Thursday, September 27, 2012

What have I been up to?



We've had so much stuff going on lately that the last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I started school with Jude after Labor Day and we've been slowly plugging along. Homeschooling is not easy let me tell you, not even if it's only preschool/kindergarten! Last year Jude LOVED school, he would sit at the table and do school work for hours if I let him. I prayed and prayed that it would last! No such luck. It's not like pulling teeth or anything the novelty has definitely worn off.

He still loves helping fold the laundry though!




School work and laundry aside, I have done a few small projects around the house. I decided that the new shades in the boys room were too plain so I added some fabric to them. Here they are before with just the trim.





And with the fabric:



Much better! I don't know what I did though, maybe cut off too much of the vinyl shade, but the other two shades will not roll up now. Thankfully I saved the left over shade that I cut off. I'm hoping that if I add some length back that will fix the problem. 

Almost every Saturday morning from July to September my Mom and I load up all three of my boys in her car and hit the garage sales. The Jude and Phin watch a DVD, Isaac sleeps and we get some awesome stuff!  I got this cow(?) skull for a dollar one morning.....I do live in Montana after all. It sat in the garage for a few weeks until I decided it needed to be silver, so last week I spray painted it and hung it the living room.









One of the Saturdays that I missed, my Mom went out with my brother and his wife. She found a pair of  these awesome chairs for five dollars each. 




 They came with a small table, also five dollars, that I have in the basement family room. I knew that I wanted to either make new covers for them or find some sheepskins to lay over them. The next day I was at Target and found these faux fur rugs on sale for fifteen dollars each. They work quite well I think. They are just sitting on top of the cushion and  I have them pulled up rather high so they don't fall down but I hate seeing the cushion peeking out at the bottom. I'm planning on stitching the rug to the cushions at the top so they won't fall down and that should cover the cushion at the bottom.

This last weekend I found these vintage black and white photos at a garage sale, a dollar for a set of three. They are kind of creepy but I love them!




Here is a close up of  the third one in the set (it's a long panoramic type shot like the other one above). I can't look at it without thinking of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I'm going to give it to my horror movie loving brother. 


Yeah I definitely can't have that on my wall.


With new art I figured I should rearrange everything on the TV cabinet (of course!), here's what it looks like now. Any bets on how long it stays this way? 






 A couple weeks ago I finally sewed the drapes for our bedroom from this David Hicks for Groundworks  fabric.  I've looked online but I can't find it in the black colorway that I have, except for this remnant for $69.00, if you're interested I did find it in Moss or Tan colorways. I got mine from fabricguru.com about two years ago on clearance for $7.95 a yard. I didn't even know that it was a David Hicks or Groundworks fabric since it was just listed as "Pomegranate". I liked the pattern so I ordered a yard. When I got it I couldn't believe the quality (a beautiful linen-it wasn't even listed as linen.) and since it said "David Hicks for Groundworks" on the selvage I looked it up online. After I knew what it was I ordered quite a few more yards, to say the least. 

Here is one of the panels hanging in our room. I'm planning on reupholstering our headboard in this fabric and I have just enough left over to upholster a headboard for my parents guest room-pictures coming soon of that makeover. 



Oh and that pink is not a paint color it's the old wallpaper we still need to strip. I couldn't handle the dusty mini-blinds for another day so I threw them out and put the drapes up. We'll just take the rods down when we strip the wallpaper, which may be happening soon! The hubs is trying to take some vacation time before the holiday rush hits, he manages the meat department at a local grocery store and things are CRAZY from November to January! We have quite a few projects we want to tackle around here while he is off. The living room carpet needs to get ripped up first, I can't wait to get that done!

So, what projects have you tackled recently?


Monday, September 24, 2012

IKEA's new online inventory



The nearest Ikea is about 11 hours from me. I've wished for awhile that they would offer more products online. If you ever took the time to look you know that they had hardly any products available to order online. That has all changed! While you still can't order most of their smaller products (or textiles, or lighting....boo!) they have a huge selection of online products now. Which for people like me is pretty exciting!

Here's some of my favorites that are finally available online:



RAST 3 drawer chest $34.99


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Hack it like this..........






Or this.......






Or this............







Next up the BESTA BURS desk $269.99

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Great as a desk, console or sofa table.






LACK wall shelf $19.99

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Style em up!






Kind of excited about these shelves....I can't find anything close to this in my town.

Sad, I know.






LACK coffee table in high gloss red $49.99



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VITTSJO shelving unit $70.00




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Hacked:










LACK coffee table, the original $19.99


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Put two of them together like this










MALM 3 drawer chest $79.99





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Lots of options.....













TOBIAS chair $79.99

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DOCKSTA table $199.99- for those of us who can't afford the real deal
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GROLAND Kitchen Island $199.99
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Would make an awesome bathroom vanity!


The shipping rates aren't awful either (I checked with my zip code and I live in the middle of nowhere). 

So shop away Ikea-less consumers, shop away!





Thursday, September 20, 2012

Late Entry...










I'm kind of loving this shot of Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.....so much so that it may just be what I choose for my Surface View giveaway.

What do you think?




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner



My computer got sick last week but has since been fixed and I am back! 

When I went to check my e-mail, which was 92% spam-boo!, I discovered that I had won an AWESOME giveaway over at decorology. The giveaway is for a print, stretched canvas or birch ply print from Surface View up to 1200x1200mm ( THAT’S ALMOST 4 FEET!). Surface View is all about customization and bespoke products, and is going to allow the winner to choose their size (up to the scale above) and any image on one of those 3 products!!! 

Yay me!!!!!!!! :)

They have an awesome gallery of images and I'm having a really hard time deciding what I should get. Here are a few of my favorites:




















































So help me out, what should I pick????




Saturday, September 8, 2012

Vintage couch before and after OR Proof of my MAD skills



I got this sweet little number off Craigslist for my birthday......for only $125! 

All down filled cushions and beautiful lines.




The upholstery was in pristine condition, but unfortunately was not my cup of tea in the color department.




It just so happened that I had 13 yards of upholstery fabric laying around and endless amounts of time on my hands......ha! No, I just have a great husband who entertains our kiddos while I do things like this.




Twelve hours of painting, stapling and sewing later.................



I decided to do without the tufting and I LOVE how it turned out!!



















I'm also loving the addition of my vintage light fixture!








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