Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mini Project #1

So, this is my first project post since November. Yeah! It feels very good to get back into an old rythm. I do need it to keep myself busy....well, at least most of the time. Relaxing is fun but so is creating and decorating. I really do enjoy myself when I'm creating.

I was thinking of doing another category. Mini projects. I'm categorizing Sneak Peek projects as those that require "hard work" such as sanding, drilling, priming, painting, varnishing, hammering, hours of work, etc. Sadly, I don't have very many of those - boo hooey. As for the mini projects, well, I'll categorize them as glue gunning, light sewing, minimal painting, decoupaging, etc. And I do have a lot of those - yeah! However, I don't think they will be sneak peeky.

So with that being said, let me continue with my first project post.

This umbrella (picture above) looked like my plastic, grass skirt patio umbrella. Actually, mine was beige/cream in color. I couldn't find a picture of my umbrella in my own photo files or on the web, so this pink umbrella kind of gives you an idea. Well, due to mother nature, the grass skirt needed a "mowing". So here's what it looks like now.

Not very pretty. Most peeps would just toss this ugly thing. Nope, not me. So I went to my local thrift store for some ideas. What do you get with this and this?

Again, the pics aren't that great. The lighting in my kitchen and living room isn't that great.

Tada or voila!

I just bought a round ivory tablecloth and sewed a pom-pom trim around the edge of it. That's it. Easy Peasy. Now, this umbrella will last a very long time. Plus, I can always try to find round tablecloths in many different colors and designs to change the patio mood. I'm now on the hunt for a pink, white, rosey, and lacey tablecloths. I can already imagine ruffles or fringe trims on them.

I can't wait to post this on Friday's Show & Tell on Cindy's My Romantic Home and on Thursday's Transformation Thursday on The Shabby Chic Cottage.

Until then,




Lisa said...

That is a fabulous idea! Very creative! Your umbrella looks so pretty now and you're right, it can be totally personalized for any season or theme.
LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing.

Bree said...

How are so creative you make me jealous =/

haha <3 Bree

Shabby Addict said...

Oh my gosh! That is one of the most creative things I've ever seen! I would have never thought of that. Great idea. Turned out so cute!

Susan said...

What an awesome idea! I was thinking of dumping my now faded umbrella. Instead, now I'm going to go look for a round tablecloth! Susan

David and Kelsie's Country Home... said...

LOVE this idea and hope you don't mind if I use it. I totally love the idea of being able to switch out the covers to suit the season/mood.

I look forward to seeing what other great ideas you come up with.


Bella said...

Hi Lisa,
Your new umbrella is gorgeous, what a very clever idea!! Lovin those pom poms:-)
Thanks for stopping by :-)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Ingenious! What a great idea. Now its a darling umbrella.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are SO crafty and clever!

Olivia~ said...

Oh my goodness I just adore this darling umbrella cover, never thought about using a tablecloth. Awesome idea.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Very cute! The pompom fringe is adorable!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is beautiful. I am hosting a 50 dollar CSN Giveaway on my blog. I would love for you to stop by. Thanks Anu!

Randi Dampha said...

Hi, I have a old jewel box just like the one you painted, Lisa and I was wondering how much you paid for yours, about how old they are, and what you think they maybe worth? Thank you so much.