Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Cover Up at Sweetwater!

Don't worry.....I am not going to go all political on you!
The cover up at Sweetwater is NOT scandalous!
It is simply the way that I "used what I had" to cover up some old plastic planters!

Mr. S is always trying to get me to throw away all the old pots around here.
They are stacked up behind the garage in an unsightly pile.
I just can't bring myself to buy new ones.....because they still are "good enough" to use.

A couple of the old pots got used to plant some dark red geraniums and some zebra grass.  
(you know me....why spend money on an accent plant when you have way too many "accents" growing in the garden)

Well....you can see that the old plastic terra cotta colored planter was maybe....NOT good enough!
It was pretty faded and a little dirty....
I thought about using spray paint.....but it still would have that plastic look.
Then I remembered my fabric stash!
I have a lot of burlap.....remember when burlap was all the rage?

That burlap turned out to be just the cover up that was needed to pretty up the faded old pot.

How I did it:

I cut a large square of fabric.
I trim the corners to create a circle.
I gathered up the edges and tied it with a burlap ribbon.
I tucked the edges of the burlap up inside the planter and secured them with some picks.
Pretty darn simple.

I know that the burlap is porous enough to let the water drain....
If you do this with fabric that is not loosely woven, be sure to cut some drainage holes.

HMMMM....this might be a good trick to use to cover up a basic store pot when you give a plant as a gift.

HMMMM....what else could I use for my cover ups....off to the internets and look at the ideas I found!


I guess Mr. S had better resign himself to the unsightly pile of pots behind the garage!
I have projects in mind.....so watch out!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Summer Decorating on a Budget-Part 2

Part 2 of Summer Decorating on a Budget can really be summed up by the following:

I admit freely to being a "fabric"holic!


 
The summer look for the lower level family room has been the same for a long time.
The navy "monster" couch and navy carpet seemed to lend themselves to a red, white and blue theme.
I was quite simply "over it".

The natural place to go to solve the problem was the fabric store.
I wasn't sure what I was looking for......
I needed to "immerse" myself in all the pretties....
These are the fabrics that called to me and made sense with the blue carpet and white walls.
Best of all....I happened to be there on a day when all decorator fabric was $3.99 a yard.
Be still my heart!

Too funny....when I look at these 3 fabrics lined up in the photos....I have to say I was a bit of a risk taker.


You might be saying in true Minnesota nice language....."well those are different"!
But look how the redo turned out using these unlikely pairings.


I have always loved chinoiserie fabric.

Vocabulary lesson: 
chinoiserie  chi·noi·se·rie
SHēnˌwäzəˈrē,ˌSHēnˈwäz(ə)rē/
noun
noun:  the imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century. 

Using just a bit for the seat cushions on the game table was a great way to have some that doesn't over power the room.
Would you believe that I just used the glue gun to attach the fabric on these?
Why?  Because I want to be able to take the summery look away and use the red pattern underneath in the winter.  If I used the staple gun....removal would have been a huge pain!













The cushions on the cedar chest "window seat" got my famous almost no-sew box cushion treatment!
Here is a link to the original post....http://sweetwaterstyle.blogspot.com/2011/08/almost-no-sew-box-cushions.html
I got a big laugh when I looked at the statistics for this post and saw that it has gotten almost 10,000 since it was published 5 years ago.  I guess that means that this is something worth doing? :)


Big fabric envelopes made from the floral fabric were an easy way to switch out the couch cushions.


The ikat fabric is a fun look for the ottoman.  

Yes....you can easily cover an ottoman with just a couple of seams on the sewing machine. Here is the post that shows you the steps.                   EASY ALMOST NO SEW OTTOMAN                                                            I left the red and blue underneath so the new fabric can easily lift off.

I still need to do a bit of "red removal" and shop the house for things that will fit the new colors.
but even though the temps are back in the 50's around here....I know that it soon will warm up and now.....



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summer Decorating on a Budget! Part One!


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Time for summer decorating....bright, fresh, and airy are words that come to mind.


Lightening up the look of the family room was the first step in the summer transformation here at Sweetwater.

When we got the new oatmeal colored couch, I no longer need to slipcover the cushions with summer weight fabric.


(Read about how I used to do this with the dark colored couch using stretch twill for cushion covers that are almost no sew)







The color scheme in the family room was pretty autumnal with all the browns and copper.

Pretty.... but definitely NOT bright, fresh and airy!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Tank Tops on the Cheap!



TANK TOPS! I know, how… boring. While tank tops might be boring they really are an essential.  This piece  is the first layer in many outfits. A tank top is often necessary under a see through top or one with a low neck.  I think the fashion stylists call it layering....but what do I know? Don't you always feel more put together when you have a tank or camisole pulling "everything" together?

So we agree.  We all need boring old tank tops and lots of them.
You are probably working on your summer wardrobe...maybe even going to a retail (gasp) store to find some pretty things.

DO NOT.....I repeat DO NOT get sucked in to buying a tank top in one of those spendy places.