Friday, April 21, 2006

Sunny Day

So, it's finally that time of year again. Sunshine abounds (well, except for the past two days) and we all want to be outside. I found out that the pool here is open-typically apartment complex pools are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day- so I took the girls swimming a couple of days ago. Chloe had the most independant fun that she's ever had but poor Halle mostly stayed on the steps or in my arms since even with her life jacket she couldn't keep her face out of the water. It reminded me of Chloe a few summers ago. We purchased a life jacket thinking that it would keep her afloat and that she'd be able to swim. But since the floats were strictly around her abdomen it produced a barrel effect and she just turned over and over and couldn't keep her face out of the water either. So, the kids have a lot of fun in the pool and I don't have as much fun but it's a cool way to get them out and exercising.

So this is some new fabric I purchased the other night to do a comforter, quilt, blanket-type thing for Halle. I only purchased 3 yards though and I'm not sure what to do. It's the perfect length to fold in half and do a duvet for her current comforter but I'm not sure that I want these bold stripes on both sides. But I also don't know what else to put on the backside if I don't use the stripes. I purchased it on the spur of the moment because the last time I went to Wal-Mart they were either out or didn't have enough. But since I saw that they had it again I knew I had to get it right away. I'd like to do the front of the comforter-thing in the stripes the back side in something probably solid, have a solid coordinating sheet and then do a bedskirt in the stripes. But this is not a perfect plan and I only have 3 yards of fabric! I will look tonight (maybe) at Wal-Mart to see if I can find more.

So, this last fabric I have over 14 yards of! Too bad I don't want a crib set out of this, or do I? Hmmm. Anyway it's a very sturdy seafoam type color with a faint stripe-ish design. The plan is to do drapes, throw pillows, and cover at least the coffee table after I've added some padding and turned it into an ottoman. This decision came after the 50th time Halle hit her mouth on it. The only snag is that I don't know how to do any of it. The plan I have in my head looks promising but I'm sure I need advice from the experts.

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7 comments:

mary said...

Okay...I'm not exactly an expert but I would love to help. Let me know when you want to get together.

Tisra said...

Et moi! I've seen the coffee table thing done on a home show before, but you need more materials. Foam, batting, thin plywood, spray adhesive, drill/ drill bits, staple gun, wire, covered buttons. You drill holes in the top of the coffee table, drill holes in the plywood in the exact same spots. to the plywood alone: adhere upolstry foam, batting (over the edge with the gun to form smooth edges), fabric (using the gun again). Then place the upolstered plywood piece in place over a skirted coffee table, thread wire through both pieces with an upolstry needle, thread on covered button, and lead wire back down through the same layers and tightly secure wire. If that makes absolutely no sense, I'll draw a diagram next time we see eachother. Fun. Fun. fun.

Amy said...

Yeah, actually I think I'll just have you two over (Tisra bring the drill) and we'll tackle it. It will probably take a visit in itself because I sincerely doubt I'll get that done at a sewing party. I definitely talk more than I work at those.

Tisra said...

Yes. The three of us should get together. Although, as Mary and I discovered yesterday, that means a whole heap of kids and lots of interruptions. What do you think about drugging them? ;-)

mary said...

If we did it on a Saturday, maybe we could get the dad's to take them to the park or the zoo or something.

travis said...

Okay, Tisra's instructions make a Time/Life book look like Cliff's Notes. :) Anyway, I'm sure we guys could watch the kids for a couple of hours some Saturday. That actually sounds like fun.

Mock Momma said...

Okay I think Polkadots would even be cute as well as a solid color? If you could find it all in the same color scheme........... Hmmmmm? You could even make some small polka pillows to accent it as well....... Flip the comforter down a little when the bed is made to show it off. By the way, you ladies all scare me with the whole power tools thing! Happing screwing or would that be drilling? ;0)