Friday, May 17, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - Making Stuff Again

So, that's not the most creative title, but you know I do love making stuff.  Making new stuff, making old stuff new, making new stuff look old.

Stuff.  (And yes, I know this is contrary to my on-going campaign to get rid of stuff around here.  But in my defense, most of the stuff I make, I give away.  So stop judging me, OK?)

Last week, on my way home from our work retreat, I stopped in at my favorite fabric store, Crimson Tate on Mass. Ave. in Indianapolis.

Did I really need fabric?
No, I have plenty.
No, I have 3 quilts in the works.
No, but Heather keeps posting new fabrics on her facebook page, and it makes me crazy!  (Good crazy, of course.)

And guess what they had?  The world's cutest laminated fabric by Enchino.  Mustard yellow, polka dots, deer wearing glasses -- in fact, it's called Hipster Deer.

I couldn't resist.

So, I had these folding chairs we bought at the school auction many, many years ago.

Thanks to pinterest, I've been itching to do something with them.  And thanks to Crimson Tate, I was ready!

The seats and backs came off quite easily (they're not the best-made folding chairs in the world) but the fabric was held on with a gajillion staples.  I just measured for the seats and backs from the old fabric, and had enough in the one yard I purchased to do all three chairs (although one of the backs is sideways.  Let's say that adds character, shall we?)

The seats were easy -- just a little stretching and staples -- the backs not so much, which is why there is no picture of the backs of the chairs.  Although the manufacturer used staples to secure the fabric to the plastic backs, my staple gun wouldn't even pierce the plastic.  So, spray glue and duct tape to the rescue, but they need a little tweaking yet.
 I wasn't sure what color to paint the chairs to go with this mustard color, but David at CT suggested a metallic finish, so I used a RustOleum  spray paint, which was perfect.  Backs and seats screwed back on, and viola!  Funky new chairs for our reading porch.

Speaking of making yellow stuff, here are the 200 or so cupcakes I made for my pal, Malia, who gave them out to kids at her school who completed a reading program this year:

I tried to get a little artsy with the camera, another one of my favorite things:

 Now quit reading and go make some stuff.  That's what I plan to do today!


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