Sep 16

Once upon a time, Kristena won a yard of fabric from Sew, Mama, Sew. With this yard of fabric, Kristena promised to spiffy up her very 1950s (but not in a cool way) bathroom. So Kristena chose a fabric that coordinated with said pink & burgundy bathroom. One day, the magical (and also very free) yard of fabric arrived at Kristena’s doorstep. She tore her package open as quickly as her swollen, pregnant fingers would allow her and photographed her new fabric in various locations throughout her house.

Months passed and nothing happened. Kristena wondered if she had chosen the wrong fabric for her taste.

Then one day at the start of Fall, Kristena grew weary of seeing her yard of free fabric collecting dust. She cut, cut, and cut. And then she arranged several flowery octagons and diamonds on her plain white bathroom curtains.

No matter how she arranged them, they just didn’t look right.

So finally, Kristena sewed one octagon right in the middle. And she liked it.

But it needed something.

So she added two diamonds on either side of the octagon.

Then Kristena hung the curtain (only one panel this time), stood back, and admired her bathroom’s super-quick face-lift. She thought to herself, all decorating should be this easy!

And Kristena, her freshly decorated curtain, and her weird retro-contemporary bathroom lived happily ever after. Or something like that. :)

P.S. I have a lot of this fabric leftover, as you can imagine. Would anyone like what’s left? Leave a comment, and we’ll have a random drawing!

17 Responses to “A Tale of Two Diamonds (and an Octagon)”

  1. Melissa H. Says:

    Me me me!! I love the fabric, and I love your bathroom curtain even more.

  2. Heather Says:

    The curtain turned out super cute. I’d love the leftover fabric too!

  3. Michele Says:

    Great idea for adding a little something to a curtain! I love the fabric…I’m sure that I could put it to good use.

  4. elizabeth Says:

    Fabric is always good! But your curtain looks so cute, don’t you need matching embellished towels?

  5. Chrissy Says:

    I always love a story with a happy ending! :) The curtain looks great, and I’ll have to agree with Elizabeth…you might want to keep some of that around for future bathroom projects. But if you still feel compelled to free yourself of it, I’d be happy to be included in the drawing for it. My fabric stash is rather sad.

  6. dana Says:

    I love what you did with the fabric pattern. Sometimes using minimal fabric works best! And um, yes, I’d LOVE the leftovers!

  7. Ruthanne Says:

    Hey, I like that weird retro-contemporary bathroom. I love the counter.

    And what you did with the curtain is so cute! Simple. Understated. But charming!

  8. jenn Says:

    Pick me! Pick me!!! Just kidding…..it would probably be better if someone that can sew wins the fabric :-) Although, it would make an interesting addition to my lovely 1980’s floral bathroom.

  9. Ruth Derrick Says:

    I agree with Elizabeth too. I think a couple of motifs on hand towels would further complete the ensemble. And you still would have enough to give away.

  10. Ruth Derrick Says:

    And PS, I don’t need any fabric. :-)

  11. Rebekah Says:

    cute fabric and cute curtains! All of the homes in our area have the exact same tiles in beautiful 50s and 60s colors. I love the pink/red!

  12. Amanda Weber Says:

    I love the story. You’re too cute. :) That’s some pretty cool fabric. I wish I had a room it would work in. We also have a strange colored bathroom and I’ve yet to figure out what to do with it. We had registered for red towels before we bought our house, so here we are stuck with red towels and teal green counter top and tile. I’m still trying to figure out how to make it work.

  13. merry maiden Says:

    keep yor lovely retro style fabric and make some super simple wash bags and hanging drawstring bags, I made some recently from a stash of Cath Kidston fabric and my bathroom has never looked soooo tidy, even my fella puts things away into the cute flowery bags, even mundane cleaning stuff takes on a new lease when disguised in lovely handmade flowery lushness.

  14. Its_Lily Says:

    Perhaps Kristena might consider framing some of her material. like, 3 pieces individually framed and hung over the door - or something like that. Or perhaps Kristena might consider adding some of the pieces to her hand towels to match her curtain. I can’t use the fabric because my wierd retro bathroom tiles are more of a lavender pink. (so 40’s) I’m struggling with decorating too because I can’t find a great color combo.

  15. Meredith Says:

    Love the curtain! I also, LOVE how you wrote the story post. I’m dreaming about what I might do with the beautiful fabric… :)

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