Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Is it a napkin? Is it a curtain? It's both.

Several months ago I found myself in a HomeGoods store, which is never a bad thing. Upon combing the aisles, I stumbled upon the perfect set of napkins, made with a blue and white ticking-esque oxford fabric. Since I cannot walk away from anything ticking-related, I picked them up, all the while knowing that I did not need and probably wouldn't use four more cloth napkins.

Fast forward a couple of months....I'm in my kitchen, still lamenting my lack of suitable window covering options. I ordered bamboo shades from BB&B, but didn't like the way they impeded (is that a word?) my view. I'm tall, you know. I didn't like the fact that they covered some of my prime gazing territory. Plus, they looked a little...brown.

Still, the bare windows looked unfinished.

But, would cafe curtains look fussy?

And yet, I would love the opportunity to bring some fabric and pattern into the mix.

(These are the things I wrestle with late at night. I am not up late eating pizza or watching horror flicks...I'm tossing and turning about curtains! What are your thoughts about my crazy dreams, now?)

I'm not completely sure when it hit me, but thank my lucky stars, it did.

They were the perfect length. I just clipped them right up. An indesputable kitchen miracle.

No sooner was I patting myself on the back, celebrating my own utter brilliance, than I remembered that the other window is much larger. Now what?

I'll tell you what - "slipcovered" curtains.

I cut up a Lowe's drop cloth (so perfectly nubby and neutral) to size, then waited patiently for the next month, until my mama could come up for a visit and thread my sewing machine.

(That's right, I have one. My pal Lindsay gave it to me in a fit of unbridled optimism pointed right in my direction. I quickly stashed it in the train room and tried to muster the courage to make friends with it...but it took some time.)

At last, Mom arrived. She sewed the first one and I sewed the next. I sewed!
I. Sewed.

I've got the picture to prove it. Do I look excited, or what?

After stitching around the raw edges, my mom was kind enough to hand-sew these cool hooks and eyes. I cannot get enough of their metal-y goodness. Ticking + nubby beige + black metal = my new trifecta. And I'm sorta kicking around the idea of stitching up a set of "slipcovers" from an amazing white eyeletish tablecloth, also purchased the very same day at HomeGoods. Can you imagine - two amazing and distinct options at my fingertips!

The moral of the story: Never doubt a HomeGoods purchase. Tell your husbands that I said so.


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55 comments:

  1. oh so pretty (& your yard is, too!)

    what a special touch with the hook & eye. & the ticking & drop cloth go perfect together.

    nice job!!!!!!!!! sewing is fun!!!!!!!!!!

    blessings -
    randee

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  2. I. Love. These! And I'm with you on the hook and eye combo. Brilliant!

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  3. You should never, ever second guess HomeGoods purchases. Great job!

    I don't ever pass up ticking stripes, either.

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  4. Oh just stop it!! Your clever ideas are making me feel inferior...I am developing a complex ;)

    XOXO-

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  5. THANK YOU FOR SHARING! They look absolutely GREAT! Way to spice it up! I love DIY day!

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  6. You are hilarious! See!! I TOLD you you could sew a straight line! That's all it takes. Soon you'll be making all Cory's dress shirts. ;) O.k., maybe not--I wouldn't even tackle that.

    Great job on the curtains!! Hopefully the sewing machine is a tad less scary now.

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  7. This is so so BEAUTIFUL. I love the wind blowing them just slight.... PERFECT.

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  8. You are a very funny gal! Stroke of genius on the curtains! They look adorable in you country home! P.s. I often toss and turn the night away pondering various decorating delimas too. Great minds work alike! Traci

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  9. I love your use of the english language, but please tell me what the heck this phrase is, "white ticking-esque oxford fabric"? I know I am light years behind you in all of this stuff, but you've really got me thinking I will never catch up.

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  10. I absolutely LOVE these - you are correct when you say the perfect trifecta! Your writing style is adorable.

    Happy Thursday!

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  11. this was an enjoyable post, nice work.

    however, I think the world is ready for another post devoted to pictures of Cory.

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  12. they look perfect!! and i still can't get over your kitchen transformation!!!

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  13. Absolutely perfect!!! just darling! your kitchen is so delightful...down to every last little detail...(like the hook and eye closures!)

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  14. I'm so impressed that you sew! It turned out great!

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  15. Those are fabulous! You did a great job... they look absolutely perfect!

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  16. Ack! So perfect I can barely stand it!

    I love your airy kitchen. It just looks like it would smell of lemons. I tried to paint my bathroom that lovely blue, and the house rejected it. I know that sounds 'ri dick er us' but seriously, it's like my house insists on earthy colors.

    You my dear have a great eye. Thanks for sharing

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  17. Great solution! I love your kitchen, too! Beautiful!

