The chair below was the very comfy, extremely ugly chair we bought as I carried our first son in my womb. I agreed to it knowing full-well that it was the ugliest thing I'd ever laid eyes on. Then I sat in it.
My lower back made sounds...of relief and joy.
I was a high-end furniture rep.
How could I purchase this chair and put it in our nursery for our sweet little angel and walk by it 100 times a day and not feel like I'd committed a designer faux pas
or worse, some crime?
I'm so glad it didn't go to the curb.
The day the chair was almost curbside, EC said, (I believe with tears forming in his eyes), "This is the chair you nursed our sons in, this is the chair we sat in to read to our babies, the chair that we slept in as our babies lay on our chests, you want to get rid of it?"
What kind of mother am I?
So. The chair stayed.
So did the moving ottoman. No. I can't even call this an ottoman. I'm sorry.
It's a hassock. Or footrest or footstool.
Imagine at 3 in the morning, holding baby, rocking in this gentle motion, both body and legs and feet back and forth in the most rhythmic movement...talk about sleep!
Oh goodness....all design statements aside...it was/is the most glorious motion your body would EVER need. And the entire seat reclines.
The chair cost over $500.
Eleven years ago.
(thank goodness no little hands or legs got caught in this contraption)
I'm slipcovering this set in drop cloth. Hopefully with some cording and fancy skirts.
I could have saved so much time, energy, tears, gnashing of teeth...quits and restarts.
However, this is the way things turn out.
I am saving Marian's tutorial forever.
You should, too.
You know if you EVER want to know how to make a slipcover. EVER.
It's so straight forward and easy to follow that I almost started crying when I saw all the needless EFFORT that I put into this 9 month project.
(ok I did not work on this daily, but IT worked on my brain daily. Just about.)
On the upside:
I have learned so much by just diving into this project. Not only sewing and seam ripping experience, but things about MYSELF that are priceless and will remain anonymous - only EC knows what 'trouble I've seen'.
Here's the before:
I got this from CL because I wanted to try my hand at slipcovering a wingback without spending a lot of money.
Here's what the chair looks like as of today.
(the slipcover fresh out of the drier)
I will be painting the legs white at some point.
No welting this time around. I just wanted to see if I could do the cover with all the wings and arms and t-cushion and ruffles!
This is a complete slipcover without any zippers or ties, just slip on and slip off!
(If you recall my first EVER slip - this fabric is the same - just the underside.
While EC was working hard reconfiguring water pipes in the basement and I was re-configuring my life again upstairs, I decided that since we can't take showers, brush our teeth, or flush, we might just go outdoors and hang in the sunshine for a few hours!
Nobody outside cares whether we've showered or not.
This hawk certainly did not.
She/he flew over us twice.
Swooping back and forth.
What to do when the sun in SHINING IN OUR EYES?
Simply close your eyes and smile.
(they thought this was the bomb!)
We began our hike through the crusted marsh
following deer tracks all along the way.
I find that I take pictures with my blogging friends in mind now.
This reminded me of some of you and your blogs.
There are many of these wooden bridges throughout the park.
This was a rusted old farm vehicle from back in the day, just sitting here in the ice.
Normally, I would NOT be interested in this.
See what some of you Funky rust people are doing to me!
Give the boys a tree branch and call it a field trip, is what I say!
They had the most fantastic time poking through the ice!
Onward! Young men!
Look at this Mom!
Take a picture!
This is the remains of a dead tree stump. About 10 inches of it protruding from the sheet of ice and it looks like part of the landscape from The Lord of the Rings!