Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
I kinda can't believe it's Halloween. Partially because it's 33 degrees outside and it just SNOWED. And partially because Justin and I have been so busy recording that we haven't had any time to make costumes or carve pumpkins or go to any parties.
I did, however, manage to get some decorations up last week. I went with a Mexican style Diá de los Muertos vibe, and crafted up a storm. I made tissue paper flowers, papier-mâché skulls, papel picado votives, and then threw in anything glittery, and some pumpkins for good measure.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Remember that cocktail area I said I was working on? Well, it's finished! It's actually been finished for a while. But I'm REALLY behind on posting. And I hate that. And so does my mom. So I'm gonna try to be better about it. Let me start by finally posting a picture of this...
I found all of the crates and the wooden wine rack at Zaborski's Emporium (A must-see if you are ever in the Kingston area. Four floors of salvaged junk piled ceiling-high. One of my FAVORITE places to get lost for an afternoon.)
Weathered wood! Chipped paint! Rusty Metal! LOVE. IT. ALL.
I dressed it up with a coat of dark paint, a little bit of sanding, and a custom cut beveled mirror for the top. (Fancy!)
The makeshift artwork is a couple of vintage tea towels that I stretched on boards and framed with some old moulding I picked up at a barn sale.
More chipped paint. YESSSS!
Here's the wide angle...and a teeny, tiny sneak peek at what's been happening in the living room. That's our new couch! More pictures soon.
** I keep calling this a cocktail area. Is that weird? I'd call it a bar...but that doesn't seem right. I mean...there is no bar...or real table...or a place to sit. It's kinda just like a deconstructed liquor cabinet. Hmm...maybe that's what I should call it. Deconstructed liquor cabinet. Sounds avant garde.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I gussied up our dining room chandelier with some new accessories: patterned fabric shades and colorful candelabra sleeves.
I'm going to go ahead and assume that the fabric I chose is going to fall in to that "not everyone's cup of tea" category. But I love it in that "so bad it's good" kinda way. I picked it up at a church rummage sale along with some other awesomely bad fabrics. It's some kind of weirdo 80's ikat-inspired super-graphic print in a seriously schizophrenic color scheme.
Anyway, I figured if I'm bothering to cover my own shades I might as well do it in a statement fabric. So I went for it. I bought some plain white shades on the cheap from Lowes and went to town. Justin was kind enough to document the process. So for those of you who are interested in a step-by-step how-to on recovering chandelier shades...here you go:
double stick fusible web sheets
stitchless sewing glue
double fold bias tape
First make a pattern by wrapping kraft paper around the shade and cutting it to size. Make sure to leave enough room to fold one edge and have it overlap the other.
Then iron the fabric that you are going to use to cover the lampshades...
pin down the pattern...
and cut it out.
Remove the kraft paper and fold one edge of the fabric over...
and tack it down with a piece of fusible web.
Peel the paper off one side of the double stick fusible sheet...
press the fabric onto it...
and cut it out.
Peel the backing paper off, and starting at the existing seam, wrap the fabric around the shade unfolded side first.
Next, iron the fabric onto the shade using the steam function in order to make the bond permanent.
Steam one small area at a time and then press it out and smooth it down with your fingers between turns.
Trim any excess fabric off the edges.
Next, estimate how much trim you will need for the top and bottom of your shades, and cut it to size.
Apply the stitchless sewing adhesive to the top (or bottom) edge...
and spread it out with your finger.
Then apply the bias tape. Starting at the seam, wrap it around the edge, letting about a quarter inch show on the outside.
Pulling tight, guide the tape around the circumference of the shade until it just overlaps the other side.
Add a drop of glue at the overlap to secure the end...
and press and hold it to make sure it sticks.
Repeat these last few steps with the bias tape on the opposite side of the shade. And you're done!