Friday, August 17, 2018

Thank You

I would like to thank all of you that bought chair covers or made donations for Louie's Rescue.  I appreciate all of you for helping me help this wonderful Rescue.
You all have big and generous hearts.
I am grateful for your help.

This sweet guy is smiling across the Rainbow Bridge because you are helping the Rescue that saved him.  

I am working on a few more house projects to hopefully have a post on soon.
Thanks for letting me interrupt my decor blog to ask for help.
Sooooo grateful and appreciative.
Happy Friday 
Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fund Raiser

Hi Everyone.
Warning this is a very long post.  Grab a frosty beverage!!!!!

As many of you know we adopted a basset hound named Cooper from a wonderful Rescue that is located in Ohio.  He was only in our lives for a short time but oh how we loved him so.  I think he rescued us more than we rescued him.

This is Cooper the day we met him in Ohio.

He was such a great car rider which we were thankful for since it was a 6 hour drive home to Illinois from Ohio.
He was a sweet boy and we loved him so much.

May you rest in peace sweet Coop.  I do not think I will ever get over the loss of your sweetness and the love you gave to us.
If you want to read Cooper's story you can go here.

Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue

Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit and no kill animal rescue based in Cincinnati and Staten Island, New York. We are proudly foster based, meaning our animals live in homes, not shelters. This differentiates us and allows us to more thoroughly get to know our animals, ensuring they are matched with suitable, screened adoptive homes which meet our high standards.

Many of the animals they save have come from neglect or have been dropped off in kill shelters.  Louie's rescue tries really hard to rescue these precious fur angels before they are killed.

Cooper was going to be put down the day they went into the kill shelter to rescue him and a few others.  So sad to think Cooper was that close to losing his life in a kill shelter.

God works in mysterious ways and brought this guy into our lives at a time when our lives had been turned upside down.  Many of you know how hard our lives were a few years ago and how Cooper came to us at that time in our lives.

After adopting Cooper he was diagnosed with a rare cancer that was very aggressive.  

The Vet said he probably would only have maybe weeks to a month to live.  

I thought why would God bring this creature into our lives let us fall in love so deeply and then take him.  Let him finally have a great life of being loved and not neglected or mistreated.

God had a plan and it is too personal and long to go into but this sweet lug of love taught us so much in the short time we had him.

That brings me to this Fund Raiser post.  I want to raise some money for
Louie's Legacy.  

They strictly work off of private donations so as much help as they can get the better.  They gave us an unbelievably beautiful gift when they let us adopt Cooper.

 I want to give back.  I have these chair covers up for sale.  They are super cute and I think would make adorable chairs for campers, lake home owners and anyone that wants a cute fold up chair.

I always called these chairs "Soccer Mom" chairs lol!!!  These are those folding chairs mom's bring to the kids games to sit on.  They fold up in a bag and you can keep them in the car.

I have used mine at my granddaughters softball games and when we go up for the fire works or parades.

I have my seamstress friend, Karen Harmon sewing for me.  Karen is Lisa Harmon's mom.  

Lisa Harmon as many of you know is from Fabric 8 Slipcovers.  Lisa has made my white couch and chair covers in the past.  Love her work and she introduced me to her mom some years ago to make my outdoor lounge chair covers.

Her mom is so talented.  I gave her my vision of making these "plain Jane soccer mom" chairs into something much cuter.

This is a typical fold up chairs that we have had for years.  They fold up and go into a bag for storage.  If you have one of these type chairs then you might be interested in the cute covers below.

These first few chair covers I am going to show you are not made by Karen but they were made by Anna and Nancy  two women that use to sell on Etsy.  

Anna and Nancy now have a company called Fabrinique.  Their new business went in a totally different direction.  They do not make these chair covers anymore and I was able to buy what stock they had left for my fund raiser.  The nice thing about their covers are they fit right over any fold up chair you have.

I think these are great for all of you that camp or have glampers or even people with summer homes.  

I think they are super cute for sports activities and sitting curb side at parades or even going up to watch the fire works.  

  So much more comfy to sit on your fold up chair than a blanket on the ground.

