Saturday, October 11, 2014

Patchwork Hassock Cover...Love!!!

 I'm not much of a sewer, but I can usually pull something together without a lot of complications and "old faithful" hot glue!

 It was over a year ago that I found this, 1970's, hassock at a thrift store for just $3.00 and I've been wanting to recover it ever since. Can you say "pro-cras-tin-ate?"
  Canvas and microfiber fabrics, cotton jute roping and a scripted stamp were the inspirations for creating my new ottoman cover.

So, I began with a pattern from plain printer paper...using the triangle shape, on the hassock, as a guide.

 Making it a tad bit wider, about 1/4" on two sides, with a bit more to hang down over the side.

 Six pieces were pinned and sewed by machine....then stretched and hot glued to cover the top.

 A circle of drop cloth got pushed underneath the big button.

 I measured eyeballed fabric slightly larger than the width of each triangle and a bit more to be adhered underneath.

Six panels were cut, alternating fabrics and the button was secured with jute and hot glue.

All six pieces were stitched, with right sides together, to form a circle.

Turning it right side out I then slid it over to cover the sides.

 The rough edges got turned under and carefully hot glued in place all the way around.

Jute, cotton roping, got hot glued around the edge and tied with a knot.

Not bad, but not quite done!

But, I decided that I wanted to add some of the thin, jute string to the seams that divide the, off to Hobby Lobby I went.
 While I was there I came across this fun, new bling....strips of faux upholstery tacks and a new, great big button.

The button was just large enough that I could easily just cover it with the brown fabric and layer it, with hot glue, on top of the old one. I was afraid that if I removed the old one that I would lose that tufted look!

After adding more stamping to the canvas on the sides, adding the gold, stud trim and re-attaching the gold, caster feet ....

I think that "I'm in love!"

 Next up on my re-do/to do list.....replacing the plaid valances that came with the house. I'm feeling plain canvas with that gold, tack trim!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Sunday Dinner Tablescape for Fall with Friends

A few weeks back we invited friends over for a Sunday dinner. It turned out to be an old fashioned, Italian feast!
I love an opportunity to set a pretty table....did you know?

So, the night before, I came up with this. Red, white and green with accents of black.

A mix of white ironstone and Pfaltzgraff dishes set for a gathering of six.

Tiny, white, pumpkins with initials painted on faux leaves for place tags were added where each person would sit... then given to take home as little fall gifts.

I managed to "fallify" our bay window, too!

I always like to add a li'l something to the chandy with a seasonal do...Christmas and Valentine's day are past favorites of mine. If you have time you could do a holiday chandelier search!

The following day I decided to give the pumpkin a bit of a lift. I did it by using an ironstone compote, turned upside down, with one of the luncheon plates as a colorful accent underneath.

I think that it made it a bit more impressive!
 The window decor, in case you missed's here!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

A New Fall Window Display

So, the outside is done and the living room is, I can check this one off my to do list, too!
 Our kitchen's bay window is all dressed for fall. 

I'm always so hesitant to say goodbye to all of my seasonal displays...thank God that I have my blog's archives to look back on!

This vintage, double paned, chippy window has been waiting to make it's debut.

  I'm so glad that I found the perfect spot to hang it.

The rusty, vintage scale got moved to the right and a new use, too.

My summer herbs have been replaced in my little, antique, wheel barrow with this new autumn look.

My precious, little mice always come out of storage to be a part of every fall's display. Such sweet, sentimental memories they always "Pammy-loo-la" was one of my "bestest" friends!

In case you missed this...
 you can see it here!

 Coming up....the next post to be crossed off my list!

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and Gucci, too!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

One Mega Apple & Black Chippy Wreath Centerpiece

At our local farm market last weekend I spied a display of these giant, green apples gourds and just had to have one!

Isn't it amazing?

I had a vision of it as a centerpiece for our kitchen table.

I kid you not, it's really, really, really big!

It makes such a great statement on top of my makeshift pedestal and centered in an old, black, chippy wreath.

Cream colored autumn mums, faux pumpkins, gourds and grapes fill the void between.

This is our, nice big, country kitchen.

There's even special accents on the chandy.

We're so grateful that we found this for rent last year!

 I'll be sharing close-ups of our bay window with you next and then follow up with a recent Sunday dinner tablescape with lots of fall touches.

Til next time, I hope you're having fun with you own fall looks for the season.
I'll be working on sharing's now here!
and this!

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