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Hanging Curtains to Dry on a Bright Fall Day

on October 1, 2007 - 4:06pm

In my neighbourhood, it's common to see scores of crisp white t-shirts, towels and sheets waving like flags from breezy backyard clotheslines. I have a clothesline too, and I used it for the first time in the 11 months we've lived here. It didn't seem to help me blend in though.

It's a bright and warm sunny Autumn Sunday afternoon, and I'm outside taking a serrated knife to some curtains.

The knife worked great. Scrape it sideways along the material, it creates one pattern of runs in the material. Draw it down, and it makes another. Press harder, and you get some small tears. Perfect.

Take a spray bottle filled with strong, cooled tea (2 bags per cup of water) and spray it in patterns on the material. You end up with a stained, aged creepy curtain.

I wonder if the neighbourhood thinks I'm a bit disturbed, attacking my curtains with a knife and a staining spray bottle...or maybe they think I'm just REALLY bad at laundry.

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