Cowart's Common Room
I Need a Pastis and some Chalk

Nothing on Purple Coo. Now, why have I come up here to my office? Oh yes, I was looking for some chalk which resides, or used to reside, in my desk drawer. It is Saturday afternoon and raining, which means I can't go for a walk or even potter about in the garden, instead I have set myself to tackle the remaining curtains in the living room. For six months we have had two sets of new curtains and one set of the old, big heavy drapes rescued from my mother's flat fifty years ago. They are being phased out and replaced if ever I find my chalk, by IKEA curtains. But I hate DIY and am really hopeless at it. The curtains have to be cut to length and then bonded with Wonder Web and a hot iron. As the chalk has gone AWOL I shall have to mark the length with a species of magic marker and hope no-one notices. Of course there should be four lengths of curtain across this broad window but though I have bought four curtains I suspect that I shall only get around to putting up two. They will just have to be stretched across. This isn't Hampton Court. And if they really look too awful I can always put the faded and threadbare ones back which are each two metres wide and weigh a small ton. Now I think that despite what Elizabeth Musgrave (formerly of this parish) says about drinking and curtain making I feel the need for a stiffening pastis before the marking and cutting and wonder webbing and burning my fingers on the iron. I am sure that one will not hurt my ability to measure and I can never cut cloth in a straight line anyway. At least there is now a probability of our having matching curtains come sunset. Wish me luck but don't ask for photographs!

Posted at 27th Jul 2013 - 04:13PM   Posted by Fennie   I Need a Pastis and some Chalk Comments: 10

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Camilla's Avatar Very HappyVery Happy Best of luck with the curtains Fennie, I am hopeless with sewing or anything to do with fabric, still awaiting my son's partner's sister who makes and alters fabric of any sort to make up an Austrian Blind to the sitting room of the cottage. Tiggy very kindly gave me some floral remnant in exchange I sent over to her in Ireland 3 fabric stiffeners and extra starch which she could not get in Ireland.

Here's some chalk Fennie, I have plenty, all colours too, I usually keep it for the kitchen blackboard in the kitchen. I am sure your chalk will turn up somewhere, I could not find the tape measure this morning, hunted everywhere still can't find it.

Posted by: Camilla on 27th Jul 2013 at 05:48PM

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Faith's Avatar Well you are very brave. I'm no good with fabric and stuff either. Wouldn't even attempt what you are doing.

Posted by: Faith on 27th Jul 2013 at 06:20PM

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KitKatCot's Avatar Bonded with Wonder Web? I have a needle and thread, I'll pop down if you like and hem them for you.Very Happy

On the subject of sewing, I have no idea where I got my ability with a needle from. it certainly wasn't my mother.

Once when I was about 19 I was going to see my friend in London and just dashing back from work to pick up my bag from home and off to the station. I remembered, once I got to work, that I had forgotten to sew up the hem of one leg of the jeans I was taking. So I phoned my mother and explained the problem.

Once I got to my friends house I unpacked my bag, looked at the hem of my jeans... to find that it was held together with a nappy pin.Confused

Posted by: KitKatCot on 27th Jul 2013 at 07:35PM

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Pimsonthelawn's Avatar How is it going Fennie? Better or worse than you thought.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 27th Jul 2013 at 07:36PM

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Fennie's Avatar Well it's finished now - at least as finished as it will be, though the pack of curtains does include tie backs for which I shall need to drill holes in the wall and insert some sort of hook. I have a feeling the tiebacks ought to have rings on the end but these only have fabric hoops, so the hook will have to be large and of a certain (though I don't know what) shape. But it can all wait. Thanks both for the support and I'll swop you chalk for a tape measure, Camilla. Brave doesn't come in to it though - no fairy or mouse is going to come in the middle of the night so the buck stops with me.

Posted by: Fennie on 27th Jul 2013 at 07:41PM

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Ivy's Avatar Tsk tsk going to IKEA and not buying chalk.... I thought you have grandchildren... Other people buy tea lights every time they go to the Swedish shop, I buy chalk Are Theo and Bean not styling your drive, patio or terrace with gigantic suns , alternatively with a road map that is hard to follow?
@ Camilla I have so many tapemeasures ( even one with inches) but when I need one... All gone to an important meeting or so Laughing

Posted by: Ivy on 27th Jul 2013 at 08:11PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Amazingly, my tape measure is where it meant to be! Think that if you can do two curtains, you could do two?
Like the idea of missing items being at a meeting, Ivy!
Personally, I do not like tie backs. Used to use them and still do here and there. The trouble is that when you want to draw the curtain, it is all creased and does not hang properly.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 27th Jul 2013 at 09:41PM

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Camilla's Avatar I remember hotscop when I was a child Ivy with using chalk.Very Happy eventually found the tape measure in the writing bureau.!

Posted by: Camilla on 28th Jul 2013 at 01:35AM

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Camilla's Avatar Found the measure Fennie thank you.Very Happy your DIY should be able to stock the hooks you need, perhaps you could take along one of the tiebacks with you to see which suit best.

Posted by: Camilla on 28th Jul 2013 at 01:43AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Seven pairs of new curtains waiting to be hung in our house, one for the bedroom once we shift the furniture around and six pairs of voile ones for the living room Shocked

The window wall also has a glass door in it so it's neater and easier just to curtain the whole wall but the new ones have tab tops so we need to get a pole up instead of the old rickety rail!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 28th Jul 2013 at 11:59AM

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