Mother's Day... Late

>> Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Oh, the difference a year makes. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. I mean seriously, where does Emily get those facial expressions?!? What a ham.

This is/was Emily's favorite gesture while saying, "What'sthat?" (Yes, all one word.)


It's Hot

>> Monday, July 9, 2012

With America's birthday smack dab in the middle of the week, my husband was off for five days straight... say what!?! We have started on the outside remodel of our little home, and I'm certain it's more work than the inside. Not shocking: it is taking longer than expected and, of course, more money. Good thing Ryan and I like the process as much as the end result, well, most of the time.

Emily is a trooper! It's in the upper 80's, but she buzzed around in the strawberry patch looking for treasures.

Emily also helped her daddy dig up the pipes to a petite and manly bathroom in the garage that broke during an ice storm a few years back.

I am fairly certain these two should be in a parade.


Our "New Couch"

>> Sunday, July 8, 2012

A leather set was on my wish list... not in our budget. So, with my new summer hours I decided to try my hand at a custom fit slip cover for my husband's couch from his bachelor days. The hunter green, 80's style just kept putting a cramp in my decorating of the living room. Here is the before picture (brace yourself):

I used the tutorials from Honeybear Lane via The Inspired Room to guide my new adventure. It took two weeks of sewing while Emily was sleeping and a lot of patience. I started sewing back in September of last year so everything with this project was new: piping, zippers, and no pattern.

I purchased the coral canvas from Fabric Depot in Portland. I had the help of my super creative and talented sister-in-law, Chelsea. I found the canvas for crazy cheap: 16 yards for $104.00. Whoo hoo!

I plan on making the pillows for the back of the couch once I find more of the coral canvas as I ran out after making the actual slip cover. I bought the current pillows at Home Goods, but I don't love them. I would rather have matching pillows for the back with some coordinating throw pillows. I hope to make it back to Fabric Depot this week to check out the canvas situation. The picture is a bit bright... I promise our couch isn't hot pink!

Here is the after:


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