Showing posts from April, 2012

Princess Ottoman redo!

Here's the fabulous before!  I found this ottoman at the thriftstore for $5. It's very dated and worn. I immediately tore off the trim, the skirting... and it sat that way for a while. Okay, through our move. I wanted to redo it...cheaply! So I dug through my fabric to find something  sturdy enough for an ottoman. I found a bunch of houndstooth...left over from this and this ! But not quite enough.  But I had a remnant piece of bigger houndstooth  that was just enough more! I pieced the parts together to go around the chair with  just enough seam allowance. I traced the top circle of the ottoman on my fabric and cut it out. I cut it the same size as the top because I wanted it to fit snugly.  Then I sewed the tube around the circle.  Hemmed the bottom edge. It made a perfect slipcover. This could have been enough... But I wanted to secure it.  Just flipped it over and stapled that hemmed edge around the bottom

Dalek invasion--doctor who inspired sign!

I made another doctor who inspired sign! This one with the daleks! We are supreme. The first doctor who inspired stuff I did was almost a  year ago for Father's day... I used cheap dollar store contact paper and used my  silhouette to cut out the shape and words. Then I removed the positive space. adhered it to the wood, painted that positive space... sanded it up a bit and finished it off with a spray clear coat. Here's a picture tutorial. My kids love it. Check out my other dr who stuff here .

American Flag Upcycled Pallet

 Recycle an old pallet.  Patriotic awesomeness.  This uses 13 Two inch strips, nailed to 4 cross bars on the back. And a nail or a staple gun.  Paint blue on the upper left side, using only 6 stripes. Start with Red on the top...alternate red and white stripes... yes, my 8 year old can do it!  :) Allow to dry...  Then I used Dark Walnut minwax wood stain. Just rubbed with a rag onto the edges and across some stripes.  I like it better just a tad distressed. I put this up at our new house... so I could remember which house was ours... since there are 6 red brick houses in a row!  :) Because I am fiercely patriotic and love America! I love it!

Guest Posting at UCREATE!!!!!

 I am guest posting today over at Ucreate Parties! This is seriously one of my best ideas ever!  Check it out!

The UGLY Chair!

The culprit: The Ugly Chair. Bought this sucker in Utah before the move for $7.50 It's a rocker/spinner...and freakin ugly. I removed all the awful fabric and the old stuffings... so dirty and dusty!  I removed the buttons, the backing... and a million staples! I think furniture stores get paid per staple.  Okay, now we need stuffing. I bought a clearance memory foam full size bed topper.   Perfect. Cut the pieces to fit.  Then enter in woman's best friend! Electric staple gun!  Oh, I love you!  I started with this beautiful black upholstery with  embroidered damask.  Hobby Lobby. I did the under the cushion first.  I got a little discouraged because it was a tad crooked... so entered in My best friend--Mike! He swooped in like a knight in shining armor  and tackled that dragon! All stapled.  Some things are just easier with 2 people. (see that beauty ottoman in the background?'s next!)  Now to sew

Peanut Butter criss cross cookies

 These bring back childhood memories of grandma.  Simple Recipe: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter, room temperature 3/4 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla Mix dough and roll into balls with hands.  Using a dinner fork dipped in flour, lightly press cookies,  flattening and forming a criss-cross  pattern on each cookie.    Bake at 375° until golden brown,  or about 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool on baking sheets for a minute;  transfer to rack to cool completely.