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January at our house..

30 Jan

On the ¬†ninth we had a young man turn 17..He doesn’t really have red eyes ūüôā

P1110374¬†On the 11th we had a youngster turn 10…He is displaying a picture made by his sister and framed by his brother …

P1110410Below said brother and sister enjoying their brother’s joy..along with his mother…


The chickens are being very good to us for feeding and housing them..

P1110472We have some young colonials acting out their father’s history reading…

P1110540 The youngest colonial..

P1110541I designed this pillow with a “skirt” to cheer up our wicker love seat..

Which incidentally was gracing our sewing room and my January cabin fever, blues, “Let me out of here!”, I’ve got to have a change..side..moved up to the living room and I wanted to take this picture so when the children began sitting on it and making it unrecognizable I could pull this up and prove that indeed, one day..it looked nice ūüôā


A trip to Florida, sitting on the beach and enjoying the sea air was more what I had in mind..BUT..necessity is the mother of invention after all ¬†:-)…

And last but not least the guys had to replace our 2 1000 gallon septic tanks

IMG_0688Our very kind neighbor brought his mini excavator over and dug the hole for a very reasonable fee…which took most of the day since it was 2 below zero and felt like 20 below..
IMG_0689Our other neighbor who is in construction brought over his laser transit and was of much help in the advice area…
IMG_0690The boys, and young men were constantly on hand and we couldn’t have done it without them..Then the miracle..the septic tank man just “happened” to stop by and our neighbor said we should ask if he could deliver the tanks that same day..he said he could but he would need some time to get them out of the ice at his lot..Well, he did and delivered them and put them in the holes…The amazing thing for me was how he just drove up our front yard and around back and it was like there wasn’t a speck of snow or ice on the ground…

Because he was able to do that our neighbor with the excavator could backfill  and it was all done but hooking it up to the house and leach line..this was done the next day and we are up and running..Miracles come in strange forms..this was a most welcome miracle..septic systems are a huge need in January in Ohio with 13 people in the house!!!  Thank you Lord! for working this all out for us!

Is it spring yet? ¬†ūüôā

Thank you photo..

8 May

I just saw this appreciation photo sent to our fabric shop.

Aren’t these stools lovely?


This fabric is Rachel Ashwell’s Wildflower line. ¬†I used the large purple floral in my bedroom…It is so fun to see what creations people think up!

Thank you for the photo Victoria!!

Covering a footstool…

19 Oct

I also covered the footstool/magazine holder my husband made years ago.

This was really worn out! This was the third time I have had to cover it.

The top is very easy like the chair seat.

You will need:



stapler, or hammer and tacks

Sewing machine

Remove the top from the base. ¬†Lay it flat on the wrong side of the fabric and cut out your fabric leaving about 2″ around the circumfrence for folding over on the back. ¬†Before…

With the top off…

Fabric about 2″ bigger than lid.

Rectangles and squares are easier than odd shaped chair seats.

Then the bottom with the skirt is a little more complicated. ¬†You need to measure from the floor to the top of your stool for skirt length. ¬†Then add 2″ for attaching skirt and 1/2″ for hemming the skirt.

You decide which type of skirt you would like, straight, pleated, gathered…

First you need to hem the skirt, you can serge and hem if you have a serger, or just turn the fabric twice to have a finished edge.

Then I measured around the stool and doubled that for the pleats, you can add 1/2 of perimeter again for gathering, or double, the thicker the fabric 1/2 may be all you can do or it will just be too bulky.

I chose pleated.  I put a pleat at each corner and a pleat in the center of each side.

Now to attach the skirt to the stool. ¬†I made a pleat on each side of the same size, mine were about 3″ this is where there are no hard fast rules…do what you want, do what looks pleasing to your eye.

As long as the pleats are equal in length, I am happy..

Then you take strips of cardboard, or the best thing is boning from your local fabric store. ¬†Cardboard is what I had and it works. ¬†You cut your strips approximately 1/2″ wide and you need enough to go around the perimeter of your base. ¬†The strips keep your skirt even at the top holding your fabric in a straight line…

you put the right side of your skirt fabric to the stool base…the hem of the skirt is pointed toward the top of the stool. This will enable you to staple the raw edge of ¬†the skirt with the cardboard strips then the skirt will fold back over the strip to give you a straight finished edge.


This is a time when you need another pair of hands. ¬†Holding fabric at a good tension and keeping the cardboard in place and stapling…

Hope this is helpful…

Covering a chair seat…

19 Oct

I found this chair on the side of the road a long way back.  We have had it in our living room with a stool my husband made.  The stool especially needed recovering so  I covered them both.

Here is how you can cover a chair seat.

Under most strait back chairs there are 4 corner braces, these have drilled holes in them and in the holes are screws which are holding the chair seat in place.

Determine whether the screws are flat head or phillips head screws and then loosen them with your screwdriver.  Your seat platform will come free and you are ready to cover it.

Lay the seat upside down on the wrong side of your fabric and cut out the basic shape of the seat.

Round your corners, it makes it easier to get a nice finish.

 Choose an end to start, I usually choose the back.  Turn your fabric under so the raw edges are not visible.  Then using a stapler, or tacks and a hammer or in my case, my husband has a pneumatic stapler, very nice and fast.  Place your fasteners about 2.5 to 3 inches apart.

Go to the opposite side from the side you start on and with some pulling pressure to make fabric taught, but not stretched, again fold your fabric under and fasten.

Make sure when you are fastening your fabric in the area of your screw holes that you keep the holes open, do not cover them with the fabric.

There will be some bunching at the corners, a mitre is the best way to navigate a corner, just be sure to fold over in the same direction on each corner.  Another option is to pull the fabric to the back from both sides of the corner and it gives it a gathered look.

An affordable way to spruce up your decor!