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Friday, August 26, 2011

All In The Family: "Edith's Problem"

It's Friday, time to kick back, relax and have a good laugh.  I decided to leave this week with a little humor.

I'm sure all of you remember All In The Family, the 1960's comedy.  If you haven't and are looking for a good laugh this might be what your are looking for.  In this episode, Edith's personality takes on a drastic change some of us might relate too.  Sound familiar?  Yes, I'm talking about the dreaded word that no one likes to talk about... M-E-N-O-P-A-U-S-E.  If any of you have ever experienced the flushing,(Why is my face so red?), the up and down emotional roller coaster, the headaches, bloating, and hot flashes then this should lighten your spirit.

So, pull up a chair with your favorite beverage and have a good laugh OR not depending on your situation and take a peek at what "Women Of A Certain Age" have to look forward to.

Sigh, It is "All In The Family"!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upholstery 101

Having recovered several chair cushions over the years and after feeling reasonably confident, I decided to recover the chair seat of my computer chair with the help of my husband.  (He always helps me when I strike a grand plan LOL)  In the past, I have used fabric that doesn't have a match...Either a solid or stripe. This time I decided to try a pattern, a toile fabric of linen/cotton made for upholstering which presented some problems for me, a novice upholster.

Because it was a toile pattern I had to make sure that the scene was centered in the middle of the seat which in and of itself didn't present any problems.  But in trying to make sure that the pattern was perfectly centered (I'm a perfectionist) I neglected to make sure the pattern was turned so the scene could be seen from the front of the chair instead of from behind.  Needless to say, once recovered and I had a chance to look at it, I asked my husband if the pattern should be turned so as to see the scene when looking directly in front of the chair instead of from behind?  Being a man he said he thought you could do it either way.  But I knew something was amiss and decided to contact my dear friend Fifi of the blogs Fifi Flowers(HERE) and Reading Is Fashionable(HERE) by sending her a picture of my chair and asking her what she thought.  She sent a message asking me if there was any reason why I reversed the pattern?  HA HA HA  Not wanting to offend me she said it looked nice. In any event, I had to do it twice.  So, a job that should have taken about an hour or so turned into a two hour project.  LOL LOL Live and learn and you can bet your bottom dollar I won't make this mistake again.  Take a peek at the results.

This is what the chair looked like:

Chair Before I Recovered.
After I Removed the Seat

It took us one hour to remove all of the staples from the seat of this chair.
Laying Out The Fabric
This is a two person job. One person needs to staple while the other pulls the fabric very, very taut.
Stapling the New Fabric Onto The Chair Seat
Stapled and trimmed.
Backing Added
Finished Chair Seat Recovered.

Voila!  And remember ladies to turn your fabric so that the pattern can be viewed when looking at the chair from the front and not the reverse.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Winners of the Giveaway

Well, today's the day!  After putting all the names in a hat, husband picked two winners.  The winner of the French gift tags is Maureen of Eclecticrevisited and the winner of the hand stenciled burlap bag filled with scented lavender is Genie of Paris and Beyond.

Okay ladies, if you will e-mail me your address and select which of the patterned paper shown in the post that you want your gift wrapped in I will get these in the mail to you.  E-mail me at

A big thank you to everyone who entered.  I wish I could give all of you something! Stay tuned because in a few weeks I will opening my new ETSY store and will be having another giveaway.
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