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Happy Halloween

1 Nov

Hello Martha’s!

Sorry I have been a bad blogger neglecting you all lately! I was focusing every spare crafting and DIY time these last few months on my own wedding that just happened last month – eek! I have lots of wedding do it yourself tips for up coming brides and grooms coming in the next few posts but first things first. Happy Halloween everyone!!
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Some people look forward to dressing up or overdosing on copious amounts of mini chocolate bars. Me? ummmm, painting mini pumpkins obviously!

I had a lot of leftover Martha paints from above mentioned wedding as well a new glitter paint I was dying to try out.

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It is a pretty simply craft and I must say, I love the Martha Stewart Crafts brand of paints. Compared to others they go on super smooth and wash off hands (and a new manicure I found out) with just soap and water. Helpful tip – get a bunch of used wine bottles without caps to use to stick the pumpkin top into once you are finished painting to dry without smudging your lil’ pumpkin.

 

 

This will totally work on big pumpkins too! I however felt the mini’s suited our “urban” sized apartment table a bit better:)

 

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Wish.List Colours Your Spring

15 Apr

Once upon a time before my career in PR and Event Planning this Martha fancied herself a merchandiser. So when a client mentioned they were looking for someone to help with their window displays I jumped at the opportunity.

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Wish.List Boutique is a fabulous Kitsilano boutique that specializes in great beauty, make-up, jewellery, handbag, and gifts. I can never walk out of the store without a new bangle, butter polish, or lip balm!

For the spring window concept we were drawn to colour! Who wouldn’t be after a long, grey Vancouver winter! With cupboards full of hankypanky pastel and neon prints we brought the laundry line inside and invited Vancouverites to Colour Your Spring! Next time you are at 2811 West Broadway take a peek and let me know what you think!

 

Chair Re-Upholstrey 101

3 Feb

This is one of my all time favourite martha tips. I credit Sarah Richardson for my obsession with fabric and re-upholstering old finds to bring them back to life. I remember watching episode after episode of ‘Sarah’s House‘ on HGTV and vowing to never be afraid to play with fabrics!

So when we needed new dining chairs for our urban (READ – small) dining area going new and shiny just wasn’t an option. One trip to Sellution on Main we foraged 4 teak chairs for the 70’s. Yes the fabric was hideous but the frame and bones of the sought after wood variety were ones that I couldn’t pass up.

Here is my step by step guide so you too can take old fabric chairs and make them new at a fraction of the cost the mid century modern trend would cost in store.

For starters here’s what you will need for this project:

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1. Enough fabric to cover all of your chairs

2. A heavy duty staple gun fully loaded. Probably a good idea to have extra staples as well

3. Scissors to cut fabric

4. A measuring tape. Remember – measure twice, cut once!

5. Pliers and a wrench in order to take apart fabric and chair legs

Step 1: Using your wrench unscrew the bolts that hold the frame together until you can remove the seat potion of the chair.

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Step 2: Using your pliers and a little bit of elbow grease remove the old staples and fabric. Try and remove as many of the old staples you can without wrecking the wood or stuffing.

Step 3: Take your fabric and lay it out on a flat large surface. Please the naked cushion on top and cut a square piece of the fabric large enough wrap tightly around each side of the cushion.

Step 4: Starting at one end of the cushion fold up the fabric to wrap around to underneath the cushion. Staple in place and continue this until the new fabric is tightly secured into place.

Step 5: Using the wrench re-assember the back and legs of the chair frame.

Follow the steps above to complete the other chairs in your set.

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Festive Holiday Cups

4 Dec

Hosting a holiday open house and short on glass ware? Instead of asking guest to BYOCup instead try this crafty tip. Purchase a flat of small to medium sized mason jars. Not just for canning anymore I’ve seen people use them for candle holders, wedding decor and rice storage, so why not cocktail cups! Add some festive ribbon and rustic twine your cups can be the hit of the party!

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*Sourcing: Mason jars from The Kitchen Corner in Kits. Ribbon and twine rope from Michaels.