Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I created a Roman Shade for the kitchen window. I got tired of staring at the top of the awning while doing dishes, so this narrows the view to the back yard and patio. Much nicer.

After trying a reed type shade, I discovered our window is one inch too short for the ready made shades. I definatly didnt want to splurge for custom made, so I decided to surf the net to see what I could find. I found these instructions and couldnt wait to get started.

Here is the final outcome! I am excited!

Cost: $6.49 for material, $1.49 for bobbins used for pullys, $2.27 for cord. Lining FREE (from aunt's donation), $2.36 for dowels. $1.49 for lift rings (enough left over for 2 more shades)
Total Cost: $15.00 (cheaper than store bought!)
Thrill of acheivement? PRICELESS!
Good thing I didnt see this CHILI PEPPER Shade first, or I would really have bitten off more than I could chew. But I LOVE it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


One of my volunteer hats that I wear is helping bring in more donations to a local resource center for the needy. When they receive donations that have a possible value to resell, I list them on Craigslist and the proceeds go to help pay bills at the all volunteer center.
A piece of furniture came in and I was directed to it, asking if I thought it was worth listing. I fell in love this "weeping beauty", what potential. So we brought it inside took pictures and prepared to list it to sell as a fixer upper. After describing to to my mom, she said it was called a Hoosier, and we went and looked them up, and I was amazed. This gal is a "Pretty Lady" in tatters. My heart broke. I know there is someone out there to love her, so I listed her as such. We got a couple calls of inquiry, but no one came to look at her. When I stopped in to visit her yesterday, she had been placed back outside in the back lot, I wanted to cry. This morning when I woke to sprinkles and threat of rain, I just knew we had to save her. So my hubby saw the sadness and agreed to take on the project and hone his woodworking skills.
We have rescued the PRETTY LADY and she is now safe in our garage, awaiting her transformation back to beauty. This is a first for us. so keep prayers out for her. Hopefully she will guide us along the way.

Stay tuned for the transformation!
To be Continued