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  18. LOL, what a cute post! Love the ticking...and I'm so impressed that you sewed. Oh how I wish I could find the time and patience to learn to sew - I'm always so jealous when someone does something cute like this, but gosh darn I can't copy the idea because I don't sew!!

    :) T

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  19. Love your curtain!! Your kitchen in general is just cute and we have the same backsplash, so of course great minds think alike:)

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  20. lovely! I share your passion for ticking :)

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  21. These are super cute! What a great idea!

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  22. That hook and eye eye-dea is fantastic!! I love it!! Yes...do the eyeletish idea!! You can't go wrong!!!! Go do it NOW!!
    Elise

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  23. Very clever! I had to laugh...I thought I was the only one who had to wait for my mom to thread the machine. I am SO glad to be in good company! : )

    ~andrea~

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  24. Great easy curtains! Gotta love that drop cloth from Lowes-- I'm using it for everything--curtains, pillows, tablecloths etc, etc!
    Kelli

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  25. I'm impressed. I usually just use the liquid stitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111

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  26. OK...first of all..you are so dang cute! Moving on:-) I love the curtains and that is AWESOME that you did some sewing.

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  27. So adorable!!! wish I could sew (wish I had the patience to learn!) I may copy cat you and take down my bamboo shade if Mr.Hughes will let me and put up a cute little rod.
    have a great evening!
    Michelle

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  28. Hello! This is my first time visiting your blog..via Peanut Petunia. You have a super cute kitchen! Love your new curtains! I will be back for more. Come visit me at: http://littlebitvintage.blogspot.com/

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  29. That is genius! They look amazing, just like you had planned them that way all along! Good luck with you're sewing endeavors, it's addicting!

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  30. OHMYGOSH...I love, love, love your kitchen! Those curtains are adorable!

    We are not quite done with our remodel yet...gettin' there, the counter top guy comes to measure tomorrow. And...a question, do you like the vinyl back splash tiles? That's what I've picked out but wondered what they're like to clean. Let me know, we're ordering Saturday.
    XOXO
    Joni

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  31. Well done~ this is great! I love the hook and eyes. I am visiting via ASPTL.
    Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

    Have a blessed weekend!

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  32. Cute, cute project! I'm trying to learn to sew too, I love your idea.

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  33. Great idea. I luv them. Have a wonderful weekend. Connie

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  34. Ohh, I love them!! You have so inspired my next set of kitchen curtains!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  35. How stinkin' cute! I love those little black details. Adorable.

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  36. Great curtains -- very clever.

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  37. I absolutely love this...thanks so much for sharing! I will tell my hubby (smile).

    Blessings,

    Linda

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  38. Very good idea. I love the look. How unique!

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  39. The curtains came out lovely! Just what the window needed! Bravo!

    Have a great week!

    Tina

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  40. Hello !
    I love what you did, You Go Girl !
    Hugs, Kammy

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  41. I love your kitchen. The white cabinets and the soft blue walls are a knock out! and the open shelves. Your curtain idea is great. When your up at night brainstorming give me a call I'm probably doing the same. It's so nice to meet you~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  42. Great combo, I'm impressed. Love the hook and eye idea.

    Christi

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  43. Glad to find a fellow ticking lover. Being good ticking is hard to find now, I've got bolts of ticking in my basement just in case I run out some day!

    Great job and fits your kitchen perfectly!

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  44. Love your kitchen and so glad you've shared your project on Met Monday.
    It's great and country living is wonderful...miss it.
    God bless you,
    d

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  45. I've never been to a Home Goods store. We don't have them here! I'm so jealous as I see all these wonderful things you gals buy there! I too love ticking, and have been looking for cloth napkins. Oh well, I'll just have to stitch up some. Good job sewing. It's a skill you'll need time and again! You did a phenomenal job, both with your sewing and your imagination!
    Brenda

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  46. I am in love with your kitchen... well, your whole house, inside and out. I keep thinking about the perfect green kitchen stool in these photos. Do you happen to know the brand of it? I've been searching Ebay, etc. but haven't been able to find the perfect one. Thanks a million!

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  47. Wow, that is great!! What a fantastic idea! I am depating on window covering for my kitchen window - this just may be the perfect solution!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

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  48. I so badly want to do this, but I need those clipper thingers in order to clippy-thing those bad boys up there. Where would one procure the rings with the clippy doo-hickeys on there?

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    1. I have found them at Target and Lowes. I think almost everywhere has them...like even Wal Mart. :) For our new house I wanted smaller ones, so I ordered them off Amazon. They were inexpensive but there weren't many in that small size. Hope that helps! I just recently switched from my floral "curtains" to blue and white oxford stripes to red/white chevron with aqua edging. Endless options! Do it. :)

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  49. Love this idea! Where did you get the hooks for the "curtains"?

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  50. where do you find your clip on curtain hooks

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