Saturday, August 28, 2010

Loving custom orders

I was recently contacted by a customer about a ring bearer pillow. It's one of many items I enjoy making that I've yet to add to my etsy shop. I'm working on updating my site to include more options. I wish I could click my heels together and have a whole month to dedicate to sewing and creating rather than flying. It's been a ridiculously busy summer in the travel industry!

Anyhow, here's what I came up with.... scroll down to the bottom of the post to view a scan of the letter my client sent to me with her vision for her pillow... I think I nailed it!

the request

Here are a few of the other ring bearer pillows I've made.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gorgeous Garden Bench under $125

A few months ago, while beginning the re-organization in the basement my husband took apart one of three workbenches left behind by the previous owners of our home. Each bench was about 68 inches long by about 30 inches deep.

This isn't the one we took apart, it's one of the two left behind, but I wanted to give you and idea of what it looked like.

After removing the "table top" portion of the workbench, my husband called me down to the basement. He had a vision of us turning it into a real bench that we could put in our garden.

You should have seen us trying to negotiate that thing up the stairs and through the kitchen to get out the back door. I was literally stuck in the stairwell for awhile while DH moved furniture around in the kitchen to make room for this monster to get outside!

Once outside, this is what we started with.

First, we (mostly DH, aka "Demo Man") removed the awesome dark wood paneling back. I'm pretty sure the back was left over from the original walls in my craft room. Next, we removed the extra support beams on the top and sides that once held up the massive table top. I then started sanding and sanding and sanding, until both hands we numb from the sander.

I then got to break out our circular saw, and cut down the front "table legs" to make armrests. We also added small pieces to be supports to hold the back of the arm rests in place.

The back piece was a left over section of pressure treated plywood that we had left over from the wood for our floor kit to our shed.

Already looking cute, right?

Then the bench got a good thick coat of indoor/outdoor primer.

And a few coats of outdoor stain.

Up until this point... we didn't spend a PENNY on this project! Everything we used including paint and stain, we already had. {YEA!!}

Next, I coated the bench in a few coats of clear gloss spray paint, and made cushions.

I measured the seat of the bench and it came to 26 inches by 66 inches. I picked up a two inch thick high density foam cut to exactly 66 inches (by 24 inches wide) at The Fabric Mill for $5.50 a foot ($30.25 total). The back pillow forms came from IKEA at $6.99 a piece for Euro Sham sized 26"x26" ($20.97 total). I then purchased two different outdoor fabrics from Joanns, (on sale for 50%) off, for around $50. Add in cording for piping at $.15 a yard ($3.00 total for 20 yards) and zipper by the yard at $3.00 a yard ($11.25 total for just under 4 yards). My total out of pocket cost came to under $125.00!!!

I used this tutorial as a guide to follow while making the box pillow cushion bottom and for cutting the bias binding for the cording. It's a great tutorial and really explains all of the steps well.

And, for those of you that have been following other "before and afters" here are a few pictures of what the area of our yard looked like when we first purchased our home.

Do you remember the awesome horse statue my husband cleaned up? Do you spot her in the garden now?

Now, to be able to take a break from my busy summer flying schedule and sewing for my ETSY shop and sit on her and enjoy a lazy afternoon with a book and cup of tea. {Iced Tea of course in the heat of this Long Island summer!}

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