Monday, July 21, 2014
One thing about being a teacher that you may not realize: I have to cram a year’s worth of projects into six weeks (minus the vacation time). So I am (in the vernacular of DL) busting my hump.
One of the things I wanted to do this summer was to clean out the loft room. It’s a room that’s just been used to store stuff, because there’s no heat or cooling in there. I had to move my sewing machine out of there and into the sunroom because of the lack of climate control. I have a long-term goal for it to become a craft room and office, but for right now I just want it relatively useable. (Translation: get the junk OUTTA THERE!)
The first thing to do was get the big honkin’ desk out. It was serving absolutely no purpose in there, now that the sewing machine was somewhere else. That left the window uncovered. (Uh oh! The window’s naked!)
My quest was to cover the window for exactly zero dollars. I wasn’t going to pay for a curtain rod, let alone curtains. What’s a woman to do?
I decided that raiding the junk drawer was in order.
Two eye screws and some covered wire later….I had something to hang curtains on. Curtains?
Vintage embroidered dishtowels. Hung with clothespins.
I always have clothespins hanging around, as they are so incredibly useful. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use them au naturel or to paint them green (green because I had some left over from another project—remember, I am working with a budget of $0), so I decided to try both and let DL decide (maybe).
Painting clothespins is something I do every once in awhile, and this is how I like to do it:
*Get a clean Chobani cup. (It doesn’t have to be Chobani, but it would be nice if it was, because DL has the contract for Chobani for the next couple of years and every little bit helps.)
*Clip all your clothespins to the rim.
*Pour a little bit of paint into the bottom of the cup.
*Now you can paint all the way around the clip and not have to worry about getting your fingers all painty.
*Let ‘em dry, take ‘em off, and throw away the cup. It’s that simple!
Do you like them au naturel??