G is for Gable. And Grrr.

Disclaimer: The following post is sprinkled with the sweetest bits of rage. I apologize in advance… you will soon understand why.

As of this morning, I still had our Christmas tree up in the living room corner. I know, the horror! The shame! Well honey, that is NOTHING compared to three years ago when I left it up until my birthday. Which juuuust happens to be at the end of the month… of February.

This year, I am on the ball and I happen to be very proud of myself. Today, not only did I rip down the tree plus gazillion ornaments and shove them in boxes in under 30 minutes take down the tree and tenderly store away each and every delicate ornament with care, I managed to squeeze in a little craft and a little sprucing up of the apartment.

I saw this tutorial on one of my new favorite blogs, The Prudent Baby, and decided I needed to make one, all quick-like. I just bought this cute green/white fabric that will soon be covering my $15 Craigslist-purchased dining room chairs (freaking adorable and eeeeeeeeeeeeeee! so excited to have them finished!), and have plenty to spare, so a-crafting I went.



Here’s the after:


Now, it may look really quick and simple, and you may think you could make one yourself while watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother with your husband sitting patiently on the couch, waiting for you to join him. You may be all, “This will only take a few more minutes babe! It’s going to be sooooo cute, omg I die.” but then two hours later, you’ll be sweating profusely and telling your husband to SIMMER DOWN, I SAID I’M ALMOST DONE! while trying to trim the millions of tiny pieces of thread hanging off the edges because you’re OCD and silently cursing the woman who invented this project in the first place because she is a devil woman with super crafting skills that obviously exceed mine. I mean yours.

If you attempt this, be sure that if your last name starts with a G you PICK ANOTHER LETTER FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY. Justin, why did you have to have such a difficult first letter of your last name? Explain yourself.

This project was a little B (New Years Resolution: use better language — I’m doing remarkably well), but after rearranging some furniture and adding a few more things to the walls, I think it was worth two hours in my own personal corner of hell. It’s pretty freaking adorable.

25 thoughts on “G is for Gable. And Grrr.

  1. Looks great! And don’t feel bad about the Christmas tree. My record was taking our tree down just after Valentine’s Day in 2008. I was pregnant at the time and just didn’t want to deal with the darn thing.

  2. I would have to agree – super cute! (And my Christmas decorations are still up, including stockings. I definitely need to add that to my to-do list for tonight.) I’m guessing an “S” would be just as hard… and my crafting skills are practically non-existent. So I’m just going to live vicariously through you :)

  3. That is super cute and I may try to make that. One day. When I have lots of free time. :) And don’t feel bad, my tree is still up too. But I’m blaming that on the fact that my fiance is in Vegas, and we didn’t have time to take it down before he left.

  4. I am dying laughing. If I ever write a book can I quote you on the jacket?…”Jacinda is a devil woman with super crafting skills”

    Thanks for trying out the project. Your “G” looks AWESOME and you are the only one who will ever notice the stray threads.
    Watch for your most excellent “G” to be featured in the next Prudent Baby Round-up. And tell us more about that gorgeous green fabric!!

    PS. My “LIVE” tree is still up in the living room, bare of decor, dropping mad needles until we figure out how to get rid of it in our new town…

  5. “L” is for LOL!!!! That’s hilarious, and that ALWAYS happens to me when I do a craft project and I scream and yell and grunt and Chris is all CALM DOWN LADY!

    Love the fabric!!!! Can’t wait to see the chairs!

  6. It turned out super adorable and I LOVE the fabric! You have to post the table and chairs once they are finished. Eep! Can’t wait!

  7. umm adorable. and also, since you know how to do this with the letter G I think you should go ahead and make one for me because yah that’s what my last name starts with! ;)

  8. first of all, I am DYING with curiosity over your new dining room table and chairs b/c I KNOW theyre going to be amazing but I have NO PATIENCE in this life!
    That green fabric is amazing. Seriously. I would have seen that on the bolt and been like ehh, that’s nice. Moving on.
    BUT to see it on that letter G and then to imagine it incorporated into a dining room table!? Pure genius! It looks so chic!
    I really and truly want to try making this…but I have 3 letters I want to cover…will I want to jump off a bridge doing it??
    I have an idea, you should help me! While watching House Bunny!
    What? I’m not too ashamed to BEG for help.
    I really want to get those cute cloth covered letters from Anthro and do a little T & J dealio to hang on the wall,
    but WTH, $14/letter x 3 letters= wayyyy too much money for me to justify.
    So I’m really going to try this.
    Hold me to it!!

  9. Even though it sucked to make, I’ll agree with everyone else that it’s super adorable. Did you have the letter just lying around?

  10. Trisha: Thank you! I went out and bought one for like, $3 at Joann’s that day… but oddly enough, I have a crap ton of those letters just laying around for various birthday gifts I planned to make and never got around to, haha.

  11. two things:

    1)your letter turned out so chic and adorable. Love it.

    2)you may very well be one of the most entertaining people ever and I’m pretty sure you’ll be famous someday… like another Dooce, but with better boobs and less bad language (thanks to that resolution).

  12. Ok, I stumbled on this post after googling “fabric-covered letters” and laughed my head off! You sound exactly like me doing a project I think is going to be so simple. Too funny!

  13. Why did I just now realize that both our last name initial is a “G”? LOL love you, miss you!

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