Friday, April 24, 2009

Frugal Friday- An Unlikely What?

Welcome to my "Leopard Theme" Frugal Friday!
Be sure to drop by Wendy's at "The Shabby Nest" to visit all the other FF shares! ;)
First, you'll visit the finished product, the little sweet stool that sits to the right of the fireplace in my Master Suite, it has a Leopard Print. Isn't she just the cutest lil thing you've ever seen? Now for the story of how she began living her new life... Once there was a slinky pair of Leopard pants that I somehow slid upon my body...I loved these Leopard pants, but rarely ever wore them unless a shirt went to my knees since I was so uncomfortable with their "sleek" (tight) look! ;)

So....I got to thinkin about what else I could do with them... Looking at this adorable needlepoint covered small stool, my mind began to dream up how this stool might look if it were to be converted into an animal print to put in my master suite near the fireplace. Hmmmm.... I bought this little stool for only $3.00 at Queen of Hearts in Buford, GA; a wonderful Antique Shopping Mart with loads of vendors. What a buy, eh? Notice the bottom of the stool in the tag underneath in next pic. The stool was originally made in CT.
So, I have a pair of Leopard Pants, and a Needlepoint Stool that doesn't match anything I have. Yet, I really don't want to ruin that needlepoint...too pretty. SOOOO, hmmm...what if I cut the one leg off the pants... and just use the stretch pant as a slip style cover.
Voila, It worked....and I didn't need to stitch a thing! No one ever knows the difference that this little dream of stool didn't come like this originally. Check out the top of it below:
Now, how easy was that?
Well...gotta run, workin on another Frugal Friday Project for next week!
~CC

43 comments:

The Cottage In The Curve said...

Looks like it was always meant to be there.

Susan said...

Love the stool!
Great job on it

Wendy said...

That is the most creative thing I have ever seen.

Now when I go to buy pants, not only will I be thinking, "do these make my butt look big?", I will also be thinking, "How will these look on a stool?"

That fabric was made for that stool!

Wendy :)

Shelia said...

Woo Hooness! Catherine, this is wonderful! You did a great job. I've got to get me a new staple gun! lol
Be a sweetie,

Shelia ;)

marty39 said...

What a really precious stool with the leopard print. Nice way to recycle both the stool and the pants. Great job. Marty

carolinajewel said...

Great job and So Clever! Love that stool!!!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a wonderful transformation. I love the little stool and the leopard print is one of my favorites. Great way to recycle.. Just too cute for words.
hugs ~lynne~

mbkatc230 said...

What a great idea! So creative, and I LOVE the fact that no sewing was involved. I'm sewing impaired (just ask my 8th grade home ec teacher tee hee). It looks perfect next to your fireplace. Love it! Kathy

Momovthree said...

What a great idea. The stool looks great and now you have a way to actually enjoy those pants instead of them hanging in the closet out of sight. Nice job!
~Michelle

Blondie's Journal said...

Great job Catherine!! And I want to say I am sooo jealous of that fireplace in your bedroom! That would make me drift off to sleep in a second and of course make me stay in bed way too long in the morning!! :-)

Great job for MM!!

xoxo
Jane

ellen b said...

Now that is quite a transformation! You were very creative in using these pants you enjoyed!! I'm thinking how wonderful that you have this fireplace in your Master suite!!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love the leopard on the stool. And it was so easy. I love easy.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

What a great idea! You'd never know it didn't come that way! Catherine, is the Queen of Hearts way out Hwy 9 in Buford or is that Alpharetta? I said Alpharett in my post for Met Monday but I wasn't sure. Or is there a third location in Buford? Great transformation this MM! :-) Susan

kbbryant said...

You clever lady. You have a perfect solution and it turned out like a dream!

kathy b

prof en retraite said...

Hi CC...How clever! Hmmmm...now you've got me looking in my closet! Have a great week!...Debbie

Ma'dame French said...

Ohh I love this what a great idea;)The stool looks much better to me ;) French

Lana G! said...

Genious! Pure genious! Love it!

Cynthia said...

CC,
This is so cute! Thanks for sharing and what a great idea. Cindy

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

That turned out really nice. Looks perfect by the fireplace!
Valerie

Linda said...

Wonderful transformation! I'm going to the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta today...love it!

Margaret said...

What a great idea, makes me think how easy it is to redo something that at first you love but does not go and make it work in your room.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Love that! What a great job! Now are you still wearing those pants with just one leg?? :)

xinex said...

Looks wonderful and so easy and you didn't waste the pants...Christine

Lady Katherine said...

I just love the print! The stool is looks great, and made from your pants! That's creative thinking! I have a stool that needs a makeover, maybe I need to shop in my closet, for I know I several items that are leopard print! lol Great Job!!!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Very clever idea! And anything leopard speaks to my heart! :) I have a leopard print chair pictured in my post today too! Your stool turned out so cute! ~Rhonda

Steph said...

That stool is fantastic. Love the story behind it!

Kathleen Ellis said...

I had forgotten about your ingenious invention...the pants leg slipcover for footstools....do I see a QVC segment coming up?!!! It is adorable! and suits your penchant for animal print in the bedroom!
Great job!
xo
Kathleen

Lisa said...

Hi Catherine,
There's some bloggie bling on my blog for you. By the way, I love the stool and the fireplace mantel...beautiful.
Blessings
Lisa

Linda said...

Cute, what a good way to recycle.
Linda

The Bliss Journey said...

What a great idea, it looks great. Now, I'm going to be looking for all the stretchy clothes at Goodwill. I'll bet that would also work on a lamp shade.Yummmm!!!
Kathleen

Carrie said...

Whata wonderful transformation of the stool!

~CC Catherine said...

Thanks to all those that left the sweet comments and loved my Leopard Stool Makeover! Wait till you see the pillow that I make with the top of the pants that's left over! ;) I'll share it on another M.Monday! You're gonna love it! ~CC Catherine PS (Susan, the Queen of Hearts I was referencing is the one in Buford, near Mall of GA.)

Leigh said...

POsitively fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog! I love new friends! Come back anytime!

Rose Haven said...

Wonderful!!!

When I get all of my sewing finished, I'll have something with leopard print to share, too!

TRES BELLE said...

Catherine,

You never cease to amaze me!!! Something so simple yet I would have never in a million years thought to do that and your right, no one would ever guess that it didn't come that way.

Do you need a job????? LOL

Kris

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Now, that's one sexy footstool!! Thank you for sharing!

ilovemy5kids said...

That is tooo cute!!! I love the idea!

Chari said...

Hi Catherine...

Ohhh yes...talk about frugal fabulous...you've done it, my friend!!! Love your new little leopard print stool...it's perfect beside that fabulous fireplace! I think you had a grand idea of covering it without ruining that pretty needlepoint! Beautiful...absolutely beautiful! I think your little leopard stool project is frugality at it's finest!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Bahama Shores Mama said...

doncha love when resourcefulness ends in sassy GREATNESS??? Love it!

Olive Rue said...

I've been going crazy since yesterday. About to walk out the door to head to Atlanta for a big wedding I'm shooting. That sounds fine about the link thing. Will be in touch tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

Cheryl said...

lol....such a great idea!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Nifty as can be! Love it, CC!

XO,

Sheila

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

BRILLIANT! What a great idea. laurie