Saturday, 4 April 2015

Linen Slipcover (Part 1)

 OK friends and fellow DIY'ers!  I have decided to give making a LINEN SLIPCOVER for my EKTORP SOFA a try!  You may, or may not remember the gorgeous ruffled LINEN bedskirt I made for my daughters bed with it's amazing wrinkliness
 It wasn't easy-I'm not the greatest sewer and I have little patience-the sewing machine was close a few times to being thrown out the door! I'm not kidding! I was like.......just walk away...breathe!
I also made a LINEN slipcover for my thrift store chair. This was also frustrating BUT...IT CAN BE DONE!  Taking your time and thinking things through is the key. I searched all over for linen and found it to be quite pricey. I had already purchased a couple of the LINBLOMMA 100% linen duvet cover sets from IKEA and loved them but it took a while for it to CLICK! I realized because they were quite inexpensive for the amount of linen you get- purchasing more sets for my projects was the way to go!  Here in Canada the duvet cover sets are twin 69.99, full/queen 89.99 and king 99.99. When compared to fabric shops-this was the cheaper route. I am hoping I will only have to use my KING size duvet cover for the whole couch but I will see how it goes as I sew along.
I am not the greatest at giving step by step instructions, or following instructions for that matter!  I get a lot out of just looking at photos. I did find a lot of information on pinterest! OH HOW I LOVE PINTEREST! I read over a couple slipcover tutorials, and from those I decided to start, I am not following any one tutorial in particular at this point. You are welcome to ask me any question you may have! I started out by cutting 2 of the side seams out of my king duvet cover so I was left with one GIANT sheet of material. I laid one corner section of my large 'sheet' over the couch and I cut a section off to fit the seat and back rest. I am leaving this as one piece I didnt feel the need to cut it apart and sew it back together for the very back corner. The front section is about 6 inches from the floor because I will be adding a separate section for the skirt. Always keep in mind leaving that extra 1 INCH of material everywhere for your hems.

Next I laid another section over the top part of the arm to meet with base, and along the side I cut it at about 6 inches from floor since I will be adding a skirt.
Then I pinned all along the edges where the pieces meet up trying to be tight in the groove. There was some extra length of material hanging so I cut it down closer to my pins so it would be easier to see & sew.

Then I got a piece of paper and as best I could I cut it to the shape of the arm.
Then I pinned that to the material and cut a section that was about 1 inch larger than the paper. (it doesnt look like there is an extra inch in photo but there is)
Then I pinned that section to the part going up over the top of the arm
Then I sewed those sections together! and YES my pins are in the wrong direction but HEY!
One of the hardest parts about sewing sometimes is working inside out and backwards!!!
I did all the work on the left hand side of the couch-for the right side!  My brain isn't always that high functioning!
AND YES!!! It's looking pretty good so far! I chose not to add piping on the edges. Not ONLY because it is way less work, but the IKEA slipcover I have on this Ektorp sofa right now is the Stenasa and it doesn't have piping either and it kinda grew on me.
So this is the point I am at now, I will do a little more as soon as possible! It is Easter weekend and the Easter bunny will be hiding some chocolate eggs for the kids (me) and we will be enjoying a nice turkey dinner as well. I hope you all enjoy your weekend my friends! Mel

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Pretty Pastel Easter Eggs

Every Easter, I gather the kids to dye some eggs.
I LOVE the pretty pastels! 

 We've tried natural dyes, craft paints, made chalk paint dye and this year we used just regular old food coloring.

Most of the time I hard boil eggs-which the kids love-cuz they get to eat a lot of them!
But this year I found these plastic egg kits at Walmart for $2.00 ea.  (Canadian!)
They are so cute! 

So the kids had some craft time-well, they mostly competed over who did a better job of course!
I love craft time! It usually means Mommy gets to take some pretty home decor photos afterwards!
But overall they had fun and a few laughs!
I will go back to the regular hard boiling next year and we can add these ones into the mix for an even bigger bowl full!

Do you dye eggs every Easter?


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Fresh Flowers.....

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. ~John Ruskin

Flowers grow out of dark moments.~Corita Kent

Flowers are words Which even a babe may understand.~Bishop Coxe

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air. ~ Georges Bernanos  

What is it about fresh flowers?
I try as often as I can to have them in my home.
They do something wonderful for me, I just don't know how to explain it in words.
If they become far too wilted and I am forced to throw them out-
I don't just SEE something missing when I look around and literally FEEL something missing.
Once I bring fresh flowers inside again it puts me in an uplifted mood. 
While uptown I found this new Country Living magazine, the gorgeous cover caught my eye.
A bright green potting bench full of pots, herbs and flowers really makes me excited for spring and summer!
And because of the dreary weather here lately, I brought home a couple more pops of color with these limes and a 5 dollar tiffany blue mixing bowl.

