Monday, 1 March 2010

Meet Gregor

Hello friends, here we are, the First of March, hooray, and it certainly doesn't disappoint as it's a beautiful day here. I hope it is with you, too...

We're rewinding a bit to Friday and my trip to the big blue and yellow store. May I set the scene? In my den, most of my activities take place at my big old pine table under the sash windows. My trusty sewing machine is at one end, the computer at the other and I've had a nice old pine bench to sit on whilst sewing or surfing. However, I'm not getting any younger, you know, and I've noticed that my back has been troubling me and can't help thinking that whilst lovely, (and very useful for dumping piles of papers on, kitty lounging etc,) my bench is very unsupportive of my posture.




I had a lovely long day to myself on Friday as the Munchy one had gone to play with a friend after school, so at 4pm in the afternoon, back at the HenHouse I arrive with my "bench replacement". As I said, meet Gregor...




I ripped open the box and started getting all the pieces out, intent on getting Gregor together without delay in my usual "I must do it/have it now" fashion (Mr HH is nodding resignedly as he recognises this trait well).




Now Gregor came with a cushion pad. That's handy I thought, but it was also very dull in boring old plain cream cotton. I looked at Gregor's bits (behave yourself!) and was torn for about a minute. With the couple of hours I had before picking up the Munchkin, I could put the chair together but then again, I could do something much more fun, too. Like fabric fun. My very favourite type of fun, in fact (next to eating creme eggs. I do like to be seasonal).




So it was out with my errm sizeable Cath K stash (that is, all the strips I cut ready for the patchwork that I haven't yet got round to). A bit of chopping here and there into squares, a simple piece of tissue paper to make a pattern for the cushion pad (I just drew round it and added a generous seam allowance) and I was off.




Did I leave out the bit where I emailed Mr HenHouse in his office, asking if he might like to make the chair for me when he got home from a week's gruelling slog in the city? The perfect wind-down activity...





Et voila!




This morning I made a little lumbar support cushion, too.




Oooh, yes, I am pleased with that!




And so now I simply must sew to test it out!

48 comments:

  1. The trouble with reading other peoples blogs for me is it makes me soooo jealous! I love that den of yours! Mr H-well, what super lounge wear you have!
    Great post H.

    xxx

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  2. Now that really looks lovely!!! Welcome Gregor!! Goodbye achey back!!!
    xxxx

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  3. You have made Gregor look positively beautiful! I rather fancy one just like him myself. And I do like seeing the chaps working constructively - at least he obviously read the instructions first, which I always have trouble persuading the Head Chef to do.

    Pomona x

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  4. Love the chair. Love the patchwork even more.

    Tracey

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  5. Oooh! I would love to have a Gregor too!!! You can whizz up and down the table with speed and ease now! The patchwork accessories really finish it off nicely too! x

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  6. Oh wow, how lovely! Loving that you made it your own with your fabrics! Very inspiring! Must get to grips with the old sewing machine! Have a lovely sunshiney day! xxx

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  7. I love Gregor! It's a shame we don't have the yellow and blue store nearer to us. I had to go to Argos for my sewing chair and it's nowhere as attractive as Gregor. It's black - yuk. Yours cushions look lovely.

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  8. We have the plain brown wicker Greogr which I sit on everyday to blog and surf and idle away time. What I do not have is a patchwork cushion!
    Yours looks lovely, may you be very happy together.
    Lisa x

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  9. Lovely chair, but I do think that with the addition of that pretty cushion *she* should be renamed Grogorina!

    Jayne

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  10. It was nice before...but now,with your magic touch...it's gorgeous!!
    Happy sewing with Gregor.

    Bellaboo :o)

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  11. Lovely chair, wonderful cushions! It's lovely and I bet it is comfy too!

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  12. You've made Gregor look absolutely gorgeous !!!
    Vivienne :)

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  13. Gregor fits perfectly and the cushion is gorgeous! Don't get to Ikea much (we're a bit cut off from civilisation down here in Cornwall) - I was expecting a boring black office chair! Should have known you've got better taste than that! Glad to see you've got Mr HH right where you want him!! x

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  14. I love the chair! and the mention of creme eggs has got my mouth watering! x

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  15. Your new wicker chair and cushion look so perfect for the sewing area, and I bet they will be really comfortable too! I bet the kitties have already discovered it and decided to make it a napping spot.

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  16. Gregor fits in perfectly! Bet a nice welcome for your back! xxx

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  17. Me again!...there is an award for you on bellascountry.blogspot.com

    Bellaboo :o)

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  18. i do like your bench but can imagine a bit of back ache and the chair and cushion look fab :-)
    even more sewing time now :-D
    Lesley x

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  19. Perfect. I love your den, what a fantastic room to sit and craft in. xx

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  20. Lovely to meet Gregor...he's a very handsome chap after his makeover!

