Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bethany's Latest Project: Sofa Slipcover!!!

This year I've been on a mission to simplify things around the house and try to make our home work in a more efficient and comfortable way for us. I also decided that I wanted to try to get the place looking the way I had always envisioned it (especially since we've been here three years). So, I started in the Living Room. No worries, all of these changes were discussed with the Mr. of the house and thankfully, he was fine with it :)

We had a great sofabed and loveseat that were functional, but not very large and just didn't seem that comfortable anymore. The sofa wasn't long enough for either of us to lay out on and they just seemed a bit bulky in the room. So, I sold the sofa and loveseat on Craigslist and then bought a "new" sofa. I say "new" because it's definitely from the early 70s, but was in impeccable condition (really, I don't think the previous owner ever even sat on it). The only catch was that the fabric was all velour stripes in varying colors. So, I got a wild hare to sew a slipcover for the couch. After finding a great e-book on the how tos of sewing a sofa slipcover from Pink and Polka Dot, I took the plunge and went to Walmart to buy my white duck fabric.

Thanks to my friend Sarah for her help and encouragement to make the first few cuts, we now have a sofa that not only is a better fit for us, but everyone agrees it's more comfortable. It seats more people and definitely gives a more cozy and comfy feel to our Living Room. I also found some great tables at a yard sale, which will give us tons more storage too!

Ok, enough are the pictures :)

Here's the way it was when I started:
This shows the "new" sofa with slipcover underway:
Fabric Close-Up:

And here it is completed (LittleBear left the turtle there for scale- Thanks Auntie Diane, he really loves those turtles!)!!
Without the turtle:

There are some parts of the Living Room I'm still working on, including throw pillows for the sofa and the wall art behind it. I'm scouting Craigslist and garage sales for two arm chairs that I can tinker with as well. I'd also eventually like to get some different, brighter lamps, but that will have to wait for the time being. Still, it's a lot more efficient and functional than it was before and we spend a lot more time in this room now. I'm definitely getting closer to that vintage, cozy feel I've always hoped for!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

LittleBear's first football game!

We took LittleBear out to Floyd Casey Stadium for his first football game Saturday, as Baylor hosted Sam Houston State in the 2010 season opener. (The Bears beat the Bearkats, 34-3.)

LittleBear did great! It was a 6 p.m. kickoff, so we left the house about 4 in order to have time to walk around some of the tailgating and such before finding our seats. That, in turn, meant LittleBear's afternoon nap was cut short, and then with the night game he was out well past his normal bedtime. Thankfully, our seats were in the shade, and with a high temperature of 91, the day was about as cool as a day this time of year in Texas. (We left early in the fourth quarter, as LittleBear really was starting to fade, but overall we think he did really, really well.) Here's a shot of the three of us before the game (and here are some more of our pics from the game, if you're interested):

He wasn't very interested in what was going on down on the field, but boy did he love the band! Just about every time the band started playing -- which was often -- LittleBear started bouncing or dancing or waving his arms (see video below for a shot during the halftime performance). We knew he loved music, but this was fun to see. Perhaps he'll be a drum major in that band someday!

The rest of the time, he was kept occupied looking around and enjoying his snacktrap full of Cheerios (which Mommy had to fill up three times!). In the third quarter, he made friends with the two young boys sitting in front of us, who took a great deal of interest in him and started playing "catch" with LittleBear, as he would toss his water bottle to them and they would hand it back. That made him laugh and laugh. Very cute!

We look forward to enjoying many more Baylor games in the coming weeks and years!

Sic 'em, Baylor football, and sic 'em, LittleBear!