Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ottoman Slip Cover

I’ve been inspired by the many wonderful projects that I have been seeing using drop cloth material!  But the real icing on the cake had to be when I watched a wonderful series of videos by Miss Mustard Seed!!! Have you seen these videos? The whole time I watched the videos I thought of the sad lil’ chair that I have sitting in the corner of the living room in desperate need of a makeover.  Plus my living room is a bit dark and I would love to lighten and brighten it up for the summer months.

Okay….. So I thought to myself…. I’ve never worked with a drop cloth before and I have never made a slip cover before, maybe I should try something easy for my first project.  How ‘bout that disgusting (years of abuse by three kids and two dogs) ottoman that is crying out for help! 

Okay so the ottoman it is!


I started by washing the drop cloth material as per Miss Mustard Seed and then on to the making the piping.  Miss Mustard Seed sews her piping with straight strips of material, but I covered my  piping on the bias using the largest cording that I could find at Wal-Mart. 


I started at the top of the ottoman and worked my way down to the bottom. 

Pinning… pinning… and more pinning. 

At the last moment, I decided to add a box pleated hem to the bottom.  Which left me short on material from my original calculation to complete the slip cover.  Don’t you just hate when that happens?


I purchased another drop cloth only to find out that NOT all drop clothes are created equal!  Hello!  This was a news flash to me.   The second one, even though it was the same weight and dimensions as the first one I picked up, was heavier and darker in color.  Off to the store I go to purchase a third drop cloth which it turns out is lighter in weight and a smidge too dark in color.  Waving my white flag, I settled with the third drop cloth simply because I live about 30 minutes away from the nearest hardware store.  The darker of the third drop cloth I placed towards the back corner. So far no one has noticed.  (Well, my mother hasn’t been by to see the slip cover yet!  jk)  


The piping and the box pleat hem takes this project from looking like a beginner project to a custom ordered slip cover!  Don’t you just want to try to make one today?


I just realized that I probably should show you the ottoman without the slip cover.  Yes, my Dad made the box and the cute little bun feet and then I upholstered it.  The ottoman is tufted with  9 buttons on the top.

Now on to that chair…..


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Break Projects

Well, spring break is over and it’s time for the kiddos to get busy with their last few weeks of school before summer break.  I did manage to get a few things crossed off my want/need T0~Do list.

*If you are my Facebook buddy then you may have already seen pixs of these projects.

First thing I tackled was re~staining a bench and glider that my dad made many years ago with the left over stain from redoing our deck.  

wooden glider

The bench and glider weren’t as faded as the deck and still had some stain on them.  Even with some light sanding,  they still had some stain on them.  The Sherwin Williams deck stain that I purchased was a translucent color and I just knew it wouldn’t give an even color.  So I mixed up a combination of a few stains that I had left.  I wasn’t really too concern with the color because I already knew I liked all the stains that I had in my arsenal.   Once that coat dried, I went over it with the SW stain, figuring that it would provide the best protection for the outdoor elements.

The birds have already put their mark it! ick

wooden bench

Okay, so I shamelessly moved this cute little bench to this spot so that I could use my spring time “IRIS” display as a backdrop!

Purple Iris display

Lovely!!!  Only a few short years ago I picked up one iris tuber and after dividing them a few times over the years, it has turned into this huge iris garden.  If anyone lives close to me and would like a few for their garden, I would be happy to share! 

Cricut Cover

Here is a real quick project! 

A cover for my Cricut machine.  I have been tossing the idea around as to whether or not I needed a cover  because I use it so much.  Would it be necessary? That is until…. the pollen arrived!! 

And there is one more spring break project that I have to share with you but that will have to wait until tomorrow!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #22

Happy Easter Sunday!

What a lovely sunny weekend it was!  It was just shy of hitting 90 degrees!  What happen to the calm 70 degrees of April?  We spent this weekend like we do most weekend and that’s watching the boys ride their dirt bikes, but on the plus side we were over by the coast!  So no projects were completed this weekend. Not to worry I should have a project or two to show you this week.

Here a few AMAZING projects that caught my eye from Amaze Me Monday #21”

This Vinyl Cook’s Plate has me cracking up every time I see it!  Thanks for sharing Crafty Lady.

Wonderful  information for growing tomatoes by Cottage Hill.

