Thursday, September 11, 2014

Drop Cloth Sofa Recover Reveal

It's been a long week. The Little Lady has been soooo sick with a viral fever which fortunately has gone away. My hubby and I have been joking, "It's been the worst week of her life!" But has. Poor girl.

A while ago I hinted that I recovered our {very} old family sofa. Did I mention that I managed to do this for under $50? And without sewing anything? 

Here's the before and after:

I'm pretty sure you can guess which one is which. 

And here's a basic overview of how I did it. Please feel free to email me or ask questions in the comments if you need more details.

I've linked to the amazon products I've used {but none are affiliate links}
Basic Instructions:
Cut, tuck, staple, pin. 

1.   Wash and dry drop cloth with fabric softener. This will help get some of the "roughness" out. {Even after doing this I was a little nervous about the texture, however now that it's on the sofa I can't believe how soft it is.}

2.   Cut/rip large pieces of drop cloth to fit the the different sections of your sofa. I did the back section, front, and arms all separately. 

{Hint: drop cloth rips along a straight line! This is the most amazing fact EVER. I'm terrible at straight lines and measuring when it comes to large pieces of fabric. Just snip where you want to cut and rip the rest of the way.}

Here's a picture without the cushions on:

3.   Place fabric and take the staple gun to adhere the cloth to the wooden frame underneath. Tuck parts of the fabric that you cannot staple down {for example between the back of the sofa and the arm cushions}.

Here's a close-up of the tucked portion between the backrest and armrest: 

4.   Cover the arms and use upholstery pins to secure under the curved arms. {Blue arrows indicated upholstery pins.} 

You can see around the arms I folded the fabric to hide the raw edges. 

5.   Here's where I got L-A-Z-Y. I had every intention of sewing the cushion covers. Didn't happen. I wrapped them like a present and used safety pins like tape. Voila. Quick. Easy. Done. 

I really think this has a more polished look than a lot of the slipcovers out there. I love that the fabric stays in place because it is pinned and stapled. 

So...what do you think? I think it was totally worth it. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Anniversary Staycation

We had a blast uptown this weekend celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. Has it really been that long?

Little Lady went to her grandma's which included pool time, 4 walks, blueberry pancakes, and lots of love. She had a blast, of course.

We spent the afternoon poolside and met another super nice couple who had just celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. In celebration of "young couples being married" they insisted on buying us drinks.

In the evening we went out to a fantastic italian restaurant and then hit up a chocolate bar for gelato. 

While sitting outside eating our gelato we made another "friend" with a very intoxicated guest for a wedding at the hotel who proceeded to spill half of her life story {sadly he husband is in federal prison and she was complaining about having to go back to work}, then she invited us to the wedding reception, and then she invited us to her cousin's birthday party next weekend an hour and a half away. We made nice for about five minutes before wishing her well and going on our way. It was pretty entertaining.

The next morning we enjoyed going out for a good breakfast {that's biscuits and gravy with fried chicken and a sweet potato pancake}. Yes, we really like to eat.

It was truly a wondering weekend of spending quality time with the hubby {without the baby}. I did miss her, but really didn't have any anxiety or crazy feelings because I knew she was in good time and having a blast.

We will see how I do being away from her for 5 days in October when I go to visit my brother. Five days away is a little more intimidating.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

No tears here

Little Lady was successfully baptized on Sunday without any tears {so my prediction from the last post was wrong...but I'm not complaining}. 

She did, however, decide that the night before would be the first night since last December that she would wake up in the middle of the night. Wah! {this is mama crying over this ordeal}. Luckily her daddy is amazing and spent midnight till 2 AM putting his little girl back to bed. Then she decided to wake up at 5:30...blahhh. We were wiped. We are so lucky that this is not her norm but seriously we didn't know what to do. We're chalking it up to the fact that she had just cut through her first top tooth. Whatever it was, she has slept 12 hours the past 2 nights so we're back to our sleeping bliss. 

Even though she didn't cry during the baptism, she did almost have a breakdown right before. Luckily, another couple with a young son passed us rolled us a toy {a small, yellow, T-rex car} across the church aisle and this entertained the little gal. She even took it up with her to her baptism. This isn't exactly how I saw things going, but hey, it worked. 

At our church it is tradition that the father reads a blessing over his child and my hubby wrote the most touching, loving, beautiful one I've ever heard {okay...I am a little bias, but seriously he is extremely thoughtful and a writer so it was pretty amazing}. I probably should ask his permission before posting it publicly so check back for that. 

When the big moment came for me to hand her off to our pastor I really was a bit concerned. All went well though and instead of crying she got all excited because she saw a big bowl of water. She started kicking and smiling and it was so darn cute. 

It was a such a sweet family moment and we were thankful to have a lot of family in town to share it with us. 

Even though this photo is unrelated to the baptism, it is a sweet depiction of this little girl and her dad. Love it. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Weekend excitement

So our Little Lady is getting baptized tomorrow. Big day. Big event. We're so excited. We have to give a blessing and I'm so fortunate my husband is a genius with words {let's be honest...he's the real writer, not me}. He has written a beautiful blessing for our little girl.

Around our house this week we have been taking votes on whether she will scream {or not} when I pass her over to our pastor. 

Despite the fact she *RARELY* screams and is happy 98% of the time the hubby and I are betting she'll scream.

She's kinda in that stranger anxiety mode these days. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

iPhone Baby

So in the one minute that Little Lady captures my iPhone she...

Turns on the flashlight 

Turns on the music {chooses The Fray}

Starts dancing with the iPhone 

Turns on airplane mode

Deletes a few emails

Deletes an app

Makes shadow puppets with the flashlight 

It all ends when she bonks herself in the head with the iPhone. 

I guess that's life in a technical world with a baby. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

The other day I set out to find a yummy but wholesome pancake recipe to make for Little Lady. Of course I ended up eating a decent amount too {as did the dog}. I was inspired by this recipe from Of course, I {modified} it the recipe to work with the ingredient and kitchen tools that I had in the kitchen. 

Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Pancake Recipe
Makes 8-10 medium pancakes


1/2 c whole-wheat flour
1/2 c old fashioned oats
1 TBS white sugar
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt 
3/4 c whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract 
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 egg

  1. Place oats and milk in food processor or large cup and soak for 5 minutes. If you're using quick cooking oats then you can skip this step.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. 
  3. Heat a pan or griddle that is lightly oiled over medium high heat. {I used squirt margarine since it doesn't burn. I am known for getting obsessed with cleaning the dishes while things cook and allowing things to burn.} Add about 1/4 cup of batter and cook. 
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Lately I have cooked the entire batch and placed them in the fridge for reheating. I bet you could freeze them as well. They are a hit with Little Lady! Perfect for a quick and easy breakfast. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stroller Invasion

Do you ever look at your house and think "Wow! It's looking better! {or cleaner, or less cluttered, or with less infant gear strewn about...}" and then you realize there is a hint of stroller in sight. Or 3 strollers. 

Yes, some days there are 3 strollers parked in our living room. Please tell me I'm not the only one. 

We desperately need a garage.