Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yellow Goodbye

I have decided to do a table setting every month.  Here is the first for the month of march:

Goodbye winter, yellow spring.  For this scape I used a over sized scarf to drape over the table as a tablecloth.  I had matching plates, thanks to Target's line Liberty of London.  I had old brass candlesticks that I had painted white, and I stuck some bright pink flowers at the top.  Laying around were lots of glass candy jars so I filled them with yellow things from around the house; lemons, a necklace, and candy.

photography by: Shannon Houston
table by: Ben Wilde

Chair Before and After

I don’t know about y’all, but I have a hard time finding good fabric.  Maybe it’s the fact that I have a hard time finding good fabric on my budget. Anyhow I have taken to more creative ways to find fabric.  One of my ways is fabric from clothing at thrift stores. One thing to really look for is bag sales.  If you have not ever been to a bag sale you are missing out.  Usually once a month some thrift stores will have all the clothing that you can stuff in a big brown bag for $6!  It’s a great way to buy clothes to experiment with or use for other things. Last time I went I bought this super 70’s dress.  I thought I would have enough guts to wear it, but it turns out that I do not.  Another thrift store find that I had been waiting to work on was a chair I have wanted to reupholster it, but I had been waiting for the perfect fabric.  Then the idea hit me, why don’t I use the dress material to reupholster the chair?  I tried it….and I love it! I hope y’all like it too!



Friday, March 11, 2011

Anthropologie Necklace
When I was in 2nd grade we made necklaces out of paperclips.  Imagine my suprise when I was flipping through the Anthropologie catalog and I saw a new spin on it! I tried anthro's version and here it is .....

Paperclips (37 2.5” paperclips)
Colorful paper (I used 4 different colors)

1.       Cut the sheets of paper into strips.  My strips were 1.5 inches long and about an inch wide.
2.       Assemble the paperclips into a grid structure look at mine to get an idea.  I attached my paper after I had connected all my paperclips together.  It may be easier if you do a couple at a time and then add the paper.
3.       To attach the paper simply wrap the paper around the paperclip and secure with glue.
4.       To make the clasp I just bent a paperclip, you can attach clasps or any kind of fasteners.

                                                                                                                   Anthropolgie's version