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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day! Curtain Call.....

Another four years down the drain....Happy Leap Day to you!

This morning I decided that Zar's Radio had to go somewhere besides the family room table.

I moved furniture and re moved furniture....That is, I put it back where it was in the first place. I tried it on my needlework storage chest first. It was just tooooo much wood. The whole thing looked heavy and dark.

After putting the chest back where it was, I looked around and found this small table from the 30s. Perfect. Now all I have to do is find a place to put all of the tools and paints that were resting on it when it was beside the townhouse. Please don't ask about the townhouse....I am on a sabbatical from that. I'll get back to it soon. I promise.

Anyway, I put the table in the hallway and plopped down the radio. It still looked dark. Then I remembered that I had put one of the LED lights in the cat tree at Christmas, when the party was going on there.

I tried it and it looks good, light wise. You might know it....It is about an eighth of an inch too long. I am going to have to do some adjustments. Then I think that it will fit behind the front arch.

I have to add books to the bottom ledge of this table because it is top heavy otherwise. You can't see it clearly, but the top of the pile is a "Better Homes and Gardens" from 1928...OK. So it's a little old for the table. Pretend you are in a doctor's office in the 30s. Then it would be up to date....Kind of.

Please note that Zar has solved the problem of keeping Tessie out. He has his guard dog with him now. No more Tessie. Unless she brings Beau a steak. Then all bets are off.

I woke up this morning remembering a comment that someone made the other day....They wanted to see more curtains. Four thirty in the morning is the best time to get new ideas. Well...for me it is.

One window. Small space. Hmmmmmm....

See the display case behind Tessie? I have five unused ones left.

See the books upon which Tessie is parked? Hundreds of curtains!

Combine the five boxes and the two books. Unlimited possibilities...On the right, in the open book, nine lambrequins! That will be the first box. One of those nine.

The book is called "The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions" By Charles T. Randall. It has a short history in the front and then page after page of curtain styles like the ones above.

The other book is one of my all time favorites for Victorian curtains, bed hangings and even dressing table patterns. It is "The Curtain-Maker's Handbook by F. A. Moreland, from 1889. It was reprinted by E. P. Dutton in 1979. Yes.....I have had it almost that long. I imagine, if you are lucky you might find a copy somewhere. It is wonderful, if you want to be historically accurate for American Victorian. It was first published in Boston.

Tessie is marching around with her sign again. Don't forget to vote! Thanks!

Today is Witches' day. I have to go get ready. Tomorrow I will start doing the curtain series.

See you then.


Lucille said...

I'm looking forward to your curtain series, Casey! What a wonderful project to look forward to!

Josje said...

I love your little needlework cabinet, very pretty! And I quite like Zar's little den on it, but then I looove wood, the more the better as far as I am concerned ;-)
And your books...oh I am jealous now, fantastic for research! I look forward to seeing which ones you'll make!

Heather said...

The history of window fashions?

... I love books XD

I can't wait to see what you end up doing with the curtains :)

Rosethé said...

sur la table : la mise en valeur est beaucoup mieux, plus aérée.