Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sofa is done!

 Well I made a few changes to the sofa.  I decided on two bolster pillows, instead of throw pillows.  I also made the side and back panels more cushiony.  I still need to attach them to the sofa.  That's tomorrow's project and then this will be listed in the Etsy store.  I will not be upset, at all, if it doesn't sell.

Here is a picture of the real sofa I saw that inspired me to make mine.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Preview of New Sofa

This is a preview of the next furniture piece that will be sold.  It's not finished.  As I was working on the back and side fabric panels, I realized it needed another coat of stain in some areas.  Stain takes a whole day to dry and I didn't want to wait that long to show it.

The side and back fabric panels aren't attached yet.  I might redo them and make them a little more cushiony.  There will be at least a couple throw pillows, more than likely 3 - 4.  Hard to see in the pictures, but the seat cushion is tufted.

I think this would be nice in a hotel lobby.  Can you think of other settings where this style could work?  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Julian's New Toy (Photostory)

When we last saw Danielle and Jacob, they were headed to the boys' bedroom, after his bath.  As you will see, Danielle has not had time to finish decorating their room.  Her plan is to get Jacob a car bed, too, and decorate the room with a complete car theme.  (I still have to add some side decals to Julian's bed).

Jacob enters the room first, where Julian is in his bed playing with a toy he just got while out with Sharmaine.

Danielle is right behind Jacob.
"My toy."  (Jacob)

"Mommy look at my new robot cousin Sharmaine got me.  He can walk and talk and everything."  (Julian)

"That was nice of cousin Sharmaine.  I hope you thanked her."  (Danielle)

"I thanked her and I gave her a hug."  (Julian)
"Well good.  It's important to always remember your manners."  (Danielle)

"My toy."  (Jacob)
"No, Jacob.  This is my toy."  (Julian) 

"Stop!  You're going to break it."  (Julian)

"Alright Jacob.  That's enough."  (Danielle)
Danielle reaches down to separate Jacob from the toy, and all hell breaks loose.  Jacob goes into full temper tantrum mode.

"Sweetie, you can't claim all the toys."  (Danielle)
Jacob is not having it.  He continues to scream, almost squirming out of Danielle's arms.

"Mommy you want to see what my robot can do?"  (Julian)
"Not right now, I'm trying to calm Jacob down.

As Danielle tries to hold Jacob and get his pjs out the draw, Rod appears in the doorway.
"What is all that noise?"  (Rod)

"Oh you're home.  Jacob is having a fit because he can't have Julian's new toy."  (Danielle)

"Hi Daddy.  You want to see what my new robot can do?"  (Julian)

"Now that's a pretty cool looking robot.  Let me help your mother first, then I'll take a look at it."  (Rod)

"Here, let me have him."  (Rod)
"Be my guest."  (Danielle)

"Jacob...okay, now that's enough."  (Rod)
"It probably didn't help that he didn't get his full nap."  (Danielle)

"Here, Jacob can play with my robot.  I don't want him to cry."  (Julian)
"That's nice of you, but we can't reward his bad behavior."  (Rod)

"Do you want to put on his pjs, or should I?"  (Danielle)
"I got it."  (Rod)

Jacob finally settles down as Rod sits down to put on his pjs.  Rod cleans his tear stained face with the towel before proceeding.

"I'm sorry I made you cry, Jacob.  You can play with my robot tomorrow."  (Julian)
"Play with my robot?"  (Jacob)
"No, play with my robot.  (Julian)

"Arms up, Jacob."  (Rod)
"Julian, don't forget you're taking a bath as soon as cousin Sharmaine finishes in the bathroom."  (Danielle)

"Don't smile at me now after that awful display you just put on."  (Danielle)
"Say, I'm sorry, Mommy."  (Rod)

"Speaking of sorry, I'm sorry I was gone so long today.  I planned to be back sooner, but time got away from me.  Do you accept my apology?"  (Rod)

Before Danielle can answer, Sharmaine appears in the doorway.

