I researched and studied and thought and planned. Then, I sketched and pondered. Finally, I jumped in and tackled it.
I had a remnant of fabric that I'd picked up a
One day when my daughter-in-law, Jessica, and I were on a quest to find fabric for their nursery, I saw the same print is shades of brown and cream. I was inspired to finally use this tucked away fabric to create a Roman Shade for our guest bathroom window.
As soon as I got home, I dug out my treasure and set to work. It was almost too short for the project I envisioned but I made it work out. I think the price tag said I'd paid almost four dollars for it!
While in the midst of crafting the shade using a couple of the tutorials I'd found online, I
Using my serger, I roll-hemmed the edges of the scrap and stitched it to the remnant. Then, I used a piece of the
Stephen was persuaded to cut the ends off some quarter-inch dowel rods I'd picked up at Hobby Lobby. So, I slid them into the channels I created in the lining fabric. Because I wasn't able to find any white cording to use for raising and lowering the Roman shade and because I am impatient and wanted to get done, I found a pair of white shoe-strings that would work. Voila!
I hinted and waited and asked and waited until finally I decided to tackle hanging the curtain rod and the shade myself. So, with my little step-ladder perched in the tub, screws, anchors, and a drill set on the window sill, I climbed and grunted and stretched to get it hung.
At one point I decided that I needed a hammer to
Yes, there was some mumbling involved as well.
Then, I carefully leaned the hammer onto the window sill and scooted my ladder just a wee bit...
...just enough to bump the hammer and send it crashing down to land right in the middle of my shiny, red-lacquered, left big toe.
Yes, there was a shout, some loud mumbling, and a couple of tears shed.
It will take a bit of tweaking and I'm still in search of some white cording to replace the shoe strings but all-in-all, I'm satisfied with my creation from a remnant and a scrap.
Cheap tension rod and a vintage Battenburg trimmed valenceAfter:
Roman shade crafted from linen with love
So, don't judge when you see me wearing flip-flops in October and hobbling along like a little old granny-woman. There is more to that vision than appears at first glance.