From Drab to Fab!

My wife and I received a lovely vintage dining room set a few weeks ago as a gift from one of her employers and dear friend.  From the tags attached to the bottom of seat, these pieces look like they were crafted in the 1920’s.  They are in immaculate condition and we couldn’t have been more grateful or excited to receive this precious gift.  The one thing we found when we placed them in our dining room was that the set was extremely formal and looked a little out of place in our less-than-formal home.

So what did we do to remedy the situation?  We got to crafting as we always do!!  We started with the chairs.  I purchased some lovely home decorating fabric in chevron stripes from Sew Fine Fabrics.  Check out her Etsy store here.  She has an AMAZING array of fabrics.  I’ve purchased a few of her pieces aside from the chevron and she does not disappoint!  Aside from the lovely selection, her prices are extremely reasonable.

First up, we selected 3 colors of the same fabric and our chairs went from this to this:

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Since we have 6 chairs in all, we selected 3 different colors and placed 1 color on 2 chairs:

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Next up, we spiced up the look of our hutch by adding colorful pieces.  My mother in law gifted us a ton of colorful Fiesta Ware plates, bowls, and cups.  They were the perfect addition and matched our chairs perfectly:

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I’ve noticed that furniture from days gone by is not quite as big as our pieces today.  In order to give the hutch a little height, my wife added some lovely decorations on top.  I left all the hard work to her (nail gun, decorating, placement), she’s a pro at that!  I’m telling you folks, she is like the interior decorating queen!

I love that we were able to update this vintage piece without compromising its quality.

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I forgot to take off the table padding for the pic.  But believe me when I say that the craftsmanship of the wood is exquisite!  I love the final look!  A big thank you to Jodi over at Sew Fine Fabrics for the beautiful, durable fabric!!

Baby Beanie Hat with Floral Accent 0-6 months

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This adorable little beanie is ideal for your 0 – 6 month old darling. As promised, here is the pattern. I changed colors in the last row to give it a little contrast:

MATERIALS:

Worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice – it’s super super soft and comes in great colors)

Hook size H

Needle for weaving in ends and sewing on flower

INSTRUCTIONS

Rd1: Start with a magic ring – 11dc in magic ring, join to first dc. Ch2

Rd2: 2dc in each st around. Join to first dc. Ch2. (22dc)

Rd3: *2dc in first st. Dc in next st* around. Join to first dc. Ch2. (33dc)

Rd4: *2dc in first st. Dc in next 2 sts.* around. Join to first dc. Ch2. (44dc)

Rd5: *2dc in first st. Dc in next 10 sts* around. Join to first dc. Ch2. (48dc)

Rd6-11: Dc in each st around. Join to first dc. Ch2. (48dc)

Rd12: Sc in each st around. Join to first sc. Fasten off. (48sc)

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FLOWER:

Start with a magic ring. 10sc in magic ring. Join to first sc.

*[hdc, dc, hdc] in first stitch, sl st in next st* around

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew on to beanie

You’re done! Easy Breezy!!

Enjoy and happy hooking Bauble Heads!

p.s. New free pattern coming next week!

Summertime Frenzy

So, I haven’t posted in about a month.  My excuse?  It’s been a hectic summer.  I’m hoping that things will begin to calm down now that we are entering the back to school month.  Or as my daughter likes to call August,  “The Sunday of summer”.  I am kind of happy that school is starting soon.  My girls will soon settle into their routines – which includes a set bedtime – yay!  All you moms out there will certainly appreciate bedtimes! haha

I have been working on many new projects, I just haven’t had time to post them.  But I promise to post a new pattern before the week is out.  I have been busy stocking my Etsy store as well.  Click on the link to your right to see all my new items!  The lovely pink hat with the flower that you see will be my next free pattern.

Until then, happy hooking my lovely bauble heads!