I measured and cut and made a valence for over the sink window and curtains for the door with tie backs.
I'd seen a cute way to attach rick rack in an old pamphlet; the kind the dime stores had to inspire you with projects for bias tape, rick rack etc. I can't find it now but I'm sure it's here somewhere. But you use embroidery thread and it makes a nice design like this:
|She had a lot stashed away|
This summer I finally decided to get the job done. First I had to locate the garage sale panels. That's another story but I did find them and managed to eek out two pair of cafe style curtains. Now for the rick rack. Wouldn't you know, there was not enough to do four panels with what I'd used before. I hit JoAnn Fabrics and bought some red rick rack not thinking a thing of it. I got to the cabin, eager to get at it.
No! It's too fat. It doesn't look right and it's POLYESTER!
After visiting a few quilt shops and fabric stores I realized I was going to need vintage rick rack. I posted on-line with a textile Facebook page I'm on. I took photos of the type I needed. Not one reply. A couple of friends looked through their sewing stuff. Nothing.
Last weekend we headed to the cabin again. I'd hung the curtains sans embellishment - at least the windows were covered - but I was anxious to get the trim and truly be done. I knew I'd have to find what I needed in an antique store and what were the odds? Slim, you say? I'd have to agree. But there are several antique stores in a nearby town so off I went. I walked into the first one, browsed first floor thinking 'this will never happen'. I headed up the stairs to a loft where I saw a tall cabinet.
I spied a basket on the bottom shelf full of rick rack! Heart pounding I picked it up.
"Red red please let there be red."
I flicked through blue, white, pink ....and there it was. A single package of red on the bottom. (I put it on top to stage this photo)
I couldn't resist sharing my excitement with a shopper at the register who understood the excitement of finding just what you need. On top of that the booth was 30% off. $1.75 for more than enough to finish the curtains.
The little things in life can really make my day!
Have you ever been on the hunt looking for a specific thing
- - and found it - -
at a garage sale, flea market, antique store?