Thursday, May 29, 2008

I've been a busy little bee!!

Well. Since I last posted, my mental state has improved, although I'm still not sleeping well. Thank you, everyone, for all the well wishes. I really appreciate your thoughts.

Now, onto my busy-ness. I haven't really done anything that needed to be done, but I've at least been productive today. First, I want to thank an old friend named Chad, for saving me from the computer disaster that is me. My security system trial ran out a couple days ago (I wonder if I should say that...hackers, beware!! There's nothing on my computer of interest, and as you're about to read, I'm up and running again), so I emailed Chad and asked him what he recommended for a cheap wannabe computer guru like me. He had several suggestions, all of which I took, and everything is peachy keen right now! And it was all F.R.E.E. So thank you thank you, Chad!!

Secondly, I went to Hancock Fabrics today and bought some fabric to fix something that's been bothering me (and The Boys) for quite awhile now. I actually thought I was going to have to break out the sewing machine (gasp!), but I ended up not needing to, thank God...I'm still scared of it.

Let me show you what I was up against (and no one is allowed to comment about the primed but unpainted walls behind the children were budding artists, you know):

This is the bottom of Beanpole's part of the bunk bed. The lining that covers all the nonsense and mayhem up there has been coming off...for quite some time now.

This is the other end. I guess it hasn't helped the Little Linebacker (who sleeps underneath all this hangy-downy-crap) has pulled and tugged, and pulled and tugged some more.

The middle. The whole thing was just horrifying. And today was the day I finally fixed it. I went to the fabric store and started looking for something, anything, that would replace this laughable piece of muslin or plastic or whatever the heck it was. I ended up buying some dark grey fleece. No special reason, other than it was on sale, and it was all one color, and because it's fleece and fleece is cool.

So I measured. And then I measured again to make sure. Then I cried because I had nowhere better to cut my fabric except on the floor. Then I dried my eyes and cut my fleece anyway, and laid it out over the wooden frame.

It actually looked wonderful, and like I'd imagined it, which was a shocker to me. I also bought some huge thumb tacks (quilter's solid head thumb tacks, to be exact). Now I'll have you know that I'd planned on stapling this fleece into place, since most of the edge is covered anyway. I'll also have you know that I have NO CLUE what a quilter's thumb tack is supposed to be used for, and I'm probably horribly misusing them. But I don't care.

I measured again to find center, and started hammering away, placing a quilter's thumb tack approximately every 9 inches. I folded the exposed edge of fleece under and stretched it just a teensy bit to keep it tight.

I also did some funky foldy edge thing at the corners, but please don't ask me what, because I can't describe it. All I know is that no edges of fleece are exposed, and that's all that matters to me.

See how nice the thumb tacks look? Nice and finished and neat-looking.

Now here's a picture of the finished product, back in the bed frame, me laying on the bed and camera-ing into the upper left corner. Purty.

And there's me in the same spot, but looking down towards the end. Look!! No hangy downy thing!!

And I'm not going to show you a picture of my reward for being so darned Mrs. Fix It today...a hoho and a bottle of caffeine free root beer are calling my name!


Elizabeth said...

Well done!!!!

...Can I hire you? ;)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

You deserve TWO Ho-Ho's! Looks great!


Lisa said...

I'm so proud of you, but sorry you are afraid of your sewing machine! I wish we lived closer and I could introduce you to your new best friend!!

I think you did a wonderful job with the fleece and tacks. You should be very proud of yourself.

barefoot gardener said...

Awesome job! I salute you, oh Fix-it Queen.

Ness said...

You did a phenomenal job. And I don't now what the quilter's thumb tack is for, either. After Juniorette Mint is here, I'm going to have to come over and introduce you to sewing. We can make all kinds of things for Juniorette Mint!

Penny said...

Hi Kelly,
you crack me up!! your new backing looks fabulous, I'm so proud of you!

Lisa said...

Whoo hoo! Only 99 more days to go on Miss Junior Mint! That's double digits, baby!!

White Hot Magik said...

Looks really nice. My boys have bunk beds, I'll have to remember this in case this happens to theirs....

Patriot said...

Looks much better than I could have done! (Loved your comment on my site, by the way)