It’s a whole new day, and year…

Deep breath.

I am clearing my head of politics now. New year. New resolution (only one) in place, going on 3 days now… (no buying anything I don’t “need”).

My two projects that I had mentioned before are now whittled down to one project. The one that got put on hold was the knit kitchen curtains that I wanted to put on the below-pictured windows. My other project is going strong and I am happy with it but it will take me a long time to complete.

Kitchen curtains

While going through some storage boxes over the holidays, I found these white ball-fringe valances and thought they might work with the tension rods on the windows in the kitchen where i wanted to block out the view into my kitchen from outside. Wasn’t sure these would work, but once they were up, I loved them.

This valance, made by me, was up on the top before:


I liked that valance but then I changed it to another one that I made, white and green (below)


…but with the little white ball-fringe curtains up there, I wanted more light coming in, so I removed the top valance and voila, more light but still some privacy from neighbors out back.

I know this isn’t earth-shaking news, but this year I am hoping to get back to basics, so more projects around the house, and generally not concentrate on outside things that I can’t control. I am so glad the election is over, the fiscal cliff is history, and today, very soon now, this country will be swearing in a bunch of women for a record high in the Senate. Not enough but more than before, including one from my state of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren.

2013 is here and I am welcoming it with open arms. May we all prosper, get and stay healthy, and be creative.



“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog…

He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world…

When all other friends desert, he remains.”

~ George V. Vest ~

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5 Responses to It’s a whole new day, and year…

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    You did that painting when you were just starting out, Bex? You actually did quite well! With experience you could be a lot better painter than you think.


  2. Bex says:

    A long time ago, I thought I’d take up painting. I have no talent to paint but I used to watch shows on TV showing you (me) how to paint a picture… and I bought paints (oils) and tried it. The picture here on my site now, the cottage in Scotland, was one I painted back then. I did a few more pictures but it was so messy, I gave it all up. I don’t like having paint all over me and what a mess I would make! So I am doing needlework now with yarn – much neater and cleaner! But I always kind of liked that picture of the whitewashed cottage on the little pond…kind of my dream home I guess…


  3. mz. em says:

    I just love the look of your kitchen windows. I remember one house I lived in where I made half curtains with matching hand linens. It looked very spiffy and allowed more light in that room.

    Yes, I am so glad the politics are sort of over. I still can’t believe Boenher was reelected to his post as speaker of the house. What are they thinking.

    I also like the new look of the site too. Good job!


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    I’ve been wanting to do something about our kitchen window, too. Currently we have 2 tier cafe curtains in the window and I don’t like it since the window has the high school looking right in it and is on a main road. At night I feel very exposed through the openings between the two tiers of curtains.

    After talking to DH, we’re looking at putting film on the windows, the kind that looks like the glass has been frosted. We might leave a shaped opening in the center though, so we can look out when we want to.


  5. Rhubarb says:

    Amen, sister!


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