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my squirrelling tendencies finally come good

November 22, 2010

We have, as you are doubtless aware, a house full of stuff. A great deal of it is stuff that I have hoarded, convinced that it will at some point be useful for something. The remainder is stuff in which I have invested either too much money or too much emotion to admit that it is never going to come in handy again. I’m trying to be good, and gradually work my way down through this, but in the mean time, a large curtain I bought about thirteen years ago, has finally found a purpose. It was a beautiful shade of blue, cotton velvet, and going for just £2 at what was then the village charity shop. I didn’t think it would take me this long (but then I never do). It was a well made curtain, and so managed to avoid being turned into a school costume as the years went by – although it had a particularly narrow escape last summer when Super Girl was a lord in the school show and needed a suitably lordly cape.

Then, the other day I was in the hall and I could feel a distinct draught coming from the door. It was such a draught that although it made me sound just like my mother, I couldn’t stop myself commenting on it. Something had to be done, and so: pole has been bought, the husband has been sent up the stepladder with a brand new beepy thing to check that he wasn’t about to electrocute himself, and we now have a nice, new metal curtain pole, that I’m about to rehome the beautiful curtain from.

I just have to keep reminding myself – that doesn’t mean that everything else should be kept until useful too.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. pictfamily permalink*
    November 22, 2010 9:38 pm

    All fine and dandy until I hung the curtain and discovered how much too short it is. Sadly this venture is going to need more work.

  2. Janella permalink
    November 25, 2010 6:56 pm

    My victory is still having the same fabric needed to lengthen the curtain when it was 6 inches too short for Harriet’s front door.

  3. pictfamily permalink*
    November 27, 2010 11:51 pm

    I’m going to have to get involved in the lengthening process – but busy knitting at present – so at some point!

  4. creative crafter permalink
    November 29, 2010 3:00 am

    Just add another contrasting fabric of a similar weight at the bottom, it would only take you a morning at the most, go on you can do it!

    • pictfamily permalink*
      November 29, 2010 11:19 am

      I was thinking along the same lines, CC, torn between doing that, and adding strip of the same colour by reducing the width with maybe just a contrasting band to hide the join.

  5. November 29, 2010 8:17 am

    The husband should not be in a draught at his age

    • pictfamily permalink*
      November 29, 2010 11:19 am

      Thanks for the comment Blundering Bodger, I’ll let the husband know of your support 8o)

  6. Janella permalink
    November 30, 2010 6:30 am

    Cutting off at the side leaves the nap going the wrong way – I’m with the Creative crafter – add a contrasting fabric at the bottom. It shouldn’t take long.

  7. Creative Crafter permalink
    November 30, 2010 10:21 pm

    The nap is an important consideration with velvet, when you come to sew it on, it will creep! If you took fabric off the sides you’d also have to re edge the curtains = more hassle. Nip down to the shop in the village she has some beautiful fabrics, it will save an awful lot of hassle and creeping velvet!

    • pictfamily permalink*
      December 3, 2010 10:01 am

      thanks CC, I’ll take a look when I’m down there today 8o)

      in the meantime, curtain has a whole new role to play as backdrop for Rock Shop at school Christmas Fair tomorrow.

  8. December 1, 2010 12:21 pm

    I find such projects need prolonged thought- have successfully postponed son’s bedroom project for 3 years; have a very solid cake to work my way through too.

  9. December 14, 2010 8:48 am

    The nap is an important consideration with velvet, when you come to sew it on, it will creep! If you took fabric off the sides you’d also have to re edge the curtains = more hassle. Nip down to the shop in the village she has some beautiful fabrics, it will save an awful lot of hassle and creeping velvet!
    +1

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