Archive | September, 2010

NY State Fair!

8 Sep

John and I took S to his first NY State Fair on Monday. It was John’s first NYS Fair too, and we almost didn’t go! John didn’t want to go on Thursday, and we didn’t feel like driving over the weekend, but we were finally game on Labor Day, which was the last day of the fair.

We got there kind of late, so I wanted to make sure that we did my “musts”: Sand sculpture, butter sculpture, 25 cent milk, animals, and fair food! (I had a fried haddock sandwich and a funnel cake. John had a grilled chicken sandwich and strawberry ice cream with strawberries on top. I got a little bite of fudge too, which we shared. Yummy!)

We were able to do all of it except see the animals because they were gone by the time we got there. 😦 I was pretty dissapointed; I wanted cute pictures of S with the animals! S did look like he enjoyed himself though. I carried him in his Moby, which was awesome because it made it a lot easier to maneuver around the crowd. After we ate, he just poked his head out and looked around. It was pretty cute.

All in all, it was a good time, and it didn’t rain or anything. (Well, a couple droplets fell, but it didn’t rain.) We stopped for a while to watch this funny German comedian/juggler guy do things like juggle fire and balance a chainsaw on his chin and then we headed home. Good quick trip to the fair!

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Craftin’ Chair

6 Sep

Since I’ve been home on maternity leave, I’ve been going to thrift stores more often. Instead of maybe once a month, I’ll go maybe once a week. It’s been great!

On one trip I saw this chair and thought it would be a really cute replacement for the kitchen chair I’ve been using at my sewing desk. To keep my spending in check when I go out, I always think of a price for what I’m interested in before I pick it up. What I’m willing to spend, if you will, and since I didn’t REALLY need this chair, and it needed to be repainted and the seat recovered (you can’t quite tell from the photo, but it was in rough shape.) I decided I wouldn’t pay more than a dollar. I flipped it around and saw – $7??? What? Pass.

So I bet you’re wondering how I came home with it then? The next time I went to that thrift store, I checked it out again and saw this scribbled on the back of it: $6.99 $4.98 $3.50 $1.99 .99!

Mine! It took them long enough, but it was finally marked down to my price. I bought some cute fabric that was on sale at JoAnn’s ($1.50) and two cans of spray paint ($6) and had myself a cute new chair for less than $10.

Of course this simple project couldn’t just be simple. I started it on Thursday spraying the primer coat of spray paint. This went fine. I was worried that all the drawing on the back wouldn’t come off, but it eventually covered nicely.

Once I was done spraying the primer on, I went inside to recover the seat. I added some padding that I had left over from remaking the couch cushions so that I had a softer seat. This went ok too, except I put the material on backwards first, so the birds faced the back of the chair. D’oh!

I learned from my mistakes in applying the primer and went a lot slower with the yellow on Friday, making sure to watch for drips and actually taking the time to let the paint dry in between layers.

I went out to lunch in between layers too, then to work to show off S, and when I got back home, I found that it had rained at my house…quite a bit. So I moved the chair into the garage so it could dry off again, and finished painting it on Saturday.

While I was spraying the yellow layer, I also spray painted a frame for the nursery, but I’ll get to that later. 😉

It took longer than I had planned (I originally wanted this to be my Friday post.) but I really like how it came out in the end. The only thing I would have done differently is actually sand down the chair first. The paint is sticking, but there are some areas where the wood is chipping, and I think sanding it would have corrected those flaws. They’re not noticeable though, unless you inspect it, so I ultimately don’t mind.

What do you think of my new chair? A nice addition, yes?

PS: Happy Labor Day!