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PINTEREST CHALLENGE: REUPHOLSTERED PARSONS CHAIR

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Welcome back, everyone! I’m so excited to see what you have all been working on. This is definitely my favorite Pinterest Challenge project yet. As a reminder for those not familiar with the challenge, it was the brainchild of Katie of Bower Power Blog who came together with Sherry of Young House Love to encourage all of us to make our projects collected on Pinterest into a reality. This time they graciously invited me to join them in cohosting along with Renee of Red Bird Blue. (Cue the “zomg blog famous people know who I am” freakout!)

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For those of you who joined in and have a project to share, I’d love for you to link up below. But first, I’ll share my project. It was a tough one to decide on. Ultimately it came down to reupholstering my parsons dining room chairs. At first I wanted to reupholster an old armchair we have, but I figured I might as well start with something a little more basic since it’s my first time reupholstering anything. So my inspiration came from these: yellow chair and gray chairs.

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I won’t waste your time rehashing a tutorial – check out from For the Love of Vintage Furniture. I followed this almost exactly. As for what was different, I took my chairs apart: the front legs, the seat and the back were separate pieces. I did this partly because I didn’t take the old fabric off. Shocking, I know, but it seemed thin enough and not worth the hassle spending all that time taking it and a bazillion staples off.

All in all, I’d describe it as an easy and fairly quick project. There was no sewing involved (you could blind stitch the pleats in the front corners and top of the back, but I decided not to). It’s tough to give a per-chair time estimate since I was flying solo this past weekend and dilly-dally DIY’d while watching old movies. The first chair took longer as I was trying to avoid mistakes and the second one was much faster since I was a pro at this point. ;) If I were to guess, a focused newbie could probably get a chair done well within an hour. Just remember to measure twice and cut once!

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Ta-da! I’m really excited about the chairs. I ended up finding the fabric for $10/yard at Joanns. I purchased that, the nailhead trim and some cardboard trim to help get cleaner lines on the back. I already had the staple gun and staples. Plus… I also upgraded our curtains and snagged these from the Threshold line from Target everyone is talking about. They’re so much better than the cheapy red sheer ones that were there before.

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The chairs will typically be in the kitchen. We just move the chairs into the dining room when we have company and are in need of the extra chairs. And the kitchen table, a beauty from West Elm from a few years back, often serves as the buffet for parties.   pinterest-challenge-reupholstered-parsons-chairs-kitchen

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Thank you so much for joining us in this Pinterest Challenge! I can’t wait to get to know you all through your finished projects. Please share them below. Quick hint: when the link program asks for your name, give it the name of your link. It’s the text that will appear before the thumbnail.

And don’t forget to stay in touch!
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PINTEREST CHALLENGE: THE PINS JUST GOT REAL

You guys, today is a big deal. Why you ask?

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I’m cohosting the Pinterest Challenge! This is practically the virtual equivalent of finding your face on a Times Square billboard. Well, to me it is at least. :) I can’t believe that my face is next to the likes of Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power and Renee from Red Bird Blue. Pinch me!

What is the Pinterest Challenge?

If you’re on Pinterest, a virtual pin-board site, you likely know how many great projects you’ve bookmarked and how few you’ve actually completed. Katie and Sherry decided to create the Pinterest Challenge to bring like-minded Pinterest addicts together and motivate us to completing some projects. And in case you’re curious, it’s not sponsored by Pinterest. We’re just super fans.

How does one participate? 

Pick a pin or two that inspires you and get your DIY on. We’ll come back and share our projects with a link party on Wednesday, May 8. In your blog post, please be sure to link to the original source and get some pictures of the finished inspired result!

I’m still shopping and deciding on my project, so next week will be a big surprise! If you’re looking for inspiration, follow me on Pinterest. These are my past Pinterest Challenge projects, which I recently imported from the NewlyWife archives.

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Faux Leather Drum Shade Chandelier | Faux Leather Tassel Keychain
Glitter Vase and Notepads
Chevron Nailhead Bulletin Board | Framed Bathroom Mirrors

I look forward to seeing your projects! And thanks again to my lovely cohosts for having me!

