It’s super extremely mega plus cold here right now. I know that is true for lots of people. Maybe it’s even COLDER where you are than where I am. Although I don’t quite see how that’s possible.
Anyway, so I celebrated the arrival of winter/record setting cold temperatures by finally hemming the curtains in our library. I love everything about Ikea’s curtains except for how the only length they come in is “ridiculously long.” I still have a hundred or so ridiculously long curtain panels to deal with in the sunroom at some point, but for now I’m just going to be excited that I’ve knocked out the ones in the library before the arrival of Thanksgiving guests.
I used some Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold (affiliate link) that we already had on hand from other projects for this. Honestly? Hemming curtains with hem tape instead of with a sewing machine costs more money (the hem tape is $4.50 or so a roll, and I used pretty much a whole roll for these four panels) and almost certainly takes more time (unless you’d have to learn how to sew or at least remember how to thread your sewing machine before you could get started hemming that way). But it’s a good method for those who are pathologically opposed to sewing. Or who don’t have a sewing machine (I do have one. It’s in a box in my garage, covered with cobwebs). At some point in the (near?) future, I hope to get over this sewing avoidance problem I have. But I have not yet.
Anyway, Heat n Bond is ridiculously easy to use. You just measure where you want the hem to be, fold up the bottom of the curtains, iron the fold to make a crease, then iron on a strip of the hem tape:
And just like that you have hemmed curtains (and they’re, umm, almost the same length. oops):
At any rate, they’re no longer dragging on the ground collecting dog fur, so it’s an improvement.
Thing number 2: I’m planning on having Abe’s second birthday party be a spider party, because he’s a big fan of “The Very Busy Spider” (or, as he calls it, “Pi Pi!!!” So I ordered him this shirt off of Etsy, and I want to give a totally unsolicited shout out to the shop I bought it from, because I’m super impressed both with its adorableness and with its quality:
The shop is called The Little Rooster, and I would like to buy ALL THE THINGS there for Abe.
Thing number 3: We keep going to the zoo lately! Well, not really that much, but we went twice in two weeks, because first we had a Groupon, and then the kids were signed up for a homeschool class there. Anyway, here are some zoo pictures. I love the zoo. I wish it were closer; I’d go every day.
This is from Abe’s second train ride, on our second zoo trip. It was hard to get a good picture of him on the train. He liked the train a lot, but it also made him quite nervous. He found that big leaf on the ground and held onto it for a long time.
Those gray baby flamingos in the back were having their very first day out in the flamingo enclosure! Exciting!
Gus was really fond of this goat.
Abe wasn’t sure what to think of petting goats, either. The zoo is a strange place.
It is much, much easier to get a good view of the pandas at the Atlanta zoo on a weekday in November than it is at the National Zoo in the summer.
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