Saturday, September 29, 2012

They're back.....

As you might recall, a couple of weeks ago a certain pair of ratty wing chairs were hauled away to rehab.  They returned Thursday with a whole new outlook on life.





You'd never know now that these were almost 30 years old.  Knight's Custom Upholstery in Haltom City did a fantastic job with all the quality of the original, which they still make.  They even painted the legs and stretchers black to match my dining chairs.  I ordered the black and ivory ticking from Fabric.com and even got twenty percent off of their list price during their Labor Day sale, with free shipping.  I had pre-ordered samples of this fabric and the Waverly Timeless Ticking, but this one had more of the soft neutral look I was seeking.  I could not be happier with the results. 

They will be used as dining chairs, as shown, but they can also be pulled into any other room with a need for extra seating.  They've always been the most comfortable seats in the house, so I can see myself doing a lot of reading here.  I particularly do a lot of reading of decorating magazines at the dining table, anyway. 

Now, if I can just keep cats from scratching on them and a certain toddler from coloring on them....

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Remodeling of the jewelry sort, part 1

A couple of months ago a friend handed me the bracelet she was wearing and asked if I could replace the dyed oval mother-of-pearl beads that were attached to it.  She didn't like the way they had faded from their original bright turquoise color. 

















When she got a chance to look at my bead supply, she decided on red cuppolini or branch coral beads, so I told her I would see what I could do to attach them in place of the mother-of-pearl beads.  Much trial and error ensued, but nothing I tried to attach the coral beads to the existing bracelet worked.  That bracelet was strung on stretch cord, which  makes for a very comfortable but not particularly sturdy bracelet.  It also makes it relatively impossible for a person with just two hands to work on. 

I finally emailed my friend and told her there was no way that I could work with the bracelet in its current design.  Would she be upset if I took it apart and completely redesigned it?   No, she gave me the go ahead to do whatever I wanted to.  The result is a complete makeover, omitting the metal beads and findings and the elastic thread and stringing it all on beading wire finished with a sterling clasp.  Using more and larger beads between the turquoise nuggets meant that I had two of them left over, so she got a bonus pair of matching earrings. 


















She got to see the final result this evening and I think she was pleased.  Of course, it's a tad too big, so I need to make an adjustment.  Why do all of my friends have such tiny wrists?

Treasury Tuesday

I just remembered that today is Tuesday.  "Wooden" it be nice if I had a brain?

p.s.-clicking that picture-less link in the treasury will take you to a nice collection of items similar to the one that's gone missing.


'It's all wood - autumn / fall' by nemisclothing

autumn / fall inspired collection of items in the color ways of woods and trees, including jewelry, interior / home, collectible, accessories and stash

Woody's Chop Chort Wood bike fender - woodysfenders
Woody's Chop Chort ...
$29.99
Leather Key Chain Key Ring Handmade Brown Mini Bag Gadget Case Chocolate Brown Cacao Charm Woodland Back to School - leatherline
Leather Key Chain Key R...
$14.00
Dark Wood Button Cufflinks - IJustLoveButtons
Dark Wood Button Cuffli...
$11.00
Custom Hand-Bound Guest Book with Wood Covers (8x10 Album size, blank pages) - sschemata
Custom Hand-Bound Guest...
$68.50
Shabby Wood Toothbrush Holder - TylerKingstonWoodCo
Shabby Wood Toothbrush ...
$20.00
Luxe Layered Triangular Cherry Wood Necklace with Gold, Turquoise and Navy on Gold Filled Chain - birdofvirtue
Luxe Layered Triangular...
$52.00
Rustic Wood Cross, Dark Brown Finish, 11 x 17 - Handmade - natureinspiredcrafts
Rustic Wood Cross, Dark...
$28.00
Vintage lot 34 Spools Wood thread sewing Crafts supplies projects Collectibles old - krizba04
Vintage lot 34 Spools W...
$10.00
Wooden Rubber Stamp - Vintage Style - Camera Stamp 1 Pcs - JolinTsai
Wooden Rubber Stamp - V...
$3.00
Wooden Easter Eggs - Natural - Set of 6 - BrightLifeToys
Wooden Easter Eggs - Na...
$11.00
Vintage Coca Cola  Wood Crate Carrier Box with Metal Straps / Item No 081612 - bygrassdoll
Vintage Coca Cola Wood...
$50.00
Random Puzzle - Real Wood iPhone 4/4S Skin (Front & Back Cover) Made in the USA - FREE Priority Shipping - carvedproducts
Random Puzzle - Real Wo...
$29.00
Vintage Alphabet Wood Blocks, Childrens, 1950's - AntiquesGaloreGal
Vintage Alphabet Wood B...
$20.00
Single Bohemian feather wood gauges for stretched ears-earrings - thegypsiescaravan
Single Bohemian feather...
$60.00
Chevron Wood Ring: Arrow or Chevron Geometric Design Made to Order in Any Size - DiamondsAreEvil
Chevron Wood Ring: Arro...
$15.00
Wooden Toy Camera - modern organic imagination toy - littlesaplingtoys
Wooden Toy Camera - mod...
$29.00

Friday, September 14, 2012

We'll be back....


The paparazzi captured this photo of the ratty wing chairs as they awaited their fate on Tuesday (notice that the rattiest of them is hiding in the background hoping its faults are not exposed).  They were subsequently wrestled out the door by two cheerful professionals who loaded them into a waiting conveyance to take them to rehab.  We wish them well on their road to recovery.