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.