Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Out with the old and in the with the not so old!

UPDATED COUCH
Now that I finished reupholstering my rocking chair, I was ready to tackle my couch.  And tackle was the right word.  Math is not my strong suit, so for several days I measured and measured to make sure that I would buy enough fabric to cover everything.  Next hurtle was to find just the perfect color to match the rocking chair and update the whole room.  I love a challenge and perservere I did!  Tape measure - scissors - roll of fabric - here I go!  I set up the sewing machine right next to the couch and set to work.  

Before picture.  I had already removed the dust ruffle from the bottom. (I swear there were a hundred staples holding it on!)  The couch was given to me in ~1995 used.  It is a very good brand and has really held up from the wear and tear of 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 22 years of continuous use.  (It makes an extra bed when we need one.  It's very long and when the back cushions are removed, it's almost the size of a twin bed.)  The seat cushions are worn through in some places and a few stains are shattered about.  I came to me as a nice light off white color and ended as a very dingy/yellowed white.

 

After picture.  At first I was afraid that I chose too dark of fabric but once I got use to it, I liked it.  It freshens up the room.  I added wooden carved buttons to the center back cushions and covered the small side pillows.  The other pillow is from the same fabric that was used on the rocking chair.


It's so nice to have 'new' things in the house.  Now I just have to keep my husband from wrestling on it with the grandkids!
I also purchased a frame for my Hawaii pictures.  You can see it on the wall above the flowers.  


I hung a piece of coral on leather and a pretty Hawaiian flower from the top of the frame.  The color of the ocean is almost the same color as the fabric!

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SURPRISE GIFT

Out of the blue I received a package in the mail.  Inside was this lovely hand crochet blanket from my sister-in-law.  

She did a lovely job on it and I love all the colors.  Those cold days we had last month definately required a cover as I watched TV in the evenings.   Ahh and so soft too.  Thanks Mel!

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QUILT

These quilt blocks were given to me from my friend Sherri.  They were her mothers, who was a wonderful quilter.  This is a lovely star block and I loved how she used up her scrap material.  No two block are the same! 




  
 She always drew sew lines and followed them when she sewed.  Look at her tiny stitches!    


It turned out really pretty and I hand tied it.  The blue fabric on the back came in the same box with the blocks so I used it. 

 
 
 
 
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COMPUTERS!

I feel that I have negelected my and my fellow bloggers websites due to my inability to adapt to changing 'updates' on my phone hotspot and computer.  Why am I subjected to these updates?  Windows 10 - are you kidding me?  What a crock of ___.  "Take it off," I shouted to my computer guru.  "Take it off!"  "It's here to stay," he says "but I'll turn some things off so it will run better/faster."  Holy Moly!   I am from the old school that 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it'.  But NO!  Consistantly there are updates, yikes.  What's an old person to do!  
(Sorry for my few moments on my soap box.  Just venting!)  

Thanks for visiting,
Cinder

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Projects for a New Year

A NEW LOOK FOR 
AN OLD CHAIR

I've had a platform rocker for a while and I was tired of the old brown fabric.  I finally got around to reupholering it and it really didn't take me too long.  

The old fabric...


The new fabric...reminds me of a Monet painting.


Looks like a different chair.  Next I have to start work on the sofa.  Now that will be a project!


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A NEW LOOK FROM 
AN OLD PURSE

I have a hard time finding a purse that I like.  I don't carry a lot of stuff and don't want a huge bag that hangs off my arm.  I like them small and prefer a shoulder strap purse with lots of compartments.  So...



I cut my old purse apart......


And used the inner pouch, zipper and shoulder strap and added cardboard and another zipper to denim and a blue plaid...



And now I have just the right size!

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A NEW LOOK FOR AN OLD 
DRESSER SCARF

A while back I found this dresser scarf at my favorite thrift store and got around to embroidering it.  The only thing I didn't know what to do was the edging. 


Well....when I had our girlfriend weekend in October at my friend Teresa's house I brought the scarf and thread and was going to have Teresa show me how to crochet a simple edgding.  There was no way I was going to be able to replicate what she was doing, so she kept it and finished it for me.  Whew!


I think she did a lovely job on it and when she got it back to me I didn't work on it right away.  So this past week I grabbed it and sewed it on.


Thank you Teresa!

Now it's ready for its place on my dresser with my Korean jewelry box and apppointment cards stuck in the mirror.  You can also see in the mirror my Thanksgiving cactus is still blooming! 
 
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I've really slacked off on sewing last year, too many doctor appointments, but I'm back in the groove again.
  
Thanks for visiting,
Cinder