Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Making a Tag a day

I love making tags and I decided that it would be fun to make a tag a day. I am very excited to show you all a mini tag series I am working on. The mini series I am making  is like a story board. I am so excited to show you all the first two tags that start setting up the story line.
 First lets start with a tag that represents what is going on in my life right now. 

I began the first tag on June 23, 2012. It represent my first trip to San Diego which is coming up really soon. I will be posting pictures of my trips as soon as I can.  I am really excite about the trip. 

On June 24, 2012 I did my first tag on a mini series. 

The story begins with two children playing under a big tree enjoying each other company with such innocence. 

I used a page of a book as a background of the photo and I also used  Tim Holtz distress ink pad to make  photo looked aged with time. 

On June 25, 2012 I did a tag with the same once young children now older and in their teens. They are exploring their feeling for each other and wondering what the future will hold. Our first love will always hold a special place in our hearts. 

Behind the photo I used a old paper blue bag and inked it with Tim Holtz distress ink pads. 

The flower I use is made of  pieces of wood shaving. My wonderful sorority sister Mica send me a few flower that she use for her wedding. 

I love placing embellishment on my tags. I use metal X0X0 that I found on my local scrapbooking store. I love going to my scrapbooking store you never know what you can find at each visit. 

Here their are side by side can you guess where the story ends? 

Here are some of the supplies I use on both tags.

Till Next time

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Makeover for a $2 footstool

Once upon a time I found this footstool at a flea market for $2!! I have been looking for one and just as I was about to give up the search I found this beauty in the back of the store hidden away. The owner was closing down her store and she told me her daughter used to sleep on the stool when she would come with her to the store. I was expecting her to charge $20, which I would have given her, and when i heard her say $2 I could not take the money fast enough out of my pocket. 
I already knew this footstool would belong to my red beauty. 

The footstool was not difficult to reupholster, the only hard part was removing all the fabric and foam. I had to use the hubby's brawn to remove all the fabric. He is wonderful!

I removed all the foam and fabric (well the hubby did) and left the spring and burlap on the footstool.

Now the fun part begins, I ran to Joann that same night and got some 3 inch foam. I always seem to be running to Joann's 30 minutes before they close. I feel horrible to be in the store when they close, I know all the associates just want to go home and I am just there standing in line at 8:55pm. 

Then I used extra fabric that was left over from the red velvet chair to cover the top of the footstool. I stapled it all around the footstool. 

When it come to covering the bottom part I wrapped one piece of fabric around the footstool. I again had to go run to Joann's for an extra piece of fabric but this time I made sure I did not go at eight o'clock at night. 

I used the same trim that was used on the chair to make it match. I also reused the decorative nails that it came with and just painted them black and re-nailed them to the footstool. 

The total spent on the footstool was around $20! Now I have a comfy chair with and cute footstool. 

Till next time

Friday, June 22, 2012

My Random Friday again

My puppy thinks that the chair is for him. haha. He has been trying to get on that chair for a while but we would not let him and finally he did it. We where in the room just relaxing and when I come out I see my puppy just relaxing. You can see on his face that he has claimed his spot! 

I've been working on tag very night. Tags help me release some stress. Especially since they are about my loves. I use a lot of Tim Holtz techniques and products in making this tag but of course I always make it my own. 

At time we all need to just stop and enjoy the moment. My favorite moments are of my hubby and little monster. I love making tags because they are easy to take with me. I like having my phone with all my pictures but at time its always nice to hold a picture in my hands and just be able to stare at it as long as I want. I hate it when I have to press the power button on my phone to bring the picture back, ugh.  I hope to make a cute mini book of tag of my cute little family and carry it with me at all times. Who does not like to show off? hehe.

I hope you all have a wonder weekend. 
You can find more tag over at my other blog Crane's Creations

Till next time,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

All about an Avengers Room

The best movie of the year in my opinion is Avengers. It was the first movie my hubby and I where able to go to as date and probably the last, haha. Once you have a child is difficult to find time to go out on a date but we try. We need to keep the spark going, right?! Since I loved Avenger so much I decided to change my little monster room into avenger themed. The best part was that due to the movie being release Joann's had plenty of Marvel fabric. 

The first step is easy enough which is to cute the fabric. I made it a little longer than the measurements because we are always moving to different apartments and each window is different. Its always better to have a longer curtain than a short one. I used muslin on the back of the fabric because it helps keep out the light. 

After I finished the curtains I had fabric left over so I used it to cover canvases that I had around the apartments. There is no waste in my home when it comes to fabric. 

I purchased  all the different fabrics at  Joann's. I only needed to use half a yard of fabric to cover each canvas, so I did not spend too much money on each piece. 
Its all coming together slowly. I can't wait to show you all the before and after of my little monster room.  

Till Next time,

Friday Shout out with Back to the Basics

I hope you can join me today for our Friday Shout Out!
What is this blog hop all about, you ask? myself, Cinthya and a Guest Host will be hosting this blog hop every Friday for the duration of three days. The Guest Host will be a featured blogger picked randomly every week (and can only be featured once every month) from the list of everyone who link up. They will have the benefit of joining Loren and Myself in hosting the Friday Shout-Out blog hop along with getting some free promotional space on our blogs (hence the Shout-Out). We will post their button on our page for a week for free. Who doesn't love free advertisement?!

