“She Sells Seashells by the Seashore”

I’ll bet every grownup in the English-speaking world learned that tongue twister as a kid. It popped into my head today as I was finishing up the second of two valances for my stepmother Shirley’s master bathroom. Both valances were made using a small scale seashell print from the “Cotton Beach Collection” by Tilda Fabrics. This is the larger of the two valances, gathered on a spring tension rod the width of the larger window, 29¼”:

(Notice the sleeping cat on the couch behind me? That’s Coco, enjoying her afternoon nap.)

This is the smaller valance made to fit a window that’s only 13¼” wide:

They are the first two things I’ve sewn since moving back into my sewing room after having the ceiling replaced following the wind and rainstorm of Dec. 1 that damaged several rooms in our house. I wrote about that here.

Behold my pretty new ceiling:

I popped the valances in the mail today; with luck they should arrive at Shirley’s home in Bend by Saturday. Making the valances was a simple project but very satisfying. And I must say it feels good to be back in my happy place!




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4 Responses to “She Sells Seashells by the Seashore”

  1. Nsncy S says:

    Beautiful valances and your new ceiling is wonderful!

  2. Leslie D. Schmidt says:

    I’m sure it feels so good to be back in your sewing room. That was a pretty devastating event to have to go through. The valances look wonderful. It’s great to be able to create something for loved ones and know that they will appreciate your efforts.

  3. Vickie Rooks says:

    Shirley is going to love the new valances! Glad you were able to get back into your studio! Happy creating!

  4. Diane says:

    Shirley will really be happy with these, Dawn! And your sewing room looks so fresh and inspiring!

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