It's been some time since I've written as I've been posting so many projects lately!
As most of you know I'm a graphic designer and have been for many years and in the last few months I've experienced a designers worst nightmare; which is watching your computer die in front of you! Fortunately mine's not completely gone yet, but at seven years old each time open my screen the backlight will flicker while I hold my breath mumbling "c'mon, c'mon..." like someone would as they jimmied a key in an old truck! I've got the dreaded "blue lines" in my screen as backlights have died out and it's getting to the point where I'm expecting the little guy to go at any minute. It's come to the point that replacing the dying parts would cost more than the computer is even worth anymore; the soul definition of the dreaded word 'totaled'.
On another note, and frankly a more important note, I've been doing graphic design, photography, and any other computer work from a laptop for the last eight years of my life and as a result have developed a nasty bout of carpal tunnel in my right arm as well as forward head posture sydrome (otherwise becoming popularly known as 'text neck') due to my head looking down to work, and my wrists being turned in to fit on a laptop keyboard. I was all but ordered to ditch the laptop and purchase a desktop computer if I wanted to be able to continue my career in graphic design. Yikes! Because I don't have an extra thousand dollars lying around to get the iMac that is necessary for my line of work, I of course put it off.
But now my vintage Macbook is on it's last leg and I decided I needed to begin preparing for what I would do next...The money is still not there and so I knew I would need to get creative about saving up for the new computer...This is where, should you wish to, you could lend a helping hand and bless me immensely.
My computer is the portal to you, it's how I create the graphics and the pretty lists and labels thousands of you have downloaded free of charge, and of course it's how I make a living! Since really none of us have the kind of money to spend on one of these bad boys I never felt right about asking for one for my birthday or Christmas...but suddenly it hit me...even the smallest amount from a certain number of friends, family, and even readers, could make this happen.
Let me be clear, the last thing I want to do is give the appearance of some annoying lady on your doorstep with some spiel about generosity that leads to no other conclusion except for you handing over your hard earned money...so I'm not going to try and do that at all, I'm simply going to say what follows:
Your gift of even a dollar, would bless me tremendously. There are certainly needs out there far greater than my own of needing a swanky computer in order to fulfill my job as a designer-and should you feel lead to contribute funds to them, please do! But on the same note...pray on it, and if your interested, drop a few coins in my bucket...you truly have no idea how much of a blessing it would be.
If not, you all are still just as much of a gift to me. I have been amazed time and time again by the comments and emails you send me on a daily basis. Your stories have comforted me, your enthusiasm for serving the Lord encourages me, and the fact that you even come back a second time to my little nook in cyberspace absolutely humbles me...Regardless of the way you chose to respond to this idea, I thank you for your overwhelming support!
If you followed my blog just after I began posting my DIY projects, this probably looks familiar-I found this old vanity stool but it was in terrible shape and I showed you how to revamp such items Here a few years ago. With a new look in the bedroom though, the green covering I put on just didn't match anymore.
Recently I purchased 2 table cloths for using as drapes in the bedroom (Tutorial shown Here) and decided to grab a set of the matching napkins while I was at it, certain I'd use them!
First thing I did was remove the temporary covering I put on there a while back, revealing that awful blue velvet you saw in the original tutorial!
Now we're going to proceed in the same way, but this time we're using a NAPKIN that perfectly matches the table cloths hanging for your windows :)
Start by pulling the edges over and attach to the bottom of the seat using a staple gun.
And then again, always doing opposite sides in sets to ensure that the napkin is being equally spread and evenly pulled over the seat.
After you've got all four sides done, pull the corners that are sticking out as far into the middle as you can, again doing the opposite sides in sets.
This is what you'll have when you're done! Run your staple gun around and fasten any lose folds, pulling it taut as you go along.
I chose not to, but this is when you could take a circular piece of wood, or even fabric and lay over all of that messy stapling to give it a more finished look.
Flip that bad boy over and hopefully as a result of the opposite-side-stapling, you'll have a nice smooth and tightly fastened upholster job!
Once finished, reattach the seat to the body of your chair and tada, you're all done!
I've had so many of my friends comment on how they loved that my vanity seat matches my curtains, and then proceed to ask where I bought the drapes and had the cushion done-When I tell them it's all kitchen linens and I spent less than $30 on all of it (and still have 3 napkins left to use!) they're blown away!
Use these napkins to double up and create matching throw pillows for your bed, upholster small furniture (larger pieces could be done with another table cloth!!), or even frame for colorful pieces of matching art :)
First thing you'll do is get however many tiles you'd like coasters. I chose 8 at 67¢ a piece at Lowes, you just can't beat that!
Next thing you're going to do is print out pictures for your tiles-I chose to print out the white too, so that I could at polaroid like details and textures, but you could certainly print out just the picture, center it on the tile, move up (for the classic polaroid base), and then proceed to the next step.
Should you print out the white like I did, use a sharpie to write your captions-this helps give it that fun casual Polaroid feel :)
Next your going to brush mod podge onto your tile, place your image, and hen brush the mod podge over.
Let it dry completely, and repeat twice so that you have a total of three coats.
For those who didn't print out the white-write your captions after the first coat dries, and then proceed as usual.
Next, and this step is very important, you're going to coat your coasters with 2 layers of Acrylic coating-This will provide the water tight seal you'll need!
Next thing you'll do using a roll of self-adhearing cork, cut to size, and stick!
And there you have it! Use family pictures, pictures of your favorite places, your favorite Instagram shots...the possibilities are endless!