Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I felt it was time for a white slipcover to match our couch. This is how it went down.
1. I laid the fabric on the chair for the middle section (the seat) and determined how far down I wanted it in front and back. I always leave a little extra, just in case.
2. I laid the chair flat on the fabric and cut out the shape of the side, again, leaving extra for the seam and just in case.
3. I turned the fabric inside out and pinned around the shape of the chair. This is the part you're going to sew together.
4. I put in on the chair. The second pictures shows what you can do if you want to hem it at that length. But I wanted to add a skirt to match our couch.
5. I added the piping and skirt. This was the most complicated step. I covered the piping in fabric. (so, my sewing machine came with a special foot that allows you to do this) Then I wrapped the fabric around the chair to guess about how much I would need. I went around and pinned it to the chair along with the piping while the slipcover was inside out. I added the pleat while doing this.
6.I sewed it all around and made sure the welting went under in the back. If you take a look you can see I started the skirt on the sides, not on the back. I used the fabric I had used for the seat part for the back part of the skirt.
7. Hem the skirt and you're set.
Maybe I'll make a video next time I do it because it's was hard to stop to take pictures while I was doing the skirt, so that's why they're missing. oops.
You can always find them at Anthropologie for $4 or $5. Whenever I happen to be around Anthro, I'll pop in and buy one. I've been working on creating an only greens, blues, browns, and yellows collection (sometimes I can't help myself when it comes to orange though) so in narrows down the ones I get and makes it harder to find more of a variety. But, I'm okay with it. It allows me to slowly accumulate my collection, which, the hubby likes. Latte bowls aren't exactly manly.
Know of any good places to pick up latte bowls? I think I need another...
....for $8.99!! Hey, that's a deal. Go check these babies out at Home Depot. Just so you know, that's my wooden flower vase and moss. The orchids just come with a plain plastic pot.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Well, for now here are some pretty images of rooms. In case I had a spare...
Images found at delight by design
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Before I could really go any further into the conversation about the sideboard, I asked him what exactly a cyborg is and the topic completely changed. I've been enlightened. I now know about the 6 Million Dollar Man. Do you? Interesting.
Anyhoo, I later gave him the info on why I HAD to have a sideboard and how much it was going to cost us. Lucky for him, he has a thrifty wife and the sideboard ended up being on Craigslist. He almost seemed interested about it. Well, I won and we now have a "new" piece of furniture in our little cottage and I LOVE it! I now actually have a place for our China and silver! woo. It set us back all of $80. I'm happy with that number.
Here she is: the antique cyborg
Yellow Sideboard Photo found at SimplyGrove.blogspot.com
Option 3: Leave her alone.
Something like this?
I don't know! I worry that if I paint it, I may not want it like that later and it would be A LOT of work to sand it. I hate sanding. I know it's hard to notice in the pictures, but the cabinet doors has some really nice wood details.
Okay, so paint inside or wallpaper inside for now?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
I wanted the green one below, The Jute Braid Pillow by PB to go with the new one I bought. But, at $40, I didn't think this solid print pillow was worth it. I figured I could try to make my own. Here was the challenge.
With an idea in mind I headed over to the fabric store to seek my materials. What did I come out with? Burlap and a green embroidered linen. What did I make? Check it:
I cut out enough to cover the piping stuff to go around the pillow.
Here it is all bundled up in burlap.
FYI: you're going to end up being covered in burlap threads
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Here's the first one!
Here's the details:
Step Two: Wrap tape around the cork to prevent it from falling apart and then drill a hole in the middle in order to insert the light socket.
Part Five: Add your shade (and harp if needed) and find your new lamp a home.
Easy as pie and only $21. I think my quick and affordable project can be compared to those found in the pages of House Beautiful.