About zefiart

Blogger, DIY-er, poodle lover, graphic designer, dog groomer, recycler, artist, wonder woman in my spare time.

shoot me now – bathroom stage 2.5-3ish

You know how there are some things you’d rather not see? Well, this bathroom renovation is full of things I’d rather not have seen. Like, I could live happily without ever seeing men in boots stepping on my new acrylic shower base while putting the glass sides up. Or seeing the amount of cement-like tile glue all over my floor, the tiles, the walls, the shower base…

I’m going insane.

I keep telling myself this isn’t the guy’s first job. He knows what he’s going. It’ll all turn out great. I hope.

I’ve watched gazillions of TV renovation shows. And they never, ever look as messy as what I’ve been looking at all week. Sigh.

Anyway – this is after the cement sheeting went up and the wet area paint was put on the walls.

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The next step was to put in the shower. All was going well till we unpacked the corner acrylic shower walls and found this… about 10 inches of deep scratch. Not impressed. But by then it was already Saturday and we’d been without a working bathroom for almost a week. I was over showering in the hydrobath. I was not waiting for another one to be brought down.

 

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The plumber did a bit of sanding and its better but its not exactly fixed. I’m not happy about it.

This is the bathroom after the shower went in (note, no taps – still not usable!) but before any tiling began.

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Meanwhile, I’ve been working on the vanity. This is the old cabinet with the Ikea sink sitting on top – I had to see how it would look. I’ve had to make it a bit higher and a bit deeper and I did that by using bits of pine on the top and back. I’ve added trim around the top to give it a bit more character.

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I spent ages trying to decide on a colour to paint it. I wanted blue – a light blue. But I also liked yellow… I tried about 2 different blues and 2 yellows by painting swatches on it and none of them appealed to me. So I went with something similar to the minty greens I already have in the house. I’ll share pics soon.

This pic was taken last night – we could use the shower… but we couldn’t use the bathroom cause the floor tiles needed to dry… sometimes you just can’t win.

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See all that stuff on the floor and tiles? sigh… is this normal?

And this is tonight. Tonight we CAN shower. I did. Good, cause I really needed it!
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Again, all the crap on the tiles… I sure hope he’s right and it comes off easily. I’m tired just looking at it. It seems I’m always cleaning and its always a mess around here. Mainly cause it is.

Oh well. It’ll be over soon.

But I must admit, I love the tiles!

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PS. Sorry this is flat. I’m tired but I really wanted to share progress.

okay, this is for you

I just got this email from a friend and I have to share. I’m seriously sore from laughing so hard. Its not often you get something that makes your day like that. So this is my gift to you – Hope it makes your day!

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Complaints from Council House Owners.
These are genuine clips from council Complaint letters:

1. My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has
fungus growing in it.

2. He’s got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just
can’t take it anymore.

3. It’s the dogs’ mess that I find hard to swallow.

4. I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt
my knob off.

5. And their 18-year-old son is continually banging his balls against
my fence.

6. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet
roof. I think it was bad wind the other night that blew them off.

7. My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand?

8. I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the
wall.

9. Will you please send someone to mend the garden path? My wife tripped
and fell on it, yesterday, and now she is pregnant

10. I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen.

11. 50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster and 50% are
plain filthy.

12. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is
cleared.

13. Our lavatory seat is broken in half and is now in three pieces.

14. This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broke and we can’t
get BBC 2.
A Spot of British Humor

As reported in the newpaper…

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas
bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, “We agree it was rather high for the
time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up
during the explosion that destroyed his house.”
(The Daily Telegraph)

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Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because
they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they
don’t want the public to know what it looks like.
(The Guardian)

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At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard and
asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn’t
have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land
Rover off the cliff.
( Aberdeen Evening Express)

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Mrs. Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue , Boscombe, delighted the audience
with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to
do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. “He’d
always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the
middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out ‘Heil Hitler.'”
( Bournemouth Evening Echo)

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A list of actual announcements that London Tube drivers have made to
their passengers…

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I do apologise for the delay to your service. I
know you’re all dying to get home, unless, of course, you happen to be
married to my ex-wife, in which case you’ll want to cross over to the Westbound and
go in the opposite direction.”
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“Your delay this evening is caused by the line controller suffering from
E & B syndrome: not knowing his elbow from his backside. I’ll let you know
any further information as soon as I’m given any.”
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“Let the passengers off the train FIRST!” (Pause.) “Oh go on then, stuff
yourselves in like sardines, see if I care — I’m going home….”
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“We can’t move off because some idiot has their hand stuck in the door.”

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“Please move all baggage away from the doors.” (Pause..) “Please move
ALL belongings away from the doors.” (Pause…) “This is a personal message
to the man in the brown suit wearing glasses at the rear of the train: Put
the pie down, Four-eyes, and move your bloody golf clubs away from the door
before I come down there and shove them up your bum sideways!”

