i think Normal People take at least one day off a week? to do Normal Person things; nice things, going out things, or just nothing at all?
i am not Normal People.
if Husband and i aren’t doing work-work things at the weekend, we have a number of outdoors projects on the go, and an endless list of indoors DIY related stuff to tackle. we go to the dump like Normal People go to the shops. when we do go to the shops, it’s for everyday essentials like gripfill or sharp sand.
on the rare occasion we schedule “nothing”, we play catch up with stuff like cleaning, ironing, washing the car *cough*, mowing the lawn… the other things.
we never sprawl on the couch for 15+ hours on a saturday, for example.
but yesterday we did :D
curtains shut, in our pyjamas, completely idle, under duvets, eating kit kats, & catching up with all the rubbish we’ve been video-ing off the telly but haven’t had time to watch.
i wasn’t entirely idle – i’d packed away my
harry potter game of thrones quilt before the last round of building work (it’s white)(apart from where i’ve spilt hot chocolate on it) so, snuggled beneath it, i carried on hand stitching.
now, for FOUR YEARS, i have been head-inventioning Curtain Duvets, the idea being to add a detachable, thick thermal lining to our budget curtains from you-know-where.
our little cottage is listed, which means that
1. the windows are single glazed = cold & draughty
2. the non-standard front door (which is damp, rotten, mouldy as well as cold & draughty) desperately needs replacing, but that requires lengthy permissions faff from the council, and anyway, b£$pok£ is not in our budget at the moment.
wrangling 2m x 2m pieces of fluffy blanket-y stuff and polycotton lining fabric upon my no-floorspace for the measuring and cutting was no mean feat, but i coped okayish (by walking all over it and kneeling under the table to pin stuff <— professional sewing tip).
i cut the blanket-y stuff to fit within the top & side seams of the curtains, layered the lining fabric on top of that, overlocked all the edges, then turned & stitched a narrow hem all round.
the curtains are 100% cotton & shrink every time i wash them, so i needed the 100% synthetic lining to be removable. i’d “considered” velco, or poppers, or neatly handstitching them in place… but seriously…
… i always knew laziness would win, so i went with a massive length (machine) straight stitch which i can easily rip apart on some vague future occasion when washing must occur. these linings are for practical reasons only, and no one will ever see my horrible shortcuts.
i was afraid they’d end up MASSIVE and i’d never be able to open the door again, so i was pleasantly surprised when i hung them – despite the thickness they haven’t encroached on the general door-ular area, and they fold back all tidy…
like grown ups curtains! i declare them a success. *smug*
spurred on by my awesome 50’s housewife skillz, i thought i would turn my hand to baking next. my baking fails are legendary, so this should have come as no surprise…
*deflated* <– like my scones