DIY Friday – fancy footstool

I am so excited to reveal this weeks DIY Friday! It’s something I’ve wanted for a lawng time – my own little footstool. You see, I am lacking in the leg department and when I sit on a normal chair / couch, my legs dangle = tres embarrassment. For a normal person this won’t seem like a bit deal, but if I sit with said legs dangling for an extended period of time, I get insane leg cramps and that can’t be good. I know I sound like a prood, but I’ve wanted a little footstool for a really long time now, and thank the baby jesus, I found one!
I spotted an adorable square footstool in Oxfam a couple weeks ago, but I did the worst thing possible – I hesitated to buy it. That was major dumbness because of course, someone bought it the next day. I had a massive sad, but was determined to find another. 
Last weekend hubby told me of a new charity shop he found and was excited to show me. We checked out Second Abbey {so new that it doesn’t have a website}, and there was my future footstool. Sitting in the window. This sad little beige bundle of wonderfulness was looking for love. And I made sure to not leave without it. 

I brought it home and immediately got to work on it. Here is what you’ll need should you like to fancy-up a footstool of your own …
What you’ll need – enough fabric to cover your footstool {I used two different fabrics to make it a little fancier}, trimmings for the top seam and bottom {I picked mine up from Home Focus at Hickeys}, paper and a marker for making a template, scissors, stapler, a needle, matching thread, pins and a some patience. 
Step 1 – find the right combination of fabrics and trimmings to cover your footstool. I used a tough and durable fabric on top and a softer somewhat glitzsy fabric on the sides {both were fabric I had in my ammunition already}. I tried pinning loads of different combinations of fabrics in different sections, and this was the combo I immediately adored.

Step 2 – I trimmed all the unnecessary bits off the existing footstool. This puppy was in serious need of a haircut. I should point out that I wasn’t confident enough to take the existing fabric off – my sewing skills are not that good {yet}, and this was my first reupholstering gig so the shape the existing fabric held helped a lot. Step 3 – turn your footstool over and trace it onto a piece of paper to make a template. You’ll need this to shape the top piece of fabric. 

Step 4 – use your paper template to draw onto your top piece of fabric. It was around this time that I was seriously doubting my oval sewing skills. Step 5 – pin together your side fabric {in this case, my glitzy fabric} and your top trimming. Sew snugly all the way around {I’ve indicated my sew line in purple} until you have enough to cover the body of your footstool. 

I was constantly fitting it onto the footstool as I went along to make sure I was on track at all times. You can see this in the picture above. Fits like a glove. Step 6 – I will try my best not to confuse the hell out of you with this next step. Take your oval fabric template and pin it to the inside of the black trim that your side fabric is sewn to. Both pieces will be inside out for this step. Align your marker line with your trim and pin in place. You will be sewing along the same line as step 5, but along the inside/marker line in order to sew the top into place. Have I lost you completely? Oh god I hope my pictures make more sense than my mouth. 

When you’re finished sewing all the way around, turn it right-side-out, and the worst will be over! It’s a lot easier than it looks and it’s most definitely mind over matter. Please keep in mind I’m neither a good or experienced sower.

Keep checking your cover by placing it on your footstool ad nauseum. That’s what I did and it ended up snug as a bug. Seriously, if I can get to this point, anyone can …

Step 7 – flip your footstool over, pull the fabric tight and staple it in place. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Remember that this is something that will be viewed from above, so any lumps and bumps underneath won’t be seen. Unless you have incredibly nosy house guests. In that case, pour yourself a G&T. Step 8 – pin your finishing trim of your choice along the base of the footstool. I very simply sewed along the top of the trim to secure it to the footstool. NOTE: it is important to sew the trim at this point and not earlier – if you were to sew the bauble trim onto the fabric at an earlier stage, when you stretch the fabric to be stapled, you may end up with a wonkey / uneven trim along the base. By sewing the trim on at the end, you are ensuring it’s being sewn on in a straight line.

