Thursday, July 22, 2010

Princess Chair "Revamp"

We don't despise princess related things in our house, but it's not exactly our favorite.  We are more rough and tumble, with some girly thrown in there for fun. So when we stopped in St. Louis at my aunts house on our last cross country move my cousin Gina, being the sweetheart she is, decided she had outgrown her chair and gave it to Hallie.  We were excited... Hallie loved sitting in it, in fact she loved everything that Gina had, and I was excited it was free! But it was a few years old and Gina had definitely put it to good use, so I decided to recover it. 

Sadly I didn't take a picture beforehand so here's a stock look alike. 

I broke out my trust friend, the seam ripper and went to work.  And seam ripping I did! I ripped out all of the old seams so I could use the old pad as a pattern.  So a few episodes of 24 later, I was done with the seam ripping. 

I then cut out my fabric, pretty, fun and not-so-princessy thrifted floral fabric on the top, and go-to sky blue on the bottom. 

I then basically made a slip cover for the old pad.  Reassembled the 2 cushions.  I was lazy and didn't finish the edges well, I may go back over them at some point with a zig-zag or overcasting stitch and make it a look a little nicer- or not since it's on the bottom. :)

I then took the old pieces that held the cushion onto the frame and made duplicates out of the blue fabric.  Then I broke out a few more episodes of 24 and hand sewed the pieces back around the frame.  A little time consuming, but it's adorable!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Upcycled Sweater Pillow and other accents of red

I upcycled a white sleeveless sweater into a pillow cover, by simply sewing closed the arm holes, stuffing the pillow inside and sewing it closed.  I added the 3 buttons for fun and used acrylic paint to paint over 3 ugly colored buttons I had. Since I used things I already had on hand from other projects, the project was virtually free- just a few dollars out of pocket for the pillow form from IKEA!

I found plain cream lampshades at Goodwill and spraypainted them to match our pillows and bedspread.  They are the perfect amount of POP! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fun New Cozies!

Just a shameless plug here :) I just listed a few new fun cozies in my ETSY shop. This may provide a few diet Pepsi's and bags of peanut M&M's on our 6 day trek across the country. :)

I will be out of commission for a few weeks while we move once again. (Are you sick of hearing about us moving!? Cause I'm sure sick of hearing myself talk about moving!)  I may have some sporadic posting and have scheduled a few little posts and I may jump in here and there if I get a chance- we'll see. :) 

So bye for now, I'll miss ya!  

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chalkboard Table Inspiration

Remember my lame attempt at a super cute kid's table?! Well I think I may have found some inspiration! Check out this adorable set at Savvy Chic Home

Don't you LOVE her color choice!!! I do! I'm ditching this set and picking up the nicer set we left in WA at the in-laws and as soon as we find a house, M&H's table is getting a seriously needed cuteness revamp!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Message Board Frame Tutorial

There's a plethora of these floating around in blogland right now, but this project was so fun and easy I just had to share my version...
And because I'm trying to ignore this mess...
And trying to ignore the fact that I'm moving across the country AGAIN, for the 4th time in 2 years AND the fact that we are leaving in just over a week and still haven't found renters to take over our lease... I've decided to make it into a little tutorial a la true Stacey style. 

If you are like me so many of your projects don't ever turn out how you envisioned them, this project started out as something different, but ended in a still way cute fashion! (and yes, I just said way cute!)  Most of the time when crafting (especially scrapbooking) I start with no plan in mind and just roll with it, sometimes it turns out cute, and sometimes it doesn't! If anything, it may just be a self-revealing post or a great stress reliever for me, but at any rate I'll try not to make this too wordy!

Gather your supplies:
I originally started out needing a punch, paint sample cards (which you steal from your friends goodwill pile), and glue dots.  For the final project I only needed the following items...

1. Sweet purple frame (you also steal from your friend's goodwill pile which she originally found at the coolest thrift store ever, Unique, which we lovingly call "little Mexico" LOVE it! Totally reminds me of Mexico)
2. Spray Paint
3.  Patterned paper 

That's it!

Take your sweet Unique picture frame and spray paint it, if you're like me you'll start with brown, but then decide you need to branch out and add more color to you're life so you go with your next fall-back color- light blue. :)

Then here's where you decide to change things up a bit and roll with it.  Originally you wanted it to be a sample paint card piece of art, but it just wasn't working. 
So scratch that idea, head to Ross, Target, Chili's, DQ, 7-11 and then stay up until 3am helping your BFF organize her new place and then resume the next day. :)

Stay with the scrapbook paper, but turn it into a message board.  Cut your choice of paper to the size of the frame, mine was 8x10. 

Next fill the frame in this order... glass on outside, followed by paper, and cardboard backing.
Grab your dry erase marker and write a cute little note to your hubb-a-lub right on the glass so he won't be too angry when he knows you've been crafting instead of packing :)
 And enjoy it in all it's cuteness!

Linked here to these fun partays! :)
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