A Sersie for Dagmar

Dagmar and her husband, Wolfram, are taking a two week road trip for holiday.

Now, let’s go over this sentence…Dagmar: What a totally cool name. In my family we have Ann, Susan, Jane, David, Laura and Mary. Nice. Traditional. Safe. But Dagmar is an awesome name! Not only is her name awesome, but she is pretty awesome too. Not only does she play a mean game of tennis and jump out of airplanes, but she also comes up with the most creative and thoughtful gifts.

Next, take a look at Wolfram: sounds like you should stand up tall, doesn’t it? Wolfram is Dagmar’s husband. Wolfram. Wolfram. wolfram. I just like saying it. I’ve only met him once, but if he was smart enough to marry Dagmar, then he’s A-Ok in my book.

Two Weeks people! Two weeks in a car…driving from South Cackalaky to New Mexico…with her husband! I love Superman with all my heart, but two whole weeks. I just don’t know.

Holiday: “We are going on holiday”, sounds sooo much more sophisticated than “We’re going on vacation.” Or “We’re headin’ on down to Myrtle”. Do they have trailer parks in Europe?

About 8 years ago, Dagmar, Wolfram and small son moved here from Germany. She knew very little English. I can’t even imagine doing such a thing. Would I do it? Sure! But me learning a new language and culture would probably be a disaster. Dagmar fits perfectly. She’s even mastered the idea of a sersie (a southern tradition of giving a small, unexpected gift.) We hear so much depressing news about the state of America these days, I’m almost embarrassed. Yet, here is this woman who can’t wait to become a citizen! Seeing the American experience through her eyes makes me a bit proud.

I wanted to send her off on her holiday with a sersie.

20130928-180327.jpgI filled a bag with these goodies…gum, candy, chips, lotion, nail polish remover, lip balm and wipes.

20130928-180538.jpgI hope she has a safe and wonderful adventure traveling through the U.S. and filled with awe at the sight of the hot air balloons in New Mexico! See ya when you get back Girl!


Two Girls and a Staple Gun

20130927-165735.jpgThis is my crazy friend Yvette. I talked about her here when we did the Color Vibe Run. Just to make it clear…we call her Vet, short for Yvette…duh. No, she is not a vet as in a veterinarian. I have been there when she has introduced herself to someone where they have said “Oh really! What type of animals do you work with?” Needless to say I busted out laughing and had to remove myself from the scene. So, now you know. Vet, short for Yvette, not veterinarian.

Anyhoo…she called one day this past summer wondering if I knew of anyone who could reupholster her dining room chairs. Well, heck yea! Me!

20130927-170804.jpgI showed up at her house ready to go. She begins to tell me how there is something wrong with her chairs. There’s no way to get the cushion off, unless you take the chair apart. Do you see my look of “huh?”

20130927-171001.jpgI show her how you just have to put a little bit of Umph! into it.

20130927-171113.jpgThen, we got to work taking all of the cushions off the frame.

20130927-171202.jpgYup! These cushions are in need of a new facelift.

20130927-171251.jpgVet purchased this beautiful fabric, which she decided to use the backside of it. I love that the pattern is repetitive in such a way that we don’t have to worry about centering a flower or other image. Just line it up and we were good to go.

20130927-171652.jpgVet’s sweet husband, Jeff, got his trusty staple gun, electric cord, hammer, and etc…all out and ready for us.We began in the middle of the top side, then pulled the fabric tight and stapled the bottom. Next stapled once on each side to ensure the fabric stayed straight. After checking the front, we continued attaching the fabric around each of the sides.

20130927-172131.jpgCorners can be tricky. I like to pull the corner up like this and lay it flat.

20130927-172246.jpgStaple. Now, this is where I need to say, that sometimes Jeff’s trusty staple gun, that he’s never had a problem with in 20 years, began to fail us. (Yes, Jeff! It failed us.) Sometimes the staples would not go completely flush, which was no problem. We would just swing the hammer a few times and take care of that problem. But sometimes the staples would get stuck in the gun. Vet and I did what anyone would….we think….We would move the switch thingy back and forth, and when that didn’t work we’d just bang it on the table.

20130927-172924.jpgLittle did we know, that Jeff’s trusty, 20 year old staple gun couldn’t handle a little girl stuff. (Oops!) We even texted Jeff to ask him if it was suppose to do this.

20130927-173125.jpgWe immediately went to Lowes to buy a new one. Here we are taking a picture of ourselves in the security camera. Such dorks.

20130927-173258.jpgHey! You know what? Staple guns are not found in Tool World.

20130927-173356.jpgOuuuuu….I think this will be a nice replacement. You can use staples or nails…nice.

20130927-173950.jpgLet’s get back to work. We finished up the rest of the cushions.

20130927-174053.jpgWhy am I on the floor under the chair, you maybe asking? Well, because I found it easier to screw them back in with Yvette pressing down on the cushion. Of course, we got to the last cushion and it wouldn’t fit the remaining chair. Ugh! After switching a few around and still not being able to find the correct fit, we left it for Jeff to figure out, cause he’s really smart like that.

20130927-174910.jpgAnd if I say so myself, I think they came out just beautiful!

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