Friday Finds #3

Hey!

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

Hey!

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!

Hey!

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

    Outdoor Project Done!

    Hey! 
    I teased you a couple of weeks ago with this  post.  I’m sure you had no problem guessing what I was busy doing.  Well, I’m happy to say that the first project is done!  
    The problem began two years ago, when I got new patio furniture.  Four months later, the cushions looked like this…
     

     I know I live in a hot, humid, sunny climate but, really?!   When I touched the fabric, it just disintegrated into fabric dust — Gross!  The only option I had because I couldn’t find my receipt (don’t you hate that?!) was to either purchase new cushions or make them. 

    I decided to make new cushions.  I bought outdoor fabric from Hancock’s and repurposed the fill and cording from the original cushions.  After only four cushions, somehow, I had run out of cording.  When the manufacturer made the cushions, they must’ve been magical because I used the same cording. –Go figure.

    This year, my plan was to finish what I started.  Unfortunately, the leaves, birds, bug guts and general dirt were showing on the ones I made last year. 

    I tried Scotchguard cleaner but didn’t have much success.  So, I googled and Martha Stewart came to the rescue!  Fels-Naptha soap.  The soap is apparently readily available at any grocery store everywhere except here.  I searched everywhere — the grocery stores, the drugstores, the health food stores.  Nobody knew what I was talking about and then, Honey Do made a random trip into Fred’s and found it.  Only a couple of dollars, this bar did the job! 

    And finally, two years later…
    Ahhhh, time to relax…
    Blessings,
    Mimi
     “Find rest ,O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”  
    Psalm 61:5  NIV Bible

    Update on Loveseat

    Hey!

    Don’t you hate when projects take longer than you like?  Some days, I wish that I could snap my fingers and *poof* everything would be finished. 
    The reality:  I’m not finished but I’m getting closer each day.  Honey Do and I started putting the pieces back on the loveseat last night.   Honey Do took this picture when I wasn’t looking.  I must’ve really been concentrating!  I tend to be camera shy.

    I can’t wait to reveal the final product!  I hope its sooner rather than later : )
    Blessings,
    Mimi
    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”  
    Colossians 3:23  NIV Bible

    A Slice of Life: April

    A Slice of Life: April
    Hey! 
    Bringing you a snapshot of happenings in my world over the last couple of weeks. 
    New finds from thrift stores:  I think this Drexel dresser walked off the showroom floor into the thrift shop and then walked out and over to my house. 

    A few other finds…
    Over the weekend, I directed the beautiful outdoor wedding of my next door neighbor’s daughter.  I’m not sure who did her flowers but my neighbor refinished those backdrop doors.

    The colors were so delicate in the bouquets.

    The guest registry table…

    My neighbor made all of these teacup lights.  The center of the flowers had a battery tea light and a glove with a spoon helped the cup hang from the hook. 

    Honey Do installed a new dishwasher.  Replacement parts were no longer available for the old one.  Why is it appliances die after 18 years?  Shouldn’t they last a lifetime?!

    This cabinet is getting an overhaul but you’ll have to wait for a final reveal.

    We tried out Edie’s Honey Garlic Pizza and homemade crust. Very tasty!  Click here for the recipe.

    And last but not least, I started leading a new bible study on  Covenant  by Kay Arthur.  I did the Precept Covenant many years ago and loved it.  This workbook format is just as good.  I highly recommend it.  The understanding of covenant is so foundational to the Christian faith but rarely preached.

    Now that you’ve seen what I’ve been up to; what’s going on in your neck of the woods?

    Blessings,

    Mimi

     “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  
    John 10:10b NIV Bible