You probably already know the best day to begin any major project is the day before you’re hosting a dinner for 14 people.
Let’s call them someday-when projects.
Someday when … I have more time.
Someday when … the rest of the family’s off to who knows where, and I’m alone for the day.
Someday when … I’m better rested, feeling creative, or find a little confidence to give my ideas a go.
Ideally, the someday arrives on a day when you have nothing else planned and nothing better to do.
Like the day before Thanksgiving.
When we moved three years ago, I brought four almost-new, floor-length curtain panels from our old family room with me to the new house. Of course, the plan was to rehang them in our new space. Woven and burlap-ish with a touch of industrial grommet. Just our style. Cozy. Warm. Perfect.
And about 6 inches too short for the new windows.
If windows could wear high-waters, these curtains would be it, and I was so disappointed, but unwilling to accept the situation and move on. Instead, I kept all four of those panels piled in the basement, convinced I’d need them someday.
And I did. The day before Thanksgiving.
It was an inspired moment.
Those floor-length panels needed a makeover – just in time for the holidays.
I measured. Drew a semi-straight black Sharpie line from one edge to the other. And one panel after another, lopped off a whole long length of curtain.
I’m a meticulous seamstress like that.
There were pins involved. And sewing. Maybe some swearing. Maybe.
But in the end, those former family-room stars emerged from the sewing machine with a whole new look. Sleek. Stylish. Updated.
Valences! And Pillows!