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Skirted Console

How was your weekend? Ours was fantastic – our ten year high school reunion was a success and a good time was had by all. More on that later this week maybe?

Ok, so I promised you guys I would show you the skirted console I did. My inspiration was this beautiful Ikat printed table over at Little Green Notebook, via Urban Grace Interiors. I saw it and thought, hmm, I think I could do that. Plus, we were given a folding table a few years ago from my sister-in-law Chrysi’s parents, and it was just the right size for a project. Can I just say that a small folding table like this is the perfect gift? We’ve used it for so many things — if we’ve needed extra seating for a party or a gift table display for a shower. I highly recommend giving newlyweds one of these!

So I ordered my fabric, a pretty Anna Griffin fabric, and even though it’s a quilting weight (read: very lightweight), I was pleased at how it ended up draping.

Here’s my before shot, complete with sewing machine:

I took a “during” picture but now I can’t find it. I made my “pattern” out of a roll of kraft wrapping paper – you can see a bit of it in the picture above, in the corner. That made it really easy to visualize how it was going to turn out as well as tweak the pleating.

Ok, don’t be stupid like me. Measure twice, cut once. I ended up cutting the fabric for the top of the console too short, so I had to sew on two panels on either side to make it stretch all the way across. It doesn’t look too terrible, but it did make extra work for me. I think the hardest part of the entire project was attaching the top to the skirt — I admit that I did cheat with fabric glue. 🙂

I bought some grosgrain ribbon at Joann Fabric and used it to trim the top. I didn’t need a ton, but if you are looking for an excellent resource for inexpensive trim, get thee to JKM Ribbon. I found it four years ago when I was planning our wedding, and they have all different kinds of trims that are fab and very inexpensive. I’m still using up a roll of ribbon from our wedding!

And voila – the final product! I’m happy with the results – i feel like it’s so pretty, and I like having the chair in front of it, like it’s a chic little writing desk. No one would ever know its humble beginnings as a folding table! Plus I can hide all kinds of junk underneath that skirt!  ha!

In my wildest dreams, I would put a Louis Ghost chair there in lieu of my painted French chair. I would just looooove a little bit of Lucite in the room! Maybe someday…So there you have it. A fun little project for minimal $. I used 6 yards of fabric, with a little bit left over. (FYI: The table is 2’x4′ and 30 inches tall.)  I’m thinking I might use the leftover fabric to cover the seat on one of my bamboo chairs.

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I’m not dead

I promise! I am still here! Man, is life crazy for anyone else right now or is it just us?

I’ve been MIA for a few days because we’ve had a sad teething baby. Or, make that, a sad, teething, pooping baby. In addition to hatching two new teeth, he has also had the runs for days. I really thought that I was going to go insane. The poor kid’s little bottom was so blistered, he would just cry and cry every time I changed him (which was quite frequently).  I think when he has diarrhea, it freaks me out all the more because of my ulcerative colitis. I know what it’s like to have really awful GI problems, and I guess my big fear is that he too will be stricken with it. Mom reminded me that Satan really wants me to have me caught up in fear, but the reality is, I must be confident in God’s control and His big plan for our lives. Even if Jude does have UC someday, it will be all in God’s perfect will and He will use it to His glory. May He also use mine as well. 

In addition to this, I’ve had a couple of work projects this week that have to be done, and because he was having the poops, I couldn’t take him to Mother’s Day Out on Tuesday as I normally would. So here came Grandmother to save the day! My mom came yesterday morning and picked him up and took him home with her and he has been there ever since. Usually my mother-in-law keeps him on Wednesday mornings so I can go to Bible Study Fellowship, but my mom just let him spend the night. We were so thankful to have a night off, and to get a full night’s rest. Jude had been waking up frequently in the middle of the night, so we had resorted to putting him in bed with us, which equals no rest for anyone really. I was getting really tired and really frustrated, as well as stressed, so this little break has been a really good way for me to reset, as well as accomplish a lot of things, frustration-free. Thank you so much, Mom! I am eternally grateful!

Yesterday I met with one of my brides to work on her wedding programs, and I can’t wait to show them to you. They’re going to be really beautiful; she’ll have them in her hands by the end of the week. I’m also working on a web project for a friend’s store; while I’m not doing the design, I am responsible for the writing of content and descriptions of the clothes. We’ve been working on getting everything pulled together, and it is quite the project! When it’s launched, I’ll be sure to let you all know. 

My mother-in-law is beginning her career in real estate, so I’ve been helping her with her headshot (we’ll have the shoot tomorrow) as well as writing her bio for her. A business system is also in the works. She’s really excited about this new venture, and I’m excited to be a part of it! Whew! I’ve got A LOT to keep me busy!

I was also excited to see the arrival of Jude’s Dwell rug from Target today (ahead of schedule! go Amazon!). It’s really beautiful, and I am extremely impressed at the quality for $79. It really was a bargain, and I am extremely happy. I feel like it just completes the room and makes it look so sharp. If only I could justify a place to put the green stripe rug from there – it’s just such a deal!

I also hung up the French ABC flashcards that I bought in San Francisco at the ever-delightful Paper-Source. I absolutely adore them. The typography and illustration is just so adorable.

As much as I love being a mother to Jude, these days are really exhausting. He is so active and into everything, it feels some days like it’s hard for me to “accomplish” anything. I laugh to myself when I re-read that sentence. What is it that I really want to accomplish? Yes, I enjoy graphic design, blogging, crafts, and interior design stuff. But sometimes I find that when my attention is so greatly divided between my son and my work, I do neither design nor mothering very well.  Heck, sometimes I don’t really think that I do housework very well either! But it’s all about doing what you can to the best of your ability; and no one is going to judge me (hopefully) on the cleanliness of my house.  Jude is one of the most important people in my life, and I want to give him all the love and attention he deserves. He and Simon deserve the best of me.

Thus said, it’s been nice to have a mini-mommy-break so I can focus on getting my house clean, organizing my office (it is OUT of control!), taking care of a few business matters (darn insurance!), and getting to work on a design project or two. Thank you, again, Mom, for helping us out!

Oh, and I finally got around to cleaning up the spare bedroom, which has been looming over my conscience. When I redid the office a few months ago, it became the dumping ground for everything that didn’t really belong in the office. Which was a lot. So here it is now, in its (rather boring) clean glory. There is now room for someone to spend the night, if need be!

Hope everyone is doing well!

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