Friday, November 20, 2015

A New Dress for a Settee - November Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest


I'm glad you're here!

Remember earlier this week how I told you I had been tearing this little settee up?

But it was a secret and I couldn't tell you anything else?

Well, once I learned that the theme of  this month's Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest was "Take a seat" and that the sponsor this month was Minted I knew this was the moment of truth for this sucker.

Do you know about Minted?
In their own words, "Minted is a design marketplace. We cource creative content from a global community of independent artists, then sell the best content in the form of art, home decor, and stationery, directly to consumers. an early pioneer of crowdsourcing, Minted has held art and design challenges monthly since April 2008. Challenges are open for both submission and voting, the 'crowd' curates Minted's product selection by rating products, and Minted utilizes analytics to evaluate votes."

In my words Minted is a great online resource for unique, artistic, modern fabric, artwork, and stationery. You could shop for days and never run out of inspiration.

As part of their sponsorship of this months contest Minted supplied each of the participants with FIVE YARDS of their beautiful fabric. All I had to do was pick out which fabric I wanted.

Thank goodness I had strict parameters for colors or I may never have been able to commit to a fabric.  I just identified that I wanted black and white fabric and the site narrowed it down for me. 

My advice to you is for you to head over there and start playing around on their site, finding patterns, changing the colors, finding just the right fabric for those curtains, that duvet cover, or as in my case that perfect slipcover material for my disgustingly dirty settee.

I picked out ellegance illustrated toile. I picked the color and the finish of the fabric, they printed it up for me and it arrived at my house 10 days later. Whoohoo!

And it is magnificent.

I won't bore you with the gory details of stripping off the old nasty fabric, covering the padding with clean batting, making a cushion because the settee is about 3 inches too low for sitting at the dining table, upholstering the whole piece with canvas duck, and then making 20 yards of black piping, and making a fitted slipcover in my glorious new fabric. I won't tell you how many mistakes were made. How many times I had to rip out seams. I won't tell you that I got most things right the second time. Or that some things I never got right and I'm just going to live with my mistakes . . .

I'm so excited that my Thanksgiving guest will have a cushy little couch to sit on while they eat dinner and fall into a food coma. 

I'm excited that I'm one step closer to having my dining room all finished.

And since I started redoing the dining room about 2012, I'm pretty happy to be closer.

Mr Quirky is just glad that it isn't in the garage any longer.

Now I have a place to sit and drink wine and look at cookbooks.

I guess you could call this my wine drinking, cookbook looking, Minted fabric loving, Fab Furniture Flippin' settee.

And that's good enough for me.

I want to thank our November Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest featured hosts Coleen at 58 Water Street and Stacy at Anastasia Vintage

Stop by either place and see what the other November Fab Flippers did with their Minted fabric. You can vote for my piece there by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of my link.

And thanks to Minted for helping me out with my settee and for being such a great website with such great stuff to offer!

If you would like to participate in a Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest, just contact and they will take proper care of you!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments - 17 Ways


I'm glad you're here!

Did you know that Thanksgiving is in one week?

It's really slipping up on me.

I don't even know what desserts I'm going to make yet.

I think that will be a Saturday decision.

In the meantime I've got a little Christmas preview for you.

In the form of ornaments.

I wanted to make some ornaments that go with my new living room.

So when Vicki from 2 Bees In A Pod was putting together a group of crafty bloggers to show off their ornament ideas, I said "of course!"

I had an inspiration picture
paint ornaments black and add glitter... Night scape weddings! Add drama for wow factor!:

These are actually lights.

And aren't they cool?

But I loved the flat black with the copper/gold look.

I thought I could come up with something reminiscent that would make me happy.

I took some clear ornaments - you know the kind that you can make like a million different styles of ornaments out of.

I painted them flat black.

I used Pure & Original in Black.

Two coats.

To get the metal effects I pulled out my gold leaf stash.

I had both metal leaf and metal powder so I tried both.

The first step in leafing is to apply the sizing (glue)

Just apply the sizing over the places you want the leaf or powder to stick.

Let the leaf dry for 30 minutes or so - until it is clear and tacky.

See the shiny area at the top of this ornament - that is sizing that is ready for leaf.

Use a slightly damp brush to pick up the leaf and spread over the sizing.

Just keep putting the leaf on until all the sticky parts are covered up. Lightly brush off the extra bits.

