Public transportation all over Mexico is great. I can go less than a block in either direction to catch a bus, plus there are buses and colectivos (shared taxis) to all the outlying areas. Regular taxis cost 35 pesos anywhere in the central part of town. Also, this is a small city & I can walk many of the places I need/want to go.
Kimby! Still hoping for that visit from you. As far as I know, the place doesn't have a name. I'll ask the neighbors, though. (& thank you for addressing me in the formal manner -- finally someone appreciates my lofty status. ;D)
"Kimby! Still hoping for that visit from you. As far as I know, the place doesn't have a name. I'll ask the neighbors, though. (& thank you for addressing me in the formal manner -- finally someone appreciates my lofty status. )"
Would love to pay you and Oaxaca a visit! If your house doesn't already have a name perhaps you can solicit suggestions from Any Porters for a new name.
(The formal address is because my shaky high school Spanish couldn't come up with the informal... When I come visit you can be my Spanish coach!)
Doesn't look like you need too much coaching! The informal would be tu instead of su, but you made a perfect sentence.
Ha ~~ would love to see what names you all could think up.
I have no doubt some people might call it Casa Dálmata, & not with love, either. That's because some of The Original Family neighbors keep four (4!) dalmatians on the roof. Every one of them is a barking fool.
It's past time for me to do some "after" reporting in this thread. That will happen, but in the meantime, here a little before & after on The Curtain Problem.
The only place in the house where I need curtains for privacy is in the kitchen. The previous tenant left me full length orange curtains printed with a cartoon cow border. They were hanging on a lumpy, rough length of carrizo (giant reed), & I wasted no time in pulling them down.
As a stopgap, I put up my old white bedroom curtains, which did nothing to enhance the space.
This picture, showing a panel of the stopgap curtains, was staged for this report, so you don't get to see the ugly reed rod. ----->
I wanted a thicker one, but after going to four stores trying to find one long enough, I settled for what I could get.
There are two sets of casement windows, side by side, arched & opening into the room.
I looked around for curtains or fabric, but nothing did it for me except for some very sheer fabric which was meant for kitchens but, um, sheer.
Then light dawned & I knew what to do.
The tired old bedroom curtains have the advantage of being non see-through, but letting in lots of light. The sheer stuff I liked had the advantage of being pretty. So ......... why not combine the two?!
I measured the existing curtains, then cut them off & hemmed them* so that they'd end just below the bottom of the windows.
Then I cut the sheer fabric & attached it* to the white curtains right under the hanging tabs.
* I'm sewing-phobic, so it was liquid silicone to the rescue.
Here are the two elements hanging off the ironing board, along with the trim ~
Pressing the sheer fabric & the trim to the white curtain. You can see the gleam of the just-applied silicone:
I must say, I'm completely delighted with the result. Here you go ~~ the before & after together in one picture:
A nice effect for letting in light & view. If there's no light on in the kitchen, you can't see through the sheer fabric from outside ~
Lovely Bixa! Great job. I too do not enjoy sewing... I do not mind the occasional mending job but not much more than that. I am fortunate to have a sister who loves to sew so she will gladly do for me when needed. She did my drapes and valance for my kitchen last year.
I didn't realize you had a thread about your move, Bixa. It makes fascinating reading. You've only been in there for 2 months and you've got the place looking ship-shape. It's lovely and strikes me as being very Mexican! Putting pictures up makes all the difference and I love your rug. I had never seen Barcelona chairs before. I didn't know you have three doggies - wonderful!
Sheer brilliance Bixa!! You've always had a knack for ingenious decor. The light in Oaxaca was one of the things I most remember. Something about it....very dreamy. How's the courtyard coming along? Nice to see an update.
I only discovered this great thread the day before yesterday. It's memorable, as it evokes memories for me of when we moved into our present house in Michoacán. I had a great time furnishing it, although with little or none of the creative artistry that Bixa has shown.
It also makes me want to revisit Oaxaca, as our last attempt, two years ago, was thwarted by illness, now thankfully cured.