Friday, August 7, 2009

Too Late

The title of this post should have been Somebody Stop Me. And it should have been posted yesterday...around 1:30pm. Before I spread this beautiful aqua dupioni fabric on the playroom floor and nervously began to cut panels that I would magically transform in to casual yet elegant roman shades.


So I stopped myself. For no reason, really. I didn't mess up, I just didn't have the guts to keep going. I have never made window treatments before. And I'm totally a pattern girl. None of this fly by the seat of your pants mumbo-jumbo. I have scoured the web looking for a tutorial on roman shades that look vaguely like this:


And not only does that tutorial alude me, but so does the site where I originally found the photo. So all I'm working with here is a bolt of silk, a bolt of lining, this precious photo and a pair of dressmaking shears. Not even any idea of how to mount it once I bite the bullet and produce such a blindingly beautiful window treatment that delights everyone who visits.

But I have incorporated most of my vision for the den, which can be summed up like this:


Okay, since you can't stop me...who can help me? Any suggestions on how to magically turn my fabric into my soon-to-be decor? Or if you prefer to help in other ways, like bringing the margaritas (straight up) and watching me make a mess of the curtains, I will eagerly accept that too.

So while I leave my broken air-conditioned house with wet hair because my hair dryer died moments after my air-conditioner and with glasses because I scratched my cornea and can't wear my contacts for a week I will thank God with all of my heart that these are my biggest problems today. Because my friends Cary and Jonathan's biggest problem is that their sweet, sweet Errol is recovering from open heart surgery. Please visit him here. But you might want to wait until after work, because you will not want to look away until you have read every precious word of the fabulous blog.

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Pray, pray, pray for Errol!


  1. This is a fixed flat Roman shade - you probably want something a little fuller, but easy peasy. One of my favorite blogs..

    Can't wait to see the finished product. Go ahead and dive in!

  2. Oh my gosh, I made roman shades (unlined) for our first house out of a really adorable gauzy fabric. (I still miss that house!!) I mounted mine using a pine board from the "craftwoods" section at lowes. I love your colors and fabrics! You have such a great design eye. Also, I am off margaritas have you tried this firefly Vodka.. it's sweet tea.. not recommended for precision shade manufacturing, but quite tasty!! Also.. the rings for the back you can buy them on some tapes, or stitch the little loops in place. Good Luck!! My what a productive summer you are having. I only managed to stay on top of the laundry, and watch the kids tie their own shoes. Call me if you want some help (it will have to be during the day as I am coaching field hockey, and also not MTW because I am taking a class on how to drive a bus) We are in the book.

  3. If you haven't already made these, I can show you exactly what you need to do.