Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Escape

I'll call it an escape, because I had a million things that I should have stayed home to do,(the most of which involved putting away my many Christmas decorations) I had sewing obligations and bookwork to wrap up for 2009 and....well I could go on and on.  I just decided I should go with my husband for a week and as wrote in my last post visit and old friend.
It was worth being so far behind this week. My husband was so appreciative to have me there to care for him and I just had the most fun week.
My friend, MariEllen has the most beautiful home, but as she has her own business, she doesn't have the time she needs to devote to her home and she said she needed inspiration to get some things done.
This was our first project. She recently bought a new couch which is Cottage Style and since she had more of a Victorian look before, these needed changing.

MariEllen took off the seat as I prepared to cover them.

Sometimes, I remove the fabric that is to be replaced, but these did not seem to show through, so we decided to save the time and just cover.  I usually cut the fabric about 3" bigger all the way around, but because we were using fabric I had left from my shower curtain, I had to make do with smaller pieces.

I used a hand staple gun to pull all four corners up and staple, then I work my way around, mitering the corners and working in any fullness until it looks like this.

This is such a quick fix, we did 4 of them in just a couple of hours.  MariEllen, screwed them back (and cleaned and waxed the chairs and table while I stapled.  This is so easy, that I change my 8 dining room chairs to red for Christmas through Valentines Day and then back to my blue and yellow plaid for the rest of the year.

Here it is, just like new. The chairs along with several other changes we made sure gave the living room/dining room a different look. MariEllen was thrilled with our start on her redo.

During this week, I will be posting some of the other things we did to spruce up her home, and as I promised, a little walk through her store.  I talked to her tonight and she has continued her dedication to getting some of the things done on her list.
Now, if  I just had someone to inspire me to start taking down my decorations tomorrow.  I would much rather sew.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the new fabric. It always makes such a change to just change the fabric a bit. Hugs, Marty

molly susan strong said...

Lovely! I saw your post on Make it Monday and wanted you to know you can wash the burlap before loses its "hair" and most of its smell! Happy creating.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The chairs turned out great. I love the fabric. I'm looking forward to the rest of the makeovers. I don't know if you do awards or not, but I passed one on to you on my most recent post. You can click on the award to find out more about it, but feel free to do nothing if you're not into that. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you.

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Beverly, thanks for stopping by my blog..we are just north of Palm Springs in Desert Hot Springs..we moved here in June..we are lifelong southern Californians with about a 4 year stunt out of state. Where are you at?? my email is me a line..
love the fabrics, I love plaids and the burgundies and greens..I don't have much of it anymore but I still love them!

Farmchick said...

Love that fabric.

Sewn With Grace said...

What a good friend you are to help her with those projects. They turned out great! Honestly, what would we do without a staple gun and a glue gun? So glad you are back to posting. I missed you!

Sally said...

What a fun week you must have had. I'm glad you decided to go. The decorations can be put away anytime! Time spent with hubby and good friend is incomparable. I can't wait to see MariEllen's makeover. The chairs look great! (My floral loveseat is the companion fabric!) I'm looking forward to more pictures. Glad to have you home!

Suzanne said...

Sounds like a great week Beverly. Sally's right. The decorations can wait. We just never know how much time we have with special friends. Glad you took the time out of your busy life to honor your husband and help MariEllen.