Friday, September 16, 2011

While You Were Hunting - Part I


Tis true…

my least favorite part of the city girl marries redneck story…

The part where redneck douses himself in this “stuff”…


wanders around making odd noises and sneaking up on things…

and comes home with something that requires four hours of samurai knife work…

to stuff the freezer full of stuff I refuse to cook.


(Gasp!  That’s the redneck wifely duty I have yet to succumb to!)


(and I just typed “stuff” three times)


It’s also the time when I get a wild hair and suddenly think I’m crafty.

(Ohmyheck, you guys already know this only leads to bad, bad things!)


It’s inevitable when I look at fabrics… I get sucked in by dreams of how together my house would look if only I had these wonderful patterns.  And I look at how insanely grody my current stuff is and a 50% off coupon pushes me over the edge.

Oh, you don’t know how grody… this is just a peek.



A 5-year old who still likes to KNEEL on his seat at dinnertime means lots of spills.


I thought recovering the chairs would be an easy DIY project.

I ordered some awesome fabric (50% off makes just about anything awesome, no?)  And I ordered way more than I needed, with the pipe dream that I would suddenly channel Martha and whip up some darling pillows and trim some curtains.  Because then my house would be together, yo.


(Confession:  If my HOUSE is together, you won’t notice so much if I’m not, right?)


Except, that I was a monumental dummy when I ordered it, and I completely and utterly forgot that I have SIX chairs, not four.



Who does that?!?!




So I literally ended up having just enough for ahem SIX chairs.


After a staple gun that wouldn’t staple,

An extension cord that wouldn’t fit,

A chick who couldn’t count…

Here’s the difference:

(Flee the GRODYYYYYYYYY!  I’m gagging too.)




Here’s my Super Mom who stayed up until 3am to put these suckers together (because after I “helped” with the first one, she had flashbacks of ER visits and rescued me)


And after we were done, I had enough fabric left to make a pillow for Stuart Little.  She’s that good.


Here’s some action shots of Super Mom!




























Told you she was cool.

But now you know why I don’t sass that woman.



And would you believe… curtains are next on the list?  And the crazy woman talked me out of pom pom trim?!?!?  We may yet duke this one out.




See why I normally spend $$ on someone else’s craftiness (instead of an ER bill)?

It’s been way too long since we’ve done an Etsy feature!


See how sweet this is?

Dreamy Ivory and Grey Dasmask Print Ruffle Clutch


Y’all know that there’s no way a big first aid kit would fit into that cute thing – and this chick doesn’t hit up too many fancy events.  But I fell in love with the fabrics and Sweetharts was willing to make me a camera strap in the same combination!


(pardonez the quality… taken in the wee hours and before coffee.  even my camera was confused)

She also sent a matching set of rosettes – and I’d take pictures if my hair wasn’t also confused right now.  So I’m cheating to show you how they look on well-behaved curls!

Sweet Sorbet Rosette Headband


Nikki is super easy to work with and I love my new camera strap cover.

Does this mean I’m a bit more together now?


Or that the man shouldn’t leave me alone with a PayPal account?

The While You Were Hunting chronicles to be continued…


Kelly said...

I woke up to the realization that bow hunting is now in...sigh.

No husband, no son...I guess it will be ME time!!!!

Kelly said...

Oh and I love the new chairs..the fabric is beautiful! I can't wait to see the curtains

Anonymous said...

OK - just so we're all being honest - Rachel did 2 and I will say it again 2!!!!! of the chairs all by herself! She's a little more crafty than she lets on... (but a was very scared of leaving her alone with a power staple-gun!)

Rachel said...

Just so we're clear... "Anonymous" is my mother. And those two chairs I did must have been the two "phantom" chairs that I forgot to count, LOL!

Furry Bottoms said...

Your new chairs look awesome!! I have re-done my chairs a couple times (Ahem okay, my MOM did) and it does seem like it SHOULD be an easy job!!

Danielle said...

Freakingcute chairs!! Love it! Very updated!
And love the camera strap, I need me a fancy one! :P
If I didn't read it on the blog, there's no way I'd beleive that was your mom. I'd think you were sisters! You're so cute!

Diane said...

Huge improvement. Love that fabric! And ditto on what Danielle said. WHAT is your mom's secret?!

Tamar SB said...

Those chairs are awesome! Your mom is hilarious too!!

Allenspark Lodge said...

