When life gives you lemons… make something else. Tell us about a time you used an object or resolved a tricky situation in an unorthodox way.
Anna was sick to death of pinching every penny sideways, squeezing the blood out of the turnip, throwing another cup of water into the stone soup.
“Being poor is not noble,” she muttered as she searched through the bin of vastly-reduced-going-out-of-business-sale curtains. “It’s just hard. Annoying, wearying, and hard.Come on, there has to be a package of pink ones!”
Finally, digging down to the bottom of the bin, she found something she thought she could use.Checking the dimensions on the battered package, she realized with a sigh that the curtains were much too long for the window she had in mind. They were, however, the right price.
“I could never make a pair for this price if I started from scratch. I’ll get them. I’ll think of some way to use the leftovers. I’m SO good at leftovers!”
At home, after feeding the kids a lunch of homemade chicken soup, Anna spread the curtains out on her livingroom floor. “Hey! You guys go play somewhere else! Stay off these curtains!”
She carefully measured the length she would need, including the extra for hemming. She sat and pondered, trying to decide whether to leave the ruffles at the bottom, taking the extra from the top; or maybe cut off the length from the bottom and use the ruffled ends another way. She thought about the odds and ends of lace, ribbon, other notions she had in her sewing room, imagining ways to finish off the curtains without the ruffles. Considering, she laid her yardstick down on the fabric at the place she would cut if she were to remove the ruffled ends.
“Oh! Look at that,” she muttered, sitting back on her heels and considering. Since there were two panels, there would be a front and a back. . .
Less than an hour later, Anna proudly held up the cute little ruffled sundress, admiring her own handiwork as she held the dress up by the yoke she had fashiond with white fabric scraps and pink rickrack. It was the perfect length for Chrissy, her two-year-old daughter.
And indeed it looked adorable when Chrissy wore it later than afternoon to welcome her daddy home from work. Perfect.
Tomorrow, she’d finish the curtains. Ruffle-free.