May 10, 2009

I’m On A Mission

I’m such a procrastinator!    I have so many half-finished projects and it’s driving me crazy.     So I decided to do something about it.    Whether I can stick to the plan is another story!

Saturday night I started making “The List”.     I got a small note pad and have been going room-by-room making a list of all things that need to be completed or started and finished.    For example, on the page entitled “Master Bathroom” here’s a few things on that list:

1.   Caulk nail holes and touch with with paint.

2.  Paint cabinets.

3.  Replace hardware and knobs.

4.  Clean out drawers and cabinets.

5.  Replace one switchplate.

6.  Add ceiling fan to dressing area.

Not a long list, to be sure, but still it’s the little things that I never seem to get around to that would finish off that room and let me move on to another area of my house.

So I now have six pages filled out and I’ve yet to list the kitchen or outside areas.   I’ll be doing a good bit of the stuff but I’m planning on calling in a little “help” for some things.    My hubby absolutely hates working a “honey do” list so in order to keep the peace and make me happy, I suggested we call on one of his friends who is a handyman and can probably finish up all my “honey do” projects in half a day.    Hubby didn’t say no and I’ve mentioned it twice so I’m calling the handyman guy tomorrow!    The sooner he can get here the better.

Sunday afternoon after my son and his family left I got started on one of the projects I’ve been putting off for several months…..making simple curtains for my office.     I had some leftover black and creme toile from some pillows I made in that room for the day bed.    I wanted to use up that material but jazz it up a little so I added a wide black border across the top and just clipped rings on the top of the border before hanging them on a real inexpensive rod I picked up at Fred’s for like $4.99!     I also promised myself that I’d finish up each room before moving on to the next.     Once I get the room all cleaned out and finish hanging pictures, etc. I’ll post that room.     

But for now, here’s a little peek at the curtains I made in an afternoon.   So simple and they are really pretty.   I haven’t hemmed them yet but I plan on doing that tomorrow!

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I lined them with a white twin size sheet (the window is not very wide) and each panel only measured 27” after I cut the leftover fabric I had.    I hung the rod up high and wide so it looks like there’s more window than there really is and I don’t think the curtains look skimpy at all (I was worried about that).    I was going to add some kind of trim where the two fabrics meet but I kinda like them as is….I can always go back and hot glue (!) some trim on later if I decide to.

On a different note, don’t know if ya’ll heard, but we got some horrible rains here last Thursday.    My mom’s house flooded so we had to remove carpet and padding in two rooms.    Of course, that led to the discovery that quite a bit of paneling and insulation will need to be replaced as well.     The furniture we moved is all over the house and that’s very upsetting to her little daily routine.    But she’s being a trooper and has already picked out a carpet sample.    Tomorrow morning we’re going back to the carpet store, order the carpet and hopefully they can get started on replacing the carpet tomorrow or the next day.    Damage around our area will run in the millions and I have a number for FEMA assistance I’ll be calling.    Please pray that we can get some help from FEMA as she’s on a very fixed income and I don’t want her to have to spend a lot to get her house back in order.

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This is the den floor after the carpet was pulled up

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My brother pointing out the level of the water line

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Across the street fence where you can see how high the water came!

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Carpet inside the back bedroom.    A total loss.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers that we get the repair work done with a minimum of stress and money output.    She’s so faithful in her giving to everyone so I’m hoping the favor gets returned to her.

Have a great week!

34 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

Judy I do love your new toile drapes. They are gorgeous! You are so talented to make them.

I'll be praying for your Mom to have a wonderful outcome.

Have a great week.
~Melissa :)

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Judy! I'm waiting for my daughter who just left to get back to her apartment safely soo I'm up late and thought I'd blog!lol I am laughing because I made a list today too of "still to do's"! My husband asked me yesterday if all the trees we removed were "on the List" or did I just add another item!lol Love love your curtains, nice job! (I think sheets as lining material is a best kept secret!) I use them all the time! I really really hope your Mom gets the assistance she needs for this mess! There is nothing worse than dealing with water damage! Been there and it is awful; not to mention how much heavier everything gets when you try lifting it out!! My thoughts are on her side! Have a great week - Jeannette

Marilyn said...

I pray things go well for your mother and you get everything back to normal and FEMA steps in. I know how upsetting that all is to her. Love your curtains. I'm inspired. I have done pretty much the same thing that you did but I don't have mine hung yet. I will do that this week! Thanks for the inspiration.

Tara said...

Judy

The toile drapes are great, they look so nice at the top with the contrast...good luck on your repairs!

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

I'll be praying for your mom! The curtains look great!

Stacey said...

I sure hope things work out for your Mom. It is upsetting to have things out of kilter. (Is that how you spell it?) It's also very expensive and one thing does always lead to another.

Your list will be helpful I'm sure. I just made one a couple of weeks ago myself. In fact, I've become such a procrastinator that now I'm making a daily list and posting it on the fridge. It helps!

Debbie said...

I love the curtains you made. Very nice. I'm also so sorry to hear about your mother's house. I hope everything turns out well. Debbie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your new curtains are beautiful, Judy!

The storms came through here, early Friday morning. There were flash floods in some areas. Most of the wind damage was across the area of the state, south of the Lake of the Ozarks.

I'll keep your mother in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she will be okay through the renovation. And I hope FEMA helps!!

marty39 said...

Boy do I understand those little unfinished projects. Each one will only take a couple of minutes and I think that's why they get put off so long. YOur drapes turned out just gorgeous. I will definitely keep your mom in prayer. I know the Lord will bless her. Hugs, Marty

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Judy! Glad you had a good Mother's Day, we did too. I have pics to share later this week. Loved your family pics! You look SO much like your mother, as does your other sister on the left. What a fun thing to get the whole family together like that. So sorry to hear about her flooding too, I really hope that they can get it taken care of pronto.

Love your new drapery panels. Sounds like you are getting your plans together. HOpe this means you'll be coming to B'ham soon!

Domestic Designer said...

Your curtains look great! So sorry about the flooding. The weather this Spring has been unbelievable. Hope all turns out well.

Mabry's gamma said...

Judy,

I will be praying that you momma gets the help that she needs, does she live in Alabama too?

On another note... I LOVE your new curtains, great job!

Cheri

Fritter Chicks™ said...

Love the toile! You are very talented! Love the blog too! First time visitor!

Laurey said...

Hi Judy,
You always give me such great decorating ideas. I love the toile drapes. I have so many projects to finish, too, so don't feel bad. Mine always seem to multiply. I am praying FEMA came through with help for your mother. Have a very nice weekend.

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Carolyn Darragh said...

What a hassle for your poor mum. It it tricky way to get new carpet, but once its down she will probably love it. Good luck with your to do lists too. The curtains look great.
Carolyn - Desire Empire

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