Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford England

  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

Saving Money on Clear Ornaments

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Who doesn’t love saving money especially around the holidays?  I know I do.

I’ve got a great tip if you’re in need of clear ornaments for your tree or gift making.  I decided to decorate my tree a little different this year and I needed a lot of clear ornaments but I hated to buy them.  I found this box at a thrift store that was filled to the brim with old ornaments that had seen better days.  For only $3, I had all the ornaments I needed.  That’s what I call a bargain!

ornaments pic I removed the hanger part off of each ornament and then, I submerged the ball into hot sudsy water with a little bit of bleach.  The paint on the outside comes off quickly and leaves the mirrored ball interior.  If I had wanted silver or mirror ornaments, I would have stopped at this stage and taken them out but, I was after clear ones.

The silver is on the inside of the ornament and requires a bit more effort to remove.  To assist me in getting it off, I spooned a teaspoon or so of salt into the ornament.  Next, I  added a small amount of  sudsy water into the ball and then, I placed my finger over the top and shook the ornament like crazy.  You’ll be able to see the silver coming off.   Don’t bother with smelly paint thinner, paint remover or fingernail polish remover, I tried them and they don’t work quickly or nearly as good as plain old soap and water.ornaments in bubbles picRemoving takes a little effort but the result is worth it. Nice, clean glass ornaments for my tree and I spent less than $5.  clear ornaments picCurious what I’m doing with them?  I plan to share sometime next week.

Blessings,

Mimi

“…the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. {It} shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”  Revelation 21:10,11 NIV Bible

Loveseat Done!

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Almost three weeks ago, I posted here about the slow progress on the loveseat.  Today, I’m happy to say, the loveseat is done!

A reminder of the Before: 

The glory days of the 1980’s left this loveseat tired, dated, sad,and stained.  But, I took her home because I liked her “bones”, she was the right size and most importantly, the right price.

Reupholstering isn’t hard but it can be labor intensive and tricky as I discovered with this wingback loveseat.  I’ve reupholstered many pieces of furniture before but, I had never attempted a wingback style piece. 

I made a couple of changes from the original design.  I used a different piece of fabric under the cushions and in the places no one can see.  Professional upholsterers often employ this method to stretch the fabric yardage and that is exactly why I did it, too.  I picked a stripe and I really like the surprise and playfulness of it. 

The second change you’ll notice is I changed the two cushions to a bench seat.  I like the cleaner line and more modern look.

The After :

Wisdom for reupholstering your piece

  • The right tools make all the difference.  The job goes quicker.  I’ve seen tools at Jo Ann’s, Hancock, Amazon and at a local car upholsterer’s shop.
  • A pneumatic stapler is definitely the way to go!  I can’t believe I’ve done this job in the past with a handheld.
  • Buy extra fabric.  Mistakes happen.
  • Start with an easy job like a chair bottom and work your way up to tackling bigger pieces. As I gained confidence, bigger pieces weren’t as scary. 
  • Ask for help from someone who has done it before.  I had help for the first few pieces I tackled.  I learned not to be afraid of making that first cut in the fabric.
  • If the piece of furniture smells really bad or the frame is not very stable, pass on it.  Fixing these two problems is usually not worth the cost.

Reupholstering is a great way to stretch your decorating dollars and get a piece that is custom made for your home.  Let me know if you fix up a piece, I’d love to see your “after”.

If you looked close in the after picture, you caught a glimpse of my kitchen reveal coming soon.   I can’t wait to show you!

I’ve linked up today with Jennifer Rizzo’s Creative Friday Link Party.

Blessings,

Mimi

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”  
Proverbs 14:23 NIV Bible