Posts Tagged ‘The Chair Affair’

Last Wednesday designers, artists, and judges gathered at the Furniture Bank to meet, snack and vote.  The vote was to determine which chairs would be selected for the live auction portion of the Chair Affair Event.

Just a quick recap:  The Furniture Bank, which provides free furniture for families in need will be holding it’s annual fundraiser, the Chair Affair, on October 21st.  And yours truly, designed and donated a chair for this event.

Since I volunteer there every week, I was able to see the chairs as they came in.  But it was a thrill to see all of them together that evening.  Some were spectacular and all were designed with amazing creativity.

And the most thrilling part was that mine was selected amongst 7 others for the live auction.   Here they are:

  • Creative Matters, Carol Sebert

  • Flohaus, Diana Mikas

  • Jennifer Lembke Designs, Jennifer Lembke

  • Joy Apparel, Jeff Woodrow

  • Karen Kayne Design, Karen Kayne

  • Sarah Richardson Design, Natalie Hodgins

  • Sky Factory Studio, Sandra Muscat

  • Stanton Interiors, Mary Stanton

Global TV and the Star will have announcements throughout the next couple of weeks and since the Brick is a major sponsor, the chairs will be on display at the various Brick stores.

Watch CityLine on October 14th to see Karen Kayne, talk about the her work and the event.

I’ve also been told that Jack Layton will be the auctioneer that night!

It’s sure to be a very fun night.  Contact me directly or go the Furniture Bank to buy your tickets.

I’ll be wearing my neck cozy.  Find me and say Hello.



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I might have mentioned one or two times (especially if you’re following my Tweets) that I am donating a chair for the Chair Affair fundraising event for the Furniture Bank.  Well, I’ve finally finished it!  And I’m thrilled to share with you the process of making my Chair Cozy.

My final decision to make the “Cozy”  originally came for the animated Beauty and the Beast. Remember how the furniture was enchanted?  I love that movie. Since the chair has throughout history been the symbol of support for the human body, I decided to take the concept of the seat a little farther. Like Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, this chair not only supports you but will embrace and protect you as you snuggle in it’s arms.

Here’s how I did it:

First –  the plans

Then I gathered sweaters at Goodwill Buy the Pound and sorted them out according to the colour palette I had planned.

Then I ordered garment tags, picked up the felt and other supplies and had the word panels made by Wendy at The Wool Mill.

Then I sanded and painted the chair a matte black and fastened the felt to the seat with bolts.

Now the real fun!  Since making a pattern would just be silly, I measured and taped off my dining table to make the panels from.

Sew, sew, sew…  After almost breaking my serger and single stitch machine and 6 needles later…

The Chair Affair will be held on October 21st. So mark your calendars!

If you would like to make a bid for this chair or any other, please go to the Chair Affair.

A humungous thank you goes out to Patty Lowry for the wonderful words, Wendy Mortimer at The Wool Mill for the knit panels & supplies and Dale at macFAB for the felt!


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