Monday, July 30, 2012

Made It Monday!


I am cheating a little here. I actually made this stuff last week, but was excited to share and actually finish something for a post on Monday. /here are my projects:


(Please ignore any stray cat fuzz from my fuzzy long-haired cat or muddy foot prints from the dog!)

Since I changed room again, I am back to scrounging for furniture.  I had such a nice matching set of chairs in my other room Sad smile I am just plain tired of hunting stuff down and I’m not sure there is a whole lot of extra up for grabs in my new building.  I was browsing through Erica Bohrer’s site

and found these lovelies! I just hate the time and distraction it causes to have kids moving seats during reading, so I was obsessed with seating.  Erica found these at Big Lots.  Since I decided to go with Dots on Turquoise, they were just about perfect. But, they were bought last year.

Erica Bohrers First Grade

I headed off to my local Bog Lots with high hopes.  They did not have any collapsable ottomans, but I could tell the colors this year are royal blue, black, hot pink, and plum purple.  Hmmm.  Between two days and 4 stores, I finally settled on and traded ottomans until I had six black ones.  They have 3 different patterns on top though.  I was sick of driving.  I think I drove at least 100 miles to find these babies. 

At any rate, I saw another post somewhere of someone who made the crate seat, which I thought were too low and would take too much time, and they made the seats out of vinyl.  In between trips, I stopped at Joann Fabrics and haunted the clearance isle for about 90 minutes.  I have vowed to save money and recycle, despite all of my spending so far.  I found the turquoise vinyl on clearance for $8 a yard and bought three yards to cover the ottoman tops.  I was stumped on how to attach the vinyl because staples and nails were not working.  I though about hot glue, but didn’t want to ruin the tops in case I decided to change them.  And  I have no idea where my 3 glue guns are.  So it was duct tape to the rescue!!!  My fingers are so sore from rolling tape! I think they turned out great!

I found the rolling chair at goodwill for $7.99 and covered it with some fabric.  Not bad if I do say myself!The fabric folded on the one ottoman are the others I picked out to make curtains and other things for the room.  You can see the Dots on Turquoise colors in the dots I printed of to take with me to match colors.  I love the stripes!


On the other hand, I did use recycled fabric.  I have been the party queen with showers and anniversaries the last few years.  I have bought a few tableclothes or plain white sheets at the thrift store to use as table clothes and no longer need them.  I bought some die and ended up with fabric for 2 small and 2 huge bulletin boards for less than $8. 


I also painted a table I found on the side of the road and a chair I bought at the VOA for 1.99 for my desk.  I’m not quite ready to share those yet.  Maybe next week Smile


  1. Wow! You have been one busy lady, but the final result was worth it, because everything looks great! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I think your ottomans look fantastic! Those are definitely going to be so great to have in your class this year!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  3. Thanks for the compliments! It makes the frustration worth it!


  4. Everything looks wonderful!! I am especially excited about the white sheets and Rit Dye!!! I have never thought of that but I am so glad that YOU did. You just saved me some money!!! My husband thanks you!! Lol!! I am your newest follower. Stop by my blog for a visit.