Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Create a Faux Fur Ottoman For Less Than $20.

Faux fur ottomans in my opinion are to die for. I love faux fur. In fact I've had a faux fur obsession for at least the past 15 years.

So when I saw this blue ottoman at the Salvation Army for $5 I snatched it knowing that one day it would become a faux fur ottoman.


The truth is this ottoman has sat in our house untouched for almost two years. I just didn't have a spot for it and refused to give it up, although I almost did a few times. But I'm glad I kept it because once we found out we were pregnant I knew it would go in the baby's room. We held onto our glider from when Jakey was a baby, but we had never gotten an ottoman to go with it. We had intended to, but just never got around to it. And so this blue ottoman got it's faux fur transformation.

I got the fabric from Joann's. I waited for a 50% off sale, and used a coupon on top of that. So the fabric went from $22 a yard to about $6 a yard. I got two yards because I am still pretty new to sewing and wanted to give myself plenty to work with in case I messed up.

I got brown faux fur instead of white for several reasons: 1. I think brown goes better with the d├ęcor in baby Noah's room than white. 2. I wanted something that would dirt from both Jakey and the baby touching it and the hubby and I putting our feet on it.

I pretty much followed the same idea in sewing this ottoman cover as I did with Foxy's dog bed. The main difference is I didn't add a bottom piece. I was going to, but as I was putting this together I realized I didn't have to and having a removable cover would probably be best for washing purposes.

I laid my  fabric out and cut out a square for each side and the top.



Next, I pinned all four sides to the ottoman with the fabric reversed so I could sew the seams. After sewing each seam I would put the fabric back on the ottoman just to make sure I pinned correctly the first time.



After all four sides were done, I again put the cover on the ottoman, again with the fabric backwards, and added the top. I pinned all four sides and sewed up the seam.

 
 

Finally, I was going to hem the bottoms but I realized that if I folded them up instead, they didn't fall back down and because the fabric is bulky than non faux fur fabric you can't even tell that it's folded up.



And there you have it. A faux fur ottoman for less than $20. $5 for the ottoman and $12 for two yards of fabric. I'm definitely no seamstress but I think this is the nicest thing I've sewn thus far. I guess practice makes perfect!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's Been Going On Around Here...

It's definitely been a while and a lot of these pics are late. But we had such a hectic holiday season that I just didn't get around to blogging, so I figured I'd do one big post now and catch you up to speed....
We started the holiday season off right, Jakey went to see Santa and asked for a monster truck. He also warned Santa not to hit his head on our mantle. Then we headed to the tree farm to pick out a real tree. I've not had a real tree in probably around 15 years, but the hubby really wanted one so I compromised. The tree was a beauty, no doubt, but I could have definitely done without the needles falling off.
 
 
The nice part about the real tree is that the boys decorated the majority of it themselves while I watched. 


Didn't they do a beautiful job? Typically we have a star at the top, but it rusted while in our garage, sea salty air will do that! We used it last year, all rusty, and I thought I would buy a new tree topper after Christmas, when everything was on sale. I spotted a super cute owl tree topper in the Pottery Barn catalog for something like $40 or $60 bucks, way out of my price range. Well, it was sold out before Christmas was even over. But luckily after Christmas I spotted this owl at Pier One for $6 on clearance!!! He wasn't made to go into a tree, but we stuck him up there anyway.

 
He fits quite nicely. Next year I think I'll paint the ornaments in some brown and bronze tones to go with more of a woodland look.
 
 
I also added Jakey's artwork to our little pseudo entryway along with his pictures of him and Santa. It was a nice touch and he was so proud to see his artwork displayed. 

 
I pretty much mimicked our mantle from last year, because I loved it so much. The only changes were the mirror, we got a new one last February and the wreath. My dad and step-mom gifted me this really beautiful wreath for my birthday that we hung from the mirror.

 
For the past few years we've hosted a Christmas Eve family dinner at our place. I kept the dining table decor simple because we just had so much to do in December. Jakey and I made gingerbread houses and set up a little village right down the middle of the table.

 
Cute and yummy! I even found this gummy Santa at the store for a dollar and added him to the village.



