Easter Fun Finds

We are getting ready for Easter here....well honestly, we just celebrated Madi's 8th birthday and I've been sick so we aren't REALLY getting ready for Easter, but I should be.  And if I were, here are some inspiring crafts I found this morning.....
I love this shell egg.  These are smashed up egg shells, but I wonder if you could use seashells.  We've collected so many shells over the years and I have bags of them waiting to be turned into something extraordinary.  You can learn how to make these at FamilyFun.

Found these adorable burlap bunnies over at Room to Inspire and you can find the directions on how to make them at La Famiglia Design.

And of course I can't leave out Martha...she really does have some great craft ideas and I found these at craft of the day.  I love their simplicity.

It is raining here in Ellicott City and I can't wait for the sunshine tomorrow!

Gotta love a trip to the city!

Took a trip to DC this week with my fellow window treatment "peeps" to attend some seminars and get some fresh ideas. Boy did we get an eye full. For those of us addicted to fabric, this place is a big kids playground. Here are some pictures of my favorite finds: I just love this vignette at Kravet. I want to live in this room....love the beach and the glass canisters filled with ocean treasures.
We found these tassels and tiebacks at Robert Allen. Love the way the crystals catch the light.

There were several layers of fabric featured in this window, but what really caught my eye was the tieback

Books covered in fabric at Scalamandre? Ah ha...now I know what to do with all those little fabric scraps!

Hello gorgeous fabrics.......
These first 2 fabrics were at Osborne and Little
The linens we saw at Cowtan and Tout were fresh, clean, airy and absolutely stunning. I wanted them all for every room in the house. Sorry for the dark photos.

Sometimes it isn't so easy to make a trip to a design center to see fabric, but there is nothing like seeing several yards of a fabric rather than inches to really get the feeling of how it will look in a window treatment.
We attended a session with House Beautiful Editor in Chief, Stephen Drucker, and designers Jamie Drake and Celerie Kemble. Many interesting comments came from Celerie and Jamie regarding industry trends. Such as the hot colors...blue, watermelon and apricot. In the world of headboards, clients are looking for upholstered, tall and curved. What I found most interesting though was a comment by Celerie. Her clients are looking specifically for items that are unique and made locally. They get excited about these pieces and I agree completely. The most treasured pieces in my home were not mass produced. They were made by someone I love, someone I admire or they were made by me. I hope you have a great weekend!

Guest Room Valance

Here is the finished valance you voted for this week. Yes, I couldn't help myself in adding a little embellishment. I still need to add a roman shade, but at least it will be ready for the arrival of Gammy and Pappy this weekend! They won't need the shade anyway because the girls will wake them up WAY before sunrise!

And the winner is.....

The top picture! I've been working on it and of course had to add a little embellishment. Here is a quick glimpse:
You'll have to wait to see the rest.....

You Decide

Okay friends, I need your help. We recently moved our youngest daughter into the guest room and painted the guest room in one of my favorite colors (Sherwin Williams Breezy). I found the perfect fabric (although you can't really tell how great it is in these renderings), and now I need help deciding on the design. This room is used mostly by family when they come to visit. There will be a blackout shade under the valance, but I need your help deciding on the design. So you pick, top design or bottom design? Once I have the votes and complete the valance, I'll post the finished valance.

Robert Allen-Feline Feeling