Monday, May 28, 2012

DIY Stool Covering

Some time ago, while shopping at a thrift store, I found a large, sturdy, looking stool.
I wanted to take it home. (I like stools; They remind me of times past.)
I will say it was well-loved. The cover was a grungy gold, velvety fabric.

It cost me three dollars. What a deal! Don't you think good finds are fun? I washed
the cover and it felt clean but still looked grungy. I didn't know exactly what I wanted
to cover it with and so it sat in our living room in it's place by the woodstove. It was
enjoyed by the family and even the cats found it to be pleasant spot to sit.

I am also VERY prone to procrastinating when I feel intimidated by a project. And as
I had never done anything like that before, it sat for a long time. It was enjoyed by the
family and even the cats found it to be a pleasant place to rest.

A couple of years ago, I had been wanting a large piece of upholstery fabric to make
a curtain.I found a nice piece for 4 dollars. I decided not to use it for the intended project
but I held onto it because it was a very pretty and of a good quality.

The fabric matched our furniture and so I decided to tackle the project this last winter.
Below are a few pictures of the finished cover. I'm sorry the photo quality isn't very good
but you'll get the idea.

The first thing I had to do was take the old cover apart. Carefully cutting
the seams with the seam ripper, the old cover was taken apart and layed out on the
piece of fabric and used as the pattern for the new one.

The old pattern was very rough and obviously a fellow
DIYourselfer had sewn the first cover. The pieces were cut very crookedly
and sewn together without a straight or consistent seam allowance.

But I say GOOD FOR THEM and give the
 person credit for just jumping in and doing it without
a care of it being perfect!  Something which I am learning to do.
I am sometimes so intimidated by a possible flaw, that I fail to try at all!
 This is such an unhealthy philosophy.

In this picture, you can see how the tucks were taken in to match up with
the pattern. I had initially measured the distance between the tucks, but that didn't work
out because of the fabric's pattern. It was very easy to make
the adjustment.

When cutting the piece for the top, I realized at the last moment that I
needed to center the pattern so as to have a nice symmetrical finish. The
pattern on the piece made it very easy to lay it all out and cut.

I was very pleased with the completed project. I enjoyed the entire process
and was surprised at how easy it was. I don't consider myself a seamstress but just used
 common sense to figure it out.

If I can do something like this, so can you!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Finding Rest

  When  peace in my heart gives way to the storm....


I surround myself with beauty...


I am quieted by it's stillness..

These are all things of beauty which soothe ... but...

My soul reaches for something a deeper... real and lasting.


I know that my God is there. He has his hand upon my life and will not leave me

stranded ...

Here is where I find


Monday, May 21, 2012

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms

The cherry tree was bursting with blossoms...

Bringing the beauty and fragrance inside was irresistable...

God's little beauties opened to perfection...

The rich, dark brown of the bark makes me think of floor to ceiling shelves in an
elaborate library...

This little bird seems to rest quietly near the thrift store pitcher that is a perfect fit...

Misty-blue ribbon and lovely, white, delicate blooms....

Beauty bursting forth...

Monday, May 14, 2012


   Sometimes it is a temptation and easier to cover things over.   
 I can tell you that in my life, the cost of this practice has been great.

  It significantly weakened my relationship with my husband.  I am so thankful we have
worked through the most difficult time of our marriage and have come to a place where
our love is more deep and real than it has ever been. Our relationship is more open and
real than it has ever been. It holds the beauty of what I have always felt a marriage could be.

  Sometimes honesty hurts. We don't want to hurt those we love
and they don't want to hurt us. In withholding the truth,
we actually rob each other of  the healing and joy and depth
that is experienced in an honest relationship.

  I don't wish to simplify because there were  a lot of areas of both of our hearts that had to be
searched, understood and set free. We gave each other the freedom and grace to do this and
we had the blessing of God.  He had given us the Grace to come to the place where
we could both embrace all that we were learning.

  In this time we both experienced many revelations about living, loving and ourselves.

  Now, it truly is a new beginning. Beautiful and pure. Real... Solid ... Lasting...

  And the foundation of all of this was honesty.

{We can always be honest with God. He already knows the
depth of our heart and He loves us just the same.}