Sick as a dog

Well.. Its been a while.  My bad, but honestly I have been busy.  Busy with kids, an old house to fix up, injured horses, work and now thee worst sinus infection known to man.  I swear!!  But it also give me some time to update my blog for my 2 followers since my husband won't let me leave the house..  So prepare yourself for a catch-up session.

Swiss Day 2016

Swiss Days was so fun this year, I may have made so many pillows this time that we needed a few "kidnapper" vans to transport 350ish pillows.  Yikes! Turns out, people LOVED the "hey, do you want to see what I have back in the van?" approach!   seriously, tho.  At the start of Swiss Days my booth and van were packed to the brim and by the end of day one the van was 1/4 full.  I loved seeing my repeat customers as well as making some new friends!  I loved hearing, "We came just for you!"  It made my day over and over agin, so much that I decided that I have another year in me... I sold thru all of the furniture I brought up as well as 85% of the pillows.  It was a glorious weekend and I could not have done it without the help of my Mom,  my BFF Carrie and Austin (The muscle).  We definitely have it down to a science!

Soon after Swiss Days I had to get back in the swing of things, cause remember.. we moved. again! But this time it is the last!  Although it will take some time to get the house how we want it, we are loving every second of it!  So, for the time being, my workshop is now in the garage, which was fine for the summer and fall but now that winter has shown its ugly face, its a wee bit chilly out there..  It will be fine, I can hang in till we get our garage and shop built. Right?!  I have been working and here is the proof!

This darling client of mine brought me 2 wing chairs and an oversized chair and ottoman to be covered.  She wanted a looser fit on everything, which is just fine, but it took everything in me not to let my OCD take over and fit those suckers tight! She chose a nice washed white denim for the chairs with a cute box pleated skirt and a fantastic navy ticking stripe for the chair and ottoman.  She wanted a farmhouse look and i think we nailed it! Here are the chairs before

 and the chairs after!!
 Oversized chair before:
 Oversized chair and ottoman after:

She was soo happy with how they turned out and she loved how they were just loose enough.

I also made a cushion for a day bed swing for a friend of mine.  She had a swing made for her back porch and decided to go navy on the cushion.  Lucky for here I had a few pillows left over from Swiss Days because they went with her fabric like they were made for it!!  She ended up getting them all!
That Nate Berkus knows how to design a print!  I also ordered her some custom bolsters to go at each end of the swing and made the covers out of the cushion fabric.  I don't know about you but Id love to spend some summer nights on this bad boy!

I had a repeat client bring me this number as well

She did a white denim with a gathered skirt.  She has had me do a couch and a chair a few years ago and she keeps coming back for more!  It turned out darling and will fit just right in with her other pieces!

Next up is this chair, it had been sitting in the corner of my clients bedroom and she was ready for a change.  Like always, it was a great chair, it just needed and update..
 You can't tell from the lighting but it the chairs original fabric was mauve.. it was time to say bye bye so she updated it with a soft yellow upholstery fabric that had grey bees embroidered on it.  I had exactly enough fabric to to cover it and line the bees up.  She loved it!  Bees and all!

I also made a set of banquet cushions for another client of mine.  She built one of my all time favorite Parade Homes with Millhaven back in 2013.  Her house really launched the Farmhouse movement in Utah and she nailed it!!  Well, when they had someone show up to their door and offer to buy it, they sold it!  So she back at it with another build and boy oh boy, is it amazing!!!  This time around her house is less farmhouse and more modern and I love it!  It made me feel even better seeing some of her finishes in the new house because they were similar to the what we want to do with out house.. So i felt pretty legit!  Lol!  So ya, this picture may be pretty lame because one, its not in her house but look at what she chose for her fabric.. Its a basket weave leather-look vinyl.  Its amzeballs!
If only I had snapped a picture of the inside of the house.. your jaws would be on the floor!

This next client was also in the middle of a new build when she dropped her pair of chairs off tome for some love.  these chairs had awesome lines but again with the mauve... it had to go! 
This pair is going in her new master bedroom and she wanted a yellow fabric withs some texture for the slipcovers.  We keep the lines the same and but just a new color can do soo much!
I love when my clients are floored when they pick up their furniture.  She was thrilled with the results and loved how "upholstered" they looked!  I always wonder what my clients expect their slipcovers to look like when they pick them up, just because they are soo happy with how they turn out after!  A lot of times they think I upholstered them.. lol!

This next client had a recliner in her bedroom she wanted me to slipcover.  I am not gonna lie.. I HATE recliners and when ever I get texts or calls that start... "I have a recliner..." I almost always say no, but this client was determined and had faith that I could make it amazing.  Bless her heart!  When I go the picture of her chair it wasn't not bad at all. It didn't look like your typical recliner so I gave in, but she still wanted it to be functional... so ya... I love a good challenge and i pretty much nailed this one!

I ended up slipcovering it in 4 pieces... Each arm is separate from the main body and then the body of the chair is one piece as well as the foot rest.  I had to take the dang thing apart, but if i didn't do that, every time you recline the chair you'd have to tuck the cushion in and that was not ok with me.  Remember... OCD.  She loved it and again, did not expect it to look anything like this!  She was fully expecting to have to tuck and play with the fabric.  