And there you have it! Your very own little bespoke footstool. I really hope all of that made sense and wasn’t too wordy. 
I really enjoyed working on this piece as I went way outside of my comfort zone by having to sew in an oval shape. I’m quite proud of my little footstool and foresee a lot of desk comfort from now on. I’ve been working on my desk space as well, so there will be another little reveal coming soon where you can see both matching lamp and footstool rocking it together. 
And for those of you who guessed correctly at this weeks DIY Friday sneak peek – gold stars all around. I have such creative internet friends. Happy Friday all, and see you on the other side 🙂 xx A

Desk days

I’ve been channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw these past couple of weeks. I’ve been spending a lot of time at my desk writing, creating, researching, and attempting to look sophisticated as I gaze into nothingness while a witty narration of my day plays in the background. Or so I like to think. 
Having sat here so much recently, there was no better time to give my desk a little nip / tuck. I like mixing things up, and as they say, variety is the spice of life …

A couple of weeks ago I treated myself to this adorbs pennant from the Stay Home Club, which suits hubby and I to a T. Yeah we go out, but for the most part, we are home birds cats and take no shame in preferring to stay in with Netflix, a beverage and cuddles. Too legit to quit. 

I also couldn’t resist this whopper of an amethyst which I picked up this week. Seriously, it has to weigh about 3 lbs. At €13 from TK Maxx, I couldn’t not buy it as it was twice the size of my first piece, and for a the same price.
In reality though, the below is more what my desk looks like today. I counted myself lucky for not contracting husband’s man flu, but last night my allergies were so bad, I sneezed my way to a sore throat and today I’m wading in tissues. If you guys can’t see them, then they don’t exist. Right? 

Before I forget, happy 4th of July to my State side readers! I would have organized something much more relevant to blog about today if I wasn’t so gooey. I hope you enjoy the celebrations wherever you are, and chillax to the max 🙂 xx A

Work space reveal

Before now, we didn’t have a work space in our apartment. We would sit in front of the TV with searing laptops on our laps and hazily go back and forth between staring at the TV and the occasional burst of work on the laptop. Enough was enough and I felt we needed a work space area in our living room. No more TV distractions. A place to sit and pound on the keyboard. So one lazy Sunday we traveled to IKEA where I scoped out options, measured, made decisions, stuffed my face with Swedish delights, swore at flatpacks, assembled, tweaked, designed, snapped branches, and finally, sat down. And here is what I ended up with … 

Our very own mini office nook! What was in this space beforehand was a tall shelving unit holding our vast DVD and game collection. This corner got a lot of neglect, but it was a great spot to add a little work space. It’s more so perfect because it is easily hidden behind our living room door which is always kept open {as seen on the right}, so you don’t see the work space until you walk right into the room. 

Thanks to my inspiration pictures, there were some basics / key pieces I had in mind for our desk to make it feel more encouraging to sit at …

1 – I added a bulletin board to give height to the desk space as well as somewhere to pin {the real meaning of pin my friends} my favourite stuff up. I decorated the bulletin board itself by spray painting thumb tacks / push pins and adding them as a decorative border as well as painting the wood trim in a deep charcoal colour.  2 – One of our wedding invitations gets pride of place. 3 – Our new lamp, especially thrifted for the new nook. 4 – My new business cards {that I still can’t hand out in a professional manner. So much cringe}. 5 – My fool-proof quick and cheap revamp – an empty hot chocolate tin covered in electrical tape6 – I added a stack of my favourite books and magazines. Some are for visual purposes only {that top one is a catalogue and is going on 3 years old, but I love the colours on it}, along with some of my favourite magazines. Along with a desert rose I picked up on our Tunisian travels. 7 – My framed QR code cross stitch, perfect for any desk. 8 – Stay strong as one of my favourite pillow sets, picked up from TK Maxx. 9 – I went with the ALEX desk from IKEA. It was the perfect size for the limited amount of space we had in our living room, and I mean really, do I have to state the obvious? It’s called ALEX. Plus it was on sale for €79. Hells yes. 

I’m pleased as punch with our mini office nook and I feel like such a grown up sitting at it. All we need now is to frame both our college degrees and hang them above the bulletin board. Too legit to quit.

xx A