Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Anniversary Sweetie and What to do with...?

Twenty years ago today I married this wonderful man. Oh what a ride. He still makes me laugh. Is there anything better than that? Thanks honey for some really great times. Here's to many more. This picture was taken at our last family reunion. Becky had set up her photo booth. Let me tell you that is a great addition to any party. It's out in the open so everyone gets to see you ham it up. Makes for some great memories. Now for the what to do part of the post. This chair is from our early married days. It didn't look this bad when we first got it. And actually this picture is taken after I had taken it all apart and then thought you know I might want a before and after picture. So I carefully set things in where they used to be and snapped a picture. Taking it apart took a little while. The seat was easy. It just screwed onto the metal frame. The back however was a mystery. Those metal posts sticking out had the front screwed to it and then there was a back that was glued and attached with some kind of screw/nail thing. It had ridges like a screw but it did not spiral and it's head was like a nail. So whatever that is. But the upholstery was covering all this hardware so there was a lot of prying going on. Alex, who was home studding the last of his finals, eventually came to see what I was doing. Apparently I was making some interesting noises. Wish he had come to investigate sooner because he was better at getting it apart than I was. I only had one screw/nail thing left when he came. Here is the chair all taken apart.Next I cut some strips and sewed them together. I was about to staple this to the front when I realized I needed staples. So off to Home Depot, where I got the wrong staples and had to go back. Grrrr. I was just finishing up the back when I heard DD come home. Now since this is going to be a Christmas gift for her I quickly hid all the parts.
Hopefully I can finish it today and take it to my dear neighbor's to hide until Christmas. I will post a finished picture when I get to that point.

15 comments:

  1. Yay, for you both!! 20 years is the best! Here is to twenty more. Great picture and great redo on the chair.

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  2. Good golly gosh but this is a cute, cute, chair. ...or about to be anyway! You're such a great mom for creating this. She's going to love it for a long time. ...and I agree that photo booth idea is a fantastic idea. I love the picture and gosh, Happy Anniversary my friend. I'm all warm smiles for you both!!!

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  3. Oh my...what a difference!! I love the fabric strips.

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  4. Happy Anniversary!! Love the photo. Good luck with the chair, it is going to look fantastic xx

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  5. Happy Anniversary!! Love the photo. That chair is going to turn up a treat..have fun.
    Julia ♥

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  6. Good on you both and hope you had a happy day. Your hubby looks like a cheeky little minx & full of mischief! Kind regards, Anita.

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Cute photo of the two of you. I love your chair. It is going to look amazing!

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  8. Happy Anniversary....Great Pic.
    cheers

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  9. Happy Anniversary and congratulations as well! Twenty wonderful years with many more to go...

    Love the chair - your daughter is going to just love this!

    Hugs
    Shar

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  10. I can't believe you were able to take the chair apart - you're so smart! Your daughter is going to love it. :) blessings, marlene

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  11. Happy anniversary to you and your hubby Em!! Congrats! 8-)
    Great photo! lol! Great party idea too!
    That chair is an awesome idea for a gift Em! Love what you are doing with it so far! 8-)

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  12. Happy Anniversary! And yes..it IS the best that you guys can still laugh together! The chair project is wonderful. My dad found an old chair at a fleamarket or somewhere and brought it home and refinished it. He told stories of how he learned to do it in his little village in the "old country". That most people learned how to fix chairs (and re-cane them) because that's what farmers did in the winter...fixed chairs, made rakes and brooms etc. Skills like that are fading away

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  13. Cute picture. I'm sure she'll love the chair. I hope she doesn't read your blog!

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  14. Happy Anniversary! Mine is next week and it is 30 for us!!

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