Warrior Weekend #1

Let me just start by

saying I have freaking

awesome friends.

Period.

Back in March, my friends Lynn and James, along with my then roomie, Christine, tackled an unimaginable amount of “to do” from my run on project list in what I like to refer to as a “Warrior Weekend”.  I never cease to be amazed with the amount of progress that can be made with the right people!

Within five hours on a Sunday, we (with 99.5% of the credit going to James) accomplished the following:

 

Swapped out all the outlets and switches in the master bedroom from bisque (die bisque die!) to white.

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Patched holes left over from a long-gone towel rack.

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Whipped out a raised bed garden frame.

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Frames out the master bathroom mirror.

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Oh yeah…

and we built a dinning room table from scratch…

no biggie.

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Now, it all still needs a bit of work, caulk here, paint there, but I’m stoked!

I can’t wait for the next

WARRIOR WEEKEND!

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A Case for New Pillows

When I moved into my new-to-me house, I inherited a bisque-y beige-y palace.  At first, it was refreshing because the last few places I lived had brightly colored walls in colors that weren’t exactly my style.    So the neutral monochromatic thing worked for a while… until I began to crave some color.  That’s when the master bedroom redo project began!

 

Here’s the before:

Now, you got to see a preview of the wall color and one DIY art project HERE.  Next up has everything to do with this fun fabric that I snatched up on clearance ages ago, with no project in mind.  I love the colors… and even more, I love coffee!

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After the bedroom began to take shape, it became pretty obvious that the bed needed some more color.  The brown leather throw pillows were too close in color to the head board so I decided to give them a new look.  I started by taking the cases off the existing pillows to get the measurements I needed for the new cases.

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Width-wise, the fabric was the perfect dimension to leave on the selvage and just fold in half so I only needed to sew up the long sides and hem the opening.

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I went back and forth between zippers and buttons for closures, but in the end, I opted for simple ribbon ties.

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I just pinned them were I wanted them then sewed away, going back and forth a couple times to make sure they’re good and secure.   Singe the ends of the ribbons a bit if you want to make sure you don’t end up with fringe.

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And there you have it!   Voila!  Literally a 10 minute project.

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And here they are in the natural surroundings… that middle pillow is now screaming out for a new outfit.

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What’s your vote?  Color? Solid? Pattern?  Fur of some kind?  Help!

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An Ottoman Tale

This is the story about an old, worn out ottoman.  It’s also the story about bad project process shots that leave me looking like I’m being eaten by said ottoman Little Shop of Horror style.

 

This isn’t a very detailed tutorial, mostly because most of my process was “wing it.”  It all started with removing the old fabric with a screw driver to pry up the original staples and a box cutter to cut out the stuck areas.

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Then there was a lot of measuring… (that’s my friend Christine from Recipes by Christine)

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and cutting…

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and more cutting…

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then there was the sewing. 

For the bottom side piece, we cut one long strip to wrap around the whole base then sewed it together in a loop.  The top side piece was done in the same way but I sewed the side to the top piece before sewing down the side.  It took a little tweaking here and there but it worked.

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You can see that the base is already done.  We just slid the loop of fabric on then stapled the top then the bottom, pulling things snug and smooth along the way. 

The top was sew as a bottomless “box” so when I slipped it over the cushion, all I had to do was staple it to the underside.  

(This story was very nearly about how I appear to be in miserable pain whilst concentrating but I decided not to make it about me.")

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Doesn’t this ottoman practically scream, “Feed me, Seymour!”

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A few fun parts you missed because of my serious lack of forethought in the documenting process were having to rip the seams out of the top piece after I miscalculated the first time and the cover was way too loose.  Also, I was half way through attaching the top cover when I couldn’t get the staple gun in the right position because of the opening mechanism… enter the drill and my frustration.  We took off the whole top, finished it in no time, and I wished I’d taken it off in the first place.

 

So here she is, poor lighting and puppy photobomb and all.  I LOVE IT.  I love it so much I’m ready to recover my entire couch! 

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Quinn loves it too, just not as much as he likes his picture taken.

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Anybody want to take a turn at staple gun duty when I start the 6 piece sectional?  No?

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How to: Relax

A few weeks ago I shared about my very first craft workshop.  Although string art is all over the blogiverse, I still thought I’d share a little bit about the process I used in creating my own “Relax” sign.

One of the very first things I pinned on Pinterest was this photo:

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Not only is it my favorite color combination, but I really need a constant remind to take a chill pill.  So, when I was trying to thing of the perfect design for my string art, the work “RELAX” went straight to the top of the list.

(Please disregard the terrible lighting…)

First up, I blew up my letters in Photoshop and printed them, cutting each one out…

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Then taped them down where I wanted them using tape loops…

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Then got busy with a hammer and nails until all the letters were outlined…

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I tied off my string on the first nail with a double knot, then went to town.  I didn’t use any particular wrapping method because I like the random look but you could certainly devise all sorts of patterns.

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Since I was using my work as the example for demonstration at the workshop, I left the “X” unfinished…

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But here it is now, the final product, in it’s “for now” residence in my completely NOT made over bathroom.  I love how the wood matches the trim and the string matches the walls of the master bedroom (stay tuned for the reveal next week!).  Totally a happy accident!

I LOVE this project!  I see repeat performances in my future, for sure.

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Project #3: More free art prints

I’m a sucker for a freebie and today’s score is a free customized Valentine’s Day card from TinyPrints.com when you LIKE them on Facebook… I’m all over that.  And since my last free card ended up as a piece of framed art (check it out HERE and stay tuned for the final result) I looked at the V-Day cards with the idea of scoring one as another art print.   Here are a few of my faves…

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I sort of want them all so I used the most effective form of selection I know… show the collage above to my 15 month old niece and ask her to point to the one she likes.  So this is on the way…

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I think this is going to be a perfect addition to my “friend” wall… more on that later.

So, don’t forget!  Go get your free card!

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This New (to me) House!

It’s I’ve-got-the-keys-in-my-hand official!  I am a home owner!!!

Okay, I’ll admit it.  That would have been a much more exciting sentence if this was being posted in June when I closed on the house.  Oh well.  LIFE HAPPENS.

Buying a house was easily the biggest commitment I’ve ever made in my entire life but I’m actually excited instead of scared.  Guess that’s what happens when you bide your time and wait for the right one.

Here it is… the reveal you’ve all been waiting for… unless of course:

    1. I already forced you multiple times to look at the pictures from my first showing
    2. I’ve already enticed you over with promises of food and frivolity
    3. I’ve made you work at my house in order to consume said food
    4. You helped take care of me after my foot surgery
    5. You haven’t been waiting at all because you know me too well and you guessed it would take at least 6 months to get pictures online…

Take that Es! I’ve got you beat by two months!  

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So that’s pretty much the at-a-glance tour of the place! More to come as I start digging into the decoration process.  I’ll leave you with a few favorite “moments” I love (or find hilarious). 

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