Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Balloon Valances

Hello, Dear Ones! I have something new to show you today. Guess what it is?
Did you guess it?
I made a little balloon valance for the window by my piano. It's been nekked since we moved it.
I'm a little cheat and will fess up to you, because I love you! :)
When I bought these curtains back in September I combined a couple of pairs to fit the width of my front window.  I also lined them because it helps them hang better and I think just looks better. I'm so talented like this you know! :)
At that time I also bought another pair because I knew I wanted to do something to the back window of my living room. It's taken me all this time just to get down and do it! You don't procrastinate do you? Naw, neither do I.

I had to combine two sets together again because the window is 72 inches across, well it's actually 2 windows. Then I lined these too because the afternoon sun comes in here and I knew it would fade the color of the curtains pretty fast. I then zigzagged over some crochet string at the seams, in the very center of the curtain and on each end. I know that's a crazy way to make my gathers but I've been doing this for centuries! :) THEN...I pulled up the string very tightly and made large knots at the top and the bottom and I was done. I know there's a strip with little holes that you can buy and pull through to do this but I don't think it pulls up tight enough. So, my silly cheating way. Works for me! You're probably saying, "What?"
When I finished the curtain I remembered that I had some trim. I loved that I had plenty for the bottom of my curtain and the colors matched! Woo hoo! Now here I go cheating again. I didn't sew this trim down, I hot glued it down. If you use a little straight line of hot glue and carefully add your trim it works just fine and is so much easier and takes so much less time than sewing it down. Whew!
So now my living room windows are covered - no more nekked windows! Now don't think I'm crazy. I know that my window treatments are different from each other. I thought this would work since the room is so long and each area is it's own. Do you think they work? Well, whether or not, they're stayin'! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Without You (love me some Harry)

No, I can't forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that's just the way the story goes
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows

No, I can't forget tomorrow
When I think of all my sorrow
When I had you there, but then I let you go
And now it's only fair that I should let you know
What you should know

I can't live if living is without you
I can't live, I can't give anymore
I can't live if living is without you
I can't give, I can't give anymore

I can't live if living is without you
I can't live, I can't give anymore
I can't live if living is without you
I can't live, I can't give anymore
If living is without you 

~ sung by Harry Nilsson



47 comments:

  1. Wow you did a terrific job and yes I know how talented you are :) Quite the seamstress for sure!

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  2. What a busy bee you've been! I just had to take my sewing machine into the shop - but it was the first time it's ever malfunctioned in the 17 years I've had it. I don't think I could manage a project like balloon valances. I sew straight lines. Pillows are my specialty! ha!
    You did a beautiful job!

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  3. Fabulous look Shelia! I love it! Balloon valances are rather romantic...perfect by your gorgous piano! Bravo!

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  4. What a creative way to make balloon valances! Looks great Shelia!

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  5. love your creativity! I also like how you say naked!

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  6. You are so talented, Shelia. I've always envied your sewing and crafting skills. Your piano room is beautiful in every way!

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  7. I think your curtains looks great! I love your home, it's a loving reflection of you!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  8. How pretty!!!! Your curtains are so beautiful and your home is just as lovely as YOU!

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  9. Perfect! I love the way it looks-I think it really dresses the piano area up. That fabric is gorgeous! I usually line things, too. Have you ever lined with soft flannel? That is my newest "kick". It gives such a nice heft to the drapes and they hang beautifully.
    I was glad to see your blog pop up today- I had just re-entered you on my sidebar because you had dropped off for some strange reason. I hate blogger sometimes. xo Diana

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  10. I think it works. I don't think everything has to be exactly alike.

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  11. Looks great - you did a wonderful job! My LR has two completely different window treatments. Who wants boring all the same - right?

    Judy

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  12. Great job Shelia!! I don't think the different styles matter because they are the same fabric, so that is what coordinates them. You have done so much to your house, I am sure that the previous owners would not recognise it now and would wish that they had it all done as nicely as you have done everything! xx

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  13. Nice job, Sheila...wish I could sew...even a straight line!

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  14. Great job Shelia! You really are talented! My mom always made her own pinch pleated, lined curtains when we were kids and I've never tried any! I agree that since the room windows are on opposite ends you can do them differently- having the same fabric makes it work!

