Thursday, January 7, 2010

Let the sewing begin!

I have a perfectly good explanation for not posting yesterday. You see, I took the Christmas tree down the night before, and well…it just drained me. I actually left the tree up much longer than usual, because I knew, once it came down the “MY LIVING ROOM NEEDS A MAKEOVER!!!!” mania would rear its ugly head. It happens every winter. I suddenly see every blemish, every little greasy kid hand print, every project that was not completed, and… I go a little crazy. My family knows to just step aside and let it run its course. They pray they make it to garden season unscathed by my fervor.

I spent yesterday rearranging, lugging furniture, cleaning and rearranging again. This is just the first phase. I have dreams of painting and buying new pieces of furniture, but the one dream that has haunted me for about three years is to fix up this little chair I found by the road. It’s been hauled in the house numerous times for inspiration. Then it lands back in the garage and gets shuffled around as cars move in for snow storms. My husband would like to put it back on the curb for some other dreamer, but I am determined.

So when my daughter asked Santa for a sewing machine I knew that I would finally be able to give this chair the makeover it deserves. Mind you, I haven’t used a sewing machine since my seventh grade home-economics class. Then, serendipitously, I won Cath Kidston’s “SEW” via Beach Vintage. If I ever needed inspiration to start sewing the Cath Kidston book surely gave me all I needed. It’s filled with eye-candy and great tips.

So the chair was dragged back in. My cat promptly made a cozy home for herself on it, and I…well, I just sat and stared at it, waiting for it tell me what fabric to use. When I declared to my husband and daughter that I would endeavor to make my very first slipcover, they seemed relieved. “Let the sewing begin” they cheered, knowing that this undertaking of mine will keep them safe from me for a little while.


LuLu said...

I cheer let the sewing begin too! I can't wait to see it and hear all about it. Its a dream of mine to learn to sew.... i'm sure you will inspire me to do it,

farmhouse wares said...

Let's hope I can inspire and not scare you off (or myself, for that matter)

Amy Blogs @ River Rock Cottage said...

Sewing fever must be in the air. I've had my machine in the store room for years and finally pulled it out just before Christmas. My mind is a whirl with ideas!

Is that a white fabric in the bottom of the stack? I vote for that one. Neutrals are very appealing to me right now as they make an excellent backdrop for all kinds of fun pillows (which you could make when you're done with the slipcover!).

farmhouse wares said...

Amy, That bottom fabric is actually an oatmeal canvas material and my fave too. My couch is all cream though, so I was thinking to add some accent colors with this project. Can't wait to hear what projects you come up with.

Bevy said...

I vote neutrals too... and wow! I'm impressed that you're going to tackle a slipcover on the first round. Good for you!!

Happy sewing... take you're time and enjoy the ride. "A stitch in time, saves nine". Now, back to my own sewing ventures...

Robin said...

I tend to the same thing come January every year, and it's killing me that I haven't started yet(I'm pretty sure the family is silently doing the happy dance).

I think it is wonderful that you are taking up sewing again. It's such fun. Good luck with your chair slipcover, can't wait to see the finished results. Happy Sewing

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Aw man...I wish I could sew!

Have fun. :)