Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guess what I've been up to?!!!

SEWING!!!!! I had to re-make slipcovers. My first attempt, while they turned out cute, were not sturdy. I love the look of orsnaburg, so I used that and, well, not a good idea. So, this time I bought a 9' x 12' canvas drop cloth, and cut and sewed away! Here is the finished project!

And here it is in the room:

I also made this cutie patootie shirt (that I started about a year ago). With my new ruffler foot, it was a snap!
So, friends...that is what I have been up to the last few days! (Along with homeschooling, a couple of sickies, and finishing up my "new" dining room!) I am getting really close to posting the addict's attic items...so stay tuned!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


...the Addict's Attic!

An exciting venture for you and for me! I find from time to time, that as my tastes change {and along with that my furniture, paint colors, linens, accessories, etc...you get the idea}, I have a few things in my house that no longer have a place. I have thought about opening a booth at a local antiques store, or donating to a local thrift shop, but I had the inspiration that I could do something way more cool! So, what I have decided to do is to keep an inventory of these things, and post it to a separate page here on my blog, and to offer these items to YOU!

The shelf I have just finished is going to the house of a new friend that I have had the pleasure of giving some ideas to for her house! She has been working hard and I will post pictures of that endeavor on here very soon!

This is how this "deal" will go down: I will post pictures of the items on the page, and you will claim the item that you want. Then, the item will be loaned to you for a period of one year. When that year is up, you may choose to return the item to the attic, negotiate another term of loan, or buy the item outright.

Now, if you have something that you would care to "loan' to your fellow addicts, we will work together to put your item up for loan also!

I think this will be a great way to support each other's habits and to grab some cute things for your house!

I will get the page up and running within the next couple of days...so check back!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

...and now, it's tomorrow!

heh heh heh...thanks to my internet crashing, then my mouse not working, It has taken me a lot longer than I planned to post this. Sorry! But, here are the rest of the instructions for "weathering" a piece of furniture.

You'll need a sander, and some medium weight sandpaper...{I used 100 grit}

Then, start sanding the edges of your piece:

Then, sand off paint in places where it would receive wear naturally:

Lastly, look it over and see if the wear looks even. If not, sand a little more. Voila! Behold your finished piece!

You can also antique the piece, (with antiquing medium...another post)if you want a little more age added to it, and of course, you can finish with a spray finish or wax {especially if it will be outside}.

YES!!! I still have a BIG announcement... but, I want to make a separate post for that. So, enjoy this little tutorial, and I will post again tomorrow. Promise.