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