As you probably gathered from the recent news, we had a decent snow storm here in Washington state. For once the weather forecast was correct! Schools were closed ahead of time and we braced ourselves for a power loss and all of the fun that brings! Well, we didn't loose power afterall, so I got to stay home and do some of the creative stuff that I wanted to do!
My craft room is "my" space so I decided to be a little bit crazy and do what I wanted to do with the wall between the door and the armoire. So I collected some ideas from pinterest.com (love that danged site) and painted this r.i.g.h.t.o.n.t.h.e.w.a.l.l.:
It is a floor to ceiling tree that I will add painted frames to as I collect them from one of my recent favorites places...the goodwill in Silverdale! Currently the frames have cork board in them so I can easily change what lives inside. That was a fun project to do. It even has a heart with my and hubby's initials in it! I WILL have to tidy up the base board a bit...I can be a messy painter. Maybe that is why my husband frowns on my painting adventures...
The tree took me only a couple of hours to create, so I moved onto another project I have been wanting to do.
Recently, I had found a great chair at the goodwill for a few dollars and thought that it would make a great first reupholstering project. In anticipation of this project, I had purchased some cotton fabric and so I began by stripping the chair of its nasty old skin.
I started with the top, because it looked the easiest. This is a shot of the back of the chair. Not too bad for a rookie. Pulling fabric taut and hammering in the tack at the same time is hard to do! As I was focused on doing the top, I wasted a bunch of fabric and was mad because I did not have a large enough piece to cover the seat in one swath. I stewed over it for a time then thought of Katie's wedding dress with all of the rooshing on it. I cut the strips to the correct size, gathered them and sewed them to the seat topper then sew a staying strip to the bottom of the gathers and tacked it in place on the underside of the chair.
So here is the finished chair. I would probably choose a different fabric next time, but it turned out well for my first try. (My curtains have a fairly large graphic on them so I went for something small, although I was looking for a plaid at the time.) More tacks and pulling more on the top would smooth out the edges there. That project took me a couple of days to complete. I took my time and painted stuff while I pondered each step of the way.
What did I paint do you ask? Well I have been having fun repainting really ugly frames and arranging them on my wall. Eventually I think I will use chalk board paint or maybe a mirror on the empty one in the middle; I haven't decided. The bulletin board frame is decoupaged scrap book paper.
I mentioned earlier that I have been haunting pinterest. I saw this pinecone door thingy so I made one for my door next. I am still looking for something cool for January door decor, so until I find just what I want, this will do:
My version pinterest
Still out on snow days (there were three) so I got out the glitter that I bought at Michaels when I was out one time with Jesica (prebaby) and plastered my wood halloween tree that I purchased on clearance. YEah!
It lives on the top corner of my bulletin board for now.
Finally the snow was melted and we could get out. After work on Monday I went to my second favorite place to haunt when I am killing time. I found this fun clock for $20 bucks at Ross so it had to come home with me! It now lives at the top of the stairs.
These are heart shaped pocket warmers that I sewed up from left over fabric in my stash. They are filled with rice. You zap them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds then pop them in your pocket to keep your hands toasty. They will be Valentine gifts for the people I work with.
So what have you been up to on these wintry days? I hope whatever it may be, that it make your heart smile!
PS My next project is a new duvet cover from Katie's wedding table fabric. I have a lot of it, and I am slightly in love with black, white and oatmeal colors these days! Enjoy!