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Making a Relaxed Roman Shade

I have been in a state.
Since we repainted the family room, I haven't wanted to put anything on the windows. It just felt too heavy with black rods, heavy drapes...and so many of them...
So, I wanted to put nothing in the windows.
But, Hubby was cold...no drapes in the window and sitting nearby felt chilly...
So, determined not to have drapes, I put in tension rods to hold fabric (using drapes I had made but sideways). The problem? Well, I can't stand windows being covered all the time.
So, I tie them up in the daytime, and untie in the evening.
That is a great deal of up and down, and frankly, tension rods aren't really for that kind of work...they fall if you play with them too much. That is a pain, plus, it covers the window quite a bit.
So...I looked into Roman blinds...
Expensive!
To have someone make them...yikes...
Our windows are 67" wide and 34" tall...not your average window.
Most Roman blinds are for tall narrow windows...so now you are talking even mo…
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An Early Spring Cleaning

Well, I have been sick since the day before my birthday, Jan. 3. However, I am almost all better...less coughing and able to get a few more things done.
Yesterday, I was putting some clothes away...well, on top of the pile in the closet, and the whole pile crashed down...it was time to face facts...
My closet had become a hazard...and sick or not, I had to face it....
So I did...I pulled everything out and started to apply the folding technique from "The Magic Art of Tidying", the book that was so popular a couple of years ago.
We recently saw an episode on Netflix, where she comes in and helps tidy....
The woman, Marie, is Japanese and has some unique approaches to clearing clutter.
One is the way to fold clothes. Now, when I read the book it wasn't clear....but watching it on TV, I understood her approach...
So, I did her folding...
The idea is you need to see your clothes, and folded clothes fit in a smaller area....
So, after purging of clothes that "no longer g…

New Year, New Thoughts

Well, Christmas is gone....not to be forgotten.
New Year's came and brought my birthday a couple of days after.
I am full to bursting with great food (and too much of it) and even better memories.



The flowers are now outside, to be planted and also because one flower fell off and Molly tried to eat it, it made her a bit sick....Note to who don't know, Amaryllis is poisonous. She was ok, it made her barf once and then she was ok....in case anyone reads this and worries....
The boys are busy and I got to enjoy them more than many grandparents...
They are adorable....
But now, I have their cold and cough...ugh...so while I get better and I will as I have been using DoTerra oils and they really have helped...fought off the bugs for quite a while...but even though I got the bug....it is being fought....better than in years past. In fact, last year I had the flu and was so sick I missed all of New Years and my birthday. This year, I got to enjoy my birthday (though we cancelled our …

New Year's Resolutions....

Do you make resolutions??
What are they??
I am thinking about a few...
I want to clean the garage out...
reorganize a few cupboards....
Oh and don't even mention the closet.....
(Hubby did his....I haven't....)
Let me know what yours are....
(Really, if you don't make comments I am sad...and might stop posting and the blog might stop...)
Nancy

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
May your stockings be filled with good wishes and cheer...









May there be gifts under your tree and in your heart.....






More Embroidery and Some Flowers

Well, the presents are mostly wrapped! I am so proud of myself!
Although they are not under the tree...we feared that would be too much for an 18 month old pup....so they are in different spots in the room, grouped by person.....
So, with gifts under control, it's all about fun!
Yup, there's that "time" thing that has become my mantra!
So, I am giving myself the gift of time....to sew, to play, to enjoy whatever comes my way.
It is after all what retirement is about, right??
Yes, my kids do tend to think we have nothing to do....LOL....but we are more available to babysit etc....so we have been doing a great deal of that.
Hubby even watched the two boys for a couple of hours so my daughter and I could go to a little party....that was great fun...
My paper whites and white amaryllis have opened....can't wait for the red ones to open!

And, I am now designing a Christmas quilt to have for next year! Yes, for next year, because its not going to be ready until then..…

Adding to the Christmas Decor, One Stitch at a Time

I am happy that most of my presents have been purchased, and though only a few are wrapped, I now have time to play.
I am waiting for the quilt I made for my daughter and son-in-law to be quilted. The quilter had her machine break down and got another...which also didn't work. So she is two weeks behind. Ugh, I probably will be stitching the binding on into the quilt long into the night....
In the meantime, I have been "playing". It is part of centering myself for the holiday season.
It is important, I have to say, that each of us take the time for us. In any little way. What gives you that relaxed feeling?  A craft? A book? A nap?
Well, yesterday I decided to put everything aside and work on something for us.
I had purchased some old linen...I think it was from the '50s...
In any case, it had age spots, but I bought it anyway, after talking the owner down.
It had wonderful woven in stripes and begged to be used....
So, I chose two of three of the designs by JuJu...