I have had a major crush on Kelly Wearstler’s Gordian Weave fabric for awhile now. It is such a classic look, and in real life, the fabric is incredible. It is weighty, luxurious, and the embroidery is beautifully done.
I search Ebay every once in awhile for a remnant, and Shannon had it on her site this past summer. (no, I didn’t get it, boo) But on a quick little stop at Childress Fabrics in Dallas (for DFW folks, I went to the Midway Road one) last week, I spotted this beauty.
$21.95 a yard in all of its navy glory! They had it in tangerine orange, too.
The fabric was called “Looped”, I believe, and a little more searching through Childress’ giant warehouse led me to the discovery of these more neutral colorways.
Can you believe it?! The fabric is not as luxurious as the Kelly Wearstler, but for the look and $300+ savings, you can look past that, right?
Have you made any awesome “Look for Less” discoveries lately?
I have a fun, easy little tutorial for you today! It would make adorable spring party favors, take-home gifts for your Easter lunch/dinner guests, cute teacher gifts, or any fun springtime reason you can imagine to make them and give them away.
Here’s what you need:
* cone shaped clear cellophane bags
* green decorative gift filler
* green duck tape
* orange candy (I used orange M&M’s and orange jelly beans purchased from the candy store in the mall – 2 lbs. made about 2 dozen carrots.)
* double stick tape
* cute tags
* brown decorative gift filler
1. Make your life easier and cut off about four inches from your cellophane cone bag. It makes it more simple to scoop the candy in.
2. Cut about a three inch strip of duck tape and then cut it in half. If you snip it a little bit, you can usually tear it the rest of the way – it tears pretty straight. I set it aside by sticking one end to the edge of my table so I could get to it easily.
3. Take your scoop and fill your bag to the desired volume. I used about a half cup to three fourths a cup of candy for each carrot. Twist the top tightly.
4. Take your half strip of duck tape and roll it carefully around the twisted part of the cellophane bag.
5. Snip the excess cellophane off the top of your carrot.
6. Use your fingers to make sure the candy gets as far to the bottom of the tip as it can. Don’t push too hard though, or you’ll split your bag open. (I lost one due to this mistake.)
7. Take a tiny piece of double stick tape and fold it in half. Place it as close to the tip of your carrot as you can.
8. Fold the tip up to create a clean tip of the carrot. (that extra cellophane hanging down is just not as cute)
9. Take the other half of your duck tape and lay it color side down on the table. Taking a small bunch of green decorative gift filler, press the ends of it onto your duck tape.
10. Carefully wrap it around the top of your carrot, starting at one end and rolling and pressing until you get to the end of the strip.
11. Admire your crafty work.
12. If desired, you can add a little tag to your carrot, using twine or any ribbon you have on hand.
To be extra cute, you could place brown gift filler in a basket and insert the carrot candy with their tops up so the guests/gift recipients can pick their own carrot out of your crop.
Kids may like offering these nifty gifties to their teachers this way.
By the way, kids really enjoy making these candy carrots.
Since there is a bit of a revolving door around here when it comes to furniture and decor, when I tell people I have sold some things, nearly the first question I get is, “You didn’t sell your yellow sofa, did you?” Next to the infamous peacock blue velvet chesterfield (holy smokes, if I had a penny for every time I got an email or question or comment about that sofa! It’s a one-of-a-kind, folks, sorry!), the sofa I get the most “Where can I find it?” emails on is my yellow velvet beauty. How I acquired this piece is a good story, and I have always wanted to share it with you.
It all started with a $50 CraigsList ad. I had been wanting to find a good camelback sofa to paint the frame and recover in a fabulous velvet hue, and this looked like just the one. After asking a million questions (this is important with CraigsList stuff!), I decided to go for it. The only problem was it was about an hour outside of Dallas, which is a long stinkin’ way from me. Nevertheless, a girl’s gotta travel sometimes for a $50, solid wood, camelback lovely, so I trekked out to what we will call TTT (Tiny Town Texas).
I had never heard of the town I was traveling to before, and I will tell you, when I turned OFF OF THE HIGHWAY ONTO A DIRT ROAD TO GET TO THE TOWN, I knew I was definitely in Tiny Town Texas, especially when I saw the green sign that told me the total population was 543. I travelled down the long dirt road to reach the downtown area where I was told, “there were lots of cute shops”. When I got there, I thought that was a very interesting and optimistic view of this area, ha!
I felt a little weird at one point because when I pulled up, all I saw were men. Big men with handlebar mustaches. I’m not kidding.
Okay, not that dramatic, but you know what I mean. After walking around in the empty store for about twenty minutes, a very nice man with, you guessed it, a handlebar mustache, greeted me, and showed me the sofa. I was happy, I gave him the money, and he was happy. As I picked up one end of the sofa and looked at him to indicate him grabbing the other end, and us moving on with it, he emphatically said, “Oh no ma’am, no woman lifts furniture out of a store here in TTT, let me go across the street and get the Mayor.” As chivalrous as this is, I wanted to laugh when I imagined his face watching me take all of the seats out of my mini van before coming to TTT. (Seriously, I think I could break the world record for this task.)
But then came the best part of the whole trip. I got to meet the Mayor of TTT. He came bumbling across the street, his belly preceding him. It was too endearingly delightful, I just wanted to hug him. The owner of the furniture store introduced me, and this is word for word what he said:
“Mayor, this is Grace Mitchell of Fort Worth. Mrs. Mitchell, this is the Mayor.”
I, of course, was happy to meet him. He was darling in his too-tight suit, bolo tie, and you guessed it, handlebar mustache. After loading my new treasure in my van, which I probably could have done more easily by myself, I thanked them profusely and drove away, thinking what a funny and bizarre episode I had just experienced. There’s just something special about TTT.
Here is what my camelback lovely looked like before.
I typically like to stay true to the original design of old furniture, and I liked the yellow fabric, though it was a little more buttery than I wanted. So I purchased a bright yellow velvet fabric off of Ebay, painted the frame, and sent it off to the upholsterer.
Side Note: I requested a sample from the Ebay seller before I purchased the yardage. Oftentimes, they will send you a sample for free upon request. Just send them a message with your name and address, and be specific about what fabric sample you desire.
Our yellow sofa has become kind of an iconic family piece, and it was part of some of my favorite family photos, all taken by the talented Kat Phillips, of TheGrayAttic.com.
Number four was in my tummy at this point, and I was just starting to show. We had only lived in our current home a few months…sweet memories.
Aren’t those curly locks luscious?
This one’s personality was just beginning to emerge, you can already see her confidence in her little face here. Quite the firecracker this one is turning out to be!
Such joy in these little faces.
Must be the yellow sofa. (wink)
Do you have a sentimental piece of furniture? Seriously, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
I have long wanted to paint my inside window panes a bright color. I love the pop it gives alongside white trim! If you remember the post on my dining room, you can see I painted the inside window panes an aqua blue. But there has to be some place, some small nook, where I can fit in a bright color.
The happy sunshine-y yellow is pretty wonderful here. Bring on the Spring!
Have you ever considered doing something interesting with your window trim paint?