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  15. Very pretty Sheila ! Love that you glued the trim instead of sewing it ! :)

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  16. Hi Shelia, Yes my friend you are very talented this way. Oh I love your valences. They look gorgeous. I love the hot glue trick and I have done that too. Sure saves time sewing. I also love the idea of different styles of window treatments made from the same fabric. Gives so much interest and ties the whole look together. Beautiful room!!
    I love that Harry Nilsson song.
    Have a great rest of the week.
    Hugs, CM

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  17. Shelia,
    These turned out lovely and I always, always admire and respect a woman that sews this well.
    I love the way the light flows softly into your living room, it all looks so inviting and warm.
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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  18. I adore ballon curtains Pickle and always have..They look wonderful my dear sweet friend..your home is just lovely and it's starting to look like Picklepoo place once again..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  19. Very nice!! They work very well together being they're the same fabric. How about covering the piano bench with the same fabric?? You are so talented like that!!! xoxoxo

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  20. Yes indeed I do think they work well together. I spotted something else I hadn't seen before your blue plates. You have a lovely living room.

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  21. Great job Shelia. They look very good and I love balloon curtains.. I have some in my guest bedroom. Like the idea of hot glue.
    Your home is looking so pretty and you have done a great job decorating.
    Mary

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  22. Shelia, the valence looks so good and dresses up that window well. Your room is looking great! xo

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  23. Shelia, it is very, very pretty! The fabric is beautiful! You did a great job and the trim was just the perfect touch. Take care. Maria

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  24. Shelia,
    LOVE them and I especially love the trim on them!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend!

    Are you staying warm up there in NY????

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  25. Love the new look with your curtains my friend. AND YES...you are indeed good like that! You crack me up! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  26. You must be having the time of your life in your lovely new house! I admire your sewing skill tremendously -- not an art I possess!

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  27. They look so pretty! I like balloons too. As for worrying about different styles in the same room? Stop! It is done all the time. The same fabrics tie them together. Sometimes this is done with correlating fabrics which are different designs but in the same color way. I often glue on heavy trim, too, because I have done some serious damage to my sewing machine a couple of times sewing heavy trim. You need a commercial-grade machine for that, and I don't have one. I think your room is coming together very nicely -- very homey, like you have been there a long time.

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  28. You are VERY talented and I love your valance! It looks beautiful and so do the curtains. I wish I could sew. My bedroom needs SOMETHING and SOON! UGH!

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  29. I wish I were so talented! They look great, love the pattern.

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  30. Looking great Shelia ! :-D
    Great job !

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  31. Looking great Shelia ! :-D
    Great job !

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  32. Your balloon valance looks great, Shelia! I have always loved them and had a couple in our old house in different rooms. I think they look fine and the fabric is the same, just different types of treatments. It works! How great that you had enough trim to do the hem line. I love when that works out and you can dress something up without spending any money.

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  33. Shelia,
    YOU are very talented indeed, dear friend!!!
    Love the color palette and pattern you've chosen for your new home!!!
    Procrastinate??? Naw, well. . .maybe I DO!!!
    I've had my eye on some new draperies for the combination Dining & Living Rooms, but they are unlined!
    I haven't a clue how to line those drapes! The windows are all on the West side of our home and the hot afternoon sun needs blocking in the Summer as does the cold breeze in Winter. Any help would be greatly appreciated, dear one!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  34. Very Elegant! I love the color. :)
    ~Liz

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  35. Look at you dear Sheila. You are so talented. The balloon valance looks fabulous. You have some serious skills. Happy Wednesday...xo

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  36. Dear Shelia, your valance is so lovely and frames the window beautifully.The pattern is really pretty too. I love how easy this sounds, especially using the hot glue for the trim. You are very talented and cleaver. Thanks for sharing some of your secrets.

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  37. Your window treats do match! They are coordinating treatments in the same fabric - and they are just perfect! Oh, and you didn't cheat. You were creative. I love the way your window looks and it's nice to have it done so you don't have to think about it anymore.
    ~Adrienne~

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  38. Gorgeous! Girl you really know your way around a sewing machine. Love the trim, too.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  39. The balloon valances looks awesome, good job. I was wondering, you told that you glued the trim but it is this glue strong enough or everything will fall appart when you wash the curtain?

    Maids Ashford

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  40. Love what you've done with the Baloon Valance - such talent!

    Hugs,
    Jan

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  41. Love what you've done with the Baloon Valance - such talent!

    Hugs,
    Jan

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  42. Shelia your living room looks beautiful...love your new valance and love that fabric!

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  43. Very pretty, Shelia! Love your whole living area....Christine

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  44. Beautiful, Shelia! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)