What I did this weekend
I used a striped fabric that I didn't have quite enough of to make all three valences, but I was able to trim them with more of the same fabric running perpendicular and I'm pretty happy with them. The Christmas Cactus that lives in the window doesn't seem to feel one way or the other about them, but he hasn't jumped out of the window lately so I guess that means he's OK with the change.
This Christmas Cactus is one of two plants that live in our house - there's also a Jade plant. Both are low maintenance plants which is a good thing when I'm involved. Anyway, the Christmas Cactus has an unfortunate habit of jumping out of the window - or maybe he's a Kamikaze Cactus. At first I thought it was somehow cat related (very few plants are able to jump from a windowsill unassisted), but it has happened when Ramius is upstairs with me so I ruled out cat assisted plant suicide. It hasn't happened in a while so either he's preparing himself for a big, middle of the night, scare everyone in the house type of event, or he's worked through his problems and is feeling better about life in general. Its hard to tell with a plant.