Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas in "The Kottage"

There are so many people who blog and share so much about their homes and lives. I certainly enjoy reading all of it. I've been able to view some very beautiful homes this way and get inspired from some lovely Christmas decorations. So, I debated whether to share some photos of my home decorated for Christmas. I guess just for the fun of it.... I'm certainly not a professional decorator. After some self conflict, I decided why not. So I hope you enjoy taking a quick look around my house that's decorated for Christmas. I went very natural with the outside decorations this year. Most of the greenery was cut off of a farm by myself and my nephews. Not only is it natural but we all had a great time doing the gathering.

Come on in and take a look around. I have trees in the living room, dining room, staircase landing, family room, and kitchen. They are all "skinny" trees though, so they are easy to put up.

This is the smallest tree, and it's decorated with snowman ornaments.

And, this is my favorite tree.... with Longaberger baskets, beaded silverware, creamers, and burlap ribbon.

This tree has some family ornaments on it and a lot of special teacher ornaments I've accumulated over the years.

This handmade sign in the entryway reminds us of the real importance of Christmas.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look at some of my Christmas decorations. Hope you each have a blessed Christmas.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chevron Chair

Boy, I have been a negligent blogger as of late. I have certainly made a lot of projects but I've been doing the easy thing and just putting them up on Face Book and not blogging about them. So here I am, trying to make restitution. LOL

I REALLY like to reupholster chairs. I say chairs because I haven't gotten good enough to anything bigger. Ok, well, I have reupholstered a bench before. I am looking forward to the day when I can figure out how to tackle a sofa. Maybe someday.... But for now it's chairs, chairs, chairs.... Here's my most recent:

Here's the original chair:

I stripped the chair down to "bones". This allowed me to strengthen the springs and add more padding. The bottom pictures show the chair all ready for sale in my booth in Kansas City. I had to sit the chair on top of a table because we have so much in the booth right now. My partner and I are fully prepared for the Christmas rush of shoppers. I sure hope somebody feels like they need a nice chevron chair in their house.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!