Friday, July 25, 2014


Well, this is not really MY car.  But it is in my favorite color!  I saw it on my way home last week from delivering the slipcovers in my last post.  I had to go around the block to go back and take pictures.  I don't know the year, or even if this is its original color, but I LOVE it!

It's such a happy bus!

 Even the surfboard on top matches.
And the VW on the seats.

Friday, July 18, 2014


It's kind of hard to see, but this fabric is a light blue and khaki stripe, and goes perfectly in this very neutral home.  

The button-back is really just decorative.  When I put the slipcover on the chair, I did not even unbutton it.  This chair does float, though, and the buttons are more interesting than a plain back.

Throw pillow with self-welting

Flanged pillow

The blue of the chair picks up the blue of the swimming pool.  

Friday, July 11, 2014


It's hard to tell from the pictures, but this chair is HUGE!  I mean, it was so big that I wasn't sure it would make it through my front door.  It did, by about a half an inch.  And if that weren't enough, the repeat on this lovely Designers Guide fabric was also quite large, something like 36".  A normal chair usually takes around 10 yards of fabric, even when matching is involved.  A larger than normal one might take 11.  This took 14 yards, and because I had to center all the cuts, there was a lot of wasted fabric.

I did a pretty good job of getting it all matched.

Buttons down the back are really more decorative than anything else.

Because the chair was so big, larger buttons were called for, as well.

This is the chair in its new home.

It looks so much better here than in my workroom/living room.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


This is where the 'Other,' as in A Little of This That and the Other comes in.  Clearly, I did not sew anything here.  I painted all of this furniture years ago when I lived in Chicago.  The first piece was old, but not valuable.  As much as I dislike dark wood, I would never ruin a piece that was worth something.  My house at the time was very colorful and these pieces all fit in nicely.  

I am not so good at drawing, but I have a pretty steady hand.   I made a stencil for the flowers on the top of the above piece , but painted them free-hand.  Same with the border.  I kind of penciled it in first and then painted it.  The pulls were an ugly gold, so I replaced them.

This dresser was purchased at a thrift/junk store in my Rogers Park neighborhood.  It was also an ugly dark brown.  I think it looks so much cheerier in bright lemon yellow.

The rocking chair was one I got back when I was 23 years old and was meant for rocking the baby I forgot to have.  I kept it until about 3 years ago, when I finally sold it.  It was a great chair, but I had no place for it in my house and thought it should go to someone who would actually use it.

The cedar chest below is still in my garage with wool sweaters in it.  I would put it in the house, but there is no room.  I suppose one of these days, I will sell this as well.

I know that chalk paint is all the rage now, but I like clear, bright colors.  I have an armoire that is begging to be painted.  I just have to decide on a color...