1. I got the couch repaired (seen above), got the nasty peeling cushions covered by making a new slipcover for them (seen above) and got pillow shams made (seen above).
The couch has been terrible for quite some time. I kept adding quilts or throws to it to try and cover up the damage, but here's a quick look at the "before" state of the couch...
I bought a length of really heavy dark brown corduroy at the used store a couple of months ago and thought that the colors might match. I have to say I was GOOD at matching the colors in my head (probably from all of the repairs I've made to the love seat *laugh*). I stretched the cloth over the existing leather (doubled up) and used nail tacks to basically reupholster the damaged parts. I was a bit short on tacks, so I didn't get to flip the couch over and tack it all over the bottom, but it's tacked enough that it's not going anywhere until I can get to a home improvement store and get some more tacks. And I only smacked my thumb once with the hammer!
I really like how the couch turned out (not so much the pictures as they don't really do the couch justice). The corduroy looks like a suede type of leather from a distance and it's not until you are really on top of it that you can tell what the material actually is, so it blends with the couch really well and adds a bit of a texture variance to the couch.
The cushion covers ended up taking a turn down a different path from my original intent. I had a plan set in mind for some pretty embroidery to do and then I ran across the cushion cover in the center at the thrift store for 1.00. I fell in love with the embroidery and thought it was a table runner, so I immediately bought it only to find it was a cushion cover. Well, my son's speech therapist had given us a child's room pillow to use when he has speech therapy (hit the pillow, not the human being next to you), but it really did not go with the room decor at all. Since it was a really soft and not well stuffed pillow, I shoved it into the pillow case and used a safety pin to close it completely.
The slip cover for the couch cushions was super easy. I measured out how wide my unbleached muslin was and realized that all I had to do was sew two lengths together and it would encompass the cushions nearly perfect. So, basically I made a GIANT pillow case and just shoved the cushions inside. I might add a bit of length to the end of the pillow case and put some velcro in to keep the end of the cover closed, but that's only if it starts slipping off all the time. So far it's been working just fine. I picked the muslin not only for it's width, but also because it matches the tablecloth I made of unbleached muslin for the coffee table (seen) and the undertones in the couch cushions...and it's easy to clean (which for me is an important factor). I think it ties together pretty well considering I made a two toned couch *laugh*.
I actually REALLY can't wait until I can get the mending done on the one quilt I found (making progress on that!) as I think it will look really really pretty on the back of the couch.
So, there's some of the things I got accomplished this week (well yesterday and today).
Next up is...
I finally decided now was the time to make the applesauce out of the reduced apples I bought or I was going to end up with applesauce whether I liked it or not (translation: I was going to find a science experiment in my vegetable drawer). So, Friday, once my husband was home to help field the kiddos, I got to work and got the applesauce done and canned.
I got ten pints out of twelve pounds of apples. Yes, I said ten and I know there are only nine in the photo. For the first time in my canning career (or whatever you would call it) I had a jar break in the canner. The bottom snapped clean across, so I'm thinking that it was some type of fault in the jar. With the way the rest of my week had gone boy I had some choice words and felt discouraged when that happened. Luckily it was the first batch of applesauce so there was only 4 pints of applesauce in the canner, so I didn't have a ton of jars to clean off after the canning was done, only three of them (luckily the majority of the applesauce actually stayed in the jar until I moved it to remove it...what a mess that was). Made me really nervous about the rest of the jars, though, until everything was canned, sealed and happy.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to getting more discount apples at some point and making more applesauce and other related things out of them. We LOVE home made applesauce and stuff around here, so if I can get the means to make it cheap it is a wonderful windfall for us :).
3. I got all of the carpets upstairs shampooed (a LOT), got the upstairs windows washed and got one of three ceiling fans dusted super well. I'm hoping to get more done tomorrow while the kids are in school since I lost two days with my son home sick both days and such.
4. I spent a good portion of the week on the phone trying to find a new care coordinator for TEFRA (my son's Medicaid insurance) as our care coordinator is shutting her business down. I was starting to panic as everyone I called was either not returning my calls or was telling me that they were booked solid with other clients due to my care coordinator quitting and I was starting to worry that I was going to have to learn how to be a care coordinator. Luckily, one lady called me back and gave me the number of a gal in Soldotna who takes care of TEFRA, so I called her and am hopefully getting set up to use her services toward the end of the year for my son's TEFRA renewal (fingers and toes crossed on that one).
5. I cleaned off and moved my son's small bookcase out into the living room area. I put my rice cooker, my slow cooker and some of my books on it, which got a bunch of stuff off the floor (sadly that's where my rice cooker and slow cooker have been the last little bit) and it looks a lot better.
Overall, considering how wiped out I've been and such, I was quite proud of myself for getting so much done.
So, here are my goals for this week.
- Get husband through dental appointment. No matter how much it ends up being I am determined to stay positive about it as the more money it costs that means they save the tooth. Here's hoping it works out.
- Organize pantry better to accommodate more home canned goods as produce seems to actually be going for cheaper prices this year compared to last, which means I might actually get more canning done this year.
- Put applesauce in pantry (organizing the shelves better is step one to this *laugh*).
- Clean children's rooms and scrub down walls.
- Move son's bed and shampoo under it, wash it down with bleach water to kill any germs on it (it's plastic so this is definitely something that I do) and reassemble.
- Vacuum mattresses.
- Continue to clean and organize kitchen.
- Work on dress for self
- Work on gift for new niece
- Finish bag holder (no, I haven't gotten to this yet. Yes I know I'm sad *laugh*).
- Continue to work on mending quilt.
And there you are folks. My goals for this week. Do you have any plans?