Are you laughing yet?

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bathroom stage 2.0

Ok, before I go on, I have no photos of today. Cause, really, there’s not much to show. The shower cubicle was removed. The water pipes were moved. The cement sheeting is down on the floor.

That’s it.

I was sure we’d be further along today. I was all set to paint on the waterproofing this evening. But no, cause nothing ever goes as planned!

For one thing, I went in to pick up our shower and accessories, the tiles, the tile glue, the grout, and whatever else was on my list.

Like any shopping trip, it took longer than planned. But that’s ok. The plumber was late too. So part of not getting along further was due to the fact that we didn’t start on time.

Meanwhile, we had second thoughts on the shower. See, the sink I ordered from Ikea is 49cm wide. The cabinet it’ll sit on is 40cm wide. That’s ok. I’ll extend the back and we’ll put the waste pipe behind the cabinet instead of inside. Problem solved.

However, the swing door of the shower we initially chose would hit the cabinet. Even if I was to change the sink (too late for that, its arrived in Hobart!) so I had to change the shower to one with a barn style sliding door.

Below left is the shower we originally ordered, the one on the right is the one we’re getting now.

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We’re getting a combination shower with handheld cause we disagree on the best way to get wet. This one is a good compromise. In order to match the squareness of the shower fittings I bought the square mixer tap below right for the vanity.

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Now, when it comes to tiling, I’ve decided to tile up to the window and over the window sill. No wood trim. The picture below is the inspiration. Plus I remember old school buildings with tiled windows… I think it’ll look really nice in our bathroom.

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Of course our window is a pale yellow aluminium called ‘primrose’. hmph. I’m sure some paint will change that easily enough.

There’s also a bit of an issue with the size of the tiles I chose (150 x 150cm) and the gap between the shower and window. That’s a 200cm gap. Which meant that either the poor tiler would have to cut every single tile to create the brick layout I want OR I had to find another way to deal with this troublesome spot.

My solution: some black subway tiles which will go up the wall in a strip.

Hopefully it’ll work.

Meanwhile I have a ton of work to do… the cabinet needs a total re-haul. The rest of our supplies need picking up. Cement sheeting needs to go on the wall… no rest for the wicked.

Our planned timeline is already blowing out and we have no idea how smelly we’re going to get before we have a working shower again…

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stage 1.5 – the bathroom

Stage one is the stage where you remove everything from the bathroom that isn’t nailed down. Actually, everything that is nailed down, but not plumbed in. Stage one point five is where you remove the plumbed in stuff as well. That’s pretty much where we are right now.

On Sunday I removed all the extras from the bathroom – the medicine cabinet, the towel rails, hooks etc. Then this morning the bathroom looked like this as I got ready to remove the faux tile sheets. I’d already begun removing the window frame before I remembered to get the camera.

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Nice bathroom. Yep. Especially the space between the vanity and the shower cubicle. You’d never guess, but there used to be a bathtub along the far wall. Great layout for a small bathroom! First thing I did when we bought the place was to remove the tub so we could towel off after a shower.

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I removed the door and window trims, the cornices and skirting boards and the faux tile sheets off one wall before the plumber got here this morning.

Together we ripped out everything but the shower.

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We left the shower in so we could get clean tonight, but we have a plan. The shower comes out first thing tomorrow. Then work starts on the floor and walls…

And we all know plans go perfectly, don’t we? We’ll have a working bathroom in a couple of days!

Bwhahahahah!

z

new bathroom on the horizon

Sooner rather than later actually.

Our bathroom is awful. I’ll try to find and share pics of it when I do the great reveal before and afters, but for now just trust me when I say its awful. Not that I haven’t seen worse, but…

Anyway, to add insult to injury, the hideous laminated fake tile sheeting we have in the shower recess (all over the bathroom in fact) has cracked and water is now getting into the wall.

Wonderful.

Well, really wonderful in fact, cause it means we get to renovate the bathroom!

Ok, so I’ve got some ideas.

I want subway tiles with dark grout, concrete floor tiles, white storage cupboard and a DIY vanity.

Sounds nice. Simple. Tasteful. Clean and tidy.

So… I have a cabinet I’m planning to make into my vanity using this sink from Ikea:

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My inspiration are these images I’ve had on my Pinterest ‘bathroom’ board ever since I began pinning things. I figure I can get something similar to this using an old cabinet and the Ikea sink top:

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Cool isn’t it? I know not everyone is into shabby, rustic or plain old, but I love it.

This one I pinned for the colour. For some reason it spoke to me though I’ve never considered yellow before.

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This colour is way more me, but I’m thinking darker, more aqua or turquoise will be the way to go.

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More like this!

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Anyway… wall tiles. I’m thinking subway tiles, right? I mean you can’t go wrong with subway tiles!!! And dark grout!

