Monday, August 18, 2008


Do you know the Nester? If not, you are missing out on one of the funnest places in Blogland. (Yes, I know funnest is not a word. What are you an English teacher?) Anyway, her mistreatments are to die for. To. Die. For. So, even though I kinda know how to sew, I finally jumped on the mistreating bandwagon and made some of my own. This is my favorite: my new bedskirt. I use the term bedskirt quite loosely here. After we stole Kaylee's bed for our own and put it up on these riser things that Mary gave us, the bedskirt was way too short, and way too plain. Enter $1/yard fabric that I found at Wal-Mart. Three (or four, I can't remember) yards ripped down the middle makes quite an economical bedskirt, dontcha think? I just gathered and safety-pinned the ripped edge all the way around.
I just safety-pinned it right to the existing white bedskirt that was already on it. You know I'm too lazy to yank that thing out from under the matress, right? I absolutely love the way it turned out. It added a liitle oomph.

Next up is the living room window. Once again, I used $1/yard fabric from Wal-mart. I know, right? You can't see well in the pics, but it's the cutest little miniature brown-on-brown houndstooth. I just folded, folded and clipped.....completely a la Nester. It turned out so cute. I also mistreated the bookcases in front of the window, I used upholstery tacks and just tacked some leftover brown fabric fom the back door right to the top edge of the cases. It hides all of our school books and doo-dads and looks like a pretty little table in front of the window where I can put cutesy stuff.

Last, but not least, the back door. Same as the front for the curtains. This time with dark brown fabric. Uh-huh. One dollar a yard. I love me some Wal-Mart. The faux shade is leftover houndstooth from the front window. I folded about an inch under at the top and tacked it right to the wall. Than I hot-glued on some fringe and Voila! Instant prettiness on both ends of the great room for the grand total of about $20. (Please ignore the blue near the ceiling, I haven't quite finished painting.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed my little Nesteresque post. I am so grateful to her for all the inspiration. I wish I had some better pictures, but getting shots of windows during the day is not easy. And I was out of town all weekend, so I'm scurrying to get this included in her mistreatment party. Hope everyone has a blessed day!
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Sarah & Crew said...

Wow--that is a great bedskirt!!! And I love love love your faux shade look. . .definitely gave me some inspiration for a room or two of my own.

If you ever have a chance, I'd love to see how you mistreated the bookcase. . .we homeschool and have way too many messy book shelves for my taste.


Shellie said...

Simply maaahvalous! I've been wondering what to do with my living room mistreatment and you've given me a great idea. Thanks!

The Nester said...

great job and is that table mistreated too?

love it!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Oh both of those ideas are so great--you did a good job!

~ Sarah

Charity Grace said...

Love the bed skirt! I'll be using that idea!

Bella's momma said...

Great job!!! it all looks wonderful!

Hannah E. said...

I REALLY like these did great!

Connie said...

Safety pins can be a girl's best friend!