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Crafting On :: A New Space

I'm a day early with this post, but that's okay. Gotta make hay while the baby naps. Laurel's been a little under the weather, but she's very much on the mend, and sleep is one of the best remedies.  While Mike took the children on a Nap Drive (I feel like I ought to trademark it), I finished up simple, frugal curtains for the back porch and made over the space.

Back Porch 1

I made them in soft rainbow colors.  When you stand outside and look in, each window is a different color.  It might be a little much, but it suits us.  Our old ones were made of inexpensive lace that were very simply made by me when we moved in nearly nine years ago.  The sun had taken a toll on the fabric and it shredded with the least effort.  I expect these to fade with time and I'm okay with that.  They'll let more light in then.

Back Porch 2

The children played back there whether it's been cold or warm, empty or full, tidy or messy.  It seemed time to really embrace the not-so-subtle hints I've been getting.  So, I spent the rest of my time really, really taking out the clutter and childproofing as best I could.  It's now a dedicated space for some of their things, along with the toy library, fabrics and yarns, and my sewing cabinet.  I'll admit, it feels really nice to look back there.  Now, to tackle the surplus that relocated to the basement!

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( 16 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 9th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
Just love the curtains...your space looks so much like out sunporch...which also got emptied out into the basement because of construction work. Makes me happy to think of your children coming home to the fresh space!
Feb. 10th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! They have really enjoyed the new space. We set up Roan's train back there today.
Feb. 9th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
So pretty! What kind of fabric is that?
Feb. 10th, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
The fabric is Waverly from Wal-Mart, $2.97 a yard. I thought of getting the cheapest white and dyeing it, but then I found this. :-)
Feb. 10th, 2015 01:55 am (UTC)
I thought you did dye it! It looks just lovely. I need curtains for our toy room, and I think a sheerish, rainbow curtain would be great.
Feb. 10th, 2015 11:17 am (UTC)
These were very simple. I just hemmed the edges and made a sleeve for the curtain rod. I didn't line them, either, since I wanted lots of light and they already darken the space markedly.
Feb. 10th, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
So is it just cotton?

I would need to piece together the different colored strips to make a big enough curtain...or maybe not? Maybe the "streamer" effect would be nice. Hmm...

Sorry, thinking "aloud." :)
Feb. 11th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, just the most basic cotton. Mine are separate panels, but I could see the benefit of piecing them together for your larger space.
Feb. 10th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
I also thought you would have had to dye it to get the colours you wanted. Great find, and great job. I'm sure it's a wonderful place to play.
Feb. 11th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They are enjoying it.
Jayne Marti
Feb. 10th, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
Those curtains look gorgeous! I love anything rainbow.
Feb. 11th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 10th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
Such a happy ans soulful space!! I'd love to bath and play in this light and colours too!
Feb. 11th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for stopping by!
Feb. 10th, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
I am in love with those curtains. They are so "you" and what I wish Iwas.
Feb. 11th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks!
( 16 trees — Plant a Forest )

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