April 19, 2015

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April 18, 2015

Custom Creations For The Holidome...

When I've posted photos of our pool area lately, these are the chaise lounges that usually appear in the photos. They're wonderfully maintenance-free. The fabric is mesh, so it doesn't hold water and the frames are powder coated, so they're easy care. All I have to do is them wipe with a damp cloth. They're great.
These are the chaises I usually don't photograph lately. The upholstery has seen better days, but the frames are extra long and in great shape. You can see that they require more maintenance than the mesh seats, and they need "drying time" after a rain, but the cushions are so comfortable.

I've been holding off on ordering new cushions because I think $179.00 each (+ tax and/or shipping) to custom order the longer cushions is too expensive.
I decided yesterday to see what color and pattern choices I might find at Hancocks. I wanted something that would coordinate with the color of those other chaises on the pool deck and found this outdoor fabric. They were having a 40% off sale, so that was even better! I purchased six yards.

I got home around 1:30 yesterday afternoon with my fabric and immediately set to making replacement covers for the cushions.
I took my design cues from the originals, creating a cover for the top section, a separate cover for the bottom section and then, the attached ties. I sewed a seam across the top and bottom fronts to join them, leaving the back open. (I did turn 1/4" down and sewed across it to finish the opening in back.)

Next, I placed the fitted covers on the original seat cushions. Then I pinned the opening closed, took them back to my sewing machine and sewed the seams closed.  
By 5:30, I just had to clean the second chaise before attaching the second cushion. So, here's how I broke down the savings...

Ordering custom cushions - 2 at $179.00 each = $358.00 (+ 7% sales tax $25.06, if ordered locally) and wait 2 -4 weeks for them to arrive. Total $383.06.

Brynwood custom cushions - 6 yards of fabric from Hancocks = 71.00 (+ 7% sales tax $4.97) which I brought home with me. 5 hours of work; cutting, sewing and installing. Including 1 hour cleaning the frames. Even if I pay myself $25 per hour ($125.00 total), my total investment in the new cushions is only $297.00!

Savings: (Including paying myself!!) $86.06, and when you consider that work done for myself, Handsome and our home is work I happily do for FREE - I actually saved $211.06. Don't forget the "instant" gratification of my very own Same Day Service! Oh, and I have enough fabric left to make a coordinating pillow for each of the mesh chaises!
Of course, there's also the bonus of Corgi Tested and Handsome Husband Approved!
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April 17, 2015

Two More Finished...

I'm quite chuffed today. Yesterday was quite productive. I completed two clutch wallets for clients who will receive them over the weekend.

The first one was commissioned by a mom for her adult daughter who works with thoroughbred race horses. I've named it "Run For The Roses".
Her mom asked that I also give a nod to daughter's love of dogs, so I lined the pockets behind the credit card slots and the interior of the zippered coin purse with dog paws. I hope she'll like my efforts.
Number 24 is "Sandy Beaches". My client has purchased this one for his wife who loves the Tommy Bahama look with a Jimmy Buffet vibe.
I had fun fussy cutting the fabrics for the interior. I used the mirror image of the one I put on the outside flap.
Then, I chose a colorful, vintage-looking parrot to greet her when she opens her wallet. 
 
You know how I've told you that you can see things in a photograph that you may have missed at the time it was taken. Dang! I see that I forgot the security flap from the zippered pocket to the divider (where the parrot is in this picture). sigh. 
 
Now to decide whether or not to go back and add them. It can be done, but to keep my parrot visible, I'll have to fussy cut the fabric for the flap to overlay the same image of the parrot on top of the original. (Scrolling back up to the "Roses". Yes I can add that one, too without too much trouble.) Hmmm. I'll revisit this later today.

Nothing like finding a mistake (or two) to keep a girl humble. So much for "chuffed"...
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Before I leave you today, I just want to wish our younger daughter-in-law, Jess, a very Happy Birthday. We were blessed the day our son brought you into our lives. May all those blessings return to you as you celebrate your special day today. We'll share cake next time we see you!
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April 16, 2015

Prepping Wallets...

Sandy Beaches
I'm definitely finishing up some commissioned projects in the next day or so. I'll be working to complete the Corgi wallet, along with this one I'm calling "Sandy Beaches". 
 
My client wants a "Tommy Bahama" feel. Do you think this will do it? I'm pretty happy with the fabric choices for this one.
Run For The Roses
Another client chose this theme to surprise her daughter who works with race horses in Kentucky. I think "Run For The Roses" will be an appropriate name and I want to have this one finished by the weekend to get it to my client. 

Creating always brings me joy, so today will be a joyful day, for sure. I'll show you the results tomorrow. Gotta run, honey bun! (giggle)
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