Friday, January 31, 2014


The pillow below, the blue and white toile with red brush fringe, is on the bed in the house of a friend of a friend's mother.  Confused yet?  Okay, last May I was invited to go to a birthday party of a friend of a friend, both of whom live in Miami.  They were coming out to California, where Sarah (the friend of my friend, Lisa Michelle) had grown up and where her mother still owns a home.  Oh yeah, the mother, Ann, was also coming from Miami to attend Sarah's birthday party.  So, Lisa Michelle and I drive out to Jamul, a town sort of east of San Diego on that Saturday morning in May.  Never having been there, I wasn't really sure how long it would take.  Turns out it's not all that far, but once you get off the freeway, it is more slow going, and the road to the house is very twisty and curvy.  I was driving and still managed to get car-sick, which I normally do not get.  The road was that twisty, though! 

In the picture below is, from left to right, me, Donna, Sarah, Perry, and in the front, Lisa Michelle - turns out all five of us are former models who lived and worked in Spain in the 80's.  Sarah, Donna and Perry all met in Madrid in the mid-80s, and Lisa Michelle and I met in Barcelona in 1989.  Lisa and Sarah met in Miami sometime in the 90s.  What are the odds?  Now, here's where the pillow comes in.  I woke up the next morning and was looking at the pillow.  I kept thinking that it looked somehow familiar.  I can always tell my work if I look inside, so I unzipped it and just knew that I had made it.  But how in the world did it end up on this bed?  I was completely baffled.  Lisa came in and I asked, did I make this pillow?  She said, "You did; you made it for me, oh, 15 years (!) ago, and at one point when I was staying at Sarah's, I had the pillow with me and I ended up giving it to her."  Somehow that pillow made it to the house in Jamul, California!  Talk about a funny story!

Friday, January 24, 2014


This chair is from IKEA.  Normally, if a client inquires about having something slipcovered, I find out as much as I can about it.  Things like, how comfortable it is, if they are just tired of the existing fabric, how old it is, stuff like that.  In the case of this chair, and this is just one of 4, my client simply liked it. The size fit her home.  I explained that because furniture from IKEA is so reasonably priced, it is not really meant to be kept long term. 

She was aware of this and still wanted to have slipcovers made.  She found this heavy upholstery fabric at Home Fabrics, which means she got it at a GREAT price.  She bought all they had.  Unfortunately, there was only enough fabric to do three slipcovers.  

Still, it was exactly what she wanted.  I thought they turned out pretty well.  And she loved them, which is always my intention!

Friday, January 17, 2014


I delivered these parsons chair slipcovers right before Christmas.  Since we had spectacular (Christmas Day was in the low 80s) weather, the timing was perfect.  I did, however, forget my camera.  Luckily, even though my iPhone is as old as dirt, it still takes pretty good pictures.

The slipcovers these replaced were incredibly tight-fitting, and you literally needed a second person to get them on and off.  

Plus, my client's dogs decided they would make good chew toys and proceeded to destroy several of them.  Not the chairs, thank goodness, but the slipcovers did not survive.

Front of chair

Back view, with buttons, to make putting them on and off much easier.

Friday, January 10, 2014


Second Friday of the New Year and I am posting again…Yeah!  I would have done it earlier in the day, but I had to get this job delivered, and then I had another appointment.  So, finally, I'm getting to it.

 This is the master stateroom and I 'made' this fitted coverlet.  I used quotations around made because I used a blanket from Pine Cone Hill, so, to me, it seemed a little less something I made than something I re-purposed.  Not sure why using a blanket instead of fabric made a difference to me.

 In any case, it was a bit challenging because I was making it from my clients' existing comforter.  I have always found this to be tricky.  Unless I can take something completely apart and use it as the pattern, (and not have to put it back together,) it doesn't quite work the way it seems like it ought to.

 I also made a small pillow and re-sized a twin blanket into a throw for the sofa in the salon.

Close up of pillow

and of the throw.

The sun was very bright and made it hard to get a nice shot.  

It is a gorgeous, 50' boat, though.

The boat all decorated for Christmas.

And last, but not least, their adorable dog, Tyler.

Friday, January 3, 2014

HAPPY 2014

I know, I know, I've said it several times before and I have to say it again--it has been almost 6 months (how can that be?) since I last posted, and, really, I have no excuse except I simply did not do it.  It was not a priority.  The truth is I used to be really good at posting just about every other day, and then in July of 2010 I threw my back out and ever since then I have never been able to get back in a routine of regularly posting on this blog.  And then I had other traumatic stuff happen and, well, my focus was on getting myself healed and back on a more positive track.  Now, for 2014, my resolution is to recommit myself to this blog and, for those of you who follow my other one as well ( which has also suffered from lack of focus.  I decided that, at least initially, I'll post once a week, on Fridays for A Little of This That and the Other and every other week on Wednesdays for At Long Last Heard.  I know it is just a matter of getting into the habit again.

I also had this crazy idea that every post needs to be long and involved, with lots of pictures.  How silly is that?  If I want to post just one photo or one simple paragraph, then that's what I'll do.  And today's post will be just that:

I did this cushion just before Christmas for a nursery.  The baby, a boy, is due the beginning of January.  The fabric is a flannel, meant for pajamas, not for a cushion cover, so I felt I had to line it with duck cloth to give it the necessary strength.  I even went so far as to line the welting.  Normally, I wouldn't have done that, but it was only about 4 yards and I figured, why not?