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LINK LOVE 04.03.13

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The last Link Love was all about food — and you guys liked it! I’ll have to practice some new recipes to recommend in the coming weeks. For now, it’s another mixed bag of amazingness.

Shaved Asparagus and Ham Salad with Dill | Shout out to my girl Danguole for making fancy food. Then she goes and shares the recipe so that we can all be fancy, too. I can’t wait to try this!

Sewing 101: Pet Bed | Do you have a furry pet? I don’t, yet, but if I did I would make it about five of these beds. Why five? Because I would love my furry friend enough that it should lounge in luxury … but also because it would take about five tries for me to get even a “sewing 101″ project right.

Beauty Boost | The lovely Kelli of Leopard and Lavendar has inspired me to up my beauty game. Meaning… don’t be afraid of a little pop of color. I propose a challenge for each of us to add a little pep to keep it interesting.

Q&A with Animal Photographer Sharon Montrose | You may have seen those adorable animal photos around the blogosphere and now you get to meet the woman behind the camera. Yes, there she is above, snuggling with a baby camel. A baby camel! I want one!

Modern Ombre Quilt | While I don’t necessarily see the ombre in this quilt, it is certainly adorable. Quick, someone make it for me!

ROARING ’20s PARTY + FLAPPER HEADBAND

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There’s nothing quite like a costume party, and this Roaring ’20s / Prohibition party was no exception. My friends Sandy and Megan — who happen to look very similar and share the exact same birthday, wink wink — hosted the evening. Now, one thing you should know is that I’ve been friends with these girls since kindergarten. We grew up around the corner from each other and would walk to school together, have sleepovers and all that good childhood stuff. I am so blessed to have friends since way back when — let’s just not calculate how far back that is…

Jillian and I got ready together — she even let me wear her vintage dress! — and we made our headbands right before we headed over. (Tutorial below.) The key to dressing in ’20s garb? Headbands, sheath/drop waist dresses, long necklaces, curls, statement jewelry and a sassy disposition. ;) I also thought it would be cute to dress as a gangster with a suit and hat. For makeup, I kept it fairly simple with a smokey eye, matte foundation and dark lipstick.

Need some more style inspiration? Check out my ’20s party Pinterest board of ideas!

For those of you wanting to host a Roaring ’20s party, you should definitely consider a password for your speakeasy, photobooth with antique pieces and fun props, signature cocktails, and period music.

Now onto the tutorial portion of our program… :)

20s headband pieces

Items you need to make two headbands

+ Lace and decorative trim – sold by the yard, about 1-1.5 yards of each
+ Feathers – I used one pack of peacock feathers (two each) and thin, wispy black feathers
+ Black felt
+ Decorative statement pieces – found in the jewelry / headband section of Joann’s
+ Hot glue gun
+ Needle and thread
+ Scissors
+ Newspaper or cardboard

Start by laying out your newspaper or cardboard to protect your surface from hot glue. Heat up the glue gun and be careful not to burn yourself – like I always manage to do…

Cut a small piece of black felt slightly smaller than the statement piece. Place out the feathers on top of the felt — no need to use a ton, I used two peacock feathers and about five of the thin black feathers — and once you have a placement you like, glue them to the felt. Once the glue has dried, add more glue to the top to secure the feathers. Then glue all around the black felt and attach it to the statement piece.

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Next, cut a strip of black felt that is wide enough to cover your decorative trim that’s acting as the headband. Glue it in place on the back of the other felt piece. Once dry, take a needle and thread and reinforce the felt/feathers/decorative trim and tab to the statement piece. Since my statement piece was wide, I also sewed parts of the decorative trim directly to the statement piece.

Then tie the decorative trim around your head and trim the excess. I liked to have the headband go around the forehead, but it could also act as a normal headband if you’d like. I curled my hair and pinned it into a faux bob to complete the look.

the headband that Jillian made was fairly simple. She attached the rose statement piece to a fabric pouf (found in the headband section) with glue and a needle and thread. She then rouched the middle portion of the black lace trim and attached the pouf to it with a needle and thread. Then she simply tied it around her head and trimmed the extra just slightly, so that the tails hung down.

 

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Have you been to any costume parties recently? I think I’m going to need to throw one, but what kind of theme to have? Suggestions are welcomed!