Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Goodwill Find...

Quote for the Day:
Design flaws travel in groups. 
- Fifth Law of Design

I love love love it when people feel the need to change their housewares and decor just because it's a new season, fad, etc.   Said people then donate their "old" items to a thrift store like Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., where frugal people such as myself pick them up for a "song" to use in my home!  

Thus, the "circle of life" continues for perfectly good household items!

That's how this shower curtain came into my life for a mere $2.50...

Pretty, huh?  It has a design around the sides and bottom that look like a trellis with little flowers on it.

So pretty!  :)  And the curtain is in excellent shape!  :)

HOWEVER...there is a serious design flaw with the flowers.  They are only sewn onto the curtain via the middle of the flower.  Therefore, when I washed and dried the curtain, all the little flowers folded up into little "balls" and needed to be ironed flat.

Now...if I have EVER given you ANY reason to think for one moment that I am the kind of little "Suzy Homemaker" that actually IRONS her shower curtains...I am truly sorry for misleading you!  :(

Alas, I did iron it THIS TIME because I wanted to hang it up after cleaning the shower in prep for upcoming company this week.  However, the wheels in my head are whirring away trying to think about how I can fix it so it won't need ironing in the future.  

The flowers are very pretty and go with the trellis theme so I don't really want to just remove them.  I'm thinking about removing them and adding some embroidered flowers with my embroidery machine, but I'm not sure how my embroidery machine will handle the raised "trellis" cording.   Well...I suppose if it doesn't embroider well I'm only "out" $2.50!  :)

Anyway...for now it is hanging in the upstairs bathroom looking very pretty with it's cute, little  ironed flowers!  :)

Paul & Trinity & little Andrew are due to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday) and Erin, Dale, and Sera are due to arrive on Thursday!  They are all coming home to help Andy celebrate the big "Six-Oh"!  (We're all hoping the kidney stone saga will be over by then!  At this point we are still waiting for him to give birth to that 3 mm baby!)

Even though my cleaning schedule was blown to smithereens by the 7-8 hour Emergency Room visit on Saturday, I can assure you that eventually the house did get cleaned!  I didn't think it would happen, but we made it through and got it done!

Some things got "released into the wild" during the frantic house cleaning, but I was just too busy to stop and take pictures to share.  So you'll just have to use your imagination! 
For the next several days I will be busy hugging grandchildren, playing Wii & Scattagories with my family, fixing and enjoying family meals, enjoying my children, celebrating Andy's birthday, and, in general, having a blast!

Thanks for stopping by.  Pl.ease leave a comment to let me know you were here and tell me what you have "released into the wild" recently.  :)



  1. There is a liquid fabric glue that you can use to stop fraying and I think it would work to glue your flowers down too...
    Good luck!

  2. I LOVE this curtain, and it looks even better in person! What a find! :)