Friday, September 30, 2011

Slipcovered Sofa

If you've read my blog before, you may have seen my collage wall post. 
Well in most of the photos there is a long gray sofa, that you may or may not have noticed.
I thought I would show you a little before, and after. 
I found the sofa at an estate sale.  It was $70.00, which was truthfully more than I wanted to pay since it was ugly, but I went back on the last day and it was half price, which made it $35.00. 
I offerred them $30.00 and they accepted.   Woohoo!
I ran and borrowed my dad's truck (man buying furniture is a pain without a truck of my own), grabbed my husband, threw the kids in the back and we ran and picked it up.  Surprisingly, my hubs didn't say much or complain...which is not the norm.  Anywho, I assured him that I was going to slipcover it and it would look amazing.  Needless to say, he was a bit skeptical...I sew a little, but had never made a slipcover...  I told him to trust me.



See the ugly brown fabric underneath?  Funny thing is that it was already slipcovered with a mossy green floral print when I bought it, but I forgot to snap a picture before pulling it off and throwing it away.  It was very musty smelling so we needed to get it out of the house. 

Even though it was ugly, it is a solid sofa with heavy down cushions...I feel pretty lucky to have scored it at such a great price.

I then called my good friend, Shelley from Crazy Wonderful, the same friend that helped me with the collage wall...and asked if she would assist me in making the slipcover. She was awesome.  She gave her time and expertise, and amazingly we got 'er done, she helped me pin, but I did all of the sewing.  Here is the semi-final product.  I say semi-final, because it's a sofa from maybe the 60s and is really low to the ground.  I plan to put longer legs on it at some point.


I had planned to cover it with the painter's dropcloth I hear so much about, but decided that I might like a little darker color. I found some light gray cotton duck at half price at Joann's, so that's what I ended up going with. I probably spent about $125 on fabric, so all in all it was about a $150 sofa.
If you are thinking about making a slipcover, I say go for it, but go watch Miss Mustard Seed's tutorial videos first (she's my hero).  I watched all of them several times before I started.  I would even go back and watch them during just to build my confidence!

It's not perfect, but I am so proud of it!  This slipcover was a huge accomplishment for me!

If you're visiting from a Linky Party - THANK YOU! 
I would LOVE for you to Become a Follower!

I'm Linking up:
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
Remodelaholics Anonymous at Remodelaholic
Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest
Fancy This Fridays at Truly Lovely
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Weekend Link Up at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo 
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
 Show and Tell Saturdays at Be Different Act Normal
 Saturday is Crafty Day at I'm Along For the Ride
  Check Me Out Saturdays With A Vision to Remember
Nifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty Things
Dittle Dattle
Tuesday Confessional at Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy
Tuesday To Do at The Blackberry Vine
Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A2Z
Tuesday Link Party at Today's Creative Blog
Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween is Coming...

For those of you that don't know me...I LOVE HALLOWEEN! 
We've had an annual costume party for the past 5 years, excluding 2010 because we were moving. 
I love to dress up, and I love to see what other people dress up as. 
Funny thing about costume parties is that every year people say to me
"I'll come, but I'm not going to dress up...",
I respect that, but think to myself "you're going to feel left out and next year you'll dress up" and you know what it always happens.  In 2009, every guest was dressed in a costume! I call that victory!  


Make a cauldron with tissue paper and Christmas lights.  Put drinks in it?
Pinterest
I love to cook and make fun hors d'oeuvres and decorate my house in scary dramatic decorations.

halloween
Pinterest
Pinterest
Meatloaf zombie hand!
Pinterest

 
Shrunken Heads in Cider.      
Pinterest


   I'm trying to convince my other half that we need to continue the tradition, because while I LOVE to entertain, he HATES it...so there is always some issues around having any type of gathering. 
Not to mention that I usually spend too much money and try to do too much to the house before the party, which he says throws me in to "pre-event mode".  When people ask how it's going the day or week before the party, he'll say in a not amusing tone... "Katherine is totally pre-event".  And to use a qualifier that he can't stand, "I come by it honestly"...and I say that because my mom is totatlly the same way!

the witch is in (LOVE)
Pinterest

Pinterest
While, I've assured him that I won't get out of hand this year, that I will enlist friends to bring hors d'oevres etc., I don't know that he's convinced yet....so we'll see the jury is still out.

