I spent the morning making curtains – quick and easy ones, if you can call dealing with that much fabric easy… I love having tons of light in our house, but at night the neighbors can surely see everything we do through our large windows. I opted for a version of the “cafe curtain” even though it’s technically a style reserved for kitchen windows or bathrooms. I think they’ll do the trick for the time being though, until I get more ambitious.
I discovered two fun materials while doing this project – curtain hooks, which eliminate the need to sew in a rod pocket and make for very easy sliding in case you want to open the curtain a bit; and HeatnBond Hem Tape, which eliminates sewing! I happen to be quite proficient on a sewing machine, but of course mine is buried somewhere…and I was curious to see what results an iron and this adhesive tape stuff really produced. The technique is simple, and in spite of my guilty feeling about it being a kind of cheating, I really like the sharp, clean lines of the hems. Good enough for now.
Here’s a picture of the only space in my house that feels pretty homey – my “office” and “library” nook behind the chimney:
There are my new curtains too. I’ve only got an impromptu bookcase out at this point – home of my current reads and a few new books that I didn’t have the heart to put away in a box with my other treasures. The space goes off about 7 or 8 feet to the right there, and I’ll soon have several bookshelves and a comfy reading chair. So exciting! 🙂
I think I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon reading. It’s gloomy and cold out, which means it’s the perfect weather to contrast against the bright warmth of the streets of Cairo, care of Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace Walk.