I have been anxious to get started on my garden. I've checked out books from the library, gathered my notes and plans from previous years, and ordered a new garden planner for this year. I have even made a preliminary list of the vegetables, herbs and flowers I would like to plant. And then I look outside. Snow. Can't dig in the snow. Can't plant in the snow. Can't even find my garden boxes in the snow.
So what's a girl to do?
Redecorate a room or two, that' what!
Yesterday morning, after dropping the boys at school, I stopped by the fabric store a made a purchase. The project? Update my dining room panels and make some sort of window covering for my kitchen window. Wanna see?
These are my dining room windows with their current panels. I have a set of three windows on one wall and french door on the other. The paint looks kind of orangey in these pictures but, in reality, they are more tan, like coffee with cream. I bought the white panels from Target. Store bought panels are about a foot too short for the windows in my house. To make up the difference, I added the band of fabric across the top with the wide, red ribbon in between.
I am desirous of something more neutral. I want my panels to become a part of the overall decor, like the paint or the counter tops. I also did not want to completely remake my panels, just update.I decided to remove the band and ribbon and replace it with black and white fabric and this wide burlap with black polka dots ribbon that I found.
Then I got sewing!
Pretty stitches for the hems.
Measuring, ironing and pinning.
Adding the ribbon with a stitch down the middle.
And done! (Look at all that snow!)
As of this morning, I have two of the six panels complete. The bands for two of the panels are hemmed and ready to be attached. As far as the french door panels are concerned, I think I will do a grand band (30" wide) at the bottom of the panels. That way it will be all white at the top and will no longer compete with whatever plates I have displayed on my plate rail.