When I was a kid I used to HATE following my mom around fabric stores. She sewed so much, it seems like we were in a fabric store several times a week. When we went into the store, I usually had two choices: I could look for a cute fabric and formulate an idea for something she could sew for me, and if it was a good enough idea and a cute enough print she would usually buy it (assuming it cost less than $2.00/yard). The other choice was what usually happened: I would hide underneath the circular stands that held the bolts of fabric and wait for what seemed like hours for her to be done. I never would have guessed that I would get to the point where I actually ENJOY going to fabric stores with her! But my mom's got a great eye for finding diamonds (and deals) in the rough. Every time we go she amazes me by finding companion fabrics for any print that I might be considering. Now it is so much fun to shop with her, I love it!
Recently we made some new curtains for the windows in my kitchen and family room. We found some cute green fabric and formulated a plan to make them look like little awnings over the windows. We also picked up some cheap beige cotton panels from Ikea for the sliding glass door that we planned to spruce up a bit. We looked everywhere for brackets that would hold the curtains out from the wall at the bottom, but had no luck. So we enlisted my dad to weld us some. And I found some coordinated rods to give them shape.
We hunted for a long time to find some cute trim for the awning curtains, and our favorite, a brown fringe trim that we found, cost $15.99 a yard--that would have been more than $70 for the amount we needed. We sadly settled for a different trim that wasn't as cute but cost $7.99 a yard, still a hefty sum for us. Then as we were walking around the store, we saw some other trims in a clearance section. We found several we liked, but fell in love with a cute green one that was only $2.99 a yard and looked better than anything else we'd seen. Then after the fabric cutter at the store scanned the bar code, it turned out to be marked down to only $1.99 a yard! We had enough money to buy the amount necessary for all of the windows plus the curtains on the sliding glass door! I love finding deals like that, and I love the little extra "oomph" this trim adds to the curtains.
And here's a little teaser, this is the fabric I picked for some long panels in the living room! I can't wait to get them finished.
This last picture is my inspiration room for the living room. Hopefully by the time I'm done I'll have created something along these lines!