Friday, January 6, 2012

Inspired by Yellow & Gray

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In case you didn't know...I love the colors Yellow & Gray together! They make me so happy! I think they are so classy and just work well! 
After moving into our new home in August I really wanted to redo my room in yellow and gray.  Right now it has a blue and brown pattern.  Then I realized it was too early in our marriage to redo our room....since we had only recently been married, all of our bedding and decorations were pretty much new.  So I had to put aside my desire to have a yellow and gray themed room for a while.  

Instead, I chose to put those colors into another project! At our new house we had a Pergola in the corner of our backyard and we saw so much potential for it! Starting with patio furniture.  My husband and I decided we wanted to build our own furniture. Meaning, he builds the couch and chair, and I sew pillows and cushions.  

I got a sewing machine and learned how to use it back in April or May of 2011, and through the summer I sewed some pretty generic long skirts to take on our trip to Africa. So I had a little practice doing it, and I knew pillows weren't too I'm a very ambitious person, so I had full confidence that I could do this project and it turn out great! The problem is, sometimes I think it will be great but it actually turns out pretty mediocre, so in the back of my mind I was a little afraid of that. 

Anyways, I took the first step and went to Hancock's Fabric to scope out what I wanted.  After about three trips I finally made a buy.  I was going to buy outdoor material, but found some on clearance (which saved a ton of money) and decided to coat it with scotch guard after I was finished.  I ended up saving over $100 on all of the materials because of the deals that I got.  Later I went back and got the pre-made cushion foam for all 4 cushions and 4 pillows.  I also got a deal on those during a holiday sale, saving even more money.  You can read more about my first endeavors on this blog, Crafting is Consuming My Life & I Love It!  

As I said before I am very ambitious, so realizing these pillows would probably get dirty, I understood that it would be smart to make the cases removable so that they could be I decided to put zippers on them.  So using You Tube videos, I learned to sew zippers and they turned out fabulously! If you want to know more about the videos I watched just ask me in the comments below! 

All was well with the pillows, then came the cushions and I realized what a challenge they would be since they were actually box like, meaning I had to sew the sides on them.  NOT quite as easy as the pillows, I went back to You Tube and watched a lot of videos with tips helping me.  Finally I dove in and they turned out pretty great! It definitely wasn't a project that I looked at and felt mediocre joy! When I see my furniture sitting outside in my backyard, I am filled with joy and pride at the job that my husband and I did! I cannot believe we were able to do that! 

Now I pretty much feel like I can do anything!! Can't wait for more projects in 2012! 

Shoutout to my husband! He did a wonderful job making the couch and chair.  He made that from raw wood, no furniture kit used at all! He did a wonderful job and finished his part of the project an entire month before I finished mine. Thanks babe, I am so proud of us! 

Check Out my inspired Yellow & Gray pinboard here! 
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I'm linked up at Frugalicious Friday! Go there to check out some other great projects from other bloggers! 

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  1. Brittany, you two did a !FABULOUS! job!!!!! I love what ya'll did and he did a great job on the furniture! Awesome!!!

  2. They came out fantastic- would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime too! :)

  3. I'm in love with yellow and grey!!! This is a gorgeous set up you have!!!

    I have a project party every weekend if you want to join here..
    Have a great day!

  4. Those look so fabulous! Great job, and great fabric choices! So glad you shared at Shine on Fridays!

  5. Love this! Great job :) Btw, thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Hope you can swing by tomorrow and join my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  6. 2012 is going to be a great year - love how fun this looks!

  7. These look great!! Love the colors and fabrics!! Stopping by from Reasons to Skip the Housework linky party and your newest follower here and on Pinterest.

    Here is what I shared this week:

  8. So beautiful and fresh! What a great and relaxing outdoor space!

  9. Lovely! Beautiful colors. Nice work.

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous! Great job!!

    Stopping by from Remodelaholic's linky party.

    I'd love for you to stop by and visit me!

  11. Love this ...
    Thank you for linking up to my linky party.... would love you to join us again, this weeks linky party is up on my blog .....
    Claire x

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