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Chair Cushions

Those of you who have been over to the house have probably seen the chair cushions. I made 8 pink cushions for the outdoor folding chairs and they make them much more comfy and PINK!

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They are made from outdoor fabric I bought for this project from Fabric.com a long time ago. The cushion is just a 1″ chair pad from Joann Fabric that I cut down to the appropriate shape and size.

I also made a porch swing cushion. I used the batting from a chair cushion I got for free and ripped off the faded fabric. It turned out just a touch too short for the swing which was really a bummer but with the to-be-recovered pillows, it looks fine.

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porch swings are just so inviting! Notice the twine on the pillows…we get wind and I’ve found these pillows down the block before….

I’m still planning on covering the pillows on the swing (and adding some ties of some sort to keep them on the swing!). I’ve got another pair of pillows and 2 folding arm chairs that are going to get 2″ foam cushions. Some day…always more projects!

Sarah

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Outdoor Patio Furniture

A couple weeks ago we gave in and purchased an outdoor furniture patio set. It ended up being an ELEVEN piece set….That’s a table and TEN chairs. It’s huge. The table itself isn’t all that big but for whatever reason, it came with an obnoxious number of chairs.

This is the set we ended up getting:

We didn’t order it through Amazon but directly from BLStreet where for $20 we could upgrade to 8 regular folding chairs and 2 folding arm-chairs.

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Instead of having it delivered (It came with free in-home delivery), Stefan took the truck and picked it up from the shipping warehouse. That worked out much better for us than having to stay home and wait for a delivery. With the pickup, they just take the forklift and dump a wrapped pallet in the bed and off we go. That’s when you need best Arizona services for loading docks.

It’s a big set…

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The chairs are 17″ wide and 15″ deep but the cushions will need notches in the back corners. I’m planning on making them myself. Cushions are so expensive and it’s hard to find exactly what I want.

I have a few options for foam supplies.

For $7 I can get 4 1″ foam pads 16×16 square. This is slightly smaller than I wanted but for $21 I can get all the foam I need.

There is also Nu-foam which is a polyester batting material more like what I found in the old patio cushions I recovered.

That is 1″ thick as well and for $25 I can get a 24″x15′ roll. It’s also available at my local Joann store so I can go check it out in person. In addition, this would give me plenty of extra for additional chair cushions, outdoor pillows, or even just adding padding to my dining chairs when I get around to reupholstering them, plus there are a lot of other furniture I want to get rid of with help from the furniture removalists Sydney. The NuFoam is mildew resistant which is nice thought the Walmart pads are 100% urathane foam which is also mildew resistant. It is only 1.2lb per ounce which is pretty light-weight. I think I’m going to go with the NuFoam product.

Once I get the foam situation figured out, It’s time to pick out fabrics.

I already have the one bench covered in the black, green, white, and pink stripe so that’s going to be the color inspiration.
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The following are outdoor fabrics from fabric.com.

And from HouseFabric.com

I’m thinking the Chevron will be better as accent pillows.  It’s a little too trendy and modern for me.  I really like the pink square-ish pattern from houseFabric but I like the selection from fabric.com and I’d rather not order from 2 places.  I’m planning a visit to my super awesome local discount fabric store before I buy online.  The outdoor fabric is usually $5 a yard which can’t be beat online.

What do you think? Should I go with pink or green for the chair cushions?  Or go more traditional and versatile with something like the black check with a variety of pink and green throw pillows?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sarah

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  1. 6/25/2013 | 1:19 pm Permalink

    You will be much happier if you go with a fun pink print. It is outside. It is suppose to be fun and springy. You could do two coordinating prints. I would suggest only have some of the chairs out and leave the others in the shed and just pull out for a big function. You could pull the table down to the yard and have a nice big bbq.

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  2. 7/5/2013 | 10:14 am Permalink

    I was looking to get a backyard patio set at my house. I wanted a company that was affordable, but would also do a really great job. A friend of mine suggested that i check out EP Henry at Roxbury. I was very impressed with the work they did. Were able to have great parties outside all summer. Thanks for posting.

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Projects for Another Day – 3

So many things I want to do! This projects for another day post will be Christmas themed.  I have so many Christmas Decorations on my list but no time right now.  One day…

 

1) Ornament Wreath

Before these were available for purchase on every Christmas Isle at every box store, my mother made one for our home.  It hung above the fireplaces in houses in CA and TX and it is beautiful!

