Tricky Window Fix

I just installed these valances yesterday. My client has a lovely home and this room was "finished" except for the final touch of window treatments. All the room needed was a simple banded valance to pull everything together. They were inspired by the pillow on the green chair. The tricky part was the bulkhead that the builder cut into the window when he put on the new addition. I built a frame to accommodate the bulkhead cut out and wrapped the valance around the frame.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Blinds gone terribly WRONG

I realize it has been FOREVER since I've written in this blog.  Aside from my typically busy schedule, I've decided not to write just to keep up with all the other "bloggers" out there.  Clearly, I'm not going to make blogging a profession.  Instead, I've decided to only write when I feel I can add some value to someone out there.  

Today I'm hoping to help someone else from making this TERRIBLE blind mistake........
BAD BAD BLINDS



OK, for the explanation.  We are on vacation this week in North Carolina and we decided to have dinner in one of our favorite pizza places.  It is a favorite NOT because the food is so good, but because the restaurant sits between the ocean and the intercoastal waterway.  The sunsets here are magnificent!  

So mistake number one....DON'T BLOCK THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW WITH BLINDS!!!!  I realize that light control might be an issue here, but we go to this restaurant for the view....not to be sealed up in a dungeon.  Someone else must have complained so the owner came over to the table to let in some light.  Are you ready, wait for it because this one is good....
I guess 1 layer of blinds wasn't enough
Not only did they hang wooden blinds, but then they hung woven woods on TOP of the wooden blinds.  Don't even get me started about the sizes either...that is a whole other issue.  And finally this last photo take the cake......
Customer has to open the blinds because owner can't reach them
REALLY?  Come on now...how about investing in some decent motorized blinds with light control options so that your CUSTOMERS don't have to open the blinds for you! 

Until next time,







How To Sew A Pillow Closed Using An Invisible Stitch

I recently finished a big job for pillows and used this stitch to close them (after sewing them all shut, I wish I had used zippers).

This ladder stitch is an great stitch to use when sewing pillows shut because you can't see the thread and it gives you a nice clean line.  Upholsterers often use the ladder stitch to finish off chairs and sofas.  In this video, I'm sewing a pillow shut that has a small flange edge.  Hope you enjoy and please feel free to share any of your special sewing stitches with me and my readers.
video

Sorry if the video cuts off quickly, this fabric was difficult to work with and my needle broke in the next clip....I had to edit a few expletives.

My alternative to the little red dress

Can't say I'm a huge fan of the upcoming "holiday" known as Valentine's Day.


Not that I don't like my fair share of romance.  AND I definitely LOVE chocolate, flowers and kisses (only from Doug of course).  But I really feel like Valentine's Day is over rated.  I want the flowers when I'm least expecting them, not on the day when every other girl/woman on this planet is receiving them!

OK, so what is my alternative to the little red dress?  Well frankly, I don't own a little red dress.  So let's try the next best thing (in my mind anyway).

How about the little red...




Window Treatment?


Or maybe you desire something a little more FANCY PANTS....

I just finished both of these treatment this past month for the loveliest client (who just happens to have one of the most beautiful yellow Labrador retrievers...can you tell I'm missing our lab?)

So I thank you Debbie, for allowing me to work on this project for you and getting my "RED ON" for the month of February!