I took a few days away from working on the guest bedroom (and anything else house-related) because I reached a point where I was having trouble finding things I needed — things I’m used to purchasing locally and never having trouble finding. I presume because supply lines are being affected by COVID, things that I assumed would always be a short car drive away whenever I needed them are now getting harder and harder to find. Have you noticed this as well?
So I’ve kind of been in a holding pattern the last few days as I wait for things to arrive, and in the meantime, I’ve spent a few days working on some not-so-blogworthy things around the house.
I had hoped to have my draperies done by now. Last Friday, I headed to Joann Fabrics to pick up lining so that I’d be prepared to spend the weekend sewing. But there’s no white mid-weight drapery lining to be found locally. It as a little shocking to see that entire section of the store completely bare. I even had a hard time finding what I needed online, and finally had to settle for a brand that I’ve never used before. It should be here today. So in the meantime, I still just have fabric draped over a curtain rod.
My new woven shade arrived, though! I got the same one that I used in the rest of the house. I get the Blindsgalore Natural Woven Shade in a color called Hana Tranquil. I buy them lined with blackout lining, and I get the top down/bottom up style.
But y’all! I don’t know what happened, but evidently I put the wrong measurement on my order. When I saw that box sitting on my front porch, I was so excited for about five seconds, and then I had this sinking feeling because it looked way too long. I tried not to panic and convince myself that it was probably a lot of foam or other packaging to keep the ends of the shade safe in the box.
It wasn’t. The shade was SEVEN INCHES TOO WIDE!!! What in the actual heck? It seems like I’d know how to use a measuring tape, right? I mean, it’s something I do pretty regularly. I install trim. I build furniture. I can use a measuring tape!
But not this time. I had a custom made lined woven shade that was seven inches too wide.
I considered ordering another one, but this one took quite a while to receive, and I didn’t want to wait over a month for a new one. So I decided to take a chance and try to cut this one down just like I’ve cut down unlined woven shades in the past — using my miter saw.
I had to move some hardware (the little pullies and cord locks that just screw on to the wood top rail) over a couple of inches on both ends, and then I marked off 3.5 inches on either side. Then I rolled up the shade as tightly as it would go, put the entire thing under my miter saw, held my breath, and cut very slowly.
AND IT WORKED!!
I was so shocked that it cut the lining fabric so smoothly, but it worked! I was so relieved that it worked out. And the shade still functions perfectly.
And as you can see, my little upholstered stool came in! I got this one from Target. And as it turns out, it’s the perfect height! So I won’t have to do any modifications on it at all. It’s perfect as is.
I’ve also started working on the bedding, but I’m waiting on more trim to arrive. I decided I wanted white bedding with just a touch of yellow. I purchased this bedding set from Overstock, which is just a lightweight quilt with two pillow shams. I’m so pleased with this quilt. I got it out of the package and washed it immediately, and it’s so soft. It has that washed brushed cotton feel to it, but I’m pretty sure it’s a cotton/poly blend.
But I wanted to add some color to it, so I used Wright’s Double Fold Quilt Binding (which is basically a really wide bias tape) in yellow.
I could only find three packages of the trim locally. Lots of places were out online as well, but I finally found them. Hopefully they’ll be here early next week, and I can finish up the quilt and make the two pillow shams. .
I had hoped that three packages (nine yards) would be enough to at least do the quilt, but I had this section at the top and side – about a yard-and-a-half – left to do after using up all three packages. So…I wait.
Anyway, it seems like things just take a little longer these days. Things that I’ve just always assumed will be available locally are now a little harder to find. But, we just have to adapt and be patient, right? It’ll get done when it gets done! 😀