Friday, June 12, 2009

craftiness

it has officially been summer for 2 weeks now, and for some reason, i am feeling very crafty lately. i think it's because i am tired of my house looking blah, and it's finally time to do something about it.
the first project that i did was an ottoman. we have plenty of seating in the living room, but one couch has the coffee table, and the other one has nothing. it's nice to put your feet up, right? so i went searching at our local thrift stores and found an ottoman with a good frame, good feet good size and awful fabric. perfect. and it was only 5 bucks. perfect! so i brought it home and stripped it down to just the wooden frame. then i went and bought fabric and new padding and all that. i decided that instead of my original plan to just re-upholster it, i would make a slipcover instead, so i could wash it when the boys get little boy grime all over it. our couches are leather, and i am used to just being able to wipe off gunk, and i didn't want the ottoman to get all gross. so i made a slipcover. i have never done it before, i didn't have a pattern, i didn't look on the internet for instructions- i just did it. and i am very happy with how it turned out. i bought some other matching fabric to make new pillows, but i am still deciding on the trim and style.
here is before (gross)

down to the frame....

and covered......

and with the slipcover on.


the next project i did was a baby shower cake for a friend. she is having her 4th child, and has NEVER had a shower before! so i wanted to make it fancy and special. since i wasn't getting paid for it, i tried out a new recipe for fondant. i have my recipe from school, but it's a pain to make, and i won't buy the Wilton stuff in the tub because it tastes gross. so i made it and it turned out pretty good. i know what to change for next time though, so that's good. she loved it, and that's all that matters.



the current project is for a certain someone, so i can't really post any pictures. but lets just say that it is super cute and super easy.
and when that is done, i will be doing a frame project. i'm thinking about going to the thrift store and getting a bunch of different shape and size frames, painting them the same color and putting them on the wall. no pictures inside- just the frame. not sure yet though. it's one of those things that looks awesome in someone elses' house, but not sure if it's for mine.
so in the mean time, we are enjoying this unusually cool weather (it feels like late october) and playing outside alot before we start to boil. oh yes, and i'm trying to not go insane.....

6 comments:

Emily said...

I couldn't help but notice that the "certain someone" is me!! I'm excited because all of the craftiness you are doing is so cute!!

Your cake is amazing!

Brynne, Aaron and Cade said...

VERY COOL! Good job rose on that ottoman! cute fabric choice and very crafty for not looking at any instructions! and the cake is adorable and looks delicious! now, you'll have to help "cute-up" MY house when you come! you're still coming, right?....

Brynne, Aaron and Cade said...

ooh, and lucky emily! can't wait to see what you're making for her/the baby!

Stacy said...

LOVE IT Rose!!! Is there anything you can't do?!

The Boman Family said...

I love the ottoman! It feels so good to take something that looks gross and make it beautiful for pennies! I love the cake, too!

Jill said...

You're amazing. It makes me embarrassed for you to see my attempt at a cute cake. :)

LOVE the ottoman. What a great idea.