So, grad school kind of got in the way of a lot of my initial enthusiastic plans for cozying up this particular place. I did, just before Christmas, make a fitted oil cloth* cover for the kitchen table and a valance for that window which I flatter myself made a nice combination. (You can't really tell, but the blue in the valance is a near perfect match for the blue on the table legs.)
(Bonus glimpse of the Easter decor we still have hanging — Shmoogie's eggs and Mr. P's kind of disturbing bunny, which scared Shmoogie when she first saw it, but which Mr. P insists is a "nice" bunny, but "not an Easter bunny, Mommy." Whoops. Also, what good is a table without a dog under it?)
I was quite happy with the way that project turned out, as you can maybe tell. But I think I never got around to blogging it (or did I and I forgot? you have no idea what grad school did to my mind...) because I thought it would make a good tutorial, so I was saving it. And it would have made a good tutorial — check out Jess's take on it at Craftiness Is Not Optional (she even has the same pattern of oil cloth! in red!). :) I used plain bias binding as a casing and put cotton cord through it, which then cinched up to make the cover fitted. I did have to put a thumbtack in the middle of each side (under the table) to get things as nice and taught as I wanted.
Happily, I think the new place we're moving into this summer, on the other side of the country, has a similar kind of "breakfast" area (which we eat all our meals at, even with company — I can't really handle the idea of two different places to eat in the house, especially if one of them is carpeted**), so I might be able to just move the whole setup and feel like some decorating effort actually survived this iteration of upheaval. :)
* "Oil cloth" is such an annoying term because it's a lie. Or, not entirely, maybe, since plastic comes from oil? But I always imagined there was some "real" oil cloth out there that was actually cloth treated with oil (which, actually, there is, and ehow says you can make it yourself, but I'm not sure I'd want to make a permanent table cloth out of it). This is the PVC kind, with some woven something giving it some extra stability. It does NOT have the icky fuzzy backing, though. I hate the fuzzy backing and those kinds usually have really thin fragile plastic.
** Best thing about the new house?? The entire thing is floored in LINOLEUM. Which is a word I have loved since the age of three because of the way Bert sings it in the La La La song about the letter L, which you should be able to hear on YouTube, but which my browser doesn't want to let me hear right now, so I can't fully vouch for that link.