Monday, February 24, 2014

Pottery Barn Knock Off {Place Card Holder}

In between projects I saw this on the Pottery Barn site and just had to have it!

 How cute are these?! But at that price 
I thought I could save me some Moola if I made them myself.
So I did!
I think these would be great as table markers at a wedding::hint,hint::
So I set out to get some supplies:

First I remembered seeing this somewhere:
So I went to Michael's and sure enough. Score!
These four cuties were $2.49 for the pack.
So affordable.
Next I had to buy some type of birdie, or embellishment for the top. 
I couldn't find any ceramic ones but I found these:

 also from Michael's 

Then I went over to Home Depot and got me some white porcelain tiles at 13 cents a piece. Can you say super affordable?

Then I got my trusty can of Rustoleum spray paint in Heirloom White and gave the easels a few coats.

After they dried I simply glued the tile to the easel and glued the birdy to the top. I used super glue but you can use any glue that will adhere to glass, 6000, etc.

Now I can write on them with my dry erase marker and use them over and over!

While I was at Michael's, I also found these cute little frames:

They were not so cheap at $2.00 a piece, but I thought they'd look cute as place markers too. 

So my grand total spent for these 4 Pottery Barn knockoffs is
$6.50 since I already had the paint and glue.
Savings: $13 not including shipping saved.

My mind is on a roll. I am working on some other projects to Spring-ify my dining room while my seat cushions for the vintage sofa project.
Since the sun's been shining here in the DFW area, I'm super stoked to bring color into our living space once again.

Are you as excited for spring as I am?




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Monday, February 17, 2014

How to Reupholster a Vintage Sofa Part 2 and Winner

Update on the vintage sofa reupholstery project

Well it wasn't so bad. After figuring out what type of trim to use, I got the confidence to say, "The wing chairs are next!" much to the chagrin of my children and spouse. Hee hee.
You see once I'm on a roll, I'M ON A ROLL.
I used to think it was extremely difficult to upholster a piece of furniture but now, not so much.
Sure it does take a lot of time and a lot of staples.
And speaking of staples. 

I used them a wee bit too low on the sofa and so the trim didn't cover them entirely. I guess I should have used the tacks. Well I have two options: one is to remove those noticeable staples, ever so gently so as not to rip the fabric and tack it up with the dark tacks
paint the staples a dark color so they are not noticeable

which would you pick?

Right now the seat cushions are being sewn by my mother and then I will cover up some throw pillows to make it all look nice. 

The trim looks really yellow in the pictures, but it's because of the flash. I usually take my pics at night. Go figure.

I opted to go all the way down on the trim in the back because it is supposed to be sewn with a u shaped needle (that I didn't have). That sewn in feature hides the tacks.
I improvised. It actually looks really nice in person. 
(again here it looks garishly yellow)
So all I have to do is figure out the dilemma with the showing staples and tack on the remaining wood pieces to the front.
I can't wait to show you the finished product.
Oh, how much was this project, you ask?
Fabric was $53 for 15 yards on ebay!!! Wha....
Yes. Score.
I still have a lot left.
The trim was about $7, the staples and gun I already had.
So about $80 for this project (I had to buy 3 zippers for the seat cushions)
Do you have an itch to recover a sofa? 
Do it!! It's not as hard as you think.
Oh, almost forgot the winner of the Kohl's $25 gift card is entry #21!!

 Vivacious Ramsey
If you are reading this (and I hope you are ;))
Please contact me at salmar70atgmaildotcom
to claim your prize!

Have a fantastic week friends!


Monday, February 10, 2014

How to Reupholster a Vintage Sofa Part 1

I have been wanting to reupholster this sofa for the longest time.

 (vintage sofa)

But I've been a little scaredy cat!
This was a craigslist find and I just loved it when 
I saw it. I had envisioned this for my photography business and use it as a prop. It would look gorgeous in a family pic.
like this:
 {fall photos: Patricia Martinez Photography McKinney Texas}

But then I also wanted to actually use it in my home.
I decided I may as well take a chance on it and upholster it myself. What did I have to lose except a really nice sofa, right?
So, I googled and youtubed how to do this.
It seemed fairly easy but complicated at the same time.
The first thing keeping me back was the cost of good fabric. Holy Cow! $25 per yard!! No thanks.
So one night as I was perusing ebay, I found fabric for REALLY cheap. I'm talking $53 for 15 yards of chenille!! This was it. I had to get it. 
It is the perfect color and the fabric is very durable. Remember I have three dogs and 2 boys and a NEW granddaughter :)
So I decided one cold night to go ahead and bite the bullet. I grabbed my camera and decided to video each step and also take pictures for me to put it together easier.
First thing is to gather the right tools.
Now this, vintage sofa was put together by thousands of upholstery tacks. My hubby recommended that I use his staple gun, which I did.
I saved the tacks though, and I am glad I did.
You'll see why.
I will try to tell you step by step. This will be part one.
Tools needed:
staple gun
upholstery tacks and magnetic hammer
upholstery needle and thread
fabric scissors
upholstery tack/staple remover
lots of patience :)
I'm so glad my friend loaned me her tool to remove all those tacks. It looks like this:

