Friday, April 17, 2015

Coral Fabric Samples!

I'm counting the days until these coral fabric samples arrive at my front door! Which is your favorite?

Need Fabric? Try the reasonably priced ones at Hancock Fabric (they have an awesome online selection so pin away!) 

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Ellis Pink - Warehouse Fabrics


Warehouse Fabrics
Warehouse Fabrics

Warehouse Fabrics
Spoonflower

Sarah Watts - www.TheNeedleshop.net

Spoonflower

Spoonflower

Trina Turk

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Make Your Own Photo Book



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Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000s, Eileen Gittins, Blurbs' Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig. 

She wanted to compile her photos into a nice  coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was yes, and it changed her life – and book publishing – forever. 

In 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at game-changing price. 


Everyone from award-winning photographers, to couples wanting to commemorate the birth of their child started using Blurb – and they continue to do so today. Even after almost a decade, people are still blown away by Blurb’s user-friendliness, quality, and affordability. People trust Blurb to create every kind of book imaginable, including: 
Blurb doesn’t just help people make books and magazines, they also help market them by providing publishers with their own dedicated sales page. Blurb’s dedicated sales pages allows authors to:
  • Make their book or magazine available to the public or by invitation-only
  • Write a compelling book description
  • Customize a preview of their book
  • Share their book with others on social media
Blurb also created their publishing platform to work seamlessly with Amazon and Apple iBooks Store so authors would have even more options for how they sell their books. 

There are so many remarkable things to share about Blurb – too much for just one post! So keep an eye out for next week’s post because I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Blurb tools and tips -- which, if you’re like me, will leave you thinking … “I didn’t know Blurb could do all that!” 

Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that now through 4/28 you can get 20% off any book you create! Can’t wait to see what kind of book you create! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Top 8 Tools for Reupholstery!

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Once you've found some good tutorials for how to reupholster furniture, the next step is to gather your supplies. Our local craft store does't have a good selection when it comes to reupholstery tools, so I've resorted to buying a lot of my supplies on Amazon. (Gotta love that Amazon Prime free shipping!!) Here are the basic tools that you'll need:
















Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fabric Inspiration!


I decided to try my hand at reupholstering my dining chairs this week and started with a quick trip to the local fabric store for some fun fabric! Here's some shots of some of my favorites to inspire you - and be sure to click HERE to learn how to use your favorite fabric to reupholster chairs!!







Saturday, April 11, 2015

Learn to Reupholster Chairs!


One of the first projects I attempted to DIY when I moved into our new house was to reupholster the twenty-five year old chair that my family had when I was growing up and which I had been storing for the past five years because I couldn't bear to bring the awful outdated watercolor pastel fabric into our house! The bones were great, but the wood frame was the wrong color and the fabric.... well the fabric was irredeemable. With lots of empty rooms and very little furniture, finding a way to use the chair was a no-brainer. There are some great tutorials littered around the internet, however, and miracle of all miracles - I figured out how to do it! 

After doing the first chair, a big plush armchair, recovering our dining room chairs seemed like it would be a piece of cake - and I was right! Here's a before/after photo with the black/bees chair on the right being the before, and blue chair on the right being the after.




I'm still not an expert, but sometimes just knowing where to look to find the advice you need is half the battle. So I am putting together all the tools that I found that allowed me - a total beginner - to attempt something like this! If anyone knows of some other great tutorials, tips, or anything valuable that would help someone learn to reupholster a piece of furniture with no experience, please leave a comment and let us know your resource!




Check out these other tutorial lists:

Need Fabric? Try the reasonably priced ones at Hancock Fabric (they have an awesome online selection so pin away!)

Craftsy And be sure to bookmark these links to free crafting patterns: