Attack On the Sewing Projects, Day 1

Ugh.  Today was really, really eventful, ya’ll.  I had a doctor’s appointment first thing this morning for myself, which went *much* better than expected (my kind doc suggested an easy OTC remedy for my tummy issues, urging that I report back if it doesn’t work), followed by an extremely stressful visit to our veterinarian with our 16 year-old kitty.  Poor Osbornne, we were afraid this was his last day with us, he was in such poor shape, but some surgery and hefty meds helped him out, and we should get a little more time with him at least.  Anyway, all of this is well and good, but it’s been a draining number of a day, so forgive me for keeping the promised sewing post extremely brief, and really late at night.  Tomorrow I should be able to do a little better at least.

I DID get one simple sewing project done, I made a flat window panel for the upstairs hall bathroom.  That bath is on the extreme verge of getting wallpapered, and all of its little elements are coming together fairly quickly.  I have the paper already, it’s a very crisp white with pale blue stars, and there is a red and white horizontally-striped shower curtain that I feel compelled to use because I spent real money on it a couple of years ago and it’s still in great condition.  I put it through the wash and hung it straight from its tumble in the dryer, trying to catch this rare moment of wrinkle-free fabric.  (Yay, success!)  Anyway, I had a little bit of a fear that with these two elements combined, it would be overtly patriotic in there– not that there is anything wrong with patriotism or our country, I just don’t want to go that way as a decorating route.  That is typically a little more folksy than my thing, you dig?  And I don’t want to change the paper because it DOES feel like such a versatile theme for us– I *could* go patriotic, or with a circus feel, or do a magician’s bathroom, or do spacey fun– really there are a ton of options.  And like I said, I already have the paper.  I like it.

I was feeling a bit stumped on what to do in there– I *really* wanted to do a Phineas and Ferb themed bath, I think it would be mega fun, but it seems that there is so little to work with, I can’t seem to find so much as a flat sheet to turn into a shower curtain.  Really limited choices in the P& F world, for some reason.  Anyway.  I still kinda want to go back to that, but in the meantime I stumbled upon some adorable Dr Seuss fabric that fit with a lot of stuff we already had.  We have almost all of his books, a couple of cute stuffies, and and absolute love of Fox In Socks.  AND, not only do we have an emotional connection to this theme, but because of the Cat In the Hat’s striped hat, my shower curtain suddenly seems intentional, and in the story of the Sneetches (where they have “stars upon thars”) we see the motif of the star, so it all works well in my estimation.

I even found a secondary Seuss fabric with all of his titles running horizontally, which is *fabulous* because it brings in the orange, apple green, and multiple shades of blue that I’d already committed to in the room.  Soemtimes when everything comes together like that, I assume it’s meant to be.

Tucked Up Into Valance Form

Tucked Up Into Valance Form

If you look through my open window there you will see the sloping, net-covered, interior roofline to our greenhouse.  This greenhouse is worth mentioning for several reasons:

*The first is privacy–  The height and location of this window means that if I were to be seen in the nude in this bathroom from someone outside of it, I would be deliberately standing on my tippytoes, pressing my exposed breasts against the window for the edification of someone standing in an extremely specific placement inside the greenhouse.  In other words, highly damn unlikely.  Until people learn to float and gain entry into my greenhouse, I will not consider privacy to be an issue with this bathroom window.

*The second is warmth–  In the Fall and Winter, on sunny days, this greenhouse gives us free heat.  All we have to do is open the three windows along that back wall (hence it being open in that pic, despite it being the end of October).  The catch is, we have to be sure and shut them a little bit before sunset, or the cold creeps in quickly, but really that’s not tough.  We like being able to manage the warmth of the house this way, so we’re mindful of it.  But– as often happens with a good thing, there are drawbacks to this as well.  In the Spring and Summer, it can be an *incredible* amount of heat on this window, and not only do we want it and its storm window tightly shut, we also want to block some heat in the form of the light, as every bit seems to help.  So that means that in the season of having the window open, we need something that is cute and allows for the warmth to come in, but it also means that I need something that will potentially block out sun in the Summertime.

At first I wasn’t so sure what to do about this adjustability issue, but then I decided to go with a design involving a couple of tension rods.  The first holds the panel tight to the inside top of the window frame, and the second runs in a channel about 3/4 ths the way down.  Initially I had it adjusted so that the second/ lower rod could hang right in front of the first when in its valance position, but juggling two tension rods side-by-side is tricky biznazz for some reason.  I’m not sure what it is, but it seems like a rather fragile (and spring-loaded!) enterprise.  I found if I twisted the front rod out a little bit wider, it would pop right in to the open square attachments previously belonging to the disgusting window blinds, and visually it’s the same effect.  Because this is easier, it seems likely that soon I will swap the (more valuable) second tension rod out for a simple painted dowel, and use the rod elsewhere in our house.  But anyway, this gets the point across for pics, right?

With the Window Panel Down

With the Window Panel Down

I used the solid orange to bring in more of that color (I’m already committed elsewhere in the room, with towels and the like), and because it is far more economical than the Seuss fabric.  Plus, I think this way highlights the storybook fabric in a fun way.  To finish, I simply trimmed the bottom hem with yellow double-fold bias tape out of laziness.  I think it turned out really cute in addition to doing its necessary jobs, and my husband likes the ease it can be put up and down.  WIN– as far as I’m concerned!  Yay, one project checked off my list!



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