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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Look Who Stopped by for Dinner

We have visitors.
I like them because they don't stay too long.
They don't eat a lot.
They don't take up too much room.

They brought a few little friends.

As you can see, they dressed for dinner.

You might have guessed, I am getting out some of my Halloween decorations.

I happened upon these two skeletons at Walmart.
I have been looking for large ones, but I did not want to pay the $ at the Halloween stores.
Well, I lucked out, both Walmart and Target are selling large skeletons for 1/2 the cost of those Halloween stores.
You may want to get yours asap, Target only had two on the shelf so I bought both of them.

How about you, are you doing any Halloween decorating this year?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Whites in the Dinning Room

I finally finished my dinning room chairs.
It wasn't really a daunting project, well maybe in my mind only.

Four chairs to paint.
4 Times x 4 chairs.
Sand and stain.
Remove the 3 layers of upholstery.
Add a layer of cotton batting.
Reupholster in simple white fabric.
Sew four seat slipcovers.

It sound like a lot, but really, each chair only took 2 days to paint.
One day to reupholster all of the chairs.
One day to make several of the slipcovers.

All in all, I think I finished the whole project within 2 weeks with lots of swimming breaks in between.

The best part is that I had to purchase nothing.
The chairs came free from one of my cosigners at my old shop.
I used fabric I already had, a cheap lightweight cotton denim from Walmart.
The paint was some I had used on some of my interior walls.
First, two coats of flat paint, a coat of Annie Sloan Old White and the top coat was semi-gloss.

You may be wondering why I painted the semi-gloss over the Annie Sloan.
The first chair I tried to like the chair before the semi-gloss, but I did not like just plain waxing.
I used my go to method of using semi-gloss and either let life (meaning 3 children) distress a piece of furniture or sand and stain the furniture.

Simple ruffled slipcover.

Look at those legs!

Ballarina ties on the back.

I like the look with the full slipcovered parson chairs, my newly slipcovered white chairs and the vintage farm chairs.

Now, if only I could do something about that table!
How about you?
Have you finished any projects lately?

I am sharing my white chairs with Kathleen from Faded Charm for White Wednesday.
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday.
Courtney from French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Cindy from My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

End of Summer Flowers

My gardens did not do as well this year.
Mostly my fault but I will blame it on Mother Nature.

Rain, rain where did you go?

I did manage to grow some beautiful flowers in spite of the lack of attention by me.

Beautiful pink roses about to drop their petals.

Gathered together in one bunch the colors are spectacular.

I have several of these beautiful climbing roses planted by my arbors.

I love the color of the hydrangeas.
Pinks, purples, whites and greens.
Such a wonderful combination.

I hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend.