Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Favorites

We went home to DC for a long weekend and ended up staying an extra day…..for some reason that and a toddler who has learned to climb out of her crib seems to have thrown me off my game this week.    Happy Friday!  I have some fun things to share with you in the coming weeks…..
1. Lately I've noticed myself being drawn to subtle pops of mint green
2. The simple details of this bedroom (that wood trim!)
3.  Always a sucker for a nice black accent wall

and these links:
Great tips for keeping DIY from looking "too crafty"
Rose Festival in Bulgaria
If you're a Michael Jackson fan such as myself you must see this (scroll to 1:13 on the video)
The perfect picnic sandwich
Circus themed cupcake holders
This awesome patio and DIY seating
The prettiest bridal shower
Love this DIY play kitchen
This duvet cover
DIY macrame curtain

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Kentucky Derby Party

 A few weeks ago, some close friends of ours flew in from NY for the weekend.  My brother also came in town, and we threw together a little Kentucky Derby party just the small lot of us.  We sipped Mint Julips, wore big hats, and ate Kentucky Fried Chicken.  I painted a photo backdrop of Churchill Downs, and we had fun placing bets and being a part of the event from a far.  As the way most of these things go, there were a few glitches… was extremely windy and the placeholders kept flying off the table, and we also realized a little late that the backdrop was not in the ideal spot for pictures (the sun was coming in from behind).  No matter, it's all about the memories!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Tale of Two Chairs (and I'm still here)

Yes, I'm still here!  It's been a crazy month with three weeks of company, hosting Easter and a party, a teething two year old, a short bout of sickness, half marathon training….etc.  Unless I'm way on top of things, I usually prefer to take time off from the blog when we have company so that I can be fully present.  I never regret it, and this past month was no exception.  A lot of memories were made, and there were new places that we explored.
Today I thought I would share with you a transformation that I can't even take credit for…….rather, my mom is the miracle worker.  We bought these chairs in August with the plan to recover them.  It didn't take long before I realized it was a sewing job and not a reupholstery job… that fun reupholstery class I was planning on taking would be useless.  I found some old couch covers as a temporary fix and attempted to dye them grey and ended up with purple (awesome).  In February I was faced with a deadline I needed to have them done by (more on that later), and I was feeling overwhelmed with my sewing skills not being where they needed to be.  My mom came to the rescue and offered to recover them for me.  Just so you know how awesome she is……I actually mailed the original green covers and she took them apart for measurements and mailed me the new covers without even seeing the chairs.  

 I absolutely love the way they turned out.  You may not be able to see in this picture, but the fabric has a grainy texture which really adds to the overall look.