Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Turning a Vanity into Nighstands

Do you love looking at Pinterest late at night like I do?  I find so many wonderful creations that inspire me!  

For many years, we've had these "cheapie" round tables.  You know, the kind that are pressed wood, beside our bed due to space issues.  

They served their purpose really well as for looks, but functionality and storage, not so good.  

See, they were pretty...

But as a I looked for something slim enough, I found my quest getting harder and harder.

Until I ran across a pin with 2 slim nightstands that I realized that had been made from an old vanity.  
That's when the light bulb went off!

I began a different quest for an old, cheap vanity.
It was short and sweet!

A true score for $60!  Sure, the veneer was chipped and missing in some places, but hey, that's what adds character.

This is what they look like after....perfect for our books, glasses, and all that other junk that seems to gather by the bedside.
I hate clutter, so I am always looking for ways to hide it all!

These work GREAT and I really love how they turned out.  The hubster does too!

They distressed so nicely don't you think?

There was one knob missing it's face, so thankfully I save everything and found some petite knobs for the top drawers that complimented the other knobs perfectly.  I originally thought about glass knobs, but was out...so to save some money, I repurposed the old ones.

I just love our bedroom downstairs. It gets prettier each time I find something old made into new to add.  I am so very blessed to have what I have, and I don't mean materialistic things....God has truly blessed me with  happiness and contentment in my life in all things.  I really couldn't ask for anything more because I love my life and all that's in it.  Even the bad stuff...because that makes me see just how blessed I truly am!

May the rest of your week be blessed! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sew Simple...Yeah I wish

A few weeks ago while playing with Louis, I noticed he had ripped through some spots on my slipcovers.  Coulda wrung his little neck...he loves to play hide and seek, but gets too rough sometimes.

Isn't he a doll though?  We love him to pieces!

That's when I knew I was going to have to make some new seat covers.  So one evening, I visited Home Goods and saw a beautiful king quilt for $50.  
I thought what a deal!
It was a diamond pattern, a little too modern for my taste, but how could I pass that up?  Then I turned the corner...and found the perfect pattern, same size and price.  That sucker was mine!

A few days later, after measuring and cutting out my pattern and lots of strips of fabric for the pleated ruffles, I started sewing.
I am so pleased with how everything came out!

Here's a close up of the pleated ruffles added to the quilted top...I love them!

One down and 4 more to go...it was a long night, lol.

The next day, I sat and enjoyed what I had finished the "long" night before.

It's funny looking back at how these pieces have gotten better with each new seat cover I've made.  My sewing skills are definitely improving.  Thankfully the main slipcovers have worn well and I haven't had to make new ones.  

A set of napkins work great for the arm covers....so much easier that way...less sewing.

Two totally different sofas tied together with the same slipcovers.  Definitely way cheaper than buying new furniture!

The chair got a new makeover too.  Can you believe this chair has had 7 different covers through the years?   I used some quilted shams for the ottoman top and had to piece them together.   But I really am liking the quilted look.

I used some "Shabby Chic" sheets I had left over for the floral part.  It goes so nicely with the Bella Rose Blue fabric.  The pleated ruffles were added to these pieces also.  Cutting the strips to do them all were the longest part.  The sewing was the easy part.

See how they compliment each other?

I am so loving floral patterns this Spring!

  This is the chair we all fight over to sit in...but I always win.  Wink Wink...Mom's always do don't they?

With more of the quilt left overs, I made these round place mats. 

Adding the floral ruffles to the basket liners softened the look so much.

They were perfect for on top of the fridge.

I had just enough of the quit left over to make this ottoman cover.  I didn't, however, have enough of the strips for the pleated ruffles to add to the top.  I'll do something later to it to spruce it up a bit.  

Once I start sewing, I can't stop.  I absolutely love to sew but my knees don't like it when I have to squat and crawl around when cutting and fitting.  

I finally had to make myself stop and put my sewing machine up for awhile.  I went through  3 large spools of thread and countless bobbins. Now I find myself dreaming of what I can sew next....maybe some new shade covers for one of my chandeliers in the little floral pattern.  Oh well...a girl can always dream!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I'm Still in My Pajamas

Can you believe it is 1:30 on a Saturday and that I am still in my pajamas?  The past couple of days have been crazy!  I am resting today and enjoying my sweet family.  
The hubby had a scare this past week.  He had been having some chest tightness, some dizziness and his head had been hurting off and on...then Wednesday evening when he came home, he laid on the sofa all evening which is unusual for him.  He was complaining about his right shoulder feeling funny and it was going into his neck.   He wouldn't go to the ER, but promised to go to our family DR the next day.  Long story short, he was admitted to the hospital and they ran some tests to make sure it wasn't his heart.  Thank God it wasn't!  We have to follow up with a GI doctor, they think it may be stomach related.  Oh the medical bills we have, they just keep getting bigger and bigger.  But thank my Lord up above that my family is still alive and doing better!