 
I used my favorite Scavo Crate and Barrel plates, which I only use for special occasions. And dinner was really good, but more on that in a minute.

 
Jakey was so excited for the holidays, we added some decor to his room. Last year we took a ride on the Polar Express, a local train ride, and he got that Jingle Bell. Plus, he was gifted the nice Christmas train from his grandparents that serves as a fun momento to the trip. The pooh bear snow globe was mine as a child and even though it doesn't play music anymore, it still lights up and has a fun scene when you open it. Jakey loves it!

 
He even got his own blue tree. He filled it with lights and decorations and had a ton of fun decorating and redecorating it throughout the season!

 
Christmas Eve!!!

 
Despite my efforts I simply could not get Foxy and Jakey to pose together!


Remember earlier I said we host Christmas Eve dinner, well this year was the first year we actually cooked! I actually despise cooking, but the hubby enjoys it on occasion. And he got the urge to smoke a turkey and it was delicious. Here he is on 12/23 preparing the turkey in advance. The bird was so big we had to keep it in a cooler overnight inside of a trash bag with ice. Everything was clean and sanitized of course.

 
I did bake some really yummy peanut butter cupcakes to give to the neighbors with extras for us to enjoy, but before we could enjoy them some culprits chewed right through the plastic wrap on the counter.
 
 
I'm not sure which one it was, but I know it was one of these three!
 
 
Unfortunately, in  early December, the day of our dear friends wedding, Jakey got really sick. He had such a high fever we had to take him to the ER. Luckily, it was just a really bad viral infection and we were sent home for him to recover. Doesn't he look cute with his little hospital mask though?

 
He was sick for probably close to a week and our schedules took some balancing, but we managed. Of course he got sick during my finals week at school! Timing is everything!! Here he is on one of his last days of recovery! Unfortunately, after Jakey fully recovered I got sick for about five days. And let me tell you being sick while pregnant really stinks, no medications! But we suffered through all the sickness and enjoyed our holiday!

 
And here he is two weeks later on 12/26. Santa brought him a 6 foot cardboard train, it's still overtaking half of our living room. I don't know who's enjoying it more Jakey or the cats, but it's been a blast. If you ever have the opportunity to get a 6 foot cardboard train I highly recommend it.
 
 
We also found out we are having a boy this spring! My house will be filled with three boys (hubby included). We are overjoyed with this news and can't wait.
Jakey spent New Year's Eve at his grandparents, who took him to the Rose parade the next morning! I don't have any pics of that, but Jakey thought it was really awesome and still talks about the Dragon float and the horses! Nick and I went to dinner and a movie; we were home and in bed by 11pm. We aren't super exciting date night people I guess, but we were excited for a little time to ourselves.
And finally after all of the illnesses and sicknesses came the calm and stress free New Year! J/K we are already back to work, school, and life in general. My first week back at school was last week and I came home with a three day virus, yuck! Luckily, the boys didn't get it.
We did have an awesome family weekend at Monster Jam! Jakey loves monster trucks and for Christmas his grandparents bought him tickets, what a lucky kid! We spent all of Saturday checking out trucks in the pits.

 

 
Here he is showing off his new gear: the shirt and hat.



One of the coolest activities in the pits was the chance to ride in the back of a monster truck. The line was 40 minutes, but oh so worth it! Here are the boys about to load onto the truck. I couldn't go because I'm preggers.


Here they are about to be strapped in. Jakey had a big smile on his face the entire time and now wants to ride in monster trucks for a living. He was a little disappointed that the monster truck didn't do any jumps while he was in it, but he loved all the donuts!


Of course, living in Southern California, we picked awesome seats not having any thought about the possibility of rain and wouldn't you know it our five year drought ended on the night we went to the Anaheim stadium. We had seats in the rain, luckily I was able to change our seats to be covered and the view of the stadium ended up being even better!


The day was a blast and we want to go again next year!

 
Well, that was the last six weeks in a nutshell. Sorry there's no projects to speak of at the moment. But there are two or three in the works that will be coming up! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and hope to post again next week!!!