@Jen M, for Charlie's b-day?
Pinterest
 I'll let you know what he decides...but please know, you're invited too!  The more the merrier scarier!!

(How did I ever have a party before Pinterest...SO many great ideas!!)




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

GIVEAWAY - Don't forget to enter, your odds are amazing, but it ends at Midnight!!!

I'm having a giveaway and your odds are amazing, so far I only have one friend entered...

Help me by spreading the word around blogland...who doesn't like getting something for free??

Check out my original post here to see some of the layouts I used.


My Memories digital scrapbooking kits and scrapbook software

Here's what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1. Become a follower of my blog!

2. Go visit mymemories.com and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then come back and comment on this post telling me what you would choose.

For extra entries:

1. Go to My Memories blog, become a follower and come back and let me know about it!

2. Become a friend on Facebook of My Memories and come back and let me know!

3. Share my blog with your friends and have them become a follower - ask them to post a comment on this post saying you sent them!!


You can enter until midnight, Tuesday, September 13th!
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 14th!

Good Luck!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

GIVEAWAY - My Memories Digital Scrapbooking

My Memories digital scrapbooking kits and scrapbook software


A few weeks ago I was contacted by the people at MyMemories.com, asking me to try out their
digital scrapbooking software. 

Check it out:

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what this software can do...I love that I can just choose a layout and drop pictures into it, but you can also digital scrapbook too! It's just like you do with scissors and embellishments.  I'm a scrapbooker, but all of those projects have been pushed aside to work on projects around the house... I know you know what I'm talking about. 

Here is an example of some stock albums:






 
Scrapbooking is fun and fulfilling, but it is REALLY timeconsuming. 

My Memories Digital Scrapbooking will help you finish all of those albums you've been meaning to get around to.  I have a computer full of digital pictures that I need to get developed, much less scrapbook.  Dropping pictures into the above layouts,
seriously only took me about 20 minutes and most of that time
was just spent picking the pictures...
cropping and dropping the pictures took no time at all!

The folks at mymemories.com are not only giving one reader a code to download the scrapbooking suite free, they are also giving my readers a discount code so you can purchase the software for yourself.  Think of all the albums you could make and give out for Christmas...do you have grandparents constantly begging for pictures? 
Make them an album!!!

Here's what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1. Become a follower of my blog!

2. Go visit mymemories.com and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then come back and comment on this post telling me what you would choose.

For extra entries:

1. Go to My Memories blog, become a follower and come back and let me know about it!

2. Become a friend on Facebook of My Memories and come back and let me know!

3. Share my blog with your friends and have them become a follower - ask them to post a comment on this post saying you sent them!!


You can enter until midnight, Tuesday, September 13th!
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 14th!

Good Luck!!!



For a $10.00 discount off the purchase of My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10.00 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - a $20.00 value - just visit this link and enter the code listed below at checkout for your discount today!!!
Discount Code:  STMMMS59720

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Days...

My babies are growing up...it seems like yesterday that I had two itty bitty babies, and now one is starting Kindergarten and the other one is starting  Preschool.  It's funny, I was more nervous about Ollie starting Preschool, than I was Harper starting Kindergarten...but Harper had been in preschool for 3 years, and Ollie had only been at an in-home daycare... 

Man oh man, do they surprise me every time!

 


Ollie didn't bat an eye, she saw the other kids, threw her backpack at me and ran off...I had to remind her to give me a kiss and a hug - Stinker!!




Idea inspired by Pinterest

Harper was SO ready for Kindergarten!!  I know she loves it because when I go to pick her up from latchkey, she doesn't want to leave...

WOW!!  I love those little rascals and time is going too fast!

                                                                


 
Blogging tips