When the weather finally breaks from winter…
The Spring has come again
For the grass is growing green,
And among the fields of clover
Bright butterflies are seen.
The little birds are singing sweetly
As they fly from tree to tree…
The busy bees are gathering
The honey from the flowers,
And the merry birds are building
Their nests in sheltered bowers…
~Josephine D.C., “Spring,” c.1887
and start warming up it rekindles a silent fight that goes on at the Charmer between Mr. C and I! Its not a fight that the neighbors would overhear or even know that one was going on? But if one watched closely, one might notice a curtain open, a curtain shut, and so on.
There are several silent fights we have, click fan on, he clicks off. Turn heat up, I turn down. Leave sugar packets all over the counter and I leave meat-bones on my plate without tossing in garbage (Mr. C is the dishwasher).
But, one of our biggest silent fights are about open curtains in the summer. Mr. C likes all the curtain closed, all the time? I like all the curtains open, all of the time. He thinks our neighbors are perched by their windows peeking in to see what we are doing. I mean he even closes the shower curtain because there is a window behind it.
It’s a no see through window, but he’s convinced someone can see him in the shower or on the pot? So he closes the shower curtain and I open it.
For the last several years I’ve had these pretty curtains hanging in our living area…
Sorry about photo quality, all my photos are buried somewhere on a backup. The curtains were made out of a French Country fabric by Ralph Lauren. Click here for more photos and here for a tutorial on how I made them. They were easy to open and close, so during the day I could open and easily close at night.
The kitchen and living area is being transitioned from French country to cottage, the Charmer is a cottage, and meant to be too! I’so glad we’re going back to our roots.
At first I hung some beautiful thrift store sheers in the windows…
I love the look, BUT Mr. C said no, no way, nada, ain’t happening! People can see in at night and he was not gonna budge!
With so many projects going on outside, new cottage house color, getting gardens ready, guest bedroom redo and many other small projects I wanted a simple, no sew, cottage look.
Probably by now, you know how many vintage linens I have…tons. I decided to use some of them to cover the windows, not completely, but enough to afford Mr. C his privacy at night.
I pulled out all my vintage table runners….which is quite a few…enough to do 7 windows…to use for the vintage cottage table runner curtains.
All my curtains on are tension rods (love the flexibility) and clips were used to hang on the rods. I tried to find similar lengths for the windows.
The ones in the center window are a little longer for a bit more privacy coverage.
All seven windows have two table runners in each window.
Their easy to slide open and close.
The sheers hang in front, and the vintage runners in back, when the runner curtains are open you can see outside and all the sun comes shining in.
All the vintage runner curtains open, light coming streaming in…
Here they are closed, providing the privacy Mr. C
I love watching them flutter when the winds blow in.
I sure hope you like them, I need you to like them? I found two of my neighbors across the street looking at them, pointing to them, and LAUGHING!
Sure doesn’t make a girl feel good, go a head, tell me the truth. Have I gone over the deep edge? PS…Mr C is happy!