The weekend (actually the past week) was cold here in Seattle. We got a dusting of snow on Saturday, just enough to make it feel safer to stay at home. It continued ever so slightly on Sunday, and my mothering instincts kicked right into full gear when I felt drafts coming in through a few windows. Extra quilts were thrown onto beds (you can imagine that we have plenty) and I set about trying to cover things to ward off the chill.
Cause that's what I do when it gets cold.
I cover things.
I recovered the upholstered seats to our kitchen chairs. (Truthfully, I had planned to do these over the weekend before it snowed, but still...) These sit at the island of our kitchen counter, the four of them across one side. We've had these chairs for about 10 years and the main reason I never get tired of them is because I can reupholster the seats, which I usually do every 6 months or so. Its a great project because 1 yard of home decor weight fabric will usually cover all four with careful cutting. This time I used the Orla Kiely for Target tablecloth I'd purchase a few years ago for our old dining room table. Sadly, it doesn't fit the new table, but using it this way allows me to see the pattern every day, so that's good! I used iron-on clear vinyl on the fabric before I applied it to the seat. Feels like coated cotton fabric, and it really makes my fabric choices limitless, and spills don't matter.
Then I made a tea cozy.
It was just about a year ago this month that I moved my sewing studio into our basement, and let me tell you, it gets chilly down there this time of year. A space heater works great when I am cold, but my tea cup doesn't really stand a chance. For what I think may be the very first time in my life I needed a tea cozy! I usually have something warm in my hands when I'm down there, and although it is good exercise, I get a little weary of running up and down the stairs to warm my tea or hot water.
And because I grow bored without options, it's a reversible tea cozy (that's not 2 different ones pictured, its the same one reversed). This project took me less that an hour, using only what I already had in my stash.
Tomorrow I will show you how in case your tea gets cold too.