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  21. Gregor is quite the sight for sore eyes! and you have made him even more dashing! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your workspace!!! all those beautiful fabrics :) xx

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  22. I think I quite like Gregor - if I can face the blue and yellow I might just have to contemplate one myself!!

    Lovely to see you all yesterday.

    Sue x

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  23. I love how you have made your new chair so pretty.
    Hen, you really must stop showing pictures of that lovely den.......just look at all that beautiful fabric. Oh I would be in heaven.
    Have fun,
    Rachael XX

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  24. Nice to meet Gregor..... you have made him look beautiful! It will be perfect for sewing.... I like to have a nice comfy chair on wheels for crafty/arty stuff, I find it makes things a little bit easier! xx

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  25. Gregor looks most comfy and pretty too! I love all the names Ikea give their furniture - so funny! x

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  26. What a lovely hobbies room. I am positively salivating at your fabric stash!
    Gill

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  27. I love your cushion on Gregor - but I love your craft room even more. You're so lucky to have so much space!!! Love Kathy xx

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  28. Trust good old Ikea to come up trumps! Loving Gregor (that's the most un-Ikea-ish name I've heard yet) and even more so with the fab patchwork cushion, gives it a nice personal touch!

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  29. Oh wow Gregor is very handsome, I must say! And I am SOOO jealous of your massive fabric stash...maybe I could show these pictures to my other half and convince him that this is what I need for my birthday (the entire room)! :D

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  30. Now your new chair looks thoroughly at home in your studio!
    I can't help but oogle those shelves in the background full of your amazing fabric stash!!

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  31. Absolutely loving the Gregor makeover- soooo pretty.Clever Hen
    Anne xx

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  32. WOW! It's fabulous, Hen! And the cushion, the just perfect touch!
    Monicax.
    P.S I spotted Mr. HenHouse's Union Jack slippers- how cute!!! My hubby wants them too!;)))

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  33. What a really very nice chair Gregor is. I like it rather a lot without the cushion but with, it looks pretty perfect - definitely the right thing to do in your little bit of spare time. Yes I do want one - so off I went to Ikea online to see if I could find it and there it was. However, what I need and what I want are not the same, so I shall just have to admire yours instead! Another lovely addition to your wonderful den. May you have many comfy times sitting in your pretty new chair, doing lots of stitchy things to show us on your blog. And you can have some fun with those wheels too!
    Siobhan

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  34. What a perfect way to customise gregor!

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  35. I likey Mr. chair, and I Lovey how you have customised the cushion. Hope it has done the trick and is very comfortable for you is certainly pretty to look at :0)

    Well done Hen

    X

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  36. That looks fantastic, is it helping your back? xx

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  37. Looking good, very you with that cushion :)
    You must join in my show & tell Sunday...bet you'll choose your den!! :) x

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  38. I think you may have change Gregors name now, he looks more like a geraldine after your little makeover! :o) xxx Pixie xxx

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  39. That was tremendously satisfying Hen! Really enjoyed Gregor's emergence, and his cushions are just perfect. Ikea really does have some little gems, doesn't it.Is Gregor very comfortable?
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

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  40. very nice! And I'm with Clair, Mr. HH is rockin those happy-pants!

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  41. ooh you've made a lovely job of the chair Hen! So pretty and colourful! You need a comfy chair when you're doing a lot of sewing!
    Rachel x

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  42. How beautiful! The trouble with IKEA, I find, is that everyone's houses end up looking the same - you've managed to completely personalise Gregor - and make him MUCH more beautiful at the same time. Clever you!!

    Jo xx

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  43. I'm afraid I hardly noticed the chair but was drawn to the magnificent shelves of fabric. Oh my goodness!

    Jo

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  44. well done. I am sooooooo envious of your beautifully organised shelves of gorgeous fabrics!

    tinyinc

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  45. It looks simply delicious, mmmmm!

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  46. Hi Hen, I love your new chair, and it looks so nice with the cushion you made. Your studio looks great! I must organize my fabric like that. Oh, one more thing, my husband would be laughing if he read your "I must do it/have it now" trait. I'm sooo much like that too! Enjoy!

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  47. I bought myself a Gregor chair for Christmas - for surfing and working at my desk... love the cushion, was thinking the plain white was a tad boring, so this is lovely

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  48. Oh I have a Gregor too!! What a fabby lad he is :)

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