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:



Photo Mishaps


Do you take pictures with your phone?  I’ve never had the means to do so until very recently and I was quite pleased with the results. And the convenience.

But really, with the results.

So pleased, in fact, that I insisted on showing my family a slide show of all the great pics I took of Sam’s too-well-to-go-to-school day (also known as his birthday).

I simply downloaded the photos via bluetooth, hooked it up to the TV and pressed play then went into the kitchen to grab myself a drink.  And heard laughter.

But not the “oh, this was a great, fun day” laughter more like “Oh, Mom. . . ” laughter.  And the giggles just got louder.  In my defense, I didn’t realize at first that it’s so easy for your thumb to hit a “reverse camera” button.



So there were quite a few pics of me thinking I was taking a picture of someone else.

Then, the accidental finger over the lens.


Apparently I have a problem.



Maybe I’ll stick with a real camera.


Pencil Magic

There are some days when the kiddos come home and show what they did in school, that I wish I could’ve been there. To participate and maybe gain the newfound skill that my child is now demonstrating.
Today was one of those days, as my daughter showed me something she did with a pencil and paper in drawing class.