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Then I saw these pics on Pinterest and it got me thinking… We’re obviously going to be redoing the bathroom on a tight budget. And plain square white tiles are cheaper than fancy types. Right? So, I’ll go get quotes on both, but this is an option. I don’t mind the look at all.

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Of course, my window surround is timber and white, not black, but there’s no reason I can’t paint the aluminium window black. It’ll probably look way better than the ‘primrose’ it is currently. Ugh.

Still, how cute is that?

This week I’m off getting quotes and ordering the bits and pieces we need to create our new bathroom. And tomorrow I’m starting work on my new vanity and shopping my shed for what I can make my storage cabinet out of…

Another big adventure begins. Stay tuned.

z

barbie with tattoos

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I love this girl. She’s my first rockabilly pin up barbie doll.

Do you know what a rockabilly pin up girl is? Its a cross between a modern day rockabilly chick and a 50’s pin up girl.

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Gorgeous. I guess I’m lucky I never saw this look when I was a rockabilly or I’d be covered in tattoos now. Not quite so attractive when they’re stretched out beyond their original size. hehehe.

Check out my Pinterest page for more images. Of the pin up girls, not me.

This barbie was a mess when I got her. You can imagine – she was a tip shop find. Her hair was a matted mess and she was dirty. But there was something about her that I really liked. I don’t like all newer barbies. I love the vintage ones, but the later ones, well… some are nice and others not so much. This one had something special and I looked at her and thought: pin up girl.

First thing I did was give her a good wash and work on her hair.

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Given how frizzy the hair was I was surprised how well it came up. I made rollers out of straws and created victory rolls in her hair. (After watching YouTube videos on how to do them since I’ve never done one in my life!)

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Once the hair was set I made a bandana, using pins to secure it while it dried in place. Either that or I just like torturing dolls…

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Of course any rockabilly pin up girl worth her salt has tattoos, so I had to do those!

(Yes, there are often naked and sometimes headless dolls lying around the kitchen and bathroom. The place looks like a serial killer in training lives here…)

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I found this great dress on ebay and decided not to risk my less than perfect sewing skills on my first pin up girl… The finished product is stunning. She looks pretty and sexy.

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Her hair has turned out better than I had hoped. Especially considering what I started with!

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And her tattoos are fun! Teeny weeny tattoos. I think I need a stronger magnifying glass. Do you know how skinny barbie arms are?

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This girl will be listed in my etsy shop soon… As soon as I find some time to package and weigh and sort out postage.

Is it just me or is life way too busy and complicated?

I thought working from home would mean I got more time to do things I wanted to do, but instead I feel like a hamster on an exercise wheel: my goals (crossing items off my endless To Do Lists) remain out of reach. If anything, they seem to be dancing away every time I think I might grab one of them.

Is it just me? I’m beginning to think it must be. I’m one of those people who want to do everything and be everywhere and be involved in everything.

“No” is a theory to me.

z

 

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the monster has woken

I haven’t posted for a while. I know. I’m a disgrace to blogdom.

I’ve been busy. Working. Creating. Being a social butterfly.

As a matter of fact, I’m reverting to an older version of myself. Or I should say – a younger version. I just wish I was as fit as I was back then…

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Me during my Robert Smith period…

No… not that far back. I’m actually talking about my rockabilly days. Gosh I miss those days – dance competitions, going to pubs to dance to live bands 4 days a week and twice on Sundays. I mean that literally – two pubs, 2 bands on Sundays.

Those were the days. sigh…

So, it all started about a year ago when I decided I was going to join the local radio station (TYGA FM 98.9) and play my rockabilly music so I could listen to it again. I played my music, singing out loud and dancing in my head (or bopping around the station when no one was around).

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Banner for my Facebook Rockabilly Rebel page.

Through the show I met some great people. This led to some nights out, the creation of a rockabilly night at a local cafe once a month, and last weekend… a live band!

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I started on the road to Rockabilly Rebeldom way back in Melbourne when I decided to learn how to dance R’n’R. I took a 6 week course and I honestly learned nothing. I just did not ‘get’ it.

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When I first started dancing, my flatmate and I took R’n’R lessons together.

The class would go to the odd band to practice and one of the pubs had dance lessons before the band. I went every week and made a nuisance of myself with the teachers, and one day it just CLICKED. There was no looking back from that point.

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Getting ready for a 40s ball.

I would go to venues and watch the guys dance and pick the best ones, then I’d go ask them to dance with me. I had a lot of girls hating me at that point. But I learned how to dance by dancing with lots of different guys who had different styles. And I loved it! I would dance all night, never stopping. I was pretty darn fit.

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Can’t be a rockabilly chick without a car!

