*Warning: I’m sure you know the joke about the person wanting to pay a bill, goes in search for the checkbook, and ends up being side-tracked by all sorts of different things. Well this is my life. Enjoy!
That was the plan, to make drop cloth curtains . . . On my visit to Arizona in March I spent a few days with my little sister. She has lived in the same house for over 20 years, and I noticed she still had no curtains on her living room window. Now this is probably a family trait, because I have the same problem in my own house. But, in talking to Sis I learned that she wanted curtains made out of drop cloths, and sewing isn’t really her forte, but it is mine. So after she went to work I quickly measured the window. My plan was to get them made in time for her birthday, a month away.
To continue this story, I must back up a bit. The wild child moved into our rental house not long ago. She and Hubby worked very hard to remodel the bathroom, put down new flooring, and all the other things that needed to be done. The youngest and I went over and painted the living room as well. But now that the wild child had moved out, it left 2 rooms in the house to re-purpose. Her ‘studio’, which at one time was her brother’s room, is now the ‘server room’, with all Hubby’s networking computers. Her bedroom was the smaller bedroom upstairs, but with a wonderful closet. So this room was to become my ‘craft room’.
The plan was simple. Once the wild child moved out we would empty the master bedroom closet into her old room, so Hubby could finish it. Now that is another story in itself. In 2011 (just before my mother moved in for 7 months recuperating from an illness) he took down the wall between our 2 small closets and the living room, and moved it 3’, giving us a wonderful walk-in closet. But as my mother was staying with us, he finished it off enough to be usable, but didn’t complete it. You can imagine how much stuff is in that closet now, so getting it empty to finish has not been on the list of priorities. But with an empty bedroom across the hall, it was a perfect time. Well, maybe not.
When I returned home from Arizona I set off to the hardware store to purchase drop cloths. I had it all figured out that I could make Sis’ curtains with two 9’x6’ drop cloths. But in order to get started on them, I had to do a few things first. I was working on the youngest’ prom dress, had to get that done.
So Hubby moved the sewing cabinet out of my office, and the sewing table (which had been living in the garage for years) into the craft room, and I set up both machines. He also purchased me a dress form, which was a wonderful help. While I worked to get the prom dress done, he built me shelves in the closet. With the dress done, I needed to get the closet painted before things started to move in, and onto the shelves. Got that done. Then I needed a surface to cut, and hit Sam’s club for a folding table. Now I can start on cutting out the curtains.
Now keep in mind, I am making this up as I go along. After many years of making curtains for all the different houses I have lived in, let alone for others, I thought I knew what I was doing. Do you have any idea how heavy drop cloths can get? They tend to get heavier the more you work on them, strange thing.
Anyway, back to my story. I consulted my niece as to whether I should use tabs, or just sew a pocket in the top. We went with tabs. This is when you explain to your young children how math is something you really will use in life. A lot of math! I also consulted the internet on different ways to make these curtains. All figured out, and one curtain made. Unfortunately, it had a run in it, so I gave it to the wild child as we could cut it in half for her side window. Which of course means that now I need to make her drop cloth curtains for her main living room window. It also meant that I had to get more drop cloth, and tab material.
Back to the store I went, to the same aisle, to the same shelf, and box. I pulled out 2, checked out, and went home. I also went back to get more tab material, well they didn’t have enough only one spool. So I had to go with the next size width up, oh geez, more math!!!
In my research it was suggested you wash the drop cloths, remove them from the drier damp, and iron them dry to eliminate the wrinkles. Not a good idea. This is determined on the thickness of the drop cloth. If you get thin, lightweight ones, it is probably ok. But the ones I purchased; well they took forever. In fact, I gave up. After trying to iron one for an hour, my knees getting chafed by the damp cloth, and still nowhere near dry, I threw it back in the dryer. Came out nice and wrinkle-free, go figure.
I laid the drop cloth out on the table. Well I attempted to. For some reason it was so much harder. It seemed heavier, bigger even. Yes, bigger. I look at the packaging it was 9’x12’ not 9’x6’ (please refer back to the first line of the previous paragraph). All new math again!!
But then . . . my daughter-in-law’s baby shower. A baby blanket to finish. Two quilling projects to complete, a storage box to make out of the fabric we found in Florida, and fruit/veggie trays to make. I set the curtains aside and focused on the shower preparations. That was last Saturday.
On Sunday I finally finished one curtain, and Monday the other. Tuesday I went to box them up. At this point I just had to laugh as I couldn’t find a box to fit them in. They were bigger than the previous ones as I went ahead and used the 9’ width. So they wouldn’t fit in the standard shipping box. I hunted the house, found a box, and cut it down to fit. Then with a great sense of accomplishment I headed off to ship it. Happy Birthday Sis! A little late, only 3 weeks 🙂
On Wednesday I did a senior portrait photo shoot. Saturday I do an event shoot. Today I sit here typing this to post after she receives the box. Yes, she has no idea what is coming. I am feeling a bit lost. The three major projects on my list are done. The prom dress, the curtains, and the shower. Oh, there is so much more to do. But I am just not sure where to go from here, which project to attack next. As I sit here I realize what the next step needs to be, get organized. So for the next few days I am going to work on getting the craft room set up, and find a place to empty the closet contents to. Did I mention that Hubby is also making us a new bed? A king-size (from a queen) out of barn wood. The bedroom needs painting, and rearranged to accommodate it. You know, his to-do list is as bad, if not worse, than mine. Oh yes, I need to finish the drop cloth curtains for the wild child 😛 Yes, this is my life, and I love it <3