a hot mess

Well folks.. a lot has happened since my last post.. We sold our house in May and bought another fixer upper, but this time we have acreage!!! YAY!!! but.. here we go again.  This time we are taking things a little slower since we won't be moving from here, ever.  seriously!  We have found our little piece of heaven and we can't wait to make it ours!  Sure, its in perfect condition for the 1970's, but we have big plans for it and it will be glorious!

I took the summer off from sewing as well for 2 reasons.. one to spend time with the fam, move and prepare for Swiss Days (ok that was like 3), and the other, because the building i ran my shop out of sold, so i was left shopless.  The break was much needed but now I am more than ready to get going again now that the kids are back in school.. Hopefully my little sewing barn in the backyard will be done in the next few months, but I'll still me working in the meantime.

Swiss Days 2016!!!!!!!  Ya, call me crazy but I am doing it again!  And, boy oh boy, did I nail the fabric selections this time!  I cannot wait to for next weekend.  My booth is literally going to be stuffed with pillows , furniture and grab bags!  So make sure you stop in and see me at the bakery! You won't want to be late to the party... I'll have fabulous slipcovered furniture for the taking and pillows WITH feather filled inserts for smoking prices! Its gonna be glorious!

So stay tuned as I get back into the swing of things.  My schedule always books up pretty fast after Swiss Days, so if you have things done for the holidays.. ya I know, you better get on my schedule now!

Ps.. you can follow along with our shenanigans on instagram @kmort2424  

Spring Break

I don't know about you but Spring Break has kicked my trash! And my slipcover grove!  Oh well.. what can you do?!  I wanted to post really quick about the stuff I dropped off last week.  My client found me at Swiss Days last year and had me do about half the furniture in her house all at once.  She had a fun stash of fabric she has collected over the years, and some is from her travels abroad.  So we were able to get a little creative in putting one of her couch slipcovers together.  Here is the before... yes it is pieced together as well, but the wear from the sun and the dogs was taking a toll..
Its funny because the whole family acknowledged that this is the "dogs" couch!  Id have to agree...   The dogs were not to fond of me "messing up" their couch while i was fitting it.. but look how great it looks with a bright new happy slipcover!

I ordered her new cushions for the back of the couch, the dogs have had their way with them and there was NO saving them! We used 6 different fabrics for her couch and I love how the combination turned out!  I am pretty sure the dogs approve..

Her next piece was a sleeper sofa she picked up at Crazy Charlies..the most amazing furniture store ever! She scored this couch for super cheap and its not one of those uncomfortable sleeper sofas, this thing is legit!  the couch unfolds to memory foam and there is NO bar!!  ya... amazing! As for the slipcovering part goes.. I had to really think on this one.. it has moving parts and that always makes for a great challenge. Here is the before
Did i mention this sucker is HEAVY?!  I got it out far enough from the wall that I could squeeze back there and fit it, but man oh man, it stays where it lays my friends!  She picked 3 different fabrics for this one, but the lighting was really tuff in here so you probably won't be able to tell any difference.  She did not have enough of the one she loved so we added in a few more to make it work.  The arm fronts and the boxing on the cushions are out of a stripe and the back of the cushions are out of a brown that didn't quite match the main fabric on the body or the arms... So naturally, you hide the uglier fabric.. She said, it not me... lol! I was able to make the slipcover in 3 pieces so that she does not have to remove it every time she uses it.  The back of the couch and the arms are 1 piece, the front is one piece and the back behind the cushions is one piece.  I am not gonna lie, I was a little worried on this one but it turned out perfect!

It turned out better than I expected and she was thrilled that she did not have to take it on and off every time she used it!  I consider that a win..

While at Crazy Charlies she found a swivel chair that she had to have.. and I can't blame her.. remember.."cat lady" of furniture..
She was hoping for a pair but at the time they only had 1.  But lucky for her another client of mine picked up a few and then decided not to use them so.. she scored another one.  Now she just needs to find fabric.  She picked a fun cotton print for this one and look and great it looks!

I had just enough fabric to make the slipcover so I tried to keep the print centered and use the medallion as the focal point.. I matched the fabric where it was seen the most..  She LOVED how this turned out and is extremely excited that she will soon have another one!

The last thing she had me do was a pair of chairs with a matching ottoman.  The fabric she chose was a little tricky... it was a micro suede but it did not have much stretch at all.. She decided that these slipcovers will stay on so she doesn't have to take them off.. lol!  She scored this set at a consignment store in Provo.. she did well!
Here is the after!

Even tho they were a pain to sew, they turned out great and are super comfy!  She was soo happy with how everything turned out that when she was writing out my check she said, "I am not even cringing at writing this check!"  Thats when you know you have a happy client!  She is having me do a few more projects for her so stay tuned!

As for Spring Break.. I had plans to get a ton of stuff done because my work room is piling up... yikes!  but sometimes you just need to walk away and start again when kids are back in school.. So, we decided to make a quick St. George run with a couple of our friends and their kids.  We had a blast!  Even tho it was quick, we were there long enough to get a sun tan, play on the rocks, let the "big boys" golf and play some wicked games of speed at the park!  It was much needed!

 Yes... these all kids belonged to us...

 Great minds think alike!

The girls were largely outnumbered by the boys, but we didn't care!  This was  a trip for the books!

My schedule is filling up and I am starting to book for June.  Summer gets a little crazy so if you are wanting something done, you better let me know now! I am also finalizing my date for my Slipcover 101 workshop!  I am only doing 1 this year so let me know if you are wanting in.  I have 2 spots open!

Enjoy the rest of your spring break!

