May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Curtains for my French Campaign Style Canopy Bed

Hola everyone!

I'm starting early because it's going to get busy around here around 9 a.m.  My handyman is coming to put together two bookcases and my fireplace, woo woo!  Then I'll be putting up the Christmas tree and start decorating.  It's 6:18 a.m. and still pitch dark outside. Time for my coffee and putting some nuts and bird seed out for the squirrels and the birds.

While looking for inspiration on the internet about whether to drape my new bed, I can across some stunning rooms at Cote de Texas, including this room decorated by Mimmi O'Connell:


After going over and over the photos in the Cote de Texas post, I made up my mind: I wanted to try and add some kind of bed curtains to my bed!

Confession:  I had been stumped about how on earth to put curtains on my bed since I did not see any way to take the top apart to put curtains on the canopy.  Would I have to sew them on?  Would I have to make curtains with snaps to hang them from the canopy top?  Then it occurred to me as I studied image after image that in many photos (like the one above) the curtains were TIED ON.  Revelation!  And boy, did I feel stupid.  And relieved that I wouldn't have to try and jerry-rig some curtains!

I opted to stay conservative with my color choice in tie-on curtains.  I figured if I didn't like how they looked on my bed I'd be able to use them in another room, so I wanted something really neutral.  I chose white.  I found what I was looking for at Amazon:


I ordered the 95" length because I wasn't sure if the 84" length would be long enough to run from the top of the canopy to the floor.  I chose very light material (these are voile) because I don't want to add too much bulk to the bed, more the "idea" of draped bed curtains.

They arrived yesterday (really fast!  I ordered them the evening of November 25).  I'll iron them today and put them up on the bed and experiment to see which way works best.  I'm thinking right now that I'm going to drape only the headboard "poles" and leave the foot of the bed open.  We'll see.  I'll take pictures, success or failure.  Wish I had some of those fancy tie-on swags.  Wow, I wonder how those stay on and don't slip down the bed frame?  Another mystery to try and figure out...

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