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12.31.2010

Salvation Army Find

So, if you live in Northern Virginia and need some fun new things for your home, GO GO GO to the Salvation Army in Leesburg off of Route 7. It's right by the Honda dealership. I have found the greatest things there! They always have beautiful vintage glasses and old mason jars that you can put anything in! I seriously love this particular Salvation Army.

Luckily, it's right by my parent's house, so if they are babysitting for the afternoon, I will try to swing by and see what new things they have. They have great "diamonds in the rough," which is basically nasty furniture seen with the naked eye, but I can usually envision some paint and fabric that can make it pretty. I found a set of white chairs the other day for $4 each!! They were pretty gross and needed a deep clean desperately. The seat of the chair was disgusting and a vinal seat cushion. ugggghhhh. But for $8 for 2 chairs, I threw them both into the back of my car. I came home and went to work. Here they are before:

BEFORE: you can't really see the stains and such. gross.



Look at that cushion! awful.


I cleaned both chairs really well. I then went to Calico Corners in Fairfax and picked this fabric. Calico Corners is pricey and typically around $25 a yard, but I have liked this fabric for some time and since the chairs were so cheap, I bought a nicer fabric. 1 yard of fabric will cover 3 chairs.
AFTER:

I could have also re-painted the chair a fun color, but I do love white. So, I just decided to keep it that color.

The other seat cushion
I am going to leave these chairs in the basement for when I need extra seating. We entertain all the time and when it's really large groups, I end up borrowing folding chairs. I am going to try and collect some good will or salvation army chairs and clean them up, so that I can have extra seating for showers, birthday parties, etc.
I think these would be perfect for an entry way with a little round table in between? $8 you cannot beat!
All you need is a staple gun. Staple each side only once and the fold it like you are wrapping a present. Then staple all the way around. so easy and I have fun in the process. :)

12.06.2010

a couples shower

My brother and adorable sister in law are about to be parents in just a couple of weeks! About a month ago, Brad and I threw them a couple's shower with all of their JMU friends. SO freaking fun. I was wishing I had a couples shower too! David and Meg are mexican lovers so we made fajitas, chips and salsa, margaritas, guacamole...... all the works! Everyone knows that Rio Grande has the best tortillas, so I went over there and got tortillas and then stopped at On the Border and got chips and salsa. (OTB has davids fav chips and salsa) Here is the happy couple! I had every intention of doing this as the place cards, but I could just not get my act together. I bought all of the apples and metallic gold spray paint. I made a slit in the apple and put the name card in. I just couldn't finish them since I didn't allow myself the time. Oh well. Next shower maybe! It was funny cause we were having mexican food which is casual, but I wanted it to be elegant at the same time, so I mixed the two. Anyway, a big bag of little apples and metallic gold spray paint is a cheap cute place card.

The girls table set!


Drinks on the buffet
David enjoying some chips and salsa

The boys table set!

Megen's friend Katrina made the favors. Little mason jars with burlap and yarn. The jars were filled with candy corn. So festive and adorable.

Meg and David are so blessed to have such great friends. David lived with all of these guys at JMU and meg lived with the girls. They all did everything together in college and then most of them married eachother. Can you say perfect? I was telling brad that night that this group of friends are incredibly blessed. They have reunions with eachother from time to time and what a perfect time to come together to celebrate Will Minter!! Can't wait to meet the little guy!Me and the cute mama!
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