It's a strange feeling not being at work because of the move and settling in and I find that I need to take more time off more often. This is nice! Next week I head back to the office and then it's likely late evening posts for me again. However, since I'm home this week and my art/craft area is 50% complete and begging me to use it, I thought I'd give toss in a simple crafty idea but first, some background:
Privacy won out over waiting until we get the nice blinds for the 72-inch windows so at roughly $8 a piece, we purchased the white 36x72 light-filtering, temporary Redi Shades and cut them down to the correct width (I opted for 34.25 inches). Before you go running off to buy these, please note that the tape WILL pull off bits of your drywall when you are ready to take them down. If you don't want to spackle and repaint later, this is not recommended. I'm pretty familiar with the putty knife and paint brush so I don't mind. If you decide to go forth and spend the big $8, make sure you have a brand new blade in your utility knife so as to get the smoothest cuts. Also ensure you keep the pleat facing you so the shade hides the taped piece and gives a nicer appearance. (I put one in backwards and this is where I learned it will damage your drywall.)
If you're not familiar with the Redi Shades, you can't raise or lower them and they just sort of hang there. The manufacturer was kind enough to supply some light-weight clips so you can change the length of the shades. These handy little clips are not the most attractive things in the world but they get the job done. This is where the crafting piece kicks in and you can accomplish this in just a few minutes. Nice, eh? (for you crafty moms out there, this is similar to making the baby/toddler hair clips)
Things you'll need:
- double-sided tape
- ribbon wide enough to cover the clips (I used 7/8 inch)
I went with a nice splash of color against the white shades and used this green to pick up on the other green accents in the family room. If you want them to disappear, choose a ribbon or fabric (white in this case) that matches your shade color.
Why use DS tape over a hot glue gun? Aside from the fact that I cannot seem to locate my glue gun or any glue sticks, tape is way faster and less permanent. If you like to change up your color scheme, opt for the tape so you can quickly and easily swap out your ribbon to match. I left these very simple but if you really want to break out that glue gun, why not embellish the ribbon with some buttons, bows, or anything that strikes your fancy? :)
If your windows are anything like mine, you can tuck the bottom edge of the shade under the sash and clip them in place (see inset #3)
|Easy Peasy, 1-2-3!|
Still worried about how the temporary shades will look? Not to worry, I have pictures to share with bright and softer light. Luckily, some clouds gave way and I got a nice shot with some stronger sunlight. The images below are from the living room which is sparsely furnished at the moment and in some serious need of curtains but I think my grandfather's rocking chair makes its own statement. (miss you, Pop-Pop!)
|find the red dot|
I was working on the clips while the Guardian guys were here today. We are good to go and now the house beeps.
I'll get back to the comments from the previous post later (hopefully tonight) with some more info, especially for Amanda and start checking out some more of everyone's blogs (sorry -- I've been lagging on the post reading and commenting lately!)
RANDOM: One of the pooches was observing the work today. His eyes match the cherry stain...