Showing posts with label GETTING CREATIVE AT HOME BLOG TOUR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GETTING CREATIVE AT HOME BLOG TOUR. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

FABRIC TRANSFER

Yesterday, while posting photos of chairs I painted two years ago, I also posted the image transfer that I did on the chair seats.  Two years ago, when I posted photos of the painted chairs, I had not yet done the transfer on the seats.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie-painted chairs

Since I’m not a perfectionist, and I thought the blurred images made it look like a lot of bottoms had already sat on the new seat covers, a little more antiqued, the look was okay with me.  I just didn’t think they were blog-worthy.  That is why I was so surprised that some of my visitors seemed to actually like my blurry image on the chair seats!  Makes me kind of sorry  I waited two years to show them to you.

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I always seem to go about things the hard way.  I’m one of these people who vacuums the floor, and then dusts the furniture (leaving dust all over the floor).  Being anxious to finish my chairs (I’m also a “I want it finished yesterday” person), I cut a painter’s drop cloth and stapled it to the chair seats, and then decided the seats looked a little dull.  Bargain Hunting with Laurie

See what I’m talking about?  Really plain.  Of course, I know that if I had transferred the image onto the fabric before I stapled the fabric to the chairs, it would not have been centered and would probably have been very crooked, due to my previously-mentioned “get it done quickly” personality. So, I rushed over to The Graphics Fairy.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Oh, how I love The Graphics Fairy.  I could browse through her graphics all day.  I found a graphic I liked, downloaded it, and worked on it in PhotoScape (my photo editing program of choice).  I added the monogram and reversed the image, and then I printed a copy of it.  Since the fabric was already on my chairs, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of choice in the way I transferred the image.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

So, I went back to The Graphics Fairy to get the directions for transferring with Citra-Solve.  (See, I really do have four chairs ~ for those who saw yesterday’s post). 

Since I wasn’t going to post about this on my blog, I didn’t take photos while I was doing mine.  But, if you are interested in the directions, just click over to see this great tutorial at The Graphics Fairy.

Before you go, you’ll want to be sure to check out today’s featured posts in the Getting Creative at Home blog tour. 

Thursday, Aug. 8:

The Vintage Nest

A Few Miner Adjustments

What Meegan Makes

One More Time Events

Sweet Song Bird

I promise, you’ll be sorry if you miss any of these posts, so here are the links to the featured posts from previous days:

Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

2 Little Superheroes

Stow and TellU

My Soulful Home

Glitter Glue and Paint

Creative at Home Tuesday

Designer’s Sweet Spot

Design Dreams by Anne

Country Design Style

Shabby Art Boutique

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour

Copper Roof Interiors

The Crafty Woman

Colors Mixed Together

The Rustic Pig

Lilacs & Longhorns

I’m linking this post to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy.  I can’t believe I’m now bragging about these chair seats that I formerly felt weren’t worthy of a blog post!  “Y’all’s” comments yesterday were so nice, you’ve just about convinced me they look okay. 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

GETTING CREATIVE AT HOME

I am so excited to be a part of the Getting Creative at Home party, which began out of despair.    A number of bloggers were having an email pity party about not being at The Haven Bloggers’ Conference.  We knew they were all having a fabulous weekend, while we sat at home.  Julie at Lilacs and Longhorns (who apparently has a “cup half full” personality) jumped in and suggested that we have a blog party to share our favorite projects.

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After all of us dried our tears, we abandoned the pity party and jumped on Julie’s party idea.  Of course, Julie made it easy for us.  She took charge, and within hours she had created a blog party.  Julie, you should become a Blog Party Planner.  Thank you for all of your work, and thanks to all 23 blogs who allowed me to take part in this blog tour, especially since I normally do a lot of tablescaping, vignetting, holiday decorating, & furniture rearranging on this blog, and I’m not sure those are “projects”.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

My favorite projects (possibly my only projects) are chalk-painting my furniture.

CHAIRS BEFORE-AFTER

Loooong ago, when my sweetheart and I married, I painted furniture all of the time.  I was apparently using stripping agents that were harmful to my health.  (Maybe that’s why I can’t remember anything anymore.)  When all of those products were taken off the market, furniture painting became too much trouble for me.  (I’m impatient and want everything finished yesterday.)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

So, two years ago, after reading about this new paint that required no stripping or priming, I knew that was my kind of paint.  I ordered my first can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from France.  It wasn’t available in the U.S. then.  I painted four of the chairs that we use at the table in our sunroom.  (When I took this photo, one of the chairs was behind the table, and I didn’t pull it out for the picture – I told you, when I’m doing something, I want it finished yesterday!)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I am sharing something that I’ve never shared before.  (Oh, I know you are so excited!)  When I did the transfers on the chair seats, I didn’t think they were blog-worthy, so I never posted pictures of them.  When I took a photo for this post, I knew somebody would be asking me what those big smudges were on the chair seats, so I bit the bullet and showed the seats.

