Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pastel Dining Chairs

I love my dining room "set".  I got it several years ago..paid $15 for the table, and $5 for each chair at Goodwill.  They weren't looking very pretty when I got them, but I saw the potential. A little paint and some appliques and it is perfect for us.

Over the last few years I have thought I want to change it up a little. I see on pinterest where some people do their chairs a different color and a white table. I like that. But about a year ago I tried that and I didn't like it, the colors were too much, so back to white they went.

Here is my new attempt. This time I went with very very light pastel colors. One chair is pink, one lavender, one blue, and one green. In photos you can hardly tell there is any color...but any real life it is noticeable.

It looks even prettier with my ruffled table cloth.

The plan is to make a ruffled slip cover for each chair seat in the color of the chair.

I think these chairs were such a deal for $5! I love cane back.

Making the covers for the chairs will be fun and I hope turns out looking "quilt like". Gives me a chance to use all the beautiful fabrics that are out there lately.

I took some pictures at night in hopes the color would show in pictures better...but it is hard to capture in photos.

I like this picture Janae took on her phone and posted on Facebook last night. Her little Bella is licking her lips looking at Wyatts dinner. This is real life--notice how Wyatt pushes the tablecloth up so he doesn't get anything on it. I have good kids! Obviously my Grand-dogs think they should be able to sit at the table too.

I can't wait to get started on the slipcovers!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My dressform, Felicity

For years I have wanted a decorative dressform. I don't know what it is about them but they always inspire me to sew. Even though I don't make clothes unless it is for a canine. I see a dressform..and I want to make a pillow!

Well a month or so ago Chantel and I were at Goodwill and Chantel found one. It is perfect! It is really heavy, the stand is like iron or something. The fabric is french and neutral--so perfect! It is in perfect condition.

The only problem she had was she had a black stand..which looked fine but a little too black for my craft area.

A little paint and accessories and she is perfect!

I named her Felicity which is a French name meaning great happiness. I can tell you I did a happy dance when I found her at Goodwill.

I am just tickled to have her.

It has been a beautiful Fall so far. Yesterday was 78 degrees. Not the norm for Oregon in Fall but I am loving it. It is great painting weather! 

Chantel went to her first homecoming dance. She looked beautiful. I can't believe how she is growing up!

The homecoming theme was old Hollywood. when I picked her up at the end of the dance she and her friends were limping out--dancing all night in heels took its toll on their feet. They had fun though!

This sunny weather have kept my baskets looking good.

I still have the occasional rose to bring in the house too!

The sun coming in the house looks so pretty.

I am off to finish painting my dining room chairs...but I have this terrible urge to make a  pillow! :)

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lavender Roses French Dresser

I recently received a tall French Provincial dresser from a neighbor of my parents as a gift. I love this style of furniture as I have several pieces and they are always fun to remake. This dresser I particularly liked because I knew it would be a perfect place to store fabric.

It turned out exactly as I had pictured and it helped satisfy my craving for some lavender color which I have recently been so drawn too.

Here is the transformation...

Oh, isn't she pretty?!

My Grandmother's favorite color was purple and lately it is mine too! I bet Grandma would have just loved this dresser :)

Such a wonderful storage dresser too.

I think the hardware is just beautiful in it's original state.

I have done many posts on the lace technique...I think it is my favorite and I just can't get enough. A post that shows how I did it is here..

We have been having beautiful Fall weather--making for good painting project temperatures!

It makes me happy walking through the house and getting a glance at this pretty dresser. The lavender makes me happy! Been thinking about painting my pink door lavender too--not sure yet. Janae likes it pink :)

I wanted to thank all the people who pin me..I have noticed recently most of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest..and it is fun to get new foillowers that way!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Decorating with Scent

When you have your house for sale they always tell you to burn a nice scent. It appeals to the buyer if the house smells like fresh baked apple pie or something "homey" like that. I always strive to have my home always be as appealing as a house that is on the market.

So clutter be gone..and lovely scents please fill my house.

I was so delighted when my blogger friend Sherry from
decided to start making the most wonderful soy candles and tarts. She sells her candles and tarts  here.

She has the most amazing scents! Not being from Texas I had never smelled Bluebonnet flowers before but Bluebonnets on the Prairie is one of my favorite scents! It smells so good.

These candles and scents are a real treat to my senses and in my opinion make the house more delightful.

The pumpkin pie spice scent was so appealing it inspired me to make a double layer pumpkin pie.

My kids were pretty happy about the pie!

There are several lavender scents I am just loving too--the fresh cut lavender even has buds in it!

Like an old song can bring you back to a time in your life so can a scent. I am a believer in the power of the nose!

Phoebe wanted me to mention that a cat makes a house a home. (another belief of mine)

I have been having a good time looking at everyone's Fall decorating. Please keep the ideas coming!

UPDATE:  The free shipping special on the candles and tarts has been extended to Oct 14th!
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Burlap Sunflowers and Wee White Pumpkins

I am trying to improve my attitude about Fall. It just is my least favorite season..but you know, if you can't beat 'em join 'em. So I don't see Fall going away anytime soon so I am trying to embrace it.

My first attempt in decorating for Fall is that I made some burlap sunflowers.

I had seen these on pinterest and I really think they are just what I needed to keep with my white and neutral Fall theme.

I think they work perfectly.

 So just in case you want to make some yourself here is what I did.

I bought a small bunch of sunflowers from Dollar Tree! There were 5 on the bunch for $1.


I cut them apart, and then took them apart.

I pinned the flowers to a piece of burlap and cut them out.

I put them back together...and ta-da!

I stuffed my table box full of kraft paper filling (also from Dollar tree) and wee little white pumpkins that I finally found after looking at literally every grocery store in our area. Love these wee little pumpkins--but this year for some reason they were so hard to find! Next year I am going to ask my husband to grow me some.

I am pleased with how it turned out.

Maybe I can learn to like Fall decorating.

I picked what I think is my very last fresh cut flower of 2013.

I will so miss fresh flowers in the house!

I hope this finds everyone enjoying all the season has to offer.

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