Sweet little Table Makeover by Snowflakes & Dragonflies.

Love me a good knock off project like these Jute Pears from Country Glamour Home

Crochet Easter Bunny by Cozy Home Scenes. 

What child wouldn’t love to see the many faces of themselves on the wall?!  Thank you Live.Laugh.Photograph for sharing her Wall Collage.


Amaze Me Monday Blog Party Link Up

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Lil’ Foot Stool

Sugar & Spice in the land of Balls & Sticks blog has a great party called Before Blogging Throwback Thursday.    Here is my “Before Blogging Throwback”……..

foot stool

After our home was built and going from less than 1,000 square feet to over 5,oo0 square feet, I was in need of furniture.  So I had my dad construct construct a box with four bun feet. Then I added a foam top and upholstered to create this cute little foot stool.


This lil’ guy has been moved around from room to room and has been re-upholstered several times.  It currently resides in the master bathroom next to the tub.

custom fabric

I custom made the fabric on the top.  {The color in this photos is off….way off!!!  It should be a mint green like the top two photos.}  I wanted to experiment with mixing patterns together but couldn’t find a fabric that I liked, so I made my own.  I used a decorative stitch pattern on my sewing machine to sew on the lattice pattern in golden yellow and embroidered the flower. 

It’s time to re-upholster this lil’ foot stool again as it has a few stains on the top fabric.   I also have a larger ottoman in the living room that I am currently making a slipcover for.  I hope to have it done to show next week.

Please hop over and join Sugar & Spice’s "Before Blogging Throwback Thursday".


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

This beautiful Natural Edge Elm Pedestal Bowl

goes to……



Giveaway winner


Please contact me via email with your information.

Thanks you to everyone for entering and leaving so many lovely comments.  It means the world to me and my parents.  Please visit Wood Expressions for more wooden one of kind works of art.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Carrot Boxes

I had to take a break from all the construction/remolding that I’ve been doing around the house to create a cute little treat box for Easter.  Plus I have withdrawals if I don’t get to use my Cricut machine on a regular bases. lol

My niece and nephew will be coming in for a short visit and being a good aunt, I wanted to shower them with some Easter candy!



I used my Cricut machine to design and cut out the box but anyone could print out the template on their computers and cut it out with scissors.  In fact, I found a printable template that I will share at the end of this post.Carrot-Box-Printable

The tag was designed on in Photoshop and the egg shape papers were cut out on Cricut.  I printed all the scrapbook papers out on cardstock using my printer.



Carrot Box Template

{I made my own but this an exact match}

Scrapbook Paper 

{orange paper with carrots and the coordinating green on green poke-a-dot paper}


Monday, April 18, 2011

Plato’s Closet Score!

We are officially on spring break for the week! 

We don’t have any BIG plans, we just plan on enjoying our time off doing the things we like to do or have been wanting to do!!!   Which for my teenage kids….. it’s  SHOPPING.  If you heard them talk you would think they were running around naked and I’m sure my teens are any different from anyone else’s teens because ONLY “name brand” clothes will do.

Have you heard of place called Plato’s Closet?

It’s a  shop that buys and sells only the latest styles in brand named clothing.  Plato’s Closet is geared for teens and young adults.  There are 3 (going to be 4) stores within an hours drive from our house!  I was telling my kids about the store and hoped they would have an open mind (you know how snobby teenagers can get?) and would be willing to check it out.  So we did and THEY LOVED IT

I gave each of them a $100’s and here’s how they SCORED…….

{Olivia’s Score}

Olivia's Score collage

Edit: one t-shirt missing from the photo due to being in the laundry.


{Austin’s Score}

Austin's Score collage

Wowzer!!! Right?



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #21

Good Sunday evening to Ya’ll!

I hope everyone had a safe weekend!  I know many parts of the southeast got hit pretty hard with some severe weather.   We had strong winds for several days and a good bit a rain mixed in.

For the most part, I spent the weekend working on projects for Easter as well as projects for around the house.   My Dad came over a couple of times during the weekend to work on the shelf in the foyer. Sheet rock is hung and recess lights are in!  I’m now at the stage where I need to “mudd” the drywall.  yuck.  I don’t think I will be jumping out of bed in the morning to tackle this project.  In fact this coming week my kids will be celebrating their spring break! yeah!  I think I look forward to this week as much as they do!!!   Before I head to bed tonight I will be plotting all the projects that I hope to get done.

