Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Dress

This is a beautiful story.  I have a friend, her name is Amy.  She is a very kind and passionate person.  She speaks her mind, and has some very interesting parenting techniques.  Most of them either make me gasp in surprise or giggle with delight.  In any case, she seems to be raising 3 kind and caring children.  She has a huge belief in God, and in her faith.  I met her at our Mom's group at church, and one of my favorite things about her is the way she is willing to include anyone in anything.  Her husband, Paul, is graduating this weekend from the U.S. Army War College with a Masters of Strategic Studies and the family is planning a trip to Pennsylvania to proudly see him graduate.  Amy, who also works tirelessly at being a seamstress for all the musicals at the Middle and High School levels, decided to make a special dress for her oldest daughter for the graduation.  The fabric for this dress comes from 60+ year old vintage fabric which used to hang from her mother's dressing table when she was a girl. They found the fabric when they were packing up her mom's house to move her into a condo.  The top pink section is new fabric, since there wasn't enough fabric to make a whole dress.  This dress is so darn cute and I simply love the fabric.  Check out the details of the dress.  I may be crafty, but I am not a seamstress and I envy Amy for her talents!

Here is Amy's Mom and Daughter in front of the now refinished table

The 36th AVENUE

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pallet Bar

This one's for the boys

My husband has been dying to make something out of a pallet.  

So today I give you ~The Pallet Bar.  

Hung in the basement, it looks cool with all of our rustic barn wood.  

If you missed that post and would like to see our finished basement click here:

So without further ado, here it is:

The copper bars give it a nice touch and help to keep the bottles from falling out.  

Fun and Functional!  

I think my hubby's pretty clever.
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We make a good team.

It Pays To Be Cheap


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Giraffe Legs: 1960's patio set refreshed

Giraffe Legs: 1960's patio set refreshed: Sometimes good comes from bad.  That's how I happened to luck into this charming little patio set.  My friend, Laura, is moving to Germany f...

1960's patio set refreshed

Sometimes good comes from bad.  That's how I happened to luck into this charming little patio set.  My friend, Laura, is moving to Germany for a couple of years while her husband is working there.  Laura is so sweet  and kind and also happens to be one of the craft coordinators for our MoMs Group at church.  I had the privilege of working with her last year when I signed on as the 3rd craft coordinator.  I wish I had more time to get to know her, but I will always treasure the time we spent together. 

We got together a couple of weeks ago and Laura  asked if I would be interested in a patio set.  Quite coincidentally, my patio umbrella had blown over in a wind storm, shattering my table to pieces only days before!  Of course I wanted it.  She said she had tried to give it to Salvation Army the day before and they refused it because one of the chairs had a small rip!  So I'm thinking, ugh!  If Salvation Army didn't want it, would I?  But, since it's a short term solution until we find another, I thought I could do something with.  Plus, Laura said it was cute, and I believed her!

So here is what it looked like when I picked it up.  Really charming in fact!

                                          Cute cut-outs in the metal give it lots of character.
The seat cushions were the original white vinyl.  A little dirty, but in good shape.

A quick trip to Jo-anns and I picked up some spray paint and some new Sunbrella  fabric.  I choose a fabric that would coordinate with my sitting area.  I decided to keep the metal a cream color, since it looked so nice which my new fabric.  The seat cushions easily detached and a few shots of the staple gun later and the cushions were finished!  I left the vinyl underneath since I thought it would repel water nicely.  

A nice refreshing clean coat of paint really cleaned and brighten the set up. It ended up costing about $40 to update the set.  And although it is small, it will hold us over until we can find a new set.  I love the way it looks, but more impressive is the fact that my teenage daughter suggested that once we do find a new set, we should build an entire gazebo to put the table in, because she thinks it's so cute?! So I know it must be so!

Thanks for listening and looking! ♥ Di   

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