Giveaway: How to Slipcover DVD

Once upon a time, when I had my 4th kid, I decided that I had some insane sewing skillz and that I was going to slipcover a chair for the nursery I bought a Jennylund chair from IKEA and a plain white slipcover ($29) to rip apart and use for pattern purposes. Then I spent approximately 5 hours carefully seam rippering (totally a word) the sucker apart and taking copious amounts of notes and pictures as I went so I could get it all back together correctly.

Disaster in the making? Eh…it actually turned out pretty great, probably because my mom was helping and talking me down from the crazy.

jennylund slipcover

But when I posted about it, I said I probably wouldn’t do it again. And I didn’t. IKEA did. See?


What’s my point?

I suspect the experience wouldn’t have been nearly as traumatizing if I were Shelley.


Or even if I was still just me but I had put my cash towards her DVD instead of a slipcover to rip up and Happy Meals for the kids because I spent 5 hours with a seam ripper instead of cooking dinner for them.


Let’s take a look at some of Shelley’s awesomeness, shall we?

















Have you got some ugly furniture that needs covering?

Great news, because Shelley is giving one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader a copy of her How to Slipcover DVD!

We’re going to keep this simple…


Leave a comment ON THIS POST (not on Facebook or in response to your email subscription) telling me which piece of furniture in your house needs a slipcover makeover the worst!


Post a picture of said piece of furniture on the Crap I’ve Made Facebook page. Come back and leave an additional comment on this post saying that you did. I want to see just how badly you need this DVD! Winking smile

Giveaway will run until whenever I get up on Saturday morning.

Shelley is also giving away a copy of the DVD. Check out this post on her blog for details on that.

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Name Art + March Silhouette Promo

name art

You’ve heard me talk about my insane neighbor Jami before, right? Hint: The Smelly Barn Adventure™. After 3 boys, Jami’s expecting her first girl, and I’m lucky enough to be sewing the bedding and helping her execute the awesome ideas she comes up with. (We joke that we’re going to buy land with a barn in the country and have sleep over craft retreats. She’ll come up with the ideas because she’s WAY more creative than me and I’ll figure out how to make them happen.)

Do you see that freaking amazing wall treatment? We’ll talk about that in a few days. After I posted the preview of this project on Facebook, I received several emails asking about how she painted the furniture. We’ll talk about that, too. Be patient. Today’s just the name art. Winking smile

Jami picked up a framed picture at the DI (thrift store) for a couple of dollars. She picked it based on the fact that the shape was good for spelling out a name. We pried the print out of the frame using butter knives and then flipped it over so that you couldn’t see the print through our white on white backing fabric. If your frame doesn’t have a print in it, you could cut some foam core or cardboard and accomplish the same thing. We applied the fabric to the print using spray adhesive.


We figured out what size we wanted our letters and cut a test run with the Silhouette on notebook paper. You could ABSOLUTELY do this project without a Silhouette, you’d just have to cut the letters by hand. And unless you named your kids something long (like Charlotte…thanks mom), it won’t take long.


Because I know people will ask, the fonts are:

L – Big Top
U – Mixed Up, it’s the capital U
C – Oliver
Y – BoyzRGross

Once we were happy with the size, we got out Silhouette’s new fabric interfacing. We used the clean cut (stronger adhesive, not machine sew-able) because this project isn’t going to need to be washed or handled and we wanted the stronger adhesive.

We applied it following the package directions and got cutting.


We had the Silhouette double cut the letters, just to be safe. Look how nicely it cut!


After we had all the letters cut, we positioned them on the backing fabric


and ironed them in place.


Then we folded the edges of the backing fabric around to the back and secured them in place (more spray adhesive).


Jami hot glued some jumbo ric rac along the groove in the frame.





Then she called me back to say she’d hung it, so I went back for a couple more pictures.


name art
(Thanks to our other fabulous neighbor, Decorator Wendy, this is where it’ll stay.)


Silhouette SD, one of each fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked heat transfer material for $229.

If you already have a Silhouette and want to try out the interfacing, you can get 25% off.

The March promotion will run from the 21st through the 27th.

