New Kitchen Curtains

I’ve been really loving sewing lately. Those wedding napkins were like a gateway drug to more hard-core projects. And now that I have a fancy new machine thanks to my parents, I’ve been a sewing fiend.

A few weeks ago, I sewed new kitchen curtains. The ones that were hanging in the window before — hand-me-downs from my mom — were stained, grungy, and way too short. (The terrible iPhone before picture is below the jump. See what I mean?)

So I saw this polka dot fabric at Mood and thought, “Aha! Adorable curtains.”

I suppose now you want to talk about the seagull. Ok, let’s talk about it. It’s ugly. There. I said it. But here’s the thing. My father-in-law MADE that with his bare hands. It was his first — and perhaps only — attempt at making stained glass.

When I hung the new curtains, my husband said, “It’s ok if you don’t want to hang the stained glass.” I assured him I didn’t mind. “I’m sure you think it’s ugly,” he said. “But I don’t really see it that way. To me, it’s just the thing that has always hung in my house.”

I like that. So now it’s the thing that will always hang in our house. Not everything has to look like it came from a flipping catalog. I’m a sucker for sentimental value.

If you look closely, you’ll also notice that I filled the bottom half of the window with rice paper window film. Our kitchen window is about six feet from the neighbor’s dining room window, and I’ve always been afraid they can see straight through the kitchen into our bedroom. Not anymore though. The rice paper should be a piece of cake to remove too. It sticks with just a misting of slightly soapy water. Magic!

I love that little elephant. It was a gift from my husband’s wild-haired friend who spent time in Thailand. The blue penguin and mouse (tiny and blurry in the picture) came from Italy. I brought them back from Murano, an island near Venice famous for its glasswork and, according to on edition of Lonely Planet, dragon bones.

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