I feel pretty good about how last week went. I didn't get near as much done as I wanted to due to being busy with birthday preparations, a three day weekend for the kids (with the parent teacher conferences that went with it) and just plain trying to keep on top of things while being just so burned out TIRED with my son not sleeping well. But, I did get some things done and I feel really good about what I did get done.
I got "stage one" of my vintage-y Spring tablecloth done (seen above). This is actually a giant cotton curtain panel someone had cut down and dropped off at the thrift store. I got it for 1.00 thinking it might be vintage fabric, but nope it's a vintage repop if the modern tag from Target was any indication *laugh*. So, I finally sat down with the fabric last night, cleaned up the edges to make it square (well as close to "square" as I make anything ;), washed it (again as my cat had been sleeping on it) and voila! One really nice bright tablecloth.
I am going to do a square panel to sit in the middle of the tabletop on top of the tablecloth to make it look more like a traditional vintage tablecloth. I was, originally, going to make the panel and then sew it permanently into the tablecloth, but then thought better of it as I want to make the center panel white with some embroidery designs or a cute light colored panel in a contrasting pattern (anyone who looks at vintage table linens will quickly get what I mean here), but I really want to be able to wash the two fabrics separately as with my son being able to spot clean fabrics of different types is definitely a good idea. I have some ideas sketched out and I think that the final product will look really cute. But, really, I think the tablecloth doesn't look too shabby right now either and makes the house a bit brighter as we wait for Spring to get here :).
Oh and as another monthly goal that I'm working on, proof is in the pudding here. That's my ice water on the table. The soda on the table is my son's (I pushed his tushy out of the frame to take the picture before he potentially messed up the tablecloth *laugh*).
I sewed up four cloth napkins and am going to work on designing embroidery designs to place on them to match my new tablecloth. This will be good practice for me to further hone my "floral embroidery" skills, I think, and will also lead to some cute napkins to use with the tablecloth.
I got my son's air purifier completely changed out with new filters and with it all nice and clean (and dusted as I did that too) it seems to be helping his skin a little bit (at least I hope it is).
I did get some windows washed and some closet doors cleaned, but still have a ways to go around here. I'm hoping to get "deep scrubbing" done slowly so that I'm not rushing when Spring cleaning gets here, but the way my son is sleeping I might be deluding myself.
So onto my goals for this week!
- Finish or at least accomplish, some of the sewing goals that are leftover from last week.
- Make square panel for tablecloth and start working on final touches for that.
- Make new bag holder (I know I can find the time to do THAT no matter what).
- Clean out and scrub fridge (phase one of this is pretty much done. I got about 90% of the stuff pulled out, situated in new locations or otherwise taken care of. Now it's just a matter of actually taking shelves out one by one and scrubbing them nice and sparkly).
- Finish washing windows and mirrored surfaces in house.
- Start to clean out furnace room.
- Go through fridge freezer. Process what needs to be used, clean out anything that can't be used, etc. Move any meat that doesn't need to be used ASAP to standing freezer. Move ice cream and other everyday used items up to fridge freezer.