Friday, September 28, 2012

Dry Erase Plate and Tile Food or Message Markers / Label

So cute! So many uses too. I saw the idea for the message plate at the The House of Smiths Blog and found a tutorial for the Markers from Madigan Made on Pinterest. You really don't need instructions, just a Cricut machine and vinyl. At least that is what I used.

I made the plate out of a square small platter from Walmart a few months ago and have had it on my kitchen counter. To hold it, use a plate stand found at Walmart also.

We use it for phone messages, personal messages and a grocery list. It is also great for company, you can put it in the entry to tell your guests where to put their coats or as a Welcome.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

My arm chair project. Chair recover.

Found this baby at goodwill for $5. Sanded and painted it. Supposed to be matte stainless steele color not silver but, Oh Well.
I found my inspiration in a pin on pinterest.

I fell in love with this fabric and started stapling it on the seat. It just wasn't coming out right and I realized that I have nowhere in my house to put a yellow and gray chair, so off the fabric came.
...and sat for about a year.
I went on a girls day trip to Portland Oregon, we stopped at Fabric Depot and I had the most fun looking at fabrics! By then I had decided to go with black and white and found this timeless fabric print! The trim I found at Hobby Lobby and I was back in business. Finally finished my chair as I was recovering from foot surgery last fall. 
I love the way it turned out. It's a bit modern for my house, but it makes me smile when I come home and see it there. That's all that matters.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Paris Theme Graduation Party ~ Parisian

Last June I threw a graduation party for my daughter, she wanted a Paris theme and it turned out really cute so I thought I would share.
She had a large Eiffel Tower topiary in her room that we used to set the theme on the dessert table.
I used a damask print curtain panel for the table cloth and spread a strand of lights over the table and covered them with a sheer white swirl design panel I bought at Walmart. The lights in the Eiffel tower are a strand of battery operated star lights found at Michael's Craft.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tutorial: How to cover an Art Matte with Book Pages

This is my first tutorial, so thanks in advance for any advise.
I had a piece of art in my living room that I really like but the matte has a blush hue and the image has a warmer yellowish hue. They just don't really go together but I love the bead trim on the inside of the matte. I was going to try to find a different image, but then found ideas on Pinterest to use book pages to cover the frame. None of the pins I found had a tutorial so I thought I would try my hand at making one.
I went to my fave thrift store and searched for old books. I was really excited to find one in french! The book itself isn't that old but the pages have the color I wanted.

This is the finished product. It is hard to see the true color, but the book pages are a warm color that accents the image.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Before and After Cafe Chair


I found this metal chair at a thrift store for $5.99. It was pretty ugly with its brown paint and brown vinyl seat, but I could see how cute it could be with the swirl design on the back. At first I wanted to cover the seat in  a swirl design fabric. A year ago I could get it in any color, I even recovered a large ottoman in it for my living room, but now, when I need it, none anywhere. (At least none in the home decor dept of my local fabric store)

I did however find this whimsical black and white fabric with lime green accents, just the colors of my daughters bedroom. I had the green canvas fabric at home for the piping so it was a perfect fit!