Code “CRAP” will let you take advantage of either of the deals.

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Easter Mantel, with the Epic Letterpress

easter mantel

Remember how I mentioned that my Epic came without a cutting mat? One call to the folks at Lifestyle Crafts and they got one out to me ASAP! I decided to use the die cut feature to make this Easter banner. I printed the damask background that I showed you here on several squares. Then, I used a square die with rounded corners to fancy them up.


I used a circle die to cut pieces of white cardstock. The lettering is black vinyl I cut with my Silhouette. I only did this because my printer was out of ink. My initial plan was to print directly on the cardstock and then die cut around each letter.


The letters circles are attached to the damask backgrounds with glue dots. I punched holes and tied the squares together with ribbons. And then I used thumb tacks to attach them to the mantel. I’m classy like that.


The grass came from Hobby Lobby in sheets like this:


I cut them in half and laid them on top of the mantel. I used a little bit of that white tacky stuff that I cannot think of the name of right now to keep them from moving around.


The wreath details are here and the chick came from Pier 1. The carrots are from Shopko. The plastic white eggs are also from Hobby Lobby.


TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to pick up your own Epic 6 (letterpress/die cut machine from Lifestyle Crafts for 25% off. Use code “BLOGCRAP” to take advantage of the deal!

Check back tomorrow to see a fun project using Silhouette’s new fabric interfacing and to get the details on this month’s Silhouette promotion!

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I’ve created a monster

I was out with some friends last night. I got home well after bed time. Campbell was still up. “I need you to make me a shirt for Leprechaun Day.”

“Um, can’t you just wear something green from your closet?”

“No. I need you to make me one like for Valentine’s Day…with leaves on it.”

And since I’m a sucker…




I think I’m single handedly keeping the Tulip Soft Fabric Paint division in business.

Don’t even get me started on the part where I had to go to 2 stores this morning to find corned beef since it’s suddenly everyone’s favorite meal of the whole year. Winking smile

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More on the Epic Letterpress

I wanted to try something else (i.e. not a thank you card) with my letterpress. The printing plates that Lifestyle Crafts sent me were this set


and a wedding set, which I cannot find anywhere on their site.

I’m not actually getting married again, so I don’t need any “save the date” cards. I decided I’d rather print some stuff I could enjoy, even if that meant spending a little money (just keeping it real). My pal Lara (who also has the Epic) mentioned that Hobby Lobby had supplies, so I went to check them out with my 40% off coupon in hand.

The heavens parted and angels sang when I found ONE of this set on clearance:


I’m not sure what that was all about, because none of the other identical sets were marked down. SCORE! All the letterpress papers were 40% off, too. SCORE! So, I picked up a couple of different ink colors and came home to play.

There’s the plate all inked up and ready to go. It doesn’t look like it has enough ink, but it totally does. Putting much more than that will give you a design that bleeds.

I’m not sure if there’s a learning curve and I’m getting better or if the bigger plate is easier to work with (although way way WAY harder to crank through the machine). Maybe it’s a combination of the two? Look how awesome the damask pattern prints!


If you look really closely you can see how the printed part is actually indented. LOVE that.

And I did the same thing in a couple more colors:


I took this shot to show you that the ink color on the label is a very accurate representation of the print color. You can also mix ink colors to get a custom shade. I haven’t gotten brave enough for that yet…

So, what am I going to do with all that damask-y goodness?

Stay tuned.

And remember that if you’re interested in picking up your own Epic and/or supplies, Lifestyle Crafts is offering all Crap I’ve Made readers 25% off through March 20th using code “BLOGCRAP”.

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Spring Wreath

This week is a little post heavy, I know. If you hate posts, I apologize. Winking smile

In addition to 3 posts here yesterday (Epic letterpress, Spring at Pier 1, and winner of the GiftCardRescue giveaway), I also did a guest post on the blog for Abode, a local consignment store. I talk about my love affair with shutters. I know a bunch of you have asked about the ones above my fireplace, so head on over to the Abode blog to check that out, if you’re so inclined.


