job.:)

Cheryl Wray said...

SO pretty!!!!

Great job!

Knitaholictoo said...

ooooh luvin' the decor!

Tanya said...

I've made curtains for all the windows in my friends house and was so exhausted it took me about 5 years before I made any for my house, I've made kitchen and bedroom, shower curtain (years ago), sliding glass door curtains, yeah I've done a lot of curtains. Yours look great, I love lace curtains.

Opal said...

Girl, you sure have been busy.. I am just too selfish to think about make anything else but clothes for me...lol...Everything look great. I especially love the dark tones in the bedroom....

artist1lisa said...

Wow! Everything is so pretty.You are so creative.I've made window treatment and shower curtains in the past,but nothing lately.

NikkiJ said...

Man, yes how long did this all take you, just a day? I just don't seem to have it in me, and it shows.

Don't you have a cat? How do you keep her from scratching it all up.

Sheila, I need you to be my mentor, LOL@

Sheila said...

Thanks All and also Thanks for sharing your home dec projects. There are seasons when I just rotate the curtains from one room to another just to avoid all that sewing...lol

@ Nikkij - I started Friday nite and finished Saturday. Yes, I have a cat, Ms. Darla knows not to scratch nere a thing in that house unless its her scratching board.

When we adopted Darla 15 years, the first thing the vet told us was to get a scratching post and take her front paws and several times a day literally show her how to scratch the post. He stated that would prevent her from scratching furniture and it has worked all those years.

Angelia said...

Your home is looking beautiful! You are so busy!!!
And I to, love that $1.00 table!! You never know what you will find!!!

Mary Sarah said...

Hi! Great windows! They look so inviting! I actually enjoy sewing home dec. I love seeing the results when I'm done. I don't find it hard to make curtains, valances, pillows, etc. I like bed skirts, but they are not my favorite thing to sew. When we moved into our house, I decided to put up cornices. I'll have to take some pics for you. I got my husband to make them out of plywood and I just covered them. Love them!

Lashell said...

The curtains look great. I love those pillows on your bed. Did you make them?

Sheila said...

Thank you ladies,

@ Mary Sarah: I would love to see pics of your window cornices.

@ Lashell: The pillows are from a bed-n-bag set that I purchased from AJ Wright.

Mimi said...

Wonderful job! I like all the colors and fabrics that you use.
Love your bathroom!