Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bench Redo

I've had this 80's retro looking bench that's been sitting in my garage for months. Inspiration and motivation finally hit so, with my mom's help, I made a cute little ruffled drop cloth slipcover and gave it a fresh coat of paint to give it a new life!!

 If you think the slipcover is as cute as I do, visit Jennifer over at Dear Lillie. I used her slipcovered ottoman tutorial as my guide.

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:

Monday, March 26, 2012

More Booth Updates

So, I think I am finally finished setting my booth up!! I love what we used for the walls to help define the space! It closes it off a little to make it actually feel like a booth, but I think it still looks "open" and not too cluttered. What do you think? We were getting a lot of compliments from people while we were setting up! 

I love that I have a place to finally hang and display things!
I created some embroidery hoop art with images found at The Graphics Fairy and transferred them onto muslin using Citra Solv.

Spring Mantle

I've been pretty consumed with repainting, sewing, and making things for my booth lately, so my own house has been pretty neglected as far as decorating and projects go. I made some time last week to put together a simple spring fantle (fake mantle). Enjoy!

 I found the small section of picket fence at one of my parents' rental houses. I'm so glad I grabbed it!

I used an old trowel to hold scrabble tile magnets and an Easter postcard. 

 My two year old son, Anderson helped me pick daffodils from our yard.

I had to add this shot of some mini daffodils because they're just so cute!

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Featured at Remodelaholic

Hey there!! I just wanted to quickly post letting you know that Cassity from Remodelaholic is featuring my pallet cabinet!!! Whoo hoo! I'm so excited!

If you have not been over to Remodelaholic you need to do that right now! In addition to all the fabulous DIY projects and ideas, there's also great weekly link parties, and other talented bloggers featured regularly - like this pallet backsplash tutorial that I will be shamelessly copying and incorporating into my own kitchen redo!

I hope you'll go over and check out my feature and spend some time looking around the rest of Cassity's awesome blog!

Thank you Remodelaholic!!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Union Jack Pillow

Ever since I rented my booth on March 1, I have been nonstop brainstorming ideas on what I want my space to look like, things I want to fill it with, things I know are popular right now, and things I can make quickly and inexpensively.

One of the trends I LOVE right now is the Union Jack. I don't think I would have the patience to paint one on a piece of furniture so I made a pillow using this picture I found on Pinterest for inspiration.

Now, I have to tell you, other than an extremely simple pillow case I made for my son recently I have never used a sewing machine in my life. I got one for Christmas this year and I had fun figuring things out.

I bought a 14 x 14 pillow form from Joanne's 40% off and used a drop cloth and lace for my material.

I cut two squares from my drop cloth. They measured 15 x 15 for seam allowance.

I cut four strips of drop cloth each about 2 inches wide. Two are 15 inches in length. The other two are 21 inches in length. I folded and ironed down the sides for a nice seam. 

I cut four strips of lace the same lengths as the drop cloth. 

Then I sewed on a strip of drop cloth and then went back and sewed on the lace. 

Continue this process

Until all your strips are sewn in place.

Then, I sewed the 15 x 15 squares together, inserted my pillow form, and slip stitched the open seam.

I am so pleased with how my first major sewing project turned out!!! This pillow will be going to my booth, but I wish I could keep it for myself. :) I love it!!

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Booth Update

Hi friends! Are you enjoying this lovely weather as much as I am?!? Nate and I spent the morning at my booth putting some walls in place using picket fence sections and barn doors I found at an estate sale last weekend. My mom let us borrow her vehicle so we could get everything set up!

All you're getting today are iphone pictures since I forgot my good camera at home. :( We still have a few things left to add so I'll be sure to get better pictures when we are completely finished.

One side of the booth holds all the shabby chic/white vintage/chippy goodness that I love. And the other side will be more of a rustic/farmhouse/industrial look that I also love.

It's all coming together nicely! I'm so excited!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Chair Makeover

I've had this chair for awhile that I finally got around to redoing. I took it to my booth last Sunday.

This dated looking chair

Got two coats of primer

Two coats of Parchment White paint

Was lightly sanded

With steel wool

And the seat was recovered in gorgeous script fabric


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Whoo Hoo!!!!

In January I was contacted by a special projects editor from asking if they could use a picture of the crib mattress spring inspiration board I created for my craft room in a photo gallery they were putting together!!!! The link is up and I'm so excited I just had to share it with all of you!!! The photo gallery shows some great low cost bedroom ideas. Go here to see. I'm photo #5!!!! Layla and Kevin from The Lettered Cottage and Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts were featured as well! 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

My Booth

On Wednesday my husband Nate and I went to set up my booth. I snapped a few pictures so you could see what it looks like. It's definitely a work in progress as I'm still trying to build my inventory and finish a few pieces of furniture to add to the space.

My space is a corner booth so it opens up to two aisles. I love this setup because you can see or walk through my booth from either side!

View from one aisle
 We only had two weeks to prepare (one of which we were recovering from the flu) so we are still brainstorming cost effective ways to create more permanent walls to define the space a little better.

I quickly made my little blog logo, but I plan to make a bigger one from pallet boards. The little shelf will be the perfect spot to place my business cards once I get them ordered. 

 Nate built two of these tables for me. The construction is identical to the kid's pallet table we built for our son, but the dimensions are 36" x 16" and it's 33" tall.

 He also built me these awesome crates. The one on the top is made from pallets.

View from the other aisle. 

There's still a lot of work to be done, but I think we're off to a great start. I'm so excited about this new venture! As I bring in more items to fill the space, I'll be sure to keep you updated!

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to: