Thursday, February 18, 2010

The "BIG" Reveal!

This is a headboard bench that I had bought many moons ago...I cherish this bench in so many ways...It is a reflection of who I was back then...A carefree spirit trying to find who she was and where she fit in...

It was the first piece of furniture that I had bought all by myself {as women we often do (and buy things) that aren't truely us}...

It represents my first taste of freedom, I remember going in every week to pay her out...I'd sit on her and daydream about where she would proudly sit on display, in my home...How the kids would run in after school and throw their backpacks all over her...How the little dings and scratches they left, would only make her more special to me...

As the years past on and my tastes had changed...I thought of painting over her french garden inspired mural...I would get the paint brush close to her and freeze...

Why was I so attached to that mural?...I know now that it is because it represented so many things in a difficult time in my life...

She represented a strength I never knew existed in me...She was different from the everyday furnishings...She was imperfect with her distressed corners and freely painted mural, yet that made her even more perfect... She was a reflection of who I was searching for the whole time...A reflection of "Meme"...




So, I've added to her and made her a reflection of who I am today...As the years go by, she is sure to change, as I change and grow...:)

Here is the "BIG" reveal...Drum roll, please...




It is a slipcover for my old bench...It is my first "real" slipcover...I am thrilled with the results...


I have always wanted to learn how...I have paid big bucks for custom slipcovers...And now I think I can do it myself...Actually, I am working on another one as we speak...Well, after we speak ;)...





I have had a few clients who want me to make them one, too...I'm sure it will be a great asset to my Interior Design business...Anything you can do for the client, is savings for not only you, but them...I have learned to do so many things on my own. It is such a great feeling, when you learn something new...:)




That pillow was my Christmas gift, last year...I wanted it so bad!!!!...I was thrilled to open it on Christmas morn ;)...I don't need or ask for much. But, when I do see something that makes me heart flutter...I have to have it!...I can count on two hands all the things that I have ever asked for in my whole life...Because I don't believe in the "gimme gimme" attitude...I believe in having gratitude for the things we have...And I so do treasure those few things...Especially, my old bench and my new Pottery Barn Pillow...:) Thank you, Santa Clause :)


There are so many mistakes on my new slipcover...But I think I did a fabulous job...And with each new slipcover, I am sure to learn more tricks of the trade! Do you know how to make slipcovers? I bet you could, if you really tried!

Here is the back of my bench...I really didn't need to make a full back...I could of used Velcro to hold the ties on the back...



I thought I would slipcover the back...because I have a real problem...I move things around all the time...I actually move things around in the middle of the night...



Yeah, I'm a "Night Mover"...I have hurt any of people, in my village with my "Night Moves" ;)...Not to mention, my dance moves...;) They think they are going to sit on a sofa that was there the night before...Or better...Go flying through the air...Because I moved the ottoman in the "old" walkway...I try and keep my night moving to a minimal ;)




XoXo, Screaming Meme {Night Mover}


21 comments:

Carrie said...

Wow! It's amazing.

TheVirginiaHouse said...

So cute! You did a great job. I have a sofa that needs a slipcover made, you want to tackle that? :-)

Manuela@TPOH said...

I think you did a fabulous job too! Kudos for even attempting it! I have a chair that I want to slipcover and I've been putting it off for about six months. I'm so impressed - it looks beautiful!

Manuela

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

It looks great! Hey, thanks for stopping by, I always LOVE new visitors. You have a great blog as well. I look forward to following...
Jennifer

Carmen said...

Very interesting! It looks great! Of course, I do NOT know how to make a slipcover. I can barely sew on a button. HA! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I'm off to peruse your blog a little more. :)

3LittleByrds said...

Love your blog and your new slipcover. You did an awesome job. Thanks for visiting my blog. I can't wait to check back on yours again.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I would not have even attempted it..so good for you!
Thanks for visiting with me today...hope we can visit again soon!

Mc Allen said...

I just LOVE it!!!! i could never do that. how did you do the roushing? you should be very proud of it! :) xxoo LA

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Meme,

Nice to meet you . . thanks for the invite, how sweet. Don't you just love slipcovers, I do too, so much style. I heard there good if you have kids in the house . . there washable, makes it so easy. Your "meme bench" is beautiful, even pretty before the slip cover. You did a great job. I have a black dresser in my entry, my sister bought it for me at Christmas time at a estate sale . . it's my trade piece, means alot to me. Enjoyed the visit . . have a nice weekend!

Rustique Gallery said...

You did a great job there. I need to tackle a couple of chair slipcovers but have been chicken. I must confess that I, too am a night mover. Luckily I live alone! This is one fun blog!
Sherry

Rustique Gallery said...

You did a great job here! I must confess that I, too, am a night mover. Luckily I live alone so no one gets hurt! What a fun blog! Sherry

Kerin said...

Way to go!
You did a fantastic job on the slip cover for your bench!
I really love the little pleats around the edge.
I also love that you have increased the decorating flexibility of that bench. It's like having two benches now.
What a happy ending! : )

Love the Decor! said...

Beautiful!!
Thanks for stopping and for you sweet comments
Have a lovely weekend!!

The Stylish House said...

Meme,
I found you when I was leaving a comment at Cherry Hill Cottage so came by to say hi. I’m impressed your new slipcover turned out wonderful, nicely done! I know that Pottery Barn Pillow well. I have a PB gift certificate burning a hole in my wallet at this moment. I look forward to following along and will add your button to my sidebar. Drop by for a visit anytime; it’s always nice to meet new friends.
Cathy

Angie said...

You should be so proud of yourself 'cause it is beautiful! I love the bench, the slipcover, and that awesome frenchy pillow!

Jen T said...

What a great job! I LOVE slipcovers and your bench is awesome both with and without them. What a cool piece!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

beautifully done. Thanks for stopping by.

Melanie said...

Great job!

You can come to my house anytime you want too:)

Stacey said...

Oh wow! She was a pretty before and she's a beauty now. Way to go.

Infarrantly Creative said...

That is so beautiful. The ruffles are to die for! Gorgeous!

Ticking and Toile said...

That slipcover is totally adorable! I love the little ruffles!!! I actually have a page torn out of a magazine with something very similar....love it!! did you use denim? I did my sofa & loveseat in white linen but wondering now if it was a little too lightweight w/ all the tension on the seams (when kids plunk down ya know??)

Shellagh