Friday, January 29, 2010


Not just any curtains, special blackout IKEA curtains! And I love love love how they turned out. I can't believe that what I wanted in my head translated into what I made. I'm used to things not quite working out how I plan so this is a little unsettling. Could I actually design something that works? Hmmmmm?

The fabric is from Ikea. It is thick, it is wide, and it has a crazy design on it. I bought 6 yards. I was able to cut a 3 yard section in half and use those on either side of the windows. (Rather than buy another 3 yards at $6.99 a yard). And the total amount covers both windows- yipee!

The only problem with this room is the amount of light. In fact, it's actually a bonus. Beautiful light comes through every morning. BUt I have a toddler that needs to nap during the day and sleep past 5am in the mornings. So I checked with Hancock Fabrics, and they have this stuff called "blackout lining." It's very heavy and a lot like vinyl. I bought 6 yards. No ifs ands or buts- this will block out the light.

It nearly killed me! The fabric was so heavy, and such large pieces! It took every pin I had in the house (which annoyed me) and a lot of time. And after I broke a needle on the serger, made a nighttime trip to the fabric store, and spent a large amount of time trying to get Jake off of my fabric, I finally finished. TA DA!!!!!


Hmmmm, "where have you been?!" you might ask. Well, there are a few places that I've been hiding. Since news that I was pregnant, I was EXHAUSTED. I mean, sit on the couch and stare at the blank wall exhausted. Jake didn't care. Sigh. So a few things got moved to the bottom of the priority list.

Christmas was great, but Christmas was a lot of work too. Everyone liked their homemade presents which made me very happy. It was almost like letting my children go.....kinda hard to watch them leave my house.....

And then there was school. School came to a close around the second week of December and it was DIFFICULT. So much so that I decided to just take things easy for awhile.

Of course, for my birthday I wanted to take a much needed trip to IKEA with friends. Maria, Suz, and Tricia helped me shop and eat. It was glorious! I spent a lot of money, but not on myself! Oh no, always on Jake. Yep, he got a lot of new furniture for his big boy room.

So that's what I've been doing. I'm working on turning our former guest bedroom into Jake's new room for his birthday, Feb 14th. Stay tuned for new posts!