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 hard....plus 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 washed....so 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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12 comments:

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

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

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  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.. http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/01/vanilla-bean-iced-coffee-and-project.html
    Have a great day!
    -Rachel

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

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  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.

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

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  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: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-first-amp-cover.html

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

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  9. Lovely! Beautiful colors. Nice work.

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  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!

    www.adventuresofourfami-ly.blogspot.com

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  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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