My husband’s work is very seasonal. He is both an agricultural accountant and a farmer. This means there are 3 critical seasons in our family life: Tax season, quickly followed (hopefully) by Seeding, and in the fall is Harvest.
My least favourite of the 3 is tax season. Maybe because Sean is just so darn happy when he’s out farming (he likes doing taxes, but looooves driving a combine.) Maybe it’s because seeding and harvest can have the occasional rain day for a break. Maybe it’s because he just looks so hot in jeans and a ball cap fresh off the tractor. Whatever the reason, tax season is my least favourite. But this year I’ve felt it hasn’t been so bad. Maybe because we’re used to it now, or maybe because we’re doing better at carving out family time. Or maybe because I’ve decided that Sean’s tax season = my DIY season. If he comes home later (in the evening) then I have more time to make a mess with my projects and clean it up by the time he’s home. If he’s working Saturdays then I can use those days for projects. So here are a few of the things I’ve done in the last week…
…the sad little phone table finally got a new outfit with a glossy black paint job…
…and I finally sewed a bench cushion to bring some “doneness” to our entryway! (though we still need to find the black hooks I hid from Little M… or he hid from me… and hang those on the wall!)
I also decided to take on our poor “flood pant” drapes. They were the first I sewed, and were unfortunately crooked and too short. I added a band to the bottom to bring them to floor length and even them out:
Unfortunately I was insistent on using fabric already in my stash for this project. So I used a white bed sheet, which, even beforehand, I knew wasn’t the best idea. Here’s why: as the edge of the drapes it’ll get dirty. Also the sheet material is more “true” white while the drapery stripes are more off-white. Not to mention if you’d asked me advice on what colour to use I’d have recommended a darker colour to “ground” the drapes. And the final reason the white sheet was a bad idea? As you can see, the bottom of the striped fabric is visible through the white fabric. But I’m stubborn and forged ahead because I already had my sewing machine out. I don’t hate it, but I’ll probably change it when the right fabric comes along. Until then, however, the drapes look far less nerdy than before.
And here’s the project I’m working on tonight:
My wonderful dad built the frame for Little M’s new bed this weekend, and I’m working on upholstering it and creating a headboard! (Based on this tutorial from Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom) I’ll show you more when I’m all done.
But the best part? The cutest “helper” in the world.