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DIY Window Curtain

   I know I am on a DIY streak, but that is all I have time for nowadays. Several days ago, I wrote a post but never had the chance to type it. I can’t blog anything that takes intense thought processes because the kids have been taking me on a whirlwind of a crazy ride. I have Child Number Three jumping on me now, as I type,  shouting some sort of gibberish and occasionally hitting the keys. A woman has got to be able to think to write something comprehensible. We aren’t just naturals, you know, of course.

   And so, the only thing I was able to do (I am so thankful for this discovery) was find something for those little beady eyes to get glued to. Anything that sounds like a machine or moves by itself, will mesmerize those little guys. Boys will be boys. So I whipped out my Wal-Mart sewing machine and tried to find something to stitch up. I had a flat sheet from Wal-Mart, of course, which was about 3 dollars and change and I wanted to make a quick curtain for the guest room. It took so short and came out so nice, I had to share.


A flat sheet of any color or pattern
An extendable curtain rod from a home store.
An old table-cloth. (optional) Read the rest of this entry

DIY Jewelry Hanger

   So, it’s no secret that we are more than just low in the dinero . We are, pretty much, broke. I am not sure if that is a correct statement because a person probably has to have money at some point in his/her life to go bankrupt in the first place. Being that we never had the green stuff, I should just leave it as unprosperous and strapped for cash.

   I can complain all day, but I do consider myself lucky to own my house and have a decent and modest home. The problems arise when I need want stuff, and who doesn’t want stuff? So over the past few years, I have learned to be quite resourceful. I have sewn my own curtains, and painted and covered my kitchen chairs. I have framed my photos, and turned flat sheets into quilt covers. The only thing I can’t seem to be creative about is a tactic to resolve the serious need for a car. No sewing, or building, or painting will help over there.

I have a lot of costume and real jewelry that gets chucked into a drawer leaving me with a tumbleweed of chains and stones. My collections wont last more than a few months in that state, so I needed to come up with some sort of solution. Generally, if I was near the cheaper stores, I would have bought a jewelry organizer from $10.00- $20.00. Being that I am not, and really don’t even have the extra bills, I knew I had to make something myself. Read the rest of this entry

Have I Covered All Angles?

So we will start small. The goal of the next few minutes is to make sure the keyboard does not get sodden by bath water. And of course to make sure the little guy is safe and above the water surface. I don’t like baths and never give them. I just have dirty kids. No. The truth is I think baths are incredibly unsanitary. All the dirt slides off the body and then you sit in it and you leave dirtier than when you left. All the dirt that was between the toes is now tangled on the kids fingers. If I ever have to take a bath, I most definitely shower afterward. But for our children who, I believe, are by far dirtier than us don’t get that common decency.

I give showers. From when they are tiny, squirming, and slippery babies until they are big enough to go on their own. Today, however, is a different day. I decided to sew quilt covers for my boy’s so that I don’t have to keep stuffing the enormous blankets into the washing machine which is clearly not made for anything of such size. I took out the flat sheets from the set and put it out on the floor on top of the quilt. Oddly, they are significantly smaller. It is not supposed to work that way. I need to be able to stick the quilt inside.

So as I sat there pondering what to do with this unattainable mission, my baby concealed himself beneath a mound of oatmeal and bananas. The disguise was done thoroughly and he covered all angles, nooks, and crannies. In order to find him I needed to chuck him in the bath. Stolen waters are sweet, and he refuses to leave. Now I got my computer time.

I would like to make these quilt covers and show my steps along the way. I have light blue flat sheets and wanted a brown flat sheet to sew to the other side to make it reversible. Walmart was out of any of the colors I had wanted and that left me with Target. Target had one brown king-size flat sheet. I thought it would do but it is 1 1/2 times the size of a twin. It wont be big enough. I don’t have a car and don’t even know where to look for material in this country and so I am trying to make do with what I have.

The brown sheet comes about one foot too short. I am pulling open the seams on the sides and it has given me 2 inches per side. Not a bad start. It is taking a long time so I will write more when there is a significant change. I need a camera to show the beginning so that you can appreciate the end. Back to work for me…..

Keep ya posted…
Now there are three flat sheets. Two light blue twin sized and one brown king sized.