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Practical house stuff, parts one and two

Number 1: Pillow covers for extra duvets all done.

I ended up folding the velour blanket in half and cut it to end up with two long skinny strips. I tri-folded each, right sides together, until I ended up with a fat envelope where the nice end was on the outside, to make the outside edge. Sewed each side seam and jammed a duvet into each one. I have a pair of fat purple pillows.

Number 2: Laundry bag for sweaters all done.

laundry bag done

Folded that green stuff wrong sides together, squared off the ends. French seamed the bottom end and the side with double seams (when the right sides were together) for strength. Made a 2-inch pocket at the top and sewed the top edge, too, to keep it strong. Then I fished grosgrain ribbon through the pocket and pulled it down outside the side seam and anchored it through the bottom corner so there’s a shoulder handle, and when you pick up the handle, the top pulls shut.

Number 3: Proving frustrating.

Don’t know that I have the right kind of heavy sewing needle to deal with the vinyl. The clear vinyl I have is really thin so I don’t think it’ll make the inner divider I thought it would. It could still make a pocket (inside or outside?) for smaller pieces. Guess if I figure out the logistics I could spring for a new chunk of heavy clear vinyl, too.

Number 4: Still on the drawing board while stuck on 3.


Sketching out some practical house stuff

Sigh. It’s not glamorous. But sewing practical stuff from the stash beats spending real money that could buy shoes. Or plants.

Plus it’s all easy straight lines.

Number 1: Somewhere to store the extra duvets.

What if I put them in big square pillow cases? Envelope-style pillow cases made from a purple velour blanket? Then they’ll sit in plain sight against the window wall, insulate the room a little bit and keep clean, too…
purple velour

Number 2: Separate laundry bag for my sweaters.

Mister keeps shrinking mine. And even though I pull his shirts out of the general wash, yanking out the sweaters for a delicate wash in cold is beyond his skills. A square bag with a drawstring should do it, French seamed all around. I don’t have any mesh in the stash, but there should be something heavy enough to stand up but light enough to see through…

Maybe this weird-o green stuff? It breathes. And I’ll never wear it.

Number 3: Something stiff and waterproof to keep prints and posters in.

The portfolio folder I kept prints and posters in got WET during a pickle-making experiment that, um, didn’t work. I essentially need an envelope that’s like 30 inches by 24 inches. And I have some sparkly red vinyl… If I cut it 30 by 30, and sew in a flat bottom, that could work. Could also make it with three layers — a clear layer in the middle — with smaller pockets on one side for smaller things still waiting for frames and wallspace…
red sparkly vinyl

Number 4: Pillowcase to stash pajamas in.

They normally sit on the bed’s corner under the duvet, making a big old lump. Hardly the end of the world. But if I had a spot to hide PJs in plain sight, I’d use it.

Hiding in plain sight: The secret to living in a small space.

Christmas looked like this at our house

It’s not even the Christmas tree I like, it’s the ornaments. I didn’t grow up with a matchy tree. Every ornament had been handmade or had a story. My dad cries when he puts his tree up with all the reminiscing. This year, I did a little, too. The Mister and I have had Christmas together at home since 2004.

But  we don’t have a tree anymore. We do however have a couple big umbrella plants wintering indoors. They totally hold ornaments.

tree 2009

ornament 2009 with love

tree 2009

So do stairs.

ornament turtle 2009

staircase 2009

stairs 2009

At our last apartment, we ended up hanging ornaments on a firescreen  and putting presents at the bottom. I liked that too, but the screen didn’t make the move.

I guess me and Mister had a tree a few times. Then we were bolting for Philadelphia, so we stopped. I have mixed feelings about chopping a whole tree down for a few weeks too, but mostly we skipped the tree because we didn’t have time to deal.

This one was a present from an aunt, whose son got married in 2009, too. Her tree was all done up in wedding!

ornament first christmas 2009

And we received a box of newlywed ornaments from Mister’s mama, complete with small metal tree frame, too, to hold the 12 symbols of things you need for a good marriage.

12 newlywed ornaments

Of course I like the feathery bird, best.

bird newlywed ornament

Earlier today, my brother told me his Christmas boxes got wiped out Friday when his house caught fire. That would make me extra sad, to lose those years of memories. I wonder what I should start crafting to replenish his stash?