 I thought I would share a few photos that I took this morning.
  Here are our kitties soaking up the sun and relaxing.
I love getting up early before everyone and having a nice quiet morning coffee and watch the sun come up!
 I love watching it brighten up the livingroom.
They are so lazy! ;)

Wishing you well!


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Meanwhile in Canada

                                                               Meanwhile in Canada....

Oh friends, I see you posting lovely SPRING colors and it is so beautiful! Unfortunately THIS is my reality at the moment. BLAH BLAH BLAH! It actually started snowing again. It's such a dreary day.

I FINALLY got around to cutting some apple branches IN HOPES to force the blossoms.
Now, I have checked different sites and there are different ways-but I am lazy-and I will take the short cut or easiest route EVERY TIME! So we will see if pretty pink blossoms appear in the next couple weeks. I should have done this WEEKS ago! But hey, you know me-woulda shoulda coulda.
I am heading out today and hope to return with some colorful pretties for my home!
What are your favorite color flowers and home decor accent colors?

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Simple Changes

What do you think of the fresh look I've given my chair??
I kept looking at it thinking WHAT CAN I DO TO YOU!?
I've been spending some time on line,
pinterest & instagram have been my go to spots lately.
That's where I find so much inspiration from so many talented gals.
I am trying to figure out just what I need to do to bring a FRESH look into our home.
So I am starting with SIMPLE CHANGES.
I think these simple changes are going to make a BIG IMPACT!
Below is a before pic.

What do you think of my simple chair makeover?
It's OK! be honest!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Faux Tin Tiles (repost)

 My headboard REALLY needed a makeover!
It had this black swirly wrought iron looking type thing in the center of it when we first bought it YEARS ago.
I removed the swirly thing and was having SO MUCH trouble figuring out HOW to fill the hole!

It was horrible. I had not a clue how to fix it!

Then I thought about old tin tiles (which I LOVE!) The hubby mentioned they might be hard to cut and nail into the wood and also any tin tiles I had found so far were a little out of my budget. :(

 BUT THEN! I found these inexpensive plastic tiles. I figured I could just paint them and try to give them that old tin tile LOOK. I cut them to size which was easy because they are just thin plastic. I then painted them with MMS MP in grain sack. I sanded them with a sanding block to add a distressed finish. I tacked them to the backside. They turned out pretty good!         
 They certainly work for now!

 I hope I've inspired you to be a little creative!


Thursday, 19 March 2015

That DIY Spirit

         OK YES! We've seen this type of thing a MILLION times by now-using BURLAP to recover something-to give a piece new life-but this is an old project of mine from 2012, and I don't think I ever shared it's story. It's not just a story of a CHAIR, it's much more than that. It's about that whole DIY spirit and the need to repurpose, reuse, redo, relove, you get what I mean. AND it's also a story of the relationship between a husband and wife, and I always hear similar stories and it makes me laugh every time!  (photo credit Robin Stubbert)

Driving home from town one day we passed this chair on the side of the road, at the end of someones laneway. You know, a curbside find. (I call it road kill.) I immediately looked at my husband-he looked at me-I gave him THOSE EYES-he shook his head NO and we continued to drive and drive AND DRIVE.  Hmmmmm?  yep! driving further and further away from something that all I wanted to do was stop and get a better look at!

 Now, I don't know about the rest of you ladies but this is the face I give when I don't get what I want. No, this is not my actual face, but the expression is pretty darn close!! So I don't say a word, I just sit there with THIS FACE. And not even looking directly at him-no just looking out the window-because I know he can still see this face even at side view.

 Now, as you already know-and can tell by that expression on my face-that's not really MY face-but you know-we had turned around and went back so I could get that better look at it and YEP! it ended up coming home with us!

I started out by washing it off with soapy water and the garden hose and left it outside to dry for a few days. I applied 2 coats of Old White ASCP, distressed it with a sanding block and then applied both clear and dark AS waxes.

I then got out my reupholstery stapler and applied some burlap coffee sacks on the seat and the backside. For the backrest I applied a plain burlap material and I then STENCILED the lettering on with Graphite ASCP to match the seat!! Bet you didn't know THAT!!! And as you can see from the beautiful top photo taken of the chair with our Himalayan Smeagol, that stenciling turned out pretty darn nice!

Even though you've seen this type of thing a million times-what do you think?

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