Then life changed for various reasons and I moved to Tasmania and became a country girl. Living a long way out of the city and having to drive in every day for work meant that when I got home I didn’t go out again. And I couldn’t find any ‘scene’ here either. I gave up on dancing…

Do you have any idea how amazing it was to be out again, listening to a great live band and dancing again? I walked in and saw a couple of ladies dancing and I was up there like a shot, asking for a dance. I was chatting to the band during their break, I was making new friends all around.

The monster has awoken! I’m back baby!

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Long hair!

doll-o-rama!

I’ve been working on a couple more of my doll display boxes so I thought it was time to launch my new project officially:

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Its obvious – its a doll display and a diorama wrapped into one! Its ideal cause you can see your dolls and have them in suitable environments at the same time!

My first one was the Living Room Doll-O-Rama (and yes, I went back to the pink dressed barbie and her poodle!). This one is finished now and has a perspex front to protect everything from dust.

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Not a great photo, but I’m taking these in the office… Its a bit rustic, but that’s ok, it suits me.

Next I decided to use the barbie in her original suit in an office environment. She looks like a career girl!

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The first box was one I had in my stash of handy stuff – it just happened to be the perfect size and gorgeously worn and old. I didn’t have any other boxes like that so I’ve had to make the newer ones. To be honest I’m not happy with the thickness of the pine compared to the overall size. I’ve found more suitable timber which I’ll use to make boxes I put in my Etsy shop as they’re finished.

While experimenting with timber sizes I made a Diner Doll-o-Rama for the Monster High Rockabilly repainted doll I’ve listed in my Etsy shop.

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Neither of these boxes are finished yet – this is just a preview. Once they’re finished I’ll take pics before I put the fronts on as the reflections make it hard to get good pics.

I’m really having fun with these! 🙂

z

a little aqua cabinet

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I’ve had this little cabinet for a few years now and its been through a few incarnations. When I got it it had an awful, damaged, laminate top which I replaced with beadboard to start with. Then I painted it white with a crackle effect and used it as my bedside table for a while.

When we moved to the farm it ended up in the shed gathering dust.

Firstly, I disliked the crackle effect – it just wasn’t quite right. Then I disliked the legs I’d put on it – they were the wrong style but they were all I had at the time.

A little while ago I decided it was time for a makeover. I love the retro glass door and even the original liner, but I decided it needed new legs, a new handle and a new colour to make it pop.

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First I looked for legs among my collection of junk handy things and found these lightly tapered 60’s style legs. I painted them black to go with the silver and black handle I chose.

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I mixed paint using what I had on hand, making my own chalk paint by adding fine unsanded grout. I find this works great and gives a lovely finish. It also allows for a chippy look with use, giving it a natural worn look rather than a purposefully distressed one.

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The paper inside is a bit ripped, but its clean and has been glued down – plus it has touches of the aqua which ties it in nicely.

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I love the contrast between the aqua and the black. No one can accuse this of being a boring little cabinet any more!

Oh, and please excuse the filthy floor. It was raining and the only place I could take these photos at the time was the grooming room between customers.

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the blind – a win and a fail

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I really hated the blinds the house had when we bought it. They were all like this above: cheap and salmon. Eek.

I made curtains for the other windows but never got around to doing it for this small window in the corner of the living room. Not only was it ugly and cold in winter, but to add insult to injury the blind broke so wouldn’t go up and down and would actually fall on you if you tried to raise it.

It was time it went.

Actually it’d been time it went about 7 years ago, but hey… I was busy, ok!

My idea was to make a padded blind, inspired by something I saw on the Ikea website in their ideas section. My plan was to use a dropcloth (I love the natural colour) and get some batting for the inner layer. I kept putting it off cause I’d have to buy the batting…

Then Romeo decided to help me out. When Montana began having continence issues I bought some cheap single bed doonas from Kmart and use those as dog beds. I fold them up and put them into covers and voila – instant, easy to wash and dry dog beds.

Well, when Romeo gets bored he loves to attack his bed… He ripped a hole in the cover and tore a whole section of doona, leaving me just enough for the blind! He wasn’t being naughty. He was being helpful!

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This is the corner now, much better without the salmon blind. The pics aren’t the best but hey, I did the best I could. Don’t complain.

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The whole thing wasn’t as easy as I thought. The doona made it quite unwieldy to sew and I can’t sew a straight line if my life depends on it.

I also made a couple of mistakes. The idea was that I’d use large hooks and put rings on the blind so you could chose how much you wanted it gathered. You know… halfway, three quarters, all the way, etc.

First mistake was in calculating the length, I didn’t take into consideration the hooks, so the blind is a big too long. Even when I replaced the hooks I planned to use with smaller ones.

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The other error was where I put my rings. I put them on every crooked line when they only needed to go on every second one, and i needed one at the bottom which I missed. Oh well.

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So, I have a very crookedly sewn, nice thick and warm blind which is helping keep the house warmer in the cold. Its a win… even if there are a few failures involved.

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