As we wait out a very wet and cold Winter, I have attempted to complete start some “homemade” projects in anticipation of the return of warmth and the opportunity to return to our preservation efforts at The Farmhouse.


On a recent, particularly cold and rainy Saturday, eldest daughter and I whipped together some homemade “draft dodgers” from scrap drop cloth canvas for the farmhouse windows.  The windows, even after repair and with never-before weather stripping, still allowed cold to seep around the edges of the meeting rail and up through the holes where the non-existent pulley system was intended.  After making a tube the width of the two meeting rails and slightly longer than the width of the window, we loosely filled the tubes with non-clumping kitty litter so as to allow the draft dodgers to be flexible, but have weight and density.

Here is one of the “installed” draft dodgers:


This past weekend, Handi-man and I installed “window treatments” (curtains) in the Bunkhouse.  As I’m trying to achieve a farmhouse cottage look on the cheap, my choices were white table clothes or painters drop clothes, both are which are hemmed and ready to hang.  I had purchased both, but the white table clothes were a bit too stark and “tailored.”  The drop clothes achieved the look I wanted with their rumpled, natural appearance.

dropcloth curtains

We hung the curtains high, using the full length of the 6×9 panels, which helps break up the 10 foot walls and will also help keep the draftiness out of the room when closed.

The thing with painters drop clothes is that you never know when you buy them if the panel will be one solid piece or if there will be a seam right in the middle, as is the panel on the right.  But, I like the pieced together look.  It reminds me of what my grandmother might have done when piecing together a quilt, using scraps to make something useful; using pieces to make a whole.

use it up, wear it out,
make it do or do without!