Curtain: Out on a Limb

A friend and I took a walk around the block. When we came to the woods behind the graveyard, I stopped and said, “Hey, I want a branch for a curtain rod. Do you want to help me find one?” My friend, intrigued by the odd request and always ready for adventure, tramped through the woods with me to find a curtain rod. After finding a branch we thought would work, we headed back to school.

For weeks, the branch balanced above the plain metal curtain rod. Decorating a birthday cake, taking a field trip to Washington, D.C., and keeping up with homework took obvious precedence.

But finally I took action. I cut off part of the sheer curtain I picked up at a dollar store. Soon I had strips to be sewn on for loops. I tea-dyed narrow lace and sewed that to the loops. After a bit of maintenance, the branch was ready for use. Before hanging, I twisted twine around the branch to hold the greens I planned to add. Once all was hung properly, I went out with a scissors and chopped away at the holly bushes outside my window. The greens and berries gave the curtain the final touch it needed.

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Now the curtain is finished…until spring, when the holly is only a reminder of cold winter months.