Princess, Perhaps?

January 21st

Remember when I wrote about that elementary school near my office that puts a “lifeskill of the week” on the marquis? This week’s is resourcefulness, which I love. If there were royalty of resourcefulness, my mother would be queen. I can’t tell you how many times she explained the difference between a “want” and a “need” to us, or said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In other words, use your creativity to fix your problem.

My most recent use of my mama’s advice was this weekend when I looked at those green curtains I once sewed and realized how poorly they fit the windows. The design — with Velcro tabs on the back so they could be raised — was good, but the sewing wasn’t. Enter one generous Home Depot gift card, six or so hours of drilling, sewing and then cleaning up after myself and voila!

NAU quilt, hanging

A new place to show off one of my mom’s quilts. She made this for me when I left to study at NAU. The pillow cases came later from a sewing swap. Kate in Australia knew just what to make!

New fancy curtain rod and curtain

A little bit of muslin and another easy curtain was whipped up. This is perfect because I can now sew at this desk with perfect natural light.

Garden, before

I also managed to finally put together another wish — a potting table. I’ve seen these in so many magazines, but never had all the components handy to put a useful to work.

Potting table


I spent the better part of the long weekend cleaning, organizing and hauling stuff to Goodwill. My home is now in order and the whole thing cost $11 — three new potted succulents.

Succulents chillin'

Not only are these pretty, but they don’t need a lot of water and are kinda tricky to kill. Thank heavens because if you can believe it, I’m pretty sure our winter has already flown by.


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11 Responses

  1. Nice job indeed! I just love your mother quilt, it suits the room so well!

  2. What a cute little backyard/potting shed area you have there..i thought it was a picture from a magazine at first!

  3. That table was supposed to be for dinner guests! haha. That thing ain’t gonna make it too long in the summer sun…good luck table!

  4. I love the idea of using a quilt for a curtain! I like heavy curtains that keep out the light when they’re closed. 🙂

  5. Thank you for the reminder to be resourceful! 🙂

  6. Tina in Duluth January 21, 2009

    Nice work! I like how your hose sitting in its holder looks like some funky art.

  7. Great job, I’ll bet that feels good. I love the quilt on display there.

  8. I love it! Seriously, what a creative and beautiful way to cover a window. I also love that the word is “resourcefulness” because that is something we can all work a bit harder to become.

    Oh, and I am jealous that you can do things to your patio right now. Our yard is blanketed in snow. 😉

  9. Oh yes, one more thing… you might want to find something to cover the back of your quilt with to protect it so it doesn’t bleach out in the sunlight. Sadly we learned that lesson late with our couches (we didn’t have drapes, just blinds, and now there are nice bleached out spots on our couches). I would hate to have you end up with a window shaped box on the back of such a lovely quilt.

  10. I was going to reccommend the same thing Aimee didd regarding protecting your quilt from bleaching in the sunlight from the window. It looks great there with your couch. Clever idea as is your potting table. Looks organized and pretty!

  11. I love succulents…