I strongly suggest you get this tool. And a VERY good staple gun.
So I gathered my tools and slowly began to pull off the decorative trim around the front and back of the sofa.
This was just glued on. I saved it so that I can use it to go by some new trim.
Next, I slowly removed the front of the backrest. I saved all the pieces and labeled them with painter's tape so that I could use them to make my patterns with the new fabric.

Now I moved onto the back. Keep in mind that you will be putting this back together in REVERSE.

I kept the batting up and as intact as possible by holding it in place with painter's tape.
I saved all the tacks in a little bowl just in case :)
I made note of how the fabric was held in place. 
Like the sides here, you can see where a big piece is brought over from the front and stapled to the frame.

Remember, I also took video of the steps I thought would be most important, and hence most likely for me to forget.
I noticed how some pieces were sown on to help keep in place

The fact that I made so many notes on my camera, REALLY helped as I did this all by myself.
After I removed all the pieces, I put them aside and had my mother cut out the patterns on the new fabric. I am not good at cutting and I knew I would ruin the fabric. My mom is a professional seamstress so she knows how to cut!
I also noted that in some areas, like the underside of the armrest, they had used a piece of cardboard to conceal the tacks.

I forgot to mention, the sofa has some decorative wood trim, so I removed that as well and labeled accordingly.
Tomorrow I will show you how I started to put it all together. 

In the meantime, don't forget about my Kohl's giveaway.
Enter here

Stay warm.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Master Chef Junior Casting Call and Behind The Scenes

How cool would it be if your child became a Master Chef, while still being a kid? Right?
Well I met a bunch of super talented kids at the Dallas MasterChef Jr. open casting call. So what does it take to make it for MasterChef Jr.? 
According to the casting director, Liz, MCJ is for kids 8-13 who love to cook! They are no ordinary cooks. They have to know their stuff. Some of the things they will have to demonstrate are: measuring water correctly, mincing and dicing vegetables and cooking an egg. They must know their way around the kitchen and safety with knives and heat is a given.
The winner gets a $100,000 cash prize! Wowza!
Last year thousands of kids attended casting calls in such cities as New York, L.A., Dallas and Chicago. 
These are the kids at the Dallas casting call.
 This is the sign in table. The parents get a packet to fill out and the kids get a name tag with a number.
 They all wait in this "holding room" until their number is called. Then they are escorted to another waiting room without the parents. After that, they go in front of the executive team to be tested and evaluated for their personality and ability to cook.

After the kids go before the executive team, they are sent home and every child's parent will get a phone call that night telling them whether they move on to the next stage or told they didn't make it.
The casting call was from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a Saturday but kids could also register on line if they couldn't go in person. Some  of these kids would be contacted via phone or skype. Isn't technology great?

Now, get ready for some behind the scene tidbits and a look at some of the hopefuls!
 First up is Collin. He is a boy that has been cooking for 1-2 years and has this tidbit to share:
Plating is one of THE most important things to have mastered in order to present a dish.
You eat with your eyes first!
He is from Ft. Worth.
Next is Jacob who hails from Gunbarrel, Texas. He's been cooking up some yummy meals since he was 4 years old!
He is nine years old now and his specialty is "Crazy Chicken".
Phillip is from Cedar Hill, Texas.
H is 12 and he's been cooking since he was 2! His mom states that he'd get in the kitchen and loved to mix up the ingredients. When they noticed little Phillip had a knack for cooking, they decided to let him have at it!
He loves making hot wings!
His advice to young hopefuls is to keep doing what you're doing.  He started watching the Food Network and that inspired him even more. 
Finally, we have a pretty young lady, Afran. She lives in Plano, Texas, is 10 years old and loves to cook Persian food.
She is in the 5th grade and she cooking is not her only talent as she also sings and ice skates.
 After interviewing several young cooks, I headed out to meet a delightful young lady named Coco.
She is from a small town near Waco. She had just met with the executive team and had a great time playing some games with them. 
She stated that she'd been cooking since the age of 3 or 4 and loves to cook "comfort foods". Yum. I love to EAT comfort foods :) She also sings and acts and when she's not busy displaying her talents, she loves taking care of her bottle calves.
This young lady ended our interview by saying that "even if I don't make it, it was still a good experience."
Good luck to all the future cooks and keep practicing!

If you'd like to find out more about the show go to their site at:


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