The Simple Art of Homemaking - Quick Project

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A place to celebrate The Simple Art of Homemaking.  In this series, I'll share ideas, inspiration and tips for making your home a place of sanctuary, love and authenticity all on a budget... the simple art of homemaking

In a post earlier this year, I talked about my need to simplify and declutter our home and life.  This feeling of chaos was really getting on top of me and so all of this year to date, I've been plugging away at making our home feel more of a place of sanctuary but at the same time, work in a practical way that made sense too.  More of that in another post, but today I wanted to share a little homemaking project that I worked on a few weeks ago.

As you can see from the photo above, the end result isn't mind-blowing and if you've ever visited my Pinterest page, you will have seen many inspiring projects and ideas on there but this project felt big enough for me, for now.  Why?  Well, firstly I'm not a girl who likes sewing particularly and two I haven't really done a lot of making stuff for our home and on a budget but I really felt the call to do this.

The photo below shows what this space in our kitchen originally looked like.  It's a cheap shelf and it's full of books, crafts etc that our boys regularly use.  As you can see, it's also home to some of my kitchen appliances - namely, my beloved Kitchen Aid mixer, Magimix and well used Vitamix.  Yes, it's just not pretty but that's how this little state of affairs has been for the last several years along with dust bunnies that love to collect there regularly.

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Then, I had the bright idea of attaching a fabric curtain to the shelf and this way it could look pretty, hide a 'multitude of sins' and catch less dust (hopefully) - win, win, right?

So, first things first, I measured my unit and purchased elasticated cord, hooks and lastly the fabric - my favourite part.

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homemaking

Next up, my kind hubby drilled the holes into the unit ready for receiving the 'curtain'.  Now I'm not going to lie, I struggle with precise (my husband does not) and measuring always feels a bit of a waste of time for me but I soon realised much to my husband's 'I told you so', that it was going to make or break the success of this project, so I took my husband's advice and used a large ruler, pencil and iron, together with my 'trying my best to be precise' hat on.

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And ta dah!  I completed my little fabric curtain and I'm really pleased with it - I find myself inwardly  smiling whenever I walk by.

homemaking

homemaking

So, is there a small space in your home that's calling out for a bit of tlc, a bit of homemaking attention and care?  It doesn't have to be a big project at all.  It could just be moving things around a little, making a cushion or two, laying out a pretty tablecloth that you've purchased from a charity shop, crocheting a blanket, hanging up a picture, or whatever you think might just bring a little love to your home.

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Jane xo