Monday, March 17, 2014

Guest Post {Traci from tgdesigns}

Hi Friends!

Right about now I should be laying on the beach hearing the ocean waves splash in the background. Either that or I'm stuck in the Minneapolis airport for some awful unforeseen reason. Let's hope for the former, shall we?! :)

Anyway, I have a fun post today for you guys from a great friend of mine, Traci. I've referenced her many, many times on the blog. Usually to give props to her excellent crafting and DIY'ing skills but also because she's fun and I like to hang out with her! :) It's been a little while since she's posted any projects or a My Opinion Monday rant but now that she's mostly settled into her awesomely decorated apartment, I sure hope picks up blogging again. Go check out some of her past projects!


Hey Sprinkles readers! First, I'd like to wish you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day! I've got my green jeans on and am ready to go out and celebrate like I'm 30 (because I am). I've got babysitting duty for my boyfriend's niece and nephews at about 10PM tonight until I get them to daycare in the morning at 7AM, so yeah, that should be fun. The last time I did an overnight babysit for someone, I took her to daycare in the same clothes she wore the previous day - oops! 

Anyways, my name is Traci and I blog (err use to sort of blog) over at ihearttgdesigns - phew, just checked, I'm still over there! I've known Mollie for about 10 years now - we went to college together and worked together and although those days are over - we still get together as often as we can. She's always raving (right Mol?) about my projects and DIY stuff, so I thought it would be appropriate to share that with you all today. So, let's get started shall we?! 

I recently moved into an apartment that I can barely afford, and after my island was delivered, I was on the hunt for cheap barstools. But gah, I am picky, indecisivie and like I said, on a budget - champagne taste on a beer budget if you will. Luckily, I found these barstools on Craiglist for $45 for BOTH! 

As you can see, they're pretty standard but don't really match the island (or the rest of the cabinets - which are actually dark, I have no idea why my main cabinets are dark and the island is light...oh yes I do, my building is new and I'm pretty sure this was their shortcut to savings - even though the bars are "custom"). I thought about painting them, but because it has been 80 below zero for 100 days straight, I decided to just stain them. And in my arsenal of stuff, I had some stain. So I got to work on bringing these into my decor.

After those were done, I had the daunting task of finding fabric. Lucky for me, I have about 3 totes full (I use to have a sewing business and Etsy shop) so I thought I'd save some time and money and use what I had. I found one in my stash I liked and then I got out....the glue gun. Now, let me tell you - this is not what I would normally use. I would normally use a staple gun. But I live on the 3rd floor now and I'm lazy, so I did it a bit half-assed. If I were selling these or they were going in a museum, I would have used staples. Use what you got - I like Mollie preaches that :) 

So I turned the seats over, cut the fabric, ironed the fabric, and started to glue. I did top then bottom, then the sides and then worked my way around the corners. This was time consuming but I actually liked the flexibility the hot glue gave me! Take your time and just pull and tuck and smooth and glue...

Then I slapped those seats back on, screwed them back to the chair and called it a day. And I LOVE how they turned out! 

I'm working on a full apartment tour for my blog (because it clearly needs an update) but I'll leave you with a pic that Mollie asked me to send her - my gallery wall. I literally threw that together with some old canvases, frames, windows and fabric I bought. I've made it my mission to have the girliest place I can!

Thanks for reading - I know I get a little wordy, that's why I started a blog :)


I asked Traci to share the above photo. She's right, I am always raving about her work! I just love that wall so much! It of course took her no effort at all but looks like a million bucks! That's why I love her, she slaps things together and they look perfect. She's definitely got the knack for decorating.

I hope everyone has a great week! I'll be back with a couple more posts for ya while I'm away but don't forget to enter the Nasoya Tofu Plus giveaway still going on!

Who here's a big fan of DIY'ing?
I love to bring new life to things and have them completely transformed. Although, I don't have the best skills, I have Traci in my back pocket to turn to. :)  Kaydin and I have been working on a couple transformations that I'll get around to sharing soon!