The powder works the same way. Pick up a little powder with the tip of a paint brush and paint it on to the areas where there is sizing.  The metal is a little like a very fine glitter, but not quite so grainy.

Once you have all of the leaf or metal applied, let it sit for a bit.

Now take a large brush and burnish the metals by brushing aggressively.

When using the metal powder  on glass or any surface that can be baked, you can bake it for a bit to set the metal. I did not do this (yet) because I ran out of time and needed to get the pictures taken!

They don't look exactly like the inspiration lights, but I still think they are pretty.

Actually, I love them.

I'm going to go looking for some really large globes and experiment some more!

Now. You probably want to see some more ornaments.

Well you're in luck!

You can see 7 more original ideas today and 9 tomorrow!

Click anywhere below to see the awesomeness!

I'll be back sometime Friday with a slip-covered settee to show you!


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What I've Been Doing


I've been missing you!

Remember this?

I bought it June 22, 2012.

For a reason I can't tell you yet, I decided to get it ready to be used for Thanksgiving.

It was REALLY REALLY dirty.

So I started stripping it.

First I vacuumed it like 30 times.

Still, as I removed the upholstery it shed sandy grit all over the drop cloth I had underneath it.

It had approximately 7,623,419 staples and tacks in it..

Could I just say that IF you get brave enough to remove upholstery from something like this, invest in the proper tools to remove the upholstery. 

Yes. You can use a flat head screwdriver and needle nosed pliers.

If you do this you will get at least 5 larger blisters, and then blisters on top of those.

For less than $20 you can get a staple remover and heavy duty tack remover that combined with a pair of gloves will save your hands mightily. 

Next time.

That is what I am going to do.

This is what it looks like naked

Since this settee is going to be used at the dining room table I think that slip covers are the way to go here. I want to be able to clean the cover.

But the whole thing needed to be upholstered to cover up the creepy insides. I decided that it wasn't so creepy that I wanted to replace all of the batting. I just covered it up with another layer of batting.

Then I "upholstered" the whole thing in duck canvas.

I say "upholstered" because the job is NOT fine upholstery. 

Probably not even good upholstery.

Lots of mistakes were made.

And although I caved and went ahead and bought this to help with the stapling, I think I will have to invest in a couple of other upholstery tools before I start work on a few of the other pieces in my garage.

Thank goodness for slipcovers.



That's what I've been doing.

Now I'll be going because I have a slipcover to get made and photographed before Friday.


Happy Day!

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Friday, November 6, 2015

A Gift Guide for the Baker

Remember I told you I was working with a few dozen other bloggers to make your Christmas (and really all shopping for 2016) a complete breeze? How you were going to get to sit in your pajamas, with your feet up, drinking wine coffee? Well the day has come. The guides are ready and posted at the bottom of this post

But first for me-me-me-me-me! (you remember the tune for that right?)

I'm so excited about this gift guide! Like I said earlier this week, everything on this guide is something that I would love to have.

If you're a reader and don't just look at the pictures, my goal is to let you know what I like about the item and why I think it is important for successful and fun baking. 

If you're not a reader, well - you may just want to look at the pictures. But don't stop not reading until you've entered the giveaway!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Holiday Gift Guides Are Here!


I'm glad you're here!

Have you been to Hobby Lobby lately? 

Or Michaels?

Or anywhere????

If you've been anywhere you probably couldn't miss the signs that Christmas is coming.



I just have to say whenever I hear those words Christmas is coming they are immediately followed in my mind by the goose is getting fat . . . probably because of my endearing love for A Christmas Together by John Denver & The Muppets.

But I digress.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Rehabbing Vintage Children's Furniture - October FFF Contest


I'm glad you're here!

The last time I came to Oklahoma I brought several projects to work on. 

That was a little silly because I had the whole cleaning out my parents house and grand baby being born thing going on.

So I left a couple of undone projects in my sister's garage.

One of them was this vintage children's table and chairs.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Painting Two-Toned Baskets


I'm glad you're here!

Thanks to those of you who offered suggestions for what to do with my wing back chairs in the new living room get-up. If you didn't feel like helping out that's OK, but I'm considering all options so there are no unwelcome suggestions.

One of the things that I did for the color transition in the living room was to paint a couple of large baskets that we'll be using for storage for pillows, throws, and such.


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