Bar Stool Drama and Lessons in Smoke Restoration

In the last year, I have had quite the on going drama when it comes to the bar stools at our counter.  Several years ago we bought these two black X-back bar stools off of craigslist.  I have always loved them, their French Country bent and their sturdy composure as they hold wiggly, growing boys on top.  But I was …

Tutorial How to Make Double Welting

In connection with the Tufted Ottoman Tutorial I wanted to share how I made double welting for this and numerous other pieces of furniture.  To finish off the raw edge with the staples, furniture must be adorned with trim.  You can purchase numerous types of trim, gimp trim being one of the more popular, and it is far less time …

The Littlest Boy’s Room Reveal

It occurred to me that besides the main living areas and our little entryway, I have not shared the rest of the house — meaning the bedrooms.  There are several reasons for this.  They’re very tiny, built in the 70s and barely have room for the basics, and trying to wedge a tripod to some vantage point is challenging.   The …

A Green Pillow for Spring

Last fall I found a piece of embroidery at a thrift store which I repurposed into the prettiest throw pillow for my blue chair (see here for that post).  I love it, the pops of color and pheasants just make me smile, not to mention someone’s painstaking hours they spent with needle popping up and down, embroidery thread making a …

Tufted Ottoman Tutorial

I am so excited to share this post with you today!  Finally, after months of replying to people that I will put together a tutorial on how I crafted a coffee table into a tufted ottoman, it has arrived! Of course, I should have taken photos as I went along the first time, but I didn’t. So, I had to …

The Small Tufted Ottoman Reveal

In November I shared about the coffee table I crafted into a velvet tufted ottoman.  You can see that post here.  In January, it was featured amongst numerous other blogs, and I received countless comments requesting a tutorial.  I didn’t take photos as I made the original ottoman, for fear of it not turning out.  Well, it more than turned out, …

Hints of Spring Whisper Change

I should have clearly seen the set up. I get home from a warm vacation in the middle of an Alaskan winter itching for spring. It ruins me to the point of buying a few new pieces of greenery and a bouquet of fresh flowers, if spring won’t come yet, I will make it come. I’m ready for change, for …

A Tray for the Tufted Ottoman

If you would remember when I posted my tufted ottoman back in November, I was looking for the perfect tray to accompany my next to perfection ottoman.  I love everything about the ottoman, I use it daily, and it makes me smile with its beauty, but I have been on a look out for the right tray to provide needed …

Tailored Apron

Today I have another original apron design to show you.  This is one of the three I designed for my mom last Christmas  (the first one was the Embellished Apron).  It also happens to be her favorite.  I chose a royal blue cherry blossom home décor print from fabric.com.  I like to use home décor weight fabrics for aprons, because they protect better …

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