Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thrift Store Loveseat


I found this small loveseat during a trip through our local GW store a few months ago.




It had a great price and looked virtually unused.  The frame was sturdy, the fabric clean (even though it was the wrong color!), and there wasn’t a stain or scratch on it.


I hoped it would fit into Alix and Kate’s room.  Since they have loft beds, there isn’t a lot of seating space for them.  They are sociable girls and love to have friends over, and they often invite the 3 little girls into their room to watch a movie together.




It was the perfect size for their small room and they loved it.

But of course the color of the fabric just wasn’t our style.  But that’s easy to change….with drop cloth.  Smile




I knew this would be a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  I could make a new slipcover, and at the same time teach Alix and Kate how to measure and sew a slipcover themselves.  Hopefully, one day, knowing how to do this will be a help to them.




Before we cut the fabric, we talked about what we wanted the slipcover to look like.  Details like whether to use piping on the seams, whether to make a ruffled vs. pleated skirt, how to do the panels on the cushions.  It didn’t take long to figure out.  And in the end we are all three very happy with how it turned out!


(the sofa isn’t crooked, the floor is!)




We even made a cute little pillowcase from remnants of an old tablecloth, for added comfort.


Now all they need is a sleepover and a few girlfriends and cousins to come try it out!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014





Our county fair starts later this week.  This is our first year to be 4-H participants and thankfully, the girls were easy on us.  Kate did one drawing – a close up pencil sketch of Lil T’s eye, and Alix will be riding just 2 days at the Fair.

Kate dropped off her art project on Saturday morning and will hear soon about how it was judged. I can’t find a picture of it, but we’ll get one later and show you. 


And Alix is happily preparing everything she can for the riding and showmanship classes she and Lil T will be participating in on Friday and Saturday.




She’s entered in several classes – including dressage and jumping.  We watched her last week, practicing at the fairgrounds with T, and really enjoyed seeing how far she’s come in less than a year, without having many actual riding lessons.




Hope you all are having a good start to your week!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beauty in a Wooden Tray


On a recent trip to Goodwill, I found a wooden tray; stained brown.  It was a sturdy little tray and I knew I could find a place for it, even though I wasn’t wild about the color.

I set it outside on the back porch, on a table that sits between a couple of chairs.  It helped fill in the space underneath an old painted pot of flowers I had there, and made the area look a little more layered and interesting. 




I resisted the urge to immediately get out my paintbrush and paint it, wanting to see if I would end up liking it fine just as it was.  And so it sat there patiently for several weeks.  


But something about it seemed a bit lackluster – as though I wasn’t helping it live up to its potential in life. 




It needed something.




After thinking about it, I remembered I still had some blue paint leftover from the dumpster dresser.

I lightly brushed it on, without priming, trying to skim over the stained wood, without completely covering it up.  I wanted it to look old and softly worn.  When I finished, it looked pretty enough, but it just didn’t seem to have any texture.  So since I was priming a shelf Glenn had just made for the boys’ room, I went ahead and dry brushed some of the primer over the blue paint.  Just enough to make it look as though the white was coming from underneath the blue. 




Now I love it. 


Not only does it have a purpose in life – it’s holding beautiful flowers and some special rocks picked up on our family walks – but it looks sweet as well.





It was so fast and easy, I find myself looking around at some of the other functional things I’m using, to see how they might be beautified. 

Sometimes it doesn’t take much at all; just a little imagination.