Monday, February 21, 2011

My first ever D.I. project


Jeff and my two very talented sisters-in-law are often finding great projects at thrift stores, and while I've always admired their talent, I never thought I would be able to do it myself.

Well... I did it. Finally. My first ever completed D.I. project. You heard me--completed. I've certainly started a lot, but never followed through. This is a huge step for me. (okay, there are a couple minor things to finish, but very minor.)

Just look at the before...


and after an entire day of sanding and painting...

followed by another day of painting...

and another day of completely reupholstering the cushion (I had to create my own. The previous cushion was hashed. Jeff thinks this came from the Civil War era.)

And the final product...


So there you have it. If you have any reupholstering (or creating your own cushion) questions, send them my way because after one chair, I'm pretty sure I'm an expert.

A big thank you to Jeff who taught me many of the ins and outs of reupholstery. To see some of his work, go to his blog. (He's the real expert.)

Excuse the ellipses. If one of my students used that many, I would have a fit, but, hey, this is an unveiling after all.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

driving home


My hometown.

It isn't much.

In fact, there are times when I can't wait to leave.

I'm excited to see new sights, and perhaps live near an Ikea and have more restaurant choices


but nothing beats a sunset here

or the smell of the harvest

or the dripping of melting snow...

I'm still waiting for that.