Monday, June 16, 2008

Window Mistreatments

One of the best parts of blogging for me is "blog hopping". I love to get lost in blogland going from blog to blog through others' links and blog rolls. I was reading Kate's blog one day and she had a post about being inspired to tackle decorating her house after reading another post on Nesting Place. She had a link so of course I popped over to take a look.

Her blog was so pretty and the pics of her house were fantastic in that "real world" kind of way. She shared how she was getting her house ready to sell and all the "little" things she did that made a huge impact. As I strolled through her archives I came a cross a post about things "not having to be perfect to be beautiful". She shared her window "mistreatments" and I just LOVED the fact the material she used still had the raw edges and color dots on them (truly a girl after my own heart) Anyway, after receiving a bunch of comments from other bloggers refreshed by her "it is what it is" attitude, she decided to host a "It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful" post party and I decided to play along.


Since it was her window "mistreatments" that won me over, I thought I would share my own mistreatments. Curtains have always been kind of a challenge for me. I don't like things overly fussy and I really don't like the hefty price tags that usually accompany them. In the first issue of Cottage Living they had a feature about taking plain tab top curtains and embellishing them. I thought this was the coolest idea ever and decided to try it myself. I choose to "add a band of fabric" route since I liked the simple look and figured it would be the easiest to sew. Well four years later, here they are. If you look closely you will notice the stylish detailing of the big yellow quilting pins holding it all together :0)
The funny thing is that I really like the way they look. The fabric is a shower curtain I got at GW, it is very "me", and I love how it looks with the quilt on my bench. Simple and quiet (if that makes sense)

So there you have it, my dirty little secret. I guess it isn't sooo bad. No one has ever stormed out of my house due to the fact my curtains are "pinned". In fact I don't think anyone ever really notices and those who do just smile and compliment me on my "designer detailing" :0)

12 comments:

Susie Harris said...

Love your mistreatments! susie H

The Nester said...

I can just picture droves of people storming out of your house upon realizing that your window treatments are actually mistreatments!

Pretty,pretty blog and is that a huge basket of baseball cupcakes? What a fun mom you are!

Megan said...

What a great idea. That looks like such a fun room too.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Those look great and I didn't even notice the pins. Your peonies are gorgeous--I think my garden needs some!!

~ Sarah

Diane said...

Great mistreatment. :)

~ Jamie ~ said...

The curtains are great! And the baseball cookies are so cute!

Nicole said...

Love the pins in your mistreatments. I actually couldn't even see them till the close-up, even then is was tough. Your children are so cute, and I love your red door!

Jane said...

I had tab curtains too. The problem was that the tab part let in too much sun. So I pinned the tabs to the back so that they were more like regular curtains. They stayed pinned for about 4 years before I ever sewed them. The only reason I ever sewed them was that I had a crazy idea to wash them so I had to take the pins out. Oh, and they are really too short now, so I put a old toy chest in front of the window so that you can't tell the curtains are too short!

Sissy said...

I think they are fabulous! I have done that with random fabrics before and I am always happy with how it turns out!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love your great treatments! Wonderful job!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Corinne said...

I love your "designer detailing"!! They look great and a shower curtain - I love it!

ancient one said...

Hey.. I've done that.. but it was my hems that were pinned... hidden behind the couch... LOL