Wednesday, 18 June 2008

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream.

In the 14 years that we've been together, there's been one thing that Kendo and I consistently fail to agree on. Bizarrely, that thing is summer time bedroom window coverings (bear with me, I'm going somewhere with this, I promise).

If it were up to me I'd have black out blinds, black out curtains and maybe a covering of tin foil just to be sure no pesky sun rays poked through into the bedroom because I wake up at the first sniff of the sun. Kendo on the other hand likes light flooding in in the mornings - because otherwise he finds it really difficult to get out of bed (he's a nightmare in the middle of winter!).

The trick to successful relationships is always compromise, so in this case the compromise is that I generally wear a sleep mask in the summer months so I don't get woken up by the sun at 4am but Kendo can still get his ray fix when he's getting up for work. Everyone's happy.

I couple of weeks months back I ordered this book from Amazon, after coveting it over at Marmadaisy. I'm therefore holding Anna entirely responsible for my purchse. I'm certain she won't mind though. The book has some lovely patterns in and I've been meaning to make something from it for ages, but most of the projects I want to make are quite involved, which means I probably won't finish them in one sitting, which is a pain when I have to pack up my sewing stuff midway through.

Earlier this week I realised my existing sleep mask was getting a bit...well.....gross really (after a couple of months of me sweating in it, drool on it and doing whatever other unladylike things I do when I sleep). Then I remembered that there's a sleep mask pattern in the Amy Butler's book, so last night I set about making myself a shiny new one. I made this entirely out of pieces from my scraps bag (which is a cool way to use up some bits and pieces). I've changed the pattern to put my own spin on it a little - the front of the original is all one piece (not patchwork) and I've used horizontal stitching lines instead of cross hatch for the quilting, I've also added 1" elastic rather than ribbon as I've had tied masks in the past and they never stay in place because I toss and turn a lot in my sleep.

I'm really pleased with how this came out, and I envisioning making a couple more before the year is out.


I'm really enjoying these little sewing projects that I can finish in one evening. I feel like I'm getting my crafty fix without the pressure of having unfinished things sitting around (you know what I'm like for not finishing things, and this is supposed to by my year of finishing things!). Here's to discovering many more quick projects!



Marmadaisy said...

I get the blame for everything! I have quite a collection of eye masks, Mr M collects them from his business trips for me. We don't have any curtains becuase I like waking up with the sun, but I can't sleep if the reading light is on. Mine tend to get eaten by dogs though. I keep meaning to make myself a fancy one but never get around to it. I love yours though.

Locket Pocket said...

That's a lovely eye mask but I'm with Kendo re the window dressing - we have some very flimsy IKEA "curtains" i.e pieces of fabric clipped to a pole but they are never closed as I like to be able to see the light! I love your idea for tin foil though!!!

Lucy x

Rhea said...

Very nice mask! I think it's so cool you made your own rather than going out and buying one. Great job!

Tiffany said...

I am so with you on the need for darkness. I tell my husband I have thin eyelids and he just laughs. You know what makes me the most crazy? Light from the DVR or my laptop charging. I invested in a mask some time ago and it has helped keep me well rested!

Mrs Moog said...

Gorgeous eye mask! Maybe I should make one too as the sun rise wakes me up too...but then again I do like light curtains!

Moogsdad could sleep under a 10,000 watt floodlight next to a busy the middle of winter with just a thin sheet to cover him....on a hard wood floor..with a baby screaming in his ear - i.e. nothing stops this man sleeping!!