Thursday, August 30, 2018

Just A Few Things

Hi Everyone.  Wishing all of you a most wonderful holiday weekend.

Just wanted to post about a few things.

First some fun things.

I had my two grand girls the other day and we went to Home Goods and they had some of the costumes for Halloween in the store.  My littlest granddaughter Charlotte wanted to be a unicorn so we tried on the unicorn costume.

Gotta love a unicorn with a pacifier lol!

Abby my other granddaughter was trying to take a picture of Charlotte in the costume with her cell phone.





Charlotte just turned 2 this summer and she is at that fun stage that she loves to dress up in things.  Mimi had to get this costume for her for Halloween.  Just had too it was too cute on her!



Ok on to a new project sneak peek that Terry and I are working on.


It all started when I was in Whimsy a cute store I frequent in Morris.  Traci is the owner and always has the cutest clothes and decor accessories along with some really beautiful vintage pieces of furniture and decor.

I walked in to the store to see this..........

Yep!!! my heart skipped a beat when I saw this long architectural mirror behind this rack of clothes.  Ohhhhh I was swooning.  The salvage pieces that were built around this floor length mirror were gorgeous.

I was smitten!  I asked one of the girls in the shop that day if the mirror was for sale.
She said yes and climbed behind the clothing rack to find the price.

She came back and told me it was $1200 dollars. 
Talk about the wind being taken out of my sails!!!
Way out of my budget.


Sorry this is the only picture I have of this piece.  The bottom part of the mirror is pretty plain compared to the top.

So I had to walk away from this beautiful piece that made my heart skip a beat.  I know you all know what I am talking about!!!! That piece that you see and just immediately fall in love with it.

I went home and could not get that piece out of my mind.  I loved it so much.

 I showed the picture to Terry and he said if you love it that much we can make it work in the budget so go ahead and get it.  Very sweet of him but we are still playing catch up from him being out of work for two years.

I said I just cannot justify in my mind paying that much for this mirror even with loving it so much.
It just was not meant to be mine. :(

Terry then said to me I bet I could make you something similar to that and you can design it anyway you want!

Gosh I love this man and his tools and his willingness to want to take on projects like this.

I had this old vintage door with a patina mirror already in it.  Hmmmm...  I thought maybe we could make this work and build off of it.

So that is what we are doing.  I have an old porch post and a beautiful chippy header piece that is going to get incorporated into this new project.  

We are on our way to Michigan tomorrow for a few days.  The Found Cottage one of my favorite shops is hosting a big outdoor market with over 90 vendors.  So we are taking a drive up tomorrow for the market.  It will be a mini trip and stay in Michigan.  The ride is about 2.5 hours so not too bad of a drive for only staying two days.

We have some family commitments this holiday weekend on Sunday and Monday so we will have to return for those parties.

Wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Hope Terry and I can finish up my budget friendly version of an architectural full length mirror to show you soon.
Stay tuned!!!
Hugs,
Kris







Monday, August 20, 2018

Ruffles make a difference

Hi Everyone.
It is a very gloomy and a rain filled day so not so bright pictures.  Sorry :(  

I know I have shown you my wonderfully made slipcovers from Lisa Harmon over at Fabric 8 Slipcovers.  

Love her work.  Recently I gave her my slipcovers to make a new ruffle and piping on the arms and cushion covers with the same fabric as my drapes.  Lisa did a fabulous job.  I just got them and want to show them to you.

This was how they looked with the white ruffles.

Lisa did a great job adding the buffalo check light gray and white ruffles to the chairs.

Now my 4 conversation area chairs have the ruffles and piping to match the fabric of my drapes.



The piping is the matching fabric on the arms and cushion covers too.



I think the new ruffles and piping pull the room together now with my drapes.




I changed up the round conversation area to two chairs straight and facing the two other chairs that are on an angle.  It opens up the entry way to walking into the room.

These are the new slipcovers with the buffalo check fabric ruffles.


I like that the two chairs are straight and face into the living room.  Gives me a way to have a lamp and table between all 4 chairs.   I either need a pretty rug or maybe a nice long coffee table with some character down the middle space.




I love Lisa's work.  She always does a nice job.  I did iron the ruffles but I like the shabby look and style to these chairs.  I want to sit in them and feel comfy .
If you need slipcovers I will add Lisa's link below.
Lisa is super sweet and will work with any design ideas you have.
Lisa Fabric 8 Slipcovers


Next Up will be showing you some changes to my 3 in 1 room.  I have one bedroom that is my office area, my make up area and also my guest room.

This hot mess is my office this past weekend.  The walls got painted Behr white mocha.  It is a light cream color.

The white mocha color paint goes nicely with the one wall that has wallpaper.

We are working on some switch a roo's and a few changes in this room.


This small bedroom will still work as my office and make up area and also a guest room with a queen bed.

Terry is going to solve the problem of how we can add  a queen bed to this small room and still have open space to move around.  Stay tuned for this idea.

I hope to have this room finished up soon to show you.

Have a great new week ahead.
Hugs,
Kris
Parties:
Vintage Charm Party
Create, Bake, Grow and Gather Party
Share your Cup #303

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.
xoxo
Kris


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 kmvavra@comcast.net.   

 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.

Hugs,
Kris

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.
Hugs,
Kris