Saturday, March 7, 2009

In Anticipation of Spring...PINK SATURDAY

Happy Pink Saturday! I'm pleased to have a guest blogger today, my friend Denise, Head Antiques Maven from Our Cottage Garden and ebay seller winter-garden. She's going to show you how to make this adorable springy valance from vintage handkerchiefs. Thank you, Denise for sharing a great fun and whimsical project to help shake off these winter blues.

Anticipating Spring

Looking for a fun and easy project to celebrate the arrival of Spring? Warmer breezes tease us to open the windows and listen for the cheerful, chirping birds. Here’s a quick and simple way to add a touch of lightness and color to any window ~ a Spring Hanky Valance ..

You will need:

  • 8 – 12 vintage handkerchiefs .. colorful, floral, lacey, or simply white. If you’re a “collector” as we are, you probably have a stash of pretty ones tucked away somewhere. If not, they are plentiful, easy to find, and very affordable. You can use colors which complement each other, or the room, or just mix-and-match (which makes it more fun).

  • ¾” diameter wood dowel (cut to the proper width) (you will also need brackets of course)

  • Apx 2 yards of vintage ribbon to wrap the dowel. Or acrylic paint and a sponge brush.

  • 8 – 12 vintage curtain clips. Spring-loaded like these are a cinch to use. Or you can stitch the hankies to a variety of other clips.

If you feel creative, you can embellish your clips with vintage millinery, porcelain roses, or other decorations. We added vintage pink velvet roses to some of ours:

This set is available for sale now on eBay:

We decorated another batch with vintage sheer wired butterflies:

This set is available for sale now on Our Cottage Garden.

When you’re ready to redecorate the window, the hankies can be stashed away again (no harm done) .. awaiting their next assignment.

It won’t take long to assemble the materials you need, and even less time to create your valance. If you’re short on time, the materials used to create this valance .. vintage German gilt brass curtain clips, an assortment of vintage hankies, and pale pink velvet ribbon .. are available for sale now on eBay:

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Spring!


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  1. Happy Spring to you to!!! I always love your posts, they have a soft, girly feel to them...enjoy your day!!!

  2. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Such beautiful pinks!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  3. Wonderful pinkies today! Thanks so much for sharing. Pink Saturday is always so much fun for me. You get to know the bloggers and also get so many great ideas for your home and for your he♥rt, too.

    I'm making that for sure!

  4. Hi Judy !

    ...this is adorable !! Makes me want to freshen up my bedroom to get ready for spring......only it snowed here last night !!

    ....loved the post of the cherubs have quite a lovely collection.

    Have a great weekend !


  5. That is a delightful idea! Wonderful!! Now I have to start a hankie collection.

  6. Beautiful Pink Post and sharing with us how to make this pretty valance.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  7. Welcome to pink saturday. I just love your idea using the hankies. Esther

  8. I lovee that idea! Thank you for sharing it!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  9. So pretty! Love the pinks!


  10. Love the idea and the vintage clips. I also love your cherub collection!

    Happy Pink Satuday

  11. Very Pretty and a great reminds me of those pennants you can make and string across a room. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Happy Pink Saturday.


  12. How delightfully charming! I love what you did with these and the handkerchiefs! Great job.

    Happy Pink Saturday...


    Sheila :-)

  13. BEAUTIFUL vintage hankies... VERY Springy!
    Happy Pink Saturday... ENJOY!

  14. happy pink saturday! gosh.. I LOVE YOUR HANKIES.. and I am currently starting to collect some vintagey ones.. yours is such an inspirational..

  15. Great idea - Happy Pink Saturday!

  16. Wow, I love that idea! I just bought vintage hankies for $1.50 each..10 of them and I didn't have any idea what to do with them...all I knew was that I couldn't leave them behind! Now I know what to do...yipee! Do you have any idea where one can find those clips?

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday!
    Deanna :D

  17. I feel spring allready after seeing all those wonderful pictures!!

  18. Oh how lovely. Love the different designs of the hankies and what a nice idea too. Thanks for posting

  19. That is adorable! Such a great idea! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  20. Very cute! I just bought two of the cutest hankies yesterday. They are not vintage but, they have the look of vintage. I think one of them will show up in something altered or... maybe a giveaway. Thanks for sharing this idea. It is great.

  21. happy pink saturday....LOVE this!!! Laurie

  22. Absolutely enchanting and charming. I am SO inspired, now I know what to do with my hankie collection. TFS! Your blog is beautiful!!!


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