DIY Blackout Curtains

IMG_0279This fall, I let the kiddos pick out their fabric for curtains. The flames above are my son’s. The problem?  In the Northwest, summer sunlight blazes through the darkest of curtains approximately 20 hours a day. I’m only slightly exaggerating.

I blame myself for reading all those Sandra Boynton books to my kids when they were little. When the first rays of sunshine slip inside, their minds play the words of her book, Wake Up: “Hey, Big Guys, Open your eyes. What do you say? It’s a brand new day! Shout out loud: GOOD MORNING, SUN! HAPPY MORNING, EVERYONE!”

So even though I love, love, love Sandra Boynton books, we don’t like shouting at 5 a.m.  We ventured to Hobby Lobby to find some more dark fabric to add to the curtain backing. Nothing fit the bill.  I asked an employee, “If it were you, which dark fabric would you choose?”

She blinked. “Blackout fabric.”

My world changed. “WHAT? They SELL blackout fabric?!”

I promptly got a few yards and handed over my 40% off coupon and walked out thinking, “Why doesn’t everyone do this?”  Because those blackout curtain panels are expensive!  So my little helper is cutting out the fabric before I give it a quick run through the sewing machine.

If I were more crafty, I’d probably attach hooks to the back of the curtain and slits on the top of the blackout fabric to make it removable but given I have two teens in the house who will like sleeping in when given the chance, this fits the bill.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s 830 a.m. and my kiddos are still asleep. Time to open up their blackout curtains, but it’s okay –I’m wearing earplugs.

 

Welcome to Summer

Need some ideas to put on your summer list?  My kids are willing to share their list:

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Perspectives

 

I’m a big believer in handing off the camera to kiddos.  Kids take pictures at angles you might never have thought of – at least I never did.

Things you see every day suddenly look very cool with a different perspective,

in a different light.

And, then, there are other times that the kids simply steal my camera for a school project.

And even then, it’s a reminder to look at LIFE® a little differently.

 

Art Time

Using only pastels, my youngest colored this for me.  Ah, perfect timing too.  It still feels and looks like winter outside, but my inner clock is ready for spring and flowers!  She said the secret to her drawing is to outline everything in black to make it pop.  It makes me want to pick up the pastels!

I wonder if city dwellers would be more cheerful if our buildings were a bit more colorful.

A hilarious project to get kiddos to work on perspective. Entitled, “Oops! I forgot my parachute!”   I told her the title was a bit dark for my taste. I think it should be called, “On the trampoline and about to land on Mom.”