One of the things I really wanted to do was this:
I started looking into other curtain rods, but I wasn't impressed with the quality (read: sturdiness) or the price of the ones out there. This one from Sears.com was 19.99 a piece plus shipping, and look how thin the actual rod is! My boys would break it with one tug of the curtains.
Then I pulled them back down and using a red sharpie marker, I free-handed stitching around each round finial.
And voila!! They look fab, if I may say so myself! :)
Next step: decide on curtains. (These are just placeholders until I find what I really want.)