My in-laws came for an extended visit and since Tate and I do not believe in just GIVING AWAY free room and board, even to our families despite 8 hour drives to visit us, we put them to work.
For 3 LONG days, Tate and his dad worked and built a fire pit in our backyard. I’ll admit that I totally didn’t see the point of Tate’s project and that I was certain it was going to be more of a fire TOWER than a fire PIT. He proved me wrong. It turned out amazing.
Did I mention it took 3 days (and 2 bottles of Advil) to complete? Maybe when Tate recovers, we’ll work on the landscaping around the fire pit.
While the men were outside getting stinky, my mother-in-law and I made over my guest room. I think it looks like something out of a magazine.
The pictures don’t do the room justice, they don’t show off the high ceilings and the wood floors. Also, somehow I didn’t get a picture of the lamp my MIL hand painted.
As if a fire pit and a room makeover weren’t enough, I enlisted my mother-in-law to help me with the window treatments on the two glass patio doors off of my kitchen.
These stupid patio doors have caused me a ridiculous amount of stress, trying to figure out what to do for window treatments. Privacy isn’t really much of an issue, but in the afternoons, the sun streams in and temporarily blinds us, so I needed something that could easily be raised and lowered, but NOT be blinds. I also needed to make these myself because I refused to pay the equivalent of college tuition for custom window treatments.
My MIL and I brainstormed and came up with a great, custom-looking solution for the problem. (FINE, IT WAS ALL MY MIL’S IDEA. YOU CAUGHT ME, ARE YOU HAPPY?!)
Heavy duty fabric
Fabric for lining the curtains
Heavy duty ribbon/webbing
Rod for hanging the curtains. I used Magnetic curtain rod because I have steel doors and didn’t want to drill holes into them.
Thread to match the curtain fabric
scissors, straight pins
Isn’t my vintage sewing machine adorable! (FINE IT’S NOT MINE, IT’S MY MOM’S. SHEESH, YOU ALL ARE SUCH STICKLERS FOR THE TRUTH.)
It had been a long time since I’d sewn anything other than a button on, so I had to read the directions that came with the sewing machine.
Threading the bobbin was like riding a bike. Except with less soreness in the crotch region.
The curtains turned out pretty well, with mostly straight seams. We used the velcro to hold the rolled curtain in place. When the sun gets to blinding, the green webbing can be released and the curtains hang down about halfway down the window.
Here’s the finished look! Looks pretty nice, huh?
I think my in-laws earned their keep. We might invite them back sometime.
I want to thank each of you for the thoughtful and supportive comments on my last post. I really wanted to reply to so many of them, but I got overwhelmed, then I got busy (see above). Thank you for telling me I was overthinking things, for reminding me why I blog, for sticking with me. Thank you.