Daisy beware, "There is a new Slip Cover in the house"...

I'm feeling really good about how well my new slipcover turned out
It's been a chore that I've been putting off for quite a while but then you all know how much work go's into a chair cover without a pattern.
It all started when I rescued my new kitten, Daisy, and now that she is over a year  I can say she is finally over her scratching.
  I'm not sure why she chose this one chair?  But thankfully she chose it as hers and has not bothered the other furniture in my house. She does have a scratching post, in fact several in different rooms, but this chair, well hopefully it's over for her.  Now that it's finished I sprayed it with a cat deterrent and so far it's working (?)
After looking in all the fabric stores in my area it was not going to be easy to find quality fabric at a reasonable price  Even with my 40% off coupons at JoAnn's it was still expensive.  Waverly fabric was my first choice because it's a heavy fabric.  After going to several stores and on the net, I was looking at over $24.00 per yard and I needed at least 7 yards to cover this chair.  The design I wanted was $36.99 per yard..  do the math.
A friend of mine turned me on to a discount fabric store in St. Petersburg, about a 30 minute drive for me but it was so worth it.  I found this fabric for $7.99 per yard.  Such a savings!

After what seemed like hours of sitting on the floor, measuring, pinning then finally cutting (I said a prayer with each cut).. I did it!  My sewing machine set up on the coffee table made it so much easier than taking each piece up the stairs to my sewing room. 

As I said, I purchased 7 yards and found I did not really have enough to do the bottom ruffle with the pattern all going in the same direction so I had to piece it together.   Now that it has been gathered and sewn it really does not show the seams every 12" or so... thankfully!
Now I need a few nice toss pillows.. That is for another day.

Chirstmas is almost here and I've got it all finished... Packages for the kids are all in the mail. House completely decorated, chair cover finished and now waiting for my sister to arrive for her winters visit.  This week will be cleaning the entire house and getting her room in order.
"This is going to be a good Christmas"
Look who I drove beside on my way to the thrift store today.  Not sure where he was going but he was haulin on that Harley!

  Have a great weekend everyone! 

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Little Burlap Birdies. My Pinterest knock-offs

  I found these little birdies on Pinterest and went to the blogger who crafted them  See hers HERE  and asked  if she minded if I copied them.  She was thrilled that I liked them so much.
They were "Sew Easy".   I had some burlap scraps and simply cut a template with some paper then cut the little guys out...  Hand stitched them with DMC floss then a bit of stuffing.  
 The twine was the only part that took a bit of time.  Cut to length and hot glue little flowery designs (or is it wings?) to the side of the bird.

I added a little dangle of DMC floss.

"How cute are they"

I'm happy to say "I'm finished with Christmas"
The house is decorated, all the packages to the kids are off in the mail.  My sister will be here on the 18th for her winter visit so I decided to get busy with a project I've been putting off for quite some time.  I have this kitty named Daisy who has totally ruined one of my slipcovers in the living room.  She is finally over her scratching and today I got busy with the new cover.

I spent a few hours on the floor measuring, pinning, cutting and finally wanted to scream with frustration  This takes so long to get perfect but I'm happy with the results so far.  I went on a fabric search a few months ago and the price of Waverly fabric is really expensive.  I needed 7 yards and at $40.00 per yard.. well you get the picture.  But I was lucky and found a close out store in St. Petersburg.  This Waverly fabric was only $7.99 a yard.  Yes, Waverly.  
The fabric is cream and the design is a very light shade of brown with a French Toile pattern.  It is  something I have not had in that room for years (pattern).  It's all different shades of white and this should really change the mood.  
I'll show more as I get further along with my sewing.  I just have one request.  Do you think I should put a "box pleat or gathering for a skirt on the slipcover".  I'm leaning to gathering (it's more shabby), besides it uses less fabric.  
That remains to be seen?

Did you get your flu shot this year?  The news is saying the strains are strong and many are all ready getting the flu in the southern states.  As you know children and seniors are first to get the flu but not this year.  Many in their 30's and 40's are showing signs.  I'll tell you, for those of you who do not want a flu shot, have a half cup of "Garlic Soup" each day and the bugs of colds and flu will run from your body screaming.  
(it works)


A Simple Holiday Table Runner

It seems every holiday I might use the same decorations, with a few new purchases but I just don't use the same design in every room...  I like change and this year I'm using more red than any other color.
I found out I did not have a table runner with bright red.  
Now that the kids are all off on their own I'm getting into more simple grown-up designs.  
After a quick run to the fabric store I made a new runner.  Once the piece was sewn together with a bit of batting inside I did a few hand quilting stitches to hold it all together.

Well now that I see it in the photo I need more red.. on the chair seats.  Ok, let me run to the fabric store.
To be continued....
Don't you just love Christmas?

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