Sunday, June 20, 2010

8. You heard me, 8.

That's the number of chairs we have sitting in the formal living that are needing to be reupholstered or restained or repaired or have a slip cover made for or some combination of all of them.


You probably saw this coming if you read my post about me attending the dallas flea. The cane back chairs beckoned us.

Amber has been lusting after cane back chairs for a while and we've discussed 2 or 3 different finds thoroughly. For one reason or another, we didn't pull the trigger on any of them. Since these were a great deal (only $95 for the pair), we decided to go ahead and add them to our collection of projects.

Here they are with their siblings. Waiting patiently to be redone. I think the cushion will need new foam, but I love the detailing of the legs and the little wheels on the front legs add a lot of interest.

Now, we need to decide what to do with them. Maybe we will paint them white and reupholster them in a bright, punchy fabric

or maybe we will ebonize them and reupholster in a neutral, calming fabric

So many decisions to make...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sew More

Here's a look at 2 dresses I sewed for Ramona. One is reversible. You can read all about it on the family blog.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Picture This

A little under a month ago, we had a garage sale at ole' wills casa dos. Both of our mothers brought us items to sell. One item that did not sell was a little picture frame from my mom. It was a rusty green color and not really our style, but I thought with a little spray paint we could make it into something cool. So we kept it and I decided to buy some spray paint one day while I was at Home Depot.

First thing I had to do was prime it. (I didn't take a before pic because I stink at blogging).

Then I applied a few coats of yellow spray paint and let it dry for 24 hours.

The final product, turned out like this:

I think it turned out pretty well, now we just need to find a picture to put into it.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Amber's getting sew good...

Amber made this dress for Ramona last week. Check it out on our family blog.

Her sewing skills are coming along nicely. Now it's time to start working on some items for the House! (I'm thinking pillows, curtains, slip covers, this list is endless....)

We Meet Again Mr. Adler

Nick, Ramona, and I were killing time in Barnes & Noble off University today. We ran across a line of stationary and things from none other than Jonathan Adler. There were some cool notebooks and notepads, but the coolest thing was the dachshund bookends. Check out B&N for Jonathan Adler stuff on the cheap (for the 2nd straight weekend)!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Dallas Flea

Today Amber needed to work on her paper. So Ramona and I headed over to the Dallas Flea so that she could keep focused. We'd never been before, but it had a lot of etsy artists that we're familiar with, so we had a good feel for what it'd be like.

**Sorry about the crappy iphone pics**

When we walked in there was a vendor who was selling all sorts of lamps. The prices were $60-$100 for table lamps and $180 for floor lamps. Not too expensive, but not too cheap either. Not sure of this vendors name.

By far, my favorite booth of the day was little bean shop. I got to talk to one of the owners (the husband) for a sec and he seemed like a really nice guy.

They had all kinds of cool baby clothes made by the owner

and they also had a really cool selection of other handmade items

Their shop is in Dallas and we will definitely be checking it out when we are in the area.

My other favorite shop was bows and arrows. They were at the etsy dallas spring bash this year and I talked to the owner for a sec. He was very cordial as well.

They carried a few areaware items (the piggy bank and rollerskate) which I am a big fan of (Amber not so much). I also really liked their quirky pillow selection too, especially the two seen below.

The also had a cool selection of purses, dolls, artwork, etc. All of it was really cool.

But the real winner to me was this

A pair of cane back club chairs. $95 for the pair. We've been looking around for these and are going to try and get them this week.

Overall, it was worth the trip out there even though we did not purchase anything. We learned a lot and may even purchase those chairs this week (if still available).

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jonathan Adler Score

This past weekend Amber went shopping with her sister and Mother at Grapevine Mills Mall. She called me (a bit hysterical) saying that they had some Jonathan Adler merchandise at (of all places) Burlington Coat Factory.

After a return trip the next day to make some exchanges, we ended up with the following:

  • 4 pillows (2 shown, 2 of a different style not shown) - $9.99 each
  • 2 full size sets of green chevron sheets (bottom right) - $9.99 each
  • 1 Queen Size set of brown sheets (bottom middle) - $29.99
  • 1 Full/Queen Orange Duvet (bottom left) - $19.99
That's a total of $110 for all of that. Pretty Insane!

The plan is to use the sheets as fabric for an assortment of projects. Pillows, drapes, roman shades etc. We'll probably keep the queen sheets and duvet to use on our bed as backups though.

A quick glance through the blogosphere yielded a few people that had the same luck as us.

If you haven't gone there in a while, BCF might be worth a trip.