Saturday, June 18, 2011

No, I have no self-help books

My affliction, an urge to Make Things Better, gives me no peace. Intent on sitting in the sun with a book the other day, I caught a glimpse of the outbuildings and realised that something was wrong: when I'd painted the doors five years ago it had never occurred to me to paint the windows to match.


Sorted, at the expense of the book-reading.  It's ok to have cobwebs on a shed window.  No one will pass judgement.


Painting is much more harmless than the curtain-purchasing element of my Making Things Better affliction, which can be very expensive.  You know that sinking feeling you get when you sense that you and your carefully chosen silk curtains have grown apart? I feel it coming on.  The green just isn't right.  It isn't a pink green.

Next week: the quest for world-class new curtains, fuelled by a passion to open and close, committed to the highest standards of draping, striving for excellence in complementing the other stuff in the room.  Go, Team Curtains (that's me), Go!

33 comments:

  1. I just about had the energy to eat a gravy ring there! Dinner is a long way away. You sound as if you're jogging up to Brown Thomas as I type! Phew- the fabulous energy of it all! Shall admittedly be sitting on the sofa awaiting results. Might eat another gravy ring...

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  2. OK. Unadulterated joy over your yellow window. Who needs Greece? Or Spain? Or Africa? A yellow window will suffice.

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  3. Magsmcc, what is a gravy ring? Is it a sophisticated thing unaccountably lacking in my life?

    LPC, your thinking on yellow windows is impeccable.

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  4. Hello Mise:
    Your sofa is worth it!

    So go for it all: swags which swagger, tie-backs with attitude, pelmets with punch, tassels, trimmings, fringes and frills and, of course, pools of the most wonderful [and most likely fearfully expensive] fabric on the floor. Let there be lining, inter lining, weights galore, and then add more. Employ the finest curtain makers in the land, or from abroad if need be, and then, finally, when the whole wondrous arrangement is in place at the window, remark in response to any enquiry, 'Oh yes, do you like them? I ran them up from some left over material yesterday evening.'.

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  5. Now I want such a shed in my garden. One that will bring unadulterated joy to the finest of the blog world . And I want it now.

    I too am v. curious as to what a gravy ring is. Doesn't sound very slimming.

    But as we are all in constant motion who has time to gain a lb.?

    xo Jane

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  6. I too wish to know what a gravy ring is - does it have chips underneath it (cheese optional)? Perhaps you can have therapy for the curtain-replacement urge - paint more windows?

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  7. You're not going to actually MAKE your own curtains, are you? That has to be the most tedious job in the world, closely followed by making cushions with zips.

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  8. I wish I'd been painting my shed windows a cheerful yellow. Instead, I've been researching car hire and satnav systems for our American sojourn. Perhaps our house there will have cheerful yellow windows? I shall be sure to take particular note of the curtains, too.

    PS I don't understand magsmcc's comment at all. Except for the sitting on the sofa bit, that makes perfect sense to me.

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  9. Back to check on the gravy ring thing. Others baffled. I shall google it.

    xo jane

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  10. A doughnut! After all these hours of intense bafflement. How enterprising Jane is to go and consult google while all the rest of us just sit here waiting for the universe to unfold its mysteries. She will go far.

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  11. Clever Jane :) I knew the universe would answer eventually!

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  12. Jane and Lance, already my answer to all admiration is "oh yes, my friends Jane and Lance like that sofa/ those cushions / the new eggbeater a lot", and the offhand claim to have made everything myself can only add to my glory.

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  13. Rachel, I shall have them made, at considerable and unjustified expense.

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  14. Mel, yes, the sitting on the sofa bit from magsmcc contained True Insight. I knew you'd be the first to spot that.

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  15. Mise I'm looking forward to seeing the pink-green curtains.. [sorry drapes].. or will you go another way altogether? riveting stuff.. Hang on.. i think I missed the sofa post.. will have to back track..

    Have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

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  16. Dear Mise: Are we to understand that "it's curtains" for the yellow pair now hanging in your living room?
    I love your sheds.
    Helen

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  17. Painting is a good and cost-effective decor healer. As for the cobwebs, I inevitably think of Charlotte and find myself leaving spiders and their webs in the most unseemly of places. But I sleep well at night.

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  18. You know one might wonder just where you are with skies so blue and perfectly painted shed doors and windows.
    I hear teacup lace curtains are all the rage in Mayo this summer...
    Móna

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  19. A gravy ring is an O shaped doughnut, with no centre- just the doughnut stuff.They seem to only be called gravy rings in the north of Ireland; who knows why? Anyway, I sense magsmcc is a woman after my own heart, with the healthy food and exercise regime.

    Love how you coordinate the shed with the range- your dedication knows no bounds.

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  20. Móna, those skies are above the west coast of Galway; I imagine we share occasional bursts of sunshine. I must not be left behind with the teacup lace.

    Speccy, yes, magsmcc seems very well-adjusted. I'd like to invite you to visit her anytime. No need to call ahead; just pop over.

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  21. Who needs self-help books when we have Pretty Far West? In one post I have learned about colour therapy, displacement therapy, gravy rings, curtains and their accoutrements and the healthy neglect of cobwebs. Bravo! Meredy xo
    p.s. adore you even more than those amazing rose linen cushions:)

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  22. Dearest Mise, I was all happy in my new studio, silently but cheerily admiring my blues - when your yellow just quite simply overwhelmed me. I now ask myself, 'Was I too plain?' Your yellow is definitely magnificent and I'm sure the sun will take up residence permanently outside your window in order to admire it also.

    xxx

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  23. You HAVE made things better , take peace , leave the curtains till the autumn, no one's looking ,it's vital that you sit in the sun and read.

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  24. It is always a gambling game with colors. They change their undertone behind your back.

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  25. I cannot wait to see the results of the curtain quest. And I love your yellow, beautifully painted window, and yellow spider.

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  26. Dear Mise,
    I am a bit late for this post and you are probably about to press the publish post button as we speak.
    All I was going to say was that it's amazing what one notices whilst reading in the garden, isn't it ? Paintwork chipping, dead wilderbeast by the lake, loose pointing on the folly walls.....that sort of thing !!
    I wish you luck on your curtain search.....if it goes anything like my sofa search, you're in for the long haul !! XXXX

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  27. Jacqueline, I had never thought when I started blogging some years ago that I'd finally encounter someone who shared my dead wildebeest by the lake problem. I feel much better now that I know I'm not alone. May I show my therapist a photo of you to prove that you exist?

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  28. I'm feeling the same about the knick knacks on the armoire. Something is jarring about them. Something that can only be soothed by the addition of a Moroccan lantern or two.

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  29. mmm. gravy ring. of course now I want one. Cheers to you Mise for your visit and kind comment. Happy Summer Solistice to you...Cynthia

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  30. Yikes, glad for the clarification of the gravy ring....I thought it was something far worse than a doughnut without a hole.

    Loving the lemon curd coloured paint.

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  31. You were sadly strumming my tune. I try to be happy with all those imperfections staring dead in my face. After awhile, it's like an itch I cannot scratch. This explains the dining room that's been painted 4x's.

    : / Do they make a 12-step program for us types?

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You're looking particularly well.

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