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Mold & Mildew in my Cookbook!

Neglectfully, i sat my home made cookbook on my kitchen bench whilst cooking.  Apparently, it was quite wet and the pages soaked up a bunch of water, then i slapped it shut and took to the basement shelves until i needed it next.  The result was this horrible mess.  The mold is so bad, that i have to have the windows open just to read my recipes!

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The mold and mildew have destroyed the recipe pages, binder, and dividers.

Today, i’m starting to run off new copies of each treasured recipe.  One of these days, i may do up a professionally looking family cookbook.

Printing new recipe pages
Thankfully, i’ve spend considerable time in the past putting together our family recipes and have them organized on my computer.

 

Hillbilly Valances

I may not be the queen of repurposing, but i do try my best.  Not able to find and purchase valances of the right length and type i wanted for my kitchen windows had me tying on my thinking cap.  Of course!  Old pillowcases!  Of all the households’ worth of stuff we have in storage, surely i could find something that would work without using an heirloom.  It took me longer to scrounge through all the scraps than it did to make the valances.  A couple mismatched yellowed and gross pillowslips were found and put to a new purpose and they are exactly what i had in mind!

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The slips i used were yellowed from use and despite bleaching and washing twice were not recoverable.  Thankfully, the ends with the pretty lace were beautifully white.
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Cut to length.  I wanted very short valances to let in as much light as possible.  Notice that this piece is different than the other.  If you are matchy matchy person, you may have to buy new, but i’m eclectic at heart and mismatched by similar works fabulously for me.
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Cut or rip seams to lay out for full length.
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Stitch up each of the loose ends.
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I sewed in a rod pocket, but you wouldn’t have to if you just wanted to sew and edge then use rings and clips.
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Curtain number 1
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Curtain number 2 – they are both white – it’s just the photo.