Here is the first set of covers.  I have two of these.  The pattern is nautical theme.  Royal blue with sale boats and the ruffles made of a burlap cover canvas.

They slide right over your existing chair.  They tie off in the back with a bow.

They tie at each corner of the chair to keep the cover in place.

Just a really cute pattern for your lake home or beach house or just for a fun summer chair cover.

 I do have two of these to make a pair if you need more than one.  These are one of a kind and I cannot get anymore of these.
They will be sold separately but if you need two this pattern does have two available.

Next up is this cute yellow chair cover with a green and yellow and blue floral print for the ruffle and bow.  I did put this over my red white and blue chair so the arms show blue.  You can get these fold up chairs that are not expensive and maybe could find one with lighter color  for the arms. 

Seriously super cute chair cover!  This would be great for a "glamper" friend or just for yourself.
I think these would make great gifts.

Next up is this pretty royal blue chair cover.

I think this one is so pretty.

Ok now for the fun designs that I came up with and had Karen sew for me.

I basically took off the covers from the chairs and sent one to Karen for a pattern.  Then I got the material and sent that to her.

The chair covers are a french word canvas and the ruffles are from washable cotton.  These are completely removable and washable.  No hot dryers!!!

The chair seats and back are all the same on the three made up but the arms and ruffles are different on each chair cover.

They have grommets to slip over the arms etc.   There are a few screws that have screwed the fabric in place on the back of the chair.  That can be used for more secure fit or not.

They fold up nicely.

They then slip right into this nice carry bag that comes with the chairs.

The bags have a toggle that tightens down the bag around the chairs.
This is the chair I purchased from Menards.  They are on sale for $7 dollars in the Menard's store.  I looked for the online site for you to order them but unfortunately they are sold out on line.

They make similar chairs to this one at Walmart,  Target, Lowes, Home Depot etc.  They are usually under $10 a chair.

If you can find this chair at your Menards then you will know the covers will fit perfectly.

I have tried them on my other chairs similar in size and they fit there too.

The chair covers with ties will go on any chair.
I have two of these sweet birds and yellow swirl ruffles and arm handles.

This is another french design with check and black and white birds and floral ruffles.

You can see the pattern up close.

These are the Fund Raiser Chair Covers.  The price per chair cover is $40 dollars and $10 dollars for shipping.  

This really is a good cause so if you can help out with this fund raiser it would be so appreciated.

If you want the chair included I will have to find out the shipping cost for you.  

I just feel if you have a Menard's or other stores that carries these chairs near you it would be better to just buy the chair on your own and then purchase the covers from me. 

If I had to ship one of these chairs to you it probably would cost more to ship than buying one new. I am willing to do this if you really want the chair from me.

This is a great rescue agency.   If you feel you could use one of these chair covers or could use one for a gift for someone email me at   

 All the proceeds will go to Louie's Legacy.  I know the help will be so appreciated.

Thank you for supporting this great cause.

I want to say in the 8 years I have been blogging I have never advertised on my blog to sell you things.  I like to just share my decor inspiration with you.  My blog is not a money making blog, just a fun way to connect and share.
 I am doing this one time only to help out a good cause.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy New Week.

Thank you all for all your sweet comments and prayers for my mom.  She is doing better each day after hip replacement surgery.
My mom could barely walk with her bad hip.  Now with the new replacement she should have a better quality of life.

I have a special post coming up in the next few days to share with all of you.
Have a great week.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Island

Hi Everyone.  

I wanted to show you the new kitchen island that Terry made for me.  Which by the way started a whole thing  for me in my kitchen!

I know how most of you know that one change in decor then leads to more switch a roo's!

This was a picture of my old island that Terry made for me.  I had an old vintage frame and this great french stenciled picture and asked him to build me an island around those two things.
Well he did a great job as you can see above!

Then as the story evolved with this island,  it became too big for my space with the pantry doors always opening into it.  You know small living now!!!

So we (Terry) took off the french picture and added these old tins I had in storage.  He also had some old pieces of moldings to add to the front of this piece too. 

Now she was ready to sell and go to a new home.  She did sell and a lady that lives near me bought her and is using her for a craft table.  So win win!