So now I am sharing some photos of how I am longing for SPRING!
You'll be able to tell by all of the flowers I have scattered about...I am not usually one to do that though.

Just enough flowers to make me feel like Spring is here.

I love greenery and simple flowers like hydrangeas the most for inside but I bought these beautiful roses last week and thought they would be lovely in this box on the island.  The little metal bench came from a yard sale site and I painted it white.  It is so CUTE!

I found this beautiful little lamp on a yard sale site also.  It fit perfectly under our cabinets!

Isn't it so pretty?!  Perfectly pink too!

I have a storage room that I keep all of my lovely's in...it's always fun to see what I have stored away.  I've been wanting more pink throughout the kitchen so these work well up against the cream walls.  Adding just the right amount of pink for me.

I put away a little cream cabinet I've had on the counters for years and years.  This little grouping is a nice change.

I found a beautiful arrangement at Home Goods the other day of some white roses.  They look so pretty on the table.  Just simple enough to not be so busy.

Here's where I put the arrangement that was previously on the island.  I really like it here for now.

Look at this darling candy dish with the little bunny!  Can you guess what is inside of it? 
Starbusrt are my very favorite!

Just look at how the sun was shining that day...so pretty coming in the window.  After all of the snow and rain, this sure did perk me up!

I even pulled out some of my Easter decorations....

I hope this Saturday brings all of you many blessings and that you can stay in your pajamas like me!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring is Almost Here

First, let me start off with some photo's of all of the beautiful snow we've had this past month.

I absolutely love snow!  I am a little sad now that it is all melted....but at least I can look at these beautiful photos and remember what it was like until next year....if we don't get anymore.

My little canopy has held up really well!

Oh how I adore Winter!

Just look at how the snow stuck to the trees...that is my favorite.

The views we have through each season are wonderful...all of the beautiful trees, that creek, the little country road.
 there is a road there under all of that snow, lol.

Even though we were without power and our generator was on the fritz, we had a wonderful time.  

We played games by candle light, had super yummy meals cooked on our gas range, stayed really cozy and warm from our gas wall mount stoves for back-up,  and we were able to stick our food outside because of how cold it was. No one had to work or go to school.  Now tell me that we weren't blessed!  

One of my favorite windows to look out and see this tree.  It is loaded with bloom in the Summer and snow in the Winter.  I see lot's of Cardinals and other little birdies eating from this tree...it makes me realize just how GREAT God really is.

We have a new addition to our family.  Meet Bella, she is a Newfoundland.  A friend of mine has them and breeds them.  She had puppies last Summer and Bella was one of them.  This sweet girl was returned to my friend due to the owner not being unable to handle her.  When my friend posted that she was needing to find a home for her, I jumped on the chance since I've always wanted this breed but could never afford the price tag.  I was informed that she was free and was a little over a year old.  I met with her later that day and picked Bella up.  She rode home in the back of our Explorer with Hannah giving her support all of the way.  We've had a few bumps along the way, but I am here to say that this dog has won our hearts!  She just needed some loving and freedom to be a dog.  She sits, shakes, plays fetch, knows what no means (finally), and loves to be hugged.  We purchased a wireless fence system and she caught on really quick, lol.  Being by a road, you have to be careful. I just love her to bits!  Come summer time, she'll need to be shaved down due to some serious matting.  Her previous owner evidently did keep her groomed.  We gave her a bath right away, groomed her as best we could and the whole time she just gave us kisses...it was like she was saying "thank you for rescuing me".  Gabe and Louis like her too.  She is a great addition to our little family!

I've been dreaming of Spring flowers in the midst of all of the snow.  I went to Michael's and bought some flowers and added them to this metal basket.

They had some moss in a roll that I purchased too.  It looks so pretty hiding the foam and stems.

I had lot's of flowers left over, so I made an arrangement for my old metal bucket.

I am ready for the real thing now!

It seems that I am always tweaking things with our office.  I had made a ruffled piece to go on the door which hides our computer.  I wasn't thrilled. So I pulled out some beadboard and re-did it.

Adding an applique did the trick!

A cheap way to hide something ugly.

I love our office area!

I have been itching to paint or sew....so I bought this piece and re-did it.  I stayed up until 3 am working on it.  Once I get a vision, I will not stop until it is finished!

The applique' was one of  many I purchased from Dollar Tree a few years ago and have never used until now.

Every day is truly a gift!

I have so much more to chat about and share, but I'll save that for a little later.  I sure have missed you guys!  May all of you be blessed coming and going and know God's true love!