So, did Momamomymous help you "stuff" the chairs, too?


GunDiva said...

I love Momma P. And miss her. (You, too, Rachel.)

I can't wait for the rest of the Hunting Chronicles.

stephanie said...

the fabric on your chairs? I DIE! LOVE it so so much!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that fabric!!! Your chairs must look goregous now! Thanks mom. :)

HeatherOz said...

Moms are the best! I get to see mine in 2 weeks. Yay!
The post-grody chairs are so cute. I LOVE the fabric!

Angie Vik said...

Good job on the chairs. Now the task is to keep the new covers from getting grody. We redid our dining room chairs this summer too. Our grody chairs could have been cousins to your grody chairs.
Believe me, they were very icky. Now that they're nice I don't want anyone sitting on them. I often lay a pillowcase over them for my kids to sit on since they still haven't outgrown their ability to make messes. (and not clean them up, I might add.)

Saimi said...

Those chairs look AMAZING and I'm so impressed with your moms handy work. Heck I sent my chairs to be done by a professional, silly me all I really needed was your MOM! And from what I'm reading, you're quite handy too Missy!

Your curtains are going to look so cute I can't wait to see them!

Jenilee said...

I totally understand the first part of your blog post. My husband does the same thing. the scent, the knife, the meat, the freezer... all of it. lol :) and the chairs look great! yeah for crafty moms!

scooterpie said...

What an amazing transformation! Kudos to my talented Mom & Sis! Luloo!

Foursons said...

I love the new chairs! I need you to come do mine because they look like your before pictures. I left the plastic on them for about 5 years before the boys finally managed to remove it. And then the cushions got gross. Quickly. Think Marie's couch on Everybody Loves Raymond. Hahahaha. said...

Love your mom commenting - mine chimes in all the time :)

Shana Putnam said...

Rachel! Stay away from the tools!! This post had me laughing all the way through lady. I do have to say I am so in love with your new chairs though!! That fabric is GORGEOUS!!! I have no fabric on my chairs or else mine would look like your before pics too. Blaze also kneels in the chair. I don't know why, the kid is as big as a6 year old. Boys.

Reddunappy said...

LOL your Mom is great!!! Thanks again for posting over at my blog!
I am interested in where you are? I am in southern Clark county, Washougal, Washington!! A fellow Washintonian!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

The chairs are awesome! The fabric is so pretty. I need to redo mine. I'll let you inspire me.
Oh, and those staple guns? Shudder.

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE the new material. That is really gorgeous. Seriously. WOW!

danette said...

Wow, those look great!! Ya'll wanna come over and do mine? or at least teach me how? ;)

Unknown said...

I am SO IMPRESSED with those seat covers!! The chairs look beautiful! I need to do that to the seat in my bathroom. Thanks for the inspiration!

Emmy said...

I got all crafty this weekend too! Made a puzzle, painted a table-- I felt so cool.

But yea, I would have no idea have to recover a chair-thank goodness for moms.

Anonymous said...

The redone chairs are awesome!! your mom is awesome too!! (post is up about the camera bag I got from Etsy!)

Janie Fox said...

They turned out great! I was scared when I saw your mom with the gun by her mouth. I know it wasn't even scary but I was scared for her none the less. I am slightly frightened of a staple gun. And heights. And snakes. But apparently not of looking like a bathering goofus on someone else's blog ;)

Tina said...

I can totally relate to this post, except I'm quite the redneck myself, i think I was born with it. :) anyway, I always tackle crazy projects during hunting season. That is only after my "I'm going to hunt this year too phase" has passed.

Stacy said...

Your mom did a great job on the chairs, and you did a great job on picking out the fabric, too! :) They are very pretty and vastly better. I will eventually need to recover the dining room chairs that I already recovered, as a grown man dumped an entire bottle of Coke on one of them. Thanks, dude...YOU (NOT our children) are the reason we got stain protector on our other chairs.

Unknown said...

freaking hilarious.
true story: I made something once...completely out of fabric glue. my sewing machine hates me THAT much. Your chairs look awesome

Dyann said...

freezer full of stuff you refuse to cook...fabulous.

my wannabe hunter hubby comes home from time to time with stuff from a friend's freezer. i've finally figured out how to eat it and have it taste normal.

got to the point that the kids started asking, "mom, what kind of chicken is this?" "it's bear meat, honey."

and your mom rocks, btw. give her a hug for me.

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