Thankfully, my A Wondering Star daughter & her man Andy must have read my mind or my list & they did one of the major jobs as a surprise while we were away ...
The dreaded glossing of the woodwork downstairs - doorframes, skirting boards, glass hallway partition; not a mean feat at all as there are some 7 doors, miles of skirting board (or so it seems) and a very fiddly glass partition between the front door & the hallway. I am so thankful for their thoughtfulness and hard work.
While out on Friday, dropping off some donations at a local charity / thrift shop, a pair of very pretty curtains caught my eye. I am partial to feathers & game scenes & the colours were traditional but not boring ….
Hmmm, only that morning I had opened the summerhouse / garden shed up, glanced inside & bemoaned the ugly orange cushion covers that I have put fleeces over because they just don't fit in. I also like change. Suddenly, change came to mind ….
The curtains I spied ticked all my requirements: game scene, colour, classic colours of grey, tan & burgundy, heavy fabric & very reasonable priced at just £5. I inspected them & did a rough guestimate as to size & then happily took them home to wash, iron & unpick the heading tape.
I sew & will turn my hand to most things as my grandmother had been a dab hand at sewing & always said: 'just try it, work it out in your mind then have a go.'
So out with the machine & bits & bobs. I had everything else so was feeling rather thrifty. I knew the fabric would not be enough to do both sides of the cushions but I have been looking at upholstery trends with plain back or alternate fabric & rather like that so I looked through my fabric stash & found enough cream fabrics to do the reverse plain without having to purchase any additional fabric. I felt very keen to press on with the new covers ….
Sewing pins - the dog was a birthday gift & the bird was gifted by Riekie while on holiday with her
The dreaded orange cushions - I will be so glad to cover them
The curved seat backs being measured
Planning, pinning & cutting in action on our large conservatory table
Progress - many cut & pinned ready for sewing in the lovely sunshine
Pinking the edges so it did not fray ....
New fabric verses the old orange ...
I am not confident with zips so I instead did an opening that I attached ribbons to both sides to close it up. Perfect for washing too …
Grey time - a nice, calming change using all the previous chair cushions
I recently repainted one of the chairs & the divider Paris Grey by Annie Sloan & the others are Old White.
The wool throw / blanket was already there & a perfect match for the new cushions
An Ikea lantern from the house with tealight holders which were already there ...
A comfortable corner
A relaxing place to read & gather inspiration
Welcoming green hedges to calm & energise the soul
The view across the garden
A perfect change which has made the space feel more 'grown-up' & inviting
I know I will be enjoying the last of our summer from here - either reading, drinking tea & chatting or even using the wi-fi to keep up ....
One more job ticked off my list. How about you - do you have jobs that need doing over the summer?
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