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So, I decided to add another hobby to my already long list of photography, clothes (because shopping, daydreaming about, pinning, and internet surfing for them is a hobby), practicing playing the piano and singing, reading and writing, exercising, and drawing and painting (although I have not touched that one in a long, long time). But now, I got a serger, so sewing is another one of my new things. What can I say?! I love life and all it has to offer! I’m just so interested in just about everything crafty, creative, and artsy.

I am especially interested in upcycling but I don’t think that will mean my closet will ever be completely upcyled because of lack of sewing skills and also there are just some things a serger and sewing machine can’t do, such as embroider and knit sweaters . But how cool would that be if my whole wardrobe were upcycled though?!

So, these shorts for Ruby were my first project. Actually, I made 2 of them because the first one I realized she will outgrow within a week, so I made a bigger one that she can grow into. I have a long list of projects with my serger, so hopefully the poor thing is sturdy! Here are some of the things I want to accomplish in order:

1. Finally finishing the slipcovers for our dining room chairs. I am currently working on that right now and will be finished with it by the end of the week, after a year of saying I would finish them, but having a serger changes some dynamics, so I will totally get them done!

2. Upcycling some clothes from the thrift stores. I got a few large men’s shirts from the thrift store that I am going to turn into shirts for Ruby Rose and I.

3. Make some t-shirt dresses for the summer for me and my cutie, hopefully up cycled ones.

4. Make curtains for the guest bedroom.

I am excited for these projects. I can’t wait to share them when I am done!

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Spotlight: Slipcovers

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This week, my nesting energy will be put to the test! I am tackling a major project this week!!! I am hoping to accomplish sewing 8 slipcovers for our 8 dining chairs. It’s kind of a daunting task because I am not the most experienced sewer. But it’s got to be done because I am tired of looking at our dining chairs not looking the way I want it to be. My goal is to make them looking something like the above pictures. Pronto!

So, far though, the major challenge has been looking for fabric for the slip covers. I was hoping to buy the fabric yesterday and just start sewing all day today but things don’t always go as planned. The fabric stores I went to did not really have what I wanted or if they did, they did not have enough in stock for such a huge project.

The look I am going to go for is soft, comfy, and inviting. That’s why I really like the wrinkled-look like in picture 3. It looks well lived in and not as intimidating. I haven’t decided what color slip covers yet but I am definitely leaning towards the white/off-white to match our sectional although I like the gray/black. I am slowly transforming our dining area to the way I want it.  But first the slipcovers! Then a burnt orange Persian/Oriental rug (I already have some options lined up), and maybe a buffet (not that sure about that, I kinda like having more space), oh and also change out the wall hangings (I’ve got options for that too)…but I will try not to get ahead of myself and get distracted. First, the slipcovers!!!

This is how the chairs currently look like in our dining room. Can you see the potential? They are very modern looking and I am not crazy about that look but I knew there was potential for them and that they had good bones! I have had intentions of transforming them to cozy and comfy to fit the house by sewing slipcovers for awhile but have not gotten around to it until now. I am excited because I think the slipcovers will transform the look tremendously, from modern to cozy/shabby chic, which is more to my taste! I can’t wait to finish them and to share with you the finished product. Gotta get to work! I hope you have a good Easter!

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