Thursday, December 18, 2014

I hope your almost ready for Christmas!!
We tried to get everything done early so we would be ready for next week!
What is next week?  Well besides Christmas my son is having surgery.  
Tonsils out, tongue clipped and foot surgery!!  
All at the same time.  
We scheduled it so he wouldn't miss school; it's so hard for High Schoolers to make up missed days.
He gets to have cold foods and a liquid diet!!!
Fun Times!!
Both doctors think the tonsil surgery will have the worst recovery, but we will do the best we can to make it bearable!
Now we will have two cripples!!
Yeah, Les was doing better and was back at work, until last week when he stepped into a depression outside of his workplace and ripped his Achilles tendon that he had just had surgery on.  
Luckily he didn't need any more surgery, just back at home  in bed!!
But we are glad to be together as a family. 
We are appreciative of all that we do have!!
I hope your Christmas plans are all working out!
I love this video and just wanted to share!!

I hope as we all go about our Christmas preparations we think of the true meaning of Christmas.
Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Better Homes and Garden's Photo Shoot!!

Remember last month when I told you Better Homes and Gardens were coming to my house?
 Well they did and it was great.
Let me tell you all about it!!
If you read Better Homes and Gardens,
 (OK right who doesn't!)
you will know the "I Did It" page they have every month.
That's going to be me and my office in their February issue!!!
A lot goes into this one page article!
Boxes started arriving at my house, in anticipation for the big day.  I think 5-8 boxes in total arrived.
The day before the photo shoot the photographer and stylists arrived from California to check out the office and open all the boxes. They were very nice.
First thing the next morning Desiree, the make up artist, showed up.  She did my hair and make-up. Talk about feeling like a queen.
Once I was all beautified, I just waited around until the room was ready.

Shortly after Desiree showed up, Edmund the photographer and Char the stylist knocked on the door.  They got to work getting things ready.  First they rearrange the office a little.  They took the big brown desk out of the room completely.  It will not be in the photo, just the built in's that I did.  
Pretty much everything in the entry way had to be moved so there was room for the camera and Edmund to back up.  Oh and then they added a giant light and diffuser.  
Then Edmund set up his computer and took a few  pictures. E-mails and phone conversations ensued with the big wigs at Better Homes and Gardens, until they were satisfied with the lighting and and angle at which to shoot from.
Edmund, said bloggers usually say embarrassing stuff about him, like how nice he was.  Well I told him I would have to embarrass the heck out of him too.  He just was really nice.  Easy to talk to.  

Char, the stylists, restyled my shelves using some of the items that were shipped and some of my own stuff.  I am proud to say mostly my stuff.
Char then went through the same communication with the home office until they liked all the accessories.  Char and I had been communicating before they arrived in Salt Lake City, via e-mail.  It was great to finally meet her in person.  We got along great, she too was super helpful and fun.

Finally the room was ready and we started the photo shoot.  Lots of pictures of a handful of poses.  People telling me how great I looked and how amazing the photo's were looking.  Every so often Desiree would fix my hair and Char would fix the wrinkles in my shirt.
  Details, Details!!!  
I love detail oriented people!!!
Edmund made especially sure my hands looked natural and not weird.  
How could my room and I not look amazing with all these guys helping me out?

Here is Desiree and I.  She actually lives here in Magna!!
Thanks for making look so good!!!

The whole shoot took about 5 hours!!
But the time went fast, almost too fast.
I was able to see some of the pictures on the computer, very exciting.
Char and Edmund really made this experience amazing.  I could not dream of anyone else who could have made this experience any better than they did!!
When you see the photo, you will see how talented they are!!
Thanks a million Char and Edmund!!

I really can't wait to get my magazine in the mail and see myself.
 I will have to pinch myself to make sure it's really true.
 If you would have told me a few years ago I would be in Better Homes and Gardens, I don't think I would have believed you.

Thanks for following me and all your kind words.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Glam Room - Pull up a Chair!

Long, long ago. 
In a Galaxy far, far away.

Like five years ago. 
I bought this killer chair!!
(Really here is the post.)
I bought this bad girl for $7, and have hung onto it for all these years!!  
But now it is finally time to transform this baby!!

You may notice the tape on the back leg, it's a little cracked, but I got it covered.
 I used a syringe to squeeze wood glue into the crack and shot a few strategically placed brad nails into it.
Good as new!!

Now let's start this makeover.
Here is a close up.
You can see a few of the stains and how the cushion is kinda flat.
First I had to take off that ugly mauve 80's coat.
 See all those decorative nail heads?
 Each one had to come off!!
  But I persevered!!  

OK, I persevered, because the girls helped me!!  
There were a lot of nails!!!
Thanks girls!!!

After the nails were all out, I took off the mauve material one piece at a time.  As always I took lots of pictures, to help me remember how to put it back together.  Once the material was removed I lightly sanded the wood parts, sprayed a coat of primer, followed by a few coats of white paint.
 Oh, I forget to mention I spray painted the tips of the legs silver; just to dress her up!!!
Then I lightly distressed the edges with sandpaper.
(Because I have kids, I know things will get banged and dinged.  So I just start them out that way so the new distressing will just blend in.)

I once again used the old cover as pattern pieces.  
(You can look at this post, this post, this post, this post, or this post to see more of this process). 
I bought this awesome Zebra print on clearance for $27. It's a white vinyl with black flocked zebra stripes.  This chair had unfinished edges.  I chose to cover the stapled edges with decorative braid.  I just used a glue gun to attache it to the chair. 

I also had to replace the foam in the super flat cushion. I only used a few silver nail heads to keep the fabric in place.  Too many nail heads would compete with that Zebra print. 

Here she is in her new skins!!

Here is a breakdown of what she cost:
Chair $7 (DI)
Zebra Fabric $27 (clearance Jo Ann's)
Foam $20 (Coupon Jo Ann's)
Braid $12 (Coupon Jo Ann's)
Tacks $2 (Lowe's)
Total $68
I think this chair would have cost me at least $200, so that's a savings for $132!!!
Em really wanted Zebra print in her room.  This was the perfect way to bring it in with out over doing it.  It's really fun and classy looking at the same time.
Here's a before and after shot, just to see the transformation.

What do you think?
I think I am getting pretty good at reupholstering.  I hope I inspire someone out there to try it.
 If we push ourselves to try new things, I think we will be surprised at what we can do!!

Anyway, I am moving on to the next project!
Can't wait to show you!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!