Blog Favorite: Make Grow Gather by Kelly Wilkinson

There are a LOT of blogs out there to help inspire me as a new blogger, but there is one that somehow fits into a neat little gift that I can’t wait to open! When I see there is a new post I get a happy feeling and look forward to to the *click click* of my mouse. A bit nerdy for me to admit? Maybe. Maybe it’s what we have in common – the middle sister thing…or the Bay Area thing…or perhaps the “doing everything I want to be doing” thing? Whatever it is, I really recommend Make Grow Gather. Give it a whirl and you may discover what you love about Kelly’s world too.

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the fabulous giveaway this weekend! Leave a comment for Kelly and you’ll be in the running for a pair of beautiful napkins and a gorgeous tote from Flowie (Bay Area designer, Yaling, that used to live in my old ‘hood).

Cloth napkins are a staple in our kitchen and dining room. It’s so much easier to throw them in the wash after a few uses (yes, keep yours in your own place setting everyday) than to buy paper napkins every month. Well, Yaling’s napkins would be for the weekends with our guests! Beauty oozes all over her site, so please give it a browse.

Image via MakeGrowGather via Flowie

Peep No More

Since I was a child I’ve had a “thing” about making sure that the curtains, blinds and/or shades are drawn COMPLETELY at night. I realize that during the day it is more difficult to see inside a window without being really close, so the only place I have allowed to be uncovered in our house are the three panes by the front door. Well, truth be told, I had a custom cut paper blind hanging over it for several years. I couldn’t stand it so I took it down but have waited 3 more years to solve the problem! I was not comfortable napping in the front room alone, doing yoga, and definitely NOT nursing… Until now.

Challenges/Requirements:
   * the window panes are nestled in a door frame with an inch of room on either side
   * the frame is metal so I was unable to install a traditional curtain rod or blinds
   * we need some diffused light to come through the window in the morning, but cover it in the late afternoon sun
   * we must be able to pull back the curtain or blind enough to see who is at the door
   * view from outside needs to be obstructed
   * the perfect scraps of fabric I wanted to repurpose (leftover panels cut from my sister’s place) weren’t long enough to cover all 3 panes



Solution:
   * I found a mini Levolor magnetic curtain rod that fit in the space around the panes
   * create a “roll blind” that wraps the rod to have both the white semi-transparent fabric and the solid linen beige color!

Here is what I came up with. You’ll see there are different positions that you can “set” the Roll Blind to, depending on your needs, or mood. Sorry, folks. I still have one window left before I can quit the elite group “PBLUFO5YC” (that’s Paper Blinds Left Up For Over 5 Years Club).