So, I mentioned that I got a couple of things for myself at Pier 1. I could not resist these mossy bunnies:


I picked up a grapevine wreath at the craft store along with some faux forsythia. That’s fun to say, no? And, I already had some hilariously awesome fake carrots. I don’t know what they’re made out of, but I got them at Shopko in a bundle.

I put it all together and came up with this:


I also found this chick at Pier 1:


The current state of my spring mantel:


It still needs a little somethin’ somethin’, but I’ve got time. Spring doesn’t start until Saturday, right?

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GiftCardRescue Winner

First up, this is the LAST CALL For Lisa and Kelly to claim their LUCKY pillow patterns.  I’m drawing new winners tomorrow (Tuesday).

The winner of the $50 credit to GiftCardRescue is:


#82, aka Ms Mae!

Shoot me an email to [email protected] to claim your prize.

Thanks to GiftCardRescue for the giveaway!

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Is it Spring yet?

This post brought to you by Pier 1. All opinions are 100% mine.


Did you know that the official first day of Spring is next weekend?  Does it feel like it in your neck of the woods?  We had more snow last week.  I’m over it.  I’m ready for Spring.

So, I put on some Spring-y shoes


and I headed to Pier 1.

See that ice melt residue on the sidewalk?  Told you it’s still yucky here!  It’s definitely Spring in Pier 1, though.




Let’s take a closer look at that pillow (on another chair):


THAT, my friends, is outdoor fabric.  And because I didn’t believe the tag, I manhandled it just to make sure.  Awesome.  Put it on your couch so you can enjoy it all the time and then take it outside when you’re barbecuing to show the neighbors just how fancy you are!  Plus, it’ll smell like meat when you bring it back indoors!

The other indoor/outdoor thing that blew my mind?  This rug:


It’s so pretty I don’t think I could stand to take it outside.

Are you ready to celebrate the official start of Spring next weekend?  Pier 1’s got a special in-store offer to help you do just that.  Sign up for the Pier 1 Outdoor newsletter to get the scoop.


I think I need those napkin rings…to wear.  So, so cute!

Whilst I’m taking about Pier 1, remember the bloggers night out in the Salt Lake City area in December?  There are more headed your way.

Dallas: March 22nd 
Atlanta: April 5th 
NYC: April 20th

Visit the Pier 1 Tweetups page for the details, because a moment like this when you win a $500 gift card is too good to pass up!


I picked up a couple of things for myself.


I’ll show you how they play into my Spring/Easter mantel tomorrow.

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Meet the Epic

First of all, if your name is Lisa or Kelly, you should check this post to see if you’re one of the LUCKY pillow pattern winners.

Second, I’m closing down the GiftCardRescue giveaway around noon MST. GO ENTER NOW if you haven’t already.


Lifestyle Crafts contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to review their Epic Letterpress and Die Cut machine. I love crafty gadgets, so I jumped at the chance.


My box was missing a cutting mat, so I haven’t tried the die cut function yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk about that later this week! Today we’re talking about letterpress.

Letterpress is so fancy, right? And I am so not! What’s a girl to do?

Well, I checked out the Lifestyle Crafts blog and read up on how to ink.


I love the little legs on the brayer so you can set it down!

And then, I recruited help. I put Macy in charge of the Epic.


She took her job VERY seriously. Note the tongue sticking out of her mouth.

Our first attempt was pretty good:


See that part where the arrow is pointing? My printing plate actually had a little plastic chip missing. None of the others did, so I think that was a fluke.


After the purple ink had dried, we used some charcoal ink and added a “THANK YOU” along the bottom.


And then since we already had the charcoal ink all rolled out, we made some envelopes to match.


WAY cute with the recipient’s name in that little shape, but you’ll have to trust me. I didn’t manage to take a picture of that.

So, are you intrigued?

Stick around for a couple more Epic projects this week.

Have you had your eye on the Epic?

Lifestyle Crafts is offering all Crap I’ve Made readers 25% off March 14th-20th using code BLOGCRAP.

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You might spend too much time blogging if…

Your latest plan for your living room color coordinates with your blog header.


I’m thinking about making one of these pillows, just for comedic effect.

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