Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to make a slipcover

This post is a copy from Miss Mustard Seed blog....I wanted it on my blog so I can use it later for reference.  Please note that it is not mine ...all credit should go to her and her blog.  Please follow her if youd like...looks like a good blog.

How to Make Slipcovers – a Six Part Video Series

A little over a year ago I made a six part video tutorial series on making slipcovers.  I used a wing chair as an example, but you can take these skills and make a slipcover for any piece of furniture.  I’ve received so many wonderful e-mails and comments from people with all level of sewing ability who used this series to make their first slipcover.  I thought it was time to put them in one post, so it’s easy to find, easy to share and easy to use as a resource.

You don’t have to be intimidated by the thought of making a slipcover any longer!  Enjoy!

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Purple House

The Purple House....obviously, we would need to paint right away...and then perhaps Tim will brick it with old cream city brick....than would look very nice. 
Good Morning!  Today we are looking at the Purple House.  This is our last chance to own a house.  The house we are renting is sold and we have to move out by the 22nd!  We had an offer on a house..which just wasnt meant to be I guess.  If we do not like this house or for some reason this house does not work out then we will have to rent month to month...somewhere furnished and put all of our packed boxes in storage until our money is liquid and we can actually buy without trying for creative financing.  I have been praying and praying that the timing for our finances could work out for us...but now we are totally running out of time.  I cannot tell you enough how stressful and sad and exhausting it has been ...this search for a home....this hoping that the money comes....I pray pray pray...and wonder what God's plan could possibly be for me.  He asks us to pray without ceasing...ask you and you shall receive....I know his plan is always better than any I could ever come up with...but I am very confused as to what good can come from us being so stressed at the last be packing with no where to have the possibility really to be homeless for a time .....I am SO TOO old for this!  I cannot see the benefit in any way, shape, or form...and I try to be patient...I try to say to God...your will be done...etc etc..etc... but I just dont understand his will.....and I am feeling forgotten and uncared for by him actually.
So,  I found this house yesterday...its our last ditch effort to find a home that we could live with...(live IN) and that we actually like and that we could move into by the 22nd!!!  This is a very very very cheap.  (Maybe God will like that part~lol)  Maybe he thought all the other houses were too expensive for us....maybe he knows something I do not and it would be better to have a cheap house....he DOES know after all that Tim can fix and make anything in the house better himself as he is a builder....So, this house is bank owned...and affordable and empty.  It is in a town very close...much closer than we were looking previously.  (Nicer to be closer to my parents and for my youngest child who has 1 more year of high school before going off to college).  Obviously it needs some work...but from the pictures anyway..there seems to be potential.  I am praying some more and keeping my fingers crossed and sending positive thoughts bouncing off everywhere...positive energy ......positive energy.....I like some of the nice details in the house...the size is right...2500 sq ft....the yard is nice...1 acre with a stream....We see this house in 2 1/2 hours.....and if it does not work out...we desperately will need to find a rental...and storage units for our house full of stuff....this is not going to be fun. I try to keep going forward...but we are out of options.  Still if for some reason, this be my last day to live...I dont want to live it so sad and worried....I will try to be happy.....carpe diem regardless!
Hoping there is enough room in here to add a separate shower.

I am loving the windows!!! Nice right?  Has potential...right?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Perfect Border fabric

Hi.   Probably like a year ago...I started this quilt.  It is all done on the top and then I was waiting for my new sewing machine...which I have had for months...but here is the thing...I am stupidly using this quilt to figure out my new machine...and it isnt working out too well...the stitches are horrendous...I have a lot to learn about working with my Janome...I think I thought it was all just going to be so easy...but I think every time you get a new machine you should never work on a quilt until you understand the machine perfectly!!! should just fiddle with scraps...I get SO IMPATIENT; now, I am going to finish this damn quilt...I am trying to be creative (and the quilt wont win any awards for craftsmanship) but I am going to put bugle and other bead work over the icky stitches!  See, one just has to learn to hide your watercolor...I call them happy reason why I cant with quilting as well! I won this awesome tapestry fabric in an auction...I am so excited that maybe it will become the border of this quilt in some way..not sure how much of it or how exactly I will use it for the border--now that I put it up online..not sure I do like it together..maybe too busy...maybe just the right kind of busy....not sure yet!  But I really need to see them next to one another in person.      I have been wondering what I could do with the border...and now I think I may  have found the missing piece to this art!  Cant wait now to finish it...even though its imperfect in just about every way...right now I feel like it fits me to a life is kind of a mess too least the quilt is a  pretty mess....When life gives you know!  Im still glad I got this fabric..(which wasnt cheap by the way...someone else really wanted it too...and I bid way too high.....)  I will use it someday some way...its nice isnt it?