Monday, August 9, 2010

drop cloths - twilight tour

drop cloths are a great feature to use outdoors in all kinds of ways.
they're cheap, tough, come in assorted sizes and launder easily.
i use them as draperies in the corners of the pergola
that i put up for special occasions,
such as garden tours and teas.
i struggled a bit in knowing what to use to hang them.
i went to a lot of bother time to measure, cut and sew ties on
but it took faeva! to hang 'em,
though the black ties looked kinda cool.
i needed to come up with something faster and simpler...
simple drapery rods, of course...DUH!
i mean, really, where was the brain?!
these are very quick and easy to put up and take down...
but i think i need to get sturdier ones.

and they make lovely tablecloths...
draping so lovely and a match to any color or tablescape.

i use 'em as panels on the pergola-type roof over the back deck...
i love, love that!
lots of ambiance, especially in the evening...
but really, anytime of the day -
it even gives the light in the dinning room right inside the door a different look.
this one measured 12x15 ft and was perfect for the job.
i cut it to size and hemmed the sides, using the pre-hemmed side for the short ends.
love, love, love!
(early summer pic)
i went to all kinds of twists, risks and shenanigns to attach the panels to the 'roof''
until i thought of...
i mean, another DUH! and works slick as can be!
i use clip-on curtain rings to add enough of weight
to keep 'em from flipping back in a light wind.

for the twilight tour, i got the brainy idea to stencil 'fleur' on the panels.
it didn't take long at all and this was my first fabric venture into the stencil world.
  using stencils DIL M kindly cut for me using her
i centered the panel by creasing a fold mark with my fingers,
then centering the letter...
traced around it with a pencil,
traced around that with a fine point permanent marker,
then filled it in with a fat permanent marker.
i stenciled a fleur-de-lis on the end panel.
sunday evening bro E & R were our guests and we played table games here.
i hung my blue jars with a candle inside in an antique jar thingamajig.
talking about ambiance...
it really was lovely!

so the next time you're doing an outdoor project with cloth,
think of drop cloths.
but do wash and dry 'em IN THE DRYER
 before you do ANYTHING with 'em!
you'll be sad if you don't 'cause drop cloths shrink.



linking with Outdoor Wednesday party


Anonymous said...

uh,that would be a CRICUT cutter :) LOL

Erin@likegrandmas said...

I think this is wonderful. I am so appreciative that you keep showing different aspects of your twilight tour :)

Marie said...

OMG! What an absolutely brilliant idea! I love that you stenciled them too. That view is awesome!!!

Linda said...

this is awesonme! job well done

Kiri said...

This is sooo beautiful! Thanks for your comment on my post...can we have our reception in this gorgeous area?! haha Really, you did a fantastic job. Have a great weekend!


Really Rainey said...

What a pretty garden! And view... So beautiful.

Marbel said...

Stunning. What a great idea and what a beautiful job you did.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a beautiful area in your yard, made even more so by your decorating! The view is awesome too.

Vanessa said...

Oh that is gorgeous! I just found your blog through Outdoor Wednesday and love it! Can't wait to look through your previous posts!
P.S. I'm your newest follower!

Green Willow Pond said...

Just stunning...I've looked at many ideas for pergola roof covers, and never have seen any I like more than these. Wow!

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