"Awww, you guys are so cute together."  (Sharmaine)

"So are you headed out, now?"  (Danielle)
"Yes, I'm meeting my girlfriend for a drink or two.  Then we might go dancing."  (Sharmaine)
"Be careful out there."  (Danielle)

"Can I go with you?"  (Julian)
"Kids aren't allowed where I'm going, but I promise we will hang out again, soon."  (Sharmaine)
"Thanks again for my robot."  (Julian)
"You are welcome, again.  (Sharmaine)

Sharmaine turns to leave.

"Guess what Julian?  It's bath time."  (Danielle)
"Oh man. I hate bath time."  (Julian)
"Come on.  I'll help you with your bath."  (Rod)
"Thanks, hon.  I'm going to read Jacob a book and put him to bed."  (Danielle)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Back to Work, Halle.

Here is the latest chair and ottoman that have hit my Etsy store.

This chair and ottoman are perfect for a reading corner, by the fireplace, or in a bedroom.  I found the cute little shelf at the thrift store two days ago.  I almost left it there.  Glad I didn't.  Looks like I need to make some more books.

I am in the process of making a brown vinyl sofa that looks like leather.  I wanted to introduce the two pieces at the same time, but the sofa fabric is giving me a HARD time.  I am ready to strangle it.

On previous similar chairs, I attached the back pillow.  I decided not to on this one.  That makes the piece suitable for the taller fashion dolls, too.  

Here I wanted to show what a Barbie sized doll looks like sitting in the chair without the ottoman. 

My energy level the past couple of weeks has been really high.  I'm taking advantage of that and trying to create as many items as I can, and do as many stories as possible.  Just thought I'd give you a little warning.  I am currently working on two new sofas.  One is a totally new design that I am so excited about.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Ladies are Finished (Photostory)

Racquel, Angelica, and Faith are calling it a night.  They've worked hard to get Ni'Chalet's ready to open.  Racquel still has a few things to do to make it pretty, but she is not delaying the opening any longer.  She paid extra to have the chandelier installed today.  The real store signage is due to arrive in a few weeks.

"Thank you guys so much for helping me today.  I owe you big time.  Now all I have to do is let the town know we are open for business."  (Racquel) 

"How do you plan to do that?"  (Angelica)
"Well, tonight I'm going to do an email blast to my previous customers and send out a message on Facebook and Twitter.  I had flyers made that I just have to get out there. I'm thinking about advertising on the local radio show.  We'll see."  (Racquel)
"Faith, do you think you could post some flyers around campus?"  (Racquel)
"Sure.  I've already told my friends you were going to be opening soon."  (Faith)

Racquel finishes putting her shoes on, puts Shay on her back,and they all head out.  It's no longer raining and a little muggy outside, so she leaves her raincoat in the back.
"If it wasn't so late, I would treat you guys to dinner to thank you.  We'll plan to do something next week.  I have to get Shay to bed, so I can get some more work done."  (Racquel)
"Dinner sounds nice."  (Angelica)
"Especially to a couple of broke college kids like us."  (Faith)
"Stop the madness.  You may be broke college kids, but mom would never let you guys go hungry."  (Racquel)

Racquel takes one more look at the store before she leaves.  She's so proud of herself.  She can't wait to tell her doubting husband that she's opening the store in a couple of days.  Something looks a little off, so she sets down her bag and umbrella to make a few changes.

After moving the mannequin and rearranging a few things on the table, Racquel takes another look.  She wants the ladies to see the handbag stand when they walk in the store.

"Uh, what are you doing?  We turned around and you weren't there."  (Faith)

"I'm sorry.  I just had change a few things."  (Racquel)
"Let's go.  It's late.  It will be here tomorrow."  (Faith)
"I know.  I know.  Let's go."  (Racquel)

Below are just a few shots of the store. 

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