March Madness

Here is my  monthly wrap up... because I suck at blogging and I can't sit still long enough to get it done.. So I am gonna just jump on into the some pretty great wingback chair redos..  The funny thing is... the wingback chairs are the exact same, just 2 different clients!  They both scored the chairs at Crazy Charlies and man oh man.. I love them!  I am hoping they get more in so I can snag some.. You'll see what I mean here in a minute.

Client #1 is a repeat client and she was in need of some chairs for her hubby's St. George office.  She is pretty much a magician when it comes to picking out fabric.  I love when I get her calls, because I know its gonna be bomb! Here are the chairs before:

Patiently waiting for some covers... well my friends, what no longer!  She chose the most amazing navy and grey tweed like fabric with a small chevron pattern in the fabric weave.  I about died when I picked it up for her! My heart may have stopped for a second.. out of pure joy.  Because look at the after:

Um... I am pretty sure everyone needs a little of "this" in their life..  I sure as hell know I do!  I was more than thrilled with how they turned out! You would have no clue these were slipcovers unless I told you...  Ok, you think these are great, well lets shift gears for a minute and go with something a little greige... and buffalo check. Client #2..  Who is also a repeat client of mine that also appreciates a good fabric!  Remember, same chairs, different client.  Here is the after:

I've said it before and I'll say it again... This buffalo check is amaze balls!!  It can practically go with ANYTHING!  While I was there look at other furniture for her I saw the chairs I did for her last summer, still looking fantastic as ever!

Alright, enough of the wingback chairs.. This next chair was for a friend in my ward who moved to St. George a few months ago.  She had a chair that she wanted slipcovered, next thing I know I have a green swivel rocker sitting in the car port with a roll of fabric to go with it.. I love it!  So naturally, I went to work.  I forgot to snag a before picture of it but let me tell you, the after is MUCHO better!  We kept the lines of the chair the same and I used every single square inch of fabric to bust this slipcover out... What do you think?

Because I was tight on fabric I was able to match the pattern in the most important places.. but look how great it looks!  You never know there was a green velour tufted chair underneath...  She absolutely loved it! Plus its a swivel rocker, which are one of my most favorite chairs ever!

My next client is soo dang cute and it turns out our families go way back!  I just happen to be like 10 years older than her.. but when we made the connection, it was like we instantly  meant to work together!  She has thee most darling house ever!  you need to follow her feed on insta... paper.whites.decor  You won't be disappointed.. I promise! Anyways, she contacted me originally about slipcovering a couch that she had, but was pretty much done with.  She knew she wanted white, but she was not in love with the shape of her couch in general.  When she sent me her inspiration pic I answered back with the best answer to the awkward couch problem.. Instead of spending another $200 on a new seat cushion, how about buying 2 new couches with the very look you are wanting.. for the same price as a new cushion!  No joke!  I happened to be at Crazy Charlies and came across a pair of these... 

Did I mention that they had a bench cushion and 2 plush back pillows? and that they are Pottery Barn.  Ya.. She got them for $100 ea!! Of course I grabbed them for her and from there her imagination went wild!  We ended up giving these two couches 2 options as for as back cushions go.. The original back cushions looked awkward and out of place so I had them cut down by 5 inches and sewn together to make one single long lumbar cushion.  She also loved the look of having a bunch of euros  to throw on there, so I  made 5 per couch.  I love how they turned out!  Sure washing and ironing 50+ yards of fabric is pure hell, but its well worth it in this case!  Plus she got amazing duck canvas for $5 a yard!  

These slipcovers are 100% kid, husband and pet friendly, even tho they are the dreaded white!  You can pop them in the wash anytime!  We did a waterfall skirt with a blind hem.  I love the 2 options she has for pillows, both look fabulous!  She was over the moon thrilled with the results!  Her next project she has for me is gonna be even more amazing, so stay tuned!  But seriously, go check her feed out because she takes way better pictures than I do... She does the couches justice! 

This next client is also a repeat client.  She found me about a year ago and I have done a bunch of chairs for her, including these awesome pink chairs! I have had this parsons chair for her since last year, she just had not figured out what to do with them.. till now!

She picked a navy cotton with a cream ticking stripe.  We kept the lines the same, but look at what a difference fresh fabric makes!

And finally.. a baby rocker.. This one is for my cousin who I just adore!  she is literally due any minute with her first boy (she has 2 adorable girls) and we can't wait!  She found her rocker at Down East, but it needed a slipcover.  All I can say is she can pick out fabric!  This is one of my favorite rockers yet!  She went with a super fun print that to me, is perfect!  Its a gun metal grey geometric cotton that will hold up to nursery use like a boss! I mean.. come on..

Soo great!  Right?!  Its so great that I may have ordered 26 yards to do something with... Yes, I know I have a problem, but its a great problem to have!  Did I mention that she is the bomb at eyebrow microblading?  ya, you should follow her on insta lhbrows  Its amazing!  I got mine done, I never knew I could have such awesome natural looking eyebrows!  Plus she is a pretty great person to hang out with while she is tattooing you up some fabulous brows!

Now that I am some what caught up I am thinking of doing a Slipcover 101 Workshop sometime in May.  Email me if you want to get not the list.  I can only take 4 students and at the moment I have 3 who are waiting for me to nail down a date.. the class is $400 for 2 days of sewing slipcovers like the wind!

Also, stay tuned for some great pieces of furniture that will be for sale, slipcovered by me, ready to be enjoyed by someone other than me..  I really am like the cat lady of furniture. I am trying to part with a few of my pieces, so that means you guys get to reap the rewards! You can follow me on instagram at kmort2424  because I am too lazy to switch between accounts, and the bulk of all my redos are on there... so go!  Until next month!

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