Here are just a few of the AMAZING projects that caught my eye from last weeks party. 


Laundry Room Wall Art by Girl in Air

Strawberry Cream Cake by Moss and Clover

Wine Cork Artwork by The V Spot

Chalkboard Bunny by Can’t Stop Making Things

Dreamy Hanging Bed by Life at Lake Camp

Spring Wreath by Love Laughter and Decor

Wax Paper and Wire Basket Chandelier by Thrifty Decorating

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party Link Up

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Natural Edge Elm Bowl

Friday, April 15, 2011

It’s UP!

Well, the first stage of the foyer wall shelf! 

Foyer Shelf

My Dad and I built the frame of the shelf on Sunday night….. okay my Dad did most of the work because it was at the end of the weekend and my brain couldn’t keep up with his!  LOL.  Then all week I had a little sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach wondering if I was making a huge mistake and this shelf would look awful.  But last night my Hubby and the boys put up the frame……… And I think this is dead on what the foyer needed.

Do you see all that space between the door and the window?  Installing a 9 foot door helped, but it always looked awkward to me.    Now can you envision sheetrock, painted all out in white, beautiful crown moulding, and down lights???  It’s going to be fabulous!


This won’t be a real blog if I didn’t include the REAL story about the hanging of this frame.  See my Hubby texted me during the day and said that he would hang the frame up for me that night because he and my son where heading out for a three day weekend.  That sounds great to me! So I ran down and got a couple pizzas for a quick dinner and placed them in the oven for when my Hubs got home.  Meanwhile, I thought I would kill some time waiting for him to get home in my Craftroom (which is up stairs) only to hear my daughter yell up the stairs that my teenage son and his friends ATE all the pizza!  Yes, all of it!!  Do you have a breaking point? Because my son and his friends just found mine.  Needless to say, there was a lot of yell, screaming, and plenty of dirty looks to go around the rest of the night.  My clueless son and his friends apparently didn’t think that the other 4 people living in the house needed to eat!   So while I face a long sleepless weekend (don’t sleep well when my Hubby’s gone and my son’s racing) they are glad they get three days away from me and hopefully I will calm down.  Silly I know…. getting upset about some eaten pizza……………………….

Have a great weekend!


A Bit Side Tracked

Sherwin Williams Deckscape Chestnut

{Sherwin Williams Deckscape “Chestnut”}

Yes, I must admit that my life is much like the book “If You Take A Mouse To The Movies”.  Refinishing the deck was very low on my to-do list….. but the other weekend I had my teenage son remove all the patio furniture and press-wash the deck. {Anyone else create busy work for their kids?   My father is the master at this!  Ask me how I know.} Then will out last weekend getting paint for the foyer, I noticed that Sherwin Williams also had their stains on sale!  I have never used it before, but I couldn’t help myself and picked up a couple gallons.

I actually had a window of opportunity between the rain that we have been getting and the rain we are going to be getting to apply the stain to the deck yesterday.   I used a foam pad attached to an extension rod (my broom handle) to apply the stain.  I wish I used a sprayer to lay on the stain and the even it out with the foam pad.  I had to use a small foam brush to get into the cracks and crevices.

The photos were taken while the stain was still wet and I realize it looks a little uneven but it really turned out great! Does anyone have any experience with Sherwin Williams Deckscapes?

Keeping the book theme going….

Now that the deck is stained, I want to remove the railing.  The railing is right at my eye level when I sit down and I can’t see the kids in the back yard.  And who wants to put their old patio furniture on a newly refinished deck?  I see another project in the future.  (just giving heads up, Dad)


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wood Expressions Giveaway #2


Yes, another fabulous


from my amazing parents at

Wood Expressions.


~Natural Edge Elm Pedestal Bowl~

value of over $48!


This bowl is all handmade by turning a piece of elm wood on a lathe.  Then decorative texture is added to the bottom pedestal,   the bark is left intact for a natural edge, and finished with orange oil.

Bowl measures 8” wide and 3 3/4” in height.

Will make a great candy dish, as it is food safe!

Detail Elm natural edge hand turned bowl



3 pine hand turned wooden eggs!!!


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