I believe in the faith of a mustard seed…………
I really do.
I love Miss Mustard Seeds blog…..
I really do.
But there is something missing……..
Here is the link to her blog where she actually shows you how she made her panels in 20 minutes…….
Do you remember when I told you that I wanted to tackle the curtains in her awesome blog?
Here is that link if you forgot…
I was going to tackle the curtains for my breakfast room first.
Then I decided to do my dining room because of the challenges of the french doors in breakfast room.Â
Didn’t want it to be too tough since I am doing this for the first time.
I’m smart like that.
They were going to go here…….Â
But the dining room would be easier…….so I thought.
I have found out one really important thing…….
Miss Mustard Seed I am not.Â
I also found out that…….
She gives AWESOME tutorials for DIY’ers……but for newbies, the non DIY or wanna’ be DIY’ers…….
Well, she skipped a few steps.
To help us all out, I will just note those for you.
Get your sewing machine out of the closet where it has set since you bought it at a yard sale.Â
Be proud that you got it for $5.00.
Go through the sewing notions box that you purchased at the same yard sale to ready yourself for this 20 minute project.Â
Be proud that you got it for $1.00
Pull the above photo’d item from your yard sale sewing notions box with a puzzled expression on your face….
Thinking…..is it a large seam ripper?
Some kind of fabric weight……….Â
Then place it on table and realize……….
Oh no, of course not, it is a cows hoof pin cushion.Â
Realize why you got the box for $1.00
Go get a drink and feel sorry for yourself because you do not have a clue at what you are doing…and know this is NOT going to take you 20 minutes.Â
Plus, you have a cow’s hoof pincushion for Pete’s sake….what were you thinking?Â
Go back into dining room, where you realize that the first panel that took you 45 minutes to cut was useless.
Â Why, you ask?
Because, thinking you were smarter than the average DIY’er, YOU
decided to use your Craigslist awesome curtains
,that you have hanging in your Master Bedroom as a guide for your desired length.Â
Why didn’t other DIY’ers think of that, you think……
Â Those curtains were the perfect length……..and NOW after cutting your first panel, you realize that you didn’t take into effect hemming, their pinched pleats etc…..
Your fabric from using your finished curtains as a guide = 77″ , which does not equal 95 desired inches….
Then after going back to her blog to see how she measured her length, you also realize she used her whole 58″ inches width.
Which makes you confused, because you cut yours in half thinking she did that for each panel.
You then have to go back to her blog andÂ count the birds in her photo of each panel, to see that she uses the whole width……whole width = three birds……wahhhhhhh…..
At this time you also realize that unrolling the whole fabric roll to try to make it easier to handle is……..well…..
and you have to take about 25 more minutes alone, to roll the fabric back up.
That was just step 5.
Eat a chili hot dog your husband just made on the grill because you are now having a FULL OUT PITY PARTY and thinking that you are more like an “IGTHSTDIFM” (I’m going to hire someone to do it for me) kind of girl, instead of a DIY genius like Miss Mustard Seed.
Then get over it.……and face the fact that you know you can’t afford the alternative.
Besides, the initials are too long to remember.
IGTHSTDIFM…..not too catchy.
Â And…..you have already invested
THREE HOURS INTO GETTING YOUR FIRST PANEL DONE…….
so you know you must pursue.
Take your Walmart sheets that you purchased as a liner, open them up with relief, because you are now at that point of Miss Mustard Seeds tutorial,Â and realize…..
YOU PURCHASED FITTED NOT FLAT SHEETS!!!!!Â Â
Cry.….no photo attached because I am an ugly crier.Â
Cut out your last four panels and use a measuring tape in your cow hoof box of goodies.
Â Then realize on your last panel, that you used 95″, which was the length you wanted, but you forgot to take into account the hem again!
Decide you will adjust to that.
95″ does not equal 95″ when you hem and do the ruffle thing.
Know that you have no clue how exactly you will adjust to it….. but you will.
Calm down and get ready to sew your first “inside outside pillow case like curtain panel” with your ONE FLAT SHEET, and realize, that after calling Ms. Paparazzi,
your sewing machine is missing its foot?
Not only the foot, but the other piece,Â the one that for those of you that know
how to sew, can tell is missing in this photo.
You know…right where the big ‘ole gaping hole is on the bottom?Â
Realize why you paid $5.00 for itÂ
Fold fabric back up……Â Â
Run to Walmart and get the correct sheets.
Buy fulls, for more money, because they have no twin flats and you are DE-TERM-INED to finish this project….
Then place the fabric and the sheets in the back of your car, for your seamstress to hem and put the rod pocket in.
And realize that this is now,Â a “IGTHSTDIFM” project…….and you are a DIY loser.
Be glad that you tried…..be sad that you failed but look forward to the next project!
think that you will never attempt to do this kind of stuff again!
Those are the additional
steps that I went through. No exaggeration…if anything, not as bad as real life.
Ask my hubby ; ) poor thing…..
I just thought that I would remind you all of what is real.
Many of you have said that these ideas have inspired you to do a craft or project.
We ALL need to realize, that we are going to have to start somewhere.
The circumstances that this economy has brought on, are challenging us ALL to do more for less.
For those of you who are so much wiser than me and would have tackled a project that you could handle first…..
You are smart!
Some of you have a head start on me!
I am glad.
Quit talking about it…..and DO IT!
She really does make this easy and I knew that if I didn’t ever try, I would never get to the point where I could accomplish.
I haven’t gotten there yet.
It might take some failures to get there.
But I can’t just share the successes.
Although, I would like to.
Just know that I haven’t quit!
I will attempt the breakfast room curtains after a brief rest.
remember her link:
You’ve gotta start somewhere!
She is a great place to start.
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