In North Dakota you think about insulation, R-factor, etc., and about every possible trick to keep warm in the winter. A friend here showed me the warm windows she had made, using a specially designed padding that she admitted was rather pricey. Another friend, who has learned thrift from poverty, suggested that I make my own padding by layering quilt batting with a thermal blanket ~ a truly excellent idea, but I chose an easier and even cheaper route that still provides some warmth. I went to "the" thrift shop (a.k.a. The Fessenden Mall) and found a slightly used "Day Bed Set" for $8.00. With a little cutting ans sewing I transformed the comforter, bed skirt, and one pillow sham into a rather bulky and unusual window treatment. The set included three more pillow shams and two valences that could be made into summer curtains. For now they are folded and awaiting a future creative impulse.