Word-Simplify

The last few months, life has been hectic and overwhelming at times.  And I’ve been out of sorts with myself.  Can’t seem to get into a routine and get things done.

Part of the problem is that too many things are unfinished and keep dragging me down.  So, I’ve made a list of all the unfinished things and have been slowly working on them.  And actually seeing some progress! YEAH!

One of my goal for this year is to simplify things in my life and in my work.  And part of my simplifying routine will affect Slipcover It Yourself blog, but not in a negative way.  In the coming days, I will go into more detail.

So until then, I’ll work on a few more things and get back to you in a few days.

 

27 Years

Twenty seven years together.  The path hasn’t always been smooth, but we are still hanging in there.

Ready to take on another 27.

HFU Sewing Online–A new sewing community

I know I’ve been MIA lately, but I have been working, joining forces with Claudia and Karen building an exciting new learning venue.

The result is hfusewingonline.com a premier sewing community where you can learn to sew-room by room.  We are steadily building class that cover all aspects of sewing.  We will have a wide selection of free classes available.  And a free forum.

Join this month and be eligible for a weekly drawing of sewing supplies.  So head on over there and check us out.

 

Office Chair Slipcover II

I was so happy with my first office chair slipcover that I had to make another one.  I can see why Tessy loves making these.  They add so much style to a plain ole office chair.

The fabric I used is an old favorite of mine, osnaburg which is considered a utility fabric, but I love it.  All trimmed out in a white cotton/linen I think it looks fabulous.   For the ties, I used another utility item, twill tape.  Love, love using utility items in a decorative way.

Take a look, I think you will agree.

flirty office chair slipcover

office chair back

grommets and twill tape ties

 

I’m hooking up with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Friday Party.

Office Chair Slipcover

I finally did it!  Inspired by the sweet and talented Tessy Bennett of Cozy Cottage Slipcovers I finally covered this nasty old office chair.

yuck!

See, isn’t he just plain ugly!

double yuck!!

And it is not any better in profile either!

After seeing the results from Tessy class at the Slipcover Summit, I knew I had to make one.  So I did.

isn't she lovely

And look at her now!(yes, it went from a him to a her).

love her!

Take a look again!

what a pretty skirt

 And from the side.  Much better, don’t you agree.

baby's got back, huh!

Check out the back.  Finished off with a barely there sheer ribbon.

love those beads

And hand made paper beads.

lookin' good!

One last look.

 

Linking up with:

Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

Marion @ Miss Mustard Seed

 

PS:  my comments are not showing correctly.  still trying to figure out what is wrong.  bear with me please

Haven Conference Part I

A little late here, but better late than never.  Last month I spoke at the Haven Conference in Atlanta.  This was my first blog conference, so I didn’t know what to expect.  All I knew is that I was scheduled for 2 sessions on slipcovers.  And I had the pleasure of sharing these sessions with Shelly Leer of Mod Home Ec.  Although Shelly and I belong to a Facebook group, we had never met before this.

Since I was busy showing, talking and demonstrating slipcovers, I didn’t get any pictures, but Livvie of  He Hunts, I Create has some great pictures and a fantastic blog post about my session.  So hop on over and check it out.

Didn’t get to attend many sessions, but did meet the faces behind several blogs I follow:

Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

Roeshel@ DIY Show Off

Marion @ Miss Mustard Seed

Traci @ Beneath My Heart

And of course, all the other ladies who put the Haven Conference together.

Next post, I share some of the other fun ladies I met.

Screen Printed Pillow

I’ve had in my mind screen printing a wavy stripe pattern for a slipcover, but was kinda overwhelmed by the scope of the project.  So I decided to do a test run with a smaller project first–a small pillow.

Since this was a test run and a pattern I would most likely not use again, I decided use a freezer paper stencil.  Here is what that looks like once it is lightly pressed onto the screen mesh.

While they are considered temporary, freezer paper stencils can last for several printings.  This is after printing and washing out and you can see that it still in good shape.

And this is what the print looked like after printing.  The color of the background is off in this photo, but the finished pillow shows the true colors.

I used an X Acto knife to cut the strips, so they turned out a little more regular than I had hoped.  Next time I will tear the stripes and I think that will give a more irregular look that I’m looking for.

Pillowcase Dress

I’m working on a few project using the Quick Pleater and here is the latest.  When I saw this pillowcase at the thrift store, I knew it was destined to become a cute little dress with cute little pleats.

alphabet pillowcase dress

This is such a happy little fabric; it makes me smile just looking at it.  And these pleats! Don’t you love them.

cute pleats

The pleats were made using the 3/4″ Quick Pleater.

Don’t have one yet! Then head on over to the store and get yours now!

Little Blue Machine

Once again, I’ve found a fun machine at the thrift store.  Meet the Mini Ultra.  A scaled down sewing machine.  This baby was brand new in the box! For $25.

the mini ultra

Now you may be wondering why I need another machine.  And a scaled down one at that.  Well, I don’t need it.  And it is not for me.  For a while my 6 year old great niece was coming over for craft day.  But my machines are way too powerful for her.  Now she can have her own machine.

I tested it out and it functions just like a normal sized machine.  After some tensions adjustments the stitch quality is great.  Take a look.

stitch test

Here are a few more shots.  I know my great niece will love it!

mini ultra

 

stitches available