I had another cute client contact me about having a bench cushion made for a built in and she wanted it to be thick and full.  She found some awesome white and blue weaved linen online.. that happened to ship from China, but it did not disappoint!  I seriously want to slipcover a couch for me with it!  IT washed up soo well and it was soo soft!  This was her inspiration picture she sent me.. I knew I was gonna really like her!
Here is what hers looked like.  I ordered her cushion with a down envelope, because thats how I roll! The cushion ended up being 7" thick and almost 7' long.  I mean, I would love to curl up on that bad boy for a nice sunday nap!

Seriously tho... How great is that?!!

My next client was another repeat client and when she contacted me she already had her fabric, which is awesome.  The only problem was she only had 9 yards for 2 wing chairs.. no bueno!! Luckily she picked up a white denim to fill in where i needed to.  Here is the before of the chairs.
 She HATED the seat cushions, and I don't blame her!  They hung over the sides and front of the chair by 2"!  That is a lot!  So I had new cushions made for them that fit like a glove.  Now.. for the tricky part... I had 9 yards of this amazing blue fabric to work with, NINE!!  You normally need 9 yards PER wing chair, so right away I new I had to be careful when I cut the fabric and I had to be creative as well.  We decided right away that the decking and back side of the chair would be out of the white fabric.  she was also ok with one side of the seat cushion to be in the white as well as the piping... and  skirts were out of the question!

Well my friends, I was able to get the most out of this fabric and it was a freaking miracle too!  The only place I ended up using the white was the backs of the chairs, the decking and the zipper boxing! I worked like a wizard!  I was able to get BOTH sides of the seats cushions as well as the piping out of the blue fabric and when my darling client saw them she was amazed!!  I seriously LOVE this fabric and she could not have been happier with how they turned out!

One of my most favorite Design clients contact me needing some stuff done for her daughters room, which also was for a photoshoot of her nest line of fabrics!  And she nailed the design!  She brought me a headboard and chair to slipcover as well as needed a bench cushion for a little nook in the room.. I mean  Seriously!!!!  The good news is you can purchase her fabrics here!  You will not be disappointed!

I was contacted thru instagram for this next project.  My cute client lives in Georgia and was in desperate need of an updated for her Ikea Erkorp chair... I told her if she sends me the cover I could do it, and so that she did!  She wanted a neutral buffalo check this time around so she used this!
She was soo happy with it, I was just happy it fit period! lol!

On to some great news, my good friend Kat finally opened her new fabric store in Draper!  Its called The Fabric Store and has a great selection of fabric at really great prices!!  She just gets it..  The address is 12300 S 196 W Draper.  I actually slipcovered a chair for her store out of some of her fabric... 

this was the before:
The chair as you can see is in impeccable shape but needed a youthful update so we pulled out a nice blue grey tones to liven it up a bit.  I love this print and yes, she does have more!!

The print is classic, yet modern! and I love the tones of the blues in it, but then again.. I am a sucker for blue!

I just finished up a pair of these settees for another cute client that again, had just enough fabric to get the job done..  

She chose a lovely stripe for the backs and then a neutral solid linen for the seat.  I added a skirt but kept it short so the legs would still show thru.. plus we only had soo much fabric to work with.  She has 8 dining chairs that match the set... Cant wait to see what fabric combination she comes up for those!

So that sums up my recent work load and I am in the middle of getting thru the rest of my schedule before Christmas.. yikes!  I may have 1 or 2 openings but that is if you are ready to rock and roll!  After Christmas I am taking a much needed break and then will be back to work in February.  So if you have stuff you want done, contact me to get on my list for February.

As for our house progress...we, meaning me.. have started with the basement.  We need to get it done before we can start on the major renovation upstairs, which I will NOT be!  Here is a little progress shot of the basement..

We scrapped the popcorn ceilings (who ever invented that technique should die..) I had my plumber add some stuff to the basement kitchen, since it will become the laundry room/ basement kitchen with a fridge and range.  Its a great size room and lets in a lot of light.  I also had the electrician come and move some electrical, add a few (lot) of can lights, you can never had too much light!  Plus the 60's boob lights had to go!  During the process we opened up an entry way to the "secret" bedroom on the other side of the family room so you don't have to walk thru the utility and storage room to get there.  This will be the kids play room! I have learned with our last 4 houses that designated playrooms are a MUST!  We are waiting for the new windows to be installed next week, once those babies are in things will really start coming together! Paint, trim, doors, floors cabinets and tile.  We decided that in the family rom and hall to refinish the concrete floors... its a basement and we have flood irrigation.. you do the math.  I friggin LOVE how they turned out!  All they did was grind the concrete (i think he said they did 4 passes) and then sealed it.  I love how the aggregate shows thru plus it keeps some of the character from the house.  The paneling.. yes, it is staying!  In fact we replaced some of it with new stuff... lol!  we sanded and paint paneling in our last house and loves it and where its pretty much everywhere in the basement we are embracing it and doing it again.. plus the door under the stars is integrated in with the paneling.. you just don't mess that brilliance up!

So there!  You are all caught up!  I still can't breathe and I have the scariest cough known to man, but I promise promise that Ill stay caught up on slipcovers and the house!  It has been fun playing with the floor plan and I am stoked about what this house will become!  

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!

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