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The Crafty Campbells

With our big move approaching I've been working to finish projects that I either started and never finished or never started to begin with. 
I recently finished two and am so proud I thought I would share and shake my tail feather.

The first project was to organize the mess of cords we owned. We had a designated area for cords but no organization and things would often become tangled or lost. The inspiration from the project came from here. I horded toilet paper rolls for weeks (and even stole some from the recycling bin when I went home to visit family). Initially I used duct tape to hold the rolls in place but quickly learned that was not a good idea so I switched to a hot glue gun. The final project is efficient but ugly. If I were to do it again I would cover the outer box with wrapping paper or fabric to dress it up. While going through cords to put in the box we found several that we no longer had the electronics for so I had JC take them to Staples for recycling. :)

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With the exception of Hulk's crib, our bed, and the bookshelves all of our furniture is second hand. Either from craigslist or family. Around the time we were married my mom found a dining room set for us (I think the story is someone was moving and didn't want to take them?). 
It's a nice set, we love it. 
But over time, a moldy pumpkin, and a toddler that is constantly climbing up and down the chairs the fabric wore out.

So I went to my favorite place ever (aside from the temple): google.
Which led me to youtube. The videos were straightforward and made it look easy.
It's not. Seriously.
Taking the chair cushions off was not a problem. I borrowed my mil's drill and was done in less than ten minutes. There was one screw that wouldn't come out so I took a rubber mallet to it... but that's another story.

Enjoying homemade bread while playing under the chairs
I dragged JC to JoAnn's to pick out fabric. It turns out they were having a 50% off sell on their upholstery fabric. Perfect timing? I think so. Thanks HG. We had a spat in the store about which fabric print to pick. In the end we figured that whatever we buy is only going to last 5-10 years and then we'll be doing this again so we went with JC's favorite and next time I'll chose.
For six chairs we bought two yards of fabric; this covered the chairs perfectly.

Mommy's little helper
The next step was pulling the staples out of the seat to remove the old fabric and then staple on the new. I could not remove a single staple. And apparently I stink at using a staple gun. What was supposed to be my project JC ended up doing the bulk of. 
Isn't he great?

The final product


  1. odd taste in fabric, but otherwise yes, he's great!

    1. I agree, very odd fabric. I wanted a more solid pattern but w/e.

  2. Organization saves lives. ;-) Nice work on the dining set!