Shabby Geek

We have lived in our house for 13 years.  We have never had bedroom curtains.  Until this last year, we didn’t even really have anything hanging on our bedroom walls.

Then, something epic happened.

My Mom gave me a comforter that she got from a friend and we went through totes in the garage for a garage sale.  In one of those totes, we found old Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back sheets that my Mom found at a thrift store.  The comforter matches the sheets perfectly!  

Here's the bedspread and the fitted sheet that I didn't use because it was really worn.  I'm thinking about using the edges, where it's in better shape, to make a dust ruffle.

Here’s the bedspread and the fitted sheet that I didn’t use because it was really worn. I’m thinking about using the edges, where it’s in better shape, to make a dust ruffle.

The result:


The middle portion is also part of a thrifted sheet.


I am so freakin’ proud of myself right now.

The sheets are really old and thin and even had holes in some places, but to me, that just makes them cooler.

I love to think that some little boy or little girl used these sheets and loved them so much that their Mom had to make up some story about why they suddenly had different sheets.

I also love that someone donated these, even with the holes.  One woman’s trash is another woman’s totally-freakin’-awesome-Star-Wars-curtains.

I cut the flat sheet into six sections, took out the top hem so I could hem all the sides, then hemmed all the tops and bottoms.  Had to do a little math to get them all the same length, since three of the panels already had a top and three already had a bottom.

The sides also seemed to have a selvage edge that made some of the hemming on the side wonky, but you can’t tell when they’re hanging.

I’ll take shabby geek over shabby chic any day!



I’m laundering, dusting, straightening, vacuuming, everything, the whole house today, when inspiration strikes. The majority of the knotted rag rug tutorials I’ve seen require some kind of grid to knot the scraps to.  I’ve seen the braided rag rugs that … Continue reading

School Days

My sewing has been on the back-burner, and that is why I haven’t posted on my sewing blog lately.  Taking my kids to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, as well as getting them to and from practice, has taken so much energy.  Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome leave me compromising between being a Mom and being creative.

I did finish my Father-in-Law’s Elvis themed curtains, though.  I even made him a pillow too.  I didn’t use any particular tutorial.  I researched online and checked out books from the library.  I always like things better when I go with my own design, rather than following a tutorial exactly.  Making things from my own brain satisfies my creative monster more than when I use a pattern.


I bought the black panels.  The valance and tie backs are made out of Elvis fabric that I found on clearance at Wal-Mart.  There was three yards, which ended up being just enough to make the box-pleated valance, the tie backs and the pillow.  My Father-in-Law was happy, which makes me happy.

I am teaching my nine-year-old, Katie, how to sew.  We started with a t-shirt for her My Life doll.  I prefer the My Life dolls because they look like American Girl, but are much more affordable.  We haven’t finished the shirt because I’m making her finish homework and have a clean room before we work on it.  We are using this tutorial from New Green Mama ( that we found on Pinterest.  I’m trying to teach Katie how to find tutorials online and how to be frugal with her sewing.  The hardest part of teaching, is letting her do things herself.  Sometimes, I want to correct her work or do it myself, but I know she’ll never learn if I do that.

I still have buttons on the brain, but I’ve yet to start a project using them.  I have so many alterations to do for my girls and myself, that I don’t know when I’ll get to my button fun.  I’ve also begun recycling.  They don’t accept lids, so I’ve been pinning a lot of projects that use lids.  I might have to combine the buttons with the lids.  I also put together a scrabble art project using the board, tiles and some mosaic tile I found at Goodwill.  I just haven’t figured out how I’m going to attach the tiles to the board, yet.

I have all these ideas and all these materials, but lack the energy required to get them done.  I am actually avoiding Pinterest at this point.  I just get so many ideas and I want to do them all at once, which is obviously not working for me.  I feel like I’m going to explode with all the creativity backlog in my body.

Writing about this was supposed to make me feel better.  So far, I’m even more anxious about being more productive.  Creativity ADD is rough.  I just remembered all the embroidery hoops I found at various thrift stores.  Where do I start?