My parent’s just moved so I was forced to scour a photo from facebook, hence the reason the wreath is cut off.  The scale is also off.  That hearth is huge and the wreath is very good size though it looks standard wreath-sized in this picture. It’s 2 feet-ish across.

Here’s a picture of a not-nearly-as-good one from target:

For the wedding, I used vintage compotes full of a mix of vintage and new ornaments at centerpieces. I have enough ornaments for a pretty awesome wreath, I just need to do it.

2) Button Garland

I want this garland from Ballard Design for my tree.  But I’d rather make it from buttons of all different sizes or even different colors.

I think brightly colored buttons would show up better and be a little more fun. You can buy big multi-packs of buttons from Oriental Trading for under $10.

For string, I’d use something fairly strong. I’m thinking kite twine.


or even rainbow string

3) Paper Tree Topper

This image is from an exceptionally good wiki-how page. (Click for link). I think it’d be awesome out of colored cardstock and glittered super well. The right Christmas cards would be pretty as well but I think with a real variety of cards it would end up looking a little dis-jointed.

4) Pinecones

I have a thing for pinecones. I think it’s partly because they are different everywhere. The pinecones up here are small, like an inch tall. Great for topiaries. The ones in Florida/Georgia are BIG like 8 in or bigger. Texas has nice round ones in the 3-4 inch range and CA is a bit devoid of pine trees. Turns out Stefan is also a pinecone fan. I love the glass ones:

but the natural ones have so much potential as well:


I’m digging the garland, the topiaries, and the pinecones as part of the mantle vignette. Pinecones are also great as bird feeders:


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Just spread on the peanut butter and roll in birdseed. The birds love them and they look great hanging on a naked deciduous tree.  I think most kids made these in elementary school at one time or another but I’m 24 and I still think they’re cool.

5) Tree skirt
I need to make a tree skirt. I’ve heard of people making them out of their wedding dresses but I’m a little scared to do it. Maybe if none of my children want it, I’ll make it into a tree skirt for them. For now, I think I’ll leave it hanging in the closet. But that means, I still need a tree skirt. I love these. Click for links to tutorials. Decisions, Decisions…

I remember my mom used just a big (like 4-5 yards) piece of cheap lace around the tree.  It looked great and full and was super easy and flexible.  I’ve got to figure out just what I want to do.  We’re not “real” tree people so that makes things easier.  No mess to contend with.

What about you, any Christmas projects you’re going to tackle before Chrismas?  Any projects you wish you could tackle?

“May Your Days be Merry and Bright!,”

Sarah

 

New Idea for Piano Room

I’ve become moderately obsessed with the rugs/tapestries by Charlotte Lancelot

She creates the beautiful designs by stitching strips of felt through a pierced felt canvas. The novelty is in the vintage designs with the modern pixelated pattern. She has a series of the roses which I love as well as a collection of more modern pieces like the bean-bags in the image. As much as I would love a genuine Charlotte Lancelot but lets be real…not in the budget. I’m thinking about how I might modify the idea to something I can do in the piano room. The room is going to need lots of hanging tapestries, quilts etc. The piano is loud and Stefan really likes to bang out a melody on it. For everyone’s sanity, we need to sound-dampen the room pretty well. The best way is with lots of textiles which is quite the decorating challenge. I’m already planning on collecting some victorian era crazy quilts. I have one but I want one with lux velvets etc. I don’t want to make the room into a country room so I can’t go crazy with quilts. I’m going with victorian england music room. The solution I’ve come up with is expensive, heavy curtains and tapestries.

That’s where Charlotte Lancelot comes in.

What do you think about a monochromatic cross stitch onto a linen or canvas. If I can find something with a large enough weave, I think I could do it. I’ll probably double up the embroidery floss to make some large stitches.

Something along these lines for a pattern.


And something like this for background fabric:

or even more rough like this:

A darker medium-wight linen would look good too and may keep it from being too shabby-chic:

What do you think? Can I pull it off? Any other ideas for DIY tapestries that don’t lean country or primative. I’m planning on stretching these canvases over foam to add extra dampening so they need to be heavy enough to be opaque but they don’t need to be super heavy either.

Sarah