I am happy to introduced to you Mary, from Back to the Basics

Here is a little bit of info about Mary and her blog:

I started Back to the Basics in 2009 and my main focus was health. I assist my husband who is a Chiropractor in his wellness-based clinic. We teach our patients about health, nutrition and the human body. The more I learned about how our food was grown and what was actually going into the final product the more I wanted to grow most of our produce and bake/cook from scratch. Now Back to the Basics includes health, nutrition, organic gardening and baking. I like digging in the garden and finding new, eco-friendly *cheap* ways to live and grow! When I'm not at work or in the garden, you'll find me in the kitchen whipping up a healthy meal. I operate an online seeds company, Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a recipe blog called Mary’s Kitchen and just finished my first cookbook, Mary's Real Food Cookbook.

How to join in:
1.  Follow the hosts, Loren and Cinthya (Pandora's Craft Box and Eye Heart) and our Guest Host,    Back to the Basics   via GFC or Linky Followers or Facebook. 
2.  Be sure to link up the HOME page of your blog as this is a Social Blog Hop.
3. Be social and visit some of your fellow bloggers who linked ahead of you.
4. Post the "Friday Shout-Out" Button on your blog to show your support and spread the love. Help us make this blog hop grow.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Chair reupholstering Fabric Tutorial

Are you ready?!


Do you love it? I decided to make this chair a sexy red velvet beauty. My hubby wanted a chair for himself since I use the other chair we reupholstered as my own and since his favorite color is red that's what helped decide on the fabric. I purchased the fabric from Joann's at 60% off during memorial weekend. Its home decor fabric which is more expensive but it's wider. I spent $54 on 4 and half yards of fabric, since I had gotten a gift card for my bday for $15, I only spend $39 out of pocket.  Awesome deal right!?
The only things you will need for this part of the project will be a 
staple gun  
Fabric and Trimm

I measured the fabric to be one piece to go around the entire back of the chair.

Then I folded the rigid edge toward the chair to make a fold. After that I (*Hubby Note* by I, she really means me) just stapled all around the top part of chair. 

All you do after that, since you have one piece of fabric, is to pull tight and staple a row of staples toward the center of the chair. Our chair has a little round bump toward the bottom.  

Once the lower center of the chair is stapled you staple the rest of the fabric under at the bottom of the frame. 

When I began the center of the chair I used two long pieces of fabric and I stapled it in between each foam piece. I was only able to staple at the top of the chair and the bottom because there is no wood in at the center of chair where the foam which is where you would rest your back against.

Now to do the top part of the fabric I cut little slits in the fabric where two different piece of foam meet.

Then I folded each side to hide the ridge edge and staple down. As you can see by the picture I should have done the center of the chair first because now I have extra fabric showing. This means that I had to remove all of the back fabric carefully as to not damage the fabric and re-staple it again once I finished the top part. Urgh...I was not very happy, but I learning as I go!

Now I had this long piece of fabric at each end of the chair. I pull the fabric tight and wrap it around the arm.

Once pulled tight I was able to staple it to the side of the frame.

I decided to do three folds at the top. I had to do this because of the way the arm is curved. Because the arm is curved it leaves extra fabric and this is the way I found that makes it look pretty. Now the hard part starts, I need to make the other arm look the same. I always have a hard time doing this. I find that one arm is always prettier than the other.

Remember in my last post i left the fabric of the old chair attached because there was no way to replace it. Well I just hand sewed on the new fabric to the other piece of fabric. I used U shape sewing needle. I bet there is some fancy name for it, but it just looks like a boomerang to me haha... but I digress. Then once it was sewn I pull it tight and stapled it to the bottom of the chair.

Can u believe I am still not done!
This was my favorite part, I now added the trim to the entire chair. I used two different trims and I used pre-cut and measured black rope trim from Joann's. I spent most of my budget on the trim which is crazy! It made every thing look so much better.

Rope trim 7 yards - $18 with a 30% discount
Double rope trim 5 ( cut by the yard) -  $20 with a 50% coupon I use on different occasions

I place the single rope trim on the inside of the chair and I stapled it to the top and the bottom of the chair.

I also used a double rope trim to cover up were I stapled the single rope. I purchased the double rope to use every where else. It hides the staples very well and I did not have to use messy fabric glue.

Sexy, right!

The last part, and the one part that I hated doing, was sewing the cushion.
I am not very good at sewing and it takes me forever, but it needed to be done.

I use the original cushion fabric and I cut it up as a template. Then I started sewing it which took me about three hours to do. Yeah, I know, blah! I even recycled the zipper of the old cushion.

 I am very happy with the final product.  I really can't believe that I did this chair mostly by myself. The hubby did help some when I needed some muscle or when I got stuck.

Total spent on a free chair was about $90.

I hope the tutorial was helpful and detailed. If you have any questions just let me know I love hearing from you guys. Trust me if I can do it with barely any knowledge of reupholstering so can you!

Till Next time,

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