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I didn’t buy another can of chalk paint for two years.  It wasn’t available near me until recently. In June, I painted these outdoor chair cushions with Annie Sloan Antique Violet chalk paint.  I assumed this was a temporary fix for my out-dated cushions (I was waiting for cushions to go on sale.)  However, I’m still using them.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Last month, I painted a china cabinet in our kitchen the same A.S. Antique Violet.

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I’m sure my adventures in chalk-paint are not over. 

Now, let’s go see the other blogs that are being featured today on the Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour:

Wednesday, Aug. 7:

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

2 Little Superheroes

Stow and TellU

My Soulful Home

Glitter Glue and Paint

I know you don’t want to miss any of these links, so yesterday’s and Monday’s links are shown below.

Creative at Home Tuesday

Tuesday, Aug. 6:

Designer’s Sweet Spot

Design Dreams by Anne

Country Design Style

Shabby Art Boutique

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Creating at Home Mon features

Monday, Aug. 5:

Copper Roof Interiors

The Crafty Woman

Colors Mixed Together

The Rustic Pig

Lilacs & Longhorns

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I’d love to have you join me on other sites.  On my sidebar, you’ll find links to “Like” my Facebook page (it’s wonderful to be “liked”); Subscribe by Email (I love my email subscribers); Follow me on Bloglovin’, Hometalk, Pinterest, and Google + (being followed is fun).

I’m linking to  Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here, Simple and Sweet Fridays at Rooted in Thyme, and Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage.

DESSERT TABLESCAPE

I recently hosted a meeting at my house.  I set up a dessert table in the sunroom, and today, I’m sharing a few photos of that table.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

A tray for the cake

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A cookie stand

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Plates for cake and cookies (Square Plates:  Classic Coffee and Tea; Polka Dot Plates:  Bistro Collection by Amici)

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Forks to eat cake:

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Stems for a drink

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Ice and a selection of drinks to go in the stems

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A Mandevelia, brought inside for a centerpiece

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and elevated in a punch bowl.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Today is the second day for the “Getting Creative at Home” blog tour.creative at home party

Click on the links below to see favorite projects posted by today’s featured bloggers.  If you saw yesterday’s wonderful posts, I know you are anxious to see more of the inspiration provided by this party. 

Tuesday, Aug. 6:

Designer’s Sweet Spot

Design Dreams by Anne

Country Design Style

Shabby Art Boutique

Cupcakes and Crinoline

In case you missed any of the posts from yesterday, I’m sharing those links again:

Creating at Home Mon features

Monday, Aug. 5:

Copper Roof Interiors

The Crafty Woman

Colors Mixed Together

The Rustic Pig

Lilacs & Longhorns

I am having so much fun seeing all of these favorite projects, aren’t you? 

Thanks so much for coming to visit me.  laurie

I’m linking this post to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, August 2, 2013

BRINGING SUMMER INSIDE

This is the time of the year when I really enjoy the few flowers we have growing in our yard. It takes this long for our blooms to fill out and really show their beauty.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Cutting a few to bring inside brightens my days. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Plopping a few daisies into a vase just brings sunshine inside the house.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Even though they don’t last long inside, I love to clip a few flowering branches from our Crepe Myrtles and stuff them into a pitcher.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Delicate roses in a teapot make me happy. 

flowrs tea pot

Sometimes, I don’t even cut the flowers. I bring the entire pot inside.  I used this potted Mandevilla  on a table for a dessert meeting in our home.  I’ll share the rest of that table later.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Next week, I’ll be joining some fabulous blogs for a week-long party.  So many bloggers are having a wonderful time at the Haven Bloggers’  Conference in Atlanta.  Some of us who aren’t able to attend, are having a Getting Creative at Home party, posting our favorite past projects.  You won’t want to miss these, so be sure to check back Monday for links.

creative at home party

Monday, Aug. 5:
Tuesday, Aug. 6:
Wednesday, Aug. 7:
 
Thursday, Aug. 8:
Friday, Aug. 9:

This is a great opportunity to see some great projects, browse new blogs and make some new blog friends. It's almost like being a part of the Haven Conference.  Plus, it's FREE! 
Start here on Monday to see the first five great blogs and keep following all week.  On Monday, August 12, we'll post a round-up of all the great projects for you to see on one page.
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Are your days brightened by bringing summer flowers into the house?  Wishing you flower-brightened days. Thank you for visiting.

I am linking to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.