I usually wing it when I cook. I don't usually measure anything nor do I typically follow recipes. However, there are some recipes I frequently look up because I cannot remember the exact ratios. And for things like bread baking I need to be at least slightly more precise. My little garden window was bare, and I live in such a small house that I was hoping to find curtains that were a). really cheap and b). dual purpose, allowing me to save some space. Several of these recipes I cook at the same time (such as socca, red pepper rouille, baba ghanoush, tabhouli) and so rather than trying to cook out of three books, I have the recipes in a central place.
I measured the panels for the windows, but as you can see, they don't quite cover. That's because I decided to do a decorative stitch around the edges with my new sewing machine. I also used the machine to create button holes at the top to put a dowel through, and then used those cheap cup hooks to hang them up and for tie-backs.
Anybody have any unique space and/or time saving techniques out there?