Wednesday, November 26, 2014

sweater pillow DIY

I saw the cutest sweater pillow the other day.  I don't remember where I saw it, but I loved it and wanted to create one for myself.  

I love the way it looks in my living room on my brown leather couch!

I found this sweater at the thrift store for less than $5.  I bought an extra large so I would be sure to have enough sweater to work with.  

I measured my feather pillow insert and figured out how big to sew the sweater.  
I marked it with some straight pins.  (not pictured)

Then I turned it inside out and sewed around 3 sides, leaving the bottom of the sweater open.  

Then I cut off the neck and arms (saving them for a later project).

I turned it right side out and stuffed the feather pillow inside.  

To close the bottom of the pillow, I folded it similar to wrapping a gift:  
sides in first, then the top, then the bottom.

Then I loosely whip stitched it closed.  
When I am done with this cover, I can easily clip the thread, 
undo the stitches and pull the cover off of the pillow.  

Super simple and cozy for the season!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Folding table and chairs- makeover

Thanksgiving is next week!  
And while I love hosting our family for this Holiday, we always need extra seating!
So I spiffed up our old folding table and chairs.

It was pretty simple.  Here's how I did it.  

This is what the chair/table set looked like before.  

I took the seats and the table top off.  Underneath, the seats were attached with screws and L brackets.  It was easy enough to remove the screws and lift off the seats.  I wiped every surface down with soapy water to prepare for painting.  

I sprayed all of the frames with spray paint.  
I tried to keep all of the coats light and even. 
 It took c cans of paint to cover all of the frames of the chairs and table.

I used  Rustoleum spray paint (amazon link) in black Semi gloss.  

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I recovered the chairs and table top.  
I somehow missed taking pictures of this step, but here's the process.

I bought about 3 yards of flannel backed plasticy-type fabric from Walmart.  
It was super inexpensive, like $3 a yard.  
I laid the fabric out and put the table top upside down on top of it.  
Then I stapled the fabric to the backer board of the chairs and table.  
Unfortunately I did this at my kitchen table and used staples that were too long.  
(Can you see where this is going?)  
Yes, I stapled the table top to my beautiful kitchen table.  (cue tears!!)
I dug the staples out (sniff, sniff), bought shorter staples and tried again.  
I pulled the fabric taught, and stapled as I went around the table top.  
It worked really well.  
Once I was done stapling the fabric, I put the recovered table top back into the table frame and screwed it back in.  
Then I repeated with each of the chairs.  

And now we have not new, but improved extra seating for Thanksgiving!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Favorite Things 2014

One of my favorite blogs hosts a Favorite Things party every year.
It's so much fun!

I was asked to participate this year and am soooo honored!  Yay!
Thank you Melissa!!

Here are some of my favorite things:

These furry moccasins from Payless are wonderful!!  
(This is not an affiliate link, I'm just sharing where I purchased my shoes)
They are as comfy as slippers and keep my feet snug and warm!  
I wear them almost every day!

A new Dairy Queen just opened in my town.  
It's kind of embarrassing how often I've gone in the short time it's been open.  
My favorite treat there is the Pumpkin Pie blizzard.  
Seriously, go get ya one before they are gone for the season.  So delicious!!

Another one of my favorite things are Arrows!!

I got the rusty one at the Nashville Flea market.  
The bottom left I made from a vintage ruler.
The bottom right is a printable I made last month but never posted about it.  
It is available here.

Another one of my favorite treats is White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's.  
I'm not a milk chocolate fan at all.  
But these?  I love them!!
I always stock up when they are available during the Holiday season.  

And lastly, I think I've professed my love of chalkboards many times. 
I'm still in love with them.  
But I especially love vintage chalkboards, 
the ones that look like they've been around the block a time or two.  
If only they could tell the stories of the things that have been written on them!
Both of the boards in the top pic were found as is at Goodwill.  
(I added the leaf/feather garland for fall.)
The one in the bottom pic was a picture that I bought 
at Goodwill, took the art out and  painted the glass with chalkboard paint.  
Now it is in my office with my blog name!


Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Next on the blog hop is Beth from Unskinny Boppy.  

Also, be sure to link up some of your 
favorite things at the link party Melissa is hosting on Thursday.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Warm and Sparkly Fall Vignette

Today I'm sharing a little fall vignette I did in our living room.

I'm going with a natural, gold and sparkly theme this year.  

For the natural part I used a real mini pumpkin, twigs from my yard and chestnuts my son found when we went out for dinner a few weeks ago.

The sparkly is the gold vase filler and gold frame in the back ground.  

Source list:  

lampshade- Target (a few years ago)
sifters, spool- vintage
lamp, gold frame, tray- Goodwill
paper mache box, gold vase filler, black and white pumpkin, pinecone acorns- Hobby Lobby
gold polka dot pumpkin- made from dollar store pumpkin
candle wax warmer- walmart
candle stick- Kohl's (a few years ago)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Laundry closet redo

We have lived in our house for 10 years.  I have wanted to redo our laundry closet for almost that entire time.  About 5 years ago, I started seriously thinking about it.  
Finally, a few weeks ago, I decided to do something about it!

Our Laundry Closet

Here is what it looked like before.  
This little closet is right inside our back door.  
It was fairly functional, but that's about it.  
The closet also had awful bi-fold doors that kept getting stuck and 
knocked off track by our garage door.  So annoying.  

The first thing I did was take everything out of the closet.  I took down the wire shelves and patched all of the holes in the walls.  Then I gave the walls a fresh coat of paint.  I mixed together a bunch of latex paints leftover from previous projects and that's the wall color I used.  

I had furniture grade plywood cut down to size. 
 I also purchased shelf brackets and 1x4's for the shelf fronts.

I sanded and sanded all of the surfaces of the plywood.  

I stained the wood with sunbleached by Rust-oleum. (amazon link) 
 It is the perfect weathered wood color.  
I used a cheap paint brush and painted the stain on.  
Then I went back with a rag, rubbed the stain in and wiped it off.  

I measured where I wanted the shelves and hung the brackets using heavy duty dry-wall anchors.  
I don't have any photos of this, but just picture me trying to get everything level, trying to drill pilot holes, only to find out the battery was dead in my drill and having to wait for it to charge.  Then dropping screws behind the washer,  finally getting the brackets hung, wrestling the awkward plywood shelves onto the brackets, and figuring out that the shelves bowed. 

 To solve that  problem I attached small scraps of 1x2's into the wall at the end of the shelves to brace them.  Bowing problem solved!  

I stained the 1x4's and attached them to the front of the shelves with wood glue and nails.  

I filled up the shelves with various baskets I collected from Home Goods and other stores.  

I found these cute bottles at Walmart for laundry soap and fabric softner. 
 I put oxy clean in a mason jar.  

I hung some curtains (temporarily) on a tension rod.  
I'm still looking for a more permanent curtain rod.    

Most of the time I leave the curtains open because I love the way the shelves turned out.  

Before and After!!  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last minute Halloween ideas

Can you believe Halloween is this Friday?  

Are you looking for a few last minute Halloween ideas?  

Here are a few:

Last years Halloween mantel

What are you and/or your kids dressing up as this year?  

I am going to be Ariel, my daughter is going to be a butterfly, 
my little one is Wolverine and my teen son is going to be a 
gangster (I'm kinda scared to see what this means!!).  

Have a fun and safe Halloween!!  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween treat jar

Today I'm sharing this treat jar!  
It would make a fun neighbor, friend or teacher gift!

I found these cute little bottles in the dollar section at Target.
The sticky gemstones are from Hobby Lobby.  

I free handed the spiderweb.  I made an X with a line through the middle of it. 
 Then I did circles around the X.  Simple!  
The gemstones are really easy to trim down with a pair of scissors.  

I filled the jar with a fave Halloween treat- CANDY CORN!  Yum!  
I'll be making a few more to hand out this year!!