Tuesday, July 6, 2010

D.I.Y. Projects...

Summer is such a great time ....to enjoy the sun, work in the garden and of course ....go "junking". I love picking up old weathered garden furniture. Take this cute bistro set:

"before"
The paint was chipping off and the metal a bit rusty.  The plastic fabric (although cheery) was cracking in several places. However with a little fresh paint and new fabric on the seats it is as good as new. I recovered the seats using beige indoor/outdoor fabric.

I have also been dying to try my hand at making my own cushions using the iron-on transfer technique. I made this "french inspired" cushion using burlap and toile fabric for the back. I love how this turned out and will definately be making more. 




"after"

What are your favorite D.I.Y. projects? I'd love to hear about them.

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Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)