Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Homework Day!

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

We spent the day today just chillin' at the condo.  We didn't even go to Sanibel to do any shelling! But it is just 5:30, who's to say I won't take a quick trip before it gets the lighthouse or maybe Bunche Beach! After all, it's only 15 minutes to Sanibel from here, and about 10 to Bunche Beach.... :D  We'll see! 

When we bought our condo, it was partially furnished. The main den was done in oranges, orange curtains, all the pillows and lampshades were red or orange. Since we have been coming down, I have changed everything over to ivory with punches of teal.  The only thing that I didn't know what to do about was this chair....

Even the back had orange fabric on it! I stuck an ivory and teal pillow in it, and kind of ignored it...but no more!! Yesterday I went into town and found some teal material, I read up on how to upholster on the internet, and proceeded to (carefully) take the chair apart. I figured if I mess it up, oh well, I sort of inherited it anyway!

Slowly, but surely I began putting it together.....making it our own! :)

One step at a time...

What do you think? I am very pleased! It almost looks like a professional did it!! The color in the pics isn't so accurate, lets just say that it looks a whole lot better with that pillow now! It matches! 

My next project is this cabinet....

Can't you see it distressed and painted sort of 'Old Florida' with seahorses, shells and coral?? I can!! I won't attempt it this trip....but stay tuned!

While we were at our 'other home' I took an opportunity to play with some shells and make a couple of things for my Mom's upcoming birthday in September.  I have always wanted to try the shell flowers, so I stole borrowed this idea from a facebook friend.  

Whatcha think?

Hopefully tomorrow I will have a post on what awesome shells we will find! I have been collecting all the jingles I could find....I still have some more creating to do!!

Stay tuned!




  1. Your chair turned out fab - I love doing that kind of thing.

    1. Thanks Kim...Me too! This was a challenge with the buttons and the 'tufting' I just kept plugging away and it all worked! I'm very pleased!!

  2. The chair looks fantastic - and the accent pillow is just the right touch. The flower is amazing, too!

    1. Thanks Moira!! I am very pleased....and surprised. I was very worried about how it would turn out, and am pleasantly surprised! ....The flower too! Can't wait to try some others now!! :)

  3. Both the chair and the shell flower turned out great!

  4. The chair came out fabulous! You've given me enough encouragement that I just might try something like this after all. Thanks!