As the story continues I had this Bombay chest that I had to put into storage with bringing the new "expand O matic" table and cabinet in it's place.

It just bugged me that I had no place for this piece I loved so much. 

This is when I said to Terry can you make this into a new island for me for the kitchen.

He said yes and he got out his handy tools!!!

Here she is.  Brand new re love of this Bombay dresser into a new kitchen island.

Terry added a piece off the back with some small corbels he made to give more length to the island and then the chairs would comfortably fit under the island.  He joined the new piece he made to the existing top of this dresser and then made it match and look like one full piece.  Love this man!!!

It fits this space so much better and I can open up my pantry doors easily.

This sweet cherub is from Whimsy a great shop in Morris, Illinois that I love to shop.  I love how sweet this little cherub is.

Next to him is the sweet cherub crystal bowl that Rita (Panolpy) gifted me a while back.  I love this little guy and all the fun things he holds for me.  Right now he is keeping my yummy summer treat of cuties.

Did you ever buy something that just makes you smile and feel fabulous when you look at it.
This little cherub does it for me.
Another piece from this wall is the old porch post and bird house and angel got moved off this wall and into the kitchen.  Yep see one thing leads to another!!!!

This now has a few new bobbles added to it and is hanging on the kitchen wall.

This piece now has an old french bucket with flowers added and hanging on an old added black door knob.  The garden sign attached onto the birdhouse of this too.

I love the gardening saying.

Now this piece has a new home in my kitchen.

Now!!!! I want you all to be so proud of me!!!! Yep that's right look at my new chandelier I found for a bargain on our Michigan trip.  It stayed in the natural color.  No White Paint Added!!!!  Can I have a high five that I left well enough alone on this piece.  I liked it just the way it is.

Yep I think it is perfect contrast to my whites in this room.  Again with the lighting in this room it is always so hard to capture a good picture.  I invite all of you over to see my house in person.  Just wish I could capture how pretty it is.
Something absolutely wonderful happened.  I was minding my  own business in a cute shop.  Then this pretty chandelier called to me.  Yep! it yelled to me from across the room.  "Come over here and look at me".  I have to admit the gold and shinny bobbles did grab my attention!
Sorry this was the only picture I took of it in the shop before I purchased it.  It was all gold with tons of pretty crystals.  Priced $120!  I loved the price but as I was looking at it the owner of the booth happened to be in there.  Then he said to me do you like it?  I said yep I kinda do!  He said I will tell you what if you take it I will give it to you for half price!!!! OMG SOLD!!!  You know gold would not have worked in my kitchen but for $60 I thought I will make this work with some paint.   This did need paint but not WHITE!!! LOL!!!

Here she is painted in a dark gray patina paint from Rustoleun.  Again I liked the contrast it gives to my kitchen whites.

Then the most beautiful thing happened over night.  After I hung the new chandelier it had a baby.  I know great right?!!!  This cute little baby chandelier appeared over my sink the next morning.  How fun that my mamma chandelier had a baby and surprised me the next morning!!!!

They are side by side.  Pretty mamma chandelier and her new baby chandelier over my sink.

A few more items picked up on my trip was this cute bird feeder soap dish.

I got this beautiful chippy birdhouse.  Love love love it!!!

Looks fabulous on my shelf in the kitchen.

I also hung this pretty blessing plater with the old silverware spoons for handles on the shiplap above the shelf of dishes.

So there you have it.  A new smaller island made out of a favorite Bombay dresser I had.

That started the switch a roo of a few decor pieces.
I loved adding the new pieces I got on my trip to this kitchen too.

Have a great rest of the week.

May I request from all you prayer warriors to say a prayer for my mom.  My mom had hip surgery yesterday and is not doing quite as well as we had hoped.  Hoping as each day passes she will find strength and be able to walk again on her new hip. 

My mom is also fighting breast cancer that has moved to her bones.  So that has added some complication to this outcome too.
So good thoughts or prayers are so appreciated.
I am off to the hospital now and then to go over and take care of my mom's new kitty.  He is really missing my mom.  Poor little guy.

Have a great rest of this week.

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